Mel Leiderman graduated from the University of Windsor in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He continued his studies by completing his fourth year at the University of Western Ontario. After completing his undergraduate studies, Mel joined the accounting firm of Clarkson, Gordon (now Ernst & Young) in London, Ontario and obtained his CA designation while at that firm in 1977. In 1978 he joined Lipton LLP and has been instrumental in the continuing growth of the firm. The firm has been in existence since 1976 but dates back to 1959 when the two founding partners started public practice together. Since then the firm has grown to 10 partners and a total complement of approximately 40 people.
Mel is the managing partner of the firm as well as the lead engagement partner for a number of clients. He has over 30 years experience specializing in assurance and advisory services, financing, tax, estate and strategic planning for corporations, partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations. He constantly seeks to add value with his hands-on approach in such areas as reporting requirements, internal controls, tax matters, succession planning, organizational and strategic planning issues.
Mel has completed the C.I.C.A. In-Depth Tax Course, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Course sponsored by the Faculty of Law – University of Windsor, and the Directors Education Program sponsored by the ICD and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Mel is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Accounting Standards Board (CICA) Private Enterprises Advisory Committee and the Professional Conduct Committee of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, a company listed on the TSX and NYSE and on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Colossus Minerals Inc., a company listed on the TSX.
He is a former member of the North York General Hospital Foundation Professional Advisory Committee, served on the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of CVRD/Inco Limited from 2006 to 2007, and was a member of the Discipline Committee of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants from 2002 to 2011.