Principal Accounting Standards

CPA Canada is seeking to add a key position to our Standards department

CPA Canada is the national organization representing the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) profession in Canada.  

The Opportunity

The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) serves the public interest by maintaining high-quality accounting standards for the major categories of Canadian reporting entities, contributing to global standard setting, and being accountable to its stakeholders.

You will be a member of a highly skilled, energetic and committed team of professionals to advise and carry out the plans of the AcSB.  Working directly with senior professionals, you will be developing accounting and financial reporting standards and other guidance for public companies, private enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and pension plans. This requires you to, lead committees of volunteers to create accounting and financial reporting standards and other guidance, as well as communicate with a network of educators, professional associations, international standard setters and members of the public. 

The Position

Your leadership, both as a technical expert and skilled facilitator will bring together people and ideas, resulting in timely and high quality standards and other guidance for the benefit of the Accounting Standards Board’s stakeholders. You will need to:

  • establish and nurture senior level contacts with various stakeholder groups and other international standard setters;
  • work independently to identify issues, explore alternatives, propose solutions and prepare any necessary meeting materials; 
  • clearly articulate the results of your work to the Chair and volunteer members of the AcSB; and
  • design and present webcasts, and develop other communiques. 

The Candidate

The preferred candidate will be an innovative professional accountant with at least six years post-qualifying experience, possessing the following attributes and skills:

  • A dynamic and strategic thinker with sound judgment and integrity.
  • Interpersonal skills that reflect your ability to perform with tact and diplomacy when dealing in group situations.
  • In-depth knowledge of accounting standards.
  • A flair for research and preparing creative solutions to complex problems.
  • The ability to plan and carry out projects according to plan.
  • An effective writer and presenter. 
  • A team player.

Success depends on your ability to integrate strong technical knowledge with effective strategic thinking and communication skills, and to facilitate consensus and understanding among key stakeholders.

Fluency in English is required and French is desirable.

Other Matters

This position is based in Toronto. Some travel is required.

CPA Canada offers a unique flexible and balanced working environment that allows individuals to maximize professional and personal development. We are committed to cultivating and inclusive, accessible environment, where each employee feels respected, valued and supported. Qualified individuals who wish to know more may contact, on a confidential basis: Claire Chester, Manager, Human Resources at CPA Canada at 416-204-3407 or If you require a disability related accommodation to participate in our recruitment process, please email us your contact information and we’ll be happy to work with you to meet your needs.