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Melynda Love

In addition to being a manager in assurance services at MNP, Love is a dancer and musician

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Melynda Love: “The work-hard-play-hard lifestyle is very real in accounting.” (Photograph by Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

Age 27 / Winnipeg
Manager at MNP 

WHY ACCOUNTING

Love first became interested in business during high school. She learned how to do payroll, handle invoices and file returns while working part-time at a manufacturing processing company. As a perfectionist, she loved the precision of accounting. By 20, she’d founded her own company, Lovely Designs, building websites, teaching accounting skills and providing IT support for small businesses. 

WHAT SHE’S DOING NOW

She’s a manager in assurance services at MNP, which gives her a bird’s-eye view of corporations, charities and government bodies alike. She makes sure every day is different. “The work-hard-play-hard lifestyle is very real in accounting. I encourage my co-workers to be themselves and inject a little fun into everything.”

WHERE SHE SEES HERSELF IN 10 YEARS

Love hopes to help other women in accounting reach leadership roles, and advocates for equality among genders, orientations and backgrounds within the profession. “St. Mary’s Academy”—her Catholic high school—“taught me the idea of service to the community.”

ON THE FUTURE OF ACCOUNTING

Love worries that problems will arise as tax returns and bookkeeping become “commodity services” detached from professional judgment. She cites cloud accounting software that promises simple do-it-yourself solutions. “I have had very few clients who did not require adjustments before filing their returns. Technology provides a false sense of security that everything is being taken care of.”

HOBBY

Love is a dancer, musician (she sings and plays guitar, piano and percussion) and event organizer. Last year, she arranged a bike tour that visited every Nuit Blanche installation in downtown Winnipeg.