Alan Willis, CPA, CA

Alan, a former partner in Touche Ross (now Deloitte), has since 1991 been an independent researcher, writer and advisor on enhancing mandatory and voluntary corporate reporting and the related implications of this for governance, control and assurance. He has been a pioneer in advancing integrated reporting and sustainability reporting and related international guidance.

Alan was a member of the Working Group of the International Integrated Reporting Council and the former Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He serves on the Integrated Business Reporting Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network and is a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets. He served on the advisory committee of the Ontario Securities Commission for its 2010 guidance on environmental disclosures. He served on the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) until 2002 to develop the original GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Alan was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for services to Canada and the accounting profession concerning sustainability. He is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and has regularly been a volunteer judge for the CPA Canada Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting.

Among the many publications Alan has authored or co-authored are Briefings for Directors on Sustainability and Climate Change and, most recently, CPA Canada’s 2014 Guidance on CEO/CFO regulatory certifications of corporate disclosures. He was also closely involved in developing the landmark 2002 Guidance on Preparation and Disclosure for MD&A, a new edition of which is imminent.