Member videos: Who you are as a CPA

There is no one job description that can sum up the roles of CPAs. Not the stereotypical accountants sitting behind a desk punching numbers, we are humanitarians, entrepreneurs, sports enthusiasts, athletes and more.

In this series of videos, business journalist Bruce Sellery talks to three CPAs each with a unique background including a CFO, an entrepreneur and a hockey agent. Talking about their experiences and how the CPA designation has enhanced their careers, the CPAs cover topics such as:

THE HUMANITARIAN: GEETA TUCKER

Being hit with a wall of heat as you step off the plane is the first clue you’re not in Canada anymore. In her role as CFO with Agriteam Canada, Geeta Tucker has helped build 14 medical clinics throughout Nigeria. She’s battled roads being washed out, termites eating the supplies and security issues. Tucker's hard and soft skills as a CPA have helped her stay grounded and focused. “Accounting provides a common language with people around the world who have studied and worked in same sector,” she says.

THE ENTREPRENEUR: SARB MUND

Hindsight is 20-20. When he was younger, Sarb Mund, owner of Soho Road, thought being an accountant was the “squarest job in the world.” Three food trucks and a successful business later, he has happily done a 180-degree shift on the idea. When first starting his company, Soho Road was awarded two of the 17 licenses given out that year. “That was all CPA,” he says.

THE HOCKEY AGENT: JOE RESNICK

At first turning down an NHL contract offer of $25 million for one of his players, this CPA fought for a $27 million salary over five years—and won. The movie Jerry McGuire is realistic, says Joe Resnick, owner of Top Shelf Sports Management Inc. Obtaining the CPA wasn’t a detour, Resnick wanted the designation in order to become a successful sports agent. “It was planned,” he says.