KPMG Again Named Among Canada's Best Employers for Diversity

    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, KPMG has been
recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as among the best employers to embrace and
promote diversity in the workplace. KPMG shares this honour with 35 other
employers across Canada this year, and is proud to be a leader among its peers
in creating a workplace that welcomes and celebrates diversity in its various
    "We are pleased to be recognized once again as among Canada's best
employers for diversity," said Michael Bach, National Director of Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion for KPMG in Canada "In the past year we have made greater
strides to integrate new programs and further expand our diversity initiatives
within the firm."
    This award recognizes the nation's leaders in workplace diversity and
inclusiveness initiatives among several employee groups: women; visible
minorities; people with disabilities; people of the First Nation or aboriginal
Canadians; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified employees.
    Some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best
Diversity Employers 2009:

    -  established a national Diversity Advisory Board that meets quarterly
       and acts as the advising body for KPMG's Canada-wide diversity,
       inclusion and equity strategy.

    -  established local diversity councils in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary,
       Vancouver (and some smaller offices) to address diversity issues
       relating to local offices

    -  implemented a targeted recruitment strategy to increase the number of
       women and visible minority employees by 10% over the next five years

    -  created an employee network group for employees who are parents of
       special needs children

    -  developed a course on communication in a diverse workplace for
       managers, which is held once every month on an ongoing basis

    -  introduced a Director of Diversity role to focus on the advancement of
       women and visible minorities, and combat workplace homophobia

    -  has an in-house group (pride@KPMG) that publishes a quarterly
       newsletter to highlight networking events happening at offices across

    "During these challenging economic times, diversity continues to remain a
strategic business priority for KPMG," said Mario Paron, KPMG's Chief Human
Resources Officer. "We believe there is a strong business case for
demonstrating a diverse workforce that both reflects our client base, and
allows us the opportunity to recruit the best and the brightest talent from
all groups and communities in Canada."

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Toronto, Shilpa Kotecha, KPMG,, (416) 777-8918; Montréal, Lucie Frenière, KPMG,, (514) 840-2353

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