Keith Farlinger, Chief Executive Officer, BDO Canada LLP

Keith Farlinger became BDO’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2008 after serving as Regional Managing Partner for the Toronto region of the firm. BDO is one of the largest audit and consulting firms in Canada with over 400 partners in 100 offices throughout Canada. Keith’s focus has been on having the firm and its people achieve their potential.

Keith has over 35 years of business experience and has held leadership positions in the accounting industry and many business associations. He was Chair of the BDO Policy Board in 1997-1998 and served on the board from 1995- 2001. In addition, he has served on the firm’s Management Team since 2000 and the BDO International Policy Board which is the 5th largest international accounting network, since 2008.

Keith was Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) from 2006 to 2008 and was a member of the governing council from 2001 until 2009

He is actively involved in his alma mater, the University of Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor of Mathematics in 1977. Keith was the founding president of the Waterloo Accounting Alumni Association (Toronto Chapter), and served as a member of the Capital Campaign Committee of the School of Accountancy, and on the Board of Governors of Seneca College. He received his CA designation in 1978 and his FCA in 1997.