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Episode 6: The role of the CPA in certifying the digital world of AI

Simon Dermarkar, associate professor of accounting at HEC Montreal, offers a unique perspective on how CPAs can expand their roles beyond traditional financial reporting to become auditors of the information economy.

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On this episode, Simon Dermarkar, associate professor of accounting at HEC Montreal, discusses the evolving role of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and data governance. Simon emphasizes the critical importance of data as the fuel of AI. He argues that it is natural for CPAs to apply their expertise in assurance and internal controls to the vast domains of digital data and AI-driven processes. By ensuring the quality of data that feeds into AI models, CPAs can play a pivotal role in enhancing the reliability and integrity of technological systems across various sectors.

Simon has poured these insights into his popular course, Audit and Big Data. He encourages students to go beyond the AI tools that simply speed up traditional accounting tasks by understanding how to audit and govern digital data. Through this course, accounting students learn to see themselves as key players in shaping the future of business and information management.

This episode is a must-listen for accounting professionals, students and anyone interested in the intersection of AI, data governance and the future of the accounting profession. Simon Dermarkar shares a compelling vision of how CPAs can become strategic partners in the digital revolution, contributing to a more sustainable and trustworthy information economy. 

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the guest and do not necessarily reflect those of CPA Canada.

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