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Alumnus encourages connecting and community

Dipesh Parmar
Dipesh Parmar, BACS'03

When Dipesh Parmar, BACS'03, came to London, Ont., to attend Western, he never envisioned he would land his dream job, obtain his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and make London his permanent home. Now, a Senior Manager at PwC – where he's worked since graduating – he says there is no place he would rather be.

"My wife and I both grew up outside of Toronto and moved to London to come to Western. Seventeen years later we're still here, raising our son and daughter. The quality of life we have here, thanks to our community involvement, the work-life balance and the cost of living, makes it a great place to raise a family," he says.

In his role as Senior Manager, Assurance, at PwC, Parmar works with private, public and not-for-profit organizations providing assurance services for his clients. Thanks to encouragement he received in his second year from a professor, he decided to obtain his CPA and he's never looked back.

"One of the best things about my job is the variety of the work and the opportunity to engage with clients across a number of industries. It's also a young, fast-paced and energetic environment where continuous learning and development is at the forefront, which keeps me engaged and excited about my future with PwC. The impact that my work can have on a client's organization is very motivating," he explains.

In addition to his responsibilities at PwC, Parmar is involved in a number of projects in the community and on campus, including serving as Board Member and Treasurer of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Pillar Nonprofit Network, and as Chair of The Children's Golf Classic, which raises more than $230,000 annually for the Children's Health Foundation.

"It's very busy," he says. "But I get a lot of support, autonomy and flexibility to decide where and when I work. That makes it possible for me to properly balance career, family, and my extracurricular activities, which includes plenty of time on the golf course in the summer."

He also remains connected to the Western community, recruiting Western students to PwC each year in addition to engaging with the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program. It is designed to help and mentor students and guide them through the challenges and opportunities that come with transitioning from university to the work force.

He is encouraged by how much the DAN program has grown, not only in numbers, but also in alumni connectivity. "This connection between students and alumni is key to developing the softer business skills and increasing the DAN Management brand, while providing the students with insight into what they can do with their degree," he says. "Historically, the big focus was on the grades. Now, I encourage students to layer in developing communication and teamwork skills, and at the same time to give back to the community," he explains.

Moving forward, Parmar sees continued opportunities for himself in his career at PwC, his community outreach and his involvement with DAN students and graduates. "As a student, I really didn't get as much exposure as I might have to what was possible after graduation. I love giving back and being a part of the networking events the DAN Management Student Association runs. It's great to see so many first- and secondyear students in attendance, gaining insight into career opportunities, witnessing firsthand what alumni are doing, and building those connections that will help them land that dream job."