Global

Bill Thomas 

Bill Thomas was appointed Chair of KPMG’s Americas Region in March 2014. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada since 2009.
Bill Thomas
Chair
KPMG’s Americas region, 
Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner – Canada 

As a member of KPMG’s Global Board and the Global Executive Team for the past five years, Bill brings tremendous international experience and perspectives to his Americas role. Bill has also built strong relationships with many Canadian and global clients, bringing key knowledge and insights to help them navigate the increasingly complex markets in which they operate. As Canadian CEO, he provides leadership and direction for the firm’s business across Canada, working with partners and staff to drive KPMG’s strategy and growth.


Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bill began his career with KPMG in that city in 1989. Five years later, he left the firm to become Director of Finance for a North American real estate and hospitality company. He returned to KPMG in 1997 and was made a partner in 1999. He became the Audit Leader for the firm’s Greater Vancouver practice in 2003, and was appointed Office Managing Partner in 2006. Bill relocated to Toronto a year later to serve as KPMG’s Deputy CEO prior to his appointment as CEO and Senior Partner.


An enthusiastic volunteer, Bill has long been active in his community. Bill currently serves on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Board, the Queen’s University School of Business Advisory Board, the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, the Conference Board of Canada, and the C.D. Howe Institute Board. He is also a member of St. Michael’s Foundation Campaign Cabinet – Inspire 2018 and the Me to We Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of the Toronto Board of Trade and the Canadian Council for Chief Executives.


Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation in 1992 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He was named a Fellow of the Institute in 2008. He is a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Forty-under-Forty award, which recognizes British Columbia’s top 40 outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada.