As you can imagine, we have been very busy at the CAAA in the last few weeks. We have had several meetings of the Conference Committee and the Executive Committee, and held a special meeting of the Board of Directors to assess the situation with regards to our annual conference scheduled June 4 to 6. While we have not yet made a formal announcement, I want to ask for your patience a while longer as we are in negotiation with the hotel in Saskatoon to explore all options. I will get back to you shortly as these deliberations should conclude in the next few days.
In the meantime, we are suspending registration to the conference. However, I can guarantee you that, if the conference does not proceed, those who have already registered will receive a full refund of their registration fee.
We have been proactive in the matter and, even if we cannot hold an in-person conference, we have been actively engaged in exploring the possibility to deliver online activities to benefit all our members. Please keep the conference dates on your calendar open as most of these online activities, including the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Members of the CAAA, would take place during the days originally set aside.
I want to acknowledge the amazing work and dedication of our staff and all our volunteers in helping the association serve our membership in new and creative ways. As accounting researchers and educators, our work will be one of the languages in which this global challenge is parsed, explained, and confronted. Our research and teaching will be part of the solution. It is more important now than ever that the CAAA be a place where we can collaborate, question each other, share ideas, and be challenged to be better. I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe in these difficult times.
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone is keeping warm this time of the year. Spring will be coming soon enough and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our annual conference taking place in Saskatoon June 4 to 6. The organizers have been going all out to make this a spectacular conference with an exciting program. This year’s theme is Risky Business: Accounting in Times of Uncertainty. The conference will highlight some important questions for the future of the profession. For example, what role can accountants play to support decision makers in times of uncertainty? Or can new technologies and data analytic techniques allow us to measure uncertainties that we could not before? The professional development day on June 4 will also look at how we can prepare future generations of accounting practitioners. I want to encourage you to register early to take advantage of the special room rates we have negotiated with the conference hotel, the Delta Bessborough Hotel.
On the research front, please keep in mind the upcoming Accounting Perspectives special issue which will deal with blockchain and cryptoassets and the role accountants can play. The deadline for receiving submissions is on April 30, 2020.
As I mentioned in my speech at our past conference, we are pursuing efforts to engage all accounting faculty throughout Canada and looking at the value the association can bring to our diverse community. Our conference includes a full professional development day and has an even split between research and education sessions. I have pledged to continue supporting the education community and Kim Trottier (firstname.lastname@example.org), our membership committee chair, has spearheaded this endeavor of inclusivity together with Hanen Khemakhem (email@example.com), our education chair. If you wish to help and support them, please feel free to reach them directly.
I must finish this address on a sad note by noting the passing of our long-esteemed colleague, Jerry Feltham. Jerry made a huge contribution to the CAAA as past editor of CAR, among other things. As mentioned by Gord Richardson, he was the “finest Canadian accounting academic this country has ever produced.”
President, Canadian Academic Accounting Association (2019-2020)
I would like to report on a very successful 34th annual CAR conference that took place in Ottawa on October 25 and 26, preceded by the Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium on October 24. Approximately, 140 Canadian and international delegates attended the conference. I want to thank and congratulate Michael Welker, the current CAR editor-in-chief, Alan Webb, the incoming CAR editor-in-chief, and all who helped make this conference a continued success. Special thanks to Carina Hackett, Judith Russell, and Amber Goldie who provided invaluable staff support.
By now, CAAA members will have received an e-mail from the Association encouraging you to renew your membership. Remember this is your Association and your financial support through membership fees is essential to sustaining our programs and benefits. The Association also relies heavily on your participation. Consider volunteering to serve on its various committees. Soon we will solicit nominations to serve on the Board of Directors and for award recipients. Consider nominating a colleague for a board position or to receive one of our four awards. Self-nominations are also welcome.
Our next annual conference will take place in Saskatoon on June 4 to 6, 2020. Our conference co-chairs, Ganesh Vaidyanathan and Devan Mescall, as well as our education chair, Hanen Khemakhem, have been hard at work to put together a spectacular program. The theme of the conference will be Risky Business: Accounting in Times of Uncertainty. Submissions will soon open for both education and research, and the submission deadline will be January 17, 2020.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that we have concluding a collaboration agreement with the European Accounting Association. The first phase of this agreement will take place next year with the exchange of distinguished speakers at our respective doctoral events, as well as the exchange of selected doctoral students to attend each other’s conferences.
I wish you all a great remaining fall semester and will have further announcements after the new year.
President, Canadian Academic Accounting Association (2019-2020)
As I started my term as President of our amazing association during the last annual conference in Ottawa, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful members from all parts of Canada and many international delegates as well. Our organization is vibrant, as witnessed by the enthusiasm of those in attendance. It was an honour for me to begin my term in our capital city and I want to thank all who were active contributors and participants, and made this conference a huge success.
We had amazing keynote speakers. On Friday, Russell Golden, Chair of the U.S. FASB, delivered an amazing address, and on Saturday, Professor Mark DeFond of Leventhal School of Accounting at University of Southern California and former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review shared with us his remarkable insights into audit quality. Prior to the conference, we had a wonderful PD Day with our Craft of Accounting Research workshop, a full-day Accounting Perspectives workshop, and several educational workshops. Current topics reflecting the profound transformation taking place in the accounting world were discussed, such as distributed ledger technology, blockchain accounting, and Big Data. Our mix of concurrent research and education sessions appealed to a broad range of delegates. Many of the education sessions and panel discussions were focused on disruptive technologies and how to bring into the classroom these technologies to help better prepare all our graduates for a future that is fast becoming very different from the one that most of us have known. For example, a panel discussion that drew a lot of attention focused on how technological innovation is reshaping auditing practice and education, and benefited from the participation of Ken Charbonneau, Chair of the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Carol Paradine, CEO of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, and Linda Mezon, Chair of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board. I also want to thank all of those who so generously supported the conference and gave of their time to make the whole event successful. Of course, a big thank you from all the membership goes to the conference co-organizers, Naqi Sayed and Camillo Lento. Last, but not least, I want to acknowledge the astonishing work of our executive director, Amber Goldie, and our wonderful staff, whose tireless efforts make it seem like a breeze year after year.
On other news, we have two new Editors-in-Chief for the association journals. Alan Webb will become Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Accounting Research on May 1, 2020, taking over from Mike Welker, and Leslie Berger will become Editor-in-Chief of Accounting Perspectives on June 1, 2020, taking over from Pascale Lapointe-Antunes.
As I mentioned in my address in Ottawa, high on my agenda is to increase our membership by ensuring that we provide as much value as possible to the diverse range of accounting faculty in Canada. We are starting a dialogue with colleagues in various institutions that are teaching-focused in order to be more inclusive in all the activities provided by the Association. Additionally, we are striving to increase the international visibility of our Association. We have developed a collaboration agreement with the European Accounting Association that will benefit our student membership. I would like to continue exploring avenues that will increase our level of international engagement.
In the immediate future, we are sponsoring the Qualitative Accounting Research symposium at the end of November, for which you will have seen the call for papers in last week’s email. We are making plans for our 2020 annual conference in Saskatoon: the call for papers is on our website and submissions will open in October. I encourage all of you to attend. The venue is amazing and the conference co-organizers, Devan Mescall and Ganesh Vaidyanathan, are working hard to make it an outstanding conference. We also have the honour to host the 3rd Yuji Ijiri lecture, previously hosted by the Japanese Accounting Association and the American Accounting Association, which will be delivered by Professor Paul Fischer of the University of Pennsylvania.
I encourage all of you to volunteer to help out for the conference or in any other capacity with the Association. This is your Association and your engagement is what will keep it vibrant and growing. I am honoured that you have entrusted me to lead it. I wish you all a successful start of Fall.
Spring is on the horizon which means that the 2019 CAAA Conference will be here soon. The conference will take place at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. Our conference co-chairs, Camilo Lento and Naqi Sayed, and our CAAA staff are working hard to finalize the schedule for the conference. We have a variety of education and research workshops available during the Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 30. The opening reception for the conference takes place on Thursday evening followed by a variety of education and research sessions on Friday and Saturday. A preliminary schedule is posted on the conference website.
We are fortunate to have outstanding keynote speakers for the conference. Christine Botosan, a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, will deliver the opening keynote speech on Friday. Christine is a past president of the American Accounting Association and a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada. Mark DeFond, University of Southern California, will deliver the keynote speech on Saturday. Mark is a former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review.
Mike Welker, Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Accounting Research, and our CAAA staff are planning for the 2019 CAR Conference and Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium. The 2019 CAR Conference will take place in Ottawa on October 25 & 26 preceded by the Consortium on Thursday, October 24. The deadline to submit papers for the conference is April 5. I encourage you to submit your working papers to the conference.
Two committees working hard to identify the next Editors-in-Chiefs for Accounting Perspectives (AP) and Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR). The terms of our current editors, Pascale Lapointe-Antunes (AP) and Mike Welker (CAR), end in 2020. The committees have identified a number of candidates for the positions and hope to select the next EICs soon. This will give the next Editors-in-Chiefs an opportunity to shadow Mike and Pascale and learn from their valuable expertise.
Another committee is at work to identify the next publisher of AP and CAR. We received a number of proposals from various publishers. The committee is evaluating the proposals with a goal of negotiating a new contract in the next few months.
Registration for the CAAA Conference is open and I look forward to seeing you in Ottawa. In the meantime, please contact me, or our president-elect, Michael Favere-Marchesi, to provide suggestions on how the CAAA can be a valuable part of your academic community
It is January already bringing the start of a new year as well as a new teaching semester. I hope that 2018 was a good year for you, and best wishes for everyone in 2019.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Amber Goldie will be the new Executive Director for the CAAA. Amber ably stepped into the breach when our previous Executive Director, Mary Henricksen, left the CAAA in November 2017 to pursue other interests. Amber did an outstanding job in the past year as Interim Executive Director leading to the decision to appoint her as the new Executive Director. I am excited by the opportunity to continue working with Amber in the new year.
The Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) conference was held in Banff in October. The Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium preceded the conference. The conference was fully subscribed again. Participants were very happy with the consortium and conference content as well as the opportunity to interact with colleagues. My thanks to the conference selection committee, consisting of Editor-in-Chief Mike Welker, Jeffrey Pittman, and Khim Kelly, for creating an outstanding program for the consortium and conference. The 2019 CAR conference will take place in Ottawa on October 25 & 26. The deadline to submit papers for the conference is April 5. I encourage you to submit your working papers to the conference.
I am happy to announce that the Board of Directors approved the creation of the Canadian Accounting Hall of Fame (CAHF) at our November meeting. The CAHF will recognize and honour individuals who made significant contributions to the development of the Canadian accounting profession or, as Canadians, made contributions to the development of accounting elsewhere in the world. The Board is setting up a search committee to select the initial Director of the CAHF.
This year will be an important year for our journals. Search committees have been set up to identify the next Editor-in-Chiefs for Accounting Perspectives (AP) and Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) as the terms of our current editors, Pascale Lapointe-Antunes (AP) and Mike Welker (CAR), end in 2020. The current agreement with the publisher of our journals extends through 2019. The CAAA issued a Request for Proposals to companies who may wish to publish and distribute AP and CAR. We received a number of proposals and we are in the process of evaluating them.
Our conference co-chairs, Camilo Lento and Naqi Sayed, and CAAA staff are planning for the 2019 CAAA Conference. The conference will take place at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on May 31 and June 1, preceded by a Professional Development Day on May 30. Information will be updated regularly on the conference webpage. There is still time to submit papers for both research and education sessions; the deadline is January 18. I encourage members of the Association to take an active role in the conference as a reviewer, discussant or moderator (contact Naqi). I look forward to seeing you at the conference.
It is October and we are more than half way through the Fall semester already. I hope that the semester is going well for everyone.
It is a busy time of year for your Association. The new Board of Directors held their first meeting on September 22 with the next meeting in mid-November. I am excited by the opportunity to work with these people during the next year. I am happy to announce that we reached agreement with CPA Canada to extend our current funding arrangement for a year. CPA Canada is a valuable partner to the CAAA and an active participant in many Association activities. We greatly appreciate the funding that they provide.
The Board is in the process of setting up search committees to identify the next Editors-in-Chief for Accounting Perspectives (AP) and Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR). The goal is to appoint the next Editors-in-Chief by the AGM so that they have the opportunity to work in the following year with our current editors, Pascale Lapointe-Antunes (AP) and Mike Welker (CAR), to ensure a smooth transition between editors.
The current agreement with the publisher of our journals extends through 2019. The Association issued a Request for Proposals inviting publishers to submit proposals for the opportunity to publish and distribute AP and CAR. A number of publishers have expressed interest in submitting proposals.
The 33rd annual Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) conference will be held on October 26 and 27 in Banff. The conference will be preceded by the Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium on Thursday. The conference selection committee, consisting of Editor-in-Chief Mike Welker (Queen’s University), Jeffrey Pittman (Memorial University) and Khim Kelly (University of Central Florida), created an outstanding program for the conference.
Meanwhile, the conference co-chairs and our CAAA staff are busy planning for the 2019 CAAA Conference in Ottawa. The conference takes place at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on May 31 and June 1, 2019 with the Professional Development Day on May 30. The call for papers is posted on the CAAA website and further information about the conference is also available on the website. I encourage all members of the Association to attend the conference.
I hope that the remainder of your Fall term is successful.
It is September already and the Fall academic term is beginning. I hope that everyone had a great summer. The Fall term brings most of us back to campus where we will be greeted by new students and new and familiar colleagues.
It is a privilege to serve as CAAA President for the next year. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many of you at the CAAA conference in Calgary. It was a great opportunity to renew old friendships and form new friendships. The conference went well with over 100 participants in the various sessions in the Professional Development Day on Thursday and over 300 attendees in the sessions on Friday and Saturday. We were fortunate to have two outstanding keynote speakers at the conference. James Ohlson (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) spoke at the opening plenary session on Friday morning. Stephen Zeff (Rice University) spoke at the President’s Lunch on Saturday. Presentation materials from many of the education sessions are available on the conference website. My thanks to the CAAA office team of Vittoria Fortunato, Amber Goldie, Carina Hackett, and Louise Laroche for their outstanding assistance in making the conference a success.
The 33rdannual Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) conference will be held on October 26 and 27 in Banff. The conference will be preceded by the Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium on Thursday. Both events are sold out. The conference selection committee, consisting of Editor-in-Chief Mike Welker (Queen’s University), Jeffrey Pittman (Memorial University) and Khim Kelly (University of Central Florida), have put together an outstanding program for the conference.
Planning is underway for the 2019 Annual CAAA Conference in Ottawa. I extend a warm welcome to everyone to attend the conference, at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, on May 31 and June 1, 2019. As always, the Professional Development Day will occur on the Thursday prior to the conference (May 30). This is a beautiful time of year in Ottawa. The conference call for papers is now on the CAAA website here, and further information about the conference is being updated regularly on this webpage.
I will conclude by noting that the CAAA is a member-based organization. The success of the CAAA is dependent on the support of our members. I encourage all members to be engaged with the Association through a variety of means such as serving on committees, reviewing papers for our journals or conferences, or serving as a discussant or moderator at the conferences.
I wish you a successful Fall term.
It is hard to believe that a year has gone by! It looks like it was only yesterday we were all at the Montreal meetings last year when I assumed the presidency of the association. As I looked forward to a rather uneventful year hopefully to be marked by some outreach and funding initiatives, fate had other things in store.
The year from my perspective appears framed by two very important issues: (1) Budgetary problems and (2) Mary Henricksen’s resignation. Let me address them one by one.
As you might have surmised from the financial statements, the association has been running deficits for the past few years that are not sustainable! At the late September 2017 Board meeting, when Mary presented the deficit budget for this year, it was not accepted as the sentiment at the Board was to wrestle the deficit down and to have paths identified for a balanced budget. The Board asked Mary to return to the Board by the next meeting with more budget clarity. Thereafter, in late October after the conclusion of a successful CAR conference in Quebec City, Mary resigned in a career move to return to the entertainment industry from where she came. The exec committee with the stellar help from our Treasurer Umar and the CAAA secretariat team of Amber, Vittoria, Carina and Louise worked to keep the deficit down materially from the September 2017 iteration and strove to identify pathways to budgetary balance. I must thank my executive colleagues Cheryl and Duane for their dedication and graciousness to this rather arduous task. The outcome of all these efforts is in the financials that have been presented for your approval.
Mary Henricksen Departure
As noted above, Mary decided to return to her roots in the entertainment industry. Her departure was a shock to the administrative structure of the association. I am profoundly grateful to my executive committee colleagues, Cheryl for her invaluable counsel and adept judgement and Duane for his sage advice and graciously easing into some administrative roles in my absence when I was away overseas on research visits. Duane and I held weekly meetings with the CAAA secretariat team till we arrived at a solution to Mary’s departure. Thankfully, Amber stepped up into the Interim Executive Director role and adroitly managed the day-to-day situation. We all (Exec Committee and CAAA Secretariat) have worked to keep the affairs of association to a steady hum and provide uninterrupted service to you all, the membership. Given the apparent lack of any complaints to my knowledge, I think we all owe a big thank you to Cheryl and Duane and the CAAA Secretariat team of Amber, Vittoria, Louise and Carina.
I salute Cheryl our outgoing Past President for her invaluable guidance and service to the association. I wish Duane our incoming President all the best for already showing his capable and deft handling of admin tasks facing the association. As the association looks forward to the renewal of the CPA funding agreement and the regularization of the Executive Director role, we can all be assured that the association is in capable hands. I thank Mark and Raj for having put together an outstanding program and for being gracious hosts displaying outstanding Albertan hospitality. Further, I thank the outgoing board members: Brenda Collings, Cheryl McWatters, Penny Parker, Mark Anderson, Anne Fortin, Morley Lemon, & Raj Mashruwala, our 2018 conference co-chair, for their valuable counsel and service to the association.
I wish the very best to our incoming board members,
- Ganesh Vaidyanathan, Annual Conference Chair
- Jenny Zhang, Member at Large
- Michel Magnan, Member at Large
- Kiridaran (Giri) Kanagaretnam, Research Chair
- Hanen Khemakhem, Education Chair
and our Non-Board committee chairs
- Merridee Bujaki, George Baxter Committee Chair
- Partha Mohanram, Haim Falk Committee Chair
- Devan Mescall, L.S. Rosen Committee Chair & CAAA Conference Co-chair
as they step up to guide the association to even greater heights.
Finally, I recognize our continuing board members: Michael Favere-Marchesi (President- elect), Stephanie Ibach (Secretary), Duane Kennedy (President), Kim Trottier (Membership), Mike Welker (EIC, CAR), Pascale Lapointe Antunes (EIC, AP), Umar Saeed (Treasurer), Naqi Sayed (2019 Conference Co-Chair), and Sandy Hilton (Member at Large), for their work maintaining and sharing their institutional understanding and leadership of the CAAA with our incoming members.
As for me, I will step back into the Past-President role and try to salvage whatever I had hoped to do in my Presidential year!
Thank you / Merci Beaucoup !
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Hope you all had a productive Fall semester and the grading of the exams are all behind you. Since the last communication, the association had some notable things that are worth reporting and a brief summary is outlined below.
First, I must announce with a sense of loss that our capable and very personable Executive Director for the past few years, Mary Henricksen, resigned from her position and has moved on to other pursuits. It came as a surprise to many of us. Her last day was November 30, 2017. Mary has accomplished many things in her years with the Association and her positive presence will be missed. The Board and Executive are pleased that we have found an able successor to Mary: Amber Goldie, a familiar face to many of you, will be taking over as Interim Executive Director as we move the CAAA forward over the coming year.
Second, as has been the case in past years, this year’s CAR conference in Quebec City was a grand success under the able leadership of Mike Welker, Khim Kelly, and Jeff Pittman, underlined by the meticulous organization of Carina Hackett.
Third, the Board met on November 18, 2017, with two notable things on the Agenda. One, on the basis of a proposal from colleagues of Professor Yuji Ijiri of Carnegie Mellon University, the Board adopted a motion to accept a rotating memorial lecture series in Professor Ijiri’s honour at the annual CAAA conference. The Board volunteered the dates as the Ottawa 2019 meetings or more likely, the 2020 Vancouver (the Asian Gateway) conference. The MOU is being drafted and will be consulted with other sister associations (AAA, EAA and like). Two, the Board also passed a motion on further transparency of Board proceedings. It was adopted that the Board meeting summaries will be available from 2018 onwards. Further, a 5 year lookback and future AGM meeting minutes will be posted on members only section of the association website.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. If you are travelling, safe travels!
S.M. Khalid Nainar
President, CAAA (2017-18)
Greetings, and I hope you are all having a great start to this academic year.
It is a great privilege to be your CAAA President for this year. As I noted in my remarks at the Montreal CAAA meeting this past June, the association is continuing the work started by the recent Presidents Gaa, Richardson, Bujaki and McWatters, with splendid assistance and support from the CAAA office team of Mary Henricksen, Louise Laroche, Carina Hackett, Vittoria Fortunato, and Amber Goldie.
The Strat Plan passed last year is now being implemented and we should all see its positive results in the coming years. The CAAA Board had its first meeting for the year last month, on September 23rd. Some notable things that came up at the Board meeting:
(1) Efforts are underway towards a balanced budget to break away from the recent experience of deficits,
(2) To broaden and deepen the engagement of CAAA with its membership across the country, two regional events are being planned for this year,
(3) Hopefully, you all have experienced the revamped and energized CAAA website,
(4) A taskforce is being formed to enable accounting academics to function as public intellectuals. Two areas were identified in my remarks at the 2017 Montreal meetings: Pensions and Bank Capital. The taskforce will in all likelihood broaden its mandate beyond these two identified areas in the coming months. More details to come as the taskforce begins its work.
The 32nd Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) conference is coming up on October 27th and 28th in Quebec City along with a Doctoral Consortium. Both events are fully sold out and I am sure they will be as successful under the able direction of Professor Mike Welker, CAR’s Editor-in- Chief, and the CAAA office team as in recent years. These events have become quite notable in the academic community and are a great testament to the wisdom of founding of CAR as a journal and the great work of its past editors, beginning from the founding editor, Professor Haim Falk (McMaster University), with the able and sustained support of the editorial board members and the CAAA secretariat.
Looking more to the longer-term in this year, I extend a warm welcome to each of you to the CAAA 2018 meetings in Calgary on June 15 and 16, 2018, with the theme of Accounting and the Public Trust under the conference chairmanship of Professor Mark Anderson (University of Calgary). It is worth noting that the Rockies are a great place to be in June, and the CAAA team has some additional events planned to take advantage of such a first-class location. For our international colleagues, if there was ever a time to visit Canada, this is it!
Finally, I should note the CAAA is a member-based organization and I strongly encourage each and every one of you to engage with and volunteer with CAAA, particularly my junior colleagues. Personally, my academic years have been greatly enriched by my CAAA association, be it applying for research grants, annual conferences, or networking, meeting colleagues across the country, giving me a better sense of the academic community beyond my university campus.
I wish you all a productive Fall term!
S.M. Khalid Nainar, McMaster University
President / President, CAAA 2017-18
Message from the Outgoing President
Walking on campus in May, signs of spring are everywhere. In my case, final grades submitted, committees having those end-of-term meetings, and plans developing for a busy and productive summer. In Ottawa, we are awaiting tulips and tourists as we celebrate in full force Canada’s sesquicentennial. We are also dealing with the impact of climate change; its effects felt by many colleagues and friends due to flooding in Ottawa-Gatineau, Greater Montreal, la Mauricie, as well as extreme weather in many other parts of the country. As always, we have come together to help – on our campus, for example, our being quickly mobilised to provide assistance, share accommodation, and simply working from home to free up roadways for emergency workers and our armed forces. We have all been touched when learning of those who have lost everything in the last short while. In the midst of this gloom, we also have had stories that remind us of our sense of community and the small miracles that alleviate the sense of helplessness.
Last week, we met at our annual general meeting and conference in Montreal. My term as CAAA president has come to an end and the baton has been passed to the capable hands of Khalid Nainar. As president, I have had the great privilege to represent you and to learn and appreciate the sheer diversity of the activities and interests that link us as a community of scholars. I know that Khalid can count on all of our support in his leadership role as together we continue to build our teaching and research community. Our conference convenor, Richard Fontaine, our CAAA staff and many of our members, volunteers and stakeholders worked tirelessly to challenge us to embrace ‘Fearless Disruption’! I very much enjoyed greeting you all there.
While I finish my presidential term with some disappointment of projects and plans left as work-in-process -- it seems that one never accomplishes all that one believes possible or do-able --, I wish to thank the CAAA Board, our staff and all of you for your support over the past year. We have worked to develop and refine an actionable strategic plan to make the CAAA an essential part of your academic landscape. Do be in touch with me or with our new president Khalid Nainar to offer your ideas and insights into how the CAAA can best serve and support you. You can always keep up to date and contact the CAAA here on our website and follow us on Twitter.
Diversity and community are essential threads of our national fabric. In the wake of the horrific events in Quebec and their aftermath, these two parts of our shared identity can be shaken and less than secure. Many of us have been motivated more than ever to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and strangers to reinforce our belief in their essential nature and affirm our unity. It is easy to say, ‘what can we do?’ but most of us react otherwise.
As academics, we have a vast array of opportunities to foster diversity and community on our own campuses, in our research networks, and in our community. Many of us are involved in our home towns or cities, whether it be sitting on a neighbourhood committee, working with a charity, or coaching a sports team. We all have opened our doors to assist international students and faculty from around the globe to settle and find their bearings in their new home. We help out in any number of small and seemingly insignificant ways that demonstrate our commitment to creating a welcoming community.
At the CAAA, we are also a community with diversity in terms of membership, research and teaching interests, our time and talents. As your current president, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you over the last several months. These chats have left me frequently humbled when I learn of the activities and contributions of our members on so many fronts – most of them done with little fanfare or expectation of recognition. We all know these colleagues who always seem to be too busy yet willing to take on another task, another committee, another manuscript review – colleagues who make us simply tired just by listening to their agenda.
I will be the first to admit that ‘saying no’ is not my strong suit. While not recommending or urging this attitude, as we look to this year’s CAAA conference in Montreal, I would ask that you take advantage of opportunities within the CAAA to be part of your academic community. Accept to sit on one of our committees, represent us as your campus liaison, act as a chair or discussant at one of the conference sessions. We all don’t have time all of the time, but perhaps we can have time some of the time!
We have made great strides this year in fostering our networks and establishing new collaborations to enrich our programmes and activities. Our upcoming conference and its theme of ‘Fearless Disruption’ will showcase some of them. Do be in touch with me or our president-elect Khalid Nainar to provide your input on how we can make the CAAA a vital part of your academic community. You also can keep up to date and contact the CAAA here on our website, and engage with us via Twitter
Cheryl S. McWatters
Already it is September – where did the summer go? The Fall brings many of us back to campus where new students and colleagues await us. There is also the sense of the familiar as we return to routines that we had somewhat abandoned over the last few months. For me, it is often a sense of excitement yet disappointment as I never accomplish all that I would have liked over those long days of summer.
Like everyone, we are gearing up for a busy schedule at the CAAA. Our first Board of Directors meeting will be held on September 25th in Toronto. In mid-October, it is our annual CAR conference. This year’s conference will be in collaboration with the IASB and will also be a change in that the event will be on a university campus. Many thanks to the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance for working with us on this conference, one of our highlights of the year. This year’s iteration promises to be another huge success. As well, we are busy with our plans for the 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, which will celebrate our 40th Anniversary.
During the Fall, I am continuing to travel, along with our president-elect, Khalid Nainar, to many of your campuses. If there is a possibility for us to visit you, to chat about the CAAA and most importantly, to hear your views and ideas on how best to serve you our members, please be in touch. It is only from hearing from you that we can ensure that our strategic planning is a vibrant and effective exercise.
Finally, I encourage everyone to become familiar with our new web site as a go-to source for academic accounting in Canada. Amber Goldie at our Toronto office has been focused on this project tirelessly to get our site up and running effectively and efficiently. But we are more than the web! Do take the opportunity to discover our Twitter feed – see the information below on how (and why) to visit us there. I am making my own commitment to ‘get on board’ with our social media presence. I would love to have many of you join me as we use these additional ways to keep abreast of what is happening in our accounting community.
Wishing you a successful Fall term, whether on campus or off on a well-deserved sabbatical.
While the summer is a time for renewal and relaxation, it is also a busy time for us at the CAAA as we transition to a new executive and focus on the upcoming year. Our annual conference in St. John’s proved to be a great success and provided me with a wonderful opportunity to meet many of you who made the trek to the Atlantic Coast. For those of you who were not able to be with us, this note offers a brief update of decisions taken at our recent Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting, along with outlining some plans for the upcoming year.
Strategic Plan and Governance Review:
The development of our strategic plan will remain my key priority for the upcoming months, building on the work which Merridee Bujaki (Past President, Carleton University) led during her presidency. After a very engaging strategic retreat held at the end of April, which included both incoming and the then current members of the Board, we are now working on the detailed plan to guide our programming and activities for the next five years. A strong strategic document will enable us to move forward with a number of key initiatives to make the CAAA vibrant and of value to our members and stakeholders.
I am also happy to announce that Merridee has agreed to chair an ad hoc committee to undertake a complete governance review of the CAAA. This initiative is critical as we refine our strategic plan, CAAA vision and mission. We want all of these pieces to mesh and work together, thus it is important to have this review dovetail with our strategic planning process.
We are also very pleased to have our new editor-in-chief of CAR, Professor Mike Welker of Queen’s University in place for 2017 to take over the reins from Professor Pat O’Brien of the University of Waterloo. CAR remains our flagship and its reputation and success are key to our ability to be the viable organization that we are and wish to remain.
Accounting Perspectives Editor-in-Chief:
We also are very happy to announce that we will be formally approving at our next CAAA Board Meeting the appointment of our new editor-in-chief of Accounting Perspectives, Professor Pascale Lapointe-Antunes of Brock University who will succeed Professor Claude Laurin of HEC. Claude has worked tremendously to move Accounting Perspectives forward as a vehicle for our varied stakeholders, particularly to bridge the research-teaching gap.
The professionalism of our staff enables us to deliver on our engagement to you to provide programmes and services effectively, responsively, and efficiently. For many of us, our staff is the true face of the CAAA and our on-going link to the Association over the years. I have received much support and assistance from our Executive Director, Mary Henricksen, Louise Laroche, Carina Hackett and Vittoria Fortunato and Amber Goldie who has recently joined us to build and maintain our web and social media presence. Do take time to visit our website to match faces and names with roles and responsibilities.
Web Presence and Social Media:
The CAAA has dedicated major resources to the development of our new website, www.caaa.ca, which we hope will become a go-to destination for our members in search of information about the CAAA, research programmes, and teaching opportunities. We are working diligently on this project which has consumed more time and energy than we had anticipated, particularly dealing with legacy systems and data retention. An immediate priority is the completion of the French-language website to provide these resources in both official languages and to demonstrate our commitment to bilingualism in our service offerings.
The CAAA relies on its engaged membership. Do be in touch if you are interested in a greater level of involvement with the CAAA and opportunities to contribute to shaping the future of the Association. I plan to continue the ‘road trip’ begun last year to meet as many of our current and potential CAAA members and to learn from you on your campus what you expect from the CAAA and how we can best serve your interests and preferences. Let me know if you have time for a chat or if a visit to your campus might be welcome. While I cannot visit every campus, there often are ways to combine such visits with other meetings and conferences.
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In the interim, I hope that you have time for rest and relaxation during the summer days ahead.
Cheryl S. McWatters
The first few flakes of snow remind me that the Fall term and 2016 are quickly drawing to a close – that busy time of year when we mark examinations, finalise grades, try to meet research deadlines, all the while planning for the holidays and a new term in January. As CAAA president, the last six months have been busy with travel across Canada and internationally to meet with you and to represent the CAAA at a number of events and conferences....
With visits from coast to coast, these opportunities have reinforced the sheer dedication and hard work undertaken on our behalf by our Board members, our volunteers and our CAAA staff. International travel to Europe, Australia and the USA has reinforced the value and importance of fostering collaboration with colleagues in other countries who share many of the same challenges and rewards in their respective organizations and jurisdictions.
Our new strategic plan is well underway and I wish to thank many of you have contributed expertise, input and ideas to its development. In particular, I would like to thank Mary Henricksen, our Executive Director, who has spent many hours with me, the Board and our strategic partners to bring this document to life. Nonetheless, a strategic plan remains a dynamic process enabling us to be agile and responsive to your needs. Do be in touch with me or our president-elect Khalid Nainar if you wish to chat or discuss ways in which we can ensure that the CAAA continues to provide value and meet your needs in terms of research, teaching and service. You also can keep up to date and contact the CAAA via our website and engage with us via Twitter (@caaa_acpc).
The end of the year is an opportune time to encourage your active involvement in our volunteer roles to make the CAAA a vital and valuable part of your academic career. Many ways exist to share your time and talents and to contribute your insights and ideas. A number of these activities are outlined below. Please also make a year-end resolution to renew your membership and to promote its value to your colleagues and students. A vibrant organisation depends on an engaged membership and on our ability to provide you with the services and benefits requisite to your academic mission.
As we enter this holiday season, I extend a warm thank-you for your many contributions to the CAAA. It is thanks to our staff, supporters, members and volunteers that these first months of my term as president have proven so rewarding. I wish all of you and yours a happy and healthy holiday and new year.
Cheryl S. McWatters