A respected senior strategic business leader, Beth Wilson serves as Dentons Canada CEO, where she is leading the firm in Canada through an aggressive and targeted focus on exceeding clients’ expectations of value and results. With a commitment to an inclusive culture that empowers diverse teams, and supports an entrepreneurial spirit and performance-based culture, Beth is focused on ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for exceptional talent in Canada and around the world. In addition to her change mandate within the Canada Region, Beth is a member of Dentons Global Board and Global Management Committee and is involved in various strategic projects that are helping shape Dentons role in the professional services industry.
Prior to her role at Dentons, Beth was the Managing Partner for KPMG in Canada’s Toronto office, its largest business unit. Through her 26-year career at KPMG, Beth spent a number of years driving impact on KPMG’s Management Committee and in various leadership positions, including Canadian Managing Partner Community Leadership, Canadian Managing Partner Regions & Enterprise (with responsibility for 24 regional offices across Canada), and Chief Human Resources Officer. She also held leadership roles globally.
Beth is widely known and respected in the Canadian business community, and is an accomplished and dedicated community leader. She exemplifies this through her extensive board and community involvement, and her commitment to the advancement of women in business. As a testament to her ongoing dedication, Beth has been recognized by leading organizations such as WXN (2008, 2011, 2018), YWCA Toronto (2015) and as one of Canada’s Top Women of Influence (2014). Building on her extensive community leadership experience, Beth served as the 2019 United Way Greater Toronto Campaign Chair, and in 2020 became the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board chair, both of which are closely linked to Beth’s personal passion for community leadership.
The legal profession, similar to the auditing and consulting professions, is undergoing significant disruption and transformation. Beth’s extensive experience and leadership is playing an important role in shaping how Dentons responds to this disruption. Beth is Dentons Canada’s first female, first non-lawyer CEO, a bold decision that is resonating with clients. It is a reflection of clients’ increasing view that their legal advisors should be more than just a traditional law firm, and should offer broader perspectives, insights and understanding of their business and industry.