Originally established as S.J. Canny, by Stanley John Canny OAM. The history of Canny Group begins back in 1960 when Stan started provided accounting services to the Geelong community.

Some of our first clients are still with us and we have had the privilege of becoming great friends.

Stan Canny’s career started from humble beginnings. He worked from the offices of business clients before moving to a portable office cabin on Station Street. The business grew fast and there was a clear need for a bigger premises. This brought us a few hundred metres down the same street to what was our office at 10 Station Street, Norlane for 59 years before outgrowing it and moving to the Federal Mills Business Precinct in February 2019.

Stanley John Canny OAM has built an incredible reputation in his decades of loyal service to clients and the Greater Geelong community. There are countless stories we and our clients share of times he has gone the extra mile, a value we still hold true in the way we do business today.

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

After more than five decades of going above and beyond for the Geelong community. In 2017, Stan received Queen’s Birthday Honours. Stan was awarded with a Medal of the Order (OAM), for his service to the community through a range of roles.

We have a profound amount of thanks for Ken Fulton and his dedication to making this award possible. We also appreciate the contributions from Dale Jennings, Kelvin Spiller, Alistair Urquhart and Kevin Bell.

The Canny Group we know today

Canny Group is now in its second generation of Directors, with Amanda Wilkens and Krystine Canny-Smith at the helm. We value the relationships we have formed with all of our individual and business clients that have gotten us to where we are today. We particularly love the fact this includes children and grandchildren of original clients to the firm.

Over the years Canny Group has grown to become a specialist provider in accounting and taxation. We are also conscious of the changing business environment and the need to adapt. Our experience highlights the importance of innovation and providing services with the future in mind. This doesn’t start and end with us. It also includes sharing our knowledge and providing the right business advice to our clients to help them succeed, grow and achieve their business goals.

A new vision…

We had a clear vision of the future and how we wanted to be able to help our clients. In 2015, we embarked on a new chapter which saw us rebrand from S.J. Canny to Canny Group. Our new group would encompass service arms Canny Accounting, Canny Advisory and the introduction of an additional suite, Canny Legal.

Since its inception, Canny Legal has been a vital part of Canny Group, complimenting many aspects of the services provided in the accounting and advisory areas.

In 2018, Canny Legal expanded to incorporate Hill Perkins & Co following the retirement of director, David Perkins. With both practices sharing many commonalities, we are sure that the future will be nothing but bright.

We look forward to creating new stories and building on the history of Canny Group.