CM2.0: Learn what Entry-level CPAs actually Do, Given the Increasing Automation trend
There has been much discussion about automation and its impact on traditional entry-level accounting jobs. Do you know how the job landscape has changed for your students? Join us for this informative panel discussion in which employers will discuss how technology and other changes are impacting the job landscape for entry-level CPAs.
Moderator: Sonia Dhaiwal (University of Guelph)
Carrie Carson, CPA, CA, is a Partner in Deloitte’s Assurance & Advisory practice located in Regina; is the Chair, Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan; and has been a facilitator for the CA Western School of Business.
Carrie spent two years (2013-2014) in industry with SaskCentral as the Manager of Accounting & Reporting. In addition over the last 15 years, Carrie has provided both audit and advisory services to a variety of organizations including the financial services sector, with a focus on the credit union system. In addition, Carrie brings a broad range of other industry experience in areas of pension, real estate, crown corporations and agriculture.
Anita Chang, CPA, CA, is a Senior Manager in EY’s Strategy and Transactions practice focused on working with companies to build out their value creation agenda, with deep experience in driving capital efficiencies and design and execution of post-merger integration or divestiture strategies.
Prior to this, Anita spent 6 years in EY’s Assurance Practice, specializing in US GAAP and SOX, working with clients, coordinating global teams, around complex transactions including IPOs, transformative acquisitions, debt offerings, first-year SOX internal controls design, Chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration, restructuring and emergence. In 2016, Anita participated in an exclusive 50-person global exchange program with EY and spent 3 months working in São Paulo, Brazil.
Anita serves as the co-chair of the EY Vancouver Professional Women’s Network and often supports teams in client discussions around integrating DEI into their business strategy. She is also the incoming Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program in the Pacific Region.
Adynea Russell, FCPA, FCA, is an Assurance Partner in MNP’s Regina office as well as Vice-President Assurance for MNP. Delivering strong business advice on a broad range of issues, Adynea works with private and public companies and government organizations of all sizes, conducting audits, reviews and compilations, providing tax services and helping them stay compliant. With more than 20 years of experience in public practice, Adynea is adept at listening to what clients need and customizing solutions and services so that they meet those needs. She works closely with clients, thoroughly reviewing financial statements and records and conducting in-depth analyses to identify and solve problems.
Adynea has helped lead the evolution of how assurance and related engagements are being performed, from highly manual with very limited technology all the way to using AI, robotic process automation and other technologies to automate and provide efficiencies and greater insights. These have reduced or removed mundane assurance tasks and allowed all team members to focus on higher risk areas, using professional skepticism and analytical mindsets to provide greater value through the assurance process.