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 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.
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
The call for nominations for the Board of Electors is now closed.
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.
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.