CPA Nova Scotia thanks Anne Robinson for her outstanding contributions, and welcomes Kathleen Franklin as the new Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Registrar

Anne played a vital role in developing and implementing CPA Nova Scotia’s Regulatory regime since the amalgamation in 2016. The Regulatory team supports over 100 volunteers that sit on nine statutory committees and continue to enforce high professional standards through ongoing professional education, support, practice inspections, and delivery of a robust complaint and discipline process.

“I want to thank Anne for her tireless service on behalf of the profession.  Most members would not have seen a fraction of the work she has done to serve the profession in Nova Scotia and beyond, and to implement our commitment to protect the public.  She has assembled a stellar team and built a strong regulatory program.  She has recruited volunteers, developed policy, managed staff, and dealt with innumerable difficult situations with grace and generosity.  We will miss her warm personality and professional competence,” remarks Patricia Towler, CEO. 

Though Anne did not plan on becoming a Professional Regulator it was with great interest and enthusiasm she got to participate in finding solutions to the challenges facing the CPA profession.

I have had the great fortune of working with so many impressive CPAs during my tenure as the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Registrar at CPA Nova Scotia. They are a remarkable group in their steadfast commitment to upholding the standards of our CPA profession through a variety of formal processes, and in their everyday practice of the profession. I have also observed in meeting thousands of CPAs in the past six years, the implausible statistic that 99% of us don’t consider ourselves to be “typical accountants.” Reflecting on the 2014 CPA advertising campaign, I realize that most of us don’t jump out of helicopters. However, I haven’t been able to identify what a typical CPA really is, but perhaps that is the secret sauce. I believe our variety of work experiences, coupled with consistent education and ethics standards enforced by the provincial regulators — with the support of our entire CPA community — is what makes us special, not typical,” says Anne.


Anne is leaving to take the lead at Read Management Limited. Her family’s company that owns a commercial real estate portfolio which includes public-private partnership projects. Kathleen will officially join CPA Nova Scotia in July and is bringing more than 20 years of leadership to the role. Prior to joining CPA Nova Scotia Kathleen served as Chief Financial Officer for Cox & Palmer’s Nova Scotia location. A graduate of Dalhousie University, Kathleen earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 1993 with Coopers & Lybrand in Halifax.


“I am excited to welcome Kathleen as the Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Registrar. Kathleen brings a unique combination of management, governance, and technical financial reporting experience that will help us continue serving the public and our members. I am confident that her vision will build on the positive momentum that Anne was able to create during her time here,” says Patricia Towler, CEO. 

Kathleen is an active member of her community, volunteering with Symphony Nova Scotia since 2015, and she looks forward to this new opportunity.

“I’m honoured and pleased to take on the role of Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Registrar,” remarks Kathleen. I believe there is an exciting future ahead as we strive to maintain the integrity and standards of the profession in a rapidly evolving world. I look forward to connecting with our members and working with the team at CPA Nova Scotia.”