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Pamela Steer

Pamela Steer


As president and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Pamela leads one of the largest professional accounting bodies in the world, with more than 220,000 members. 

Formerly, Pamela was the chief financial and corporate strategy officer at Payments Canada where she oversaw the organization’s finance and corporate planning functions.

Prior to that, she was the chief financial officer and head of finance and employer services with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Here, she led the agency through a major transformation that resulted in improved financial operations and enhanced public trust and credibility for the organization. In 2019, these efforts earned her the honour of Canada’s CFO of the Year™.

Over the course of her career, Pamela has worked in the technology and financial services industries (pensions, insurance), including publicly traded, private and regulated entities in Canada and abroad. Her professional roles are complemented by extensive experience as a board director and chair. She is a founding member of the Canadian Chapter of the Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network and of the advisory board for the Institute for Sustainable Finance. Also, she currently sits on the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance advisory council.

Today, Pamela sits on the City of Toronto Investment Board and the boards of Michael Garron Hospital and Quarterhill Inc. (TSX: QTRH). She is a past Chair of the CFA Society Toronto.