Professional matters: news and views for members — June/July 2015

CPA Canada is strengthening ties with South Korea’s professional accounting organization. Plus, news on the upcoming CPA Canada Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting and more.


Connecting with Korea

CPA Canada is strengthening ties with South Korea’s professional accounting organization.

Tashia Batstone, CPA Canada’s vice-president of education services, was in South Korea in February as part of a trade mission that included Minister of International Trade Ed Fast and more than 100 business delegates. The mission highlighted benefits of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect on Jan. 1. It provides temporary entry and enhanced market access for service providers, including Canada’s CPAs.

"We’re opening a dialogue with the Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants to strengthen ties between our two organizations," says Batstone. "The trade mission provided the opportunity to have those discussions within the context of a growing trade relationship between Canada and South Korea."


Canadians, money and the web

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Is your report a winner?

Publicly traded companies and Crown organizations can see how their annual corporate reports measure up against best practices in print and digital corporate reporting by entering CPA Canada’s Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting. The deadline is July 10. Entry forms are available from


Election help for auditors

CPA Canada is updating three guides for auditors involved in federal elections work. Each one contains practical guidance, a suggested audit program and a sample auditor’s report. One guide focuses on candidates, another on advertising expenses and the third on registered electoral district associations. Stay tuned for more details.


June is CPA Canada Volunteer Month

Join the 800 happy volunteers who help the CPA profession by contributing their insights on standards, education, financial literacy and research projects! A whopping 98% say their experience is rewarding and enjoyable.  Learn more at

"CFOs are executive decision-makers whose financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and integrity help Canadian businesses compete in today’s challenging economy"

— Kevin Dancey, President and CEO, CPA Canada, and proud sponsor of Canada’s CFO of the Year award