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Mary Lou Maher

Mary Lou Maher

Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG International and Managing Partner, Quality and Risk Management

KPMG in Canada

Mary Lou was appointed the Canadian Managing Partner, Quality & Risk Management in January 2018, in addition to her role as Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity in October 2017.

Over the course of her career, she has undertaken several leadership roles, including serving as Chief Human Resources Officer for KPMG Canada and as a Business Unit Leader for the Consumer Market GTA Audit practice. In early 2013, Mary Lou finished her seven-year term as Chief Financial Officer of KPMG Canada to return to her roots in GTA Audit. In November 2013, Mary Lou was named Chief Inclusion Officer for KPMG Canada, reflecting her long-standing commitment to corporate diversity. She was also a member of the firm's National Audit Leadership Team, which deals with quality, risk and operational issues across Canada.

She was named a Trail Blazer for Women Chartered Accountants and placed into the Hall of Fame for the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She has received the Life Time Achievement Award from Standing Proud and the Senior Leadership Award for Diversity from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. She created KPMG Canada’s first ever National Diversity Council and is the executive sponsor of pride@kpmg.


Areas of expertise

Audit   Financial Statement Audit   Inclusion and Diversity   HR effectiveness   Strategy   Risk

Areas of expertise
Audit Financial Statement Audit HR effectiveness Risk Management Strategy Talent Management
Education and qualifications
  • B.Comm., McMaster University


  • Financial Statement Auditing

Community Involvement
  • Council member of ICAO and Member of Governance Committee

  • Women's College Hospital, Board of Directors

  • LEAF, Board of Directors

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