Murray’s passion for helping people is what ultimately led him to RLB. As partner, Murray leads the Not-for-Profit Team and focuses primarily on assurance work (audits and reviews), though he and his team are working on expanding their consulting practice too.
While in his younger years Murray admits that accounting was not something he was interested in, he is happy he had a change of heart. Initially, he studied at McMaster University and earned a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing before acquiring his Master’s degree in Business Administration (with a focus on marketing and investment finance) through York University. “I focused on marketing because it sounded more interesting and creative than accounting. I thought accounting was just looking at numbers on a screen as opposed to coming up with innovative ideas to help clients be successful.” Murray soon found that it was just the opposite and that most marketing roles were more about analytics than what he had imagined. After moving to Guelph, he went back to school for his accounting add-ons at Wilfred Laurier University and began working at RLB in 2005. His interest in Board Governance led him to earn his Chartered Director designation through McMaster and the Conference Board of Canada in 2019.
Helping people and clients succeed is what sealed the deal for Murray. “My role is less about the numbers and I’m able to focus on people.” During his time at RLB, he has sat on many boards in our community. Today he is a member of the St Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of Directors for St Joseph’s Housing Corporation.
Outside of work, Murray is a married father of two teenage children and he enjoys supporting their activities (his daughter is in rep hockey; his son is into rock climbing). He enjoys running, although he’s not as active in running as he used to be. Murray is also a self-professed craft beer snob, a huge fan of the Leafs and loves live music.