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CPA Canada Updates: PEP, learning strategies and data analytics

Wednesday, June 9
4:30 to 5:30 pm

Learn what is coming for CPA Canada’s Professional Education Program, an asynchronous online education program delivered on-mass. There will be a brief discussion of adaptive learning strategies, data analytics, and AI automated marking.

Presenters:
Sarah Gumpinger, CPA Canada
Jennifer Reed, CPA Canada
Andy Thomas, CPA Canada

View Sarah Gumpinger's bio

Sarah Gumpinger is the Director of Precertification Education at CPA Canada. In this role, Sarah oversees the CPA Professional Education Program and the CPA Preparatory Courses. In addition, Sarah has been a Lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Prior to joining CPA Canada, Sarah worked at Deloitte’s national office developing national and global accounting learning curricula.

View Jennifer Reed's bio

Jennifer Reed is a Senior Principal in Precertification Education at CPA Canada. In this role Jennifer is leading the redesign of the CPA Preparatory Courses and adaptive eBook. Jennifer is a Lecturer of audit and financial accounting and has worked for KPMG LLP and the legacy CASB program as the Director of UFE Prep.

View Andy Thomas's bio

Andy Thomas is the Director of Professional Examinations at CPA Canada. In this role, Andy oversees the end of module examinations in the CPA Professional Education Program and the CPA Preparatory Courses. In his 13 years at CPA Canada, Andy has been involved with a wide variety of initiatives within the Precertification department in the areas of education, examinations (including the CFE), and practical experience.

Preparing Future-Ready CPAs: CM2.0 is getting ready to launch!

Thursday, June 10
12:45 to 2:15 pm

Join us to hear about how the Competency Map Task Force started with a blank sheet mandate and created a new, evergreen, research-based competency map for the current times. We will feature some of our research, including our ongoing project, which includes collaboratively working alongside data scientists using artificial intelligence.

Speakers:
Tami Hynes, Vice-President, Precertification Education, CPA Canada
Tim Jackson, Chair, Competency Map Task Force
Erin Kelly, Co-founder and CEO, Advanced Symbolics Inc
Irene Wiecek, Member, Competency Map Task Force 

View Tami Hynes's bio

As vice-president, Precertification Education, Tami Hynes is responsible for the strategic direction and operational oversight of CPA Canada’s precertification education and assessment. In her role, Tami provides leadership to CPA Canada’s education and certification staff, volunteers and contractors who shape the future of the accounting profession by developing leading-edge educational programs and examinations.

Prior to joining CPA Canada, Tami was the Chief Executive Officer of the Optometry Examining Board of Canada. For almost nine years, she led the corporation’s strategic growth plan, resulting in modernization of the organization’s operations, the profession’s first nationally validated competency map and an evolution to world-class standardized exams using innovative simulation models.

Tami started her career in the not-for-profit (NFP) space, where she helped clients obtain funding for their start-up ventures. From there, she joined BMO as a small business banker, performing financial analysis, negotiating financing and contributing to organizational growth. Her career path took her back to the NFP sector in 2008 as associate registrar at an Ontario regulator where she oversaw operations, membership and certification.

Tami has a wealth of experience in education and certification, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and governance. She is known for her passion for program excellence, as well as her ability to build consultative relationships, navigate ambiguity and problem solve.

Today, Tami serves on the board of Brain Injury Canada and is a part-time strategic management lecturer.

View Tim Jackson's bio

Tim Jackson is President and CEO of Shad Canada, a live-in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math) and entrepreneurship program for high school students.

Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur, business and not-for-profit leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology start ups, was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo and was Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners, an early- stage venture capital firm, and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).

Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as CPA Competency Map Task Force, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations.

View Erin Kelly's bio

Erin Kelly is CEO and co-founder of Advanced Symbolics Inc. (ASI), a company that uses Artificial Intelligence for augmented human behavior research and prediction.

ASI’s patented AI, named “Polly” is the world’s only AI for Augmented Human Behavior and Market Research. Polly quickly catapulted to fame in 2016 after correctly predicting both BREXIT and the Trump election and is also well known globally for her work in pandemic prediction, pharmaceutical research and mental health. In the consumer market research space Polly is the AI of choice for leading Fortune 1000 companies including Disney, Mastercard and GM.

Polly was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Margin of Error, which profiles the predictive power of AI and has been shown to audiences throughout North America and Western Europe.

Polly’s advantage over traditional and social media research methodologies is her ability to properly construct randomized controlled sample populations on social media, allowing up to the minute predictive analytics with unprecedented accuracy. 

Erin is frequently called on by national and international media for her insights into AI and its future impacts on society.

View Irene Wiecek's bio

Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA, is a Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management & Inn ovation and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. She is the Director of the Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program. In 2018, she founded and currently directs the BIGDataAIHUB at the Institute for Management & Innovation. In the area of standard setting, she was a member of the Accounting Standards Board IFRS Discussion Group up until 2020. Irene is an active member of the CPA Competency Map Task Force.

Irene has co-authored numerous books and publications including seven editions of the text Intermediate Accounting (by Kieso et al) for which she is one of two Canadian co-authors on the Canadian edition. Irene's interests lie in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, integration in accounting education and, more recently, big data/ data analytics and emerging technologies including blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Preparing Future-Ready CPAs: Given the accelerating digitization, automation and sustainability trends, what can we do in our classrooms to help our students succeed?

Friday, June 11
10:00 to 11:30 am

Let’s get together and share ideas about how digitization, automation and sustainability trends are changing the face of the profession and the roles that CPAs play. What does this mean for our classrooms? How can we create space to facilitate learning in emerging areas?

Facilitators:
Tim Jackson, Chair, Competency Map Task Force
Irene Wiecek, Member, Competency Map Task Force
Rebecca Villmann, Director, FRASCanada 

View Tim Jackson's bio

Tim Jackson is President and CEO of Shad Canada, a live-in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math) and entrepreneurship program for high school students.

Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur, business and not-for-profit leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology start ups, was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo and was Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners, an early- stage venture capital firm, and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).

Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as CPA Competency Map Task Force, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations.

View Irene Wiecek's bio

Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA, is a Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management & Inn ovation and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. She is the Director of the Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program. In 2018, she founded and currently directs the BIGDataAIHUB at the Institute for Management & Innovation. In the area of standard setting, she was a member of the Accounting Standards Board IFRS Discussion Group up until 2020. Irene is an active member of the CPA Competency Map Task Force.

Irene has co-authored numerous books and publications including seven editions of the text Intermediate Accounting (by Kieso et al) for which she is one of two Canadian co-authors on the Canadian edition. Irene's interests lie in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, integration in accounting education and, more recently, big data/ data analytics and emerging technologies including blockchain and artificial intelligence.

View Rebecca Villmann's bio

Rebecca Villmann is the Director of Reporting Initiatives and Research for Financial Reporting & Assurance Standards Canada (FRASCanada). Rebecca leads initiatives and research to inform standard setting and enhance the quality of decision making. She leverages her extensive background, standard-setting and consulting skillset to work across a range of topics. She is currently supporting the CPA Competency Map Task Force (CMTF) by overseeing the use of practice and academic research to inform the development of the new competency map for CPAs (CM2.0). She enables the consultations on the new competency map, including the CMTF Discussion Forum involving over 180 members of academics and employers.

Rebecca also leads the CAAA–CPA Canada annual grant program and is a board member of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. She was the Guest Editor for a special edition of Accounting Perspectives on Blockchain and Cryptoassets.

Preparing Future-Ready CPAs: How can the profession support academics in transforming curricula?

Friday, June 11
1:30 to 2:00 pm

Once CM2.0 is released, we will need to think about how accounting curricula and programs will change. How can the profession help with this transformation? Now is the time to share your ideas so we can collaboratively work together over the transition period. Drop in to ask your questions.

Speakers:
Tim Jackson, Chair, Competency Map Task Force (TBC)
Irene Wiecek, Member, Competency Map Task Force
Rebecca Villmann, Director, FRAS Canada

View Tim Jackson's bio

Tim Jackson is President and CEO of Shad Canada, a live-in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math) and entrepreneurship program for high school students.

Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur, business and not-for-profit leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology start ups, was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo and was Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners, an early- stage venture capital firm, and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).

Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as CPA Competency Map Task Force, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations.

View Irene Wiecek's bio

Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA, is a Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management & Inn ovation and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. She is the Director of the Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program. In 2018, she founded and currently directs the BIGDataAIHUB at the Institute for Management & Innovation. In the area of standard setting, she was a member of the Accounting Standards Board IFRS Discussion Group up until 2020. Irene is an active member of the CPA Competency Map Task Force.

Irene has co-authored numerous books and publications including seven editions of the text Intermediate Accounting (by Kieso et al) for which she is one of two Canadian co-authors on the Canadian edition. Irene's interests lie in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, integration in accounting education and, more recently, big data/ data analytics and emerging technologies including blockchain and artificial intelligence.

View Rebecca Villmann's bio

Rebecca Villmann is the Director of Reporting Initiatives and Research for Financial Reporting & Assurance Standards Canada (FRASCanada). Rebecca leads initiatives and research to inform standard setting and enhance the quality of decision making. She leverages her extensive background, standard-setting and consulting skillset to work across a range of topics. She is currently supporting the CPA Competency Map Task Force (CMTF) by overseeing the use of practice and academic research to inform the development of the new competency map for CPAs (CM2.0). She enables the consultations on the new competency map, including the CMTF Discussion Forum involving over 180 members of academics and employers.

Rebecca also leads the CAAA–CPA Canada annual grant program and is a board member of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. She was the Guest Editor for a special edition of Accounting Perspectives on Blockchain and Cryptoassets.


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