Elaine Kam, FCPA, FCA

As the assistant vice-president of taxation at HSBC Bank Canada, Elaine has guided the tax review of some of HSBC’s largest, most consequential, and complex transactions. Prior to joining HSBC in 1997, she worked as a tax manager at both Coopers & Lybrand (PwC) and EY.

With her deep expertise, her commitment to excellence, and her reputation for diligence and careful analysis, Elaine oversees all aspects of income tax at HSBC Bank Canada—from domestic to international. In addition, she provides staff at HSBC with valued mentorship, learning, and development opportunities, including through her involvement with HSBC’s Toastmasters club.

Elaine’s commitment to development is also evident in her extensive volunteer contributions to the profession, which include helping CPABC develop and refine key policies, including good character review guidelines, CPD requirements, and the admissions practices of internationally trained accountants.

Equally engaged in the community, Elaine volunteers with organizations such as JA British Columbia, which recognized her with a 15-Year Volunteer Service Award in 2022, and AdvantageBC. She has extended her reach beyond BC as well, participating in 100-kilometre treks in Morocco, Mongolia, and Greenland to raise funds for WaterAid Canada.

“Elaine has committed to gruelling treks in the Sahara Desert, the Gobi Desert, and the Arctic Circle in order to raise funds to provide safe water to those who are less fortunate. She has committed to these exceptional activities because she cares.”

– Carlene Hornby Allen, FCPA, FCA, Partner, KPMG