Professional Development Advisory Board

Cathy McLean

Cathy McLean

Cathy McLean, CPA

Executive Director 
Finance and Corporate Management
Western Economic Diversification 
Government of Canada


Cathy McLean, CPA, is the Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Management for the department of Western Economic Diversification. In this role, Ms. McLean provides leadership across the organization in the development and implementation of internal initiatives to support effective resource planning, management and the ongoing betterment of WD’s performance through audits, TBS’s Management Accountability Framework (MAF), evaluations, and internal controls. Ms. McLean is responsible for the following branches: Finance; Human Resources; Information Management and Technology; and Corporate Administration. In addition, Cathy McLean maintains the role as the department’s Chief Financial Officer, Senior Officer for Internal Disclosure, the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, and the Champion for Security.
Cathy McLean holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BA) from Athabasca University specializing in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration. To compliment her degree, Ms. McLean also received a diploma in Business Administration from Grant MacEwan University and her Chartered Professional Accounting certification (CPA).