Deloitte Canada makes an impact that matters in 2023


Today, Deloitte Canada released its 2023 annual impact report, Building better futures: Toward a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world, measuring the firm’s impact and progress on sustainability during the 2023 fiscal year. As a purpose-led organization, Deloitte strives to make an impact that matters by helping and inspiring others to thrive: people, communities, and our country.

“This is our opportunity and our obligation to be a catalyst for positive change,” says Anthony Viel, CEO of Deloitte Canada and Chile. “Across businesses and industries, what unites our people is a commitment to service. Serving others is embedded in our DNA. Since the origin of Deloitte nearly 180 years ago, we have worked alongside organisations to empower them to reach their aspirations and build a better society for all. We can leverage our network, our relationships, our expertise, our know-how, and the collective aspirations of our people to help address the most pressing challenges of our time.”

This report measures the firm’s impact and its progress on sustainability during the 2023 fiscal year across four pillars:

  • Business: Adapting and innovating to meeting clients’ needs.
  • Environment: Monitoring and mitigating the firm’s environmental impact.
  • Society: Helping its people and communities be their best.
  • Governance: Ensuring effective oversight and responsible business practices.

The report maintains that Deloitte has moved forward with its commitment as a service-oriented partner and collaborator, continuing to focus on inspiring progress for all it serves by prioritizing sustainable investments.
For example, in 2023 Deloitte Ventures, a division of Deloitte Canada, committed $150 million to fuel emerging technology companies, including those within fintech, health tech, work tech, clean tech, data and artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Deloitte Ventures makes minority investments in companies with disruptive technology and visionary founders, recognizing that the most effective use of capital is to focus and direct energy toward a prosperous, equitable future for society. Opportunities to invest in companies that move the needle on topical matters, including sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion are also sought out. Beyond the capital infusion, it taps into Deloitte’s expansive knowledge and experience to help companies with their strategic, financial, and operational matters.

“Our differentiator is that we’re more than just capital. We can supercharge the growth of the companies we invest in” says Talia Abramowitz, Managing Partner of Deloitte Ventures and a partner in the Financial Advisory practice.

The report shows that Deloitte is driving sustainable and responsible climate choices, both within its organization and beyond – accelerating its own decarbonization efforts and advising clients on their sustainability journeys.

For example, while working with Maple Leaf Foods towards its goal to become the world’s first major carbon-neutral food company, Deloitte implemented its GreenLight Solution to deliver an end-to-end carbon management program transformation. The program helped Maple Leaf Foods to set net-zero goals, identifying initiatives for carbon reduction, creating a road map, analyzing the data, and monitoring progress in real time. This competitive advantage enabled the company to expand into the US market and contributed to its growth strategy and commercial success, while also incorporating responsible practices and working toward a sustainable future.

The impact report also details how Deloitte strives to make a positive social impact to help create a more sustainable and equitable world. It shares stories of meaningful work by Deloitte employees, and explains the firm’s commitment to growing careers, upskilling its employees, and its diversity, equity and inclusion ethos. A highlight from 2023 includes the launch of the Bloom Scholarship program, awarding 35 scholarships to Black students, 14 to Indigenous students, and 19 to students with disabilities including a four-month work term opportunity at the firm.

For more information read the full report here.


Deloitte Canada acquires Groundswell Group Inc. to enhance AI and cloud transformation capabilities in Western Canada and nationally


Deloitte Canada is acquiring a leading AI and data integration firm, Groundswell Group Inc. (“Groundswell”) to increase its ability to serve clients from Western Canada across major growth areas of artificial intelligence and cloud transformation. Deloitte’s second acquisition of 2021, Groundswell will enhance the firm’s critical digital transformation capabilities—including machine learning, intelligent automation and cloud data engineering—which have accelerated due to COVID-19.

“This is a very exciting time for AI and cloud transformation, and pairing up with Groundswell is yet another way of showing our commitment to helping Canada transform as a country by serving this fast-growing space and our mid-market and large clients,” said Anthony Viel, CEO, Deloitte Canada. “Not only does this move secure Deloitte’s position as the number one artificial intelligence consultancy in Canada, but it’s an especially big win for how we serve our Western Canada and national clients with end-to-end services to help them transform at scale and thrive.”

Founded in Calgary in 2001, Groundswell is the largest AI and data management firm in Western Canada. Groundswell brings to the table its strong end-to-end capabilities across AI, cloud data transformation, intelligent automation, business intelligence, data visualization, big data, and predictive analytics.

“It’s no secret that today’s business leaders are increasingly looking to capitalize on the value of data, and Groundswell is a big step forward in how we deliver insightful analytics to our clients,” said Sébastien Blais, managing partner, Consulting at Deloitte Canada. “Through Groundswell’s end-to-end capabilities, strong relationships, and rock-solid reputation, we further bolster our ability to help guide our large and mid-market clients along every step of their AI powered digital transformation journeys.”

Recognized as a leader in AI and data in the Western market, Groundswell’s team of 133 employees will join Deloitte’s Consulting practice in Canada, as part of Omnia AI. Also joining the firm as new partners, are former president at Groundswell, Darren Sartison, former chief operations officer, Morgan Arndt, and former vice president, BC operations, Adrian Hull.

“This is a bright and exciting next chapter for our team. Joining forces with Deloitte feels a little like we’re finally putting the puzzle pieces together,” said Darren Sartison, previously president at Groundswell, joining Deloitte as a partner. “Our customers’ opportunities grow as the intersection of business and technology continues to merge. By combining Groundswell’s technical depth and capabilities with Deloitte’s comprehensive AI and Data offerings, from strategy to implementation to operations, we’re truly stronger together.”

Retaining its strong partnerships with industry leading vendors, Groundswell will continue to serve the needs of key Western clients, and nationally with employees joining Deloitte in CalgaryVancouver, and Edmonton.

Deloitte Canada’s Corporate Development Office (CDO) actively pursues and responds to merger, acquisition, and alliance opportunities that bolster our capabilities to serve clients. On February 26, 2021Deloitte Canada also acquired digital consulting firm, The Working Group Inc., to aid its mid-market and large clients in digital and cloud transformation, and further enhance Deloitte’s global digital strategy. Each acquisition demonstrates the firm’s commitment to serving private, medium and large Canadian clients and helping them respond to complex business issues and/or evolving service needs and opportunities.