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For Candidates Seeking Election to CPA Ontario Council

CPA Ontario members in good standing are encouraged to get involved in the profession and contribute to its oversight and future success. Being elected to represent CPA Ontario’s more than 93,000 members and 21,000 students provides an opportunity to help guide and lead the profession into the future, positioning your colleagues at the forefront of business changes.

This year, there are five seats up for election. Due to the resizing of Council, we will be transitioning over the next few years to four seats eligible for election each year, with each elected member to serve three-year terms. To balance the number of Council members in each term class, three elected members will hold a seat for three years and two elected members will hold a seat for two years in the 2020 election. Council has determined that voter support levels are the appropriate way to select term duration. As such, the three elected members with the highest voter support levels will assume the seats for three years and the two elected members with the lower support levels will assume the seats for two years.

The roles and responsibilities expected of a Council member are outlined below.

2020 Priority Skills and Attributes

CPA Ontario seeks nominations from candidates that reflect the diversity of its membership. This year, Council has prioritized the following five skills and attributes that would be additive to Council and aligned with CPA Ontario’s overarching strategic needs.

Business Acumen: A tested leader who brings an understanding of business situations and financials, with a successful track record of analyzing situations, leading complex operations and managing teams.

Board and Governance Experience: Serves on a for-profit or complex not-for-profit board; a tested director with knowledge of governance best practices; has served on a board committee or as an officer of a board or board committee.

Future of Learning and Work: Experienced at helping companies, students, employees and prospective employees develop future skills that broaden their skill base and reflect the emergence of digitization and Artificial Intelligence.

Technology: Brings general management experience in technology and the capability to respond to tech-related disruption and issues; may hold a non-tech role at a tech company.

Effective Communicator: Brings a clear, concise and productive communication style; skilled at communicating to all stakeholders; an effective ambassador for the organization; projects strong interpersonal skills and collegiality.


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 93,000 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. CPAs are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership.


Key to CPA Ontario’s culture, the following values and behaviours 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'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 12 elected members of CPA Ontario and four public representatives appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Instructions on Submitting a Nomination

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

  • Review this document in its entirety.
  • Follow the instructions carefully, and complete the following documents:
    • Nomination and Acceptance Forms
    • Candidate Statement (750 words maximum)
    • Candidate Biography (500 words maximum)
      • Save each document as a Microsoft Word or .pdf document. Links will be inserted.
      • 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 their full Candidate Statement and Biography on the CPA Ontario website.
  • Complete, sign and submit the:
    • Background Check
    • Education Verification Consent Forms
  • Attach a digital colour head and shoulders photo (2” x 3” of 300 dpi) to be used on the CPA Ontario and voting websites for information to members.
  • Submit by email only all four documents, two background check forms and the colour photo, by no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020 to Karen Armstrong. Nominations must be in writing, signed by two CPA Ontario members in good standing and be certified by the candidate.
  • Materials not received by the deadline will not be accepted or made available to the membership and the nomination will be rejected.
  • Candidates must adhere to the word count restrictions established for the Candidate Statement and Biography. Portions of responses in excess of those word counts will be excluded from the published materials.
  • 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 contact candidates to schedule a one-hour interview to discuss the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Following the completion of the candidate interviews, all candidates will be notified of their alignment with the skills and experience prioritized for Council in 2020 and a determination will be made as to who will be interviewed by the Interview Group.

The Interview Group, comprised of Council members selected by the Governance & Nominating Committee (GNC) of Council, will hold video conference interviews between September 8 and 9, 2020 to discuss the candidate's background and qualifications.

Once the interviews are complete, the candidates who most closely align with the desired skills and experience will be identified and all candidates will be notified of the selection. While some candidates may choose to withdraw by September 14, all candidates are encouraged to remain in the process. On September 16 candidate bios, statements and photos will be posted to the CPA Ontario website. As part of the process, Council will also identify to the membership those candidates whose qualifications most closely align with the needs of Council in 2020.

Each candidate shall be entitled to solicit votes for their election to Council beginning two business days after the later of: (i) the close of nominations; or (ii) the confirmation of the candidate’s eligibility by the Office of the General Counsel, provided the candidate complies with all applicable policies and regulations, including but not limited to the Campaign Policy made by the GNC.


May 11: Council issues a call for nominations
May 11–July 24: Candidates undergo compliance and background checks as the nominations are received
July 27: Nominations close
July 28–August 3: Candidates are interviewed by a third-party firm retained by CPA Ontario
August 6: Candidates are notified whether they will be meeting with the Governance & Nominating's Interview Group
September 8–9: Candidates are interviewed by the Governance & Nominating Committee’s Interview Group
September 10–11: Candidates are notified whether they will be identified by Council as a candidate that aligns with the priority skills and experience sought for 2020
September 14: Deadline for candidate withdrawal
September 16: Candidate photos, bios and statements are posted to the CPA Ontario website
September 17: Voting opens to members
September 24: Voting closes at 5 p.m.
September 25: Election results announced at AGM
September 25: 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.


Please contact General Counsel Tom Litzgus by email or phone at 647 519.7518