Erik R. Niemi

Partner, Risk Services and Global IT Attestation Services Leader

KPMG in Canada

Erik is a partner in KPMG’s Risk Services practice who leads our team of information systems audit and controls assurance specialists in Vancouver, Canada. Erik is also KPMG’s Global IT Attestation & SOC Services Leader, as well as our National Systems & Controls Assurance Services Leader in Canada.

Erik specializes in information systems audit, security, internal control and risk management, and he has over 27 years of public practice experience delivering KPMG attestation, assurance and advisory services in a variety of complex business and technology environments, industry sectors and geographies. Prior to joining KPMG, Erik spent 13 years in the IT industry doing systems analysis and software development.

Erik is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and he has Government of Canada Level II (Secret) Security Clearance.

Erik is also the current Chair of CPA Canada’s Audit & Assurance Technology Committee and he serves on several CPA Canada working groups involved in developing and updating Canadian standards and guidance for systems and controls attestation services (e.g. SOC 1, SOC 2/3, and SOC for Cybersecurity) and provides technical advice to CPA Canada committees on audit and assurance issues related to blockchain, crypto-assets and digital ledger technology.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA)

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

  • CA-designated specialist in information systems audit & control

  • Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC)

  • Westcoast Security Forum (co-founder and a past chair)

  • Information Systems Security Association (member and a past chapter president)

  • Vancouver Security SIG (member and a past president)

  • Canadian Information Processing Society (member)

  • North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association: Board Member, VP Finance, SysAdmin, Tournament Director, Division Coordinator, Umpire, former assistant coach