Editor's note: the ways of winners


Okey Chigbo, Editor of CPA Magazine, introduces the features in the June 2014 issue.

He wasn’t expected to win. At Sochi, Alexandre Bilodeau, 26, defending Olympic mogul skiing champion from Vancouver 2010, was being tested by a younger challenger who had looked better in events leading up to the Games. But typical of Canada’s double Winter Olympics champion, this only made him more determined, more willing to push harder. He won his second gold, beating out Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury in a gold and silver Canadian finish. "Not only is Bilodeau the foremost athlete in his discipline," writes Yan Barcelo in our cover story, "his commitment and drive have literally redefined the sport." Mogul skiing is a tough and demanding sport, "a hybrid of skiing and high diving ... [that] ... combines short and extremely punishing sprints over a series of bumps ... with dizzyingly high acrobatic jumps combining backflips, double folds and triple spins."

And now, Bilodeau is leaving all that glory behind. He is planning to be a full-time student in business and accounting at Concordia University in Montreal. He is doing it "without regret." With that grit and that winning attitude, some firm or business is sure to win gold when he graduates. Please read our inspirational story "Bumps, Spins and Spectacular Wins," which looks at the influences in his life.

In Canada, lawyers have client privilege in which they cannot be legally compelled to disclose advice given to clients. Accountants have no such right. Thus, a tax lawyer’s consultations with a client are protected from CRA scrutiny, while an accountant’s are not. Is there something wrong with this picture? Not everyone can afford a tax lawyer. Writer Robert Colapinto looks into the pros and cons by speaking to authorities who have given the subject considerable thought. He writes that CPA Canada is leading an initiative that "is based on the assertion that access to confidentiality should be a basic right available to all taxpayers when they employ a qualified tax professional." (See "A Necessary Privilege")

So you decide to quit your job and start up a business. What happens to your personal life? Do you quit that too? It’s an unfortunate but common experience that when people become entrepreneurs, they feel compelled to toss many things out the window — family, work-life balance — things that may be important for the personal well-being that makes for business success. Writer Mary Teresa Bitti looks into the world of working 100-hour weeks in "When Business is Personal".

"About 20% of Canadians will have a mental health issue in their lifetime," writes Deanne Gage in "The Last Taboo". Some of that will affect the work- place in ways often misunderstood. How do sufferers deal with it? How do fellow employees? Managers? Please read this very important story.