RSM Canada Launches Alliance Network

Terri Ellis

A year after entering the Canadian marketplace, RSM Canada has launched its Canada Alliance program.

The alliance program is the first of its kind in the country, and is modeled after RSM US’s Alliance program, which was launched almost 30 years ago, and includes more than 75 members in 38 states, the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico, RSM announced.

Member firms are able to build and enhance their practices by leveraging the infrastructure, expertise and best practices of Chicago-based RSM (FY18 net revenue of $2.14 billion). The RSM Canada Alliance will be led by Terri Ellis, previously partner for growth and market development at RSM Canada. Before that, she held the same role at Collins Barrow Toronto for four years, which became RSM Canada a year ago.

As members of the new program, firms gain access to RSM Canada’s technical resources, marketing and business development, practice management, talent management, client services and networking opportunities. The Canadian member firm of RSM International has offices in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Allied firms maintain their independence as separate business entities from RSM Canada. The first two members of the Canada Alliance are DJB, an accounting firm with offices in Burlington, Grimsby, Hamilton, St. Catharines and Welland, and NVS Chartered Accountants in Markham, Ontario.

“The Alliance model is a new concept to Canada, but it is especially suited for our marketplace,” says Harry Blum, MP of RSM Canada LLP. “The realities of our geography and our business landscape mean that small businesses are at the heart of our country’s economic engine. When these firms join this program, they will be able to stay true to their Canadian roots while enjoying the benefits and resources of a global firm.”