Grant Thornton LLP Announces New Regional Managing Partners - Driving Excellence in Atlantic and Western Canada

TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Further to announcing incoming CEO elect, Kevin Ladner on December 21, 2015, Grant Thornton LLP announces the appointments of Regional Managing Partners: Michele Williams, FCPA, FCA, for Atlantic Canada and Norm Raynard, CPA, CBV, for Western Canada.

"It is a time of change for Grant Thornton as we welcome our new regional managing partners," said Kevin Ladner, CPA, CBV, CEO elect, Grant Thornton LLP Canada. "Both Michele and Norm exude strong leadership qualities and their knowledge and skills will help our firm achieve new heights of success going forward."

Michele Williams, Regional Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada

Currently Managing Partner, Nova Scotia, Michele successfully led the firm's Nova Scotia practice for the last ten years, serving as a member of the firm's senior leadership team during this period. Michele and her team strengthened the Grant Thornton brand in the Nova Scotia marketplace. In her new role Michele will oversee 27 offices and a team of 600 people across Atlantic Canada.

"I bring a strong passion for creating an exceptional work environment and ensuring an exceptional client experience – as a result, our firm in Nova Scotia has had consistently strong performance year over year," said Michele Williams. "This is something I'm proud of and I look forward to my new role with the same pride and enthusiasm."

Michele is currently serving on several Boards including the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, the Atlantic Chapter International Women's Forum, and Chair of the Accounting Education Foundation of Nova Scotia. She earned her CPA designation in 1990 and was awarded her FCPA in 2014.

Norm Raynard, Regional Managing Partner, Western Canada

For the past five years Norm has been the Managing Partner of the firm's New Brunswick practice, also serving as a member of the firm's senior leadership team during this period. He brings experience as both an assurance and corporate finance practitioner, holding various leadership roles in advisory services and senior management.

"I am excited to be moving to Vancouver to support the Western Canada region." said Norm Raynard. "I look back appreciatively over the past number of years. I've had the opportunity, along with my partners, to lead the transformation of the firm in New Brunswick, achieving significant success in terms of our culture and client experience, improving overall business performance."

Norm's exceptional relationship building skills and his external market orientation will accelerate his integration into the western region, along with the support of our Partners and our people.

Norm began his career with Grant Thornton in 1990, obtaining his CPA designation in 1993 and CBV designation in 2000, and he is a more recent graduate of the Oxford University global leadership development program.

Note to media: Michele Williams, Regional Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada and Norm Raynard, Regional Managing Partner, Western Canada, are available for national and local interviews.

Media Release Reference: Grant Thornton LLP announces CEO elect

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Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide.

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