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Kostya Polyakov
Kostya Polyakov
Partner, National Industry Leader, Consumer & Retail


Kostya Polyakov is KPMG Canada’s National Industry Leader for the Consumer and Retail practice. He has more than 20 years of experience advising businesses across Canada and the U.S., primarily those in the retail, hospitality, and restaurant sectors. Polyakov works with both public and private companies and focuses on advising boards, shareholders, and executives on key strategic business decisions, including go-public transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate governance and other board-level issues.

Polyakov’s clients range in size from large, complex, mature multi-national organizations with more than $3B in revenue, to high-growth small and mid-sized private companies. Polyakov previously led the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice for KPMG in the greater Vancouver area and has had significant experience outside of KPMG as an operations and sales leader for one of Canada’s top distribution and manufacturing companies. Polyakov’s blend of retail, technology, and operational experience has led to his advising some of Canada’s fastest growing and most recognizable retailers, as well as some of Canada’s largest and most established restaurant chains.

Polyakov was previously recognized by Business in Vancouver as a Top 40 Under 40 award recipient for his achievements both professionally as well as in the community, where he has held numerous Board of Directors positions serving a number of not-for-profit organizations. Polyakov currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vancouver’s iconic Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

Areas of expertise

Retail, Hospitality, Restaurant Sectors

Group Overview

Consumer & Retail
Empowered consumers, digital disruption, rising costs and shifts in purchasing behavior are challenging today’s consumer and retail businesses.

Constant disruption continues to test the Consumer & Retail industry—presenting new opportunities while challenging norms—faster than many companies can keep pace. With a deep understanding of these companies’ most pressing issues and priorities, KPMG firms offer a full suite of forward-looking audit, tax and advisory services, designed to navigate new complexities and the long term-shift in consumer behaviors.

KPMG’s most innovative solutions are specifically designed to support greater customer-centricity, including, digital transformation, data analytics and security, supply chain management and growth and new business models. Members of KPMG’s Consumer & Retail global network are dedicated to serving companies in the food and drink, consumer goods, luxury and retail sectors.

This international network of industry-focused professionals means that KPMG clients throughout the world have access to global industry insights, leading practices and the latest innovative solutions, regardless of company size or location.

Firm Overview

Through helping other organizations mitigate risks and grasp opportunities, KPMG can drive positive, sustainable change for clients, KPMG’s people and society at large.

KPMG firms operate in 144 countries and territories, and in FY21, collectively employed more than 236,000 people, serving the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, not-for-profits and through KPMG firms' audit and assurance practices, the capital markets. KPMG is committed to quality and service excellence in all that they do, bringing their best to clients and earning the public's trust through their actions and behaviors both professionally and personally.

KPMG leads with a commitment to quality and integrity across the KPMG global organization, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which KPMG firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, KPMG’s inspire confidence and empower change in all they do.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We have 227,000 outstanding professionals working together to deliver value in 146 countries and territories. With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to clear vision, defined values and, above all, our people.

Their industry focus helps KPMG firms’ professionals develop a rich understanding of clients' businesses and the insight, skills and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities.

The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.