Patricia (Pat) Southern is the Chief Financial Officer at Cassels. In this role Pat, leads a team of finance and tax professionals in managing the Firm’s financial, treasury, payroll and risk management functions. As an administrative leader with over 30 years of experience, Pat brings experience translating strategy into action plans and drive efficient implementation through innovation in systems and processes to the Firm. Pat was previously the CFO of a Canadian university. She has held senior financial and administrative management positions at other Canadian law firms as well as at a national financial services company and a software development company.
Pat received her Bachelor of Mathematics, Coop, degree from the University of Waterloo. She is a chartered professional accountant and is recognized as a Fellow of her profession. Pat is also an active community volunteer, acting as a Director and a member of committees of the Board for a Canadian university and several community service not-for-profit organizations. She is a director and chair of the board for Parachute Canada, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injury and saving lives.