Meet our Beijing chapter members: Lily Tang

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A Q&A with Lily Tang, chair, CPA Canada Beijing Chapter

Fast facts

  • academic background: BA, Finance and Accounting, Beijing Polytechnic University
  • professional qualification: CICPA (1995, Beijing), CGA (2007, Ontario)
  • important career move: articled with Ernst & Young LLP Beijing office in 1996 and transferred to Geneva office in 1999; articled with Deloitte & Touche LLP Greater Toronto Area office in 2004
  • hobbies: travelling, reading and going to the movies
  • favourite movie: Gone with the Wind

What is your current position?

I was recruited by 2020 Equity Partners Limited in 2011 for the role of corporate controller at its invested company Acquity Group Limited, and soon after became chief financial officer (CFO) of Digital Li-Ning Company Limited. In 2013, I took over as vice-president, Finance, taking care of financial matters for all the projects the company invests in.

What is the best part of your job?

The company I am working for is a private equity fund, whose main targets are high-tech and Internet-related startups. Because the high-tech/Internet industry is fast-growing yet unstable, but still a leading industry worldwide, I encounter many opportunities to work with young and creative people. I enjoy finding new trends and identifying interesting ideas that make the world a better and more fun place to live.

What is your biggest business or career accomplishment?

I participated in the initial public offering process of one of 2020 Equity Partners’ invested companies from 2011 to 2012, co-operating with the external auditor, lawyers and bankers to work intensively for months, day and night, on all the required financial information and other operating data. The company was finally listed in April 2012.

What are you most proud of?

Being both a Chinese CICPA and a Canadian CPA, CGA, I have learned the different rules between the two accounting bodies (the differences are gradually getting smaller), which provides me with chances to understand two sets of GAAP and bring more advanced professional knowledge from Canada to my workplace in China.

What advice would you give someone entering the profession?

Have fun! And try to spend more time with different departments in your company, such as marketing staff or others dealing with clients, to learn more about how your company serves its clients. It will help you find ways to make improvements at work. To be a CPA is just great!