Get clear, sharp and focused after the hazy days of summer

Fall is here: time to clear the cobwebs with some CPA Canada professional development, a lecture series — maybe even a meditation app.

Endless summer days can recharge our inner batteries, but indulging too much can leave you in a bit of a, well, daze come September. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some helpful suggestions to renew your vigour through professional development, intellectual enlightenment, as well as engaging the body and spirit.

Ready to sharpen up and re-focus up for fall? Then, read on.


No one understands the need for career and professional development among financial professionals like we do. Renewed focus on it is also, in our opinion, one of the best ways to shake off the haze of summer.

You can start with the Public Sector Conference from October 23 to 24 in Ottawa, the Commodity Tax Symposium from November 13 to 15 in Toronto, and more.

If you’re unable to attend a conference in person, many can be streamed online. And if building a specific skill fits your needs better, we offer in-person and online courses, as well as online professional development tools and other support for CPAs.


Another way to sharpen your mind for fall is to expand it by deeply studying a topic of interest. This helps you maintain a global perspective and a well-rounded intellect.

It can certainly include study of financial topics. In fact, we have assembled a fall finance reading list to help get you started. But, we also encourage studying broadly, which can be done independently, at a local educational institution, or via an online resource; some suggestions (though, of course, not official recommendations) include The Great Courses, for general studies, or Lynda, from LinkedIn, for practical learning.

Prefer the live event learning experience? Consider attending one of the over 30 TEDx talks planned for locations across Canada this fall. Or attend a non-accounting fall conference, like Business [Un]Usual in Toronto (Oct. 2-3), Leadership Haute Performance in Montreal (Sept. 28), or the CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women in Calgary (Oct. 20-21).


The goal of becoming the best financial professional you can may never be fully realized. Still, unless you make time to be physical and relax your mind, you risk burning out.

Many know the benefits of regular exercise but fail to consider the body’s ability to adapt. This means doing the same old workouts leads to diminishing benefits. Fight back by setting seasonal goals, gently pushing limits, and measuring progress. Fitness trackers, like one from FitBit, help crunch your fitness data and offer additional metrics, like sleep quality.

Even more frequently overlooked is the importance of spiritual well-being. While inner peace is tough to cultivate, many find meditation helpful. For those craving direction, in-person classes are available nearly everywhere.

Prefer to go it alone? Consider a mobile meditation app, like Headspace or Calm, which provide guidance and regular reminders to help you be your mental best.


What is your favourite way to shake off the summer haze as you enter the fall? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.


This post is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not replace professional advice.

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