Principal, External Reporting - Research, Guidance & Support

Reporting to the director, External Reporting in our Research, Guidance and Support (RGS) department, the successful candidate will contribute to developing research, guidance, and thought leadership with a goal of supporting our members today and preparing them for the future.

The Opportunity

The individual will provide leadership for relevant research, guidance and thought leadership activities related to external corporate reporting, with a primary emphasis on accounting and regulatory reporting issues.

 Areas of focus include:

  • application of new and existing accounting standards (International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE), Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (ASNPO))
  • financial reporting beyond financial statements (Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and other regulatory reporting, disclosures of non-GAAP measures and key performance indicators)
  • developments and trends influencing the future of corporate reporting in Canada and globally

In this dynamic and challenging role responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • provide leadership, both as a technical expert and skilled facilitator, to bring together people and ideas, resulting in timely and high quality research, guidance and thought leadership
  • maintain an understanding of business and regulatory reporting trends in Canada and globally which may impact current and future corporate reporting practices
  • provide advice on corporate reporting project proposals
  • manage designated projects including facilitating meetings of the volunteer advisory groups and committees involved in the project/initiative
  • develop research, guidance and support materials (e.g., alerts, briefings, guides, summaries, webinars, thought leadership) aimed at helping stakeholders better understand and address key corporate reporting matters
  • provide support to volunteer advisory groups by planning, preparing agendas and supporting materials and reviewing meeting outcomes
  • organize and participate in relevant webinars, panel discussions, and presentations
  • develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant external stakeholders to enhance the profile of CPA Canada and the Canadian accounting profession in corporate reporting
  • oversee translation, publication and promotion of resources, guidance, and thought leadership, working collaboratively with other departments at CPA Canada
  • pursue relevant professional development opportunities to build subject matter expertise in corporate reporting
  • oversee the ongoing development and maintenance of relevant CPA Canada webpages
  • provide input on departmental budget and scorecard development and achievements

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • CPA designation
  • 7-10 years of experience, preferably in a professional practice or technical accounting role
  • intellectual curiosity and keen desire to learn
  • in-depth knowledge of financial reporting standards
  • understanding of Canadian regulatory reporting requirements (e.g., MD&A, non-GAAP measures)
  • experience with the application of IFRS in the extractive industries would be an asset
  • experience in writing external reporting related materials (e.g., memos, articles)
  • excellent  oral and written communication skills
  • strong organizational/project management skills
  • ability to identify, understand and work with others to propose solutions to complex reporting issues
  • ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • strong interpersonal skills with ability to liaise effectively with senior members of the CPA profession and other external stakeholders, including regulators, accounting firms, academics, other professional associations etc.
  • commitment to quality processes and products
  • ability to work independently and to respond quickly to changing demands and new issues

Success in this role will be achieved with the 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.

Other Matters

This position is based in Toronto. Some travel is required, largely in Canada.

CPA Canada offers a unique flexible and balanced working environment that allows individuals to maximize professional and personal development. We are committed to cultivating an 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.