What is the role of a treasurer in a Canadian corporation?

As a Canadian corporation, it is important to have a well-structured governance system in place. This includes appointing officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the corporation. One important officer is the treasurer. In this blog post, we will explore the role of the treasurer in a Canadian corporation.

The Role of a Treasurer in a Canadian Corporation

The treasurer is responsible for managing the financial affairs of the corporation. This includes managing the corporation’s finances, maintaining financial records, and reporting to the board of directors on the financial status of the corporation.

Some specific responsibilities of a treasurer may include:

  1. Budgeting: The treasurer is responsible for preparing the corporation’s budget and ensuring that the corporation stays within its budget.
  2. Cash Management: The treasurer manages the corporation’s cash flow, ensuring that there is enough cash to cover the corporation’s obligations and that excess cash is invested wisely.
  3. Financial Reporting: The treasurer prepares financial reports, such as income statements and balance sheets, to provide the board of directors with a clear understanding of the corporation’s financial status.
  4. Risk Management: The treasurer is responsible for identifying and managing financial risks, such as interest rate risks, foreign exchange risks, and credit risks.

Can a Lawyer Serve as a Treasurer in a Canadian Corporation?

Yes, a lawyer can serve as a treasurer in a Canadian corporation. However, it is important to note that a lawyer who serves as a treasurer must ensure that they do not engage in any activities that create a conflict of interest. For example, a lawyer who serves as a treasurer cannot provide legal services to the corporation without disclosing the potential conflict of interest and obtaining the corporation’s informed consent.


The treasurer is a critical officer in a Canadian corporation, responsible for managing the corporation’s financial affairs. If you are forming a corporation or need advice on corporate governance, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced corporate lawyer. At Falcon Law PC, our experienced corporate lawyers can assist you with all of your corporate legal needs. Contact us today at 1-877-892-7778 or info@falconlawyers.ca to schedule a consultation.

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