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RSM's Industry Eminence Program announces class of 2022

RSM Canada’s Irina Im and Justin Krieger selected to participate in prestigious three-year program

May 24, 2022

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RSM's Industry Eminence Program announces class of 2022

TORONTO, ON - (May 24, 2022) - RSM Canada LLP (“RSM”) - a leading global provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market - is pleased to announce the fifth class of the RSM Industry Eminence Program. The new eminence class began their participation in the three-year program with an event in New York City this month. Irina Im and Justin Krieger will represent RSM Canada in the 2022 program and will focus on industrials and technology, media and telecom (TMT), respectively.

“I am proud to welcome our fifth class of industry senior analysts to RSM’s Industry Eminence Program,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP. “This program has transformed RSM’s ability to provide forward-looking industry insights to the clients we serve, and I am excited to welcome 13 talented professionals to our industry eminence team. We look forward to supporting them in their personal and professional growth as they build new skills that will strengthen our position as the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders globally.”

“We are so proud to have both Irina and Justin join this prestigious group,” said Harry Blum, national managing partner with RSM Canada. “We are excited to see what they will both bring to the program. I know they will both play integral roles in the continued growth and success of the Industry Eminence Program and be well-positioned to offer new insights and perspectives to better support our staff, clients and prospects.”

The RSM Industry Eminence Program was created in 2018 and is led by RSM’s Chief Economist Joe Brusuelas and Deputy Chief Economist Kevin Depew. The program positions senior analysts to understand, forecast and communicate economic, business and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves. These industry senior analysts help the firm advise clients on conditions impacting middle market leaders and produce regular thought leadership for both RSM publications and the media.

“It has been one of my greatest honours at RSM to help lead the incredible group of people who participate in the firm’s Industry Eminence Program,” said Brusuelas. “These senior industry analysts epitomize what it means to be a first-choice advisor. The past few years have presented turbulent economic and societal circumstances for our clients and communities. Our industry senior analysts have navigated these bumpy waters with analytical skills and thoughtfulness, whether it’s explaining impacts on the labour market or discussing supply chain issues. I can’t wait to see what the newest class will achieve as they progress through the program.”

“We welcome the latest class of our Industry Eminence Program,” said Depew. “This highly skilled group joins four previous classes of industry senior analysts who have all achieved tremendous success in analyzing and communicating the top trends impacting their industries. I look forward to working with our 13 newest senior analysts and helping to guide their development journey.”

In her senior manager role within RSM’s tax group, Irina specializes in Canadian corporate income tax for public and private Canadian and multinational organizations, including tax planning, tax accounting and compliance services. With over 15 years of public practice and industry experience, Irina advises companies and business owners on complex tax issues related to various aspects of their operations, business expansions and restructuring – this includes inbound and outbound tax planning, corporate reorganizations, structuring transactions in a tax efficient manner, tax accounting and compliance.

Irina’s industry experience is primarily in manufacturing and consumer products, technology and real estate industries. She is also a CPA, CGA and obtained her Bachelor of Economics from State University of Management, Moscow.

As a business development director, Justin brings a client-centric approach to his role with his ability to form new partnerships and broaden existing relationships. He couples his deep business knowledge and experience, along with an emphasis on providing clients with actionable value-added recommendations. Justin is a growth leader within RSM Canada’s growing TMT group and supports the progress of the practice through client development, industry presence and relationship management.

Prior to joining RSM Canada, Justin spearheaded business development for a boutique management consultancy firm, focused mainly on private equity and venture capital relationships. He is very involved with a variety of organizations including Help for Children Canada, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and UJA Toronto. Justin obtained an LL.B. from the School of Law at the University of Leicester and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.

To learn about the other members of the 2022 class, visit RSM’s Industry Eminence Program page

“I have been impressed time and again with each new class of industry senior analysts and how much effort they put into delivering the power of being understood to our clients and communities,” said Don Lipari, national industry leader with RSM US LLP. “I am excited to see RSM’s Industry Eminence Program continue to grow as the firm fosters even more specialized and highly trained industry professionals.”

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