Rachel Miller FCPA, FCA
CEO of CPA Alberta
Rachel Miller FCPA, FCA is Chief Executive Officer of CPA Alberta.
Since becoming CEO of CPA Alberta (previously CPA Alberta Joint Venture) on January 1, 2015, Rachel has led the evolution of the profession under the Chartered Professional Accountants banner. She has also been instrumental in setting the vision and foundation for the organization, which is focused on achieving and supporting the following priorities:
- ensure the fulfilment of CPA Alberta’s legislated mandate, which is to protect the interest of the public, to protect the integrity of the profession, to promote and increase the competency of registrants, and to regulate the conduct of registrants;
- complete the efficient blending of all functions and services;
- inform members about the products and services CPA Alberta can offer them;
- advise prospective CPAs about the profession and how to earn the designation;
- collaborate with the CPA Western School of Business to ensure CPA candidates have the tools they need to succeed; and
- consistently represent the profession and its values in all activities and initiatives.
Rachel was previously CEO and Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) and CMA Alberta, and the ICAA’s Director of Practice Review from 2006-2013.
Rachel has a `96 Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, and over the course of her professional accounting career, has worked with national, regional, and local firms in Ontario and Alberta. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she received her designation in 1999 and relocated to Alberta in 2002.
Rachel currently chairs the Canadian CPA profession’s Council of Chief Executives and is the former chair of CPA Canada’s National Public Trust Committee. She is also the Executive Director of the CPA Education Foundation of Alberta, and Executive Director of the CPA Assist program.
A dedicated volunteer and community leader, Rachel particularly gives her time to support youth through the 4-H organization.
Senior Vice President, Regulatory
Joe’s primary responsibilities at CPA Alberta include: leading CPA Alberta’s regulatory department; being an integral part of CPA Alberta’s senior executive team; representing the regulatory department in cross/multi-departmental activities; representing CPA Alberta at various national committees and events; and providing CPA Alberta and its senior management team with legal advice. Joe is also Privacy Officer for CPA Alberta.
Joe joined CPA Alberta in August 2015. Prior to that time Joe was partner at one of the world’s largest law firms in its Edmonton office. There, Joe provided advice to virtually all sectors of the Alberta economy on the broadest range of issues relating to labour and employment including privacy, human rights, employment standards, labour disputes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, drug and general employment policies.
Joe earned a Diploma of Applied Arts at SAIT, a BA at the University of Calgary and a law degree from the University of Alberta. In 2015, Joe was recognized by the national business law magazine Lexpert as an expert in his areas of legal practice. Joe has been a longtime volunteer in his community, serving on the boards of the Heritage Lakes Community Association, Operation Friendship and the Friends of the Jubilee Auditoria Society as well as volunteering on the various sports teams in which his children are involved.
Yuen Ip CPA, CMA
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Yuen is responsible for several critical strategic and management functions at CPA Alberta. He provides oversight in the areas of strategic planning, business planning, KPIs, business analytics, research, risk management, project management, and human resources.
Yuen is an accomplished leader with 17 years of increasingly senior experience. Before joining CPA Alberta, Yuen led and implemented large-scale IT operations across Canada, where his work positively impacted organizations in government, education, healthcare, forestry/lumber and the accounting profession.
In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Athabasca University, Yuen received his CPA, CMA designation in 2012—making him a proud member of CPA Alberta. Active in professional organizations, Yuen has been part of many councils, committees, and associations, including the CIO Associations of Canada, CIO Executive Council, Project Management Institute, Canadian Information Processing Society, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and Government of Alberta Technology Advisory board.
Yuen is also a dedicated volunteer in the community, which can encompass everything from coaching basketball to lending a hand as an Edmonton Social Services ASSIST Children’s Tutor. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. Yuen is also fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Cantonese.
Cindy Priebe FCPA, FCMA
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services
Cindy started with the Society of Management Accountants in 2006 as Director Corporate Services overseeing finance and administration for the organization. In 2008, Cindy was promoted to Vice President Corporate Services and her position was expanded to include oversight of the Regulatory department along with IT and Human Resources. Cindy was also appointed as acting Registrar.
In 2013 Cindy was appointed as CFO for CPA Alberta overseeing finance, administration and human resources. Cindy received her CMA designation in 2001 followed by her FCMA in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the profession. Cindy formerly spent four years in finance with the Law Society of Alberta, previous to that had senior level finance positions in several industries including post-secondary, broadcasting, and engineering. In Cindy’s free time, she enjoys baking and travelling with her husband Bill.
Dr. Perri Sinal-Skelton CPA, CA
Senior Vice President, CPA Life
Perri leads the CPA Life department and its three areas of responsibility: Professional and Career Services, Professional Development, and Events. A CPA, CA, Perri also holds an EdD (Doctorate in Education). She has 30 years of professional work experience primarily in the educational services sector along with time spent in accounting public practice, corporate audit services, and consulting for small business enterprises. Prior to joining CPA Alberta in 2016, Perri was part of the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT (Northern Institute of Technology). From 2004-2016, Perri contributed to NAIT’s mission in various capacities including serving as Associate Dean and a term as Chair of NAIT’s Accounting Program. A dedicated and passionate teacher, she has also completed assignments for MacEwan University, Athabasca University, and the Chartered Accountants’ School of Business. In addition, Perri has experience in both the industry and public practice sectors of the accounting profession, having worked as Corporate Auditor for TELUS and as Senior Accountant at KPMG.
She has an undergraduate degree in commerce from the University of Alberta and received her designation in 1989. Perri also has a strong and active presence in the community. She serves on the Board of Women Building Futures, and holds the position of Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also sat on the Boards of Northern Lights Theatre and other organizations.
Senior Vice President, Communications
Gordon’s primary responsibilities with CPA Alberta include: leading strategic communications planning; government relations, member and stakeholder relations, media relations, branding; and digital communications and social media. Gordon and the Communications team also support the work of the CPA Education Foundation.
Gordon joined CPA Alberta in 2008. He had previous experience as: Director of Communications, Office of the Premier (Alberta); Managing Director, Public Affairs Bureau, Government of Alberta; Communications Director in various government departments; and Director of Communications and External Relations, Grant MacEwan University.
Gordon earned an M.A. at the University of Alberta. He has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and MacEwan University’s Distinguished Instructor Award. He was a longtime volunteer with Boy Scouts in Edmonton and with Special Olympics teams in St. Albert.