Chief Executive Officer


The Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba (CPA Manitoba) is a professional regulatory body that represents more than 9000 CPA members, candidates and students. CPA Manitoba protects the public interest through rigorous educational and certification programs and ensures its members uphold the highest professional and ethics standards.

CPAs play key roles within diverse segments of the economy including industry, public accounting, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They offer a strong set of accounting, managerial and leadership skills required for today’s complex and evolving environment. CPAs are broad-minded, forward-thinking professionals who undertake appropriate analysis, exercise good judgment, communicate effectively and act to protect the public interest.




Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: CPA Manitoba Board of Directors

Direct Reports: 6 – Senior Director, Stakeholder Services & Engagement; Director, Ethics & Regulatory Affairs; Director, Finance; Director, Administration, HR & Operations; Director, Marketing & Communications; Executive Assistant.

Indirect Reports: 22

Location: Winnipeg, MB



The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will provide successful leadership by working closely with the Board of Directors and staff to achieve the goals and strategic vision of CPA Manitoba within a Policy Governance framework. The CEO will be responsible for creating a high-performance organization that develops and delivers CPA programs and services, providing regulation of those programs and services, and establishing/maintaining positive relationships with members and stakeholder groups.  The CEO champions the vision, direction, and strategic ends of CPA Manitoba and the profession generally, and provides leadership to ensure integration, effective operations, regulation, ongoing promotion and growth, risk management and effective succession management of the organization.

Reporting to the CPA Manitoba Board of Directors, the CEO will lead a senior management team and a committed staff, to maintain the successful integration of legacy operations, while ensuring high quality programs and services are provided to members, the effective and efficient use of resources, and the implementation of the strategic and business plans of CPA Manitoba.


Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Facilitate and support the Board

  • Advise and assist the Board in the development and implementation of policies, strategic ends and objectives, new initiatives, fiscal priorities to support CPA Manitoba and its members; including drafting CPA Manitoba’s strategic plan for approval by the Board and providing advice and guidance on national or inter-provincial matters of significance
  • Implement and report on the by-laws, policies and strategies set by the Board, and ensure effective administration of approved policies and plans
  • Be available to the Board for both formal and informal discussions and attend all meetings of the Board
  • Report to the Board on a regular basis to ensure the Board is appropriately informed of progress and provide formal written documentation, including reports, background information and briefing materials, to support the Board in establishing and maintaining policy, setting direction and making decisions
  • Advise and inform the Board on CPA Manitoba operational issues including specific internal and external activities and projects, all key current and anticipated issues, and risk mitigation plans
  • Serve as the official link between the CPA Manitoba Board, the employees and members to ensure effective formal communications and the appropriate sharing of information between the governing bodies, employees and membership
  • Lead and champion initiatives to support strong working relationships with the public, government, national/regional/provincial partners, and other stakeholders in accordance with the Board’s strategic mandate

Strategy and Planning

  • Provide leadership in formulating the strategic direction, objectives and policies of the organization ensuring they are consistent with the organizational strategic ends
  • Translate the long-term strategic plan into annual operational plans and priorities and ensure that the operational objectives are communicated to all employees and appropriate stakeholders
  • Review the preparation of annual departmental plans to ensure alignment with ends, strategic plan, operational plans and priorities, and objectives of the Board
  • Provide advice in the development and implementation of processes to identify membership needs, economic, social, and environmental trends, and evaluate the organizations’ ability to fulfill needs and address future issues and concerns
  • Develop and present Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for review, approval, and monitoring by the CPA Manitoba Board’s Executive Committee

Legislation and Standards Administration

  • Provide leadership and direct the administration of the CPA Manitoba Act and legislative framework that was proclaimed on September 1, 2015
  • Monitor compliance of CPAs with the behaviours codified in the Acts, By-laws, and Rules of Professional Conduct that assure public protection, accountability, high standards, and professional credibility through accreditation, professional development, public practice registration and compliance review, and member discipline

High Performance Organization

  • Develop and sustain an environment where ideas are freely shared and multiple perspectives sought out, appropriate risks are encouraged, and all employees are committed to providing the best service to new and legacy members
  • Build a cohesive senior management team who are committed to the best interests of members and stakeholders of CPA Manitoba, and who consistently look for opportunities to integrate/enhance programs and services
  • Ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective organizational structure, short and long-term employee development and succession plans, recruitment and retention initiatives, and related budgets to support leading human resource practices
  • Ensure the establishment of performance expectations that provide clear direction to staff of what is expected and how they contribute to the success of the organization
  • Establish ‘total compensation’ programs for employees that appropriately compensate individuals for their performance, attract and retain high quality employees, incent desired behaviours and are consistent with the financial environment of a not-for-profit, membership-based organization

Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Represent the Manitoba profession on national and regional committees of the Council of Chief Executives, the Western Regional Forum, the Western School of Business and where appropriate other national / international accounting or professional bodies
  • Establish and maintain strong and enduring relationships with stakeholders including members, industry, government, regulators, post-secondary institutions, and other partners to promote cooperation and protection of the interests of members
  • Ensure recruitment efforts are attracting sufficient quantity and quality of CPA candidates and students to meet labour market supply and demand
  • Establish and maintain strong and enduring relationships with national, regional and provincial partners to promote cooperation, share lessons learned, and to support and protect the interests of the membership locally, provincially, and nationally
  • Meet with various stakeholder groups to discuss issues and develop recommended plans of action as required
  • Ensure the dissemination of effective and appropriate communication and sharing of information, knowledge and expertise with members, stakeholders and the public
  • Enhance the reputation and stature of the profession by supporting and encouraging CPA member development and creating a culture among members to promote the designation and be ambassadors for the profession
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective marketing initiatives, programs and services for the CPA designation
  • Ensure the development and implementation of networking, professional development and volunteer opportunities to position the CPA designation and CPA Manitoba for success via a broad network
  • Set the expectations for the use of effective communication tools such as the organizational website, newsletters and other media for communication with all members and stakeholders including government, regulators, post-secondary institutions, special interest groups and the public
  • Reinforce that all communications are consistent with the overall strategy of the CPA profession at the provincial and national levels
  • Represent CPA Manitoba at official functions and events as required

Financial, Operational and Performance Management

  • Define and manage the infrastructure of CPA Manitoba, including overseeing the preparation of annual operating budgets and recommending the adoption of the budgets to the Board
  • Within the defined Policy Governance framework, assume overall accountability for the annual operating and capital budgets, and ensure departmental, programming, and special initiative budgets align with the overall budget
  • Provide oversight to the monitoring and directing of the organization’s performance to ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality programs and services to members, and adherence to Board direction, established budgets and performance standards
  • Ensure regular reviews of organizational performance against the objectives are completed and provide regular reports to the Board as required
  • Confirm that effective financial, information management, and administrative systems are in place for the ongoing and effective operation of CPA Manitoba
  • Oversee the processes and procedures for the efficient and effective delivery of CPA Manitoba programs and services, and if applicable, the continued devolution of legacy programs



  • Champion the vision, direction and strategic ends of CPA Manitoba while further advancing and maintaining positive relationships with members and stakeholder groups
  • Provide executive leadership by creating a high performance organization with trusted relationships (both internally and externally) to develop and deliver CPA programs and services while providing regulation of those programs
  • Influence the development and implementation of effective governance practices for the profession in Manitoba
  • Represent Manitoba’s voice at national forums focused on the future governance and development of the accounting profession in Canada
  • Lead the advancement of accounting professionals’ impact on rapidly changing social, technological, economic, environmental and political environments in Manitoba



Success in the first year will be determined by the CEO’s ability to lead CPA Manitoba through the following:

  • Culture: Develop and support the creation of an organizational culture that embraces CPA Manitoba’s core values and operating principles.
  • Regulatory Excellence: Successfully maintain enabling legislation and regulatory oversight that protects the interests of Manitobans and enhances the CPA brand in Manitoba
  • Education (Pre and Post Designation): Transitioning and ensuring the continued sustainability of the CPA Western School of Business in delivering the pre-certification education program
  • Member Relevance: Develop and deliver meaningful products, services and events that are sought after and valued by members and build membership engagement
  • Operational Excellence: Ensure that the supporting organization has the necessary tools and resources of a first-class professional organization
  • Successful implementation of a recruitment strategy to be prioritized within the first year



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Strong preference for the candidate to hold a CPA designation and/or graduate degree(s)
  • Post-secondary education required


  • Proven ability to establish, organize and lead an organization
  • Demonstrated experience as a senior leader with an established reputation for delivering results
  • Shown organizational change management in a senior leadership capacity
  • Skilled at managing an effective Board / CEO governance relationship that includes respectful and timely reporting, representation and advice (experience working in a Policy Governance environment with a Board preferred)
  • Brings experience in Accounting and Finance, Governance and Risk Management, Legal, Human Resources, Organizational Growth and Technology
  • Focused on adding and creating value; a leader with proven ability to work with and influence groups and associations toward achievement of a common goal
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the development and implementation of an integrated approach to strategic planning, performance measurement and management, business planning and budgeting


  • A passionate role model and advocate who works to engage the team, harnessing their passion and commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organization
  • Typifies professional standards and practice; impeccable character and personal values, coupled with ambition and drive
  • Possesses excellent judgment and vision, is resilient, attentive to detail and a proven ability to deal with competing demands and overcoming obstacles to reach planned goals
  • A confident leader who takes initiative and a creative approach to problem solving, believing strongly in the continuous improvement of the organization
  • Creates and maintains a positive working environment, building a culture of trust, respect and professionalism
  • Flexible, energetic and enthusiastic in meeting the demands of the organization, creating an environment where the contribution and ideas of others is considered
  • Persistent in the pursuit of organization goals when confronted with adversity
  • Strong interpersonal skills built on a foundation of integrity, patience and emotional intelligence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability/flexibility to travel (Role requires minimum 30% travel)


An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


How to Apply:

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