Collaboration with the competency map committee

The collaboration process between key stakeholders and the Competency Map Committee (CMC) produces revisions to the qualifications for those entering the CPA profession. Learn how these revisions reflect the current and future business environment.

The CPA Competency Map lays the foundation for the CPA certification program, including education, accreditation, examinations, and practical experience requirements. It also describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels candidates must achieve to become a Canadian CPA. The 2019 CPA Competency Map is the first major update to the original map, which was published in 2013.

The 2019 CPA Competency Map is the product of years of planning, consultation, development, and stakeholder feedback, collection, and analysis, all led by the Competency Map Committee (CMC).


In 2018, the CMC engaged key stakeholders from across the country to solicit feedback on the proposed changes to the 2019 Competency Map. The Outcomes from the 2018 Competency Map Outreach Package report summarizes the feedback received, as well as provides insight into why the CMC determined whether additional updates were required as it finalized the 2019 Competency Map. Other considerations were made on whether the suggestions and comments would be incorporated in the 2020 iteration of the Competency Map.


The 2019 Outreach Package contains the proposed changes to the next iteration of the CPA Competency Map, which is scheduled to be released in January 2020. The purpose of the Outreach Package is to facilitate awareness and discussion among our stakeholders about the content of the changes and the possible strategic and operational implications to stakeholders. A similar process was exercised in 2018 for the 2019 Competency Map.

The Outreach Package will also be distributed and discussed at the CAAA Annual Conference 2019 held in Ottawa between May 31 and June 1, 2019.


Further changes to the CPA Competency Map are planned in 2019 with a targeted release in January 2020, including the following:

  • Enabling competencies: The Competency Framework Project, a separate project currently underway by CPA Canada, evaluated the competencies required of CPAs post-certification as they move through their careers. The CMC reviewed its proposed enabling competencies to ensure they are consistent with the enabling competencies identified by the Competency Framework Project. Aligning pre- and post-certification competencies is essential to ensuring candidates possess the appropriate enabling competencies to navigate the changing landscape of the profession.
  • Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS): Based on feedback received over the past 12 months, further enhancements around DAIS are being proposed. While these additional changes are not as significant as those made in the 2019 CPA Competency Map, they represent important enhancements and an ongoing commitment of the CMC to revisit this important and dynamic area on an annual basis.
  • Other improvements: Some additional changes related to competencies and learning outcomes are being proposed.
  • Interactive Online Map: An interactive online version of the CPA Competency Map is under development, and when available, will offer a number of beneficial features and functionality. The online version of the Map is currently in the beta testing phase and will be publicly available in late summer 2019.


Established as a formal committee in 2016, the CMC is comprised of eight members appointed by the provincial/regional CPA bodies, includes representation from firms, academia, not-for-profits, government, and industry, and is supported by various CPA Canada resources. The CMC works in partnership with key stakeholders, including:

  • advisory groups
  • employers
  • academics 
  • members



Jane Bowen, FCPA, FCA
University of Ontario Institute of Technology


Pierrette Doré, M.Fisc., FCPA auditor, FCA
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
Sector: Post-Secondary
Province/Region: Québec

Yves Galarneau, CPA auditor, CA, CISA
Senior director, Process improvement and performance
Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec and Lecturer, HEC Montréal
Sector: Industry
Province/Region: Québec

Christopher A. L. Lazarz, CPA, CA
Algoma Central Corporation
Sector: Industry
Province/Region: Ontario

Laura MacLaughlin, CPA, CA, Principal
Grant Thornton LLP
Sector: Public Practice
Province/Region: Atlantic

Mary Margaret Murphy, CPA, CMA
Regional Municipality of Niagara
Sector: Public Sector
Province/Region: Ontario

Colette A Miller, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Wilde & Company Olson Law
Sector: Public Practice
Province/Region: Western

Morina Rennie, PhD, FCPA, FCA, FCMA
University of Regina
Sector: Post-Secondary
Province/Region: Western

Peter Secord, CD, PhD, FCPA, FCMA, FCGA
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
Sector: Post-Secondary
Province/Region: Atlantic

Support staff

Silka Millman, CPA, CA, MEd
CPA Canada

Andy Thomas, MBA, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois, U.S.A.), CGMA
CPA Canada

Dennis Shon, CPA, CA, CCXP
Consultant to CPA Canada

Susan K. Wolcott, PhD, CPA (Colorado, U.S.A.), CMA (U.S.A.)
Consultant to CPA Canada