KPMG Canada makes two senior appointments

09 October 2020 2 min. read
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KPMG Canada has named Yannick Archambault as leader of the national family office and Rebecca Burrows as general counsel. Both of the appointees are based in KPMG’s Toronto office.

As leader of the family office, Archambault will oversee a team that provides advice and services to ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals and families – including tax planning and compliance, wealth strategy, succession planning, estates and trust, philanthropy, and legal services.

Archambault brings more than 25 years of experience in the wealth management industry to KPMG, with deep expertise in serving UHNW private clients.

He spent the last two-and-a-half years as head of private wealth management at TD Canada – overseeing strategic planning, distribution strategy, client experience, marketing, and business development.

Before that, Archambault spent 14 years at BMO Wealth Management, serving in several key leadership roles including managing director for Quebec, chief operating officer for Canada & Asia, and chief operating officer for the US. Yannick Archambault, Rebecca Burrows, KPMG

He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BBA from Université de Montréal. Archambault also holds chartered financial analyst (CFA) and professional financial planning (PFP) certifications.

"Over the course of his career, Yannick has distinguished himself by advising successful entrepreneurs and family businesses in Canada and internationally," said Mary Jo Fedy, KPMG enterprise national leader. "His experience in building family offices and specialized skills in strategy, operations, and wealth management will be a tremendous asset to KPMG and our Family Office clients."

Burrows, as general counsel, will have overall responsibility for legal matters affecting KPMG Canada – including litigation, regulatory, contracting, governance, and operations-related matters.

She succeeds Peter Sahagian, who is retiring from the role after serving as general counsel since 1989. Sahagian will stay on as a partner and work in an advisory capacity to the CEO.

Burrows brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the role. She has been at KPMG Canada since 2016 as assistant general counsel (litigation), overseeing litigation and legal risk management on a national level.

Before that, she spent 16 years at law firm Goodmans LLP, where she was a partner focusing on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. Burrows has an LLB from Osgood Hall Law School at York University and a BA from Wilfred Laurier University.

“I'm privileged to lead a talented team of legal professionals who support a vibrant and growing organization,” Burrows said in a LinkedIn post. “My deepest thanks to our outgoing General Counsel, Peter Sahagian, for his exceptional contributions to KPMG over a three-decade career in the role.”