Sheila Fraser, O.C., FCPA, FCA, joined the IFAC Board in November 2018, nominated by CPA Canada.
Ms. Fraser served as Auditor General of Canada from 2001 to 2011, the first female to hold this position. Born in Dundee, Quebec, Ms. Fraser earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1972 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1974.
Ms. Fraser enjoyed a fruitful and challenging career with the firm of Ernst & Young, where she became a partner in 1981. In the Quebec City office, she was responsible for a wide range of private and public sector clients. She joined the Office of the Auditor General of Canada as Deputy Auditor General in January 1999.
Ms. Fraser has always been active in her profession, at both the provincial and national levels. For her noteworthy service to the auditing and accounting professions, Ms. Fraser was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018. She was awarded the designation "Fellow" by the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec in 1994 and by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. She was a 2009 recipient of the ICAO Award of Outstanding Merit, the highest honor that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario can bestow upon its members. Ms. Fraser has also been awarded honorary degrees from 18 Canadian universities, which recognize her contribution to accounting, legislative auditing and public administration.
Ms. Fraser is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc. She also chairs the Audit and Evaluation Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Program and is a Trustee and Vice-chair of the IFRS Foundation, the oversight body of the International Accounting Standards Board.