Cathy Hawara, previously Acting Director General, has now been appointed Director General of the Charities Directorate of the CRA, effective October 5, 2010.  This is very good news as we will have some greater stability at the Charities Directorate.  She has continued the approach of consultation with the sector, providing education to registered charities on their Income Tax Act obligations and a much needed vigorous crackdown on a few bad apples who are involved with abusive charity gifting tax shelters and receipting fraud.

Here is Cathy Hawara’s bio prior to this recent change:

Cathy Hawara is currently the Acting Director General, Charities Directorate with the Canada Revenue Agency, a position she holds since October 2009. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall management of the federal regulation of registered charities under the Income Tax Act.

Prior to joining the Canada Revenue Agency, Cathy served as the Director of Appointments with the Senior Personnel Secretariat at the Privy Council Office from 2007 to 2009. She was responsible for providing advice and support to the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Prime Minister and his Office on all matters related to selection processes and appointments to Governor in Council positions, including Deputy Ministers and heads of agencies. From 2004 to 2006, Cathy was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Social Development, where she supported and advised the Deputy on all issues related to the portfolio and acted as the principal liaison with the Minister’s office. Cathy also worked as an officer in the Machinery of Government Secretariat at the Privy Council Office.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Ottawa. After completing law school, Cathy clerked for Mr. Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada and was called to the Ontario bar in 2000. Cathy carried on a general litigation practice with McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto, specializing primarily in medical malpractice, before joining the public service in 2002.

For information on her earlier appointment see: