Professional matters news and views for members — March 2016

CPA Canada continues to push the Canadian government for tax reform. Plus, Canadian shoppers tend to buy more products in-store rather than online, a new survey finds.


With growth comes responsibility

December’s speech from the throne promised a responsible fiscal plan, but CPA Canada will continue to push the government for tax reform as a way to strengthen the economy. 

“Canada’s tax system is one of the most important policy levers available for addressing the country’s demographic challenges and for ensuring that its business environment remains competitive,” says Kevin Dancey, CPA Canada’s president and CEO. 

There has been no significant review of the country’s tax system since the Royal Commission on Taxation in 1966. CPA Canada’s call for tax reform is echoed by major national organizations, economists, think-tanks and the House of Commons finance committee. 


Spotlight on excellence

Ottawa’s Fairmont Château Laurier will play host to the Awards of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management dinner on May 11. 

The CPA Canada program advances best practices across the federal public service by setting high standards of performance that all can aspire to. Nominees and winners are recognized for innovation, financial leadership and lifetime achievement. For ticket information, visit

The extraordinary commitment and dedication of CPA Canada’s volunteer network will be recognized at a gala event in Toronto this June. Nominate a deserving volunteer by May 6. For details, visit


Canadian shoppers prefer to buy in stores

Canadian shoppers prefer to buy in stores chart


CPAs at your service

Jackie Poirier, past chair of CGA-Canada, was named the first female president of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants in October.
That same month, three CPAs were elected to the House of Commons: Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development (profiled on p. 11); Emmanuel Dubourg, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national revenue; and Yasmin Ratansi, MP for Don Valley East (Ont.). 

Nova Scotia’s Chartered Professional Accountants Act passed third reading on Dec. 11, 2015. The act paves the way for more than 4,000 accounting professionals to unite under one banner.


I like the campaign’s simple visuals, strong messages, multi-audience approach and most of all its consistency with the brand identity
— Daniel Tisch, President and CEO of Argyle Public Relationships, On the CPA brand campaign, The Bottom Line, mid-November 2015