Joy Thomas, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir.

CPA Canada President and CEO

Joy Thomas, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir.

Education and qualifications

  • Certified Management Accountant, 1993
  • Chartered Professional Accountant, 2013
  • Master in Business Administration, Edinburgh School of Business, Heriot Watt University, 2002
  • Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, 2005
  • Chartered Director Designation, McMaster University, 2009

The Board of Directors for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) approved the appointment of Joy Thomas, FCPA, FCMA, as president and CEO, effective April 1, 2016. Joy was appointed executive vice-president with CPA Canada in January 2013. She played a key role in the process to unite Canada’s accounting profession under the CPA designation.

Prior to joining CPA Canada, Joy was president and chief executive officer of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), a position she assumed in June 2009. Joy worked as a corporate controller and CFO in industry until 1995 when she joined CMA Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Her most recent appointment prior to leading CMA Canada was as President and CEO for CMA Alberta.

Joy was awarded the E.L. Whitman Gold Medal in 1993 for outstanding academic achievement in the CMA program. In 2005, she was named a fellow of CMA Canada, a prestigious designation that recognizes CMAs who bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models.

Joy currently serves as member of the board of directors of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). She is also a board member and Chair of the Audit Committee with the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd.


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