COVID-19 and CAAA Annual Conference Update
March 28, 2020
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.
Michael Favere-Marchesi, CAAA President (2019-2020)
The CAAA is closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and following the guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Updates will be posted here and emailed to our members and mailing lists.
March 25, 2020
As you work to minimize the disruption to your students’ education, we offer you our support. As you prioritize the increased workload of new forms of delivery, teach grade school lessons at home, care for and worry about relatives nearby or abroad, and wonder where your own research fits in, we wish you strength and patience. The CAAA is here to support your professional life: we encourage you to get in touch if you see a role for us in your “new normal” work life that we haven’t yet identified.
Our lives have quickly become about “instructional continuity”, and the CAAA continues to operate to support your teaching and research. We run a fully-functioning virtual office in our normal course of operations.
We are here to help you publish your research, and to continue to provide access to the highest-quality accounting research. Journal submissions are being accepted and processed, and our current issues are on their usual publication schedule. We take very seriously our responsibilities both to continue to support authors’ paths to publication, and to foster the wellbeing of our editorial community. Our publisher, Wiley, has implemented continuity plans and is working with library customers in institutions to ensure the Wiley Online Library platform content and training resources are easily available and accessible off-campus.
The submission deadline for the Contemporary Accounting Research conference has been extended. You can now submit papers until April 14.
If your research project is on hold for now, please get in touch with us regarding extensions. Simply make sure you contact us between now and your reporting deadline, so we can help you avoid the more stressful scenario of requesting extra time with a week (or a day…or an hour) to go. Don’t let this be something that adds to your worries right now.
You also have more time than usual for your 2020 grant applications. See application deadlines for the next round of CPA Canada-CAAA research grants.
The CAAA is continuing to monitor recommendations and guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization in response to current developments regarding COVID-19. Members are keeping us informed of developments within their own institutions and our planning team is meeting to share new information regularly.
To help with your decision-making regarding conference and travel planning, we note that:
- Our requirement for presenting authors to make a firm decision by March 20 about attendance at the CAAA Annual Conference is waived; please look out for a later deadline in future communications;
- Conference registration fees are eligible for a full refund up to May 8, so you can register without worrying about changing your mind later. We will issue further information before that date on how we will be proceeding;
- As in all instances, if you are booking travel we recommend having travel insurance and checking the airline’s cancellation and change policies. WestJet is offering our delegates reductions on some flights with the special delegate code, and has flexible fare options to allow for changes;
- Our hotel and social event partners are providing us with the health and safety measures they are implementing.
The CAAA will send you further updates as things change. Our thoughts are with all of our colleagues in the national and international academic community dealing with the personal and professional challenges caused by COVID-19.