Amanda Whitewood, CPA Canada board member

As chair of the CPA Canada Board of Directors, Amanda Whitewood helps CPA Canada achieve its key objectives, and provides direction for the governance and management of the organization.

Education and qualifications:

  • Certified Health Executive, Canadian College of Health Leaders (CHE), 1996
  • Certified Management Accountant Designation (CMA), 1998
  • Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, 2001
  • Chartered Director, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 2007


Amanda is the chair of the CPA Canada Board of Directors. She earned her accounting designation in 1998 and joined the CPA Canada board as vice-chair in September 2017. Amanda is originally from British Columbia, spent her formative years in Montreal and now lives in Halifax.

With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the healthcare, municipal and provincial government, and post-secondary education sectors, today Amanda is the chief operating officer of the IWK Health Centre. The IWK is an internationally recognized academic health sciences centre, caring for women, children, youth and families across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and providing sub-specialty care to residents of Newfoundland & Labrador. Her experiences have made her a progressive leader with a passion for corporate sustainability built on social, cultural and economic considerations.

At the beginning of her career, Amanda relocated to Fremantle, Australia, where she established operations and maintained the finances for Canada’s entry in the Twelve Metre World Championship yacht races with the crew of True North Yachting Challenges. She also held various board leadership and directorship positions, including director, Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia (2016-2019), and director and chair of audit and finance, Canadian Medical Association’s Joule Inc. (2015-2019).