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    • KPMGFITIssue 4.0 Title here SECTORS AND THEMES Additional information in Univers 45 Light 12pt on 16pt leading kpmg.com Credits and authors in Univers 45 Light 16pt on 16pt leading 8 The Road to the Top 14 Opportunity Knocks! Are you Going to Answer The Social 12 Take Me Out to the Ball Game! 24 Network
    • b KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0KPMG’s GlobalInternship ProgramOne internship, twocountries, endlesspossibilities.For the second year, KPMG’s Canadian firm will betaking part in KPMG’s Global Internship Program.The program gives you a taste of global work—before you even graduate. First, you’ll start inyour home country working side by side withKPMG professionals who will welcome yourthinking as you take on real responsibility.Then, you’ll head off to work with anotherKPMG member firm in a different part of member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. © 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independentthe world. It’s an exciting opportunityto sharpen your global business skillsthrough an award-winning programthat has a track record of tremendoussuccess.kpmg.ca ,
    • Contents ISSUE 4.0 | KPMG FIT 2 6 4 Fast Facts About KPMG Finding Your Perfect Fit 6 A Life Changing Summer 8 The Road to the Top 10 KPMG’s Recruiting Process: A Two-Way Street 12 Take Me Out to the Ball Game! 14 Opportunity Knocks! Are you 28 16 Going to Answer You + KPMG: A Formula for UFE Success 18 A World of Opportunity 20 A New Path to Career Development: KPMG’s Direct-to-Tax Program 24 34 22 24 Take a Good Look The Social Network 26 Having It All At KPMG 28 Making a Difference Around the World 31 KPMG’s Practice Areas 34 Learning Beyond the Classroom 36 Diverse Player. Winning Team The paper used to produce this issue of KPMG FIT uses 30% recycled paper content. In addition, the inks used are vegetable based rather than traditional petroleum-based inks. 30% This edition is 100% recyclable; however, we encourage you to reuse this document by passing it on to a friend when you are finished with it. RECYCLED CONTENTThe information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the The KPMG name, logo and “cutting through complexity” are registered trademarks or trademarks ofcircumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and KPMG International. © 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of ,timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperativereceived or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. Printed in Canada. All trademarks referencedwithout appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. in this publication are the property of their respective owners. 3063
    • 2 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0Want to learnmore about the Fast Factstopics we cover insome KPMG FIT ABOUT KPMGarticles?Wondering what this is? KPMG International member From Victoria to Halifax, KPMG in firms have 140,000 professionals, Canada has 32 offices across the including more than 7,900 partners, country. in 146 countries. The Canadian firm’s more than 410 By focusing on quality, people,This year, to help you learn more partners and over 5,000 employees and our relationships with ourabout KPMG, we’ve included QR provide crucial services to many of clients, KPMG maintained our the top businesses in Canada. presence as a leading professionalcodes in some of our articles. These services firm in Canada in 2010,codes work with any Smartphone to earning over $1 billion in revenuehelp get you to the information you for the year.want—fast!Here’s how they work: KPMG was once again chosen as In 2010, Universum, the global1 To read the QR codes used one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers talent consultant, ranked the global throughout this magazine, in 2011. We are honoured that this network of KPMG member firms download a QR code reader from is the eighth time the firm has in one of the top rankings—second http://percentmobile.com/getqr received this prestigious award; it only to Google on its index of the or search “QR Reader” from your recognizes employers that lead their world’s most attractive employers. mobile device. industries in offering exceptional2 Once your software is installed, workplaces for their employees. use your mobile device to take a photo of the QR code in the article you are interested in learning more about.3 Your phone will know what to do next. Enjoy!© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 3 Scan this code for more information. KPMG actively supports and In 2010, KPMG announced a KPMG offers sabbatical encourages international new and exciting partnership leaves from 3 weeks to assignments through the with Free The Children. The 6 months after just 1 year of Global Opportunities (GO) partnership is driven by a shared service. In 2010, 112 KPMG program. Currently, KPMG passion to make social change people took advantage of has 72 individuals on both a priority in our communities— the sabbatical program short- and long- term both locally and globally. Our to achieve their personal assignments in many different 4-year partnership will enable goals, from travelling the countries around the world. KPMG’s people to put their world to volunteering in the The most popular destinations skills to work in making a community to writing a novel. include the US, the UK, difference in the world, one Australia, Bermuda, the community at a time. Netherlands, and Switzerland. KPMG people have access to 2010 also marked the launch For the fourth year in a row, our concierge service, which of the KPMG Business School KPMG’s efforts to create supports people with the daily (KBS), a learning solution that an inclusive environment tasks they don’t have time for, allows our people to build were recognized with including dropping off the dry the leadership, business, and two prestigious awards, cleaning, finding the perfect technical skills needed to reach including being named one gift, or scoring concert tickets. their full potential and enhance of the Best Employers for In 2010, requests handled by their own career development. New Canadians and one the concierge service saved our Designed to provide access to of Canada’s Best Diversity people 5,984 hours. all learning from one central Employers for 2011. location, KBS offers a mix of different training delivery formats, such as in-person classroom, virtual classroom, online refresher courses, self-paced eLearning, and web-based materials.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 4 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0FINDING YOURPerfect FitKPMG CEO Bill Thomas discusses hiscareer choice, the importance of mentors,and why having fun at work is a priority.Why choose KPMG?There are a number of reasons: the So, there I was, in my early 20s, and the path mentor a new partner in developing herchallenging client work, the strong teams I had been planning since I was a kid had leadership skills, or it could be on a largerwe work with, the chance to develop your come to an end. It was time to sit down and scale, like meeting with KPMG leaders fromskills and earn your CA designation, and figure out what I really wanted from a career. across the globe in Frankfurt to discuss thethe opportunity to be mentored by some Following some serious introspection, I business strategy for our global networkof the savviest minds on the Canadian decided that I wanted to get into business. of firms—a strategy that will affect, andbusiness scene. The possibilities for a career More than that, what I really wanted out of a hopefully engage, the 140,000 peopleat KPMG are endless. The questions you career was twofold—I wanted to know that around the world who work for KPMG. Ifneed to ask yourself are, What am I looking I was making a difference, and I wanted to that’s not making a difference, I don’t knowfor in a career? What is important for me? have fun doing it. what is.This isn’t always the easiest exercise, but To bridge the gap between my science As for having fun at work, I have to give creditunderstanding who you are and what you degree and the business world, I decided to where credit is due. This job wouldn’t be awant will help you find a career that is a take an accounting class for non-commerce fraction of what it is without the people I workPerfect Fit for you. students. That was over 20 years ago and, with every day; we have a truly extraordinaryGrowing up, I thought I wanted to be a although I didn’t know it at the time, it was team here. Ask anyone at KPMG what theydoctor like my father and my grandfather. the start of something big for me. Now I like best about working here and nine timesI majored in bio-organic chemistry at UBC can say with confidence that my decision out of 10, the answer will be the people theywith my sights set on a career in medicine. to pursue a CA designation and build my work with. For example, I love meeting withIt wasn’t until fourth year that I realized that career at KPMG was the right one. Every clients and future clients; it’s the best waymaybe this wasn’t the right choice for me. day, I know I have an opportunity to make to build and strengthen the relationships a difference; it might be taking the time to we have with them and grow our business.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 5 This job wouldn’t be a fraction of what it is without the people I work with every day; we have a truly extraordinary team here. Ask anyone at KPMG what they like best about working here and nine times out of 10, the answer will be the people they work with.For me, there are few things more exciting I remember when I was a first-year in KPMG’s Bottom line—when you find your Perfect Fit,than welcoming a new client to the firm. Audit practice, I had the opportunity to work the opportunities are endless. I’m here to tellBut, I don’t do this alone and, frankly, I with a Partner, Dave McShane, doing the due you firsthand where a career at KPMG canwouldn’t want to. It takes a team of people diligence on the divestiture sale of a business take you. Want to find out more? Read KPMGto build strong relationships and develop our for one of our more high-profile clients. I was FIT, visit the website, and, most importantly,business. When I celebrate that success, asked to work on this engagement because come talk to us. At its core, this business isI’m not just celebrating with my colleagues; all of my peers, who were a year ahead of about building strong relationships; whetherI’m celebrating with my friends. And anyone me as I was still trying to get caught up with they are with our clients and future clients,who has ever been on a winning team knows my accounting credits, were out of the office our communities, or our people—even thosethat a victory is so much sweeter when you studying for the UFE. I was the only game in who haven’t started here yet—it is KPMG’sachieve it with people whom you genuinely town, so Dave brought me on board. Believe ability to build genuine relationships that setslike and respect. it or not, that was the start of one of the most us apart. So when you see us on campus, influential relationships of my professional whether it is a campus ambassador, recruiter,At this point, you may be thinking, of course career. I worked hard on that job. Dave staff accountant, manager, or partner, Iyou have these opportunities, you’re the recognized that and brought me with him to encourage you to come and say hi. It could beCEO! Well, it’s true, I am the CEO. And it’s the closing meeting with the client, which the first step to finding your Perfect Fit.also true that when you start off at KPMG was a powerful statement of the faith heyou probably won’t be jetting off to Europe had in me and the faith that the firm puts into meet with the Global Executive Team, all of our people, no matter what level theybut that doesn’t mean you won’t have some are at. After that, Dave became my mentor,seriously cool opportunities to develop and his advice and guidance got me toyourself into an outstanding professional and where I am today.have a lot of fun along the way. Scan this code for more information.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 6 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0KPMG’SINTERNSHIP PROGRAMA Life-ChangingSummerAt first, Mitchell Crown didn’t know what to expectfrom his KPMG internship in the Northern Ontario townof North Bay. With unparalleled on-the-job learning, agood balance of teamwork and independence, and achance to bond with colleagues over a few rounds ofgolf, Mitchell looks back on his summer and says withconfidence that he wouldn’t change a thing.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 7The internship kicked off in Toronto with3 days of training. Mitchell and the otherout-of-town interns stayed at a hotel right in “Because North Bay is a smaller office, Ithe heart of the city, which was a great wayto get to know his fellow interns. During the thought the pace might be a little slower.training, Mitchell learned about the firm andthe Audit practice through a combination I couldn’t have been more wrong,” saysof interactive team-building and onlineexercises. But it wasn’t all work; his office Mitchell of his experience with KPMG.made sure there was sufficient time for play.Mitchell bonded with interns over dinner at What he experienced was a life-changinga top restaurant one night, enjoyed pub grub summer that had an impact on his careerand hockey the next, and wrapped up thetraining with a city-wide scavenger hunt. like no other. “It really was a summerAfter a fun 3 days, it was time to get to work!With about 25 employees, the North Bay of great opportunities,” he says. “And itoffice is one of KPMG’s smaller offices. definitely offered more than your typical“I liked that, he says. “Not only did I get to ”know everyone in the office by name, but I internship.”also had the chance to work on a variety ofengagements. While he worked solely in ”the Audit practice, every day was new andexciting. Because there was a focus on not-for-profit and First Nations audits, Mitchellhad the opportunity to visit various clients what he learned in school. “Having been sod and the landscaping. Then one of thethroughout Northern Ontario. “That was in my position not too long ago, Jordan partners had all of us back to his housereally cool. I got to see so much of Ontario understood what I was going through and for a barbecue, says Mitchell. “It was ”that I never knew existed. Driving through was always ready to help. And between definitely a team-building experience.the scenic French River area was probably work and a couple rounds of golf throughout I got to bond with people from the officemy favourite. It was absolutely gorgeous. ” the summer, we became good friends. ” over a great cause and get to know themThroughout his internship, Mitchell received in an environment outside of the office. Despite its smaller size, the North Bayguidance and support from KPMG people That was a great feeling.” office was big on social events, especiallyat all levels. “It was a very hands-on, learn- during the summer. A golf fanatic, Mitchell Overall, Mitchell feels that he couldn’t haveas-you-go environment. I was typically was most excited about golf day. Partners, asked for a better summer. “Interning hasworking with one manager and one senior managers, and staff accountants mixed and taught me so much. The work was challenging,accountant, depending on the audit, ” mingled over a mini-golf competition from meaningful, and rewarding, and I learned ahe explains. “They really invested in my mid-morning until the day’s end. “It was lot. If the summer was any indication of whatgrowth from a professional standpoint. probably one of my favourite socials, he ” my career will be like with the firm in the longEveryone understood that I was learning and raves. “I had the chance to really get to term, then I can’t wait to begin as a full-timeencouraged me to ask questions, no matter know people from the office over my accountant for KPMG. ”how simple they seemed. ” favourite sport. What more could I ask for?”In addition to formal training, Mitchell also Although golf has a big place in his heart,found an informal mentor, his team member Mitchell always jumps at the chance toJordan Bennett. “I learned so much from give back to his community. The officeJordan. Whenever I had questions, I went organized a volunteer day, and Mitchell andto him first. This was integral to Mitchell’s ” his fellow colleagues helped build a housesuccess as an intern, as he quickly learned for individuals who are less fortunate.that there is more to accounting than simply “Together, everyone helped lay down the Scan this code for more information.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 8 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0The Roadto the TopARE YOU ON ITYou know you’ve got big things in your future.You’vegot the drive and dedication to go right to the top.Thequestion is: Do you know how to get there? Joining theright organization with lots of opportunity for learning anddevelopment is a great start. KPMG is dedicated to building Senior Accountant:lifelong relationships with our people by supporting them 3 Can you say “promotion”? As a seniorthroughout their career. accountant, your responsibilities will grow along with your opportunities for professional development. You will beginWith so many options within the firm, to take on the responsibility of the overallno two career paths are exactly alike. execution of client engagements, whichStill, if you are considering joining the Staff Accountant: means designing a work plan, managing 2firm, it helps to have an idea of where In your first full-time role out of school, a budget, and training and mentoringyour career could go, what your role you will work closely with a senior your engagement team members. Yourcould be, and how KPMG will provide accountant and performance manager, technical knowledge will become moreyou with the support you need to take and will be asked to deliver timely advanced and you will develop youryou right to the top. and quality service. You will also have ability to interact with clients, including the chance to learn a lot. From local making presentations and fosteringCheck out the map below outlining office development programs to Audit business relationships.what your career at KPMG could Fundamentals training, you will gainlook like. Ready to GO? industry and technical knowledge, while Why not gain some international improving your leadership and project experience by taking part in KPMG’s management skills. But it’s not all hard Global Opportunities (GO) program. work—you will also have the opportunity You could spend 3 months to 2 years Summer Internship: to participate on local office committees, living and working in another country.1 Spend a summer with KPMG during your network with partners and managers, Popular destinations include Australia, second or third year of university. As a and participate in office social events. the UK, and the US. To read about the summer intern, you could be involved in UFE Time! experiences of a current GO participant, a number of different activities, including Preparing for and writing the accountancy check out page 18. working on a client engagement, planning profession’s Uniform Evaluation (UFE) for upcoming assignments, attending a is a major milestone in the career of training course, or participating in local any aspiring CA. KPMG will help you on social or charitable events. An internship your path to achieving a professional CA is a great place to start your career with designation by providing one of the best KPMG because it will help you explore all UFE training programs in Canada. To learn of the opportunities we offer. more, visit www.kpmgfit.ca.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 9 Partner 6 Congratulations—you’ve made partner at the firm! To get to this position you have been a strong performer throughout your career at KPMG, showing leadership capabilities and a commitment to the firm’s values. A partner is responsible for Senior Manager technical, client service, and people and 5 Now that you’re a senior manager, you will be managing multiple client engagements and providing training and direction to your business management leadership. The knowledge, skills, and experience you’ve gained during your years at the firm have engagement teams. Senior managers act positioned you for success. The sky is as mentors, performance counsellors, the limit! and even instructors to their staff. You will receive the necessary training to support Manager your people, including providing guidance4 You’ve made manager! That’s a big to other managers. More than ever, you step up. As a manager at KPMG, you will be accountable for client relationships, will continue to deepen your technical including identifying opportunities for new knowledge and industry experience business and leading proposal teams. in order to manage more complex Senior managers also have the chance to engagements. You will also have an take the lead in various office initiatives or increased accountability for client spearhead community activities such as Scan this code for relationships, which means learning and more information. volunteer days. participating in the proposal process that develops new relationships for the firm. In this role, you could be interacting with CEOs, CFOs, and other C-level management. Within the firm you Learning and Development @ KPMG – It’s All About You! will develop your people and project At KPMG, we are committed to our people’s growth throughout their careers, ensuring they management skills through KPMG’s reach their full potential as professionals. We provide learning solutions that are best suited to management training courses, in order to you individually, based on your existing knowledge, skills, and career goals.You can personalize make office practice decisions, including your development and reach your career goals with a variety of learning approaches, such as: resource allocation, career development of staff, and other management decisions. • The KPMG Business School (KBS) is into 5 pages. It allows you to keep on top of a virtual school that offers a variety market trends in just a few minutes. Choosing Your Path of technical, business, and leadership • Learning Paths is a tool used by our While the majority of KPMG’s new hires learning opportunities—all available from professionals in Audit and Tax to help with start out in the Audit practice, there one location.The school was introduced performance development and career are ample opportunities to transition by the firm last year and demonstrates planning. Using this tool, you can select into other practice areas, such as Tax KPMG’s commitment to your career your role to identify what success looks like or Advisory. This allows our people to growth, offering learning opportunities and what it takes to get to the next level as find their path by encouraging them that are clearly relevant to your work. you chart your career with us. to leverage their strengths and grow KBS will continually evolve to reflect our their career at the firm. Offering career strategy and technology advancements, • Blended learning programs provide you options and flexibility is just one way providing you with an optimal resource for with access to a range of learning solutions that KPMG builds lifelong relationships professional success. and the latest technical and management with our people. skills through mentoring, coaching, action • CLiX, our online learning system, provides learning, eLearning, workshops, and virtual you with one-stop 24/7 accessibility classroom programs. to the firm’s catalogue of nationally developed, nationally delivered courses • KLearn, KPMG’s interactive web and learning resources. CLiX will also conferencing tool, provides you with manage your personal learning history, access to real-time learning and Continuous Professional Education (CPE) collaboration, and also allows you credits, and any certifications to help you the flexibility to play back recorded track your progress. sessions. You can access KLearn anytime, anywhere, from any KPMG computer. • getAbstract, our online library of business book summaries offers thousands of the most relevant business books condensed© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 10 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0 KPMG’S RECRUITING PROCESS: A Two-Way Street At KPMG, we seek to attract the best and the brightest. That’s why our recruiting process involves more than one-sided interviews—it involves building relationships with candidates we want to attract. Candidates like you. Navigating KPMG’s Campus Recruiting Process From that first on-campus recruiting event, to the moment you sign your offer letter, the KPMG recruiting process can be a whirlwind of networking events, on-campus presentations, office tours, and interviews.To take some of the stress out of securing a position with the firm, we’ve put together some tips and information on what you can expect.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 11Networking: The Application Process: Interview Essentials:Let the fun begin! Six simple steps Be prepared“KPMG does a great job of putting students So you’ve made your first impression at an Interviews can be stressful, especiallyat ease. Everyone, including partners info session, mingled at CA night, talked when you don’t know what to expect,and senior management, is approachable travel over softball, and fallen in love with which is why KPMG FIT has put togetherand easy to talk to. I remember the very the firm after an office tour. Now what? some essentials to help you prepare for afirst event I went to—I rushed there right Apply, of course! successful interview process.after a mid-term and had no idea what to The online application process is simple. Do your research: Find out as much asexpect. The environment was so relaxed. In just 5–10 minutes you can apply to you can about the firm and the role you areIt was really all about getting to know the KPMG and be well on your way to a applying for. This will help you answer withpeople at KPMG. – Michael Flynn, Staff ” possible career with the firm. All you need confidence if you are asked a question like,Accountant, Audit to do is follow the six easy steps below. “Why are you interested in working here?”Networking can be intimidating, especially Step 1: Visit www.kpmgfit.ca to access Be an expert on what matters—you:if you’ve never done it before. But it doesn’t KPMG’s careers site and create a profile. The interview is really about getting tohave to be. Here are a few tips from some know you, so you need to be an expertof KPMG’s recent hires, Michael Flynn and Step 2: Click on “Search Openings” to on the subject. Take the time to do aTim Young from the Toronto and Calgary search opportunities by location and self-assessment beforehand so you havelocations, respectively, to help put your function. Click on each posting for a more strong answers when asked about yournerves at ease: detailed description. strengths, interests, skills, and abilities.• Start early Step 3: After finding the opening of your You can find a self-assessment tool at It’s helpful to begin building relationships choice, click the “Apply to Job” button www.kpmgfit.ca. early in your academic career. Not only within the job description. Think IQ: “Intelligent Questions, that is. ” do you get a head start on the recruiting Step 4: You will be prompted to follow a At some point in the interview process, process, but it reflects your interest set of steps to complete the application. you will be asked if you have any questions. in the firm. By the time application This includes uploading your resumé, Asking well-thought-out questions will season rolls around, you’ll have already cover letter, and, depending on your demonstrate your interest in the job as established strong relationships with region, a CACEE form. well as help you stand out as a candidate. KPMG people. Develop a few questions ahead of time and Step 5: Proofread everything! Editing• Confidence is key! jot down more during the interview. your forms is an essential step to any Confidence is integral to making a application process. It’s helpful to revise Practice, Practice, Practice: Practice good first impression. It’s reflected in the documents yourself and then have a makes perfect, so sit down with a your every verbal and non-verbal move. classmate or mentor do it to provide an roommate, friend, or family member and Just remember, you’ve come this far objective point of view. hold a mock interview. in school and you know what you’re capable of. Let your experience and Step 6: Submit! knowledge speak for themselves. For more advice on how to• Be yourself and have fun! perfect your resumé, cover The recruiting events are all about letter, and CACEE forms, building relationships. At the end of check out KPMG’s Resumé the day, KPMG people are there to get Tips by scanning this code. to know you and have you get to know our firm. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through!© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 12 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0TAKE MEOUT TO THEBallGame!“Let me root, root, root for the hometeam, if they don’t win, it’s a shame! Why did you choose to start your career with KPMG?For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’reout, at the old ball game!” For me, it was a people thing. The KPMG employees I met during the recruiting process were a huge Nick Martin, a staff accountant at KPMG, was lucky enough factor in my decision to join the firm.to be part of the engagement team assigned to the Blue Jays. It just felt like they wanted to give meThink excitement, team spirit, and a commitment to excellence as much information as possible toare reserved only for a game at the Rogers Centre? Think again. support me through the process.We sat down with Nick to find out more ... How did you come to work on the Blue Jays assignment? Well, I work in the Information, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice. But it may also have had something to do with my sporting background. I played competitive hockey at both the Junior A and Junior B levels for Scan this code for many years. Not to mention that more information. I’m an all-around sports fanatic!© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 13 When you first heard you would be Tell me about your engagement That sounds amazing! Do you get working with the Blue Jays, were team. to go down on the field? you excited? They are great! To begin with, We do have the chance to walk Let’s just say, the second I found out they’re all passionate about sports out to the field any time we want. I was on the assignment I did a big fist and are big Blue Jays fans. It’s nice I sometimes walk down with my pump. I was super excited. Knowing that we have that common ground senior and do a few laps around the that I was going to be working on such bonding all of us. Starting on a client lower stadium levels for a quick work a well-established brand and especially for the first time is a huge learning break. I never imagined I’d be able one that combines my two passions— curve and without a good team like to say that I stood alone in the Blue accounting and sports—was a great mine it would definitely be more of Jays stadium. Maybe it’s the sports moment. a struggle. Individually, each team fan inside me, but I think that’s pretty member has been helpful coaching cool. me through different sections. What are some of your duties on the job? Do you have a mentor on your How does the Blue Jays culture I do everything from payroll to team? How does this help you on compare to the culture of KPMG? inventory, to accounts receivable, to the engagement? related parties. I think my favourite KPMG and the Blue Jays hold would have to be working on payroll. My senior, Steve Hills, has been an similar values and foster the same Contrary to popular belief, it’s not excellent mentor. Before we start each sort of workplace environment, so all number crunching! I find that, as section, he sits me down and coaches it’s been easy to feel comfortable a first-year, having good industry me through it. That’s been a crucial here at the Rogers Centre. Similar to knowledge, thanks to my nightly learning experience and I don’t think I the Jays, we always strive to put our watching of TSN, provides me would have been as successful had he highest quality forward. As well, their with a better understanding of the not gone out of his way like that. Finance team is really receptive and transactions that are going on and easy to approach, just like the people definitely makes it more interesting. at KPMG. Other than the work you’re doing, are there any stories about cool things you’ve seen or done while Looking forward, what are your What is a typical day like working there? career goals? on the Blue Jays assignment? Every day is different. A lot of my In early December, the Blue Jays One thing I am interested in is work involves payroll, but it’s not all Finance team was having their an international placement with the desk work. Face-to-face contact plays Christmas party downstairs in the team’s firm. I’d love to work abroad at a a big role. I often go down to the ticket locker room. We were upstairs finishing KPMG office in Europe or Australia offices to interview the Blue Jays some work and the controller of the at some point. The firm is great inventory manager about the controls Finance team brought us down during because you can work anywhere—the and accounting activities over inventory. the party to give us a tour of the locker opportunities are limitless. Down the On top of interviews, I engage in regular room. It was unlike any locker room I road, one thing I do know is that my interaction with the people on my team had ever seen before! There was a huge career path will involve continuous and at the Blue Jays offices. I really love kitchen accompanied by the team’s own learning and challenging work. KPMG that every day is a new experience. As a personal chef, an impeccable weight has done an excellent job of providing first-year, it’s exciting because you have room, and even a sitting area with a me with these opportunities so far. the chance to develop your personal huge flat screen, massive leather lounge skills with a client. chairs, video games, and music. I was ready to move in!© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 14 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Are You Going to Answer? Ace the Case Ace the Case is an interactive 2-day workshop designed by KPMG professionals to give commerce students an opportunity to improve their case-writing, analysis, and presentation skills. Participants have the chance to learn from some of the best in the business while networking with other university students and local KPMG contacts. Ace the Case Workshop Outline Local Ace the Case Competitions Day One and the KICC The first day of the workshop is like a case- Each winter, the Ace the Case workshopsKPMG is proud to writing boot camp, but without any push-ups take place in our four National offices. or laps to run. The session covers critical Winning teams from each local competitionoffer university skills, including the basic approach, outlining, will move on to face off against each other ranking of issues, and quantitative analysis. in the Ace the Case National Competition instudents two exciting March. The winning team from the National Day Twoopportunities to gain Once you’ve got the case-writing Competition will then progress to represent the Canadian firm at the KPMG Internationalvaluable experience, fundamentals down, day two focuses Case Competition (KICC) in the spring. on presentation and debriefing skills. KICC 2011 took place in Istanbul, Turkey,develop their skill set, Participants work in groups to develop with past competitions held in Athens, a solution to a case and then presentand travel to some their findings to a group of judges. The Greece, and Dubai, UAE.seriously cool places. knowledge, skills, and confidence you gain over these 2 days will be invaluable in both your professional and personal life.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 15 Scan this code for more information.Think You’re Ready to Ace the Case?To apply to take part in the Ace the Case Fast Forwardprogram, look out for advertisements at KPMG’s Fast Forward (FF) program isyour university or in your career centre to an interactive training program and “My experience with KPMG’s Fastfind out if the program is taking place in valuable learning experience that Forward program in Hollywood, California,your local office. Also, keep checking provides you with the tools you need was twofold: work hard, play hard. Alongwww.kpmg.ca/acethecase for the Ace to enhance your leadership skills. Each with students from Canada and the US, Ithe Case posting to ensure that you don’t year the program offers students from participated in interactive workshops wheremiss out on this great opportunity. universities across North America the I developed my personal leadership skills opportunity to meet and network with and gained practical knowledge through“Participating in KPMG’s Ace the Case KPMG professionals from the US and team-building activities. I was exposed toprogram was an opportunity to become Canada, while providing information KPMG’s workplace culture through formalfamiliar with the firm and further develop about the firm and the public accounting and informal networking opportunitiesthe skills necessary for a career in profession. FF is an excellent way for where I was able to speak one-on-oneaccounting. It was cool because I got a you to get an inside look at a career with with people from all levels of the firm. Wechance to learn first hand from KPMG KPMG, while building key skills that can wrapped up the weekend with a fun black-professionals who have real-world help you in many aspects of life. and-white-themed party, where even theexperience in case writing. The biggest most senior people from KPMG let loose Students who believe that they have whathighlight for me was meeting all of the on the dance floor. Not only was it the best it takes to succeed in this industry, and arepeople—employees from KPMG and my part of my summer, but it was an amazing eager to gain some insight from KPMGteammates, whom I’ve kept in contact learning experience where I gained practical professionals, are strongly encouragedwith ever since. Even though my team knowledge that I will carry through to my to apply to FF The event takes place in .didn’t make it to nationals, I wouldn’t trade professional career. ” Hollywood, CA, where participants will havethe experience for anything. It was a great a chance to have some fun while getting an Theo Wongopportunity to become more familiar with inside view of life at a Big 4 firm. Fast Forward ParticipantKPMG and gain hands-on experience incase writing that has been valuable in mylife ever since. ”Daniela MontgomeryAce the Case Participant© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 16 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0YOU + KPMGA Formula for UFE Success!The UFE ExplainedThe Chartered Accountant (CA) profession’s Uniform Evaluation (UFE) is one of the most challengingexams out there, but it has to be to uphold the high standards of the accountancy profession. The examtests a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and judgement, and requires months of preparation. Want toknow more? Here are the basics:• The UFE takes place over a period of 3 days in the fall. The dates are set by Celebrating Your Success! the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and everyone across Writing and passing the UFE is a big accomplishment! At KPMG, we make sure to the country writes it at the same time. celebrate and reward the hard work of our writers. Celebrations vary by office, but these are some examples of what you can expect:• The exam consists of 3 separate papers that challenge writers to demonstrate their • Each CA candidate receives a $2,000 accreditation award upon passing the UFE. competence by responding to business • In addition to the accreditation award, KPMG’s incentive program provides scenarios and simulations that are bonuses and prizes for exceptional exam results. representative of the challenges they have experienced or will experience during their • Good news is meant to be shared, which is why we publish a full-page ad in a professional career. national English and French newspaper with the names of all our successful writers. Many individual offices also publish ads in local papers.• Papers are set by the profession’s Board of Evaluators and on each day • After the results are announced, there are UFE celebration parties in many of the exam, writers complete one offices across the country. individual paper. UFE Writer Profile: Doreen Lee “One of the most encouraging things was seeing how much KPMG invests in its UFE writers. At the Calgary office, all first- time writers were taken to Olds College. For 1 week, we learned from experienced writers who volunteered their time to literally teach us how to write the UFE. It was amazing; there were no distractions and we were just able to concentrate on our practice exams. And the support didn’t stop there. A week before we got our marks, my UFE coordinator sent every writer a holiday candy gram with a note of encouragement. It was a great feeling to know that people from the firm were supportive of our goals.”© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 17 Scan this code for more information.KPMG Offers You the Tools and Support You Need to SucceedThe UFE may sound tough, but tough does not mean impossible. KPMG’s UFE Training program willhelp you on your path to achieving a professional CA designation by providing one of the best trainingprograms in Canada. Here are some of the key factors that make our UFE program stand out and helpgive our writers a competitive advantage:1 3 National Practice Evaluations Study Group Program These are professionally marked practice evaluations Lean on me! The UFE is challenging, but it’s easier with debriefings by Densmore Consulting or by a recent knowing you are not in it alone. Our Study Group program successful UFE writer in a local office. These exams are gives you the option to work with other writers while a great tool to help you evaluate areas of strength and preparing for the exam. areas that need more practice. Also, because the results 4 are shared nationally, you are able to see where you UFE Mentor Program stand compared to other writers across the country. Get support from someone who has “been there, done that. KPMG writers are paired with a UFE mentor— ”2 Study Binder someone who has recently successfully completed the An amazing resource for writers! The binder has technical exam. Mentors are available to answer questions, offer summaries for each competency area that assists in advice, and support you through the process. understanding the UFE and promoting efficient use of 5 Financial Support study time. The binder also features comprehensive simulations to take your studying to the next level and At KPMG, we believe in supporting our writers and tips on case writing, debriefing cases, study habits, and rewarding the hard work that goes into preparing for the how to approach certain situations. UFE. In addition to offering paid and unpaid study days throughout the process, we pay all exam fees in advance for first-time writers, as well as all student fees, initiation fees (upon qualification), and annual CA dues. UFE Writer Profile: Renzo Mandato “If I have one piece of advice for first-time writers, it’s to remember that it can be challenging at times, so remember to stay level headed and keep your spirits high. If you’re having a bad day, don’t get down on yourself—it’s not the end of the world. KPMG does a really good job supporting all of its UFE writers. What really helped me was the UFE Mentor Program. I was paired with someone from the firm who had already written the UFE. Not only would we debrief our cases together, but if I was having a frustrating day, he was just a phone call away, ready with positive feedback to help get me back on track. ”© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 18 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0 A World of OPPORTUNITY KPMG is a respected global player and our international influence translates into a world of opportunity. Whether you’re participating in our Global Opportunities (GO) program, travelling the world as part of an international client engagement, or working in our Global Resource Centre (GRC), KPMG is committed to investing in development—because the stronger people are as individuals, the stronger our firm is as a whole. Global Opportunities (GO) The GO international secondment program gives KPMG people the opportunity to live and work in a new country; develop new skills; and become well rounded, internationally focused professionals who are poised for success. The GO program allows you to set challenging Scan this code for goals for yourself and supports you in achieving them. more information.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 19 Christy Sonen Secondment Location: Prague, Czech Republic Senior Accountant, Audit Home Office: Calgary “I’ve always wanted to do an exchange to a new office while staying within the KPMG family. I liked the idea of fresh challenges and a different work environment, and thought Prague was similar enough in size to Calgary that the translation would be easier. Working in a new country has helped me further develop my leadership skills. Because so many things are foreign to me, I’ve learned to delegate to members of my team and developed new approaches to solving problems. It’s really exciting to start from scratch in a new place. For anyone starting out in their career, I would highly recommend it. It will help you further your career, develop new business contacts, travel, and add a great deal of variety to your experiences. ” Michael Debrujin Secondment Location: Singapore Manager, Tax Home Office: Vancouver “It was a blend of personal and professional interests that led me to a secondment in Singapore. Because I work in International Tax, there are common rules across countries, which gave me a great deal of freedom to choose where I wanted to go. I thought living and working in a South East Asian country would be an amazing opportunity, allowing me to learn from a different culture, and a different way of doing business, as well as travel through Asia. There was an adjustment phase of course—one difference, for instance, is that every single project goes to tender here—but by chasing down and winning engagements, I’ve been able to really grow my business development skills. That kind of experience, and the people I’ve met and learned from, is really invaluable. ” Stu Wechsler International Clients Staff Accountant, Audit If a long-term secondment isn’t for you, but you’d still like to gain international experience, KPMG has a wide range of clients in many industries and locations. You will see the impact your work has helping business achieve their goals—in Canada and around the world. “In my year and a half at KPMG, I’ve worked in 3 different groups and had exposure to a wide range of clients. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to client sites in Barbados; the Dominican Republic; and Charleston,South Carolina, for 2 weeks at a time. The experience I’ve gained through travelling has been tremendous. Depending on where you are, the conditions and standards are very different. It makes you aware of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into creating a product or service. Visiting a different culture with a different way of life allows you to see beyond the numbers to the actual people behind them. ” Meghan Bested The Global Resource Centre Project Manager, Global Program Delivery KPMG International works at the global level to set strategy, ensure global consistency, and provide support to member firms in the achievement of their business goals. To meet these objectives, the Global Resource Centre (GRC) was set up in Toronto, with a focus on delivering Global Marketing & Communications, Learning & Development, Risk, Finance, and IT. For Meghan, working in the GRC has been the chance of a lifetime. “Working in the GRC is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking to broaden their outlook and develop working knowledge of different industries, sectors, and cultures. It’s a fast-paced environment and very exciting. There is so much opportunity and every day is different. Our team is fantastic, with everyone helping each other meet the unique challenges that we face. I’ve had a fantastic time working here—I’ve learned so much and I feel like I’m really accomplishing something important. ”© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 20 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0A NEW PATHTO CAREERDEVELOPMENTKPMG’sDirect-to-TaxProgramChanges made by the CA profession to the CA qualificationmodel have provided KPMG with the opportunity to traincandidates directly in the field of tax. The Direct-to-Tax programis ideal for those who want to pursue a long-term career in Tax Scan this code for more information.without the requirements of formally rotating through theAudit practice. Ryan Ma talks about his experiences with theDirect-to-Tax program at KPMG. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree as well Through networking with various KPMG staff, Ryan as a Diploma in Accounting at UBC, Ryan worked at a learned about KPMG’s new Direct-to-Tax program small local business for year. It was during that time that and decided it was the path he wanted to take. He he realized that he had an affinity for tax work. “Working joined the KPMG Enterprise practice, which is devoted in a smaller company, I was able to find the work that I exclusively to serving the needs of private companies in really enjoyed doing, and I realized that it was tax. My Canada. Although more tax oriented, KPMG Enterprise Dad was self-employed, so the work was something also provided private company assurance engagements that I was able to apply to my own life and family. And I for Ryan, which allowed him to receive a very broad enjoyed working in a smaller company where you could experience. Ryan Ma work on something end to end. I wasn’t sure I would Ryan’s first order of business was to pass the UFE. “Some have that opportunity if I was working on audits for large people are concerned about the large audit component on public companies. ” the UFE, and whether joining Direct-to-Tax would make© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 21 “I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on “If you’d like to continuously learn and grow, any opportunities by going through the and want to be a value-added business adviser Direct-to-Tax program. I’m getting the chance I believe choosing to specialize in Tax will be a to do really interesting work in many different great career option. ” sectors, and I’m gaining great experience. ” —Felicia Mar —Ryan Mathe exam more challenging, Ryan admits. ” professionals and business leaders. It’s the supportive environment and great“But the UFE training at KPMG is very good. Joining the Tax practice will allow you to relationships that Felicia says have set theWe had access to the same in-house training, develop to your full potential, by offering KPMG experience apart for her. “I can’t sayresources, and mentoring opportunities as the challenging and meaningful work. You will enough good things about the people here.Audit folks. There were 3 of us in the brand- see the impact your efforts have in helping I’m part of a team of friendly, encouraging,new Direct-to-Tax program who wrote the companies achieve their business goals. and intelligent people. When you’re facingexam, and we all passed, no problem. ” challenging deadlines, it helps to know Felicia Mar, a manager that you can walk down the hall and talk toRyan encourages those students who are in the Calgary Tax someone, and that they’ll do their best tomaking decisions about their next step to practice, made the help you. ”consider all of their options. “Audit may be decision to movethe more typical route, but I don’t feel like into Tax shortly after To those who may still be trying to decideI’ve missed out on any opportunities by writing the UFE. which career path to take, Felicia offersgoing through the Direct-to-Tax program. I’m “I knew from my the following advice, “If you’d like togetting the chance to do really interesting Masters program continuously learn and grow, and want towork in many different sectors, and I’m that tax work was be a value-added business adviser I believegaining great experience. I would make the Felicia Mar something that I choosing to specialize in Tax will be a greatsame decision again in a heartbeat. ” would really enjoy. career option. KPMG is a great place to The tax laws and regulations are always work because there are abundant resourcesWhy join KPMG’s Tax practice? changing, and I love the challenge that available to you, as well as many mentoringWhen you join KPMG’s Tax practice, you are comes with it. I’m constantly learning, opportunities. I always think that when thejoining a team of people who are dedicated and I feel supported in my desire to gain nature of work is similar, it’s the people thatto excellence in everything they do. We’re experience in different areas of tax.” make the real difference. ”committed to developing outstanding© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 22 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0Take a GoodLOOKWhen it comes to compensation, there’soften more to it than meets the eye.At first glance, seeing big numbers on your pay-cheque may seem like the onlything that matters when deciding where to start your career. But make sure youtake a second (and third!) look and consider everything an organization is offeringyou—from benefits and time off to learning and development opportunities.At KPMG, we understand that our people are our most important asset. We alsounderstand that if we want to attract and retain the most talented people, weneed to offer our employees rewards that fit their immediate needs as well as theirlong-term goals. That is why we have developed a “total rewards” package thatprovides options which you can adapt to fit your changing life.Here Are Some of the Total Rewards KPMG Is Proud to Offer:A Competitive Base Pay in action. We reward employees who go provides the opportunity to contributeKPMG bases its pay ranges on relevant above and beyond in Growth, Delivery, pre-tax dollars to a health spending account.market data of the organizations and KPMG for Life, and Community Leadership This account can be used to pay for variousgeographies in which we compete for talent while delivering on our commitment to expenses, including higher-cost items, suchin order to ensure a competitive rate for all client service excellence. SHINE rewards as laser eye surgery or cosmetic dentistry.starting salaries. To help ensure that our base range from gift certificates and cash to In addition, a wide variety of fitness-relatedpay ranges stay competitive, KPMG annually points that you can redeem for great prizes, costs are eligible for reimbursement.participates in several external pay surveys. such as an Expedia getaway, an Apple iPad, Making Fitness Fit or movie ticket packages.Opportunities to Earn Additional Pay Our Fitness Reimbursement program is oneBased on Personal or Firm Performance Health Benefits That Fit Your Life important way KPMG helps people developKPMG offers a unique variable-pay program The flexible benefits plan that KPMG offers to their full potential. Through the program,called my$hare, which shares a portion allows you to customize your benefits employees obtain financial support forof the firm’s net income growth with to fit your unique needs. Each employee a variety of health and fitness activities,employees. Last year, KPMG distributed receives annual flex dollars to spend as he equipment, and memberships. From sports$21 million in variable pay. We also use our or she sees fit on various health programs— clubs to weight management programsSHINE program to recognize and celebrate medical and dental coverage; life, accident, to home gym equipment, there is a wideemployees who demonstrate our strategy and disability insurance; etc. KPMG also range of choice available.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 23A Matter of Family access to unique discounts on many brand-We strive to offer a wide variety of name retail products and services, as wellprograms that meet the needs of KPMG as savings at smaller shops located closefamilies, including parental leave, maternity to home or the office. Users can save onincome benefits, paid paternity leave, and everything from computers and clothing toadoption assistance of up to $20,000. dining and travel—all through an easy-to- use website.Building a Stronger Financial FutureIt is never too early to start planning for the Get a Life!future. To encourage people to think ahead At KPMG, we recognize that you have a life I Can Seeand save for retirement (no matter how faroff that may be), KPMG offers a pension outside the office. Our progressive people programs are designed to help you achieve Clearly Now…plan with matching contributions from the a healthy balance between your work and KPMG’s Total Rewards Statementfirm as well as a group RRSP program. your life. New employees are given 3 weeks makes it easier for you to get a (15 days) of vacation time every year, while clear view of the value of yourExtensive Learning and Development managers and employees who have been rewards. The statement is sent outOpportunities with the firm for more than 5 years receive annually to full-time employees andAt KPMG, there is no such thing as “one-size- a total of 4 weeks (20 days) annually. Infits-all” training. From traditional classroom outlines the total dollar value of not addition, every employee receives up totraining to the latest in eLearning, KPMG only base pay, but also things like 50 hours of personal care time each year, ifpeople have access to a broad suite of compensation, benefits, and fitness required, to help accommodate the multipleintegrated learning opportunities. In addition commitments of personal, community, and reimbursements.to our internal learning offerings, employees family life. For those people who need ancan take advantage of our Learning for All extended period of time off to pursue theirprogram, which encourages lifelong learning interests, KPMG offers sabbatical leavesby providing financial support for external from 3 weeks to 6 months after just 1 yearpart-time studies. of service. In addition, throughout the yearWorkPerks you have access to a concierge service toKPMG is excited to offer a discount program help with day-to-day errands or personal Scan this code forfor people at the firm. It’s called WorkPerks research, saving you valuable time. more information.and it gives KPMG people and their families© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 24 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0THE SOCIALNetworkWhat helps foster an excellent workplace? The people, of course.With 32 offices across the country, you have many locations tochoose from when you start your career with KPMG.To helpmake the decision easier, we talked to six people from across Scan this code for more information.Canada to find out what it is about the social networks withintheir offices and cities that make working for KPMG so enjoyable.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 25 Senior Accountant | Office: London “What I’ve realized is that what happens outside the office walls can contribute to the feeling of teamwork and camaraderie within our firm. I’m a big sports fanatic, so every Thursday night I play hockey with people from KPMG on a local team. London is located within Ontario’s snow belt, so it really lends itself to winter sports like hockey. We play weekly at London Ice Park, an indoor Olympic-sized rink. It’s not as exciting as pond hockey, but we’d probably have trouble skating through the snow anyway! Because it’s toward the end of the week, it gives us something to look Eric Mallory forward to and also talk about on Friday in the office. I think the best part about it is the opportunity to reconnect with all of the people I don’t see on a daily basis.” Staff Accountant | Office: Calgary “ the Calgary office, we’re a very tight-knit group, despite having 500 employees. I really think that At can be attributed to the fact that everyone makes an effort to participate in social activities together. One of my favourite times of the year is during the Calgary Stampede. For 10 days straight, the city turns into a real cowboy town and everyone in our office—from junior staff to partners—gets involved. With events ranging from the actual rodeo stampede itself to live concerts and even a daily free breakfast in the heart of the city, we try to get out and show our Calgary pride. Last year I Patricia Chlus went with people from my Audit group. It was great to let loose and connect with people from the office not only as colleagues, but also as friends. ” Staff Accountant | Office: Montréal “I’m amazed at the amount of people in the Montréal office who come out to participate in our social events. I know that at other companies you sometimes have to twist people’s arms to show up at socials, but at KPMG everyone makes the time to show up! As a member of Montréal’s social committee and a self-admitted foodie, I’m in charge of selecting the venues for our events. With Montréal’s European feel, there are an endless number of amazing restaurants to choose from. Each has its own unique charm. For events such as our holiday dinner and UFE celebration, we Pierre Nguyen bond over delicious food and even better company. Montréal has such a vibrant energy and I think that’s part of what brings everyone out to socials. It’s important too, because it’s really outside work that your co-workers are going to become your friends. ” Partner | Office: Halifax “In Halifax, we have a pretty active social calendar. The label “partner” can be intimidating to some and so our office maintains an open-door policy. But I like to get involved with everyone from the office informally as well. One of the main ways I do this is by having my engagement team over for dinner after a big assignment to celebrate. We just finished an engagement with a client, so I had the team over for scallops and lobster tails. With Halifax being on the coast, you can’t go wrong with fresh fish!” Jamie O’Neil Senior Manager | Office: Winnipeg “The Winnipeg office only has about 100 people, so we’re a very tight-knit group—across departments and engagement teams. Our social activities generally include everyone in the office, which really contributes to a sense of camaraderie for the entire firm. One of my favourite social functions is the weekly “505”—at 5:05 pm each Friday someone calls out a location and everyone will meet there informally for after-work drinks and munchies. We usually head to Winnipeg’s popular Exchange District—a strip of restaurants and bars downtown, which also happens to be Shannon Magnusson right beside our office. The nice thing about Winnipeg is that it isn’t too big, so no matter where you are in the city—whether on a client engagement or in the office—you can take a short walk or a quick drive over and be there in no time. There are no excuses for missing 505!”© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 26 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0Having It AllAT KPMGSuccess in accounting requires drive, dedication, and alarge time commitment. So, as a young person starting acareer in accounting, our recruits often ask, “Where doesfamily fit in?”At KPMG, we realize that there is more to life than justwork, which is why we offer various programs andresources to empower our people to set goals not onlyprofessionally, but also personally—and our team willsupport you in achieving them.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 27 Here Are Some of the Family-Friendly Programs and Resources Offered by KPMG: Scan this code for more information.Flexible Work situation where regular care arrangementsTo help people meet the needs of the firm can’t be made. We are registered with Tips for Women Balancingand the individual while adjusting to new Kids & Company, a work/life solutions Business and Familycircumstances, such as starting a family, company that offers part-time, full-time, and • Build and maintain a strong supportKPMG offers flexible work arrangements. emergency backup child care. system. Family and friends can help youBelow is an overview of the options available when you encounter challenges in your Adoption Leaveat KPMG: busy life. KPMG has provisions for adoptive couples,• FlexTime provides the ability to adjust the including a grant of up to $20,000 to cover • Develop your organizational skills and start and end times of the workday any adoption-related expenses. use them to prepare for the arrival of your child and your return to work;• Compressed workweeks provide the Concierge Service create a schedule that will work best for opportunity to work the standard number The Concierge Service enables KPMG your situation. of hours weekly in fewer than 5 days people to delegate daily tasks—anything from ordering tickets to booking vacations • Explore the programs and networks• Telecommuting is a work arrangement to picking up the dry cleaning—to a personal in place at the firm before going on that allows for work to happen outside the assistant, helping relieve stress and maternity leave to help determine office, which is helpful when situations providing more time for busy individuals. which ones will be most beneficial arise that prevent individuals from making to you. it into the office A Matter of Family Parents’ KitBackup Care Options KPMG’s HR team provides the A Matter of • Realize that it will take time to readjust toKPMG created the Backup Care program Family Parents’ Kit, which provides practical work life after maternity leave and workto help employees find and schedule articles, tips, and checklists to assist and with your performance managers andbackup child care and provides financial support people through the arrival of a child, partners to help ease into the transition.support for times when employees are in a time away, and return to work. Profile: Carla Da Silva, Senior Manager, Audit, Montréal Office To succeed both personally and professionally is no easy feat, but the supportive team relationships you will form at KPMG can offer the motivation and encouragement you need to help you find your own personal version of life balance. As a mother and successful senior manager in the Audit practice, Carla Da Silva juggles it all. Carla has been working with KPMG since January 2004 as a senior manager in the Audit practice and is a mother to a 3-year-old boy. As senior manager, she is responsible for managing client deliverables and expectations, addressing and resolving complex issues, and reviewing the quality of the fieldwork completed by the engagement team. Juggling a busy career and family life is never easy, but with the support of the firm Carla is making it work. Learning about the various family-friendly programs offered by KPMG was helpful as Carla began planning to start her family. She appreciated the information and the comfort of knowing she had the firm’s support. The Flex Time program has been the biggest help for Carla since her return to the workplace; she has been able to adjust her start and end time each day, allowing her to get her son ready and off to child care in the morning. “KPMG was great when I returned from maternity leave. Everyone understood that it takes time to readjust to returning to work. They were very supportive and ensured that I eased back into the workload, gradually introducing me to additional duties. The firm’s understanding and flexibility helped me transition smoothly back into my role and the support continues as my family responsibilities develop, said Carla. ” Making room for a family was a significant change for Carla, but one that has been incredibly rewarding. Knowing that she can develop to her full potential in her role at KPMG and at the same time be there for her family has allowed Carla to continue toward her goals. Looking forward, Carla plans to continue developing her skills on her path to becoming a partner, while also ensuring that she will be there for all the important moments in her son’s life.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 28 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0MAKING A DIFFERENCEAround the World One way that KPMG is trying to make a difference is through itsCreate positive change. Make the partnership with Free The Children (FTC), an organization dedicatedworld a better place. It sounds simple to lifting children from poverty and exploitation, and inspiring young people to develop into socially conscious global citizens with theenough, yet so often little is done to ability to make positive change. FTC involves more than 1 million youth in over 45 countries working to promote innovative educationcreate change. At KPMG, we want to and development programs. With this partnership, we aim to inspiredo more than just talk about raising international community leadership in several ways:awareness.Through local and global Adopting a Village in India • KPMG has adopted three villages in India, with an emphasis oninitiatives, we are committed to our sustainable global development and a focus on issues of gender equality and economic empowerment.communities, and this commitment Strengthening FTCextends throughout the firm to • KPMG is working with FTC to provide pro bono services and mentoring opportunities.employees and interns alike. Family Engagement • Workshops are offered to KPMG employees and their families to raise awareness of social issues and promote youth leadership development.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 29 Community Leaders at KPMG Some examples of inspiration in action from our local offices: Salina Dharamsi, Co-op Student, Reduction for Good Governance— Global Internship Participant, 2011, South Africa Investing in Our Children’s Future, ” KPMG’s Vancouver Office where she spoke about ways to engage youth in social issues. KPMG recognized Salina’s passion to make a difference and her desire to find a firm that would allow her to combine business and diplomacy. The firm sponsored her trip to the UN conference in New York as a means of supporting her goal to inspire others. At the conference, she presented on ways to engage youth in disaster relief and how to get young people to tell their stories to create positive change. KPMG Salina is a fourth year student at Sauder School of Business, also invited her to “We Day, where she had the opportunity to ” UBC, and will be interning this summer at our Vancouver office. speak to Vancouver Office Managing Partner Elio Luongo. She has been volunteering since she was 8 years old and has been involved in various volunteer opportunities, including “The fact that Elio took the time to be there and talk about teaching literacy and numeracy in Guatemala, working with community leadership at KPMG showed his and the firm’s various organizations in Vancouver, and volunteering with level of commitment. The relationships I’ve developed with World Vision. KPMG people are very honest and the fact that community leadership is such an integral part of their culture really Salina was chosen as BC’s World Vision Ambassador, volunteered demonstrates their commitment, says Salina. ” in Rwanda, and travelled to the UN Headquarters to participate in the conference “Taking Collective Action in Disaster RiskInvolving KPMG People Overseas• Starting in 2011, we will be hosting trips abroad for our people and their families to visit FTC projects. This is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about international development by working on a FTC project, volunteering alongside community members, and immersing yourself in a new culture. Trip destinations include Kenya (2011) and India (2012).We Day• KPMG sponsors FTC’s “We Day” events for social action—a celebration of the power of young people to change the lives of others. The day features inspirational speeches and performances to provide young leaders with the inspiration and momentum to take action on local and international issues all year long. “We Day” is also an excellent opportunity for KPMG families and guests to volunteer.We hope that our partnership with FTC will harness the passionsof our people and inspire social change at the community level,creating community leaders across the firm. Scan this code for more information.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • KPMG sponsorsCanada’s TopEmployers forYoung People awardKPMG firmly believes in supporting young people.In 2010, KPMG was named the official sponsorfor Canada’s Top Employers for Young Peoplecompetition. The annual awards programrecognizes exceptional employers that areleaders in attracting and retaining youngeremployees to their organizations becauseof benefits such as tuition assistance, co-opprograms, and mentorship opportunities.As the sponsor for this competition, wewanted to show how invested we truly arein creating bright futures for today’s youngpeople—and tomorrow’s business leaders.For more information, visitwww.kpmg.ca/tefyp C A N A D A’ S T O P E M P L OY E R S FOR YO U N G P EO P L E 20 1 0 P R E S E N T E D B Y Scan this code for more information.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 31KPMG’sPractice Areas Scan this code for more information. “KPMG’s Audit practice is an exceptional place to build your career. We serve many of Canada’s largest and most prestigious blue-chip companies and a broad range of high-growth entrepreneurial businesses. As auditors, we perform a high quality of work—and it’s important work, as it contributes to upholding the public’s trust in the companies we audit. We are keenly interested in our clients’ businesses and work hard to gain an understanding of their business drivers. And we are committed to helping our clients identify value-adding opportunities that can help them pursue their strategic objectives. It’s fascinating work. Joining our team will give you the opportunity to learn from among the best and brightest in our industry. ” Peter Doyle—Canadian Managing Partner, Audit “When you join KPMG’s Tax practice, you can take your career to the next level. There are so many opportunities for talented people to gain new skills and experience. Tax is constantly changing and developing in Canada and around the world, with new challenges arising each day. A career with the firm’s Tax practice will prepare you to meet these challenges head-on by allowing you to provide value to your clients while growing as a professional.” Greg Wiebe—Canadian Managing Partner, Tax “ Advisory is a collaborative practice, which makes it a great environment to develop strong relationships with team members and clients. Our teams of highly skilled professionals work together to drive innovation and create value for our clients. ” Jeff Smith—Canadian Managing Partner, Advisory© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 32 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0 KPMG’s Audit practice plays a key role From a career standpoint, starting out as in helping to build and maintain the a professional in KPMG’s Audit practice credibility of independent reporting for can be the first step into a world of career AUDIT today’s capital markets system. But what does that mean for those who are just opportunities. It’s a fast-paced world where young professionals can hit the beginning their accounting careers? ground running, using their analytical skills and knowledge to help today’s leading companies understand and meet evolving financial reporting standards and regulations. What’s more, it’s an environment where new auditors can get their careers off to the right start, thanks to the latest tools, methodologies, and resources KPMG provides to help them keep pace in this all- important business arena. Tax today is about much more than A Terrific Team just getting the numbers right. Being With KPMG, you’ll have a variety of a modern tax professional is about interesting and challenging career paths TAX understanding the long-term impact of tax decisions. It’s about keeping on top of ahead of you. At each step, KPMG’s Tax practice is there with you: local and global trends in tax regulation • Helping you achieve your professional CA and administration. It’s about helping designation, through financial support and companies and entrepreneurs benefit our mentoring and peer-study programs from the value of our firm’s tax knowledge. • Encouraging you to gain experience in For tax professionals who can think past various tax disciplines, with plenty of the present, see beyond borders, and flexibility to move into the areas of the deliver long-lasting value, there has profession that are right for you never been a better time to be part of KPMG’s Tax team. • Providing opportunities for you to grow through technical training and enhance your skills as you progress to new levels in your career KPMG’s Advisory practice helps KPMG’s Advisory professionals work as companies better understand and a team to deliver a variety of services manage the vital relationship between designed to provide trusted advice to help strategy and execution in areas of clients achieve sustainable value. For new ADVISORY growth, governance, and performance to drive sustainable results. advisory professionals, this translates into a world of ways they can use their skills and increase their knowledge while helping companies to: • Strengthen governance, reporting, and internal controls to build stakeholder trust • Achieve early identification and assessment of risk and control issues that can affect performance © 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent , member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 33An Audit Methodology That Raises A Chance to Tap into a World of Resources relationships they need to keep climbingthe Bar Another advantage of working in KPMG’s the career ladder. This all adds up to makeKPMG’s Audit Methodology (KAM) Audit practice is the ability to tap into a global KPMG’s Audit practice a great place tocombines a rigorous approach to audits network of member firms. This means being start— and build—a career.with robust technology, which translates able to reach out to individuals around theinto high-quality audits for our clients and world for their in-depth knowledge in areasa sound, consistent approach for KPMG such as tax, forensics, information riskInternational’s member firms’ auditing teams management, valuation, and more, as wellaround the world. KPMG offers auditors as for their extensive experience in today’san enhanced and automated platform that leading industries. This multidisciplinaryprovides a suite of technology tools specially approach and access to a wide range ofdesigned to help them make the most of the highly experienced senior-level professionalsfirm’s proprietary methodology. mean more opportunities for those starting out to develop the skills, knowledge, and• Offering transfer opportunities within tax financial structuring for a global merger tax, business, and compliance issues that Canada and around the world to help you or acquisition, reviewing a transfer pricing they face in their daily operations. build your knowledge, experience, and policy, etc. • Indirect Tax Services: Consult on a wide professional network. • Domestic Tax Services: Advise range of compliance issues and provideWhen you join the Tax team at KPMG, you’ll organizations of all sizes on managing planning advice regarding retail taxes,develop and grow as a professional, closely corporate taxes, planning for a strategic including the Goods and Services Taxadvising our clients about the challenges merger or acquisition, looking for (GST) and various Harmonized Sales Taxesthey face. Among the specific services that opportunities to claim research and (HST) and provincial sales taxes.make up the firm’s Tax practice—and from development and other tax incentives, or • Trade & Customs: Advise a client newwhich new tax professionals can choose to understanding the tax implications of the to sourcing abroad on the application ofbegin their careers—are the following: International Financial Reporting Standards a new free-trade agreement, or help the (IFRS).• International Tax Services: Consult client understand Canadian and foreign with multinational companies on global • Private Company Tax Services (KPMG customs regulations. and cross-border tax issues, including Enterprise™): Develop a trusted adviser those of expatriates, understanding relationship with private companies and the application of Canada–US and other owner-managers to address the financial, international tax treaties, building a savvy• Enhance efficiency and effectiveness of Here are some of the KPMG service lines key business processes that today’s professionals can choose from to begin their Advisory careers:• Provide informed, effective responses to existing and proposed regulatory • Performance & Technology requirements, including geographic- and • Risk & Compliance industry-specific issues • Transactions & Restructuring.• Enhance the selection and execution of strategic transactions to preserve and create long-term business value.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 34 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0 LEARNING Beyond the ClassroomKPMG believes that learning is a lifelong process and we arededicated to supporting your growth throughout your career, whichis why last year we introduced the KPMG Business School (KBS).It offers a variety of learning opportunities, both formal and on thejob, for you to develop technical, business, and leadership skills. Scan this code forThese skills will help you reach your full potential and the learning more information.opportunities will provide you with a breadth of knowledge andabilities to help you develop into a well-rounded professional.KBS features three learning streams: technical, business, and Interested in business strategy? Enrol in “Strategy Execution”; learnleadership. The courses offered are relevant to the different roles you what strategy is, how senior management and units work togetherwill have at KPMG and will be beneficial to you at any point in your to develop strategy, and how units support a company’s strategy bycareer. developing and executing action plans for strategic initiatives.Technical Skills Learning Leadership Skills LearningKBS provides you with technical skills that are tailored to your role This learning area provides you with the knowledge, skills, andand vital to your work with clients. It provides a function-specific experience you will need to excel as a leader at any level withincurriculum that supports the needs of KPMG’s Audit, Tax, Advisory, KPMG. Building on the technical and business skills you have alreadyKPMG Enterprise, and National Shared Services groups, helping to developed, KBS’s Leadership Skills Learning will leave you withensure you have the specific skills that will allow you develop to your the ability to understand yourself as a leader and provide you withfull potential. opportunities to build strong professional skills.Want to take a technical course? Try “Audit I, a course for new hires ” Planning on leading a project one day? Study “Projectthat provides participants with basic skills and knowledge of general Management”; to learn the nuts and bolts of project management,auditing using the KPMG Audit Methodology. including project planning, budgeting, team building, execution, and risk analysis.Business Skills LearningThis learning area focuses on understanding the industries and sectorsin which our clients operate, the business challenges they face, and theskills needed to establish and grow our relationships with them. Havingthis broader knowledge of business will allow you to excel as a well-rounded professional.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • WWW.KPMGFIT.CA 35 Profile: Jennifer Doan KBS offers employees of KPMG many learning manager and I have already been identifying upcoming opportunities to develop their skills and provides courses that will help me develop into my role and expand assistance in achieving their professional goals. my knowledge in business and leadership as well. ” When you take advantage of the learning opportunities There are other options for learning opportunities that available, the sky is the limit when it comes to realizing extend beyond the classroom, such as KLearns (self- your potential. paced eLearning), virtual classrooms, workshops, One person who is taking advantage of the learning and on-the-job learning. On-the-job learning plays a resources offered at KBS is Jennifer Doan. Jennifer large role at KPMG, as Jennifer quickly learned. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree from has already worked on three different clients in three UBC and has been working with KPMG‘s Audit practice different industries: financial services, real estate, in the Greater Vancouver Area since January 2011. and food services. “I’ve met so many knowledgeable Jennifer recently completed the Audit Fundamentals people at each of the jobs. Getting to learn on the job course—a week-long classroom course that provides really brings the audit alive and allows you to apply what employees with vital skills for their role in Audit. In you’ve learned from Audit Fundamentals. ” addition to the classroom aspect, the course involved Jennifer’s next step in her development is preparing for ice-breaking activities and simulations of real-life audit the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), which she started training techniques. for in May. Luckily, her time at KPMG has introduced “The course offered an in-depth look at the work I her to many people who have already been through the encounter every day in my role, says Jennifer. “ ” Also, UFE and who are providing her with valuable advice and it was a great way to start exploring the learning mentorship. Knowing that knowledge is power, Jennifer opportunities offered by the KPMG Business School. is taking advantage of every opportunity the firm is Since completing that first course, my performance offering, allowing her to realize her full potential.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • 36 KPMG FIT | ISSUE 4.0DIVERSE PLAYERS.Winning Team.To win in Canadian business, you need to build astrong team that mirrors the diversity of the societyitself. KPMG knows this and so do our clients.The energy, creativity, and adaptability of our diverseteam give the firm and our clients a competitiveadvantage in an increasingly globalized market.At KPMG, encouraging diversity in the workplaceis all about celebrating our differences and bringingout the best in every one of us.“In KPMG’s Edmonton office, we don’t even think about diversity, “As an employee at KPMG in the UK office, I couldn’t have chosen awe just do it. There is a reflection room for individuals who wish to better place to spend my year working abroad than in Calgary. Thisuse it for prayer or spiritual reflection. Not only does it encourage is a very open and friendly office environment. I had such a greatemployees to be themselves, but it shows them that KPMG really experience coming here that I’ve become involved in the office’sdoes care about their backgrounds and religious beliefs. ” International Club to help welcome other international secondees. —Omar Mawani By helping to create a workplace environment that embraces the diverse backgrounds of our people, I’ve witnessed firsthand how KPMG fosters an inclusive culture where everyone can succeed. ” —Paul DixonRecognizing Diversity @ KPMG • We offer a variety of diversity networks, • We recently launched a retention strategyIn 2011, for the fourth year in a row, KPMG such as the East Asian Network, focused on women and creating a morewas chosen as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Ibero-American Network, and Pride@KPMG, family-friendly workplace.Employers and as one of the Best Employers which provide forums for conversation, • We provide bias-free interview training forfor New Canadians. We are honoured to develop leadership skills, and offer a focus everyone involved in the recruitment process.receive these awards recognizing the work on business development. This helps ensure we continue to attract topof our people and the Diversity, Equity, and • Our people clubs offer those who share talent, which, as a firm with global reach, weInclusion team, as we work together to make a common interest, such as sporting or know comes from all over the world.the firm an inclusive organization. other activities, an opportunity to accessWhy was KPMG selected as one of resources and enjoy after-work activities.Canada’s Best Diversity Employers? Scan this code for more • As a proud partner of the Mentoring information about KPMG’s• We have a National Diversity Advisory Partnership—a program with the Toronto diversity initiatives. Board, chaired by CEO Bill Thomas, to help Region Immigrant Employment Council ensure the firm upholds its commitment to (TRIEC)—our employees can be matched respecting the diverse backgrounds, talents, with new Canadian mentees looking for and contributions of our people. guidance about working in Canada.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.
    • member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. © 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independentDeveloping Potential.You and KPMG.The KPMGNationalScholarship ,KPMG is pleased to offer 2 national scholarshipsvalued at $5,000 each. For exceptional universitystudents, this is an opportunity to develop yourpotential and pursue a career in the challengingand ever-changing world of business.To find out more and apply, visit www.kpmg.ca/developingpotential.
    • Want MORE? Still have questions about KPMG and the career opportunities we provide? In addition to KPMG FIT, there are plenty of other resources available to you to learn more about the firm. KPMG’s YouTube Channel—www.youtube.com/ KPMGCampusCDN is packed with videos made by KPMG employees specifically for students. KPMGFIT.CA—For more information on our people, programs, and culture, visit www.kpmgfit.ca. Twitter—Everything you need to know about KPMG in 140 characters or less. Follow our KPMGCampusCDN Twitter feed and stay up to date on all of the firm’s campus news at www.twitter.com/KPMGCampusCDN. Facebook—To connect with a KPMG Campus Ambassador on Facebook, learn when we will be visiting your campus, or share something on our wall, visit us at www.facebook.com/KPMGCampusCDN. The paper used to produce this issue of KPMG FIT uses 30% recycled paper content. In addition, the inks used are vegetable based rather than traditional petroleum-based inks. 30% RECYCLED This edition is 100% recyclable; however, we encourage you to reuse this CONTENT document by passing it on to a friend when you are finished with it.© 2011 KPMG LLP a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent ,member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.