The Advisory Board is responsible for enacting the mission of the CPA-Ivey Centre for Accounting Education. The Centre’s influential members bring their expertise—from academia, public practice, and industry—providing guidance and the necessary resources to facilitate the Centre’s day-to-day operations.

Mitchell SteinMitchell Stein is Director of the CPA-Ivey Centre for Accounting Education, and an Assistant Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Ivey Business School. He holds a BComm Honours (Queen's University) and a PhD (Queen's University). Mitchell is also a Chartered Accountant who formerly practiced in corporate, research and development, executive and cross border taxation with Deloitte for 10 years. Mitchell previously taught at Queen's University and at the Ontario School of Accountancy. He has received a number of awards including being an Ontario Graduate Scholar, American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow and he received The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario Doctoral Fellowship.

Mary HeiszMary Gillett is a Lecturer in the Managerial Accounting and Control group at the Ivey Business School and the Faculty Director of the HBA Program. She has a BA in Business Administration from Western University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. She earned her CA designation with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). In 2011, Mary was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in recognition of her career achievements as well as service to the community and the profession. Among many other teaching awards, Mary was honored in 2013 with the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western's highest award for teaching.

John IrwinJohn Irwin serves as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Asset Director, and Vice President at the Ivey Business School. He has been with the Ivey Business School since 1987. He is a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and a graduate of Western University with a BA degree in Economics. John sits on numerous boards and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee for Mainstreet Equity Corp (MEQ: TSX).

Brian LeaderA graduate of the University of Waterloo, Brian worked at Campbell Sharp Chartered Accountants (now Grant Thornton LLP) before joining the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as Assistant Director of Education in 1984. Today in the role of Vice-President of Learning of CPA Ontario, Brian speaks to students, teachers and a wide variety of audiences across the province on the benefits of becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Brian has been instrumental in identifying, planning and implementing numerous improvements to the CPA education system in Ontario, including the recent development and implementation of CPA Ontario's university program accreditation process and the related establishment of CPA/University Joint Centres for the advancement of accounting research and education.

Don MacdonaldDon graduated from Carleton University in 1978 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and qualified for his CA designation in 1980. Since 1992, Don has specialized in tax matters. He advises clients on personal and corporate tax matters, estate and compensation planning, as well as tax planning initiatives involving corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. In addition to his professional practice, Don is a lecturer at the Richard Ivey School of Business and a facilitator at the Ontario School of Accountancy. Active in the community, Don has served on numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards. He is currently the secretary-treasurer of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System and a member of the Canada Revenue Agency and Tax Practitioner's Consultation Group.

Richard PiticcoRichard Piticco has served with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since March 2009 as the Director of CA Training Offices. He is primarily responsible for leading the ICAO’s strategic initiative pertaining to the accreditation and training of CA students from industry, government, and non-audit practice areas. He also participates in several national committees, which assess the overall practical experience requirements for the CA profession.

Richard is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to his current role, he worked at CIBC World Markets where he was a Director in Equity Research. He also has industry experience as a Treasury Manager with Pepsi Cola and became a CA with KPMG in 1999.

Sarah StachuraSarah Stachura is a graduate from the Ivey Business School’s HBA program and earned her CPA, CA in 2010 with Ernst & Young LLP. She currently works at London Life and is a part-time lecturer at the Ivey Business School. Sarah volunteers her time with non-profit organizations serving children and youth through various roles on advisory committees and board of directors.