CPA Canada Volunteer Awards nominees: Standards

Find out who was nominated for their commitment and contributions to independent standard setting.

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This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by volunteers to independent standard setting in Canada. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service to the development of standards for auditing and assurance, private sector accounting or public sector accounting.

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


Philip Cowperthwaite, FCPA, FCA

Cowperthwaite Mehta
Committee(s): Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council, International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Enhancing Audit Quality, Practitioners Technical Advisory Board, IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee, Review Engagement Guidance Task Force

Phil is a full-time partner at Cowperthwaite Mehta, a nine-person firm in Toronto that primarily provides audit services to micro-entities — those organizations at the very smallest end of the reporting-entity spectrum. He frequently speaks and writes on the topic of effectively and efficiently auditing micro-entities using Canadian Auditing Standards, drawing on techniques he employs in his day-to-day audit practice in Canada. He has spoken to groups of accountants on this topic in Europe, Malaysia, Brazil and Canada. He has written a series of articles covering ways to reduce audit risk and increase profitability when auditing micro-entities.

Phil is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a Canadian charity that works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV & AIDS.

Reinhard Dotzlaw, FCPA, FCA

Committee(s): Securities Regulation Advisory Group, Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Discussion Group (Official Observer)

During his 30-plus years with KPMG, Reinhard has served as a firm-wide technical resource for resolving complex Canadian, U.S., and international accounting, auditing and securities matters arising from multi-jurisdictional filings, as well as serving as lead audit engagement partner for two of Canada’s largest banks.

Reinhard is the national managing partner, Audit Professional Practice, for KPMG in Canada. He has overall Canadian firm responsibility for all aspects of accounting and auditing standards, including the related firm guidance, methodology and tools, technology, learning, professional communications and knowledge management.

Reinhard leads the Canadian firm’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP), which has overall responsibility for administering and providing relevant guidance, tools and training related to professional auditing standards and to the six financial reporting frameworks that may be applicable for Canadian entities. In this role, Reinhard had firm-wide responsibilities for providing professional practice guidance and support to clients and engagement teams relating to Canada’s transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in 2011, ensuring a smooth transition from extant Canadian GAAP to IFRS. Reinhard is also a voting member of the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Interpretations Committee.

Michael Ferguson, FCPA, FCA

Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Committee(s): Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB)

Michael was appointed the auditor general of Canada in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served for a year as the deputy minister of finance and secretary to the board of management for the Province of New Brunswick. Michael was the auditor general for New Brunswick from 2005-2010 and the comptroller from 2000-2005.

He was an active member of the former New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants, serving as the president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer and council member. Michael has worked with the Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation to help build performance auditing capacity in the National Audit Office of Tanzania. He is now serving his fourth term on the PSAB and, in the past, he has served on the task forces on consolidations, employee future benefits and assessment of tangible capital assets.

Jocelyn Patenaude, FCPA auditor, FCA

Committee(s): Accounting Standards Board, Private Enterprise Advisory Committee, Practitioners Technical Advisory Board, Compilation Engagement Task Force, Sections 1582 and 3840 Task Force

Jocelyn graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1988 and obtained his accounting designation in 1990. He spent 13 years with two large public accounting firms before joining BCGO, where he is the partner in charge of professional practice and quality control.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec from 2007 to 2009 and on the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) from 2008 to 2015. He has been a member of the AcSB’s Private Enterprise Advisory Committee since its establishment in 2010.

In 2016, Jocelyn was awarded the title of Fellow by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (Ordre), in recognition of his outstanding service to the profession and his career and community achievements that earned him distinction and brought honour to the profession.

Nicola (Nickie) M. Young, FCPA, FCA

Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University
Committee(s): Financial Instruments Task Force, Conceptual Framework Task Force

Nickie is a professor of accounting in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, currently teaching intermediate and advanced financial accounting. She has received teaching awards and has contributed to the life of the university through membership on the Board of Governors, as well as the pension and other committees.

Nickie was associated with the former Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy for over 25 years in roles varying from teaching to program development and reform. She has been active in the provincial and national accounting profession, including serving on boards of the CICA (now CPA Canada) that deal with licensure, education and governance. She has also been associated with the Canadian PSAB and many of its related task forces for almost 25 years.

Nickie co-authored five editions of Wiley’s Canadian Intermediate Accounting textbooks and IFRS Primer: International GAAP Basics (Canadian and U.S. editions). Nickie is currently working on a phased retirement.

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