Leadership & Team

Twin Tax By Pinkney

Our Leadership

Wayne Pinkney

Wayne Pinkney BEd, BComm, MEd is a Director at Twin Tax by Pinkney. 

Wayne moved the Pinkney family to Fort McMurray when he took the post of Principal at Peter Pond Junior-Senior High School in Fort McMurray in August of 1975. After 20 years as a school administrator, Wayne decided on an early retirement establishing Pinkney Financial Services in 1995. In 2022, Wayne received the Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce for his Financial Services provided to the community. In 2023 Wayne established Twin Tax by Pinkney with his twin daughters, Kristi and Lindsay known as, “the Pinkney Twins”.

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Our Team

Wanda Blackwood

Wanda Blackwood is a Senior Tax Preparer at Twin Tax by Pinkney. 

A native of Corner Brook NL, was raised in the picturesque town. Celebrating 48 years of marriage to her husband Karl, she is the proud parent of three daughters who have blessed their lives with six wonderful grandchildren, forming a close-knit and joyful family.

In 1973, Wanda Blackwood graduated from high school and subsequently completed a Business Administration course. Her journey into the world of Income Tax began during this period, as she started providing tax services for family and friends. Over the course of 35 years, she dedicated herself to the finance and insurance industry until 2009, when she worked as an Income Tax Preparer in Fort McMurray.

Guided by the belief that success is the outcome of hard work, Wanda has consistently demonstrated her commitment to excellence. Her passion for engaging with people and working with numbers has been a driving force throughout her career. A mature team player with a strong sense of reliability, she thrives in challenging situations.

Having found a welcoming family at the Pinkney Financial Services, Wanda cherishes the supportive and inclusive environment that mirrors the values of camaraderie and teamwork. She is thrilled to work with Twin Tax, an affiliate to Pinkney Financial Services.

Ilse van der Merwe

Ilse van der Merwe is the Tax and Accounts Manager at Twin Tax by Pinkney. 

Ilse was born and raised in South Africa. Ilse completed her primary and secondary education in Port Elizabeth.  After completing her studies, she graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree. While at university, she achieved membership in the esteemed Golden Key International Honor Society.  

Ilse mainly worked in the International Telecommunications industry and held Accountant and Financial Accounting Manager roles in various countries. She also facilitated government-based policies and had a significant role in audit management throughout her career.

In 2017 Ilse and her family decided to relocate to Canada for a more stable and prosperous future. After settling in Fort McMurray, she started her bookkeeping and tax preparation career and has gained over a decade of experience in the financial industry. Her interests include spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and meeting new people. Ilse has a favorite saying she lives by: “Life is like a bicycle. You won’t fall off unless you stop pedaling. It’s all about balance. Challenge your limits, but always remember that life is a journey, not a race.”

Steve Montgomery

Steve Montgomery is a Senior Tax Preparer at Twin Tax by Pinkney. 

Steve is a seasoned professional with a rich background in education and finance. Having graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985, he embarked on a distinguished 34-year teaching career in high school mathematics and physics at the local Composite High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Simultaneously, Steve pursued advanced studies in accounting, completing coursework equivalent to the third year of a certified professional designation.

In addition to his educational pursuits, Steve applied his financial acumen through a multifaceted career. He dedicated five years to a local tax office, honing his expertise in taxation matters. Complementing this, he has maintained a private practice for over three decades, providing personalized tax services to diverse clientele.

Steve’s commitment to excellence is evident in his belief that his role is to maximize clients’ tax returns with the utmost professionalism, efficiency, and helpfulness. His wealth of experience positions him as a trusted advisor, ensuring clients receive tailored tax guidance and support.



Ellen McKay is a Senior Tax Preparer at Twin Tax by Pinkney. 

Ellen is not just a meticulous Tax Preparer; she’s a dedicated mother of three teenagers, bringing a unique blend of professional expertise and life experience to her work. With a Bachelor’s degree in Management, Majoring in Advanced Accounting from the University of Lethbridge, Ellen has laid a strong foundation for her career in finance with more than 17 years of experience.

As a Tax Preparer, Ellen brings a wealth of knowledge and precision to her clients. Her academic background, coupled with years of hands-on experience, has equipped her to navigate the complexities of tax regulations with ease. Ellen is committed to ensuring her clients maximize their returns while staying compliant with the ever-changing tax landscape.

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Our location

Twin Tax by Pinkney
9903 Franklin Avenue, Unit C
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4

Opening Hours

Tax season hours (Feb. 15th-May 15th):
Mon - Wed: 8:00am-7:00pm
Thur - Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00am-5pm

Off-season hours (May 16th-Feb 14th):
Mon - Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm
Weekends by Appointment


Phone: 780-715-1126