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CPA Ontario Council Annual Meeting

Information and Instructions

For Candidates Seeking Election to CPA Ontario Council

CPA Ontario members in good standing are encouraged to get involved in their profession and contribute to its oversight and future success. Being elected to represent CPA Ontario’s more than 90,000 members and 21,000 students provides an opportunity to help guide and lead the profession into the future, positioning your colleagues to be at the forefront of business changes – whether it’s preparing them for shifts in technology, or ensuring their knowledge extends to global business.  Building on the previous year’s governance enhancements, CPA Ontario will follow the Council member election process developed in 2017 designed to support the strategic objectives of the organization.

This year, there are five seats that are up for election. Each elected member will hold a seat for three years. There are several roles and responsibilities expected of a Council member that are outlined further below.

2018-2019 Priority Skills & Attributes

This year, Council has prioritized the following five skills and attributes for incoming nominees that would be additive to Council and in alignment with CPA Ontario’s overarching strategic needs:

About CPA Ontario

We are an educator, thought leader, regulator, advocate and provider. CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring our members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide pathways to the profession for aspiring accountants from around the world. We engage proudly in our community as a responsible corporate citizen who balances the advancement of businesses with the concerns of society. Above all, we are trusted to ensure students and members meet our profession’s standards and embrace our code of conduct.

CPA Ontario serves and supports more than 90,000 members and 21,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academia. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Woodward
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
416-969-4281 or 647-218-8224


The following values and behaviours are key to CPA Ontario’s culture. They are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other, and how we represent ourselves.

  • Think and act with a student and member-first mindset while protecting the public interest.

  • Always strive for the highest levels of professionalism.

  • Be open-minded and nimble as we adapt to an evolving environment.

  • Strive for personal accountability in everything we do.

  • Act with integrity at all times, in all situations.

  • Adopt a "one company" mindset, collaborating across functional lines

  • Align activities and efforts to focus on results and outcomes

CPA Ontario Council Roles and Responsibilities

CPA Ontario's mandate is to protect the public interest and promote the interests of the profession. Council's role is to determine CPA Ontario's mission, set its strategic direction and oversee and monitor the performance of the organization through oversight of the Chief Executive Officer. The CPA Ontario Council is made up of 15 elected members of CPA Ontario and four public representatives appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.

Key duties and responsibilities of a Council member include:

  • protect, and be seen to protect, the public interest;

  • protect the interests of the profession and members;

  • ensure the integrity and independence of CPA Ontario’s self-regulatory processes;

  • act consistently in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession;

  • set and approve the strategic direction, related priorities and corporate performance management framework;

  • approve the annual business plan and performance targets;

  • set the policy and advocacy framework and provide guidance and support to the CEO and senior team in the implementation of the strategic plan and annual business plan;

  • review and comment on key initiatives as identified by CPA Ontario and staff;

  • ensure the development of a risk-management strategy and plan;

  • monitor and evaluate financial performance and ongoing operations, including overseeing the annual audit with regard to fiduciary duties;

  • appoint, set the compensation, manage the performance and evaluate the CEO; and

  • act as ambassadors on behalf of the organization.  

Time Commitment and Committee Structure

  • There are 4 Council meetings a year, with each one held as an all-day meeting. Council Members are expected to attend a minimum 75% of Council meetings in person.

  • Council Members are expected to participate as a member on a minimum of one committee of Council (three standing committees are Finance & Audit, Governance & Nominating and Human Resources)

  • Council Members are expected to thoroughly examine all pre-read material, attend committee meetings (in-person or telephonic) and participate as necessary to fulfill any other Council obligations (annual meeting, Council elections, etc.)

Instructions on Submitting a Nomination

Any member in good standing is eligible for election to the Council. Please follow the process below for submitting a nomination:

  • Review the nomination package in its entirety.

  • Follow the Nomination Instructions carefully, and complete the following documents:

    1. Nomination and Acceptance Forms

    2. Candidate Statement (750 words maximum); and

    3. Candidate Biography (500 words maximum)

      • Save as a Microsoft Word or .pdf document;

      • Note that CPA Ontario reserves the right to edit materials in the biography and statement as required for uniformity of presentation and space;

      • After all election materials are submitted and prior to voting, each candidate will partner with our third-party firm to create a 150-word “short biography”. This will appear next to the candidate’s name on the online voting ballot, and there will be a link to his or her full Candidate Statement and Biography on the CPA Ontario website.

  • Complete, sign and submit the:

    1. Background Check (Note: This form requires 2 pieces of identification; 1 piece must be government issued with your picture and signature); and

    2. Education Verification Consent Forms

  • Attach a colour head and shoulders photo (2” x 3” or 300 dpi) that can be used on the CPA Ontario and voting websites for information to Members (either digital or in hard copy).

  • Submit all three documents and two background check forms by email, postal mail delivery, courier or hand delivery by no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Nominations must be in writing, signed by two Members of CPA Ontario in good standing, and be certified by the candidate. For mail, courier or hand delivery, please submit to CPA Ontario, 69 Bloor St. E., Toronto, ON, M4W 2V5 to the attention of Karen Armstrong. For email, send to Karen Armstrong.

  • Materials not received by the deadline (Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.) will not be accepted or made available to the membership and may result in the nomination being rejected.

  • Candidates must adhere to the word count restrictions established for the Candidate Statement (750 words maximum) and Candidate Biography (500 words maximum). Any responses after those word counts will be excluded from the published materials. As previously noted, candidates will also work with our third-party firm to create a 150-word “short biography” to be used on the online voting ballot.

  • Ensure that you receive confirmation of your nomination. Please contact Karen Armstrong at the co-ordinates above if you have not received confirmation within a reasonable time period.

Approval Process

Once materials are received by CPA Ontario and background checks are approved, all candidates will go through a review process. A third-party firm retained by CPA Ontario will reach out to candidates to schedule a one-hour interview to discuss the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

All candidates will then be requested to meet with the Interview Group, comprised of Council members selected by the Governance & Nominating Committee (GNC) of Council, between September 4-7, 2018 to discuss their background and qualifications. CPA Ontario will cover reasonable travel expenses. For candidates unable to meet in person, video conferencing capabilities will be made available.

Following the completion of candidate interviews with the Interview Group, all candidates will be notified if they have been identified as aligning with the desired skills and experience indicated above as needed for Council in 2018-19. While candidates may choose to withdraw by September 10, 2018, all candidates are encouraged to remain in the process. On September 13, 2018 candidate bios and photos will be posted to the CPA Ontario website. As part of the process, Council will identify to membership those candidates whose qualifications align with the current needs of Council.

CPA Ontario Council Nomination: Key Dates

  • June 1:  Council issues a call for nominations and provides notice of the annual meeting
  • June 2 – August 22:  Candidates undergo compliance and background checks as the nominations are received
  • August 16:  Nominations close at 5 p.m.
  • August 16-31: Candidates are interviewed by a third-party firm retained by CPA Ontario
  • September 4-7:  Candidates are interviewed by the Governance & Nominating Committee’s Interview Group
  • September 6-7:  Candidates will be notified if they will be identified by Council as a candidate that aligns with the priority skills and experience
  • September 10:  Deadline for candidate withdrawal
  • September 13:  Candidate photos, bios and statements are posted to the CPA Ontario website
  • September 14:  Online voting opens to Members
  • September 21:  Voting closes for both online and mailed-in proxies at 3 p.m.
  • September 21:  Election results announced at Annual Meeting of CPA Ontario Members
  • September 21:  Meeting of incoming CPA Ontario Council and election of new officers

Thank you for considering a nomination for Council, and for your commitment to the profession.

For questions, please contact Associate General Counsel, Tom Litzgus by email or phone 416 969.4153.