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jeanstephens.pngAs CEO of RSM, I’m always on the move working with RSM member firms in over 100 countries around the world. My travel gives me a unique perspective on both local challenges facing businesses and global trends shaping their future in a shifting economic landscape.

International accountancy has always been a fast-paced, exciting and rewarding industry. As technical as it may seem, our industry is also very much a people business. Through this blog, I plan on sharing with you  insights from my colleagues, our clients and other industry leaders which I hope you find interesting. And of course, I will keep you updated with news from within the RSM World.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Jean Stephens

Ethics and the future of auditing

25 June 2018
In a global business environment, decision makers need to trust the information given to them more than ever before. Ultimately, audits are providing an informed opinion to the decision makers in a business about the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, allowing them to make critical business decisions.

Re-imagining business models for GDPR and a data-driven age

4 June 2018
A blog by Jean Stephens, CEO. 2018 has been an eye-opener when it comes to protecting customer data. From middle market businesses to large corporations, cybersecurity and simple human error pose an increasing risk. With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) having come into effect last month, how can middle market businesses and fast-growing companies use this change to benefit them?

Celebrating the best of the best in Europe

1 May 2018
Last week saw the conclusion of our European roadshow of exclusive events, held to honour the National Winners and Ones to Watch in the 2017/18 European Business Awards. 

People, progress and pressing the case for diversity

7 March 2018
On this International Women’s Day, achieving gender parity should not be our only goal. Equal opportunity is the bedrock of a free and fair society. We participate in society as individuals, and as a network, so it is our responsibility to contribute to it. To achieve more we all need to proactively and continuously press for progress, and bring about a world where parity, diversity and inclusion become standard and are embraced as critical elements to our business success and are part of societal norms.

Reinventing business models in a digital world

26 February 2018
Despite the rapid rise and dominance of digital businesses across the world, research shows that the middle market does not see digital transformation as a strategic priority. This oversight not only puts their business at risk through loss of market share, but also at risk of business failure if nimbler and more advanced competitors harness digital transformation to seize their market share altogether.

Davos: Shining a spotlight on gender inequality

5 February 2018
Gender equality and diversity were hot topics at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Not only did we see the French President, Emmanuel Macron, call on business leaders, politicians and individuals to work together on gender equality, Justin Trudeau also urged world leaders to tackle gender inequality, stating that employers must hire and promote more women not because it is a nice thing to do, but because it is the smart thing to do.  A blog by Jean Stephens, CEO, RSM.

Understanding cybersecurity and the operational risks of cryptocurrency

24 January 2018
The regulatory environment and the operational and security risks are vitally important when investing in cryptocurrencies. While the price fluctuation for bitcoin, a type of cryptocrrency, garnered significant public interest in 2017, many fundamental questions remain on this subject. Questions such as: What are cryptocurrencies? Why are they so popular? And what are the key risks and challenges of investing in them right now?

RSM Canada: A new way of doing business

21 December 2017
As countries around the world seem to be looking inwards, Canada remains open.  Toronto is one of the most diverse cities globally. With half of the total population born outside of Canada, the city has created cultural ties around the world. The city also houses companies from a wide variety of industries – from real estate to manufacturing to film.

7 steps: How CPAs can prepare for auditing in the future

11 December 2017
Seven actionable steps to help auditors understand how they can best assess and address the changes to come. From Bob Dohrer, Global Leader - Quality and Risk, RSM, and Will Bible, a partner and audit innovation leader with Deloitte & Touche LLP.

NAFTA, Brexit and the future of the middle market

8 December 2017
Middle market businesses need to prepare for the shifts of international commerce. At the same time the US President is seeking to change NAFTA, the UK is seeking to exit the largest trading bloc in the world, the European Union. The threat of renegotiated trade deals brings a risk of increased tariffs on exports and stricter regulations.

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