Cairine Wilson is Vice-President Corporate Citizenship at the Chartered Professional
Accountants of Canada. She advocated that CPA Canada should become leaders in financial literacy nationally, understanding that the organization could develop and implement a program which would make a meaningful contribution to the financial well-being of Canadians. Under her leadership, a unique program combining thought leadership research and publications with a huge grassroots volunteer outreach program across the country was launched in 2012. The Community Connect member volunteer network numbers 11,000 CPAs who go out into their communities and deliver free financial education sessions to seniors, students of all ages, newcomers, employees in the workplace and entrepreneurs.
In July of 2014, Cairine was appointed to the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy by Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson and Jane Rooney, Financial Literacy Leader where she will help develop the national strategy. In 2014 as well, CPA Canada was recognized with an E.I.F.L.E award from the Institute of Financial Literacy as” the organization of the year non-profit” in the financial literacy sector.
Prior to assuming the Corporate Citizenship Role, Cairine was Vice-President, Member Services at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants ( now CPA Canada) where she lead the publishing division, which has a portfolio of more than 400 titles, including CAmagazine, Member Value Benefits, Market Research, and Customer Service. At the international level, she was involved in the International Innovation Network since its inception in 2001 and served as its chair for two years. She joined the CICA in 1999.
Prior to that, she held senior marketing management positions at consumer packaged goods companies including Gillette and Diageo, in publishing management at the Financial Post and consulting at EDS.
She has a BA from the University of Guelph, a Master’s in Information Science from McGill University and an MBA from Queen’s University. She also holds the CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation.
Cairine is active in community volunteering and is a past member of the boards of TIFF, Tafelmusik and the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. She has also chaired the United Way campaign at CICA for 11 years and also started the successful Employee Volunteer Program, which she chairs.