Kerrie is a strategic thinker, financial expert and global business leader with over 30 years of experience in transactions, operations, audit, P&L management, and consulting. As a senior principal with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), Kerrie established a reputation as a passionate builder of teams, relationships and businesses - with a focus on accelerating growth, driving innovation and enabling Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial enterprises to efficiently scale products and services to the market. Kerrie has extensive experience, including on-the-ground international experience, working with senior management and boards to implement creative solutions to complex business challenges.
Recently retired, Kerrie served as Global Client Services Partner for one of EY's leading global accounts ($65b+ market cap) in the financial services industry. She was responsible for quality and client satisfaction on engagements ranging from strategic tax advice, to target operating model recommendations, to digital transformation, to assurance on financial statements. Kerrie brings a strong track record as a strategic business and transactions advisor, having guided leading organizations through mergers and acquisitions and related integrations in addition to helping companies define their near-shore/offshore strategy.
During her tenure with EY, Kerrie held multiple global leadership roles within the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) global business. With full P&L and operational responsibility, Kerrie served as Americas Transaction Support Leader (2006-2009), where she built a $240m business and led a team of 450+ people across the United States, Canada and Latin America, while also serving on the operating board and chairing the Global Transaction Support Leadership team. During that time the practice grew nearly 20% annually, and then survived the financial crisis-driven downturn. Previously and concurrently, Kerrie served as EY's TAS Markets Leader (2005-2009) where she coordinated valuation and business modelling, transaction support, transaction tax, transaction real estate, and transaction integration go-to-market efforts. She built EY's first M&A Due Diligence business in Canada working with companies in the financial services, telecommunications and healthcare sectors and subsequently relocated to New York to establish a similar practice in the Financial Services Organization, where she was responsible for building and operating teams working on complex global transactions across financial services.
Described as an inspirational leader, Kerrie is a frequent speaker on diversity and entrepreneurship. Kerrie has been a longstanding champion of diversity and inclusion as a key business imperative. She served as Executive Sponsor of EY's Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program, a nationally-recognized executive education program to help second-stage women entrepreneurs scale their companies to full potential. Kerrie also served as sponsor and co-founder of a leading EY program for high-potential female future leaders called Power.Presence.Purpose (and now leads the program).
She is the recipient of Consulting Magazine's 2015 Excellence in Leadership, Women Leaders in Consulting award and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) 2014 Corporate Women's Champion Award. In 1998, Kerrie was named Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" (National Post and Caldwell)
Kerrie serves on the Board of New York City Harvest, where she is a member of the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Governance Committee. Kerrie previously chaired the Audit Committee. She received both her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours,1986) and Master of Business Administration (Rotman School,1989) from the University of Toronto and now serves on its Global Advancement Board. Kerrie was selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA-the highest distinction that CPA Ontario confers) in 2017.