New President for DFK Canada

Nigel Jacobs

Nigel Jacobs, CEO of Hamilton, Ontario-based Taylor Leibow (FY17 net revenue of $12.4 million) has been appointed as president of the national group of DFK International.

He officially took over from Andrew Logan, senior partner of Teed Saunders Doyle, at the annual conference of DFK Canada held in New Brunswick in June.

Chad Knippel, partner at Kingston Ross Pasnak, was made president elect and Beth Porter, partner at Noseworthy Chapman, was welcomed as vice president, becoming the newest member and first woman to serve on its executive committee.

Jacobs joined Taylor Leibow after moving to Canada from his native South Africa in 1994, the same year that the firm joined DFK International, and has since progressed within both organizations.

He was appointed CEO of Taylor Leibow in 2002, one of the largest independent regional accounting and advisory firms in Southern Ontario, and was made vice president of DFK Canada in 2014 prior to becoming president elect in 2016.

“I am really excited to take on the role of president,” says Jacobs. “DFK Canada is in a strong position and Andrew did a great job in terms of furthering our leadership program by making sure we train our future leaders. I intend to build on this platform by focusing on strategic new member recruitment but not forgetting about effective succession planning within our member firms, and engaging more with our younger partners to make us stronger.”

“Technology is also important and we want to help our firms prepare for change so that they stay ahead of the curve,” Jacobs continued. “The beauty of DFK is that we are independent and yet we share best practices to learn from each other which is very valuable for our firms, and I will be looking to further enhance this as part of a strategic review that I am undertaking with our Executive Director Lynn Morrovat.

Reflecting on his term as president, Logan said, “We have made some significant changes in the last two years or so and I think they put DFK Canada in a much stronger position. We moved to an association management firm to run our affairs – and we hit a home run.  We are seeing the rewards and it will leave a very good legacy going forward.”