Accounting Standards Board
Linda Mezon – Chair
Karen Higgins – Vice Chair
P. Marc Joyal
Linda F. Mezon is the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) Chair and has served in this capacity since July 1, 2013. Combined with her previous board experience as a volunteer member, she has 12 years of experience as a standard setter, including the period encompassing the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and development of separate sections of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting for private enterprises and not-for-profit entities.
Linda provides leadership to the AcSB to achieve its mission, as well as enables and promotes a deeper stakeholder understanding of the Board’s strategic plan and activities. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to financial reporting, able to represent both the standard setter and preparer points of view.
Prior to her appointment as Chair, Linda was the Chief Accountant at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), responsible for the interpretation and application of IFRSs and U.S. GAAP. She also monitored compliance with Canadian regulatory requirements on financial disclosure and was responsible for auditor independence. Before RBC, Linda held other senior positions in industry and also has four years of experience in public accounting.
In regards to her not-for-profit experience, Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and their finance committees.
Linda was named a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2013, is a Certified Public Accountant (Michigan) and Chartered Global Management Accountant, holds a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.
Linda lives in Toronto.
Karen Higgins is the National Director of Accounting Services for Deloitte & Touche LLP Canada. She is responsible for the firm’s accounting consultation network, focusing on all aspects of Canadian GAAP. She oversees the technical component for learning, compliance and marketplace materials relating to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), accounting standards for private enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and public sector accounting standards.
Karen is a member of Deloitte’s IFRS leadership team and the national subject matter specialist for financial instruments, hedging and derivatives. She is the former Chair of the AcSB’s IFRS Discussion Group, participates in the Canadian Securities Administrator’s Financial Reporting and Advisory Committee, and was previously a member of the AcSB’s Emerging Issues Committee.
Karen lives in Toronto.
Nancy Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Financial Reporting with REALpac, Canada’s national real estate property association. Nancy is an accomplished multi-faceted and innovative CFO offering over 20 years of diverse experience in various business environments. She holds an exceptional performance record demonstrated within both large complex organizations and small high-profile organizations.
Nancy has also acted as a Seminar Leader with CPA Ontario’s School of Accountancy, and was previously part of an elite team directing the financial and operational change to IFRS reporting of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Nancy has participated in international events as both speaker and panelist. She is also the author of “Recommended Accounting Practices for Real Estate Investment and Development Entities Reporting in Accordance with ASPE” and amendments to “Recommended Accounting Practices for Real Estate Investment and Development Entities Reporting in Accordance with IFRS”.
Nancy lives in Burlington.
Armand Capisciolto is the National Accounting Standards Partner with BDO Canada LLP, where he has spent the majority of his career. Armand joins the Board with extensive knowledge and experience with all of the Canadian financial reporting frameworks, servicing private and public companies, not-for-profit organizations, pension plans and public sector entities.
He has a breadth of experience working with standards, having been a member of the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group, the Accounting Standards Board’s International Financial Reporting Standards Discussion Group, and a former member of the IFRS Advisory Committee and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s Internal Control over Financial Reporting Task Force.
Armand lives in Sault Ste. Marie.
Michel is an assurance partner in the Montreal office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). He is the senior member of the Montreal office’s Accounting Consulting Services department of the PwC national office. Michel is bilingual and possesses over 15 years of experience with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) domestically and internationally. He has deep technical expertise in Canadian and U.S. GAAP, and with Canadian and SEC regulatory matters.
Michel is a member of the Global Accounting Consulting Services Group of the PwC International Network. He is also a former member of the Advisory Committee on Financial Reporting Matters to the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). Michel is an active contributor to PwC thought leadership on accounting matters and a frequent lecturer on IFRS and U.S. GAAP.
Michel lives in Montreal.
Steve is Associate Professor of Accounting at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, and has been with McGill since 1999. He is the Richter Teaching Fellow and is the Academic Director in charge of all activities of the MBA programs at the Desautels Faculty, from both academic and administrative aspects. Steve is also the Academic Director – Director’s Education Program responsible for the academic content of the Institute of Corporate Director’s Program at McGill.
Steve is bilingual and has practice experience serving smaller business organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Through his academic studies, he gained experience with public companies. He is an active researcher on a range of topics, including financial instruments, hedge accounting, fair value measurement, related party disclosures and audit quality. Steve is a member of the editorial boards of the “Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences,” “International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation” and “Contemporary Accounting Research.”
Steve lives in Montreal.
Lara Gaede has been with the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) for most of her career and is currently its Chief Accountant and Chief Financial Officer. In her positions, Lara exercises her wide breadth of accounting knowledge of various industries with focus on oil and gas, and the practical implication of regulations on issuers. She is responsible for effective internal controls and financial reporting for the ASC. Lara is part of the senior executive team responsible for considering and approving policy decisions and making strategic and operational decisions. She is not a representative of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in her capacity as an AcSB member.
In addition, Lara sits on various committees and Chairs the CSA Chief Accountants Committee. Prior to taking on her current roles, Lara worked as a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, the Chief Accountant at the Cimarron Engineering Consultants Ltd., and was a Senior Associate at Coopers & Lybrand.
Lara lives in Calgary.
Garnet Garven is Dean of Business Emeritus at the University of Regina. He is a board member of PSP Investments, a $130 billion global pension investment fund based in Montreal. He also serves on the Management Board of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Pension Budget Reserve Fund in Paris. Most recently, Garnet was Senior Fellow at Canada's Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank. Prior to joining the University of Regina, he was also a Research Fellow in Corporate Governance at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Garnet is a former Deputy Minister to the Premier, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Saskatchewan Public Service. He previously served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), National President of the Association of WCBs of Canada, as well as other senior roles in the provincial and municipal sectors.
Garnet lives in Regina.
Paul Hargreaves is General Manager of the BC Dairy Association. He has been with the Association since 2001. In addition to his core role as Financial Officer, Paul has managed many of the Association’s policy files and the proAction program. He previously worked as a consultant and as Executive Director at a community-based childcare and youth services provider.
Paul’s community involvement is extensive, having acted as President of the Parkgate Community Services Society, a not-for-profit organization delivering community recreation, youth outreach and childcare programs. He has served as a director of the BC Agriculture Research and Development Corporation and is a member of BC Agriculture Council’s finance committee. Paul is the Chair of the AcSB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee.
Paul lives in North Vancouver.
Charles is the Executive Vice-President, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting and Control Officer for Great-West Lifeco. He possesses strong IFRS accounting knowledge and skills in interpreting and implementing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). Charles is responsible for all IFRS accounting and financial reporting items for Great-West Lifeco, including its subsidiaries across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Charles has been with Great-West Lifeco since 1994.
Charles was previously with Deloitte & Touche LLP Canada, where he was the Manager on the Great-West Life and Investors Group engagements. He is the Audit Committee Chair of the Crown Corporations Council, and is a board member of the The Manitoba Museum. He also acted as the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (one of the predecessor bodies of CPA Canada).
Charles lives in Winnipeg.
Marc Joyal has over 25 years of experience in financial management and reporting, treasury and investments, information technology and facilities resources management, amongst other responsibilities. He is currently the Vice-President of Resources at the University of Ottawa, where he also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Ottawa Health Science Complex, a not-for-profit entity that partners two hospitals and the University of Ottawa for operations and asset sharing.
Marc previously served as Vice-President, Corporate Services and the Chief Financial Officer for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as the Executive Vice-President and Vice-President, Business Administration and Finance for the Montfort Hospital.
Marc lives in Orleans.
Gale Kelly has worked for KPMG LLP since 1991 and is currently a Partner in its Department of Professional Practice. In her role, she assists engagement teams and clients in determining the appropriate accounting for complex transactions under Canadian and US accounting standards, including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). Gale’s areas of expertise include securitization, derivatives and hedging, consolidation, leases and stock-based compensation. She is the Chair of the AcSB’s IFRS Discussion Group.
Active in her profession, Gale is a frequent speaker at conferences, lecturing on such topics as IFRSs and U.S. GAAP. She also sits on various committees at KPMG, including leading several of its topic teams (i.e., financial instruments, stock-based compensation and pensions) and co-founding KPMG Canada’s Women’s Interchange Network. She is also a member of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ Deposit-taking Institutions Auditors Advisory Committee and the Ontario Securities Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee.
In addition, Gale is active in her community, presently a member of the audit committee of Habitat for Humanity GTA, and is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Curators’ Circle Committee and its smART Women Group.
Gale lives in Toronto.
With more than 12 years of financial experience, Christian Schaefer is currently the Director of Finance for Thorsteinssons LLP in Vancouver. He has worked for private and public firms in Canada and Europe, using International Financial Reporting Standards as well as national accounting standards in four different countries.
Christian last served as the Regional Manager, Finance and Administration at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), as well as a Controller of Deloitte LLP in Zurich, Switzerland. He completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Germany and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the U.K..
Christian lives in North Vancouver.