“CPA Ontario continues to focus intently on our traditional role as a protector of the public trust and a steward of the profession. But today, playing our traditional role requires us to play a new one: acting as an insightful, responsive resource to CPAs as they navigate unprecedented change.”
“CPA Ontario has a strong tradition of connecting members with opportunities to contribute, both within and beyond their professional roles. This tradition has been powered by a commitment to helping members thrive, and also by an understanding of how much communities and society stand to benefit from CPAs’ insights and leadership.”
As the regulator of Ontario’s more than 89,000 CPAs, our primary mission is to protect the public interest. To fulfil that mission, we not only uphold high standards as a regulator, we also work to attract and develop outstanding new candidates to the designation, and deliver services and supports that help our members advance their careers.
This report summarizes our progress over the past year on four strategic priorities that are vital to the strength of our profession and to the health of our organization.
Attract a robust pipeline of new entrants to the profession.
As the demand for highly skilled business leaders continues to grow, training and accreditation options for talented people are proliferating. One goal of our unification process was to build a designation with the size and scope to compete for top talent — and CPA Ontario is working energetically to fulfil that objective.
We’re expanding the range of outreach and recruitment activities we undertake to attract outstanding candidates — from top graduates in business, accounting, and finance programs to internationally educated professionals (IEPs) seeking to adapt their skills and credentials to the Canadian market. From our extensive web of post-secondary relationships across Ontario to our partnerships in important economies around the world, we’re drawing strong new candidates to pursue our designation.
Special Update: Legislation
In May 2017, the Ontario government passed the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Act, 2017, legislation that officially recognizes CPA Ontario as regulator of the province’s more than 89,000 accounting professionals. This milestone is the capstone of our unification process; it marks the formal conclusion of a complex and ambitious collective effort, and inaugurates a new chapter for our profession.
Explore the progress we’ve made this year across all areas of our organization and see how that progress has helped advance our four strategic objectives.
CPA Ontario Council and Executive Management Team
The CPA Ontario Council is made up of 16 elected members of CPA Ontario and four public representatives appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. The President & CEO, supported by an executive management team, is responsible for strategy and the day-to-day operations, including the roles of educator, regulator, advocate, thought leader, and provider of benefits and services to our stakeholders.
Key duties of a Council member include:
- Protect, and be seen to protect, the public interest.
- Protect the interests of the profession and members.
- Ensure the integrity and independence of CPA Ontario’s self-regulatory processes.
- Act consistently in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession.
- Set the strategic direction.
- Approve the annual business plan and performance targets.
CPA Ontario Council Members Officers
- Johanne Charbonneau
- Alan T. Mak
- Nigel White
- Anita K. Ferrari
- Chris Boland
CPA, CA, CMA
- Roseline Brennan
- Georgina M. Daniels
- Ronald Harvey
- John Hsu
- Ian Jeffreys
- Michel Lavigne
- Delna Madon
- Stephen McCaughey
- Catherine L. Russell
- Debra J. Taylor
- Dave Vert
Young CPA Representative - Non-Voting
- Jennifer D. Lee
- Ginny Dybenko
- Tim Kennish
- Graham T. Parsons
- Robert C. Wong
Executive Management Team
- Carol Wilding
President & Chief Executive Officer
- Julie Lam
Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer
- Elizabeth Cowie
Vice-President, General Counsel
- Kelly Gorman
Vice-President, Regulatory & Standards
- Richard Piticco
Vice-President, Student Services
- Nilpa Srivastava
Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Vice-President, Member Services
- Stephen R. Meek, FCPA, FCA
- Larry P. Bookman, CPA, CA
- John Love, CPA, CMA
- Allan E. Mackay, CPA, CMA
- Darroch A. Robertson, FCPA, FCA
Professional Conduct Committee
- Robert G. Simon, CPA, CA
- Daniel J. Cremasco, FCPA, FCA
- Peter P. Farkas, CPA, CA
- Elena D. M. Hufton, CPA, CA
- Joan A. Cullemore, FCPA, FCA
- Randal J. Adamkowski, CPA, CA
- David Debenham, CPA, CMA
- Stephen F. Dineley, FCPA, FCA
- Stuart M. Douglas, FCPA, FCA
- Anne C. Mackenzie, CPA, CMA
- A. Douglas Nichols, FCPA, FCA
Public Accounting Licensing Board
- John Beech, FCPA, FCA
- Elaine Sequeira, FCPA, FCA
- Jordan Beallor, CPA, CA
- A. Ross Mitchell, FCPA, FCA
The generous efforts of CPA Ontario’s many volunteers benefit all members and students in the CPA program, the profession and the public. We extend our sincere thanks to the many committee volunteers who gave their time and expertise during fiscal 2017.
About CPA Ontario
Our primary purpose is to protect the public interest. We attract people who share our values and believe in our purpose — those of exceptional ethical character who do the right thing not just because it’s paramount but because it’s also in their nature. Above all, we are trusted to ensure students and members meet our profession’s standards and embrace our code of conduct.