Stephen R. Binder (Moderator)

National Privately Held Business Leader, Grant Thornton LLP, Canada

National Privately Held Business Leader

Segment focus: Privately Held Business and Business Advisory Services.


Stephen offers his clients 39 years of business advisory experience and pragmatic advice. His practice includes a diverse group of entrepreneurial businesses, professionals and business leaders.

Stephen also plays an advisory role for many of his clients and has contributed in creating, implementing and executing strategic planning programs, exit and growth strategies, and general business insight. Stephen’s focus is on value, helping his clients unlock their potential for growth and manage their business.

Areas of expertise include strategic planning private enterprise tax services, financial statement reviews, profit and operational improvement, exit strategies and acquisitions.

Industry experience

Retail, franchise operations (franchisor and franchisee), real estate development, golf industry operations (public & private) and professional service firms (law firms, architect firms and health care practitioners). Services include strategy facilitation, development and implementation of compensation plans, operational metrics and Key Performance Indicators.
Professional qualifications and memberships
• BA, University of Toronto, 1975
• Chartered Accountant, ICAO, 1979
• CPA, CA, 2012
• Completion of ICAO/CPAO Executive Programs
- Master Strategist, 2010
- Smart Leaders, Thinking and Innovation, 2011
- Optimal Negotiator, 2012
- Family Business – Essentials for the Trusted Advisor – 2014
- Transitioning from Strategic Plan to Strategic Options - 2014