Our Team

Alan Bruce

Alan Bruce, FCPA, FCA – Counsel

Alan is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has for many years provided accounting and income tax advice to clients. Having worked outside a CA firm for a number of years as a Vice President of Finance, Alan has experience in approaching business challenges from both sides of the desk.

In the past, Alan has served on numerous committees and boards, both at the provincial and national level. In 1992, Alan’s contributions to the profession were recognized when he became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. This is the highest award provided by the Institute.

With the transition from day to day responsibilities and reduced client responsibilities, Alan is able to spend more time at his cottage in New Glasgow and with family including 10 grandchildren. His experience from over 30 years in the profession has been invaluable to the firm and its partners.

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Jody Nickerson

Jody Nickerson, CPA, CA – Manager

Jody joined Bruce & Monahan in 2013 as a Manager. He graduated from Acadia University and went on to obtain his CPA in 2003 while working in an accounting firm on the South Shore. He spent several years there serving a wide variety of small and medium sized businesses, including public companies. Since that time, Jody has held various roles as Manager, Controller, and Director in the accounting and finance functions while working closely with operations staff for two well known groups of companies in Halifax. Jody takes pride in being able to understand how financial and operational reporting enhances decision making no matter the size of your business.

Jody recently served as an active volunteer for six years as Treasurer for Triathlon Nova Scotia and still maintains his membership in the Halifax Triathlon Club. He also enjoys helping coach his son’s soccer team.

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Alanna Connors

Alanna Connors, B. Comm – Manager

Alanna started with Bruce & Monahan after working with a large national accounting firm in Halifax and is a manager in our practice. Alanna also has valuable accounting experience in a variety of industries and strives to provide clients with high quality services with a practical perspective.

Alanna graduated from Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program, majoring in Accounting. 

Alanna is the Treasurer of the Cole Harbour Arrows Baseball Association and a Contact Guide for the Girl Guides of Canada

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Caroline Phillips


Caroline Phillips

Caroline started at Bruce & Monahan in 2011 and comes with over 12 years experience as the Office Manager at a similarly sized firm of Chartered Professional Accountants in the UK, followed by nearly 3 years experience in a similar office in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Caroline’s strengths lie in the administrative organization of our office and will be able to point you in the right direction to satisfy all your questions and requirements.

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Tara M

Tara Magarvey, CPA, CA

Tara joined Bruce & Monahan in 2018, and comes with years of experience in both the public and private sector. In 1999, Tara graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University, where she graduated with distinction and the Co-operative Education Option.

Tara has an excellent understanding of business and accounting practices from the client and advisor point of view. Her main areas of practice include owner managed businesses as well as personal and corporate tax preparation.

Tara has served as a Girl Guide leader for 5 years, enjoys camping, and is a dance and soccer mom. She resides in Tantallon with her two daughters and husband Trevor.

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Jillian Beddow


Jillian Beddow

Jillian joined Bruce & Monahan in November 2016 as a staff accountant. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining Bruce & Monahan, Jillian was employed by a privately-held transportation organization in Halifax.

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Gordon Weld


Gordon Weld

Gordon joined Bruce & Monahan in 2018 as a staff accountant. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. Gordon worked in the Nova Scotia wine industry and municipal government before starting at Bruce & Monahan. Gordon is currently a CPA candidate and aims to complete his designation in the near future.

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Jeff White ,

Principal Kula Partners Inc

Kula Partners

Shawn Monahan isn’t just our accountant, he’s like a member of our team. We haven’t gotten him a kulapartners.com email address yet, but I’m sure it’s coming soon.