Terri Ellis

Terri Ellis

RSM Canada Alliance Leader, Business and Professional Services Leader, Partner

About Terri

Terri Ellis leads the RSM Canada Alliance and the business and professional services industry practice for RSM Canada LLP.


Terri helps business and professional services (BPS) companies receive unparalleled value from their relationship with RSM. She oversees a $20 million portfolio of clients and is responsible for building an internal community focused on enhancing RSM’s ability to serve the business needs of the professional services industry in Canada. She also helped found RSM Canada’s BPS industry networking group to engage the next generation of RSM BPS leaders in the industry.

Terri helped launch the RSM Canada Alliance, the firm’s affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms in Canada that partner with RSM to gain access to the reach and strength of RSM as a global firm, while allowing alliance members to maintain their independence and entrepreneurial culture.

Terri is passionate about RSM’s unique culture and bringing the RSM client experience to life by being a first-choice advisor who models the firm’s five key characteristics (the 5 C’s)—caring, curious, collaborative, courageous, critical thinkers to create value for clients, colleagues and in the community. She leverages her deep industry network to collaborate across teams to help organizations solve business challenges.

Terri has broad experience with CPA firms and financial organizations. While she started her career as a golf pro, she soon gained an interest in finance and economics, much to the detriment of her golf game. She has repositioned her career several times and has pursued education in economics and finance to help her gain an understanding of new areas of interest. This opportunity to pivot and learn new skills has kept her career fresh and she appreciates the opportunity RSM has provided for her to pursue a unique path.

Her superpower is in her ability to think broadly and maintain a sense of curiosity that helps her fully understand the complexities around professional services. Terri is the executive sponsor for Pride Canada and a facilitator for the STAR employee networking group designing programming for high-performing female leaders.

Terri has built a successful career at RSM thanks to leaders who are open to hiring beyond accounting and CPA professionals to grow and expand their business advisory services.

Professional affiliations and designations

  • Presidents of Enterprising Organizations
  • York University Women’s Program, mentor


  • Bachelor of Arts, English, York University
  • Executive Education, sales leadership, Queen’s University