Franca Petrocelli joins BDO Lixar as technology leader and public sector partner

11 October 2022 2 min. read
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Franca Petrocelli has joined BDO Lixar, a technology consulting practice within BDO Canada, as national technology leader and public sector partner, based in Toronto.

BDO Lixar was formed from the 2020 acquisition of Lixar, an Ottawa-based AI and data consultancy with 200+ employees. The practice today delivers services across AI and data, business applications, cybersecurity, modern workplace, and digital strategy.

“I am excited, to welcome Franca to BDO Lixar as a Partner on our Public Sector team,” said Rishan Lye, partner, technology (BDO Lixar). “Franca will be instrumental in helping us continue to add value to our Public Sector clients and further build our team in Toronto. I look forward to working with Franca in her new role with the firm.”

Franca Petrocelli, BDO

Petrocelli is a digital transformation leader who brings more than 25 years of experience delivering large-scale change in the Canadian public sector. She has expertise across the transformation process, from building the case for change to execution, enablement, and benefits realization.

Petrocelli most recently spent three years at Microsoft, where she was a program delivery executive and part of the public sector leadership team. She supported Covid-related cloud and digital projects, including remote work initiatives and communication and collaboration solutions for frontline healthcare workers.

Before that, she held numerous program leadership roles within the Ontario Public Service, including at the education and transportation ministries. Petrocelli was also previously a director in CGI’s consulting practice and a manager in PwC’s advisory practice.

Petrocelli has a bachelor’s degree from York University.

BDO Canada recently hired Suzanne Schulz as a partner and Western Canada leader for forensic disputes and investigations.