Linda Mezon, FCPA, FCA, CPA (MI)

Linda is the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) chair and has served in this capacity since July 1, 2013. Combined with her previous board experience as a volunteer member, she has 13 years of experience as a standard setter, including the period encompassing the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (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, as well as enables 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, able to represent both the standard setter and preparer points of view.

Prior to her appointment as chair, Linda was the chief accountant at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), responsible for the interpretation and application of IFRS and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (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 and also has four years of experience in public accounting.

In regards to her not-for-profit experience, Linda is 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 Certified Public Accountant (Michigan) and Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.