CPA Canada Volunteer Awards nominees: Research and guidance

Find out who was nominated for their commitment and contributions to developing technical and profession resources.

Category description

This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by our volunteers in developing technical and professional resources in support of our members. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service to our research and development of timely and relevant guidance and thought leadership.

The winner will be announced at the CPA Canada Volunteer Awards Gala in Toronto on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.


Jane M. Bowen, FCPA, FCA

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Committee(s): Review Engagement Task Force, Practitioners Technical Advisory Board, Employee Future Benefits ASPE Briefing Task Force

Jane is a full-time lecturer of advanced accounting and assurance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a part-time lecturer at York University's Schulich School of Business since 2006. She is also the executive director of Neverest Inc., which provides professional development for professional accountants and auditors.

Jane has been extensively involved in the profession since the 1990s, serving 25 years with management of CPA Ontario. Jane has consistently supported CPA Canada by helping to develop and deliver courses: in-depth accounting courses starting in 2004; in-depth International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) courses when the Accounting Standards Board announced the adoption of IFRS in 2011; and the Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS) course when the Audit and Assurance Standards Board announced CAS adoption.

She was there for CPA Canada again when it was decided that more detailed long-term guidance was needed in both IFRS and in Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE). She has assisted CPA Canada and the provincial bodies with her tireless efforts in the CPA Pooled Professional Development program.

Karyn Brooks, FCPA, FCA

Committee(s): Canadian Performance Reporting Board, IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Committee, Conceptual Framework Discussion Group

Karyn retired in 2014 from BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, where she held the role of senior vice-president and controller for 11 years. Since her retirement, Karyn has provided financial consulting services to a diverse group of organizations. Prior to joining BCE and Bell, she held executive financial positions at Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corporation. Karyn has participated extensively in the accounting standard-setting process over the last 20 years, both internationally and in Canada, as a member of various committees and councils that either developed guidance and accounting standards or provided oversight and advice to standard-setting bodies.

Karyn also serves as a board and audit member of the board of trustees at the Calgary Zoological Society. She served as vice-chair and audit chair of Queen’s University’s board of trustees, and has been an independent director of Information Services Corporation since May 16, 2016. From 2004 to 2011, she served as a board member and chair (2009-2010) of Financial Executives International (Canada). Women's Executive Network named her one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in 2009. The Canadian Board Diversity Council named her to the 2013 Diversity 50, a diverse group of board-ready candidates, and in 2014, she was the recipient of the Financial Executives International (Canada) Distinguished Service Award. Karyn was elected a Fellow of CPA Ontario in 2009.

Nicole Deschamps, CPA, CA

Deloitte LLP
Committee(s): Audit Data Analytics Committee

Nicole has been in public accounting for 17 years, serving a wide variety of public and private clients in the U.S. and in Canada. A majority of her clients operate in the manufacturing industry. Leveraging that experience, Nicole became the team leader for the Canadian audit innovation and analytics team at Deloitte, responsible for the development and deployment of innovations and analytics to be used by audit practitioners in the performance of audits.

Michael Garvey, FCPA, FCA

Kelvin Thermal Energy Inc.
Committee(s): Sustainability Advisory Board

After graduating in 1969 from the University of Waterloo, Mike joined Price Waterhouse in Toronto. From 1976 to 1978, he was assigned to the international firm’s Continuing Education Task Force, based in London, England. Commencing in 1984, he chaired the Canadian firm’s National Continuing Education Committee until 1990. From 1995 to 2005, he developed and managed the firm’s practice in Cuba. In July 2006, he retired as an audit partner. He obtained his ICD.D designation in 2007 and currently serves as executive chairman of Kelvin Thermal Energy Inc. and as a consulting partner with Ortus Strategies AG (formerly FGI Europe AG).

Throughout his career, Michael has volunteered his time to a number of organizations, including chairing the boards of the Donwood Institute, the University of Waterloo, the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, the Friends of Ontario Universities and Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services. He has chaired many audit committees since 1983, including three public companies during the past 10 years.

Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA

University of Toronto
Committee(s): IFRS Discussion Group, Financial Reporting and Governance Working Group

Irene is an associate professor in Accounting, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto. Irene co-founded and is co-director of the CPA/Rotman Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education, which supports and facilitates innovation in accounting education. Her involvement with the accounting profession is extensive. She has recently been appointed to the Canadian Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Discussion Group. She is a member of the CPA Ontario Accreditation Review Team, which accredits programs to allow students advanced standing in the CPA Professional Education Program.

Irene has co-authored numerous books for many years, including the leading intermediate accounting textbook in Canada (Intermediate Accounting by Kieso et al). She was involved in helping practitioners, academics and students transition to IFRS through her work with the Ernst & Young Academic Resource Centre; through numerous workshops and presentations across Canada and at the CAAA and AAA; and through various publications including IFRS Primer: International GAAP Basics (published in Canada and the U.S.) and the series Guide to International Financial Reporting Standards in Canada. She has won several awards — most recently, the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) Faculty Award for innovation and two teaching excellence awards in 2016.

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