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Lisa French

Lisa French

MBA, P. Eng

As vice-president, Sustainability Standards, Lisa reviews and assesses international sustainability standards.

Before joining CPA Canada, Lisa served as chief technical officer at the Value Reporting Foundation and one of its pre-merger entities, the International Integrated Reporting Council. Over the span of a decade, Lisa contributed to the development of the International Integrated Reporting Framework and subsequently oversaw its revision and preparation of accompanying implementation guidance. Within this capacity, she also supported the International Accounting Standards Board as a member of its Management Commentary Consultative Group and the International Sustainability Standards Board as a member of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation’s Technical Readiness Working Group. Her earlier role as technical director of the Global Reporting Initiative rounds out her standard-setting and framework development background.

Previously, Lisa was principal, Research, Guidance & Support at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Her experience in the for-profit sector includes work as a research chemist at 3M Canada, application engineer at Metso Minerals and financial analyst at Ford Motor Company of Canada and Ford Credit Canada.

Notable career achievements include appearances before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Group, White House Forum on Business Innovation, World Bank Fiduciary Forum and The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting. In addition, Lisa has engaged in collaborative projects with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment.

She has also served on various boards, committees and working groups. For example, Lisa currently sits on the Standards Council of Canada’s Canadian Standardization Advisory Committee on Environmental, Social, and Governance.