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CANASA appoints new executive director

The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) Thursday announced that its new executive director will be Heather Terrence.

November 26, 2015  By  SP&T Staff

Terrence, whose official start date is Jan. 4, 2016, was previously vice-president of operations at the Toronto-based Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), a national, not-for-profit organization that establishes and enforces professional standards in financial planning through Certified Financial Planner certification.

In that role, Terrence oversaw all administrative operations of FPSC including membership services, finance, information technology, human resources and the project management office. Terrence was also corporate secretary to the FPSC Board of Directors and worked collaboratively with numerous volunteers and standing committees.

During her 13-year tenure with FPSC, she led an initiative to change FPSC’s member framework and governance structure, created the Fellow of FPSC program, rolled out FPSC’s new certification program and obtained FPSC’s accreditation to the ISO 17024 standard. Her last major project at FPSC involved leading her team through the implementation of a new Management Information System.

“Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and we are delighted to have her join our team,” says CANASA president Richard McMullen.


“Heather’s background in association management and governance align her perfectly for the leadership role at CANASA, and the entire Board of Directors and I are looking forward to working with her.

“Our Search Committee worked very hard to ensure that the best candidate was selected and I would like to thank them for their efforts and expertise in this task. We were pleased to have such a strong pool of candidates for this role and also appreciate the assistance of our Executive Search Firm, Boyden.”

Terrence holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and is a member of both the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She serves as a volunteer governance consultant with the Capacity Building Program at the United Way of Toronto and York Region.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, and I’m truly excited to be joining CANASA and serving its members and volunteers across the country,” says Terrence. “The CANASA team will continue to provide exemplary member services and benefits through their programs and events and we will remain dedicated to supporting our membership and evolving to meet its needs for years to come.”

Terrence replaces JF Champagne, who was CANASA’s executive director from 2009 until he departed earlier this year to pursue a senior appointment at the Ottawa-based Automotive Industries Association of Canada.

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