Professional matters: news and views for members — April 2016

There was something for everyone at the CPA Canada’s Conference for the Oil and Gas Industry last November. And Kevin Dancey, CPA Canada’s president and CEO, has made the Timetric Accountancy Power 50 list once again.


Oil and gas conference a resource in its own right

More than 270 people heard from 40 speakers at CPA Canada’s Conference for the Oil and Gas Industry last November.

This industry has strategic importance for CPA Canada, which is also a partner in the Oil and Gas Industry Task Force on IFRSs.

There was something for everyone, including concurrent sessions of interest to members of all legacy accounting bodies and both junior and senior oil and gas producers. Nine out of 10 attendees said the conference met their expectations.

“We tried to help people think about tomorrow’s issues and give them perspectives on the issues of today,” says Calgary-based Imam Hasan, audit partner at KPMG and member of the conference advisory committee.

Keynote speakers were a highlight. Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, offered an economic perspective on the future of oil and gas in Canada. Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for the Toronto Star, won over the crowd with her candour and optimism about the new government.

The next oil and gas conference is booked for Nov. 23 and 24, 2016.


Kevin Dancey named to accounting’s who’s who

CPA Canada’s president and CEO was once again named in the 2015 Timetric Accountancy Power 50 list of the most influential people in the accounting profession. The list appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of the International Accounting Bulletin. Placing within the top 10 in the Americas is well-deserved recognition for Dancey, who retires from CPA Canada on May 1, 2016.


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