Riley Named One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Tracey Riley, Managing Partner of Assurance for Canada and Asia-Pacific Americas at PwC, has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Tracey, who will receive the WXN KPMG Professionals award in recognition of her career achievements and dedication to helping women succeed in business, will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24.

Tracey joined PwC Canada as a co-op student nearly 30 years ago and since then has had the opportunity to take on various new roles and challenges both in Canada and around the world. Her most profound impact as a business leader has been on the Assurance business in Canada, the largest line of service in the Canadian firm where through her visionary approach and collaborative leadership the business is being transformed through the use of technology and new business priorities.

“Becoming the first female to reach such a level of accomplishment in the organization is a great privilege. It speaks to a focus on diversity and how it is part of PwC’s DNA,” says Tracey Riley, Managing Partner of Assurance for Canada and Asia-Pacific Americas, PwC. “At PwC the culture is values-based versus rules-based. This helps build a trusting and inclusive environment and one in which I love to work. Finding a company with which your values align allows you to bring your whole self to work every day and, in doing so, become fully engaged.”

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, PwC Canada works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Tracey to thrive and succeed. In addition to being an IMPACT 10x10x10 Champion for UN Women’s HeForShe program – making PwC one of the first global organizations to commit to taking bold steps to achieve gender equality – PwC Canada has also established the award-winning Women in Leadership (WiL) program. Established in 2013, the program is designed to support women in their career planning, provide coaching and mentoring, build networks and to help move women through to the partnership track. The program has already seen more than 150 graduates throughout the Canadian firm and continues to grow.

PwC Canada has also committed to achieving 50/50 gender parity for new partners by the year 2020.

“I am very proud of Tracey and all of her professional accomplishments – and offer her my congratulations on this well-deserved recognition,” says Bill McFarland, CEO and Senior Partner, PwC Canada. “I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Tracey for over 15 years, the past 6 as a key executive on my Canadian Leadership Team. Tracey is an inspirational leader that is well respected for her teamwork and collaborative approach both within PwC and with clients. Tracey is also known for her excellent coaching and mentoring, and is a great role model to others in the firm and business community by helping people develop and grow to their full potential.”

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we’re doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we’re excelling at the top levels of every sector,” says WXN Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens. “When WXN created Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, part of the purpose was celebration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here.”

Tracey Riley joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at