Paul Havey has a close and personal connection to mental health, and is passionate about playing a role in removing the stigma around mental health. Paul has over thirty years of strategy and senior financial experience within technology (telecommunications, cable, internet, software-as-a-service, start-ups) and non-profit sectors.
Paul is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), one of the largest national accounting organizations in the world and a respected voice in the business, government, education and non-profit sectors. As a member of the executive team since 2021, he is responsible for strategy development and operational execution related to best practices and optimization of financial systems, processes, business planning, and reporting to ensure the organization’s financial well-being. He oversees the development and implementation of the financial and business goals in conjunction with the executive and management committee members, with a mandate to drive transformative change and strengthen CPA Canada’s financial position and performance along with third-party risk management, facilities and ESG sustainability. He acts as staff liaison to the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee (“FAR”), the Professional Liability Insurance Committee (“PLIC”) and is a member of the Pension Investment Management Committee (“PIMC”).
Prior to joining CPA Canada, Paul was the Vice President, Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA, operator of .CA) for ten years, where he oversaw financial management; corporate budgeting and strategic planning; portfolio, project and risk management; legal, policy and compliance; human resource management; culture development; facilities and general administration. In this role, he facilitated the development of three strategic plans that transformed the organization, which led to significant product diversification within a non-profit environment, an assessment of underlying financial sustainability and mission impact of activities, and multi-year organizational recognition as a top employer in the AON Best Canadian Small & Medium Organization – Platinum and in the National Capital Region.
Paul was also previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Heart & Stroke Foundation for five years with oversight over finance, risk management, intellectual property (branding, licensing, sponsorship), legal, administrative and grant support for health research and support to the Corporate Sales and Program teams. Other non-profit and association experience was acquired during his employment at the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), one of Canada’s largest member organizations, and the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA).
Paul is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA) and holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D). He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing degree from the University of Ottawa. Paul is proudly from the Ottawa Valley - Arnprior, has two wonderful daughters and is an avid sports enthusiast.