Paul K. Bates

Paul K. Bates

Paul Bates is a Certified Management Accountant and Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants (FCMA). Paul’s career has included:

  • Senior academic administration
  • Business school lecturing
  • Investor advocacy
  • Capital markets regulation
  • Corporate and not-for-profit governance (public and private)
  • Investment dealer executive leadership with P&L accountability
  • Expert witness
  • International consulting in the financial services sector, compliance and product development

He is currently a Special Advisor to the President at McMaster University, following almost seven years as Dean at the DeGroote School of Business. During his deanship, the school received accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), developed five new masters degree programs (the first new degrees in 25 years), doubled enrolment in the MBA program and tripled enrolment in doctoral studies.

In addition, during his time as dean, Paul led the planning, development and establishment of DeGroote’s Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington. This $28 million, state-of-the-art facility is home to DeGroote’s MBA and Executive Education programs and is a hub for academic and economic collaboration in the City of Burlington and the Halton region.

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. Bates recently completed a second edition of his best-selling book, Sales Force Management in the Financial Services. His new book, What I Have Learned So Far and How it Can Help You, co-authored with Al Emid, is also a best-seller. Both books have made it to the GlobeAdvisor top ten books for business list.

Following service on the boards of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Investment Dealers Association, in 2003 Bates was appointed as a part-time commissioner to the Ontario Securities Commission; he completed his second and final term on June 10, 2009. He also chairs the Investor Education Fund and is a member of the OSC’s Investor Advisory Panel.

Paul has held the president’s office at four major brokerage and investment firms, most recently at the helm of Charles Schwab Canada (later acquired by Bank of Nova Scotia). His experience includes executive management in established firms and also successful “de novo” startups.

In 2000, he was recognized by his peers when he was chosen as the Most Influential Broker of the Year by Investment Executive magazine. In 2002, Bates was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service. This commemorative medal is awarded to Canadians who, over the past 50 years, have helped create the Canada of today.

In January 2008 Paul was appointed to a three year term to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Now in his second term he is chair of SSHRC’s Program and Quality Committee.

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