*Johanne Belanger*

FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
President, Healthcare & Senior Services, Compass Group
Toronto

"This profession has given me the foundation to be anything I wanted. For 35 years, I’ve held roles across finance, operations, sales, marketing and management and have served on industry and not-for-profit boards.  It’s now time for me to give back to the industry that has allowed my successful career."

Short Bio

Over the past 35 years, I’ve held roles in finance, operations, sales, marketing and general management spanning numerous industries from audit to video and video game distribution; to audio visual; to destination marketing; to tourism and hospitality; and most recently in healthcare and senior services.

As the President of Healthcare & Senior Services at Compass Group Canada since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve also learned the importance of bringing mental health and wellness discussions to the forefront in the boardroom equally important to business acumen, risk management, and innovation.

These broad experiences allowed me to develop a multifaceted skillset which I chose to apply to several charitable, corporate and industry organizations.  Close to my heart is a passion for supporting and mentoring women in business.

It would be my honour to join the CPA Ontario Council to contribute to protecting the public; advancing our profession and guiding other CPAs.

Johanne Belanger's Detailed Bio

Voluntary work with CPA Ontario or other professional bodies:

  • Canadian College of Health Leaders – (2021 to present)
  • lnfoComm Asia Pte. Ltd. (2017–2021)
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada – (2016–2019)
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre – (2015–2021)
  • Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – (2015–2019)
  • Destination Toronto – (2007–2015)
  • AVIXA (formerly lnfoComm International) – (2010–2016)
  • Megaloid Resins – (2009–2016)

Career achievements:

WOMEN IN TOURISM & HOSPITALITY.ORG
  • 2018 Katie Taylor Economic Empowerment Award

SMART MEETINGS

  • Smart Women in Meetings Visionary Award

MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL (MPI)

  • MPI Toronto Chapter 2018 Influence Award

BIZ BASH

  • 2018 Top 500 People in Events
  • 2017 Induction into Hall of Fame

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS (IAEE)

  • 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership

Other professional accomplishments:

BRILLIANT MINDED WOMEN ORGANIZATION

  • 2018 Global Excellence Award

Other voluntary service and recognition:

NEW YORK MOVES MAGAZINE

  • 25 Power Women 2017

CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION ASSOCIATION

  • Woman of Distinction

MEETINGS+ INCENTIVE TRAVEL (M+IT)

  • 2014 Hall of Fame

Candidate Statement

Why are you interested in joining Council?

After 35 years of enjoying professional success largely attributed to my foundation being a CPA, CA, and volunteering for countless organizations, it is long overdue that I give back to the profession that helped me become the person I am today.

How do your experiences align with the following skills, attributes and experiences that have been prioritized for incoming members of Council? Please share two to three examples.

  • Board and Governance Experience
  • Business Acumen
  • Emerging Technology
  • Risk Management
  • Future of the Profession/ Learning
  • ESG / DE&I

At the very early stages of my professional accounting career, my employer Touche Ross required us to volunteer on boards. This is where my career of volunteering my time to various boards and advisory committee for the next 35 years began. In 2019, as I began planning for a time post full-time employment, I made the decision to obtain my ICD-DEP designation so that I could be a better board member. In spite of having had 35 years of board experience, I learned so much from the program and have since encouraged many other senior leaders to take the course. I believe that with the combination of years of volunteering for boards and my wide professional and industry background, coupled with the more formal ICD learnings, I can now be a greater asset to boards, councils and advisory committees.

I have always had a strong passion for DE&I before it was a "thing." As a young professional woman starting her career in the '80s and one who garnered success early, I was the only woman seated at the boardroom table. For many years, I didn't do anything about it for fear of losing my seat, but along the way, I found my voice—"To whom much is given, much is expected." I took it upon myself to lend a voice to other women who did not have one and used my platforms and positions to create opportunities for others. Through that process I was also enlightened about other struggles that women of colour or those with different sexual orientations were facing—it wasn't just about men and women, there were many other challenges that needed to be addressed. So DE&I is a right that I am passionate about, not only for women but for all. My board and industry volunteering experience has often evolved into fixing the systemic problems or providing voices and opportunities for others.

What is the greatest opportunity and challenge facing the accounting profession and CPA Ontario?

The flip side of a challenge is an opportunity. Besides some of the obvious items facing all industries today, such as staffing shortages, commoditization and keeping up with and staying relevant during times of rapid and transformational change such as we are experiencing with introductions of technology, some questions persist: How do we attract new talent? How do we retain existing talent and help them develop new skills? What role does our profession play as traditional roles and services are replaced, growing the importance not only of the technical expertise in the profession but developing the soft skills and the value add to business leaders? As with all professions, ensuring we attract talent from the total of the talent pool, not just a limited demographic of the talent pool, will ensure continued success and diversity of thought.