Congratulations to Benjie Thomas: The next CEO of KPMG Canada

Monday, May 27, 2024
Benjie Thomas

By Rachel Doherty

Congratulations to SAF alum Benjie Thomas (PDAcc '98) who has just been announced as the next CEO for KPMG Canada, effective October 1, 2024.

This well-deserved advancement reflects Thomas’ significant contributions and leadership within the organization.

From his early days at the University of Waterloo and the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF), Thomas showcased remarkable talent both as a tenacious athlete and a promising young professional. His career at KPMG began during his co-op role in the audit practice and he quickly advanced to become a key player in the transaction services practice.

Beyond his professional achievements, Benjie generously donates his time and expertise as a member of the CPA Ontario Council, continuously inspiring his peers and colleagues in the industry.

Thomas’ is also a member of the SAF Director’s Advisory Council which serves to advise the School, through the Director, on issues that have the most significant impact on the accomplishment of the School's goals, including long-term planning and special initiatives.

Left to right: Glenn Ives, Vivek Goel, Benjie Thomas, and Steve Fortin

Thomas' contributions were recognized in 2021 with the SAF Alumni Achievement Award, highlighting his impact on the accounting and finance fields.

Thomas is a dedicated philanthropist and his generous donations to SAF significantly benefit our students. The endowments he established fund four annual scholarships for SAF students and athletes, underscoring his commitment to supporting future leaders in accounting and finance. His philanthropic leadership has helped us to provide world-class education enabling our students to make meaningful contributions in their careers.

On behalf of the entire SAF community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Benjie Thomas on his future role as CEO of KPMG Canada.

“Align yourself with your values, understand what those values are and what drives you,” notes Thomas, to which for him, those values have always been tremendous work ethic, always do the right thing above all else and lastly, be generous with your time and your money.