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The FCPA designation is the mark of a true leader, in the business world and beyond. Fellows embody the values that drive collaboration, innovation and progress – at times when we need them most.
With pride, CPA Ontario congratulates its 50 new FCPAs on their outstanding career achievements and valuable community contributions.
Stephen N. Altbaum
At the age of 26, Stephen Altbaum was asked to be a Founding Partner of Lipton LLP. During his more than 40-year tenure with the firm, he was instrumental in its growth. He served as Lipton’s representative for its international affiliation and was a leader in its merger of approximately 130 independent firms. Although he officially retired in 2014, Stephen continues to serve as a consultant to the firm and its clients. For the majority of his career, he has prepared personal tax returns for low-income individuals and has beeninvolved with children’s sports leagues and numerous charities and on a volunteer basis. He continues his charitable work to this day. Stephen has also served as President of Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Diana Brouwer has had a successful career at EY Canada since 1990, ultimately becoming a Partner in 2005. With a focus on government and the not-for-profit sector, Diana has been recognized internationally for her contributions and was named EY Canada’s Not-for-Profit Leader in 2014. Appointed the National EY Canada Learning Leader in 2008, Diana spent four years establishing a foundation for better educated, next-generation CPAs. She also serves as a member of the Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, where she identifies timely and relevant discussion topics. As a member of the board of directors at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Diana has overseen many accomplishments, including an integrated hospital-to-home program, despite challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan Campbell has worked in various leadership roles for Cineplex Entertainment since 2003. As Senior Vice President, Finance, Susan currently leads the finance department in providing accounting, internal management and shareholder reporting, as well as tax and treasury functions for a company with revenues of $1.7 billion. In her previous role as Vice President, Finance, she was a key player in the acquisition of both Empire Theatres and AMC Theatres. In 2018, Susan was asked to sit on the Accounting Standards Oversight Committee, where she continues to bring the valued perspective of the preparer community to discussions. Susan also volunteers for Financial Executives International (Canada), identifying items of concern, ensuring discussions remain productive and continually demonstrating effective leadership.
Patrick Coady has worked in various leadership roles at KPMG LLP for more than three decades. As a Partner since 2000, Patrick’s many accomplishments include building the global network of valuation practices and conducting valuations for clients in the high-tech industry at a critical time for professional services firms. As a Managing Director of KPMG CF Inc., Patrick helps clients unlock value through successful transactions. As a Committee Chair and Board Member of the Chartered Business Valuators Institute, Patrick has helped the organization maintain its high standard of ethics. He is also a long-time member of Elmwood School’s Finance Committee and sits on its Board of Governors, helping to improve the school’s financial position and providing input into its strategic plan.
Jeremy Cole spent five years as Executive Vice-President of MNP LLP’s Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada regions. During this time, he was responsible for growing the number of offices, CPA staff, and students in his designated regions. Due to the large growth in his area, in 2020 he transitioned to the role of Executive Vice-President of the Greater Toronto Area and Quebec, where he continues to consult on complex issues, team member development and firm expansion. Under Jeremy’s leadership, the number of offices in Ontario nearly tripled. Jeremy also contributes his time and expertise to a number of charitable organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women’s Passover Food Drive, and is a member of the Executive Cabinet for UJA Federation.
As Executive Director at Bimose Tribal Council, Amy Comegan is responsible for the daily operations of the Tribal Council and four related entities: an elementary and secondary school which incorporates First Nation culture, traditions, and language; an economic development corporation, a childcare centre and a small construction company. In this multi-faceted role, Amy works with the Board of Directors of the Tribal Council and Chiefs of nine First Nation communities to update the organization’s strategic plan, streamline communication and become more responsive to each community’s needs. She also ensured essential services were provided to communities and has overseen the distribution of COVID-19 relief funding. Serving as a Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the First Nations Financial Management Board, Amy has contributed to a new structure born out of the organization's growth as well as the revision of standards for First Nations pursuing Financial Management System Certification.
Thomas C. Darnay
Tom Darnay is Chief Financial Officer at Indspire, Canada’s largest Indigenous charity ($27.5 million in revenue). Since 1995, he has been responsible for effective financial management at the organization. In recognition of financial transparency, program cost coverage and cost-efficiency, Charity Intelligence Canada named Indspire a Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is a member of the Six Nations Community Development Trust and the Anishnawbe Health Foundation’s Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, where he advises management and the boards of directors on finance, investment and governance matters. He was also a founding member of Oonuhseh and Aknohsot Native Homes. Tom received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Delight Davoli has been a Partner at Southcott Davoli Professional Corporation for the last 25 years. In that role, she was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of a struggling company owned by the Town of Grimsby, for which she oversaw operations while negotiating its sale. Delight served as a founding member of the Ward Debate Committee and was a moderator for public municipal debates. She has volunteered at her local hospital’s board, where she assumed the role of Treasurer and Chair. During this time, she acted as lead negotiator with other hospitals on a possible merger and was a key member of their Save the Hospital campaign. For years, Delight has organized local Tax Preparation Assistance (TPA) clinics, mentored CPA students and contributed her time to many local charities.
Andre de Haan
Andre de Haan has held various leadership roles at EY Canada since 1983, including Managing Partner of the Financial Services Practice and Professional Practice Director. He has served almost all its largest banking and insurance clients and is building on his 37-year career to spearhead the development of an Assurance Centre of Excellence, with the goal of innovating the firm’s audit processes. As a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet, Andre volunteers his time meeting with major donors to provide real-life insight into the power of their contributions. He also works with EY Canada’s United Way committee to find new ways of increasing the firm’s annual donations.
Janice Catherine Deganis
Janice Catherine Deganis has worked in leadership roles for EY Canada for the last two decades. As EY’s National Insurance Leader and Partner, she has built a CPA reputation and presence across all corners of the market. Under her leadership, the insurance sector has grown to be one of EY Canada’s top sector-based practices. Janice is a member of the Professional Conduct Committee at CPA Ontario and the Insurance Transition Resource Group at the Canadian Accounting Standards Board and chairs the Insurance Auditor and IFRS 17 Auditor Working Groups with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Janice is at the forefront of IFRS 17, the most significant change to the insurance industry’s financial reporting in more than 20 years. She was recently Chair of the Grand River Hospital Board during a transformational time.
As Assistant Comptroller General within the federal government’s Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, Roger Ermuth is responsible for financial management and transfer payment policies, the talent management activities for 6,100 financial officers and executives, and the preparation of the public accounts for the government. Roger’s numerous achievements in this role include a complete overhaul of the financial policies that underpin the government’s operations, establishing the NextGen CFO and Deputy CFO programs; implementing the CFO attestation process in support of cabinet submissions; and establishing the Government of Canada’s Costing Centre of Expertise. In 2018, Roger was appointed as a representative of the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee. He also serves as a member of CPA Canada’s Foresight Oversight Committee, helping to shape the future direction of the profession.
John K. Fenton
As treasurer at the Yonge Street Mission, John K. Fenton helped transform a struggling organization into a flourishing one. He helped raise more than $200,000 for the charity, resulting in the creation of a John K. Fenton Fundraising Award. John also has a scholarship named after him at Humber College, where he has served on the Board of Governors as Finance Chair for the last six years – the maximum term available. Additionally, he sits on its Audit Committee, which he founded nearly two decades ago. His philanthropic efforts have also been recognized by the Dalton School, who created the John K. Fenton Citizen Award. John spent half his career in private practice, specializing in medical practices and not-for-profit entities. Over the course of his career, he wrote many articles for the Ontario Medical Association, became a financial advisor to the College of Family Physicians of Canada and spoke at various professional seminars and conferences.
Jennifer Fiddian-Green has worked in various leadership roles for Grant Thornton LLP since 1994. Currently, as Partner, National Leader, Risk and Forensics, she is responsible for delivering complex fraud investigation, risk management and litigation dispute projects. Jennifer also leads the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering services practice, where she manages risk with financial services organizations across the country. Jennifer works tirelessly to raise awareness on these issues and over the past two decades, has publicly spoken on the topics of forensic accounting, fraud awareness and anti-money laundering over 100 times via presentations and interviews. She also currently serves as a board member for the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking and works with others to bring awareness of these issues to our communities.
For over 20 years, Allan Foerster has taught students at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), making him one of the school’s longest serving lecturers. In his other role as President of CFO 2 GO Inc., Allan has provided financial leadership to numerous emerging technology companies. He was instrumental in sourcing over $10 million of funding for his clients, which contributed to their success. Allan served two terms as a member of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada’s Private Enterprise Advisory Committee, which supports the development and maintenance of Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise. While serving as a member of CPA Ontario’s Examination Evaluation Committee, Allan provided input on board recommendations regarding qualification questions and examination results. He also volunteered his time as Treasurer at K-W Oktoberfest and was Chairman of the Board of Advisors at Prism Resources, a student-run technology services organization at WLU.
Renzo Francescutti has spent the last 20 years in various leadership roles at KPMG LLP. In his current role as KPMG International’s Global Partner in Charge of Independence, Renzo leads a team that sets policy and procedures for addressing independence issues and monitoring compliance activities for more than 100,000 professionals in member firms in 140 countries around the world. This role requires a careful balance of managing risk and considering cultural differences, and diverse laws while adhering to various regulatory regimes. Renzo also spent 10 years on CPA Ontario’s Professional Conduct Committee, serving as Divisional Chair for three years. As a volunteer screener for the Loran Scholarship Foundation, he devoted close to 100 hours annually reviewing applications and selecting the best possible candidates for this prestigious award.
As MNP LLP’s Principal Partner, Assurance Indigenous Services, Marcel Gagnon provides assurance services to not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous clients, taking an active role in business development initiatives and educating clients on financial reporting to Indigenous Services Canada for audit and assurance funding requirements. Marcel is also a financial literacy volunteer for CPA Ontario, presenting at conferences in Northwestern Ontario. At the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario, he serves as Vice-Chair of the board, Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee, Results Monitoring Committee and Audit Committee. In his various roles, Marcel contributes hundreds of hours of financial oversight and governance, and has been instrumental in the development of their first-ever accreditation cycle with Imagine Canada Standards Program.
As a Partner with Ernst & Young Ottawa, Suzanne Gignac has over 20 years of experience providing financial statement audit and financial accounting advisory services to a diverse range of clients. Suzanne enjoys giving back to the community as a member of the Audit Committee for the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation and the Ottawa Institute for Mental Health Research. She is also the Lead Partner for EY Ottawa’s Connect Days – the firm’s annual “giving back to the community” event. As a member of CPA Canada’s Public Sector Conference Advisory Committee, Suzanne works with a team to develop the agenda for the conference, planning sessions to provide the public sector financial community the opportunity to connect and learn more about key issues.
Michael George Horrobin
Michael George Horrobin has been with N. Tepperman Limited for nearly three decades. As the Vice-President and CFO, he is currently leading a large recapitalization transaction that will enable the company to execute on an aggressive growth strategy. Michael has extensive volunteer experience on numerous boards and committees, including serving as Chair of the University of Windsor Board of Governors, Treasurer of the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Foundation and Chair of the Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Board of Directors – where he is currently serving as Past Chair. In 2016, Michael was recognized by the United Way with the prestigious Ducharme Award of Distinction for his ongoing dedication to community service.
Throughout her 30-year career with KPMG LLP, Lucia Iacovelli has assumed several leadership roles, overseeing transformational initiatives and positive disruption. As Canadian Managing Partner, Tax, and Chief Administrative Officer for KPMG Law, she is currently the firm’s first female Canadian Managing Partner, Tax. Lucia also served as KPMG’s Executive Sponsor of CPA Ontario’s Accounting for Bravery initiative, leading a team of tax professionals, program developers and risk consultants in the creation of a web-enabled interface for healthcare workers completing their tax returns during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a board member of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA), Lucia worked with its Education Foundation to launch the CIBPA/Lucia Iacovelli Student Aspiration Award in Commerce for students at York University.
Rosa Maria Iuliano
Rosa Maria Iuliano is a Tax Partner at Baker Tilly Ottawa LLP, where she leads the taxation services provided to high-net-worth individuals and organizations. She is responsible for driving the firm’s organizational and business development, as well as coordinating and implementing new processes, systems and solutions. For the past 20 years, Rosa has volunteered for CPA Ontario in many roles, including teaching and lecturing for various professional development programs. She has also participated in the Tax Preparation Assistance (TPA) program and the Accounting for Bravery initiative, launched at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesperson for St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa since 2014, Rosa has served in several capacities, sponsoring, chairing and promoting all fundraising initiatives.
Oliver Jordan was born in Barbados and was awarded a scholarship by the Government of Barbados to attend the University of Toronto. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados, the largest general insurance company on the island. Some of his previous roles include Manager, Field Operations with CDIC in Toronto, Managing Director for CIBC FirstCaribbean and Partner, Advisory Services with PwC Barbados. He is also past President of the Barbados Bankers’ Association. Oliver is a Past President of Rotary where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. He is also currently Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of the West Indies Law School and Chairman of the Barbados Chapter of CPA Canada.
Wendy Kei is an independent corporate director who currently serves as Board Chair for Ontario Power Generation. Additionally, she fulfills multiple chair and committee roles for national organizations across a variety of industries, including Karora Resources and Noranda Income Fund, and is a member of the Department of Audit Committee for Transport Canada. Wendy is recognized by her colleagues as a visionary leader who emphasizes the need for diverse boards and management teams, corporate governance and financial discipline. An Inaugural Member of CPA Canada’s Audit Committee Certification Task Force, Wendy collaborated with industry experts and representatives from each of the big four firms to design a certification program, after observing an information gap for new directors and CPAs looking to serve on boards.
After retiring from KPMG in 2009, Paul Lakin joined First Ontario Credit Union as a Business Development Manager, where he has excelled in growing the Commercial Book of Ontario’s second largest credit union. Paul understands the importance of community involvement. Since 1973, as an active supporter of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board Nominating Committee and for many years chaired the Science and Technology Committee. He has also volunteered with many other community organizations, including the Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour, Rotary Club of Hamilton AM, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Bay Area Health Trust and Theatre Aquarius. As a member of the theatre’s finance committee, Paul recently helped design a financial road map in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edward Lane has spent more than 15 years as an independent consultant providing senior advisory services to private sector clients and numerous federal government entities, including the Department of National Defence, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of Justice and Environment Canada, among others. Prior to this, Edward had a successful career during a time of rapid change in the utility industry as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance at Hydro Ottawa. He currently contributes his time as a mentor in CPA Ontario’s mentorship program, and as President and Treasurer of Carleton Condominium Corporation #136, where he was responsible for developing and managing a financial plan for a sustainable, debt-free future for the corporation.
John Langhorne has spent his nearly 40-year career at EY Canada. Becoming an audit partner in 1994, he served many public and private clients in a multitude of sectors. At EY, he chairs the Engagement Management Quality Committee, was a member of the Canadian and Americas Partner Advisory Forums, EY’s Partner Investment Committee, and Canada’s sector leader for real estate, hospitality and construction. Throughout his career, John has seized every opportunity to mentor staff and next-generation leaders. For many years, he was EY’s on-campus recruiting lead at Queen’s University. John has been very active in charitable and not-for-profit organizations including Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium, Georgian Peaks, Kingsway College School, Ontario Place and The Second Mile Club of Toronto.
Viki A. Lazaris
Viki Lazaris has spent more than 30 years in the field of finance. In 2017, after years of taking on high-impact, executive-level roles at BMO Financial Group, she was appointed the bank’s SVP Enterprise Controller. Since then, she has implemented a robust governance structure, built strong relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally including various committees, auditors and key external partners, and supported the development of a team of more than 200 finance professionals. Viki volunteers for several charitable organizations including Camp Oochigeas/Trillium — a fun and safe camp experience for children with cancer — where she serves as a board member and sits on the Audit and Investment Committee. Viki also led the creation of the organization’s Risk Committee, providing strategic counsel on the rollout of their risk management program.
As Vice-President of Operations & Finance at Western University, Lynn Logan leads a diverse portfolio comprised of six divisions, including Financial Services, Internal Audit, University Legal Counsel, Housing & Ancillary Services, Facilities Management and Campus Community Police Services. Lynn has been instrumental in leading the integral development of both Western’s Strategic Risk Management framework and Western’s Debt Strategy. Recently appointed to the Canadian Association of University Business Officers Board of Directors, Lynn is also the Vice-Chair on the Council of Senior Administrative Officers at the Council of Ontario Universities. Lynn serves as a board member of the Ivey Business School Foundation, is Past Chair, Board of Directors of the United Way London and Middlesex, and is a board member of Western University Research Parks.
John Marinucci spent the last decade as a Private Capital Investor, Business Advisor, and Corporate Director, acquiring control of 11 under-performing, financially challenged companies and helping them generate accretion to enterprise value. In his previous role as Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer Industries, John’s leadership resulted in a substantial increase to revenue and market share. Serving as an Advisor to the Dean of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, John frequently consults on alternative curricula for aspiring CPAs. He also volunteers his time as Founder and Chair of the Marinucci Family Foundation, a registered charity that provides financial, mentorship and advisory support to post-secondary institutions and students, along with healthcare initiatives and the live arts.
George Mavroudis is President, Chief Executive Officer and a board director at Guardian Capital Group Limited. Under his leadership, the firm has tripled financial metrics, expanded business operations beyond Canada and diversified revenue streams. George has been lauded for fostering a positive work culture for Guardian’s more than 550 employees, embracing collaboration, integrity and transparency, positively impacting its bottom line. As a CPA mentor and coach at Guardian, he volunteers his time and expertise providing guidance to young CPAs at every stage of their career. Previously, George was the Chairman of the Canada Council for the Arts Investment Committee. Currently, he serves as a Governor and Chair of Crescent School’s Development Committee, successfully leading the school’s Endowment and Master Campus Plan fundraising campaign.
Matthew (Matt) McGuire is Co-Founder and Practice Leader of The AML Shop. Launched in 2016, the company is considered the leading source for anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and sanctions expertise. Throughout his career, Matt has served as an advisor to domestic and foreign governments, as well as an expert in court, parliamentary and senate proceedings. Matt has authored CPA Canada’s Guide to Comply with Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering, has instructed at the University of Toronto’s Master of Forensic Accounting program, and served as a volunteer mentor to numerous graduate research projects created for that program. Matt contributes his time to developing and delivering training on money laundering, terrorist financing and sanction themes, including risk assessment and management and cryptocurrency investigations.
Now retired, Marian McMahon was responsible for financial and performance audits of various Crown Corporations as well as Canada Revenue Agency programs and operations during her tenure as Assistant Auditor General for the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. In this role, she made significant contributions toward improving tax administration in Canada. She also led the Office’s international audit work including its United Nations mandate (the International Labour Organization), where she now serves as Chair of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee. As Vice-Chair of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund’s Audit Committee, Marian has updated the terms of reference to reflect best practices in corporate governance. Locally, Marian is on the Board of the Ottawa Food Bank.
For the past several years, Joseph Micallef has held a number of leadership roles at KPMG LLP, including National Financial Services Industry Tax Leader, Financial Services Tax Group Leader and National Asset Management Tax Leader. Since joining KPMG, Joseph has managed high-profile clients and led the successful digitization of the Asset Management group’s tax offering. Previously, Joseph was a partner with Ernst & Young and led the National Asset Management tax practice. Joseph is an avid supporter of the financial services industry and has been a strong champion in advocating for tax legislative reforms and creating innovative and tax-efficient investment fund vehicles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph and his team volunteered to help frontline workers file their tax returns through CPA Ontario’s Accounting for Bravery initiative and helped clients and charitable organizations weather the downturn through advisement on government subsidy programs.
Throughout Nadine Mirchandani’s nearly 30-year career at Ernst & Young, she has moved from EY Canada, to EY Americas, to her current appointment as position as EY Global’s Deputy Vice-Chair, Strategy and Transactions. This follows her leadership of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services business in Financial Services, which global practice rose to the top market position among competitors. Nadine is also the Founder of an EY Assurance to M&A Rotation Program, an initiative that has helped more than 200 assurance CPAs become strategic advisors. Serving as a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair for City Harvest, a not-for-profit, Nadine provides critical insight into the organization’s audit and risk governance assessment exercises — support that which has proved even more valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an unprecedented 109 million pounds of unused foods delivered to New Yorkers in need.
Don Morrison spent over 20 years in private equity, most recently leading the OMERS private equity program to become a global leader in the space. He spent considerable volunteer time in leadership and as a coach in a Toronto youth basketball program. Don has spent the latter part of his career focusing on corporate board work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, as well as providing mentorship to investment professionals, CEOs and young CPAs. Don volunteers his time as a member of West Park Hospital’s Fundraising Cabinet, assisting in fundraising for the new hospital campaign. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Don initiated a project to help a local restaurant supply meals to organizations supporting disadvantaged individuals in Toronto.
As a KPMG LLP Senior Audit Partner, Jim Newton has been responsible for winning and leading some of Canada’s largest, most complex audits. He also developed the firm’s national and international SOX methodology, delivering training around the world. Jim also serves as Co-Leader of KPMG in Canada’s Board Leadership Centre, sharing insights through a board lens – which includes authoring several publications and hosting webcasts on the impact of COVID-19. He volunteers his expertise as the GTA Chapter Executive of the Institute for Corporate Directors, where he leads its Not-For-Profit Chair Share Group. There, he helps members capitalize on opportunities and better manage challenges related to operating and strategic issues. Since 2004, Jim has also volunteered for CPA Canada, most recently as a member of its Audit Committee Conference and Certificate Task Forces.
Carol Paradine was appointed the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) in 2018. During her tenure, Carol has focused on improving audit quality across the industry, which has positively impacted the profession’s reputation in Canada and globally. In addition to providing crisis leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Carol is responsible for influencing the global and national audit landscape as a member of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators. Carol is also Chair of the Governance Committee of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and has served as Board Chair and director for a number of charities and not-for profit organizations in Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Lennox Parkins was Group Controller at Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. for nine years — initially for their Corrugated and Supply Chain Divisions and later for Finance and Business Transformation Projects. He provided financial leadership to support strategic decisions and operational systems. He was also responsible for developing and implementing financial planning and analysis projects. Lennox also serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee at the Non-Profit Organization, Tropicana Community Services, where he helped transform an operating deficit affecting Tropicana’s Social and Economic Impact programs into operating surpluses. A volunteer mentor with CPA Ontario, he provides career coaching and mentoring to young professionals seeking to grow or change their careers.
ABI Ltd’s Chairman since 2019, Lewis Rose leads the company’s growth strategy and five-year plan, with an emphasis on robotics, innovation and senior-leadership growth. Previously, as CEO/Chairman of BakerStone International, Lewis helped expand a Kickstarter-project into a branded, international business. As former CFO, Lewis was instrumental in the merger of Maple Leaf Mills and Canada Packers that created Maple Leaf Foods. He also played a key role in the merger of Alliance Communications and Atlantis Communications as President to form Alliance Atlantis. Lewis has written and spoken on a range of topics, including practical lessons on governance. He currently serves as an advisor at the Rotman School of Business’s Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors entrepreneurs on strategy and growth.
As Founder and Managing Partner at Maverix Private Equity, John Ruffolo is launching the largest first-time growth private equity fund in Canadian history. An entrepreneur at heart, John previously founded OMERS Ventures, where he built the most successful venture capital fund in Canada. In this role, he led investments in well-known startups, including Hootsuite, Shopify and Wattpad. John is also the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-growth Canadian technology firms scale up globally. Sitting on the Advisory Board for the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business, John helps influence the future of the accounting profession with a focus on innovation. He also sits on the Selection Board for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awards and serves as Vice-Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and as a board member at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Anilisa Sainani was appointed VP, Chief Accountant of the Royal Bank of Canada at the age of 35. Today, she is responsible for guiding and advising the bank through evolving regulations and accounting policies and providing external reporting oversight and governance. In today’s fast-paced landscape, she brings pragmatic leadership to navigating complex accounting, financial reporting and regulatory requirements, and challenges the status quo to drive better results for RBC and its shareholders. Anilisa is a champion for diversity and inclusion and is actively involved in the community, serving on the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation Board of Directors and on the Kingsway College School Finance Committee. Anilisa was also named as a 2020 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40®.
As Chief Financial Officer for TD Wealth Management, Salma Salman helps shape the business plan and strategy for one of TD's key business lines that manages more than $800 billion in assets for its clients. She also leads key initiatives that have had a significant impact on TD’s growth and savings, including TD's data-driven expense management platform that, in its final phase of development, has already generated multi-million dollar savings for the bank. Working closely with the Chief Auditor's team, Salma has helped sponsor CPA students and created opportunity with her team to provide them with a progressive training opportunity and practical experience toward their designation. Over the years, Salma has mentored many CPA professionals and volunteered for charitable organizations, including TCF, MAX and Ascend.
A member of the Quebec CPA Order’s Comité des programmes de formation professionnelle for ten years, Julia Scott volunteered her time to support the development of professional education standards in Quebec. Julia has taught and mentored thousands of students during her 34-year teaching career at McGill University and Bishop’s University. As Director of Desautels Faculty of Management’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program, she spent close to a decade working to transform it into the leading program in Quebec — as evidenced by its exceptionally high student success rates. By launching the first of McGill’s programs completely online following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julia’s experience benefited other faculty as they moved their programs into a virtual environment.
Michael Alan Scott
Michael Alan Scott has been a Partner at Ford Keast LLP since 1989. From the beginning, Michael has led the early adoption of new technology platforms that have been integral to the firm’s daily operations. He was also responsible for attracting and serving some of their largest clients. For the past 25 years, Michael has also led the firm’s participation in the annual volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance (TPA) clinics for Hutton House. Michael has been committed to serving Bethany’s Hope Foundation over the last two decades in many capacities, including Treasurer and Co-Chair of their $1 million lottery.
As Chief Financial Officer of Staples Canada, Evelyn Sutherland is one of the key leaders and contributors championing the company’s repositioning from “The Office Supplies Store” to “Canada’s Working and Learning Company.” Evelyn is an Independent Director of Andlauer Healthcare Group, which has delivered shareholder returns in excess of 200 per cent since their successful IPO in 2019. For the past seven years, Evelyn has also volunteered with the CMHA York Region and South Simcoe Branch as a Director, Audit Committee Chair and Treasurer. In that time, the organization has increased funding in excess of 300 per cent and expanded innovative mental health care over 15 times to 44,300 people provincially. In 2016, Evelyn was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
Ruth Todd is KPMG LLP’s Regional Managing Partner for Eastern Canada, the first woman to hold this position. Having spent 29 years in various leadership roles at the firm, she currently leads the growth strategy for offices in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. Accomplishments throughout her tenure include designing and teaching a course for senior accountants and managers, increasing the firm’s presence in local markets and developing initiatives around equity, diversity and inclusion. Ruth has been involved in a number of initiatives internally and in her community that encourage the growth of aspiring female leaders. Ruth is an active volunteer on a number of community boards, including Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, Niagara Community Foundation, and Ridley College.
As Founder and Managing Director of Hanover Private Client Corporation, Thomas Trainor has established a leading multi-family office, creating advanced practices in private wealth management, including the integration of institutional capital market, investment, M&A and risk management processes. Serving as CPA Canada’s representative on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee, Tom has worked to develop new concepts and areas of focus, promoting the CPA practitioner as a leader in personal financial planning domestically and globally. Since 2017, he has engaged with the CFA Institute, Canada’s eight largest pension funds, and the Bank of Canada to co-found and co-chair the Industry Standards Reporting Research Council Inc., with the goal of creating international standards for the reporting of non-GAAP information.
Eric Turner has spent 26 years of his career at CPA Canada. After more than two decades as Principal, he was appointed Director of the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) in 2015. In this role, he oversees a team of eight principals who support the AASB in setting standards in Canada. Eric has also driven the completion of the AASB’s strategy, focusing on enhanced engagement with stakeholders and strengthening the organization’s international influence. Under the International Federation of Accountants umbrella, Eric serves as a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board in addition to various auditing related task forces and working groups. He has previously volunteered for fundraising initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity and Glen Abbey Residents Association.
Dave Vert retired from the University of Waterloo with the Continuing Lecturer Emeritus designation. Dave lectured the Master of Accounting Business Valuations course and negotiated enhancements to the advanced standing arrangement provided by the CICBV to students toward CBV accreditation. As Director of the Master of Accounting Program, Dave provided support, counselling and advocacy for students and alumni pursuing professional accounting accreditation. He has served on both CPA Ontario’s Council and its Governance and Nominations Committee, where he was involved in discussions leading to the merger of the profession’s legacy bodies and the evolution of the new governance structure. He also oversaw the implementation of a modernized Council elections process and participated in a comprehensive review of the organization's governing documents.
Carmen Prevost Vierula
Carmen Prevost Vierula currently serves on the board of the National Capital Region Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) Canada, where she works with other executives to organize networking and educational events for the finance community. An Audit and Finance Committee member for United Way Centraide Canada until recently, Carmen used her financial expertise to enhance the organization’s enterprise risk management methodology and practices, supporting its transformation in today’s challenging fundraising environment. Prior to her retirement in February 2020, Carmen was the Bank of Canada’s Chief Financial Officer. Under her leadership, the institution’s financial statements, MD&A and overall annual reporting were awarded the CPA 2017 Silver Award of Excellence in Corporate Reporting.
Aazar Zafar is a Director of Investment Risk (Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate) at OPTrust, and Founder and CEO of one of Canada’s fastest-growing, minority-based not-for-profit organizations, the Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX), which has over 600 volunteers across five provinces. He is also an investment strategist for various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. At OPTrust, Aazar received an Internal Achievement Award for Innovative Teamwork. As a volunteer mentor for the Pakistani Professional Forum in Toronto, Aazar helped internationally qualified accountants get acclimated to life in Canada, while providing them with local training and employment opportunities. Most recently, he was recruited by the Chair of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s investment committee to help manage its $500 million endowment.