On September 1st, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) and the University of Waterloo welcomed Dr. Steve Fortin (PhD, CPA, CA, ICD.D) as the new School Director.
Having attained his PhD in Accounting Studies at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Fortin began his research and teaching career with McGill University in 1999. In charge of all activities of the Master programs, Dr. Fortin held the position of Associate Dean, Masters Programs in the Desautels Faculty of Management prior to joining the School of Accounting and Finance. A noted leader and senior administrator, Steve returns to the SAF, having created a legacy of strategic and academic excellence through his leadership and holistic approach in curriculum and program changes. Steve is published in leading academic, practitioner, and business journals, sitting on editorial boards for the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. Steve has been a member of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada since 2017.
In addition to his appointment as Director, Steve is also a professor, with tenure, in the School of Accounting and Finance. Steve is an active researcher in the areas of financial instruments, hedge accounting, fair value measurement, related party disclosures, and audit quality.
Steve succeeds Jim Barnett, FCA, who served as the SAF Director from July 2006 to June 2012 and as Interim Director since April 2017.