Like most of us, we chose to go to Yellowknife for the adventure, and for the higher salary. Generally speaking, most get recruited from the East, but this was not my case.
I was a Supervisor for a while, but do caution anyone who may choose to work for MacKay Yellowknife.
In your first year of working for MacKay, you will owe the company on average $9000. It is normal practice for CA firms to add the cost of modules on a forgivable 1 or 2 year loan. What is not normal, is to add the cost of Junior staff member 'in house' required training they send you on in the South. Add your initial travel to Yellowknife, one or two modules, -you get the picture. If you leave, they will just keep your pay and offer you no other way to reimburse.. this is also not normal.
Retention in any CA firm is not great, but MacKay Yellowknife has taken this to another level. They will blame retention on the north, but the majority of designated accountants who have left them will still be working in Yellowknife.
I have never worked at a place with such a dark culture. It was a terrible place to work for, and I should have decided to leave much sooner than I did.
I highly recommend anyone considering MacKay Yellowknife to get in contact with a former employee over Linked In. There must be a better option for you out there, especially with this CPA merger. You don't need CATO time, so do yourself a favour and pass on this "opportunity"