Linda Mezon, FCPA, FCA, CPA (MI)

Linda has been the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) chair since July 1, 2013. Adding this to her previous time as a volunteer board member, she has more than 11 years of experience as a standard setter. This experience includes the period encompassing the adoption of IFRS and development of separate sections of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting for private enterprises and not-for-profit entities.

Linda provides leadership to the AcSB to achieve its mission, and promotes a deeper stakeholder understanding of the board’s strategic plan and activities. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to financial reporting, ably representing both the standard setter and preparer points of view.

Prior to her appointment as chair of the board, Linda was the chief accountant at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), responsible for the interpretation and application of IFRS and U.S. GAAP. She also monitored compliance with Canadian regulatory requirements on financial disclosure and was responsible for auditor independence. Before RBC, Linda held other senior positions in industry, including four years of experience in public accounting.

Linda has additional not-for-profit experience as a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and their finance committees.

Linda was named a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2013, is a CPA (Michigan) and CGMA, and earned a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.