Ethics and Judgment in a Changing Environment – Symposium / March 5, 2014 / Mississauga, ON

Space has opened up at this one-day event that gathers academics and industry leaders from the healthcare, law, education, engineering and accounting disciplines to share and discuss their perspectives on how professionals are educated, with the emphasis on ethics and judgment. Hosted by CPA Canada and the University of Toronto. To see the agenda and register for this free event, please visit the Symposium information webpage.

Accountants’ role in enabling climate change adaptation 

We invite proposals for a literature review to be completed in June 2014. 

The review will address the following question: What is the role of accountants in assisting organizations with climate change adaptation and related risks and opportunities? 

The review is part of a larger initiative, “Enabling Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants to Adapt to a Changing Climate and Emerging Operating Environment.” The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada and CPA Canada, and managed by the Network for Business Sustainability.  

Funding for the project is CAD20,000 (unrestricted). Proposals are due Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 

For more information click here 

NBS Call for Proposals

Incorporating long-term impacts into today's decisions: A review and synthesis of research and practice.More.

CPAB's Consultation Paper

The Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) has consulted with key stakeholders including corporate directors, audit firms and securities regulators to develop the attached draft Protocol for Audit Firm Communication of CPAB Inspection Findings with Audit Committees (Protocol).  The Protocol Consultation Paper has been released for public comment today.  CPAB requests feedback on the draft Protocol on or before January 24, 2014.  


In 2012 CPAB and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada launched the Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative (EAQ) to develop a Canadian response to audit quality issues being debated internationally.  

Recommendations from the EAQ Initiative to enhance the role of audit committees in overseeing and evaluating auditors, included:

(i) Increasing transparency of CPAB inspection findings (resulting in the draft Protocol released for public comment today).  

(ii) Development of guidance and tools for audit committees to conduct effective annual assessments of the auditor and a comprehensive review of the audit firm at least once every five years (expected to be issued in early 2014).  

Providing Feedback

CPAB requests feedback on the draft Protocol on or before January 24, 2014.  Responses should be sent by e-mail to

Blueprint 2020: National Student Paper Competition on the Future of the Public Service of Canada

This competition will allow master’s-level students from any discipline to share their ideas for improving the way our government functions.  Please  circulate this opportunity to your faculty and students who may be interested.

Businesses interact with government on a regular basis.  It is important that business students understand that changes may be coming to the public service of  Canada . This is particularly important for firms selling to government, wishing to change government policy or partnering with government through private public partnerships. Please promote this opportunity to professors who might be able to use it in their classes as potential papers or research projects for this fall.

The top five submissions will have their ideas heard by senior leaders of the public service. Businesses and business students should have an opportunity to comment on how they believe Government should operate. Through your support, while recognizing term has started, we hope to engage future Canadian leaders on issues of national importance.


Bank of Canada Fellowships

The Bank of Canada is inviting you and your colleagues to nominate accomplished academics working at Canadian universities for two prestigious awards under the Bank’s Fellowship Program for 2014. The Program seeks to foster excellence in research and analysis, and to develop partnerships with experts outside the Bank working on topics related to its key activities.

The Bank issued a press release today calling for nominations, which must be submitted by 15 November 2013.

The Bank’s four main areas of responsibility are monetary policy, currency, financial system and funds management and it is important to stress that the research areas that support these responsibilities are very diverse. In fact, recent experience has emphasized that the issues relevant to central banking require deep knowledge of macroeconomics and finance, but also expertise that goes beyond these traditional central banking fields. For example, micro- and labour-economics expertise is useful to better understand the impact of business cycles on income distribution and inequality, and the proper policy response. The reformulation of financial regulation in the context of a complex and integrated global financial system draws from a wide range of research areas. Trade, growth and development economics, as well as country specific expertise, could contribute to our understanding of the global adjustment to the growing importance of emerging market economies. Behavioural disciplines could also be used to further refine our understanding of expectations formation, asset pricing, and economic decision-making. These examples are not exhaustive, but help to illustrate the breadth of expertise crucial to our understanding of the post-crisis world. We wish to encourage applications from candidates in a broad range of research areas.

There are two research awards available through this program: the Fellowship Award and the Governor’s Award.

The Fellowship Award provides financial support to academics who are recognized for their expertise and excellence in areas important to the Bank’s mandate and who are undertaking leading-edge research in Canada that contributes to the development of knowledge and research capabilities in those areas. Funding up to a maximum of $90,000 per year is provided for a five-year term.  Candidates must have a PhD and must be employed by a Canadian university in a tenure or tenure-track position during the term of the Fellowship. 

The Governor’s Award supports exceptional assistant and associate professors who have demonstrated the potential to make exemplary research contributions in their fields.  A research grant of $25,000 per year is provided for a two-year, non-renewable term.  Candidates must have obtained a PhD within ten years of applying for the award and must be employed at a Canadian university during the term of the award.

The Bank of Canada’s Governing Council will take into consideration recommendations of the Fellowship Nominating Committee in selecting the award recipients.  The award recipients will be announced in March 2014.

Further details on the Bank’s Fellowship Program and application details are also available on our website.

I hope that we can count on the participation of your university in this important endeavour.

Stephen S. Poloz

Network for Business Sustainability at Ivey Business School Webinar

Join faculty members worldwide for an interactive webinar on strategies for teaching sustainability in finance and accounting, July 31, 11 a.m. EDT. Award-winning instructors will start the conversation by describing specific activities they’ve used, including student assignments, cases, field trips or service learning experiences. Participants will then be invited to share their own strategies and challenges. 

Speakers include:  

  • Charles Cho, ESSEC Business School
  • Anant Sundaram, Dartmouth University
  • Mark Cohen, Vanderbilt University

Click here for more information and to register.

This webinar is part of a series. Please share this email with your colleagues in other disciplines. Three similarly structured webinars will cover strategies for teaching sustainability in:

This series is being hosted by the Network for Business Sustainability, a powerful and growing network of international academic experts and business leaders. Learn more about NBS or subscribe to their resources.

The 12th International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) Conference in Florence (Italy) in November 2014.
IFRS Foundation Publishes Free Teaching Material

The free-to-download teaching material is designed to assist IFRS teachers to educate IFRS learners more effectively. In particular, the material is designed to support those teaching IFRS, so that they can progressively develop in their students the ability to make the estimates and judgements that are necessary to apply IFRS and the IFRS for SMEs. The Framework-based teaching approach should also better prepare students to update their IFRS knowledge and competencies continuously in the context of life-long learning.

The material is prepared in separate sections to support the Framework based IFRS teaching of CA/CPA stream students at three stages:

a. Stage 1: a students first financial reporting course;

b. Stage 2: a financial reporting course mid way to qualifying as a CA or CPA; and

c. Stage 3: a course immediately before qualifying as a CA or CPA.

The stages are necessarily broad in definition to take into account the many different approaches to qualifying as an accountant worldwide. For more details, please visit the IFRS website.

CPA Competency Map and Knowledge Map Supplement Now Available

The Chartered Professional Accountant Competency Map (CPA Competency Map) and The CPA Competency Map Knowledge Supplement (CPA Knowledge Supplement) are now available for download.  The CPA Competency Map details the education requirements for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, and has been approved by all provincial bodies participating in unification of the accounting profession as the foundation for the new CPA certification program. The CPA Knowledge Supplement was developed to help academics interpret the CPA Competency Map to ensure their programs meet the entrance requirements for the new CPA certification program which will be launched in Western Canada in September 2013 and across Canada in September 2014.

First Biennial Symposium on Accounting Ethics—Call for Papers

The Centre for Accounting Ethics at the University of Waterloo is pleased to announce its 1st biennial Symposium to be held in Toronto, Canada on April 18-20, 2013 with the theme of Accounting Ethics and Tone at the Top.

Papers from this Symposium will be considered for a Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics. The Symposium and Special Issue invites papers reflecting a full range of methodologies. It seeks papers that explore questions that have yet to be addressed and urges scholars to consider the interaction of the existing streams and whether this in turn can take the literature in new directions.

Please click here for more information.

The 2013 CAAA Annual Conference—Call for Papers

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) will be held in Montreal, from May 30 to June 2, 2013.

IFRS Advisory Council

To support those teaching IFRSs, the IASBs education initiative has embarked on an extensive Framework-based teaching project, which includes resources and workshops.

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation are seeking applications for membership of the IFRS Advisory Council, after the terms of six members expire at the end of 2012. In addition, the Education team is also seeking two Academic Fellows to each fill a one-year term.

Special Issue of Accounting Perspectives on the Proposed Merger of the Accounting Profession in Canada

In a Special Issue of Accounting Perspectives (11-2, Summer 2012), the journal seeks to provide renewed perspectives on the merger proposal and its implications.

The applied research papers in the Special Issue will hopefully stimulate interest in this important public policy issue and help fulfill the journal's ongoing mandate to provide a bridge between practice and academics. This Special Issue serves as a contribution by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association to the profession and to the public.

Access pre-publication versions of the articles from the Special Issue page.

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