Meet Your Executive Program Faculty

CPA Alberta is fortunate to retain the best faculty to facilitate our Executive Programs. All of our faculty members are experienced educators with years of practical experience in business, management, and leadership.


Linda Lucas

Linda Lucas CPA, CMA is the Chief Executive Officer at Roper Greyell LLP, Employment + Labour Lawyers. Linda has 20 years of experience in all aspects of finance and operations, and has worked in many different industries across Canada, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas.

Linda’s has worked with organizations experiencing significant growth and organizations that have multiple locations and services, as well as diverse client bases. Her strategic focus and leadership skills will continue to enhance Roper Greyell’s ability to lead and develop and one of Canada’s top boutique labour and employment firms.

Linda facilitates the Controller's Management Program.

Mia Maki

Mia Maki BA, MBA, FCPA, FCMA is a Principal of a consulting firm and a Professor with the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business. Mia has over 20 years of teaching experience.

Since 1986, she has worked in finance and accounting and has experience in a wide variety of industries including audio technology, airlines and aviation, not-for-profit, public accounting, marine transportation, fisheries monitoring, gaming and other technology arenas. Mia has worked for both private and public companies, has participated in raising over $50 milllion in funds, and has experience in international initiatives.

Mia facilitates the Controller's Operational Skills Program.

Lesley-Ann Marriott

Lesley-Ann Marriott PCC, CEC holds the advanced credential of Professional Executive Coach. As a former executive, Lesley-Ann developed her skills in the competitive world of the big box retail business at the senior leadership table. Lesley-Ann has invested thousands of hours coaching senior leaders and teams—many of whom are professional accountants. Described as edgy and fun, her sessions are highly interactive and entertaining.

Lesley-Ann is Principal at Marriott Management Group, Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University – Executive Coaching Program, Faculty for CPA’s Executive Leadership Program, and Senior Associate of Personal Strengths Canada – Core Strengths.

Lesley-Ann facilitates the Controller's Management Program and the CFO's Leadership Program.

Jim Murray

Dr. Jim Murray is CEO of optimal solutions international, a firm dedicated to helping people achieve their full potential. Jim has taught courses for CPABC since 1982. He is the architect of several advanced residential programs for five provincial CPA bodies, has published four best-selling books, and provided his strategic counsel to well over 600 organizations. He has been nationally honoured by the university community and formally recognized for “excellence in the design and delivery of life-long learning”. His full biography describing his eclectic career and many accomplishments can be accessed through his website at

Jim facilitates the CEO Program.

Jeffrey Sherman

Jeffrey D. Sherman is CEO of Terragram Investments Ltd., CFO of Sun Residential REIT (TSXV: SRES) and CFO of Proactive Group Holdings, and has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate director and executive in real estate, high tech, biotechnology/medical, financial services, and business services.

Jeffrey is a popular presenter, and a frequent course director and course author for many organizations including provincial associations of chartered professional accountants across Canada and has written many magazine articles and over twenty books including: Canadian Cash and Treasury Management, and Financial Instruments: A Guide for Financial Managers (published by Thomson-Reuters/Carswell), as well as Finance and Accounting PolicyPro (guide to governance, procedures, and internal control), and Strategy and Planning Toolkit for Small and Medium Businesses (all published or co-published by CPA Canada).

Jeffrey facilitates the CFO’s Operational Skills Program.

Tammy Towill

Tammy Towill MBA, FCPA, FCMA is a partner in the Cordura Group and faculty with Capilano University. Tammy provides business advisory services and related education and training programs to organizations and communities seeking growth or change.

For over 25 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe. She has provided education, training, and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning, and curriculum development and implementation. Tammy has served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the United States.

Tammy facilitates the CFO's Leadership Program.

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