Partner, Tax, Technology Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Frank Giordano joined KPMG in September 1994. Frank is currently a Tax Partner in KPMG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice, specializing with clients in the software, communications and electronic industries. Frank began his career with KPMG in the North Toronto Audit practice and joined the Tax practice in 2007 after receiving his Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation. In August 2005, Frank left KPMG for industry working as a Chief Financial Officer of a private real estate company and rejoined the firm in March 2007.
While at KPMG, Frank has been a facilitator at the ICAO School of Accountancy and has taught and lectured at the university level for many years. Over his career, Frank has also been very active in recruiting activities and is passionate about developing and mentoring people, and currently serves as a People Leader within KPMG.
In his personal time, Frank enjoys picking up a game of ice hockey or golf with his friends and spending time with his family.
Partner, Financial Institutions (FI)
Ozench Ibrahim has over 14 years of experience in the financial institutions industry including commercial banking, mortgage lending, wealth management, investment banking and brokerage, and has experience dealing with regulators and regulatory reporting both in Canada and the US.
While at KPMG, Ozench has led a number of initiatives including KPMG's IFRS workshops for Canadian Investment Dealers and the annual Bank Book, a widely used publication, and is one of KPMG's designated IFRS technical specialists and financial institutions champion having assisted clients with IFRS conversion efforts and IFRS training. Ozench is a frequent presenter at internal and client-specific training sessions and industry seminars.
Ozench is a Member of the Board of Governors and the Audit Committee and Chair of the Pension Committee of York University.
In her free time, Ozench likes to travel and spend quality time with her son.
Partner, Audit, Financial Institutions & Real Estate (FIRE)
Hudson Lopez is a partner in the financial services practice at KPMG based in Toronto. He has 12 years of experience in the audit of financial services companies including six years spent with KPMG in the Cayman Islands serving a large number of insurers, and insurance securitization vehicles. He is currently involved in the audits of domestic and multi-national P&C and Life insurers leading a team in planning, executing the audit strategy and reporting to those charged with governance.
In addition, he has vast experience serving clients reporting under several basis of accounting including Canadian GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS and is currently involved in assisting clients with their IFRS conversion projects. He has currently assisted the regulators (OSFI) in their review of the P&C and Life Returns for compliance with IFRS standards.
Hudson has spoken for the past two years at the Canadian Insurance Accountants Association Financial Reporting and Accounting Update and on IFRS topics, at the CIBC Mellon Luncheon Series on IFRS for their clients and for the past two years at the KPMG Annual Insurance Issues Conference.
Senior Manager. Audit, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Pardeep joined KPMG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Audit group in September 2004 after a summer internship during 2003. He has worked on audit and non-audit engagements for large and small public and private clients. Recently, Pardeep has been involved in IFRS conversion projects in various roles for his clients. His clients are focused in the telecommunications, media and gaming industries, which are at various stages of their business cycle.
Pardeep graduated from the Schulich School of Business with an International Bachelor of Business Administration degree, passed the UFE in September 2005, and obtained his CA designation in June 2007. Since joining KPMG, Pardeep has been involved in non-client services, such as being the chair of the ICE social committee and the current ICE core recruiting manager.
Outside of work, Pardeep volunteers with a charity organization providing high quality education to children in rural areas of a developing country, is actively involved in Canadian politics, and every October believes the Leafs will win the Stanley Cup.
Dan Tworzewski, CA
Senior Manger, Tax, Financial Services
Dan Tworzewski joined the KPMG team in the fall of 2000 in the Financial Services audit practice, where he specialized in working with large Financial Services companies including Insurance Companies, Banks and Broker Dealers. In 2003, Dan transferred to the Financial Services tax practice specializing in Canadian corporate tax for Insurance Companies and Investment Funds. Dan graduated from York University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honours).
Dan has been actively involved in campus recruiting since Joining the Financial Services tax practice focusing on talent attraction through the Direct to Tax stream.
Dan is an active participant in KPMG's community initiatives being a Community Leader champion for the Financial Services tax group. Outside of work, Dan enjoys playing golf, cycling and snowboarding.
Manager, Audit, Financial Institutions (FI)
Laura Szekely first joined KPMG as a coop student in the Risk and Compliance Advisory group, but later joined KPMG full time in September 2006 after graduating from Queen's University. Laura then started with and still works in the Financial Institutions Audit practice, where she has worked on a variety of clients including banks, investment dealers, and alternative investment funds.
While at KPMG, Laura has participated in a 4-month secondment to KPMG's office in the Cayman Islands as part of the Global Opportunities program as well as a 6-month secondment in GTA Talent Attraction. Over the past few years, Laura has also been involved with KPMG's UFE program, teaching internal training, and is currently the recruiting manager for her group.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys playing tennis, skiing, water sports and travelling.
Manager, Audit, Financial Institutions & Real Estate (FIRE)
Ayesha joined the firm in 2007 after obtaining her Bachelor of Administrative Studied with an Honours Accounting from York University – Atkinson Faculty. Ayesha started her career in the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Practice (FIRE) and is still part of the same audit group. Her primary focus is the Real Estate industry. Ayesha obtained her Chartered Accountancy in 2009.
Over the years Ayesha has contributed to the UFE program by being a mentor to the UFE writers. She is also a representative of the Women Interchange Network which aims to provide growth and development opportunities to women within the firm. She was also instrumental in organizing KPMG's firm inter-faith event based on the tradition of fasting in the three Abrahamic faiths and invited the relevant religious leaders as the speakers. Ayesha is also involved in the campus recruitment.
While working at KPMG, Ayesha has used her baking skills to win first place in the annual FIRE bake off competition. In her personal time, Ayesha enjoys reading books on Islamic history, travelling and volunteer.
Senior Accountant, Enterprise
Anthony joined the KPMG audit team in 2010 as a full-time staff in the Enterprise division. During his time in Enterprise Anthony has had the opportunity to work with a variety of different clients in the retail, manufacturing, distribution, technology and NPO industry. Anthony graduated from York University in 2010 with a BBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Since beginning his career at KPMG, Anthony has had the opportunity to be involved with the UFE process through UFE mentorship program, allowing him to mentor CA students through their CA exams since passing the UFE in 2011.
For the past 2 years, Anthony has been involved in recruiting for the Schulich campus team sharing with candidates his passion for accounting and giving insights into the different audit industries he has worked in. This has allowed him to be active member of Schulich Alumni and meet many interesting people.
Anthony participates in KPMG's volleyball and basketball team throughout the year to keep him active. He also volunteers a lot of time at his local church.
Staff Accountant, Financial Institutions and Real Estate Audit
Carmen He joined the KPMG team as a summer intern in 2009 and started full-time in September 2010 with the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Audit practice. Carmen has had the opportunity to work with clients in the funds as well as building, construction and real estate industries. Carmen graduated from York University in 2010 with a BBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Carmen has been actively involved in recruiting since joining KPMG as a summer intern where she was a campus ambassador. Being a part of the Campus Recruiting Team has given Carmen the chance to meet many bright individuals and share her experience with them.
Since beginning her career at KPMG, Carmen has been involved with the UFE process through KPMG's Study Buddy program. Having been a mentee and succeeded in the UFE process in 2011, Carmen currently plays the role as a mentor to CA students. Carmen enjoys her position as a member of the FIRE Social Committee where she actively organizes social gatherings for the team including Golf Days, Pre-UFE Results Social, Holiday Luncheons and many more.
Outside of work, Carmen enjoys traveling, working out, cooking and attending music festivals.
Staff Accountant, Audit, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Marino joined KPMG in 2010 after obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He currently works in the audit practice within the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) group. He has been with the firm for two years and has worked on audit and non-audit engagements for publicly traded companies and a crown corporation.
Marino is actively involved with the KPMG UFE Program through his role as UFE Coordinator and UFE Mentor in the TMT practice, allowing him to help students achieve success at the various examinations in the CA process. He is also an active member of the recruiting team through his involvement as Campus Coordinator for the Schulich School of Business.
Outside of work, Marino volunteers in his local church community, specifically in the youth ministry. He also enjoys hockey and hopes that the Leafs will finally make the playoffs next year.
Specialist, Tax, Enterprise Audit Group
Kate joined the KPMG team as a full-time hire in October 2010 with the Indirect Tax group where she had an opportunity to work within a variety of industries from banking to retail. Kate is completing her audit rotations with the Enterprise Audit practice where she specializes doing work for non-profit organizations. Kate graduated from York University in 2010 with an IBBA from the Schulich School of Business. During university she had the opportunity to do a six months international exchange term at the EDHEC School in Nice, France.
Kate has been actively involved in KPMG UFE program as a mentor as well as a case marker. As a member of the KPMG GenNext committee, Kate recently participated in the United Way Rat Race as a captain for KPMG team. She is also an active member of the GTA Engage Committee, Indirect Tax Social Committee as well as a summer intern mentor. Kate also volunteers at both KPMG and ICAO volunteer tax clinics.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys playing tennis, skiing and running. She is also an avid traveler having visited over 50 international cities in the last five years! Kate's favourite country to date was Austria and she is looking forward to visiting it soon!
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!