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Raveena Birring

At PwC, Birring has worked in fields including government, financial services, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing

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Raveena Birring: “People tend to think accountants aren’t creative, but that’s what it takes to be a problem solver.” (Photograph by Alana Paterson)

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

Why accounting

“I like numbers and figuring out how things work,” says Birring. Her older brother, a controller at a car dealership in Victoria, recommended she look into accounting, and during a semester in Hong Kong, she realized the CPA designation is globally respected. “Accounting is the backbone of every business, wherever you go. And a professional designation on top of it sets you apart.”

What she’s doing now

She focuses on audit at PwC, which allows her to interact with clients nearly every day. “Relationship building is one of my biggest assets.”

Where she sees herself in 10 years

At PwC, Birring has worked in fields including government, financial services, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. She’s looking for the one that challenges her best, and hopes to one day start her own business, like her father, who owns a brunch spot in Victoria. “Some people prefer doing the same thing every day, but I’m too restless for that.”

On the future of accounting

Birring says AI can’t supplant the trust-based client relationships that drive business. She’s also optimistic that incoming millennial and Gen Z CPAs will help tackle major issues like climate change. “People tend to think accountants aren’t creative, but that’s what it takes to be a problem solver.” 

Hobby

Birring loves trying new restaurants around Vancouver but won’t name any—she doesn’t want to promote her father’s competitors. 

Fun fact

Birring once bumped into David Beckham at a casino in Macau. “He was very polite and even better looking in person.”