PwC brings in new Canadian leadership team

20 June 2018 5 min. read
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PwC Canada has announced a raft of new C-suite leadership appointments, including a new COO, CFO, and CIO. Effective July 1, the appointments arrive as Nicolas Marcoux takes the reins of the Big Four firm’s Canadian operations as Chief Executive Officer.

Announced earlier in the year, Nicolas Marcoux will be the new CEO of PwC Canada, taking over from Bill McFarland – who was CEO since 2011. Marcoux is a 29-year veteran of the firm, having served as the National Managing Partner of Consulting and Deals. He has three decades of experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Five other people will be joining Marcoux in PwC’s Canadian Leadership Team on July 1, as a raft of changes are made to the firm’s executive make-up.

Chris Dulny, Chief Innovation Officer

Chris Dulny has been with PwC for almost two decades. He became a Partner in the firm’s Audit and Assurance practice in 2001, where he supported companies across a range of industries – with a particular focus on technology, media, and entertainment firms. Since 2011, Dulny has served as PwC Canada’s National Technology Sector Leader, wherein he oversaw the services delivered to tech clients. Now, as Chief Innovation Officer, Dulny will leverage his experience with Canadian tech firms and startups to drive innovative new solutions for PwC.Chris Dulny, Kristian Knibutat, Lana Paton, Alaina Tennison and Matthew Wetmore

Kristian Knibutat, Chief Operating Officer

Kristian Knibutat is a 31-year veteran of PwC Canada. From 2004 to 2010, he led the firm’s Valuations, Forensics, and Disputes practice, while also being a member of the Consulting and Deals national leadership team. From 2010 to 2012, Knibutat was the leader of PwC Canada’s Deals practice. As COO, Knibutat will bring his extensive business experience and stakeholder relationships to his role of overseeing PwC Canada’s national operations – including IT, risk, and strategic M&A.

Lana Paton, National Managing Partner, Business Units

Lana Paton has been with PwC Canada since 1994, joining as a Senior Manager and becoming a Partner in 2006. Prior to being named National Managing Partner, Business Units, Paton served as National Tax Leader at the firm. Before that, Paton led PwC Canada’s Energy, Utilities, Mining, and Industrial Products (EUMI) practice. In her new role, Paton will oversee the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Consulting, and Deals business units. Paton brings almost three decades of tax, consulting, and leadership experience to the executive position.

Alaina Tennison, Chief Financial Officer

Alaina Tennison is a more than two-decade veteran of PwC Canada, joining the firm in 1996. Before being named CFO, Tennison was the firm’s Toronto Assurance practice leader, overseeing a team of 1000 audit professionals. She also served as the firm’s regulatory and policy leader. Tennison will bring almost two decades of audit experience to the position of CFO, where she will provide strategic oversight of PwC Canada’s financial matters and business planning activities.

Matthew Wetmore, National Managing Partner, Industries and Regions

Matthew Wetmore has also been with PwC Canada for more than two decades, joining the firm in 1997. Prior to ascending to the position of National Managing Partner, Industries and Regions, Wetmore served as the leader of PwC Canada’s Strategy& practice – the firm’s strategy consulting arm. Like Lana Paton, Wetmore also led the firm’s EUMI practice. He brings more than 20 years of management consulting expertise to his new role, wherein he will oversee PwC Canada’s industries, market segments, and regional offices.

Addressing the new appointments to the firm’s leadership team, incoming PwC Canada CEO Nicolas Marcoux remarked, "Our new leadership team reflects a diverse range of experiences, perspectives and innovative ideas, which are critical to the success of our clients and our growth ambitions for the future.”

“Each leader has a successful track record of building strong, collaborative teams and leveraging their market expertise and relationships to deliver value for our clients and communities. As a new leadership team, we are focused on, and committed to, working together to bring the best of PwC to our clients to help solve their most important problems."

PwC Canada also made a number of appointments to its Extended Leadership Team, which includes:

Jason Boggs, National Consulting Leader

Paul Fitzsimon, Chief Assurance Risk, Quality and Regulatory Officer

Mona Ghiami, Chief Inclusion Officer

Jennifer Johnson, National Financial Services Leader

Diane Kazarian, Managing Partner, GTA

Dean Landry, National Tax Leader

Neil Manji, National Energy, Utilities, Mining & Industrial Products Leader

Jim McGuigan, Managing Partner, BC Region

Anita McOuat, National Technology, Communications, Retail & Consumer Leader

Alain Michaud, Chief Culture Officer

Penny Partridge, Chief People Officer

Michael Paterson, National Assurance Leader

Dave Planques, National Deals Leader

Saul Plener, National Private Company Services Leader

Christine Robertson, Marketing, Communications & Sales Leader

Nochane Rousseau, Managing Partner, Montreal

Owen Taylor, National Public Service Leader

Reynold Tetzlaff, Managing Partner, Calgary