Partner, Audit and Campus Recruiting
Scott has been with KPMG for 16 years and has worked with a wide variety of both private and public companies during this time. His first 4 years with KPMG were spent in Vancouver before transferring to the Calgary office in 2000. Since arriving in Calgary, Scott has gained extensive experience working with numerous technology-based clients, providing a wide range of services, including audit, securities work, and due diligence assignments.
Scott is a board member with the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation and also sits on the Accounting Steering Committee for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also the partner responsible for KPMG in Calgary’s Campus Recruiting initiatives.
In his spare time, Scott is an avid golfer, and especially enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children.
Susie Cooke joined KPMG in September 2007 after completing the Bachelor of Business Administration at St. Francis Xavier University. Susie began her career as an auditing student in the oil and gas department at the Calgary office, and completed her CA designation is December 2009. Susie’s current focus has been with the Oil and Gas practice as well as working on specific engagements within the Corporate Auditing Practice.
While at KPMG, Susie has spent the last couple of years involved in the CASB mentorship program and KPMG’s UFE preparation program. As well Susie has been involved in KPMG’s National Summer Student training program and enjoys being a mentor and performance counselor for junior staff.
Before becoming an Accountant Susie had the opportunity to travel throughout Canada and Australia as she pursued her passion of cooking. Susie has an active 8 year old at home, and spends most of her free time at a hockey arena or volunteering at her son’s school.
Talent Attraction Manager
Taryn has worked in a variety of areas in her short time at KPMG; she started her career with KPMG as a co-op student in Toronto in the fall of 2005, and then made the move to Calgary to complete a term as a summer intern in 2006. Taryn returned to Dalhousie University to finish her Bachelor of Commerce prior to returning to Calgary to work full time in the Audit group in the fall of 2007. Taryn then went on to complete the CASB program and pass the UFE in 2009.
While working in the Calgary office, Taryn has had the opportunity to test out a number of different areas, working on large and small audit engagements, travelling across the country and over to London, preparing tax returns in the International Tax group, and working with the Campus Recruiting team on a 3-month temporary secondment in 2008. Upon passing the UFE and completing her third year with KPMG, Taryn took on a 1-year secondment working with the Campus Recruiting team as a Talent Attraction Specialist in the Calgary office and enjoyed this experience so much that she has now become a permanent member of the Talent Attraction Team.
In her free time, when she isn't too busy on campus, Taryn enjoys travelling, biking, volunteering in her community, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jamie joined KPMG in 1992 after graduating from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He left for a short while to work at an airline, and returned to KPMG a few years later. He is now the Partner-in-Charge of the Halifax Audit practice, and has both private and public clients.
Jamie has held various roles within the firm, including Dialogue Counsellor. He is currently spending a lot of his time helping clients with their conversion to the new IFRS standards.
When not at work, Jamie can be found with his two boys and wife, or trying to work on his short game at the local golf course.
JP Furey, CA
Senior Manager, Audit
JP joined KPMG in 2009 after spending several years with a financial services firm in Bermuda. JP received a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint May’s University in 2003 and went on to complete his CA Designation in 2006. JP’s client based includes public companies, large private corporations, and government business enterprises.
JP has various roles with the firm including Recruiting Manager for Halifax, Performance Counselor and the Financial Services sector lead for Halifax.
Outside of the office, JP enjoys playing Soccer and Basketball, hiking, running, spending time with Family and traveling.
Senior Accountant, Financial Institutions and Real Estate
Christine Linton joined the firm as a co-op in January 2008. She joined full time in September 2010 in the Financial Institutions practice specializing in banking and hedge fund audits. Christine has also worked on pension funds, small brokerages, asset managers and insurance branches.
Since passing the UFE in 2011, Christine has become actively involved in the UFE program not only as a study mentor to multiple writers, but also as a UFE Coordinator on her floor. She also has participated in many recruiting events especially regarding co-op and intern programs after coming through that program herself. Christine also enjoyed her time planning social events with the Social Committee on her floor.
Since joining KPMG, Christine has also participated in some interested community service initiatives. In the summer of 2011 she travelled with KPMG to Kenya with the Free the Children partnership on the very first trip available to employees. Also, every year, Christine participates in the Ride to Conquer Cancer with KPMG’s corporate team. The event is a cycling journey over 200km to Niagara Falls, and is a very rewarding experience.
Christine loves participating in KPMG community initiatives such as Volunteer Day as well as participating in networking events. Outside of work she is the captain of her ultimate Frisbee team and enjoys reading, cooking and concerts.
Senior Consultant, Performance and Technology
Katherine joined KPMG in 2007 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Katherine began her career with KPMG in the GTA audit practice working on clients in various industry groups including Energy, Mining, Industrials, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals. Katherine obtained her Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation in 2010.
While working with KPMG Canada, Katherine has been involved with recruiting, attending many on-campus and KPMG hosted events while also maintaining her involvement in many community groups.
Most recently, Katherine has transitioned to KPMG’s Advisory practice and is currently a Senior Consultant in KPMG’s Business Effectiveness Group with a focus on Health Care clients. This new role provides her with many opportunities to be involved in the community and help make a difference in the Canada’s Health Care sector. Katherine has traveled a great deal through Canada, the US, and the Asia-Pacific region. She enjoys hockey, sailing, golf and travelling.
Daniel Joined KPMG full time in 2007 after obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce at Dalhousie University and successfully completing 3 co-op terms from 2005-2007. Daniel began at KPMG in the Toronto Audit practice working extensively on industrial and automotive clients. He obtained his Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation is 2010.
Daniel participated in a 6 month secondment to Calgary in 2008/2009 where he travelled around western Canada and the United States and working primarily in the Oil and Gas industry, with a brief stint in Enterprise, gaining knowledge of oil and gas accounting and tax.
While in Enterprise Daniel’s current focus is facing new responsibilities and delivering value added service to clients. He has traveled a great deal throughout Canada, US and Australia. Daniel enjoys hockey, volleyball and being terrible at golf.
Laird MacDonald, CA
Talent Attraction Manager, GTA Campus Recruiting
Laird joined KPMG in 2005 after obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Laird began his career with KPMG in the Waterloo Audit practice working on clients in various industry groups including Consumer Markets and Energy and Natural Resources. Laird obtained his Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation in 2008.
In the summer of 2008, Laird participated in a four month secondment to Johannesburg as part of a short term exchange program with KPMG South Africa. Laird recently returned from a 36 month secondment to KPMG Amsterdam as part of the Global Opportunities program where he travelled extensively across Europe and Asia for clients gaining knowledge of IFRS.
While working with KPMG Canada, Laird has been involved with recruiting and most recently transitioned to the Talent Attraction Team as Manager of Campus Recruiting. Laird also maintains a client portfolio in the Enterprise practice with a focus on real estate. In his personal time Laird enjoys skiing, swimming and travelling.
Stephen Novalski, CA
Talent Attraction Manager, GTA Campus Recruiting
Stephen Novalski joined KPMG in 2005 after obtaining his BBA from the Schulich School of Business. Stephen began his career with KPMG in the Financial Institutions and Real Estate (FIRE) Audit practice, where he gained experience working with a wide variety of clients and industries including banks, real estate and construction companies.
In 2008, Stephen obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and that same year accepted a secondment into KPMG’s National Campus Recruiting team providing support for offices from coast to coast. This secondment led to a permanent move into Talent Attraction where Stephen joined as a Manager on the Employer Branding team. In over two years in this role, Stephen was responsible for designing and developing national campus recruiting programs including the Ace the Case Competition and Fast Forward Leadership Conference among many others.
Since 2011, Stephen has been in the role of Talent Attraction Manager for GTA Campus Recruiting and has enjoyed the new challenge of being more involved on campuses and in the recruiting efforts of the GTA offices.
Talent Attraction Specialist, GTA Campus Recruiting
Mary Freitas joined the KPMG team in October 2010 after completing her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mary began her career in the Toronto Audit practice as part of the Financial Institutions audit group where she has worked on clients in various industries including banking, broker/dealers, and funds. She has also had the opportunity to work in several of KPMG’s other groups including energy, mining, and private clients.
Mary wrote and passed the UFE in September 2011 and is acting as a UFE mentor for one of this year’s writers through KPMG’s Study Buddy program as well as a marker for KPMG’s internal marking pool. While working with KPMG, Mary has been actively involved with recruiting and has most recently accepted a short-term secondment in Campus Recruiting as a Talent Attraction Specialist.
Outside of work, Mary enjoys baking, reading, and travelling to new places.
Pankita Patel, CA
Talent Attraction Specialist, GTA Campus Recruiting
Pankita Patel joined the KPMG team as a summer intern in 2007 and started full-time in September 2008 with the Enterprise Audit practice, where she specialized in working with non-for-profit organizations and municipalities. Pankita graduated from York University in 2008 with a BBA from the Schulich School of Business. Pankita has worked with a variety of non-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and real estate companies since joining the firm.
Pankita has been actively involved in recruiting since joining KPMG as a summer intern where she was a campus ambassador and after two years in the audit practice in September 2010 Pankita took on a new role in the Talent Attraction Group as a Talent Attraction Specialist, Campus Recruiting.
Since beginning her career at KPMG, Pankita has had the opportunity to be involved with the UFE process through KPMG’s Study Buddy program, allowing her to mentor CA students through their CA exams as well as being a professional marker and seminar leader for the SOA since passing the UFE in 2009. For the past three years, Pankita has also had the opportunity to give back to her university through being a TA at Schulich School of Business for first and third year students. Through this opportunity, Pankita has been able to keep her passion of teaching and be an active member of the Schulich alumni. Recently in 2012, Pankita joined the Ontario UFE group’s internal marking centre and has been actively involved in facilitating CKE and SOA technical sessions.
Pankita is an active participant in KPMG’s community initiatives as a key member on the Free the Children steering committee who works to raise internal firm awareness and organize events in support of the organization. In 2012, Pankita took on a new role as the Team Champion for the Talent Attraction Group to support the KPMG GTA World Partnership Walk Team. Outside of work, Pankita enjoys hot yoga, travelling, and baking.
Rory MacPherson, CHRP Candidate
Talent Attraction Coordinator, GTA Campus Recruiting
Rory MacPherson joined KPMG’s campus recruiting team in March of 2012. Prior to KPMG Rory worked in campus recruiting for a global reinsurance firm where he assisted in recruiting actuarial science students. Rory’s interest in campus recruiting began while working in Vancouver, BC for one of Canada’s Big 5 Banks, and decided to move to Toronto for an opportunity to gain experience in the industry. Rory’s main goal since joining the GTA team is striving to provide all campus candidates with the best possible recruitment experience.
Despite Rory being new to KPMG, he has enjoyed getting involved with local campus events and planning activities for KPMG’s interns and co-ops. Rory’s most memorable moment so far has been attending a community leadership workshop that Free the Children facilitated for the KPMG 2012 Summer Interns.
In his spare time Rory enjoys traveling, cycling, volunteering, and learning how to cook.
Talent Attraction Specialist, Regions- East Campus Recruiting
Julia Beniusis joined KPMG and the Talent Attraction team in January 2011, overseeing campus recruitment for the firm’s Regions East offices. Prior to joining KPMG, Julia held recruitment roles at the University of Guelph and, more recently, with the Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Julia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management Degree, and is a board member with the Hamilton Chapter of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).
Outside of work, Julia can be found enjoying her many favourite active pursuits, including running, yoga, snowboarding, and golf.