Perry Cruickshank LLP
Firm Profile

Our firm was established in Red Deer as a Certified General Accountants partnership in 1990. The approach that the partners envisioned was that new businesses and even existing business clients often required direction in their business and personal financial affairs. From this we thought our approach is to 'provide direction' from the start to the windup of their business.

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success. We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen.

We provide a variety of services including:

  • Income Tax Preparation for all types of businesses, and individuals
  • Payroll support
  • Simply Accounting setup, support and training
  • Business startup services
  • Monthly bookkeeping
  • Financial statements - providing 'Review' and 'Compilation' making sure your financial records are timely and accurate
  • Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.

Perry Cruickshank currently employs 12 staff members in our Red Deer office and 5 employees in our Innisfail office. We are proud to say that the majority of our staff have been employed with us for 5 years and longer. 

In 2013 we received the bronze in the Red Deer Express Readers' Choice Awards.  Thank you to all our clients who voted for us.


Norm Perry CPA, CGA (retired)

Norm was born and raised in Innisfail, completed his high school and started his public accounting career there in 1982, when he was employed by Edgar & Scott CA's. In 1986 he obtained his designation as a Certified General Accountant and in 1990 opened his own public accounting practice in Red Deer. In 1993, Norm and Phil became associates and then formed their public accounting partnership in 1996. Coming from a rural community has enabled Norm to understand the farming sector and established a strong farm client base.

Phil Cruickshank CPA, CGA

Phil has called Red Deer home since moving here in 1970.  After attending Red Deer College and then the University of Alberta he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1983.  In 1990 he completed his CGA designation, started his own accounting practice and got married.  Joining in Partnership with Norm allowed both practices to grow through expanded client services.  Now many years later their Partnership has stood the test of time.  Let Phil share his years of experience with you as you build your business. 

Cory Miller CPA, CGA

In 1991, Cory moved from Slave Lake to Red Deer to attend Red Deer College and then went on to the University of Lethbridge. He obtained his Bachelor of Management in 1997 and in 2004, he completed his designation as a Certified General Accountant. Cory has been in public practice since 1998, joined Perry Cruickshank in 2015, and became a Partner in 2017. Cory has over 20 years experience in various fields of small business, farming, taxation, estates and accounting. Outside of the office, Cory is active in the community, volunteering with the Kinsmen Club, coaching hockey, soccer and enjoying many outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing and camping.

Give Cory a call to discuss your small business and farm accounting needs.

Vaughn Schmidt, CPA CA

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Vaughn completed a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2001 and has worked in the fields of accounting and tax since.  With a desire to pursue higher education, Vaughn completed the Chartered Accountant designation in 2008 with a national mid-sized firm.  He also completed the CICA In-Depth Tax program in 2013.  Exploring a number of opportunities in his earlier years, Vaughn gained valuable experience in government (tax auditor for CRA), industry (oil and gas, family entertainment) and public practice.  External to the office, Vaughn enjoys spending time with his family and all types of sports, in particular hockey, soccer and golf.  Vaughn has a keen interest in seeing others move forward, prosper and realize their dreams and he looks forward to connecting with you.