BDO Canada makes several leadership appointments

13 February 2024 2 min. read
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BDO Canada has appointed Sinéad Scanlon as leader for DEI, Ana-Luiza Georgescu as a partner in expatriate tax services, and Ahmed Talaat as a partner in BDO Digital.

In her new role, Scanlon will advance the accounting and consulting firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, and will also serve as leader of BDO’s national DEI advisory council. She succeeds Giselle Bodkin.

Scanlon is a Kelowna-based audit partner with nearly 20 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to clients across industries. She has been at BDO for 16 years and spent the past three years serving on the women’s pillar of the firm’s DEI committee.

“Over the past 16 years with our firm, Sinéad has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fostering an environment where everyone belongs,” said Kerri Plexman, managing partner, talent & culture for BDO Canada. “We are eager to leverage her expertise to continue our DEI journey, ensuring BDO continuously evolves to meet the needs of our people.”

BDO Canada makes several leadership appointments

Based in Montreal, Georgescu brings more than 25 years of professional experience with a focus on global mobility, executive compensation, and international personal tax matters. She has expertise across various industries and jurisdictions in North America and Europe.

Georgescu was previously a tax partner at KPMG Canada, where she was global rewards leader within the family office practice.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ana-Luiza to the team,” said Harry Chana, partner, international and cross-border tax services practice leader, BDO Canada. “Her experience leading teams that advise corporations, individuals and family offices on international tax matters is invaluable. I am excited to see how our team can grow and leverage her expertise to help our clients achieve their goals.”

Based in Toronto, Talaat brings over 25 years of professional services and software development experience. He has particular expertise in helping clients drive value from their Salesforce investments.

Talaat joins BDO from Slalom, where he spent six years and was a managing director responsible for building and growing the Salesforce consulting practice.

Before that, he was a senior strategic advisor in PwC’s consulting and deals division, a co-founder and partner at consulting firm Cloudware Connections, and a principal at Spade Consulting.

“We are happy to welcome Ahmed Talaat as a partner to BDO Digital,” said Matthew Kenney, partner, corporate growth leader. “Ahmed’s extensive expertise and proven ability to drive ambitious outcomes and impactful change will elevate how we provide customized innovative solutions to our clients. His history of building Salesforce practices into leading providers in Canada is remarkable, and an impactful addition to the team.”

BDO Canada also on January 1 promoted 35 team members across its various services lines and practice areas to partner.