Leigh Chalmers, CA

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Specialty

Accounting and Advisory Services
Insurance
IFRS

Experience

Audit and Assurance
Financial services

Education

Queen's University

With over 18 years of experience, specializing in insurance and banking, Leigh has a broad range of expertise in providing audit and advisory services to the financial service industry.

As a member of PwC’s Accounting Advisory Services group, Leigh is at the forefront of the IFRS issues facing the insurance industry. She leads PwC’s national IFRS initiatives and works closely with her clients to ensure they are aware of and understand the new standards and the impact on their business. Leigh is also involved in a number of insurance industry initiatives, including as an advisor to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Financial Affairs Committee. She finds providing business advice and support to her clients and the industry when faced with challenges or issues to be one of the best and most rewarding parts of her role.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Leigh assumed the role of Chief Inclusion Officer in 2015. In this capacity, she oversees the firm’s vision to foster a fair and inclusive environment that embraces different ideas, perspectives and experiences, and where everyone can develop to their full potential without barriers. Leigh believes that successfully making a difference to the firm’s people, clients and communities relies on leveraging the richness of the diverse talents that we as individuals bring. She is an advocate of PwC’s Women in Leadership program and an active mentor and role model within the firm.

Engaged in her community, Leigh serves as a Director for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre—using her financial expertise in her role as the Board Treasurer and to support and advise the management of the charity. Most recently, she joined the Granite Club Audit committee as an advisor to the board. Leigh will bring her financial expertise and board and NPO experience to this committee. She is a past Chair to the Advisory Board for PwC’s Charitable Foundation, during which time she guided the management of the Foundation team and the strategic plans, and monitored and evaluated the Foundation’s conduct, directions and results in accordance with the corporate objectives.

Leigh lives in Toronto with her husband and two children and enjoys running, swimming, golfing and tennis.