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CPA Ontario Council

CPA Ontario Council Officers

Council Officers

Alan T. Mak

Alan T. Mak, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

BDO Canada LLP, Toronto


Council Term ends 2019

Alan Mak is a partner in BDO’s Toronto office and the firm’s National Practice Leader of Forensics. Since 2000, Alan has practiced exclusively in litigation and forensic accounting. He has appeared as an expert witness in matters before the Federal Court of Canada, Tax Court of Canada, Superior Court of Ontario, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and in various quasi-judicial proceedings. A graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University, Alan has held teaching positions at Schulich and the University of Toronto. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in 2016.

Anita K. Ferrari

Anita K. Ferrari, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Anita K. Ferrari Professional Corporation, Oakville


Council Term ends 2021

Anita Ferrari is current Vice-Chair, and over the last three years, has shared her expertise with Council as Finance Committee Chair and Finance & Audit Committee Chair. Anita recently retired from her role as a partner with Grant Thornton in Toronto, after holding a number of leadership roles including serving on the firm’s National Management Committee. She is currently a Director on a number of Boards. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1983 and her Chartered Accountant designation in 1985. Her longstanding contribution to the profession through volunteer service was recognized in 2009 when Anita was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Dave Vert

Dave Vert, CPA, CA

University of Waterloo, Waterloo


Council Term ends 2019

Dave Vert is a lecturer and the CPA Ontario Leadership Fellow in the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo. The past program director for SAF's Master of Accounting graduate program, he joined the University of Waterloo as an adjunct faculty member in 2000 and left public practice to become a full-time faculty member in 2006. An active volunteer, he has served as Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph as well as Torchlight Services.

Jean Desgagne, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Jean Desgagne, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Consultant & Corporate Director, Toronto


Council Term ends 2020

Jean is current Treasurer and a seasoned C-suite executive. He has lent his expertise in Risk Management, Change and Transformational Leadership, Innovation, Platforms, Technology, Operations, Finance and Data & Analytics to large multinational financial institutions, exchanges and market infrastructures with an emphasis on managing for tomorrow. He is a current and past Board Member for regulated financial companies, industry associations, universities and not-for-profit organizations. Jean’s previous roles, at TMX Group, included President & CEO, Global Solutions, Insights & Analytic Strategies and President & CEO, Global Enterprise Services. He has been President & CEO, Canadian Depository for Securities; Senior Vice President, Trading Risk Services, TD Bank; and he has held leadership positions with Bank of Montreal, Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada) and Price Waterhouse.