Mark Smith

Mark is a Director at Granite International and provides strategic counsel to our clients in a number of areas including talent strategy and development, executive coaching, board governance and succession planning.

Mark was previously a Partner at KPMG Canada. For the final seven years, Mark was the National Industry Leader, Financial Services (audit, tax, consulting for banking, capital markets, insurance and asset management sectors), a practice with $200 million in revenue and approximately 500 people. During his tenure, Mark was the Lead Partner for one of Canada’s major banks. Mark also developed KPMG’s approach to measuring and managing risk culture.

Prior to that role, Mark was KPMG’s Global Leader of Human Resources and Organization Change and was the Founder of KPMG Canada’s Organization Change Practice. Mark and his team developed the global methodologies in HR transformation, organization design and change management and distributed them across the globe.

Mark was previously Vice Chair of Mercer Delta Canada and Head of its Strategy and Corporate Governance practices. Prior to joining Mercer Delta, Mark was a Founder and CEO of Johnson Smith International (“JSI”), Canada’s largest independent consulting firm specializing in strategic change management. JSI was acquired by Mercer Delta in 2002.

Prior to JSI, Mark was President and CEO of Hay Management Consultants, a leading human resources and compensation consulting firm.

Mark has served on numerous public, private and not-for-profit boards including Kensington Capital, SAL and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.Mark was named “Dean of Canada’s Change Managers” by the Globe and Mail. He has presented to the Financial Stability Board (SIE Committee), has been an Instructor at York University on Accountability and Governance and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College / University of Toronto.

Mark holds an MBA in Finance and a PhD in Psychology both from York University. Mark holds the Director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


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