Chair of the Independent Audit Committee
A Certified Professional Accountant and fellow of the Society of Management Accountants, Paul Bates has been a leader and educator in the Canadian business community for more than two decades. He is a former dean and industry professor in financial management services at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He now serves as assistant professor of leadership at McMaster Divinity College, where he is pursuing a PhD.
As a former adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, he was awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003 and again in 2004.
In 2003, after serving on the boards of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Investment Dealers Association, Bates was appointed part-time commissioner to the Ontario Securities Commission; he completed his second and final term on June 10, 2009. He also chaired the Investor Education Fund and served as a member of the OSC’s Investor Advisory Panel.
In 2000 he was named Most Influential Broker of the Year by Investment Executive Magazine. In 2002, Bates was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service.
Bates was first appointed to SSHRC Council in 2008. In 2009, he was appointed to the Programs and Quality Committee and served as chair and member of the group from February 2010 until February 2014.