Yanick Brissette, CPA, CA
Partner, Campus Recruiting & KPMG Enterprise
After completing his studies at McGill University and UQAM, and broadening his knowledge by obtaining the CPA designation, Yanick joined KPMG in 1997 as a Senior Auditor.
Today, Yanick is a Partner in the Entreprise practice with more than 16 years of experience auditing privately held businesses in various sectors. In particular, he has led a number of audit engagements in several countries for companies operating in multiple locations. He also has a wealth of experience in special purpose audits and prospectuses in Canada and the United States.
His outgoing nature prompted him to participate in campus recruiting in 2006, and he became responsible for the francophone side of campus recruiting in 2008. He is a member of KPMG Enterprise’s national delivery committee since 2011.
Yanick has found a good balance between his professional and personal life. Parts of his weekends are spent in arenas with his son and his daughter loves to dance, skate and most importantly, chocolate. Some of Yanick’s other interests include wine and hockey.
Yvon Dupuis, CPA, CA
A class graduate from the Université du Québec à Montréal and member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 1991, Yvon started his career at KPMG in Montréal. For more than 21 years, he has acquired experience and worked in conducting multi-location audits for large public and private companies, including multi-nationals with complex financial reporting and accounting issues. From 1995 to 1998, he was on secondment with KPMG in France and worked in the Paris office. In 2000, he was nominated as Partner. Yvon has advised both Canadian and foreign companies on financial issues, such as public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, as well as reorganizations and carve-out transactions. Throughout the years, he has gained an extensive knowledge on Canadian and US accounting and auditing standards, including OSC and SEC regulations, US GAAP, and standards of the PCAOB. He is also a member of the IFRS team of the Montréal office.
From 2000 to 2005, Yvon was the partner responsible for continuing education for the Audit practice. In 2008, he became the Partner-in-charge of the “Information, Communications, and Entertainment” group for the Montréal office. Since 2009 he has been Partner-in-charge of the Montréal Audit practice and is also part of the Management Committee. He is a member of the “National Audit Leadership Team”.
With his professional and interpersonal skills, and his continued support in the management and assessment of the Audit group, Yvon benefits from his ability to guide his colleagues towards great career choices.
Yvon Couturier, CPA, CA
Yvon started out as a KPMG Audit intern in 1980. He is currently a Partner in the KPMG Enterprise practice, focusing on Audit and related services, Tax services, and Business Advisory services to entrepreneurs and privately-held companies. Yvon advises companies whose activities are in constant evolution; they are companies of all sizes and from various industries, including distribution, retail, consumer markets, manufacturing, real estate, technology and aeronautics. He is the Partner responsible for the Aerospace Industry for the Montréal office.
He also assists clients with acquisitions, financing and preparing for an initial public offering (IPO). He has participated in several of his clients’ IPOs. He is also very well-versed in the accounting practice of closed capital corporations and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).
Yvon was the HR Partner-in-Charge for his group for more than 10 years. Taking part in employee evaluations, performance, and compensation matters, he used his listening skills to help employees choose a promising career path.
Taking part in the campus recruiting process since 1985, Yvon enjoys meeting new candidates and promoting the CA profession, giving him an opportunity to highlight his professional and interpersonal skills.
Jean-Pascal Gagnon, CPA, CA
A graduate of Sherbrooke University and member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 2001, Jean-Pascal started his career at KPMG in January 2004 as a Manager and was named Partner in the Enterprise practice in October 2011.
Jean-Pascal has 14 years of experience in audit and consultation and provided advisory and audit services to public, semi public and private companies in Canada and the US. He is the People Leader for the KPMG Enterprise group. This role enables him to promote the firm's values and strategy. He also plays an important role in the in-house training programs.
Being the father of two young boys, the balance between professional and personal life is very important to Jean-Pascal. He is passionate about hockey and cycling, sports he does with his children. In the last few years, he also discovered that he enjoys renovating.
Marie David, CPA, CA
Marie graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke and has been a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 2010. She began her career with KPMG as an intern in 2005, working in the Energy and Natural Resources group and is now a manager in this group.
Marie now has more than five years of experience auditing public and private companies, from small start-ups to large multinational corporations. This experience allowed her to develop her knowledge, primarily in the forestry, mining, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.
After completing her MBA with a major in accounting and passing the UFE in 2008, Marie joined the team of course instructors to teach an audit course to final year accounting students at the Université de Sherbrooke in the summer of 2010.
Marie continues to be involved in training as she helps candidates prepare for the UFE and trains new interns joining KPMG. She has always liked to share her knowledge and to support her colleagues in their professional development. She also loves cycling and outdoor sports. She has been involved in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past three years and is now part of KPMG’s organizing committee.
Talent Attraction Manager
After studying mechanical engineering at Montréal’s School of Advanced Technology (ETS) and obtaining her Engineering Degree, Annik worked for an industrial engineering consulting firm as Project Manager for 4 years, optimizing work methods and production processes for various manufacturing companies.
In 2004, Annik decided to take on new challenges and signed a 2-month contract with the Campus Recruiting team at KPMG’s Montréal office. In that position, she got to know KPMG employees and discovered a work environment and corporate culture that fit her values and aspirations.
In early 2005, Annik accepted a permanent position as Montréal Scheduling Coordinator within KPMG’s Audit practice —a major career change. Her solid grounding in engineering allowed her to quickly propose and make changes to the process in place. Barely 7 months after taking up her duties, Annik was offered a Human Resources administration position, which she eagerly accepted; she took part in a variety of HR projects, particularly in the area of campus recruiting. In 2007, she began a new position entirely focused on that area. Currently in charge of campus recruiting for KPMG’s Montréal office, Annik also promotes national projects as a member of the Canadian firm’s Campus Recruiting team.
Marise Drapeau, CPA, CA
Senior Accountant, Audit
Marise originally comes from the Quebec City area and decided to move to Montréal to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce at McGill University. In 2008, she joined the KPMG team for a summer internship, which persuaded her to return to the firm full time in the winter of 2010. She then completed the CA program at Concordia University on a part-time basis while working full time for the firm. Marise passed the UFE in 2011 and received her CA designation in May 2012.
Marise works in the firm’s audit group, serving private and public companies operating primarily in the manufacturing and food sectors. Working on clients of different sizes that operate in different industries has enabled her to become more adaptable.
Since her first university recruiting experience in 2007, when she was a candidate, Marise has always loved the process and has been involved in recruiting each year ever since. She believes that it is a very rewarding experience at the start of a career that allows candidates to get to know themselves better and to meet people active in their desired profession. Marise will be happy to join the official recruiting team this year and to share her experience with candidates.
Emilie Neveu, CPA, CA
Senior Accountant, Audit
Emilie joined KPMG in May 2008 for a summer internship to get more hands-on knowledge of the accounting and auditing profession. After completing her Bachelor's degree in business administration at HEC Montréal, Emilie went on to do her graduate diploma in public accounting in 2010 and passed the UFE in the same year.
Emilie works in the Audit practice, serving public and private companies operating in the manufacturing, clean energy and information technology sectors. She is also involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montréal in connection with the "University Springboard" initiative and does corrections for HEC Montréal. She also sits on the Board of Directors of a dance troop and helps with their bookkeeping as well as issuing financial statements.
Since joining KPMG, Emilie believes that getting involved in activities and causes maximizes a person's job market and community experience. Moreover, by being involved in recruiting she is happy to meet people who are passionate about the business world as well as students motivated to pursue an exceptional career.
Staff Accountant, Audit
Ariane joined KPMG for a summer internship in 2009. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as her specialized accounting diploma, with HEC Montréal, before passing the UFE in September 2011. Ariane has been back full time with KPMG since October 2011.
Since joining KPMG, Ariane has had the opportunity to work on many projects in a variety of areas, such as the manufacturing, distribution and pension fund sectors.
Ariane is involved in the firm’s mentoring program to share her experience and support her colleagues writing the UFE. She also plays on some of KPMG’s sports teams.
Ariane has been involved in campus recruiting since joining KPMG and is now a member of the official recruiting team for the first time. She was very enthusiastic about accepting this challenge.