MEMBER RESOURCES\nStrategy Mapping: Using Strategy Maps to Drive Performance\n\nWhat’s inside: If you see a gap between ideas and execution, you need a strategy map.\nThis three-part series takes readers through a step-by-step approach that has been adapted from the balanced scorecard work of professors Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton.\nThe concept overview document introduces the principles and describes how accounting professionals can use strategy mapping to add value.\nThe guidance document breaks the six steps into digestible chunks. The third part, a fictitious case study, illustrates specifics and dives deeper into the approach.\n\nWhat you’ll learn: Strategy Mapping bridges what the author, Cam Scholey, calls the "knowing-doing gap." No longer will management expect one thing and employees do another. By starting with an overriding objective, working through a structured process and "telling a story" to your organization with pictures, you’ll turn your best-laid plans into actions that everyone understands and improve financial performance.\nThe package is free at cpacanada.ca/strategymapping.\nBY THE BOOK\nRisky business\nTwo new guidance documents from CPA Canada will help directors and C-level management of publicly traded companies mitigate the risk of corporate disclosure and certification requirements.\nThe document for directors, available at cpacanada.ca/directorsdc, sets out the elements of a strong certification support process and offers steps directors can take to protect themselves and their companies from class-action lawsuits.\nThe companion document for management, available at cpacanada.ca/mgmtdc, aims to help execs comply with the Canadian Securities Administrators’ certification requirements by creating and implementing a formal documented support process.\nSPEAKING OUT\nIf we were the CRA\nCGA-CANADA AND CPA CANADA recently teamed up to submit recommendations to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about its proposal to register tax preparers. The 40-page submission, which was developed with the help of professional accounting firms, tax preparation businesses and industry associations, recommends that the CRA adopt a simple program built on confidence and trust between tax preparers and the CRA. The submission also recommends that an independent body oversee the program.\nRead our recommendations at cpacanada.ca/rtpp.\nGOING GLOBAL\nCrossborder benefits\nCPA Canada and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) have collaborated to offer various resources to their respective members.\nCPA Canada members can now gain access to toolkits, practice aids, online technical resources, webinars and discounts by joining one of three AICPA sections. The sections focus on forensic and valuation services, information management and technology assurance, and personal financial planning.\nSection membership also gives members the opportunity to expand their professional networks across North America. See www.aicpa.org/cpacanada.\nHR MATTERS\nA little less lonely at the top\n\n \nBehind every successful woman there should be a supportive organization, so CPA Canada has published Female Talent Management: Toolkit for Organizations. It follows the Career Navigation Toolkit for Women in the Profession.\nLike its predecessor, Female Talent Management seeks to advance women into leadership positions and keep them there. It provides employers with best practices and strategies for developing an actionable plan because it’s time to turn talk into results. Download your free copy from cpacanada.ca/femaletalent.\nBIZ BUZZ\nShow me the money \nThe new Canadian Corporate Finance Manual from CPA Canada is an insightful and comprehensive resource that can help businesses cope with the financing challenges that are unique to each point in the business life cycle. The manual can be used as a daily reference by practitioners who routinely advise clients on financing, or as a quick immersion by CFOs who want to stay hip to happenings in the Canadian financial marketplace.\nTo find out more, go to cpacanada.ca/corporatefinance.