Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) has announced the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair for the organisation’s board of directors.

Amanda Whitewood is the new chair and Richard Olfert assumed the role of vice-chair following CPA Canada’s Annual and Special Meeting in Fredericton on September 18.

Whitewood earned her accounting designation in 1998 and joined the CPA Canada Board of Directors in September 2017. Previously the vice-chair, she succeeds Terry LeBlanc who completed his term of office after serving six years on the board, including two as chair.

LeBlanc said: “I am pleased to have Amanda as my successor. She is fully committed and engaged, and during her time as vice-chair she has offered tremendous insight to me and the board. I am confident that her experience and forward-thinking approach to our profession’s leadership will serve us well.”

Whitewood said: "CPA Canada is charting a path for success through projects such as Foresight, an ambitious consultation effort to help define the future of the accounting profession. Being future focused helps to ensure that Canadian CPAs continue to provide the skills required by the marketplace and strategically help organizations create value.”

Olfert said: "I am honoured to serve on CPA Canada’s board as vice-chair and support the profession to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-evolving economy. I look forward to working with Amanda, my board colleagues, CPA employees and others to position the accounting profession for success.”