UTAA BOARD MEMBER
(BA 1985 UTSC)
Vice-President, Research, Guidance and Support
Chartered Professional Accountants Canada
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 and develops guidance and thought leadership resources to support CPA members across Canada.
Gord is leading Foresight, Reimagining the Profession, a major initiative undertaken by the accounting
profession to explore and prepare for non-traditional roles in the rapidly evolving business and economic climate. He also 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 his over 15 years at 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 is committed to community service, having served on Governance and Audit committees on several not-for-profit boards. With a passion for academia, Gord has held academic board positions 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.