Our global organization

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At EY we have one strong global leadership team that sets one single global strategy and agenda.

To ensure we are efficient and effective, we have organized our legal entities into 28 similarly sized business units, called Regions, in terms of both people and revenues. These Regions, almost all of which are purposely not single countries, are grouped into four geographic Areas:

  • Americas
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Europe, Middle East, India and Africa
  • Japan

This structure is streamlined – it allows us to make decisions quickly, and ensures that we execute our strategy and provide exceptional client service wherever in the world our clients do business.

Our Global Executive

The Global Executive is our highest management body and focuses on strategy, execution and operations. Its membership brings together all the elements of our global organization, including the leaders of our geographic Areas and service lines.

Our Americas Executive Board

The Americas Executive Board (AEB) is the top decision-making body of the Americas Area, with accountability for executing strategy, including market leadership and growth, partner and people matters, quality and risk management.

Meet our Canadian leaders

Through the breadth and depth of their collective experience – professionally and in their communities – the leaders of EY Canada reflect the strength of our global network and the diversity of our global culture. 

Executive Committee

EY - Jad Shimaly Jad Shimaly
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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    Jad joined EY in 2000 and was appointed to the role of EY Canada Chairman and CEO in 2018. He previously served on EY Canada’s Executive Committee as Managing Partner for Advisory Services. He's led critical national initiatives and programs across service lines and markets. That includes building EY Canada Advisory capabilities, covering risk and regulatory, consulting, and IT advisory, across a variety of sectors. Under his leadership, EY Canada Advisory Services became the employer of choice for some of Canada’s top consulting talent, and is now best-positioned to help companies solve today’s most complex issues.

EY - Alycia Calvert Alycia Calvert
Managing Partner, Tax
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    Alycia has been with the firm for more than 20 years, and was appointed Managing Partner, Tax, in 2014. She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, Alycia made a big impact as EY’s Transaction Tax Leader.

    She has worked in several EY offices, including London, Calgary and Toronto. Alycia has in-depth experience with the structuring of royalty trusts and income funds, acquisitions of Canadian public and private corporations, advising on post-acquisition restructuring and the provision of tax due diligence services. She serves on the executive committee of the Canadian Tax Foundation and holds the CPA, CA designation.

EY - Jay Hutchison Jay Hutchison
Managing Partner, Accounts and Markets
Chief Development Officer

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    Jay has served as Managing Partner, Accounts and Markets, since 2014, serving previously as Tax Managing Partner (2010-2014.) He is a member of the Executive Committee. He was previously the Canadian and central market leader for Tax. Over the course of his career, Jay has assumed various leadership responsibilities, including acting as market leader for our Calgary office (2007–10) and Canadian Human Capital leader (2004–06). Jay also served as a member of our Canadian Partnership Board and our Americas and Global Advisory Councils.

    Jay has served as the Global client service partner and Tax account leader on some of our firm’s largest accounts. He has extensive experience providing tax and advisory assistance to clients operating in complex global environments.

    Jay is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society. He has also been a frequent public speaker on several issues, including the tax considerations related to IFRS adoption.

EY - Massimo Marinelli Massimo Marinelli
Managing Partner, Assurance
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    Massimo Marinelli was appointed Managing Partner for Assurance Services in Canada in 2017. He leads a team of 150 partners focused on providing high-quality, insightful and industry-focused assurance services to EY's public, private and government clients.

    Massimo is a senior partner with over 25 years of experience and sits on the firm's Executive Committee. He leads EY's audit transformation journey in Canada, as the firm continuously innovates to meet the evolving demands of business, regulators and investors.

    While managing all aspects of EY's Assurance Practice, Massimo continues to help clients navigate the quickly-changing financial and reporting environment and is the client serving partner for multi-national public clients.

    Prior to this role, he was the Managing Partner of Assurance Services in Central Canada, and served clients primarily in the power and utilities, real estate, retail, automotive and mining industries.

EY - Murray McDonald Murray McDonald
Managing Partner, Transaction Advisory Services
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    Murray has served as Managing Partner, Transaction Advisory Services since 2003 and is a member of the Executive Committee. He also leads our Restructuring practice, a role he has held since 1999. Murray joined the firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1993. In addition to being a CA, Murray is a licensed trustee in bankruptcy. He has acted for lenders, debtors and bondholders in several large corporate restructurings in Canada and has extensive cross-border restructuring experience.

EY - Doris Stamml Doris Stamml 
Chief Legal Counsel
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    Doris obtained her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. She joined EY’s General Counsel’s Office in 1988 after a few years practising corporate and commercial law at a downtown Toronto law firm. Doris is a member of the Executive Committee. As EY’s Chief Legal Counsel, Doris currently leads a group of eight lawyers who provide legal support on a wide range of issues including litigation, regulatory compliance and risk management, governance, contracts and policy matters, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law. Doris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

EY - Stephen Shea Stephen Shea
Managing Partner, Talent
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    Stephen is the Managing Partner, Talent for EY in Canada. He is responsible for leading all facets of the firm’s people strategy for both partners and staff.

    He also leads our firm’s relationships as the Global Coordinating Partner for two of our largest Canadian clients in the resource sector. He has extensive experience in the life science, healthcare and resource sectors.

    Throughout Stephen’s 21 year career he has excelled as a client service partner in both the Audit and most recently the Advisory practice of the firm. He has provided leadership through counselling and mentoring to people within the firm at all levels.

EY - Linda Williams Linda Williams
Managing Partner, Advisory
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    Linda Williams was appointed Managing Partner for Advisory Services in Canada and Québec in 2018 and also sits on the Canadian Executive Committee. She leads a team of over 1000 consultants who are committed to building a better working world by helping clients grow, optimize and protect their business through innovation and transformation.

    Linda is a senior partner with over 25 years of experience leading transformational programs in financial services, telecommunications and other sectors. Linda has served EY in a number of leadership positions to develop core capabilities, build an inclusive culture and high performing teams that serve her clients at local and National levels.

    Prior to this role, Linda was the Performance Improvement Lead for Canada and led the consulting practice in Québec comprising of IT, finance, supply chain, people & organizational change as well as strategy professionals.

Market Segment Leadership

EY - Anne-Marie Hubert Anne-Marie Hubert
Managing Partner, Quebec
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    Since January 1, 2016, Anne-Marie Hubert was appointed Québec Managing Partner. Previously, she was the Managing Partner for Advisory Services for EY Canada from 2009 to 2015. She built the EY consulting business and made Advisory Canada the second fastest growing region of the 28 regions in EY world. She joined the firm in 1985, obtained her CA in 1987, and became a partner in 1998. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (OCAQ).

    A member of the EY Global Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009 and EY Canada’s Executive Committee from 2009 to 2015, Anne-Marie has established a reputation for challenging the status quo to make it easier for all our people to offer quality service and positively impact our economy and our communities. From 2002 to 2006, she led EY Canada's gender equity initiatives and served as the Canadian representative on the Americas Gender Equity Task Force. In December 2006, she received the Rosemary Meschi award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in the Americas. In December 2011, she was recognized for the fourth time as one of Canada’s 100 Top Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and in June 2012, she was selected as one of three Champions of Women in Business leaders chosen by Catalyst Canada.  In June 2015, she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the advancement of women in business.

    She serves on the boards of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, and the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal.

EY - Tony Pampena Tony Pampena
Central Leader
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    With over 25 years of experience at EY, Tony has built a tremendous brand in this market by bringing the full force and power of EY to each and every client. Previously, he was the Central Tax service Line Market Leader.

    He has specialized in providing advisory services to public and private companies in numerous industries, including Utilities, Media & Entertainment, Manufacturing and Private Equity. Tony delivers value-added solutions to his clients and provides a well-rounded and balanced approach to tax planning.

EY - Kent Kaufield Kent Kaufield 
Energy Leader
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    Kent is our Calgary Office Managing Partner and Energy Leader. Kent was previously the Managing Partner of our Edmonton office and has also served as leader of various practices: Western Canadian Advisory Services (2008–11), Canadian Information Technology Risk Advisory Practice (2007–10), Western Canadian Technology Risk Services (2004–07) and Canadian Securities and Technology (2003–04).

    Kent has over 20 years’ experience delivering advisory and assurance services, both as a professional services advisor and in industry as a member of senior management.

    He has assisted public and private organizations in areas such as IT advisory, risk management, internal audit co-sourcing, strategic planning and entity-wide governance issues.

EY - Fiona Macfarlane Fiona Macfarlane
Managing Partner, British Columbia

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    Fiona Macfarlane is currently EY’s Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice and the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer. Prior to her current role, Fiona was the Canadian Managing Partner, People and EY’s Americas Chief Operating Officer, Tax. Before joining EY’s South African firm in 1983, Fiona trained as a lawyer in Cape Town, where she was admitted to the bar. Fiona was on the cabinet of Pathways to Education, an organization that provides access to education for youth in disadvantaged areas. Fiona was previously a Director on the Canadian Board of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and co-chaired the IWF Canada Committee on Sponsorship of Women to Leadership roles.

    Fiona is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and serves on the organization’s Executive Committee. Additionally, she had been appointed by the British Columbia Minister of Finance to the province’s Expert Panel on Business Taxation. Fiona currently sits on the Executive Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia and is a Governor of the Board of UBC, as well as Shawnigan Lake School. Additionally, Fiona was previously a member of the Aboriginal Business Investment Council.

    Fiona has been recognized as one of WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Fiona also received the “IWF Woman Who Makes a Difference” award in October 2013. She is a winner of the 2015 Influential Women in Business Awards presented by Business in Vancouver, was awarded by the Top 25 Women of Influence, Professional Services, 2015 and most recently Big Sisters named her the recipient of the inaugural Luminary Award. Fiona has also been recognized as one of Women of Influence's 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions.

    Fiona’s efforts in the immigrant community have been recognized with two awards: the TRIEC CBC Business Leader Award in 2008 and York University’s makeMORE Ontario Connections Award for Immigrants in 2010. In 2011, Fiona was awarded an Honorary CA. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts, commerce and law degree from the University of Cape Town. She also earned a Master of Law degree from Cambridge University.

EY - Paul Battista Paul Battista
Financial Services Organization Leader
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    Paul has over 25 years of industry and advisory experience within the financial services sector.

    His specific expertise includes performance improvement related services which focus on enhancing both the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial services sector.

    Within that context, Paul has helped define and implement numerous business and customer strategies for the clients he has served including leading engagements related to supporting strategy development, business model re-design and implementation as well as implementing and sustaining organizational change.

    Paul also continues to lead our FSO Advisory practice in Canada, which includes partners and staff in the firm’s Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offices and focuses on delivering performance improvement, information technology advisory, risk, regulatory and compliance and actuarial services to clients in the banking and capital markets, wealth and asset management, and insurance subsectors.

Kirsten Tisdale Kirsten Tisdale 
Government & Public Sector Leader
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    Kirsten was appointed Managing Partner of Canada’s government and Public Sector practice in 2016. She also leads British Columbia’s Advisory Services team. Prior to the Canadian GPS appointment Kirsten served as the firm’s Global Government and Public Sector Advisory leader where she sat on the global GPS executive team and drove solution development and investment strategy in the GPS sector in over 100 countries. She also serves as the Global Client Service partner for one of Canada’s largest and most complex accounts.

    She has nearly 25 years of experience in advising clients in over 20 countries on designing and implementing complex transformation programs. She brings a combination of strategy, hands on complex program execution experience, and a deep understanding in the role of human capital in driving change.

    Kirsten was a leader in EY’s consulting practice between 1998 – 2000 and joined Cap Gemini Ernst and Young after the split, where we worked for several years in large scale transformation and outsourcing. She left Cap Gemini in 2001 to join the Province of British Columbia as a Deputy Minister reporting to the Premier’s Office responsible for driving public sector transformation. She led a portfolio of over $2.4B worth of projects which delivered over $500M in savings as well as service transformation to the Province.

    Other recent leadership experiences include Vancouver Managing Partner for Korn/Ferry and recognized thought leader and frequent speaker on trends in talent management and leadership, board diversity, and public sector governance and transformation. Kirsten currently sits on the boards the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and the BC Cancer Foundation. She previously served as a Director for Partnerships BC, as chair of their HR and Governance Committee, The Canadian Council for Board Diversity, and was a founding director of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education.

EY - David Fabian David Fabian 
Private Client Services Leader
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    David is the Managing Partner for EY’s Private Client Services (PCS) Practice. Based in Toronto, David has more than 24 years of experience managing audit and tax assignments for privately-held companies throughout North America.

    Throughout his career, David has hosted several private company webcasts, as well as moderated and led round tables and learning events for private business owners and professionals. He has also been published in top tier publications such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Forbes and the Toronto Board of Trade Magazine.

    David has a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Western Ontario. He is a CA and CPA and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and Alberta.