Sustainability Symposium

The Sustainability Symposium takes place at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, on October 2 and 3, 2015. Please view the agenda and registration information. The deadline for registering is September 25, 2015.

CPA Canada News

Status of unification across Canada

The status of unification continues to accelerate across the country as provinces complete or make progress toward final legislation in their regions. The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is now in use in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Bermuda.  

International members living in the U.S., Asia and the Caribbean are supported and part of the Canadian CPA profession through membership in the provincial and national bodies and through the establishment of new chapters in Asia and the Caribbean.

Stay up to date on the latest unification news from CPA Canada. View more CPA News +

Ethics Workshop at the CAAA Conference

Post Conference Summary

Ethical Issues in Tax and Finance

The Centre for Accounting Ethics conducted the 19th annual Ethics Workshop on the Sunday of the Annual CAAA Conference in Toronto. The attendees provided very positive feedback on the half-day session which they found informative and entertaining.  This year we had two speakers.  

Steve Balaban, CFA, Mink Capital. Steve highlighted important, emerging ethical issues in finance. He provided detailed examples of ways to integrate these topics into finance, accounting and ethics courses to engage student interest. His real life scenarios were entertaining and informative  and his teaching exercises were helpful in identifying ways to connect the material to the student audience.  
Brian Carr LLB, KPMG Law, spoke on ethical issues in the tax profession. Brian discussed the intersection of law and taxation. He focused on the lessons that all young lawyers and accountants need to understand and provided the perspective of a legal professional in how ethical issues should best be identified and addressed.  
We thank Mr. Balaban and Mr. Carr for their presentations which touched on many useful issues that can be taken back to the classroom.  
Professor Paul Dunn, Brock University, gave a presentation of his project “The Influence of Guilt Cognitions on Taxpayers' Voluntary Disclosures.” He and Jonathan Farrar, Ryerson University, were co-recipients of a grant from the Centre for Accounting Ethics.

This year’s recipient of the Estey Award, Ashton Murray of the University of Prince Edward Island, presented a summary of her paper “The Impact of Board Gender Diversity on Corporate Governance and Financial Performance”. Her sponsoring faculty member, Professor Amy MacFarlane was not able to attend the conference however her support of the competition was acknowledged.  Once more the Centre thanks the family of the late Mr. Justice Willard Z. Estey for their continued and generous support of this award. The Ethics Centre asks all members to continue to encourage their students to submit to this competition, which will be conducted again in 2016.  

Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Accounting Research

The Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) is searching for the next Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) for a three-year term, starting May 1, 2017. The Editor-in-Chief will also be a member of the Board of Directors of the CAAA.  View Details +

CAAA Digital Transformation Project: Request for Proposals

The CAAA is embarking on a Digital Transformation Project that will see the website completely redesigned with brand new features and functionality that will add valuable tools for our membership and modernize our digital brand presence. Please see the Request for Proposals for more details.

Congratulations to Dr. David J. Cooper

The CAAA would like to congratulate long-time member and supporter Dr. David J. Cooper, from the University of Alberta,whowill receive the Doctor Honoris Causa at the Université Paris-Dauphine on June 4, 2015. David has served as Chair of the Association’s Research Committee and on our Executive Committee, and is a previous recipient of the Association’s Haim Falk Award. The Doctorate Honoris Causa Award Ceremony will take place at the University’s Dauphine campus in Paris.


David J. Cooper is the Professor of Accounting in the Alberta School of Business and Consulting Professor at Strathclyde University. David obtained a BSc (Econ) from London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. Previously, he has received Honorary Doctorates from Turku University and Copenhagen Business School and the Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Alberta. Before joining the University of Alberta, he held appointments at University of Manchester, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and has held visiting positions at several other universities, including the University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley, Oxford University, Kyoto University, Université Paris Dauphine, Copenhagen Business School, University of New South Wales, and Queen’s University. David has written or edited nine books and published more than eighty articles and book chapters, mainly providing social and critical analyses of management accounting and accounting regulation. He is on the editorial boards of six academic journals, including CAR, and is an editor of Accounting Organizations and Society and consulting editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

2015 CAAA Annual Conference

Please join us for the 2015 CAAA Annual Conference at the Hilton Toronto Hotel on May 28–31, 2015!

  • Professional Development Day workshops:
    • "Developing Online Courses" with Phylise Banner and John S. DeJoy, Union Graduate College;
    • "Developing the Ability to Make Good Judgments" with Catherine Banks, Ernst & Young Foundation, and Greg Burton, Brigham Young University; and
    • "The Craft of Accounting Research: Planning, Performing, and Publishing Research in Accounting" with Dan Simunic, University of British Columbia, Khim Kelly, University of Waterloo, Partha Mohanram, University of Toronto, and Patricia O'Brien, University of Waterloo.
Friday and Saturday
  • On Friday at 3:45 p.m., join the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, CPA Canada and CAAA for a panel discussion on “Enhancing the Status and Contributions of the CPA profession and Academia” in the main Toronto I & II ballrooms;
  • Two exceptional lunch keynote programs: On Friday, York University’s Dean Neu on “Accounting and Public Policy Research” and on Saturday, a double bill: University of Toronto’s Ole Kristian Hope on “Creativity and Diversity in Accounting Research” followed by special guest, journalist Jesse Brown (CANADALAND) on “The Next Canada.” Are Canada’s institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological change?
  • The Saturday Social Event at the St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre.
  • Don’t forget to attend the CAAA Annual General Meeting on Friday at 5:15 p.m. in the Governor General room on the second floor (the formal notification and documentation for the AGM are available now here.
  • 19th Annual Ethics Workshop by the by the Centre for Accounting Ethics, University of Waterloo:
    • Estey Award Presentation;
    • "The Influence of Guilt Cognitions on Taxpayers' Voluntary Disclosures" with the research grant recipients of the Centre for Accounting Ethics, Paul Dunn (Brock University) and Jonathan Farrar (Ryerson University);
    • "Ethical Issues in Finance: Issues Identified and Approaches to Education"; and
    • "Ethical Issues in Taxation: Issues Identified and Approaches to Education" with Brian R. Carr.

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