2019 Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Friday

Christine Ann Botosan, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Christine Ann Botosan

Christine Ann Botosan joined the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 1, 2016. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Botosan served as a professor of accounting at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

An award-winning professor and researcher, Ms. Botosan has a broad knowledge of accounting issues, with particular expertise in the areas of financial statement analysis and valuation.

Ms. Botosan has served in a variety of roles during her tenure at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. In addition to her tenure as a professor, she served as a leadership fellow in the office of the vice president and as the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Presidential Chair in Ethical Financial Reporting. She was previously the associate dean of graduate affairs and an associate professor of accounting.

Prior to joining the University of Utah in 1999, Ms. Botosan was an assistant professor of accounting at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, she served as a lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Ms. Botosan has served the academic community in numerous ways, and is an immediate past president of the American Accounting Association (having been president from 2014–2015).

A certified valuation analyst and a chartered professional accountant of Canada, Ms. Botosan received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

We thank the Telfer School of Management for its support of our International Visiting Scholar.

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Opening Keynote: Saturday

Mark DeFond; A.N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California

Mark DeFond

Mark DeFond’s research investigates issues in auditing, international financial reporting, and earnings management. He is a former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review and has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, and a four-time MBA Golden Apple teaching award winner. Professor DeFond has held visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty at the Leventhal School of Accounting. He received his PhD at the University of Washington and prior to that worked for several years as an auditor with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross).

We thank the University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance for its support of our Keynote Speaker.

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