Professional matters: online resources to check out — January/February 2015

Real-world advice for entrepreneurs, plus two new resources on tax and a research paper on creating shareholder value.


Real-world advice for entrepreneurs

Published by CPA Canada, Business Insights showcases the experiences of entrepreneurs who survived the school of hard knocks to save others from banging their heads against the wall. The book is based on the popular podcasts of authors Robert Gold and Andrew Brown, and offers insights on everything from building strategic alliances to creating innovative products. Order your copy from


Tax tips at your fingertips

Tax Suite 

Two new tax resources are available through CPA Canada. Written for the non-tax specialist, Canadian Tax Principles (available in English only) offers straightforward answers to common personal, corporate or GST/HST tax questions. Purchase your copy at

CPA Canada’s Tax Suite is the go-to source for news and information on income tax, GST/HST and provincial taxes. Get yours at


Package deal: creating value in a low-growth environment

Howard E. Johnson 

Howard E. Johnson has 32 letters after his name, seven books under his belt and the respect of anybody who’s heard him speak. CPA Canada has presented Johnson’s insights in several formats over the past months.

Read: In Strategies for Creating Shareholder Value in a Low Growth Environment, Johnson links business success during sluggish times to an entrepreneurial work environment. The research paper explores four cases: Birch Hill Equity Partners, Cineplex, Constellation Software and GoodLife Fitness. Download your copy from

Watch: Only have an appetite for sound bites? Check out the three-minute video summary of the publication at

Attend: Johnson and Gord Nelson from Cineplex packed the room at the CPA Canada conference last September.

Connect: CPA Canada hosted Johnson for a live webinar at the end of October. Check it out at

"Financial literacy is a key defence against identity fraud. I would like to thank the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Together, government and industry are working to raise awareness of this important issue"

—Joe Oliver, federal Minister of Finance, speaking at an education session hosted by CPA Canada on September 27, 2014.