PwC's Sonia Boisvert among Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women

27 November 2018

Sonia Boisvert, partner and Assurance leader at the Montreal office of PwC, was named one of the Women's Executive Network's (WXN) 2018 Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women. A member of the firm’s Quebec Leadership team, Boisvert has worked at PwC for over a quarter-century.

WXN, a member-based organization that seeks to advance, mentor, and recognize professional women in Canada, hands out its Most Powerful Women awards to a hundred deserving candidates every year. Ranging from businesswomen to bureaucrats, lawyers, and scientists, award-winners are proven achievers who have strongly contributed to their organizations, fields, and communities.

Among the 100 honoured this year is Sonia Boisvert from Big Four accounting and consulting firm PwC. The Montreal office Assurance leader has been with the firm for the entirety of her career, which spans more than 25 years. Over that time, Boisvert has developed deep expertise in auditing, assurance, and internal control, and has extensive insight into the retail, consumer goods, engineering, and construction industries. She has led audit engagement around the globe, delivered certification services to private and public companies, and advised on mergers & acquisitions.PwC's Sonia Boisvert among Canada's 100 Most Powerful WomenA member of the PwC Quebec Leadership team in charge of strategy for the province, Boisvert is also a part of the Private Company Services team, as well as the head of the Family Inc. initiative – which she helped launch. Family Inc. supports the needs of family-run companies, and has spread from Montreal to all of the firm’s Canadian offices.

"We are very proud to see Sonia's talent and accomplishments recognized by WXN. She plays a significant role in creating the next generation of leaders inside and outside of PwC Canada,” said PwC Canada CEO Nicolas Marcoux. “Sonia is known for building strong and lasting relationships, and inspiring those around her to achieve success. Her ability to bring perspectives together, make a difference and solve our clients' important problems makes her a highly valuable and trusted advisor in the marketplace.”

Boisvert’s other accolades include winning the University of Sherbrooke School of Management's Junior Business Leader award in 2016, and being named a Fellow of the CPA for her contributions to the accounting profession in 2017.

Boisvert is a board member of PwC Canada, CPA-Quebec, and the Jeunes en Tête Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Sherbrooke.

Commenting on WXN’s recognition, Boisvert said, “I know my career wouldn't have been the same without the many people who have helped me grow and develop over the past 25 years. I am very grateful to each of them for everything they have done to support me."

Other 2018 Most Powerful Women award recipients from the consulting industry include: Linda Blair, Managing Partner, Ontario Region, Deloitte; Charmaine Crooks, President, NGU Consultants; Zahra Ebrahim, Co-leader, Doblin, Deloitte; Denise Pothier, VP Practice Services & VP Indigenous Relations, Stantec Consulting; and Amanda Shatzko, President, AS Consulting.


PwC Canada announces finalists in 2019 Vision to Reality Awards

03 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm PwC Canada announced the finalists in its annual Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards, which recognize innovative and creative Canadian organizations.

The finalists included organizations across a wide range of industries, including agriculture, healthcare and life sciences, financial services, and the public sector. Twenty organizations were chosen across the four categories of visionaries, builders, reinventors, and accelerators.

“The visionary” award is given to a small organization with $0-50 million in revenue (including pre-revenue) that has a new idea that is adding value to people, businesses, or society. “The builder” award is given for the same sort of innovation, but eligibility is limited to organizations with between $51 million - $1 billion in revenue.

“The reinventor” award is presented to a company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue that has transformed how it operates or interacts with customers in a way that supports overall strategy and gears the company towards future success. “The accelerator” award is conferred on a public sector organization (of any size) which has launched a progressive initiative that positively impacts Canadians.

PwC Canada announces finalists in 2019 Vision to Reality Awards

The visionary award finalists for 2019 are: Decisive Farming, GHGSat Inc., Livestock Water Recycling, Loop Industries, Inc., and Ondine Biomedical Inc.

The builder award finalists are: Interac, Mircom Technologies Ltd., PointClickCare, Raptor Mining, and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

The reinventor finalists are: Agropur Cooperative, BMO Financial Group, Loblaw Digital, Rogers, and Sun Life Financial.

The accelerator finalists are: The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), British Columbia's Ministry of Health, Canada Border Services Agency, Medavie Health Services New Brunswick, and Oakville Hydro.

The organizations across the four categories are strong indicators that innovation – a major component of competitiveness in a globalized world – is still alive and well in Canada. GHGSat, for example, is using high resolution satellites to detect greenhouse gas emission from industrial sites anywhere in the world. The Vancouver Airport Authority has implemented the first automated border clearance kiosk in the world, using biometrics and self-service technology to speed up border clearance and improve customer experience.

Sun Life Financial has introduced digital platform Lumino, which helps Canadians find healthcare providers and innovations with built-in credible ratings and cost information to enable informed choices. Oakville Hydro has also blazed into the future with the implementation of distributed grid intelligence that automatically responds to changing grid conditions and cuts down on outage frequency.

The shortlisted organizations were chosen by an independent panel of judges from the public and private sectors who have experience assessing innovative organizations. The panel will continue its work as it selects the four ultimate winners next month. They will be announced at an exclusive event in Toronto on May 9th.

"We're thrilled to celebrate our V2R Awards finalists who represent some of Canada's best innovators and leaders," Chris Dulny, chief innovation officer, PwC Canada, said. "In addition to giving innovators well-deserved recognition, V2R brings together a community of trailblazers to collaborate and share ideas. Ultimately, this type of collaboration helps make Canada a more competitive place for innovation and we're proud to be a part of that."