Gordon Beal is the Vice President of Research Guidance and Support for Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada). He leads a senior team of professionals who undertake knowledge development activities to create technical guidance and thought leadership resources that support CPA members and help to shape the future of the accounting profession. Research covers a range of issues including strategy, risk and performance management; external reporting and assurance; and corporate oversight and governance. Climate change and broader issues of sustainability, along with the impact of emerging technologies, are key elements of this work. Gord leads CPA Canada’s research and thought leadership strategy on sustainability and climate change. Since 2013, he has been a member of Canada’s National Climate Change Adaptation Platform Plenary and he is a member of the National Assessment Advisory Committee on Canada in a Changing Climate. Gord is on the Board of Directors for the Clean Air Partnership, a Toronto based not for profit organization focused on advancing the implementation of actions to foster low-carbon, resilient communities. Prior to CPA Canada, Gord has over 15 years of experience in senior financial and operational leadership in Canada’s automotive manufacturing and construction sectors, along with senior experience in professional audit and advisory services, and in a senior training and organizational development role with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has volunteered as a Director and member of the Governance and Audit Committees on the Boards of several not-for-profit organizations. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto, he holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from Brock University that focused on the role of leadership in organizational learning and adaptation. Gord believes that CPAs must play a leadership role in the development of responsible and sustainable enterprises and that sustainability is a core foundation of good business practice.