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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
August 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Rod Barr, Retired, Past President & CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario


R.N (Rod) Barr, FCA was appointed by the council as the Institute's President and CEO in 2009. Rod has led a distinguished career with Deloitte and Touche LLP, having held many varied positions with his firm in Toronto, Hamilton, New York, Vancouver, London, and Wilton, Connecticut. From 1996 until his retirement in 2008, he was the firm's National Securities partner.

Rod has a long history of service to the CA profession, with a particular focus in the areas of student education and securities-related matters. He was elected as a member of the ICAO's Council from 1999 until 2006, culminating with his service as the Institutes 2004-2006 Chair. From 2006 until 2009, he was one of the Ontario representatives on the CICA board of directors.

In addition, Rod has been a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, a member of the Board of Governors of the BC School of Accountancy, Chair of the Inter-provincial Education Group, and a member and Chair of the CICA Board of Examiners. He served on the Securities Regulatory Advisory Group for the rewrite of the CICA Handbook sections on securities-related engagements from 1998 until 2009.

He holds a BA from the University of Waterloo and is the 2007 recipient of its Faculty of Arts Alumni Achievement Award.

Rod is retired from his position as CEO of CPA Ontario as of October 2014.