Professional matters: news and views for members — December 2015

Half of Canadians intend to save money for holiday spending, a new survey finds. Plus, news on CPA Canada’s upcoming Awards of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management.


One in two Canadians plans to save for holidays

They say talk is cheap. The holidays, however, can be expensive.

Just over half (53%) of the 1,007 Canadians recently surveyed by Nielsen on behalf of CPA Canada said they intended to save money specifically for the holidays. Almost four in 10 said they always or usually save for the most wonderful time of the year. A majority of respondents (almost 60%) said they plan to do some of their holiday shopping online this year. One-third of those surveyed agreed that managing spending during the holidays was stressful.

See for a summary of the full survey.


SMEs feel cybersecure

I’m confident that the systems and data supporting my organization are secure: 

SMEs feel cybersecure chart


Three become one in Manitoba

On Sept. 1, the Manitoba legislature passed the Chartered Professional Accountants Act, officially uniting the three legacy designations under the CPA Manitoba banner. The profession has reached a major milestone: there are now more than 200,000 Canadian CPAs.

For more unification news, visit


Nominations open for public sector awards

Those who set the bar high deserve recognition. At the federal level, recognition comes in the form of CPA Canada’s Awards of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management.

The annual program celebrates individuals and teams that show strong leadership and bold innovation in financial management. The program spotlights best practices and motivates others to aspire to the same high standards of performance.

Nominations for three award categories — Innovation, Financial Leadership (CFO) and Lifetime Achievement — close on Feb. 19, 2016.

Learn more at


“The only way you’re going to learn to juggle is if you learn to drop the ball”

— Curtis Zimmerman, keynote speaker at the One National Conference, September 2015