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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Malcolm Campbell McCannel, C. A.


Malcolm Campbell McCannel is known in business circles of Edmonton and throughout the province of Alberta as a chartered accountant, and in his chosen field of activity he has gained that position of leadership which follows superior ability and concentrated effort. He was born at Port Elgin, in the province of Ontario, March 16, 1883, and is a son of Alexander McCannel, a native of Scotland. The father came to Canada as a boy and in 1870 he was married in Ontario to Miss Sarah Campbell, also a native of that province, in which they are still living. The McCannel family is one of the oldest in Scotland, the ancestral line being traced back for many generations.

The public schools of Port Elgin afforded Malcolm C. McCannel his early educational opportunities and he afterward became a student at the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute, from which he was graduated in 1901. The ensuing year was spent in teaching school and oil expiration of that period he took a course in a business college of Toronto. lie devoted three years to bookkeeping and then secured a position in the office of a chartered accountant of Toronto, remaining in his employ for two years. He next went to Detroit, Michigan, and for two years was with a chartered accountant of that city. He then returned to Toronto and two years later received the degree of C. A. In 1912 he formed a partnership with his brother, Donald A., also a well known chartered accountant, and this association has been continued, under the name of McCannel Brothers & Company. In July, 1913, Malcolm C. McCannel came to Edmonton and took charge of this office, which he is now successfully conducting, being recognized as an expert in the line in which he specializes. The firm has ever borne an unassailable reputation for integrity, reliability and efficiency and its services are in constant demand, owing to the high character of its work.

In Edmonton, on the 8th of May, 1918, Mr. McCannel was united in marriage to Miss Eileen Campbell and they have become the parents of two sons, Malcolm Gordon, who was born May 9, 1920; and Donald Gilbert Alexander, born July 7, 1923. Mr. McCannel's deep interest in the welfare and advancement of his adopted city finds expression in his identification with the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade and his cooperation is regarded as a valuable asset in promoting the activities of those organizations. He is a Liberal in politics and his religious views are in accord with the doctrines of the Baptist church. In matters of citizenship he has always been loyal, patriotic and public-spirited. His high standing in his chosen vocation in life is indicated in the fact that he has been honored with the presidency of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants, his term of office expiring in May, 1923, and he was also a member of the senate of the University of Alberta, during that Period. His aim is high, his purpose unfaltering and his determination of the quality that never recognizes defeat. As a result each year has marked an advance in his career and he ranks today with the foremost chartered accountants of Western Canada.


 


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