Vice Chair, Partner, PwC Canada
Raj Kothari is the Vice Chair, Partner for PwC Canada. Raj is also a member of PwC Canada’s Extended Leadership Team.
Raj recently served as the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Asset and Wealth Management Leader, Global Transformation Leader for Asset and Wealth Management Assurance Practice and as board member of PwC’s Global Service Delivery Centre in India.
Raj’s professional and business experience spans Canada, UK and India in the areas of business assurance and advisory services, transaction support services, valuation services to Asset Management Companies and advisory services to small and large clients in a variety of businesses. Raj specialized in advising clients in the asset management and fund industry, specializing in: mutual funds, pooled funds, hedge funds, structured products, venture capital funds, investment management companies, service providers and special purpose investment vehicles.
Raj has served on the working committee for industry participants in the investment management industry arising from the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC) Stromberg Report for the mutual fund industry. He has also served as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant's (CICA) Study Group, "Assessing Risks and Controls of Investment Funds" and recently chaired the group to update this study. He was also a member of the Study Group for Phase II of the updated CICA Research Study Report on Accounting and Financial Standards for Investment Funds and currently chairs the CICA's Standing Committee for Investments Funds. Raj has spoken at numerous Investment Fund Institute of Canada (IFIC), OSC and CICA conferences and has served on IFIC's Accounting Advisory Committee.
Raj graduated from the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from CASS Business School at the City, University of London. He also qualified as a chartered accountant in both Canada and the UK.
Active within the community, Raj has served as President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Chaired the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Endowment Foundation and served on various boards, including Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship / Students in Free Enterprise-Canada (ENACTUS), Duke of Edinburgh Awards–Ontario, Harvard Business School Club Toronto, Pearson College of the Pacific, Artscape and the Stratford Festival.
From 2008-2009, Raj chaired the Stratford Express, Stratford's single largest fundraising event and was chair of the campaign to raise funds for the exhibition, "India, The Living Arts" at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. Raj also chaired “Diwali, A Night To Shine” from 2012-2014, helping raise over $10 million dollars for the University Heath Network (UHN). From 2016-2017, .Raj co-chaired Soul Pepper at Play, the single largest fund raising event for Soul Pepper theatre.
He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation, the Toronto Region Board of Trade and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Raj is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and a member of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) President’s Advisory Council.