Mark Scarrow, B Comm., CPA, CA


Mark likes the challenge of business change, both within his client base and within Scarrow Yurman & Co. He believes the practice of public accounting is primarily an exercise in human communication — stating that “the numbers are the easy part”. If the communication is executed on a backdrop of values that embody ethics, innovation and passion, with a splash of loyalty and light heartedness, Mark thinks his firm can truly help clients attain their business and personal goals.

Mark started his accounting career sorting tax slips for his dad’s accounting practice at the age of 13. While he didn’t always know he wanted to be in public accounting, he figured it out while attending the University of Toronto where he completed his B.Comm degree in 1983.

He joined KPMG (then known as Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.) and obtained his CPA, CA designation in 1985 while working in the Small Business Practice of the Toronto office. After completing the CICA In-Depth Tax Course he left KPMG to join the Bank of Montreal in their corporate and government lending group. After a short stint of eight months, Mark teamed up with another KPMG alumnus and started Scarrow Yurman & Co in 1987.

More recently, Mark is concentrating on business advisory services, business succession planning and personal and corporate tax planning opportunities for clients.

Mark was recently appointed to the Practice Inspection Committee of CPA Ontario. This committee oversees the practice inspection program of the profession in Ontario and his appointment is a three year appointment.

Outside the office, Mark is an avid traveler, water-sports enthusiast and gardener. He has supported 1st Unionville Scout Group for more than 10 years as Treasurer and Group Commissioner, and continues as a leader for the group’s scout troop. His favorite activity is the camping experience—especially in winter! A long standing member of the Markham Board of Trade, Mark co-hosted the Thursday morning Networking Breakfasts for 10 years.