Judy Canavan

Judy Canavan

Managing Director

BDO Philadelphia Office



Executive Summary

Judy Canavan has more than 30 years of experience in compensation consulting and design. She leads BDO USA’s Compensation Surveys practice and is a managing director in the Global Employer Services practice. In addition to implementing custom compensation research and surveys, Judy focuses on helping companies tie their compensation programs to their organizational strategy. Judy conducts complex competitive assessment assignments, designs annual and long-term incentive plans, develops Board of Director compensation packages, and conducts custom compensation and total-rewards surveys.

Prior to joining BDO, Judy founded the company HR+Survey Solutions. She has also worked with Sibson Consulting and served as a senior compensation consultant in several management capacities. In addition, Judy served on the faculty at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management. Judy spearheaded a major research initiative into corporate governance, the results of which were cited in Directors and Boards, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She has been published in Directors and Boards as well as in Workspan and WorldataWork Journal.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Human Resource Management


D.V.M., North Carolina State University
B.A., Economics, Skidmore College