McDonell Jean | GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants

Jean McDonell

Jean McDonell, CPA, CGA, TEP

Jean McDonell, CPA, CGA, TEP

Associate Partner, Tax & Advisory Services

I grew up on a dairy farm and that’s where I got my first sense of business.

The farm operations were our family’s livelihood so I not only got a sense of business, but also a solid understanding of the challenges of running a small business – and the hard work and dedication necessary to be successful.

The majority of GGFL’s clients are small business owners so that early experience on the farm has given me a valuable understanding – not just of the dollars and cents involved, but of the emotional ups and downs of small business ownership.

Our status as a mid-sized accounting firm allows us to provide our clients the broad range of experience and services of a large firm with the personal touch of a small firm.

We all work as a part of a team and work very closely with clients.

I enjoy the diverse client base we have at GGFL and the opportunity I have to provide a wide variety of services. Developing meaningful relationships our clients provides me with a better understanding of their financial needs, helps them solve their problems, and allows me the opportunity, and privilege, to be their trusted advisor.

My expertise includes personal and corporate income tax; trusts and estates; estate planning and dealing with the complexities of the U.S. tax system.

I am currently the Chair of the Ottawa branch of STEP– the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – and have volunteered with them for several years.

Outside of work, travel is my passion. I live and love to travel the globe and want to experience as many different places as possible.

I am also an avid sports fan. The Toronto Blue Jays and Ottawa Senators are my main teams so I guess that reveals another part of me: I’m hopelessly optimistic!

Client Testimonials for Jean McDonnell

“I depend on GGFL’s expertise to take care of my Income Tax. I have found Jean McDonell and her team to be very understanding, helpful and quick to respond. Thank you very much!
ClearlyRated Client Survey – October 2021

“Nothing but excellent service, helpfulness with difficult taxation systems and extremely responsive. Jean is a wonderful asset to the firm.
ClearlyRated Client Survey – October 2021

“Jean McDonell has been most helpful in resolving a multi year estate tax issues.”
ClearlyRated Client Survey – October 2021

“All of my interaction with GGFL has been with Jean McDonell. She is so very knowledgeable and professional in person (pre-pandemic), and via phone and email. Jean listens well, clarifies where required, and explains everything in a manner that is both clear and respectful. I trust her implicitly to provide me with sound guidance.
ClearlyRated Client Survey – October 2021

“GGFL handles the taxes for my mom’s Testamentary Trust. I have no clue what I would have done over the last few years without their help. GGFL has always taken the time to explain things in a way I am able to understand (a challenge to say the least!). Extremely pleased with the services provided!
ClearlyRated Client Survey – October 2021

“Working with Jean McDonnell and her staff has been my pleasure.
Harlene Walker – October 2021