Matt Holmes 



Matt Holmes, CPA, CA, is the founder of Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors, created in fall 2020 with a mission to bring his specialized tax expertise to local clients in central Ontario. With more than 25 years of experience in tax planning, tax reporting, and business planning, Matt is relied upon by his clients for his trustworthy advice when making changes to business structures and expert tax knowledge. He frequently works with businesses on family succession, business continuity, mergers and acquisitions, and other tax-saving strategies. With over two decades of experience, his ability to provide forward-thinking advice has saved his clients hundreds of millions in tax dollars and has earned him a reputation as one of the province's top tax planning experts.

Prior to founding Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors, Matt worked as a partner at a national accounting firm Peterborough.


Michael Riseley


Associate Partner

Michael joined the Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors team in 2022  and brings with him over a decade of experience in accounting and business valuation services. He is responsible for the management of compilation and review engagements for corporate clients and advises on income tax matters for both corporate and personal clients. Michael is relied upon for his business valuation background and provides industry-leading advisory services by identifying value drivers and growth areas for businesses to maximize their value in a potential sale or assisting them through other corporate matters.  


Michael is the founder of MTR Valuation Services and previously worked as Vice President at a local credit union and in various roles in public accounting firms. He also volunteers his time at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and lives in the region with his wife. 

Jess Clancy


Senior Tax Manager

Jess joined the team of Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors in 2021 bringing with her more than a decade of experience working with small to medium-sized businesses in the Peterborough area. She is a widely respected accountant known for her in-depth expertise in tax planning and implementation of corporate reorganization strategies resulting in substantial tax savings for clients. Jess works with clients on personal, corporate, and estate tax as well as business and farm transition planning. Jess has been specialized in Canadian Income Tax for over 5 years.


Prior to joining Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors, Jess worked with Matt for over a decade at a national Accounting firm. She lives in the Peterborough area with her husband and daughter.


Katie McLaughlin


Accounting and Assurance Manager

Katie brings over 5 years of experience in public accounting to her role at Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors. She is relied upon for year-end completion of engagements including compilations and reviews for corporate clients along with quality control and compliance with accounting standards. Katie brings in-depth knowledge in assurance engagements and works with clients to plan and execute efficient engagements that meet their specific needs. She works closely with her clients in the manufacturing, agriculture, and private sectors. Katie joined Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors in 2022. She previously worked at a national accounting firm with Matt, where she concentrated on assurance assignments.

Katie lives in Ennismore with her partner and currently volunteers as Treasurer for the Lindsay Curling Club.

Linda Romig 

Accounting Manager

Linda joined Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors in 2021, bringing with her over two decades of experience in bookkeeping and public accounting. She works closely with clients on the preparation of their financial statements and corporate tax returns and is known for her in-depth knowledge of accounting and corporate tax matters.  Linda provides a high level of customer service and ensures industry-leading standards of quality control and compliance. She is consistently recognized by clients for her quick response and attention to detail. Linda worked with Matt for over a decade at a national accounting firm before joining him in the founding of Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors. 

Linda lives in the Peterborough area with her husband and family.  


Courtney Smith


Tax Manager

Courtney joined Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors in 2022 bringing with her more than a decade of experience in accounting and tax advisory services. Her primary areas of specialty advising include the purchase and sale of businesses and succession planning, corporate business owners and owner compensation strategies, estate planning, and agriculture and family-farm transitions. Courtney is relied upon for her expert tax minimizing advice spanning various industries including professionals, real estate and construction, hospitality and tourism, technology, and automotive.


Before joining Matt at Holmes CPA’s and Tax Advisors, she worked for small and medium-sized companies, including working with Matt at a national accounting firm. Courtney currently volunteers with Fleming College on a program advisory committee and lives in Peterborough. 

Sarah Waded

Administrative Professional

Sarah joins the Holmes CPAs and Tax Advisors team with a strong background in administration and client relations. She brings with her experience in bookkeeping and tax preparation and works closely with the team to ensure accuracy and the highest level of client satisfaction. Having worked in financial and administrative roles for several years, Sarah is known for her positive attitude and expert discretion, and attention to detail.


Sarah lives in Norwood with her husband.