UTAA BOARD MEMBER
(HBA 1985 UTSC)
CPA Canada Vice-President, Research, Guidance and Support
Gordon Beal, CPA, CA, M.Ed. is the Vice President of Research Guidance and Support for Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada). Gord’s team conducts technical research to create guidance and thought leadership resources that support CPA members. With business and the accounting profession facing substantial disruptive forces, Gord is leading CPA Canada’s Foresight initiative which is challenging the profession to move beyond traditional roles and reshape its future. In addition to this, he leads CPA Canada’s work in sustainable development and climate change. For 2020, Gord was named to Canada’s Clean50, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.
Prior to CPA Canada, Gord had almost 20 years of financial and operational leadership in Canada’s manufacturing, construction, and health care equipment sectors, along with experience in professional audit and advisory services. During this time, he also worked in the Ontario Ministry of Finance in a senior training and organizational development role.
Gord has volunteered for many years on a variety of not for profit boards and as a member of the Governance and Audit Committees. With a passion for academia, Gord has held a number of academic board positions with several organizations including the University of Toronto Mississauga Professional Accounting Centre, St. Mary’s University Centre for Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Cooperatives, and the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Information Security and Assurance. He is a regular guest lecturer for a number of university programs, a judge for the Rotman A4S International Case Competition, an assessor for the Pearson International Scholarship program, and has presented on a number of occasions to the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.
In addition to an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto Scarborough, Gord holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from Brock University.