Published 03/27/14

Diane Kazarian

One of Canada’s most powerful women: Diane Kazarian ’83

Diane Kazarian ’83, CPA, CA, considers the relationship-building skills she learned early in her childhood and further developed at Bryant as the key to her success. Kazarian, originally from Rhode Island and now living in Toronto, is senior partner and the national financial services leader for PwC Canada, a job that includes banking and capital markets, insurance, asset management, private equity, and real estate businesses of the firm.

She was recently named to the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. It celebrates and highlights the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Bryant University has also named Kazarian the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumna award.

In addition to growing PwC’s business, enhancing the brand in the marketplace, developing intellectual property, and interacting with media, she’s focused on leading teams to bring value and insight to their clients, and inspiring her staff to set and achieve ambitious goals.

“My firm provided me with many opportunities to stretch myself professionally, and that has helped me excel,” says Kazarian. “When I do the same for my employees, when I foster an open environment where my staff is accountable for positive and negative results and mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, we all win—the employee, me as their leader, and the firm.”

Personal and professional opportunities brought Kazarian to PwC in Canada after seven years at KPMG in Providence, RI, where she held a senior leadership role. In the 18 months she’s held her current position, the practice, which is made up of close to 500 people, has seen a sustained increase in business.


This profile is excerpted from the Winter 2014 edition of Bryant Magazine