Professional matters: news and views for members — May 2016

Joy Thomas is now president and CEO of CPA Canada, and Geneviève Mottard has taken the helm of the Ordre des comptables agrees du Québec (CPA Québec).


CPA Canada’s new president and CEO

Joy Thomas, FCPA, FCMA, is now president and CEO of CPA Canada, the fifth-largest professional accounting body in the world.

Thomas was chosen from 175 Canadian and international businesspeople who were considered by a board-appointed search committee.

“The knowledge, experience and professional respect that Joy Thomas brings to the position will be key
to ensuring CPA Canada continues to build upon the solid foundation now in place,” says board chair Alain Côté, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA.

Before assuming her new role, Thomas was CPA Canada’s executive vice-president. As president and CEO of CMA Canada, she worked with Kevin Dancey — then president and CEO of CICA — to unite the profession under the CPA banner.


Risky business

Almost a fifth of financial executives say that their organization doesn’t have a risk management program, and two-thirds are only “somewhat confident” in their organization’s ability to manage risks. Get these insights and more from The State of Enterprise Risk Management, a 30-page research report published by CPA Canada and FEI Canada.

Download a free copy at


A new order of things

Geneviève Mottard 

Geneviève Mottard, CPA, CA, became the new president and CEO of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA Québec) in February. She is a determined and energetic leader, says CPA Québec’s February newsletter. Follow her on Twitter @gmottard.


Most Canadians fear fraud, but some take action

Most Canadians fear fraud chart


“We both share a common vision.”
Tashia Batstone, FCPA, FCA, MBA, Vice-President, Education Services, CPA Canada, On a New Memorandum of Understanding with AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada)