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Gordon Beal

UTAA BOARD MEMBER

(HBA 1985 UTSC)

Gordon Beal, FCPA, FCA, M.Ed. has a passion for education and over 35 years of leadership experience with an overarching focus on sustainability and enhancing organizational learning.

Gord is the Senior Vice President of Outreach at Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta, and he oversees the operations and strategic direction of the CPA Education Foundation. Previously, Gord spent almost 18 years with CPA Canada, most recently as Vice President of Research, Guidance and Support. In this role, he led a team focused on standards guidance, exploratory applied research, and thought leadership. As a change leader, Gord led numerous organization-wide initiatives including member support for the transition to International Standards in Financial Reporting and Assurance, development of a comprehensive portfolio of resources on the role of accountants in Climate Change, and most recently in Foresight: Reimagining the Profession that explored and is helping to shape the future of the CPA profession.

In 2020, Gord was named to Canada’s Clean50, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.

Earlier in his career, Gord held a variety of senior financial and operational leadership roles in business and government. He has served on non-profit Boards, chaired the Finance and Audit Committee, and provided volunteer advisory support for a variety of local and national non-profit organizations.

With a passion for academia and good governance, Gord was a founding board member for the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Professional Accounting Centre, and a board member for St. Mary’s University’s Centre for Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Cooperatives and the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Information Security and Assurance. He has been a guest lecturer for various university programs, presented in Canada and internationally on a range of emerging topics, and has been an assessor for the Pearson International Scholarship program.

In addition to an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto, Gord holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from Brock University. In 2021 Gord was granted a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants.

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