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BDO Stratford

A local team serving Stratford businesses

At BDO, we believe that delivering exceptional client service is the foundation of our being a trusted advisor. Our Stratford team is committed to providing clients with practical advice and insight, tailored to their industry, unique priorities and ambitions. 

Our partner-led practice is built to provide services tailored to each client’s individual needs, drawing on BDO resources here in Stratford, across Ontario, and beyond. 

Our professionals are rooted in the communities they work in, and volunteer in a variety of ways to make a difference. These range from supporting local charities, not-for-profits, and professional institutions. Our firm-wide annual food drive supporting Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger program has helped raise awareness and much needed donations across the country.

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