CFA Societies Canada has named Christopher May — previously the director of government affairs for Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario — as managing director, effective immediately.
May will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight, manage volunteer committees and represent CFA charterholders in Canada at a national level.
CFA Societies Canada is a collaboration of the CFA Institute and 12 Canadian member societies, whose mission is to build brand awareness of the chartered financial analyst designation. The organization also advocates for policies to protect investors, provides thought leadership through policy research and analysis and speaks to the media on ethics and standards in investment management.
“I’m proud to join CFA Societies Canada as we begin a new journey for the betterment of our industry, and look forward to working with our 12 Canadian societies as well as our 17,000 members to further promote our mission of serving investors,” May says, in a statement.
“CFA Societies Canada will continue the great work of each of the individual Canadian societies, which over the last decade have brought together some of our greatest talent, motivated volunteers and dedicated staff to collaborate on numerous initiatives to create change for the benefit of investors and to bring greater value to our members,” he adds.
May brings almost 14 years of leadership experience in the financial services sector to his new role. Early in his career, he served as president of the Ontario Payday Lending Education Fund Corp. and as a government relationships consultant for Toronto-based Public Perspectives Inc. He has also held positions with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Canadian House of Commons.