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Faces of the Future: The next generation of CPAs

They’re bright, ambitious, and some of them are already sitting in the cubicle next to yours. Meet eight new or soon-to-be CPAs shaping the future of the profession.

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Top row (From left to right): Tatsuya Aoki, Anthony Ramos, Ande (Chandeep) Baweja, Lawrence Qianyu Zhang; Bottom row (From left to right): Rosoleen Rutherford, Mylène Pellegrino, Raveena Birring, Melynda Love

Every day, the accounting profession evolves. Technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are poised to revolutionize the field, and the world is increasingly relying on accountants and auditors for much more than crunching numbers. Luckily, the latest recruits are up to the challenge. They come from every corner of the globe. They’re bright, ambitious, and some of them are already sitting in the cubicle next to yours. Meet eight new or soon-to-be CPAs shaping the future of the profession.

Rosoleen Rutherford

Age 36 / Surrey, British Columbia
Senior accountant at DMCL

“There are always going to be people left behind, and they’re the ones we need to help.”

Tatsuya Aoki

Age 24 / Toronto
Staff accountant at EY

“CPAs should help ­clients mitigate the fear of technology so we can all transition together.”

Melynda Love

Age 27 / Winnipeg
Manager at MNP 

“The work-hard-play-hard lifestyle is very real in accounting.”

Mylène Pellegrino

Age 27 / Montreal
Assistant controller at Michael Kors

“Waiting for my CFE results was the longest two months of my life. I cried when I passed.”

Lawrence Qianyu Zhang

Age 23 / Toronto
Public accountant at MNP 

“AI can be a good thing. Automation will let accountants focus on value-added work.”

Raveena Birring

Age 25 / Vancouver / Will become a CPA in May 2019
Senior associate, assurance at PwC

“People tend to think accountants aren’t creative, but that’s what it takes to be a problem solver.” 

Ande (Chandeep) Baweja

Age 24 / Montreal / Will become a CPA in April 2019
Business analyst at Airbnb 

“What’s expected of a CPA today has changed. We need to be well-equipped to tackle more than a single aspect of any business.”

Anthony Ramos 

Age 28 / Halifax
Senior associate at Deloitte 

“Accounting isn’t just numbers. I see the life narrative of a business behind those numbers.”