William B. Thomas

Chairman Elect, KPMG International

KPMG in Canada

Bill Thomas is the Chairman Elect of KPMG International. Bill will become the next Chairman of KPMG International for a 4-year term beginning on 1 October 2017, when current Chairman John Veihmeyer’s term concludes. Bill was previously the Chairman of KPMG’s Americas region, a position he held from March 2014 to March 2017. In addition, Bill served as the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada from 2009 to 2016.

As a member of KPMG’s Global Board and Executive Committee since 2009, Bill has been a leader in defining KPMG’s global strategy. Bill has built strong relationships with many Canadian and global clients, bringing key knowledge and insights to help them navigate increasingly complex markets. As CEO of KPMG in Canada, he provided leadership and direction for the firm’s business across the country, working with partners and staff to drive KPMG’s strategy and growth. Bill is also a champion in promoting an inclusive and high-performing culture throughout the KPMG network.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation in 1992 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He was named a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.

Bill is a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Forty-under-Forty award, which recognizes British Columbia’s top 40 outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals. In 2012, he was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada. In 2015, Bill was named a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion in recognition for his leadership in building a diverse and inclusive culture in KPMG in Canada.

Education and qualifications

  • B. Sc., University of British Columbia, 1989

Accreditation

  • CPA, CA

  • FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, 2008

  • Audit and Accounting

  • Securities Offerings

Community Involvement

  • United Way Campaign Cabinet

  • Catalyst Canada Advisory Board

  • The Conference Board of Canada

  • Queen's School of Business Advisory Board

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