Professional matters: news and views for members — January/February 2015

PotashCorp takes the top prize at the CPA Canada Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting.


Top marks for excellence

PotashCorp, Suncor Energy, Bombardier and Telus took home multiple prizes at the CPA Canada Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting.

The celebration on December 3, 2014, in Toronto was an opportunity to toast the best in corporate reporting from Crown organizations and publicly listed Canadian companies. PotashCorp walked away with the top award, Overall Excellence in Corporate Reporting.

Awards of Excellence were handed out to PotashCorp (Financial Reporting), Suncor Energy (Sustainable Development Disclosure), Goldcorp Inc. (Electronic Disclosure) and Telus (Corporate Governance). Crown corporation winners were Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Telefilm Canada and SaskPower. Winners were also announced in nine industry sectors.

Taking home the top prize comes with bragging rights, but there’s a benefit for entrants: a confidential assessment of how their report measures up against best practices and innovations.


Finding the right exit from public practice

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Finding the right exit from public practice 


Onside with internal auditors

CPA Canada signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Institute of Internal Auditors Canada in October 2014. The MOU affirms shared interests in accounting standards, certification, risk management and good governance, and the importance of accounting and auditing to effective organizations, global financial stability and the public interest. It also identifies opportunities to collaborate, including research, education, marketing, commentary and events.


Self-_ _ _ motion

Self-_ _ _ motion 

Staff and members across Canada get snap happy with CPA Canada's ad campaign. You can get in on the PROmotion too. Simply snap a selfie and tweet it using #CPAad.


Choose your own adventure online with CPA Canada

Choose your own adventure online with CPA Canada

Building CPA Canada’s website has been a labour of love. At the heart of the project is a commitment to create a personalized experience for every member.

The first phase of the project — a 1,400-page mobile-friendly site — is jam-packed with resources from the legacy accounting bodies as well as new information from CPA Canada. Log in to the members’ area to select topics that interest you and manage other online preferences to ensure you get the information you want, when and how you want it.

Your preferences are also key to customizing the new CPA Canada enewsletter, which will consolidate existing enewsletters. Delivered monthly to your inbox, it’s a compass that points you to the news, research, events and webinars that fit your interests.

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Half a million dollars closer to sound financial decisions

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are helping Canadians improve their financial literacy with a $518,000 gift to CPA Canada’s award-winning financial literacy program. Funds will be used to expand the Community Connect Program to meet the financial education needs of new Canadians, small-business owners, seniors and students.


New team at the top

Last September at CPA Canada’s board of directors meeting, Bob Strachan, CPA, FCMA, became the new chair of the board, replacing Shelley Brown, FCPA, FCA.

In addition to a diverse 40-year career, Strachan was co-chair of the national group that oversaw the formation of CPA Canada and was CPA Canada’s most recent vice-chair.

New to the vice-chair role is Alain Côté, FCPA, FCA. He has been a partner at Deloitte for nearly 25 years and was chair of the board of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA Québec) from 2009 to 2011. The last order of business for the 2013-2014 board was to approve CPA New Brunswick’s application to become an organization member. CPA Ontario, CPA Québec and CPA Bermuda are already members.

Update: Saskatchewan

On November 10, 2014, the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan was formally established by proclamation of The Accounting Profession Act (Saskatchewan). Members may now add CPA to their legacy designation.