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FELLOWS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
CPAs are invited to submit nominations for those who are most deserving of this distinction.
FCPA: RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE
An FCPA is more than an extra letter in your designation. It is the highest honour our profession bestows. It is recognition from your peers. It is a reflection of an outstanding career, as a leader both in business and in the community.
This year, CPA Ontario is proud to announce 55 members have been selected to become an FCPA. Congratulations to our 2019 Fellows - you make the entire profession proud with your achievements.
Nicholas Angellotti, FCPA, FCA
Nicholas Angellotti is a recognized, respected and accomplished leader in the field of Investigative and Forensic Accounting, specializing in Loss Quantification for Insurance Claims and other matters for litigation. As President and Managing Director at Williams & Partners Forensic Accountants Inc. and Managing Partner at Williams & Partners Chartered Professional Accountants LLP, Nick regularly advises top insurers across Canada, and has authored numerous reports for litigious and/or potentially litigious matters. Since 1994, Nick has been leading Business Interruption seminars and webinars at both the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Insurance Institute of Ontario. As part of his commitment to giving back to his community, Nick also acts as Treasurer of the Board at Hospice Vaughan.
Allan Beaupre, FCPA, FCA
Allan Beaupre has spent most of his career as a public accountant working with small to medium businesses. In the late 1970s his firm developed software packages that were the precursors to today’s online accounting and tax packages. Allan had a short stint as a venture capitalist that included the purchase of an Arctic char business in Whitehorse and a world class Canadian furniture manufacturer. Allan currently is a member of MAC LLP, a medium-sized public accounting firm in Waterloo, Ontario. He spent 25 years volunteering at the governance level for the St. Joseph’s Health Care System, which has hospitals in Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Brantford and Dundas. He currently serves on several committees for the Archdiocese of Hamilton, and Catholic Missions in Canada.
Alexandra Bellamy, FCPA, FCA
In her role as Managing Director and Head of Assurance & Advisory for CPPIB, Alexandra Bellamy has redefined the transformative impact an audit function can have on an organization. This has resulted in her taking the lead on various important initiatives, including the development of a plan to transform the organization’s Core Services functions, the launch of the firm’s ambitious 2025 Strategy, and the implementation of the Additional CPP Program — a project that will benefit the Canadian public for years to come. Throughout her career, Alexandra has supported a number of community organizations including MusiCounts, a leading music education charity associated with the Canadian JUNO awards, and the Canadian Film Centre, where her governance and financial expertise resulted in her nomination to the board’s executive committee.
Helen Bobiwash, FCPA, FCMA
As Fiscal Negotiator for the Anishinabek Nation, Helen Bobiwash supported the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement — the first self-government agreement in Ontario and the largest in Canada. Helen is Principal Accountant at Helen Bobiwash, CPA, an independent practitioner firm that provides services to First Nations and Indigenous organizations. She travels the province to support clients’ financial management and reporting requirements. She provides Indigenous financial literacy training and has facilitated information sessions on the Sixties Scoop settlement. Helen is a highly valued member of both AFOA Ontario and AFOA Canada. She previously served as a member of the Anishinabek Nation Credit Union’s Credit Committee, the Ontario Power Authority’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat’s Working Partnerships Advisory Committee.
Sean Boyd, FCPA, FCA
After Sean Boyd assumed the position of CEO of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in 1998, the company grew from a one-mine company with US$50 million in revenue to an international gold mining company with revenues of approximately US$2.2 billion. It is currently one of the top-performing gold mine companies in the world. Sean volunteers his time as a speaker at industry events, like the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, Mines & Money, and the Gold Mining Forum. He has appeared on BNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and KITCO to share his expertise, and was a guest speaker on a panel discussing gold versus digital currencies at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2019.
Charles Bunce, FCPA, FCA
Charles Bunce is responsible for the quality, execution and profitability of his firm’s assurance services in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. He is the Assurance Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Latin America South Region, an area that has achieved material improvements as part of the drive to obtain sustainable audit quality under his leadership. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Asociación de Auditores Externos AG in Chile, Charles advocated for multiple regulatory matters affecting the public accounting profession and capital markets. He also volunteers his time on the Board of Directors of the Nido de Aguilas International School and acts as warden for the Municipality of Lo Barnechea on behalf of the Canadian embassy in Chile.
Paul Busch, FCPA, FCA
Paul Busch is known for negotiating fair settlements for family-run businesses ranging from small companies to multi-million dollar corporations. As President and Owner of Paul A Busch CPA Professional Corporation since 1987, Paul has built a successful full-service practice that includes audit, review, compilation, estate planning, tax and advisory services. He serves mainly family-owned businesses in the Greater Toronto Area. Paul has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and CPA Ontario’s Discipline Committee for more than a decade. He has contributed to the community as Treasurer for the Burlington Symphony Orchestra, where he coordinated the development of a strategic plan, business plan and fundraising package.
Kristen Carscallen, FCPA, FCA
Kristen Carscallen is Canadian Managing Partner, Audit, at KPMG LLP, and under her leadership, the audit practice has experienced unprecedented growth over the past several years. Kristen has developed and implemented a five-year strategy to transform KPMG’s audit practice and consistently execute high quality audits. Kristen’s work has also had a significant impact on the ways the organization’s largest practice operates and manages its employees’ careers. Having taken on various volunteer roles at Ronald McDonald House, Kristen uses her expertise to establish fundamental HR processes, finance infrastructure, and budget policies, while helping manage their growth from a 40-bedroom house to a 100-bed location.
Erik Cheng, FCPA, FCA
Erik Cheng is a leading expert on accounting standards at the Inland Revenue Review Board and superior Courts. His testimony during a landmark case resulted in new tax laws in Hong Kong. As Partner at Erik Cheng & Co., CPA Hong Kong for the past 20 years, Erik has seen his firm expand from serving small- and medium-sized businesses to providing corporate advisory and litigation support. In 2014, Erik was selected as an inaugural board member of the CPA Canada International Hong Kong Chapter, and has held various roles within the chapter since. Erik is active in charitable works for underprivileged children and disabled people, and has also founded a charity that facilitates barrier-free access for disabled and elderly people living in Hong Kong’s Jordan district.
Ivan Chittenden, FCPA, FCA
Ivan Chittenden is responsible for some of his firm’s largest, most complex accounts, including those in power and utilities, manufacturing, and more. He is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Professional Practice Group, a vital part of the Assurance practice. Ivan also serves as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, where he articulates seasoned CPA perspectives on evolving securities and regulatory matters. He is well recognized for his expertise in dealing with complex accounting and securities regulatory matters. Ivan’s volunteer activities included the Commonwealth Games, where he oversaw fundraising efforts and implemented a structured budget. Ivan is an active triathlete and marathon runner.
Cathy Cobey, FCPA, FCA
Cathy Cobey was responsible for developing EY’s Trusted AI Framework, which serves as the foundation for building trust in Artificial Intelligence systems. As EY’s Global Trusted AI Advisory Leader, she also manages a team that considers the ethical and control implications of AI and autonomous systems. A thought leader on the business and social risks of AI, she has written on the topic in a number of publications including The Globe and Mail and Forbes. Cathy serves as a member of both CPA Canada’s Data Governance Committee and Audit & Assurance Technology Committee, and is also a member of the CIO Strategy Council and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ethical AI advisory committees.
Alodie Cuvelier-Brew, FCPA, FCA
Alodie Cuvelier-Brew began her accounting career at Price Waterhouse in Belgium in 1992. She later relocated to Toronto to join PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and to specialize in the Financial Services sector. Today, as a Senior Partner in the Assurance Practice, she manages PwC’s relationship with several priority global clients. In 2019, she was appointed National Insurance Leader and was elected to PwC Canada’s Board of Directors. She also volunteers her time and financial expertise as an Advisor to the Insurance Bureau of Canada as well as a Director and Treasurer of the National Ballet School and the Canadian International Women’s Forum. She also previously contributed as a Director on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.
David Debenham, FCPA, FCMA
As Partner at McMillan LLP, David Debenham is responsible for the forensic accounting and tracing of high-profile fraud cases. In 2007, David published The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator, which provides an in-depth analysis of the latest tools and techniques for handling fraud. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for CPA Ontario’s Disciplinary Committee and President of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators, where he has written disciplinary decisions on behalf of the panel. As President of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators, David helped the association move out of a deficit by modernizing back-office routines and increasing membership by 18 per cent after years of steady decline.
Garnet Fenn, FCPA, FCGA, FCA, FCMA
Garnet Fenn has had a long career as Treasurer and CFO in the auto industry in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Recently, he has been teaching at the Odette School of Business as an Executive in Residence, and is a Commissioner at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he is also Chair of both the Audit & Finance, and Risk committees. At Enwin Utilities, he chairs the Audit & Finance Committee, and also sits on the Executive Committee. Additionally, Garnet is a professional advisory source at Doher & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants, is Area Leader of CPA Canada’s Financial Literacy program, and is involved in health care via board positions at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, and Scan Health.
Gregory Ferguson, FCPA, FCA
As Office Managing Partner at Powell Jones LLP, Gregory Ferguson implemented a number of firm-wide changes that resulted in an expanding assurance and tax department. With the growth of the firm, Gregory prioritized succession planning and the mentoring of young professionals. He implemented a firm-wide strategy, where partners are actively involved in the mentorship and progression of staff and CPA students. And with the goal of improving employee experience, Gregory also introduced perks, like an RRSP matching program and employee service awards. The firm’s most recent transition to paperless files and other technologies has transformed Powell Jones into a more future-focused workplace.
Steve Fortin, FCPA, FCA
During his 19-year tenure at McGill University, Steve Fortin oversaw six different Masters programs and the launch of a Masters in Management in Analytics program — the first of its kind in Canada. In his current role as Director of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance, Steve led the faculty through a strategic refresh and is implementing forward-thinking changes that will prepare accounting students for the fast-paced future of business. Steve serves as a member of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada and sits on the Editorial Board for the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation.
Stephenie Fox, FCPA, FCA
Stephenie Fox leads the development of accounting and assurance standards in Canada, managing the support CPA Canada provides for standard setting in order to serve the public interest. Stephenie guides the work of the Canadian standard-setting boards in influencing the development of international standards to ensure that the voice of Canadian stakeholders is heard. She is an advocate for strong financial management in the public sector where Canada’s expertise has been instrumental in globally promoting the adoption of accrual accounting in the public sector. Since 2015, Stephenie has been a workplace proponent for ending mental health stigma. By sharing her personal stories, Stephenie creates an open and safe environment that empowers people to seek the help and support they need.
Ronald Gagel, FCPA, FCA
Ronald Gagel is one of four founders of TMAC Resources Inc., a gold-producing company that owns Canada’s newest gold mine at Hope Bay. Currently, as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Ron oversees corporate governance and certain special projects. Ron has worked in the mining industry for the past 30 years, for the most part serving as CFO for various mining companies. While still CFO at TMAC Resources, he led 11 financings, raising over $500 million in debt and equity. Ron has been a prominent member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) since 1991. For his contributions to PDAC and to the mineral industry in the field of finance, he received PDAC’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013.
Kirby Gavelin, FCPA, FCA
Kirby Gavelin is Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, RBC. He has led RBC’s team in many large and complex Canadian equity financings, including IPOs for Hydro One, Canada Goose, Jamieson Wellness, Spin Master, BRP, Dollarama, Air Canada, Keyera, Tim Hortons, and Sun Life and offerings for Enbridge, TC Energy, Barrick Gold, and Petro Canada among others. Kirby is involved in fundraising for the Great Trail as a member of the Board of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. Previously, he coached minor hockey in the GTHL, was Chairman of the Investment Industry Association of Canada, and served a decade on the boards of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and The Learning Partnership of Canada.
Valerie Gillis, FCPA, FCA
Valerie Gillis successfully led one of the largest accounting change projects for banking through a three-year, multijurisdictional, multi-functional team. As SVP Finance, Controller & Chief Accountant at TD Bank Group, Valerie is responsible for ensuring TD’s consolidated report to shareholders and selected regulatory financial returns are accurate, timely, and compliant with IFRS and various regulations. Further, Valerie has accountability for Specialty Accounting, the Global Controls Office, Projects, and certain controllership functions. She is a member of the Canadian Bankers Association’s Chief Accountants' Specialist Group and the Institute of International Finance’s Senior Accounting Group. Valerie is passionate about her executive sponsor role leading TD Women in Leadership committees, her volunteer involvement with universities, and her commitment to the United Way and other charities.
Julian Hawkins, FCPA, FCA
As Co-Founding Partner of Hawkins & Co. Accounting Professional Corporation, Julian Hawkins is responsible for “democratizing financial intelligence” for his clients. His firm uses cloud-based technology to provide outsourced accounting services and automated financial management tools to clients — giving them improved information and a better understanding of their financial results. Julian is also a part-time Commissioner for Windsor Utilities Commission, a proud Rotarian, a sessional Instructor at the University of Windsor, and a Professional Development Course Instructor for CPA Ontario and CPA New Brunswick. In addition, Julian serves as Co-Chair for CPA Canada’s SMP Advisory Task Force, and is a Member of CPA Canada’s Compilation Engagements Guidance Task Force.
Kevin Hibbert, FCPA, FCA
Upon joining Sprott in 2014, Kevin Hibbert launched a multi-year finance transformation project, significantly enhancing the clarity and transparency of Sprott’s financial reporting in the process. One year later, Kevin lowered Sprott’s corporate expense ratio by 20 per cent, then successfully integrated over $6 billion of investment fund asset acquisitions during a time of significant growth. He is the Senior Managing Director, CFO & Co-Head, Enterprise Shared Services, and leads the company’s financial reporting, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, investment operations, information technology, office facilities, and corporate administration teams. Kevin also serves as Treasurer and Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee at Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services and leads Sprott’s charitable giving program.
Ani Hotoyan-Joly, FCPA, FCA
Ani Hotoyan-Joly joined the Ontario Power Corporation Inc.’s Board as an Independent Corporate Director in April 2017 and, two years later, she was asked to chair the Audit & Risk Committee. In 2013, Ani became one of the first members of CPA Canada’s Financial Literacy League (now Financial Literacy Advisory Board), helping to implement and teach financial literacy courses. Ani currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Women’s College Hospital and is the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee. She also chairs the Audit Committees of Women’s College Hospital Medical and Academic Group Services Board and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Board. Ani is also an Executive Board Member of the Armenian Relief Society of Canada.
Doreen Hume, FCPA, FCA
Doreen Hume has led many of Deloitte’s largest and most complex public sector audits, including Canada Post Corporation, CBC Pension, The Ottawa Hospital, Algonquin College, and the Conservative Fund of Canada. She has spent 28 years at Deloitte LLP, specializing in assurance and advisory services for not-for-profit organizations and government entities. She became a Partner in 2002. Doreen also serves as a Member of CPA Ontario’s Professional Conduct Committee, where she is responsible for reviewing and assessing complaints brought forward by the public against CPA Ontario members. She volunteers her time at a number of charitable organizations, including the United Way East Ontario and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy.
Brian Hutchings, FCPA, FCGA
Brian Hutchings was appointed the City of Brantford’s Chief Administrative Officer in August 2019. Previous to this, he spent seven years as Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Brock University. In this role, he led the newly integrated suite of administration services, and developed a budget and system that resulted in the university’s first surplus budget in eight years. Over the course of three years at Brock, he volunteered his time as a Guest Lecturer for several accounting classes. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Ridley College Board of Directors and is also First Vice-President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Alumni Association. Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation as well as Chair of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Laurie Jensen, FCPA, FCGA
Laurie Jensen has spent nearly 20 years of her career providing financial and strategic leadership to a number of different industries. She began in manufacturing, moved on to public accounting, and then transitioned into construction. In this sector, Laurie was instrumental in the construction of the Confederation Bridge, Deer Island Outfall Tunnel, and various other projects. In addition, Laurie served over nine years as President of CPA Chatham-Sarnia Association, where she is currently tracking the association’s costs and expenditures, and sharing financial reports with the Board in her role as Treasurer. Laurie is the Audit Chairman and a Committee Member of the Sarnia Yacht Club, where she ensures policies and procedures are adhered to, while safeguarding not-for-profit assets. She is also an avid sailor.
Guy Jones, FCPA, FCA
Guy Jones has been resolving complex accounting and reporting issues, as well as regulatory matters, in both Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years. Since 2011, Guy has contributed to the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Canada, and its continued application by Canadian stakeholders. In addition to being a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Professional Practice Group, he is EY’s IFRS Regional Leader for Canada, and is regularly consulted by engagement teams and clients across many sectors on complex IFRS matters. Guy is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Discussion Group, and a Member of the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Interpretations Committee.
Gabriela Kegalj, FCPA, FCA
Gabriela Kegalj joined KPMG in Canada when the profession was about to transition from Canadian generally accepted accounting principles to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This was after spending a decade working abroad for KPMG, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, eventually becoming an IFRS Specialist. In this role, she developed and delivered training to all audit professionals as part of the firm’s national IFRS transition strategy. As a Partner in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP), Gabriela has coached and mentored as many as 30 professionals who have been seconded to DPP over the last 10 years. Gabriela also serves as a Member of both the Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Discussion Group and CPA Canada’s National Board of Examiners.
Michael Koenig, FCPA, FCGA
Michael Koenig merged his practice with Davis Martindale LLP in 1999 after he spent a decade as Owner and Principal of Michael Koenig CGA. As a Partner at Davis Martindale, he has played a part in formulating and implementing an aggressive strategy that has resulted in the firm’s significant growth to nearly 100 employees offering multi lines of service including those offered through Michael’s Cross-Border and International Tax Services Group. In addition, Michael serves as an International Tax Committee Member for DFK International, representing Canada on the international stage. He is also the Vice Chair of the Operations Committee and active on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in London, Ontario.
William Koornstra, FCPA, FCA
As Managing Partner at RLB LLP, William Koornstra has positioned the organization to maintain its legacy status and grow its revenues. This has been achieved through the development and execution of a new strategic plan, and an evolution of the firm’s governance model. As a result, RLB has experienced a large-scale shift in daily operations, implementing a client-centric approach that has resulted in increased job satisfaction, better margins, and increased efficiency. William has a history of over two decades of commitment to community involvement through board leadership in multiple sectors. He always strives to have a positive impact in all that he does, specifically with a lens to strategy, governance, positioning clients for success and the development of people.
Kevin Lindsey, FCPA, FCMA
During a period when the Department of National Defence was experiencing financial constraint, Kevin Lindsey provided leadership over two initiatives that achieved recurring savings in the range of $750 million and $2.1 billion annually. As DND’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, he oversaw a departmental budget of $20 billion annually, and an annual group budget of $400 million. Currently, as an Independent Consultant, Kevin provides senior financial advisory and management services to federal government departments and private sector clients. Kevin also served on the board of Alterna Savings and Credit Union, including as Chairman and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee, and played a leadership role in helping the Credit Union weather the 2008 financial crisis..
Gerald Marcus, FCPA, FCA
Gerald Marcus has been a Partner at Marcus & Associates (M&A) since 1973. During this time, he helped transform M&A from a local two-person company into a leading regional firm with more than 40 full-time staff and eight partners. Under Gerald’s leadership, M&A became one of the first firms in Ontario to use technology to provide detailed periodic financial reports, as well as the first to use computers to do cash flow projections and project analysis. Currently M&A is an approved training office, and Gerald has been mentoring young professionals since 1978. As President and Board Member of Merrymount Foundation, Gerald assists the organization in raising funds, establishing policies and maintaining fiscal sustainability.
Sam Marinucci, FCPA, FCA
As Founder of Marinucci & Company, CAs in 1987, Sam Marinucci developed a practice that specialized in assurance engagements for not-for-profit and charitable organizations with a focus on the arts. Clients during this tenure included Soulpepper Theatre Company, Canadian Stage, Young People’s Theatre, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. In 2016, Sam merged his practice with Hogg, Shain & Scheck PC, becoming Lead NPO Client Relationship Partner and overseeing a team that provides services to more than 225 non-profit organizations. Sam also serves as an Associate for the Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, Treasurer and Director of Theatre Museum Canada, and Director of Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation.
Robert Mathieu, FCPA, FCA, FCMA
Robert Mathieu began teaching at Wilfrid Laurier University as an Assistant Professor in 1998. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2009. During this time, he has taught courses in financial accounting at both the BBA, MBA and PhD levels. Robert also spent several years as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Advancement of Accounting Research and Education at CA/Laurier Centre, and has acted as volunteer Supervisor for close to 20 projects under Wilfrid Laurier’s not-for-profit practicum for MBA students. Robert has also previously developed courses for the CA and CMA professions.
Cameron McInnis, FCPA, FCA
As Chief Accountant, Cameron McInnis provides financial reporting leadership and advisory services to the Ontario Securities Commission and its staff and to capital market participants involved in financial reporting activities. In 2011, Cameron was responsible for providing leadership and direction as part of Canada’s transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from a capital markets perspective. Cameron serves as a Member of the Audit and Assurance Standards Oversight Council, a Member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Discussion Group, and a Board Member of the CBV Institute. As Founder and Chair of the Canadian Security Administrators’ (CSA) Financial Reporting Advisory Committee, Cameron gives stakeholder groups the opportunity to have regular dialogue with the CSA Chief Accountants.
Rob Mozzon, FCPA, FCA
While Partner in Assurance with MNP LLP, Rob Mozzon played a key role in the successful merger and integration of practices with different business cultures and operating styles. He also spent more than a decade as part-time Practice Inspector with the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, travelling throughout the province to conduct field and desk inspections with non-national firms. In 2019, he transitioned to Regional Managing Partner for MNP LLP’s Kenora, Sudbury, and Timmins offices. Rob currently serves as a Member of CPA Ontario’s Admission and Registration Committee, and sits on the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Laurel Murray, FCPA, FCA
Laurel Murray has supported the establishment, growth, and sustainability of Departmental Audit Committees across the Government of Canada — often touted as the most profound and innovative advancements in public sector governance in the federal government for decades. She also took the lead in creating their inaugural Guidebook for a Departmental Audit Committee, and in the development of subsequent editions. As President of Murray Management Consulting Inc., Laurel specializes in governance, financial and strategic management, and reporting, and has been recognized by the Small Agency Administration Network and the TBS Centre for Excellence in Evaluation for her leadership and contributions. Laurel is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa International Airport Authority, the Pine River Foundation, and the Eastern Ontario Laboratory Association.
Ajay Pangarkar, FCPA, FCMA
Ajay Pangarkar is President, Partner and Consultant at CentralKnowledge, a workforce performance strategy firm he co-founded in 1999. Under Ajay’s leadership, the firm has helped Fortune 500 organizations, like Apple, LinkedIn Learning and RBC, create innovative learning environments for ongoing staff training. For its success with Apple, CentralKnowledge was awarded the Technology in Action Learning Management Project of the Year. Ajay has published three books, and is an award-winning contributing author to relevant publications around the world and media guest expert for workforce issues. Ajay also serves as a Board Member for the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) where, under his guidance and leadership, they are transitioning to an e-learning ecosystem and developing an online cost-estimating certification program.
Mario Paron, FCPA, FCA
Mario Paron is KPMG Canada’s Private Enterprise National Leader, and was recently appointed to lead KPMG’s Global Private Enterprise Tax Leader. Mario is a CPA in both Canada and the U.S., and as a tax partner specializing in international and cross-border tax, Mario has spent over 30 years helping private companies and high-net-worth individuals navigate the complexities of various tax regimes globally. He currently volunteers his time by serving as a Board Member and Impact Investment Committee Member for the Hamilton Community Foundation, as well as a Board Member and Treasurer for The Innovation Factory, a non-profit group that helps start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Diane Peressini, FCPA, FCA
Diane Peressini is Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy and Reporting at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She is responsible for the preparation of the Public Accounts of Canada — the government’s key financial reporting and accountability document. Diane’s leadership contributes to Canada being one of the few countries in the world whose financial statements have received unmodified audit opinions for over 20 years. Diane contributes to the development of Public Sector Accounting Handbook standards through her involvement on two task forces of CPA Canada’s Public Sector Accounting Board. She shares her expertise on the organizing committee for CPA Canada’s Public Sector Conference and through other speaking engagements. She previously volunteered for the Joan of Arc Academic Society and Volunteer Canada.
Hitesh Peshavaria, FCPA, FCA
Hitesh Peshavaria is a Senior Finance Transformation partner who focuses on helping client executives tackle their most complex challenges and create value through digital transformation. He is the Ontario Regional Service Leader of a number of advisory businesses and under his leadership his team of partners and professionals have significantly grown revenues. As a Board Director of Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Ontario and JA Leader at Deloitte, Hitesh helps develop strategies that enable JA programming to reach thousands of young people. For more than 20 years he has been an ardent supporter of JA’s mission: to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Hitesh champions diversity and inclusion, and actively sponsors women and visible minorities.
Beverly Romeo-Beehler, FCPA, FCMA
As Auditor General of the City of Toronto, Beverly Romeo-Beehler leads multiple complex performance audits and forensic investigations. The City of Toronto has realized savings of over $300 million over the past five years as a result of implementing the recommendations from her reports. Her work has focused on topics that are critical to Torontonians' daily lives, such as cybersecurity, affordable housing, childcare, fire safety, human trafficking and public transit. Her work has also led to criminal and provincial offence investigations, and legislative changes. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally for conferences and training on fraud, corruption and performance auditing, and her insight as Auditor General has led to the development of training modules for national and municipal auditors. Beverly also serves as a Member of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Municipal Governance and Audit.
George Rossolatos, FCPA, FCA
George Rossolatos leads the Canadian Business Growth Fund (CBGF), a $545 million fund that invests patient minority capital in growing Canadian companies. Since joining CBGF in 2018 as its founding CEO, George has led the development of the business plan, brand strategy and culture, while building a talented and diverse team. Earlier in his career, George was a co-founder of the private equity firm TorQuest Partners in 2002, eventually leaving in 2010 to run publicly traded Avante Logixx Inc. where he successfully executed an operational turnaround before eventually returning to investing and the challenge of starting the CBGF — a decision he explains in a LumiQ podcast entitled, “CPAs with a Story.” George often volunteers at conferences or post-secondary institutions as an expert speaker.
Tim Saunders, FCPA, FCA
Tim Saunders joined Canopy Growth as EVP & CFO at a time when few bankers, insurance companies or accounting firms would do business with a cannabis company. Under Tim’s leadership, both credibility and outside perception were positively impacted, helping him establish 14 major banking relationships and raise $6.4 billion in capital in four years and historic listings on the TSX and NYSE. Since retiring as CFO, Tim has been a Strategic Advisor to Canopy Growth in the areas of corporate finance, M&A and governance. Tim also serves as a Board Member at Elmwood School and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and is a Table Captain at the Royal Ottawa Hospital’s Annual Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast.
Bernard Schwartz, FCPA, FCA
From the time Bernard Schwartz began his career with Zittrer, Siblin, Stein, Levine, and throughout his many years at EY and BDO, he has been committed to serving entrepreneurs and helping them achieve success. During his 35 years in public practice, Bernie built a large client portfolio and developed such strong relationships with his clients that most followed him from EY to BDO and, upon his retirement from public accounting in 2017, to Bernie’s newly launched consulting firm Schwartz Advisory Group, which provides fractional CFO services. In addition to his volunteer career in the greater community, Bernie has volunteered at CPA Ontario and ICAO for over 10 years and is a current member of the Admission and Registration Committee.
Robbin Sinclaire, FCPA, FCA
As Founding Partner of SILA North, Robbin Sinclaire has served all levels of government, private sector and stakeholders of Nunavut. Highlights of her northern experience include the turnaround of a territorial corporation under the Government of Nunavut that faced years of denied audit opinions and work on port feasibility studies. Over her 25 years as a CPA/CA, Robbin was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from a former Auditor General and an Award of Recognition from a Deputy Minister of Environment Canada. She is a Founding Member of AFOA Canada’s Nunavut Chapter and a Charter Member of the PMI CTT Chapter. Robbin also helped establish the Iqaluit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and was recognized as a 10-year Legacy Partner.
Mike St. Amant, FCPA, FCA
As Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), Mike St. Amant oversees financial and process improvement matters for one of North America’s largest infrastructure projects: the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Previous to joining WDBA, Mike spent a decade with the City of Toronto, working as Director of Accounting and later City Treasurer. Under his leadership, the City implemented PS3150 Tangible Capital Assets, updated SAP Financials, merged four city pension funds with OMERS, and oversaw Toronto's Supply Chain Transformation initiative. He was also a key member of the oversight team for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension — a $3.1 billion project involving the federal and provincial governments, Region of York, Toronto Transit Commission, and the City of Toronto.
Terry Suess, FCPA, FCA
Terry Suess became a Partner at Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP in 1991, and since that time has excelled in various leadership roles. During his tenure as Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, he played a key role in the implementation of a new governance structure of the Partnership, and has been actively involved in negotiating the acquisition and integration of numerous practices. As Chair of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Niagara, Terry encouraged the Board to explore alternative operational leadership models during the recruitment process for a new CEO. The end result was a shared CEO with the YMCA of Oakville. The local YMCA organizations continue to explore how they can best work together to better serve their collective communities.
Irving Teper, FCPA, FCA
Irving (Irv) Teper is responsible for the financial management of eight companies that comprise the Concord Group of Companies (CGC), an umbrella organization he co-founded in 1993. As CGC’s CEO and Managing Partner, Irv’s formula for success has been partnering with industry experts, stabilizing a company and making sure it is profitable, and investing in new technologies so it can evolve and flourish. Irv also serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Food Processing Industry Roundtable, a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Food Processors of Canada, as well as a Board Member, Treasurer, and Chairman of Finance for Low Rise Forming Contractors Association of Metropolitan Toronto.
Benjie Thomas, FCPA, FCA
Benjie Thomas is KPMG’s Canadian Managing Partner for Advisory - the growth engine for the firm. Over the last three years, Benjie has expanded the business through cross-collaboration, increased engagement and a commitment to building high performing teams from the inside and through active recruitment. In addition, Benjie has almost 20 years of experience servicing the private equity community and has worked on some of Canada’s most prominent transactions. He was the Gold winner for the Advisor Achievement Award at the 2019 Private Equity Summit Awards. Benjie is also an Advisory Committee Member for the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance and a Finance Committee Member at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Linda Thorne, FCPA, FCA
Linda Thorne is a Professor of Accounting at York University’s Schulich School of Business, where she has been a faculty member since 1997. Her research is focused on understanding the ethical decisions and decision processes of business professionals, particularly professional accountants, and she has published more than 50 articles on accounting ethics and the ethics of accountants. Linda has served as a Special Editor, an Editorial Reviewer and an Editor of Special Issues for a number of top-tier accounting journals. She is the Co-Founder of the Biennial Accounting Ethics Research Symposium, Past President of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, and has been a member of numerous volunteer boards. She is also the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Behavioral Accounting Research, published in 2018.
Rani Turna, FCPA, FCA
Rani Turna is a Senior Risk Assurance Partner at PwC Canada, where she is the Global Relationship Partner for one of PwC Canada’s most important accounts. Here, she uses her deep industry expertise and specialized skills to help clients achieve their business objectives. She has spent close to 20 years in leadership roles at PwC and has been at the forefront of numerous thought leadership campaigns that focus on emerging trends in financial services. A strong and passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Rani is the Executive Sponsor of PwC’s South Asian Business Network and is a founding Board member of Ascend Canada, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing Pan-Asian leaders. She is also a Board Member at Opera Atelier.
Beili Wong, FCPA, FCA
During her 10-year leadership roles at the LCBO, Beili Wong established a CPA Training Office, providing staff with development and career growth opportunities. Her departmental employee engagement score was rated highest at her organization — and higher than that of Canadian Best Employers. In October 2019, Beili was appointed as the Chief Internal Auditor for the Government of Ontario. Beili serves on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s Public Sector Auditing Standards Review Task Force. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ North American and Global Boards of Directors, representing Canada and providing strategic leadership to the internal audit profession.
Juliet Woodfield, FCPA, FCA
Juliet Woodfield has extensive public and private sector experience that includes high-level positions such as Deputy Director, Finance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program in Brussels. Since joining Defence Construction Canada in 2016 as the Vice-President of Finance & Human Resources and Chief Financial Officer, she has successfully launched the DCC Women’s Information Network and leads two mental health and diversity and inclusion initiatives that have positively impacted the organization’s 1,000-person workforce. As Treasurer of the Immigrant Women’s Society of Ottawa, Juliet helped the organization achieve its first surplus after years of operating deficits. Her volunteer work extends to Ottawa Community Immigration Services, where she helps prepare new Canadians for the workplace. Juliet is also a member of CPA Canada’s Public Sector Conference Advisory Committee.
Martin Zablocki, FCPA, FCMA
Martin Zablocki is an accomplished public sector leader, having devoted more than 29 years leading various organizations centred upon improving the Canadian economy. Martin’s public sector career culminated as President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), one of Canada’s Crown corporations, focused on international trade. During Martin’s tenure leading CCC, he assisted Canadian companies to generate more than $30 billion in exports across more than 75 countries. He also transformed CCC into a self-sustaining organization, no longer reliant upon government funding. Throughout his career, Martin has been a champion for the Government of Canada’s Workplace Charitable Campaign and Martin also serves as a Board Member and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.