Alain Côté, CPA Canada board member

As chair of the CPA Canada Board of Directors, Alain Côté helps CPA Canada achieve our key objectives, and provides direction for governance and management.

Alain Côté, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA

Education and qualifications:

  • Chartered Accountant, 1982
  • Fellow Chartered Accountant, 2009
  • Institute of Corporate Directors Designation, 2010


Alain is the chair of the CPA Canada Board of Directors.

He joined the board in December 2013, and served as vice-chair (2014-2015) before his appointment as chair in 2015.

Alain has more than 35 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services to companies of all sizes, particularly financial institutions. As a Deloitte partner for over 25 years, Alain has assumed many responsibilities and held a number of key positions in the firm, including serving as a member of the Deloitte Canada executive committee from 2007 to 2015, and as Quebec Region managing partner from 2012 to 2015, Montreal Office managing partner from 2007 to 2012 and co-director of Operations of the Assurance and Advisory practice from 1999 to 2003. He also spent four years assisting Deloitte’s Grand Duchy of Luxembourg office as an auditor and consultant for international financial institutions.

His areas of expertise include audit services, public and private financing, due diligence reviews, and reviews of internal control and risk management systems.

Having developed extensive expertise in the financial sector, he was or continues to be a consulting partner or lead client service partner for clients such as the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, National Bank of Canada, the Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.), Investissement Québec, RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada, Société Générale (Canada), the Société générale de financement du Québec, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Banque Nationale de Paris-Paribas. He was also in charge of the financial sector for Quebec at Deloitte from 2003 to 2007.

For several years, Alain was an active member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (now the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec), serving on both the board and the executive committee. He was also a member of the finance committee and served as chair of the Order from 2009 to 2011. Alain is now the chair of the CPA Canada Board of Directors, a position he will hold from 2015 to 2017. Alain was also a member of the board, executive committee, and finance and audit committees of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. He is a member of the executive committee of the Mount Royal Club.

In October 2011, Alain was named honorary consul of Luxembourg in Montreal with jurisdiction over all of Quebec. He was honoured at the 35th edition of the Hermès awards gala and was a 2012 Hermès award recipient. In November 2012, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in November 2013, he received the Award of Merit of the Quebec Interprofessional Council (QIC) at the Ambassadors gala of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

As a volunteer with various not-for-profit organizations, Alain was honorary president and governor of the benefit gala for the Educaide educational assistance fund, honorary patron of the Institut Pacifique fundraising campaign, a member of the fundraising campaigns for Maison des Greffés Lina Cyr and the FBA – National Bank Centre of Université Laval, and a member of the campaign cabinet for the Université Laval foundation. Alain also participates in fundraising as part of Centraide’s Major Donors campaign.