April 05, 2011 14:01 ET

Want to Work for a Company That Leads the Pack in Diversity?

KPMG Only Company Named Among Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians and Canada's Best Diversity Employers 4 Years Running

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) -

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Last week, Canada's Top 100 Employers announced that KPMG was again named one of Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians. In addition to this win, KPMG was also named among Canada's Best Diversity Employers in February 2011. KPMG is the only organization to be selected consecutively for both awards since 2008.

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • For the Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians award, since inception, a total of 64 organizations have been named top employers, yet only seven of them have received the award 4 years running.
  • For the Canada's Best Diversity Employers award, of the 78 organizations named, only nine have won 4 years running.
  • Only one organization can claim they have won both awards, 4 years in a row: KPMG.

"As an organization that prides itself on celebrating diversity, we are honoured to be recognized as one of Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians and Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2011," says Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at KPMG.

"As the only organization to receive both awards for 4 consecutive years, this distinction clearly demonstrates our strategic focus on diversity as a key differentiator in the marketplace. We believe that the more supported our people feel as individuals, the stronger we are collectively as a firm. The opportunities at KPMG—for all Canadians—are plentiful."

Canada's Best Employer for New Canadians award recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. Since 2007, this special designation recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants. Canada's Best Diversity Employers award recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs for the following five major employee groups:

  • 1) Women
  • 2) Members of visible minorities
  • 3) Persons with disabilities
  • 4) Aboriginal peoples
  • 5) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples.

"As part of a network of member firms across 146 countries, KPMG is a respected global player, and, as such, we value the talent that new Canadians bring to our firm," says Mario Paron, Chief Human Resources Officer. "Awards such as these are testament to the benefit of our hard work and we are proud to be rewarded for our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace culture. At KPMG, we believe that embracing the diversity of all of our people is critical to our success."

KPMG offers innovative programs to help new Canadians make the transition to a new workplace and a new life in Canada. Selected by the editors of Canada's Top Employers, KPMG was one of many employers evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Offering programs specifically designed to assist employees who are recent immigrants to Canada 
  • Taking steps to reduce employment barriers for recent immigrants, such as recognizing foreign educational credentials and experience 
  • Assisting new employees who have foreign professional or educational credentials in getting these qualifications formally recognized in Canada 
  • Offering "onboarding" programs, such as internal coaching or mentoring, to help new employees who are recent immigrants understand the Canadian workplace
  • Providing managers and employees with training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness to help create a welcoming and productive environment for employees who are recent immigrants.

Some of the reasons KPMG was selected as Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2011 are as follows:

  • We manage a National Diversity Advisory Board, which is chaired by CEO Bill Thomas. The Board meets quarterly to discuss and oversee the firm's National Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy
  • In the past year, our Diversity, Equity & inclusion (DEI) team launched a retention strategy focused on women and a family-friendly workplace
  • We require all employees to complete mandatory diversity in the workplace training, which has customized sections for partners, managers and staff
  • We created an Aboriginal Task Force in 2008 to focus on the recruitment of Aboriginal employees and target First Nations educational institutions. Our Hamilton office recently partnered with the Martin Aboriginal Institute to provide mentoring to students
  • We manage several people networks, including the East Asian Network, the Hispanic Latin American Network, and Pride@KPMG (a network for LGBT employees)
  • We offer reciprocal mentoring that connects the firm's senior management with staff from diverse backgrounds, enabling both participants to assume roles of mentor and mentee.

About KPMG

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 140,000 professionals, including more than 7,900 partners, in 146 countries.

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