Marilyn De Mara, BCom '75Audit Partner
KPMG

Marilyn specializes in the area of charitable organizations, foundations and non-profit organizations. Her clients include several of the largest charities in Canada, many large associations, public and private foundations, government agencies, private schools and hospitals.

Marilyn graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1975. She joined Peat Marwick Mitchell, which later become KPMG. Marilyn was elected the first female client partner in 1985, and subsequently become the Human Resources partner for the Toronto office. Returning to client practice in 1994, she began to specialize in not-for-profit organizations. Marilyn is now responsible for KPMG’s Not-for-Profit practice on a national basis.

Marilyn is currently on the board of the Granite Club, and the World Wildlife Fund. Her previous board and committee involvement includes: KPMG Canada, KPMG Foundation, Toronto Zoo, Toronto Zoo Foundation, Imagine Canada, Heart & Stroke Ontario, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Bloorview Children’s Hospital, Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation, Easter Seals, Havergal College, Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and the Royal Life Saving Society.

Marilyn has a long history of volunteering with the Canadian Professional Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in various capacities, including chairing several education committees, assisting at tax clinics, and being interviewed for television shows. She currently sits on the CPA NPO Committee of the Risk Oversight and Governance Board. She has made recent presentations for Rotman School of Management, and the Ontario Hospital Association.

Marilyn taught introductory accounting at the University of Toronto for five years. She is also the author of a book on pension accounting, published by Butterworth. Marilyn was recognized as a
Fellow Professional Accountant in 1994.