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KPMG in Canada appoints new general counsel

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 1:57 PM | By John Chunn


KPMG in Canada announced the appointment of Rebecca Burrows as general counsel, effective Oct. 1, 2020.

According to KPMG in Canada’s press release, Peter Sahagian, the firm’s first general counsel, is retiring from the role he has held since 1989, but will stay on as a partner in an advisory capacity to the office of the CEO.

Burrows brings more than 20 years of experience to this leadership position and has served as KPMG in Canada’s assistant general counsel, litigation, since 2016. In her new role, she will lead the office of general counsel and have oversight of the firm’s litigation, regulatory, contracting, governance and operations legal matters. She will also become a member of KPMG’s global general counsel steering group and a member of the management committee for KPMG Law LLP, the law firm affiliated with KPMG in Canada. Prior to joining KPMG, Burrows was a litigation partner at Goodmans LLP where she practised corporate, commercial and securities litigation.

Sahagian was KPMG in Canada’s first general counsel, with overall responsibility for legal matters affecting the firm. Among his numerous contributions to KPMG and the accounting profession include key involvements in limited liability partnership reform in the late 1990s, and class proceedings reform in 2019. He also helped spearhead intervener court proceedings in various legal matters impacting the profession as a whole.