William B. Thomas

Chairman Elect, KPMG International; Chair, KPMG's Americas Region

KPMG in Canada

Bill Thomas is the Chair of KPMG’s Americas Region – a position he has held since March 2014. In addition, Bill served as the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada from 2009 to 2016. Bill will assume the role of Chairman of KPMG International on 1 October 2017.

As a member of KPMG’s Global Board and the Global Executive Team since 2009, Bill brings tremendous international experience and perspectives to his Americas role. Bill has also built strong relationships with many Canadian and global clients, bringing key knowledge and insights to help them navigate the increasingly complex markets in which they operate. 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 forward.

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 honoured 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 across the firm.

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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