KPMG Canada makes several leadership appointments

05 March 2021 2 min. read
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Following the retirement of Mary Lou Maher this month, KPMG Canada has made a raft of senior appointments to fill several vacancies. Heather Baker has been named Canadian managing partner of quality & risk management; Kristine Remedios has been named KPMG International’s head of inclusion & diversity (I&D); Rob Davis has been appointed Canadian chief I&D officer and board chair; and Tammy Brown is the new deputy chair of the board of directors.

Mary Lou Maher retires from KPMG at the end of the month, capping a nearly four-decade career at the accounting and consulting firm. Maher most recently served as Canadian managing partner of quality & risk management and global head of I&D. She also previously held the roles of Canada CFO, chief HR officer, head of I&D, head of the GTA audit practice, and executive sponsor of the LGBTQ+ network.

Heather Baker succeeds Maher as Canadian managing partner of quality & risk management. Baker will also lead the firm’s social impact initiatives.

She has been an audit partner at KPMG for 25 years, leading significant audit engagements in a range of industries. Baker is also a professional practice partner, securities reviewing partner, and engagement quality control review, as well as area quality risk management leader for several European KPMG member firms.

Baker has been on the Canadian board of directors since 2016, most recently serving as chair. She will vacate the position as she assumes her new roles.

Heather Baker, Kristine Remedios, Rob Davis and Tammy Brown - KPMG

Kristine Remedios succeeds Maher as head of I&D at KPMG International. Remedios previously served as Canadian chief I&D and social impact officer for two years. Before that, she was director of I&D and talent attraction leader for experienced hire recruitment.

Remedios has been at KPMG since 2000, and has more than 25 years of experience in talent acquisition, I&D, and social impact.

Rob Davis succeeds Remedios as Canadian chief I&D officer and Baker as chair of the board. Davis is a tax partner who has been at KPMG Canada for more than 25 years. Recently serving as deputy chair of the board, Davis has also played a critical role in the firm’s I&D initiatives – serving as chair of the GTA diversity council, a member of the executive diversity & inclusion council, and executive sponsor of KPMG Canada’s Black professionals network.

Tammy Brown succeeds Davis as deputy chair of the board. Brown has been an audit partner at KPMG for 16 years, most recently serving as national industry leader for industrial markets. She is also a board member and partner sponsor of KPMG Canada’s national Indigenous people’s network.

“Please join me in celebrating these extraordinary leaders and their significant milestones,” Elio Luongo, CEO of KPMG Canada, said in a company email. “Mary Lou, Heather, Rob, Tammy, and Kristine, thank you all for your example, your tremendous impact, and your commitment to KPMG. We are better together, and each of you proves that each and every day.”