Director and Board of Electors

The Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame is managed by a Director who reports to the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. The selection of nominees and the induction process is independent of the CAAA. A Board of Electors, representative of various segments of Canadian accounting, selects inductees to the Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame.

Alister Mason CAHF Director

 

Alister K. Mason, PhD, FCPA, FCA, FCMA
Director, The Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame

Much of Alister’s career was with Deloitte and its predecessor firms, substantially as an Audit Partner in the firm’s Toronto and Canadian National offices. In addition to serving a wide variety of clients, he was commissioned by professional bodies – both the Chartered Accountants and the Certified Management Accountants – to write studies and to serve on their committees and task forces. Perhaps the most notable of these studies was Professional Judgment in Financial Reporting, co-authored with Professor Michael Gibbins, of the University of Alberta. He also wrote dozens of articles for the accounting and business press.

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In the 1970s, during a seven-year leave from Deloitte, he served in the Standards and Studies Department of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and was involved in the work both of its Accounting and Auditing standard-setting committees, and of the three-nation Accountants International Studies Group. These tasks brought him into contact with many leaders of the profession, both in Canada and further afield.

In the early 1980s, with the firm’s encouragement, Alister became the first President of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) from public practice; it had been formed a few years earlier. He served on numerous CAAA committees, leading to his receiving the George Baxter Award for “exemplary contributions” to the CAAA in 2010.

Following his retirement from Deloitte he was appointed to a four-year term as Director of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo. He subsequently served as a Senior Reviewer and Director of International Affairs of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, and then as Editor of Money & Mission, the semi-monthly newsletter of the Finance Department the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. Also, he has been a Director of the Auditors Oversight Authority of the Cayman Islands since 2012.

Over the past 35 years Alister has taken special pleasure in nominating colleagues for professional, academic and other recognition: as Fellows of accounting bodies, for CAAA awards, for the Order of Canada, etc. Several dozen accountants have benefitted from this unusual avocation.

 

Board of Electors

Director

The Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame is managed by a Director who reports to the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

The Director of the CAHF is appointed for a three-year term according to the procedures established by the CAAA for the appointment of journal editors. The Director may be reappointed for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The Director implements the procedures for nominating and inducting individuals into the Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame. S/he conducts or commissions research to develop the annual list of nominees and biographies of inductees into the Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame.

The Director seeks innovative ways to enhance the value of the CAHF as an educational resource and archive of biographical history.

Board of Electors

The Board of Electors consists of no fewer than 4 and no more than twelve individuals representing practicing accountants, academics, management accountants and others with a direct interest in the development of the accounting profession in Canada.

Members of the Board of Electors serve staggered terms of three years each. Members may be reappointed for a maximum of two consecutive terms. There is an annual call for nominations to the Board of Electors.

Members of the Board of Electors are selected by the Director of the Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame in consultation with the President of the CAAA according to the following criteria:

(a)   willingness to advance the interests of the CAHF

(b)   a national or international reputation in accounting

(c)   contribute to diversity within the Board of Electors, as much as possible, on geographic location within Canada, competence in Canada’s official languages, functional specialty within accounting, and gender.

(d)   Active nominees to the CAHF are not eligible to serve as Electors, but Inductees are eligible to serve as Electors.

One member of the Board of Electors is appointed by the Director, in consultation with the President of the CAAA, as Deputy Director. This person shall act in the Director’s place should the Director be unable to serve.

Current Members of the Board of Electors

December 5, 2022

THE CANADIAN ACCOUNTING HALL OF FAME:

MEMBERS OF BOARD OF ELECTORS

Beverley A. Brennan, FCPA, FCA – Edmonton. Retired; management consultant before joining Philom Bios Inc. an agricultural biotech company in 1987, V-P Finance (1988-2000), Director (1998 to 2007, when Company was sold).  Commissioner, Alberta Securities Commission (2006-12). Member of numerous government and corporate boards; chaired four Audit Committees. Very extensive service to accounting profession, including Chair, CICA Board of Governors 1998/9; Vice-Chair Canadian Performance Reporting Board 2000-05; and President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan (1992/3). Term ends 2023.

Shelley Brown, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, CM – Saskatoon.  Public accounting career started in Calgary with Clarkson Gordon; ended in Vancouver with Deloitte, on whose Board she sat for 12 years.   Service to CA profession included President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, member of CICA Board of Governors for ten years, and being first Chair of CPA Canada.  Since retiring from public accounting appointed to Accounting Standards Oversight Council and boards of three public companies, and continues on academic and other not-for-profit boards. Honoured with FCPA designation from Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and Ontario; with Lifetime Achievement Awards from Saskatchewan and BC; and with Order of Canada membership. Term ends 2024.

David Chiang, CPA, CA, CMC – Vancouver.  Currently Director of Ethics at one of Canada’s national accounting firms.  Previously, he held senior management and executive positions at CPABC, ACL Services Ltd, and CUE Datawest. In the community, David has served on various public sector boards including the BC College of Social Workers, Langara College and Community Living BC, as well as various volunteer roles with the accounting and legal regulators.  Term ends 2024.

Anne Fortin, PhD – Montréal. Full professor, Université du Québec à Montréal since 1997. Past President (2000-01), Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA); winner of George Baxter Award for Outstanding Contributions to the CAAA (2016). Has published 50 refereed papers on various topics in accounting journals, and has received two awards for these; has presented many papers at refereed conferences. Deputy Director of CAHF. Term ends 2024. 

Roch Huppé, FCPA, FCGA - Ottawa. Comptroller General of Canada (since 2017), with responsibility for government-wide direction and leadership for financial management, internal audit, federal assets and acquired services; also leads the Financial Management Transformation for the Government of Canada.  He is also a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board.  Previously CFO and Assistant Commissioner, Finance and Administration Branch, Canada Revenue Agency, and before that CFO at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Term ends 2025.

Daniel McMahon, FCPA, FCA – Trois-Rivieres, PQ. Retired; was Rector (President) of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2015-2020), and before that President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Quebec for 12 years. He played a key role in the unification of the profession in Quebec and across Canada. He served on the IFRS Advisory Board for 3 years, and on the Board of the Fédération Internationale des Experts-Comptables et Commissaires aux Comptes Francophones (FIDEF) for 4 years. Co-author of two texts, including one with 100% of the French market for 24 years (since 1996). Term ends 2023.

Scott Munro, CPA, CA, CAFM – Vancouver. Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Financial Management Board, since 2021. In this role he supports creation of a RoadMap that will offer pathways for economic reconciliation and implementation of UNDRIP. Also, he volunteers with AFOA Canada, and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board. Previously with Deloitte in Vancouver and London, England. Term ends 2023.

Dorothy Rice, FCPA, FCMA – Halifax. Chief Financial Officer of Electoral Finance at Elections Nova Scotia. Member of CPA Canada Board until September 2020; previously on CMA Canada Board, the national “Unification Board” made up of the three legacy boards, and various CMA committees, including the Competency Development Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the National FCMA Committee. Term ends 2025.

Gary Spraakman, PhD, FCPA, FCMA – Toronto.  Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, York University.  Before deciding on academic career had positions, in Ontario, Alberta and BC, in financial services, management consulting and a provincial government.  Publications and research record includes three books authored or co-authored, eight chapters in books, and dozens of refereed papers or presentations.  Served on several editorial boards; was President of Academy of Accounting Historians of American Accounting Association from 2019 to 2021.  Term ends 2024. 

W. Ross Walker, FCPA, FCA – Toronto. Retired; rose all the way through Peat, Marwick Mitchell, becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of KPMG Canada after merger. Subsequently appointed International Executive Partner of KPMG International, based in Amsterdam. Very extensive service to his profession, including President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) and Governor of CICA. Chaired the Auditor General of Canada’s Advisory Committee. Accorded rare honour of Award of Outstanding Merit by ICAO. Honoured with both the Queen’s Silver and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Term ends 2023.


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