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Changing of the guard at the Canadian Public Accountability Board

CPAB has announced the appointment of CEO Carol Paradine to succeed Brian Hunt

Author: Colin Ellis

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2018 – The Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) has appointed Carol Paradine as its new chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2018. Paradine succeeds Brian Hunt, a founding director of CPAB who was appointed chief executive officer in January 2009, and who is now retiring. CPAB is responsible for the regulation of public accounting firms that audit Canadian reporting issuers and operates independently from the provincial regulatory authorities who oversee the accounting profession.

"On behalf of the board, it is my pleasure to welcome Carol to this role," said Nicholas (Nick) Le Pan, CPAB Chair. "We look forward to Carol's leadership in ensuring CPAB remains a world class audit regulator as it continues to drive improvements in the quality of Canadian audits."

Paradine previously held the position of managing partner of leadership development and succession with Deloitte Canada. "I am excited about the opportunity to join CPAB and to drive its mission to contribute to public confidence in the financial reporting of public issuers," said Paradine.

Hunt, the former president and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, represents CPAB on the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR). In April 2015 he was elected vice-chair of IFIAR. Prior to that he was chair of IFIAR’s Global Public Policy Committee (GPPC) Working Group. "We are pleased that Brian will continue in his role as chair of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) until the end of his term in April 2019, with CPAB's support," said Le Pan.

Hunt's tenure was notable for the launch of the Audit Quality Indicators pilot project and the development of the auditor oversight inspection and reporting process, among other initiatives. Canadian Accountant will publish an interview with Mr. Hunt next month. The board of CPAB expressed its thanks to Hunt "for his nine years of service as CEO and his immense contribution to building the organization during that time."

Photos provided courtesy of CPAB. Colin Ellis is managing editor of Canadian Accountant.

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