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CPA Ontario Council

CPA Ontario Council Officers

Council Officers

Anita K. Ferrari

Anita K. Ferrari, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Anita K. Ferrari Professional Corporation, Oakville


Council Term ends 2021

Anita Ferrari has shared her expertise with Council as Finance Committee Chair and Finance & Audit Committee Chair. Anita recently retired from her role as a partner with Grant Thornton in Toronto, after holding a number of leadership roles including serving on the firm’s National Management Committee. She is currently a Director on a number of Boards. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1983 and her Chartered Accountant designation in 1985. Her longstanding contribution to the profession through volunteer service was recognized in 2009 when Anita was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Jean Desgagné, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Jean Desgagné, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Consultant & Corporate Director, Toronto


Council Term ends 2020

Jean has lent his expertise in Risk Management, Change and Transformational Leadership, Innovation, Platforms, Technology, Operations, Finance and Data & Analytics to large multinational financial institutions, exchanges and market infrastructures with an emphasis on managing for tomorrow. He is a current and past Board Member for regulated financial companies, industry associations, universities and not-for-profit organizations. Jean’s previous roles, at TMX Group, included President & CEO, Global Solutions, Insights & Analytic Strategies and President & CEO, Global Enterprise Services. He has been President & CEO, Canadian Depository for Securities; Senior Vice President, Trading Risk Services, TD Bank; and he has held leadership positions with Bank of Montreal, Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada) and Price Waterhouse.

Catherine L. Russell

Catherine L. Russell, CPA, CA

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto


Council Term ends 2020

Cathy Russell is Partner and National Human Capital Leader, Audit and Assurance Group, at PwC in Toronto, where she is responsible for all human capital strategy and initiatives for the Audit and Assurance Group in Canada, consisting of over 2,000 employees. She is also Chair of the Learning and Development Committee for the Audit and Assurance Group, National Audit and Assurance Leader for the firm’s “Women in Leadership” initiative, and a member of the Canadian Audit and Assurance Leadership Group.

Paulina Molnar

Paulina Molnar, CPA, CA

SVP Finance Controller & Risk Management, Rogers Communications, Toronto


Council Term ends 2021

Paulina is the Senior Vice President, Controller and Risk Management at Rogers Communications. Paulina has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry holding progressive Financial Controller and Business Support roles. An excellent leader and an outstanding CPA professional who supports career progression and education, she established and leads the CPA Training Office program and other internal Finance learning for Rogers Communications. Currently Paulina leads a group of 200 with responsibilities for all reporting, accounting, internal controls, revenue assurance, financial operations, risk management and systems such as ERP and Business Intelligence data analytics.