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Robert D. Brouwer

Vice Chair, KPMG in Canada, Regional Head of Markets, KPMG’s Americas Region

KPMG in Canada

Rob is Vice Chair for KPMG in Canada, Regional Head of Markets for KPMG’s Americas Region, and a member of the KPMG Americas Management Committee. In addition to his leadership roles, he plays active client service roles as an executive relationship partner and previously as an audit partner for a wide range of public and private companies. He also has extensive experience in securities regulatory issues in both Canada and the US, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer. Rob was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He has deep experience in a variety of senior leadership roles including as Head of Clients and Markets for Canada, for the Americas Region, and as a member of the KPMG Global Clients and Markets Steering Group. He has served as Chief Administrative Officer, KPMG Americas, Canadian Managing Partner, Clients and Markets, GTA Regional Managing Partner, Partner in Charge of the Toronto audit practice, and National Director of KPMG’s mining practice. He started his career in accounting technical roles, and was our firm’s senior accounting technical partner. 

Rob is actively committed to the advancement of board governance in Canada. He has served as Faculty for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)-Rotman Directors Education Program since its inception, has served on the National Board of the ICD board, and serves as the Chair of the ICD Ontario Chapter. He is Vice Chair of KPMG in Canada’s Board Leadership Centre (BLC), and has worked with a number of KPMG’s largest clients supporting their board governance initiatives, including board training, development of policies and procedures, governance effectiveness reviews, and board self-assessment. Rob has co-authored, for the past 25 years, a “Current Developments in Financial Reporting” column for the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Newsline magazine. He served on the Leadership Council of the Ivey Business School’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership in London, Ontario, and previously on the Canada Institute Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

Rob is actively committed to our communities, including serving on a number of arts and not-for-profit boards. Rob currently serves as Vice-Chair of Ballet Jorgen Canada, director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company, and previously as director of the Canadian Opera Company.  He served as a director of Volunteer Toronto, and was recognized as a Circle of Champions member for his work with the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership. He has served on both the Campaign Cabinet and the Major Individual Givers Cabinet for the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Canadian Blood Services Campaign Cabinet For All Canadians, and on the Fundraising Cabinet for the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower, and the SickKids Leaders Cabinet. 

Areas of expertise

Corporate responsibility reporting New leadership Sustainability Talent Management
Robert D. Brouwer

Education and qualifications

  • BA (Economics), University of Toronto

Accreditation

  • FCPA, FCA

  • ICD.D

Community Involvement

  • Chapter Chair, Institute of Corporate Directors Ontario Chapter

  • Board Member, Soulpepper Theatre Company

  • Vice-Chair, Ballet Jorgen Canada

  • Faculty for Institute of Corporate Directors / Rotman Directors Education Program

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