Professional Matters: News and views for members — April 2014

News about CPA Canada's national conference, plus member resources, tech talk and more.

Save the Date

CPA Canada's National Conference

Mark your calendars for the premiere of CPA Canada's National Conference. The flagship event for Canada's accounting and business professionals will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Sept. 22 and 23, 2014.

The conference's rich five-track agenda will make customizing learning easy. Choose sessions on financial accounting and reporting, tax, leadership, management accounting and finance.

The event also promises thought-provoking keynote speakers, opportunities for networking over good eats, a great exhibit floor, a gala event and postconference workshops.

Find more information at cpastore.ca/nationalconference.

You Told Us

Executives keen on prospects

Senior professional accountants have some encouraging forecasts for the coming year.

Almost half (44%) of those surveyed in CPA Canada Business Monitor in the fourth quarter of 2013 predicted that the number of employees at their company would grow over the next 12 months. (The figure was 34% in the previous quarter.) And 39% of those surveyed anticipated no change while 17% expected a drop.

A similar positive outlook was expressed about company performance: 57% said they were optimistic about their company's performance over the next year. (The figure was 50% in Q3.) Sixty-nine percent expected their revenues to grow and 68% expected an increase in profits.

Find out more by reading the background document at cpacanada.ca/businessmonitor.

Member Resources

From Data to Decisions

From data to decisions book cover

What's inside. The three documents in this series, written by Bernard Marr, CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute, provide a structured approach for defining, collecting, analyzing, presenting and using data. The series explains how information technology and business intelligence can support evidence-based decision–making.

The concept overview document introduces the principles of evidence-based management (EBM). The guidance document explains each of the five steps of EBM in detail and provides additional references. The case study document highlights the use of EBM in three companies.

What you'll learn. Say goodbye to the days when you sat on an ever-growing mountain of information while doing what you've always done. By using EBM, you'll be better equipped to identify and use pertinent information to make better, timelier decisions. Your organization could gain a competitive advantage and thrive in today's unpredictable world.

Find it online. cpacanada.ca/datatodecisions.

Tech Talk

Shedding light on a cloudy subject

sky and the sun

Many nonprofits move their in-house computing services to cloud solutions but lack enough information about the risks and benefits of switching. So CPA Canada addressed the concern in the December 2013 Not-for-Profit Organizations Director Alert. Visit cpacanada.ca/DAcloudcomputing.

In the Spotlight

CPA execs recognized

Shelley Brown

Kevin Dancey, CPA Canada's President and CEO, was one of only two Canadians to appear on the Global Accountancy Power 50 list in 2013.

Published by The Accountant and the International Accounting Bulletin in the UK, the Power 50 is a good indication of the top influencers in the global accounting profession, says Ana Gyorkos, an editor in the Timetric Accountancy Group.

Dancey was recognized for his role in the national merger of Canada's accounting bodies. "It's an honour," says Dancey. "This clearly demonstrates the importance of unification."

In December, Shelley Brown, chair of CPA Canada's board of directors and a partner with Deloitte in Vancouver, also received a Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in 2013 from the Women's Executive Network.

In Memoriam

Two CPAs killed in Afghanistan

Martin Glazer and Peter McSheffrey were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul in January. They had gone there to perform audits for the Canadian International Development Agency. The men, both CPA, CAs, worked for Samson & Associates, a firm based in Gatineau, Que. We honour their generosity and courage and offer our sincerest condolences.

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