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A letter to CPA Ontario Members from Alan Mak, Chair of Council, and Dave Vert, Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee

Greetings to all members. We have some exciting news to share with you. Nominations to Council are now open and this year we have five seats up for election. As we once again embark on Council elections, we would like to reflect on progress made over the last year.

2017 was a momentous year. Unification was enshrined into law and Council established a purposeful election process to increase transparency and enhance our ability to best support the organization in meeting its strategic objectives. Last year’s election process resulted in the election of five Council members who have added tremendous value: Jean Desgagne, Russ Jones, Bobby Kwon, Jennifer Lee and Catherine Russell.

Council is committed to build on its governance enhancements and continue to work to create value for the profession and membership. As unprecedented change continues to impact the profession, it is essential that Council ensures that it has the right skill sets to provide strategic guidance and capitalize on the CPA designation’s global mark of excellence. By continuing the process enacted last year, Council endeavors to fulfill this goal of bringing real value to members and the profession and remain a standard-bearer of integrity and good governance.

The five priority skills that Council has identified are: Innovation, Business Acumen, Governance, Change Management and Effective Communicator. Further background on each of these skills can be found below.

The Notice of the Annual Meeting to be held September 21, 2018 can be found below. Note that the nomination process will close August 16, 2018.

For questions, please contact Associate General Counsel, Tom Litzgus by email or phone 416.969.4153.

We look forward to hearing from you and we encourage everyone who feels that they can make a contribution to Council and help us support CPA Ontario’s vision to seek a nomination.


Alan T. Mak, FCPA, FCA
Chair of Council

Dave Vert, CPA, CA
Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee