Peter founded Custom House Ltd, one of the world’s largest nonbank foreign exchange companies, and guided it through more than 17 years of growth until its sale to Western Union in September 2009 for $370 Million USD. At that time, it operated over 75 branches in seven countries, counted in excess of 40,000 corporate customers worldwide and employed approximately 650 people. Under Peter’s leadership, Custom House was named by Deloitte as one of the “50 Best-Managed Companies in Canada” for 7 years in a row, receiving Platinum Club status in 2008 and 2009.
In addition to Peter’s personal philanthropic involvement in organizations within his community, Peter’s past and current Board Membership and Service includes: Chair of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business “Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year” Awards Committee; Board of Governors for University of Victoria, Member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, President of the Canadian Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association, and Consultant to the Federal Government on the creation of anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation.
As Dentons' Canada Chief Executive Officer and a member of the global leadership team, serving on the Global Board and Global Management Committee, Beth is leading the Firm in Canada through an aggressive and targeted focus on exceeding our clients' expectations of value and results, and commitment to an inclusive culture that empowers diverse teams and supports an entrepreneurial spirit and performance based culture. A respected senior strategic business leader, Beth is focused on ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for leading talent in Canada and around the world.
Prior to assuming her role as the Firm’s Canada CEO, Beth served as Managing Partner at KPMG in the Greater Toronto Area, where she led the largest business unit in Canada. Beth served as a member of KPMG's Management Committee in various leadership positions, including Canadian Managing Partner Community Leadership, Canadian Managing Partner Regions and Enterprise with responsibility for 24 regional offices across Canada, and Chief Human Resources Officer. She also held various global leadership roles.
Beth is widely known and respected in the Canadian business community and is an accomplished and dedicated community leader. She exemplifies this through her board and community involvement, and her advancement of women in business, and has been recognized by leading organizations such as YWCA Toronto, Canadian Women of Influence and WXN.
The auditing and consulting professions, similar to the legal profession, are undergoing significant disruption and transformation. Beth's extensive experience and leadership is playing an important role in shaping how Dentons responds to this disruption.