CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Guidelines
The CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework and Guidelines provides recommendations on how students, employers, post-secondary institutions (PSIs) and the BC accounting profession should all effectively and productively engage in the post-secondary recruitment process. It demonstrates the profession’s strong commitment to best practices, professionalism, as well as ethical intent and behaviour.
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A lifetime of outstanding contribution to his profession: Olin Anton, FCPA, FCA
This year, CPABC honoured Olin Anton, FCPA, FCA with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication, commitment, and outstanding contribution to the CPA profession and community.
‘Be authentic in your own skin, do not look to fit into a mould’
May is Asian Heritage Month. To commemorate it, we spoke with three CPAs of Asian descent to hear how their heritage has influenced them as Canadians and professional accountants.
CPA Rising: Adam Karim
For Adam Karim, CPA, getting his accounting designation was an important stepping stone to his ultimate goal.
A view from the top is nice, but the real fun is in climbing the mountain: A conversation with Mark Anthony Group’s Victor Giacomin, FCPA, FCA
“If you look back at those tough moments in your life, you realize they were often the key turning points to going higher,” says Victor Giacomin, FCPA, FCA, senior vice-president of finance and group treasurer at Mark Anthony Group.
The best ways to use your CPA skills as a volunteer
Donating your time and expertise to a not-for-profit organization can have big benefits for both of you.
Why a successful Vancouver businesswoman is staking her future on plant-based cheese
Livleen Veslemes wasn’t necessarily looking for her next career opportunity. In fact, the award-winning Vancouver businesswoman had purposely stepped away from her previous, extraordinarily successful position – as CEO of biomedical company bioLytical – in 2020 to prioritize her health and family life.
“It’s my way of saying thank you”: CPA volunteer makes a difference to the community of Penticton
Saying hi to a stranger or making giving back a business priority – there are countless ways we can make a positive difference. Our actions, big or small, can have a substantial impact.
The program that led an Indigenous trailblazer to her dream career
When one thinks of accounting, there are often generalizations that come along with the career path.But accountants actually work in all kinds of roles — operating as a businesses’ most intrinsic function.
Engineering success by taking risks: Profile on Jimmy Vaiopoulos, CPA, CA
Jimmy Vaiopoulos’ first passion was engineering, a passion that led to him obtaining his CPA designation and pursuing a career working with leading-edge technology and companies.
No cookie cutter approach to gender parity: Every woman has her own unique challenges
A conversation with Neelam Sahota, FCPA, FCGA, CEO of DIVERSEcity, a local registered charity that assists newcomers and diverse communities with settlement, language, and employment services.
CPA Rising: Nelson Soh
Nelson Soh has always been good with numbers and interested in business. So after graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, he attained his CPA designation while working for KPMG. Inspired to pursue his passion for helping people improve personally, professionally, and financially, he co-founded FSQ Consulting.
Canada’s fastest-growing plant-based food brand is powered by a collective vision
It takes a lot to successfully compete in the plant-based foods market – the right products, the right vision and the right people.
Two Vancouver entrepreneurs launch Canada’s first ‘hard’ kombucha
When Jamie Kirwin, CPA, CA, was invited to try the “hard” kombucha that Valli Manickam, a friend of a friend, had been fermenting in her kitchen, she didn’t yet realize that she was experiencing an introductory taste of her future.
A local entrepreneur and the credential that transformed his career path
The ideal career is one that’s malleable and allows you to carve your own path as you continue to learn, grow, and evolve.
We asked 3 BC-based foodies about their path to success
When you graduate from university, it can be difficult to know what career path you want to take for the rest of your life. The thought alone can feel both overwhelming and intimidating.
How Julien Francois helps publishers adapt and thrive in the digital world
Julien Francois has always been adaptable to change – an attribute that has proven to be particularly beneficial to his role in helping his company, STN Video, navigate through COVID-19.
Celebrating CFE success!
Meet the BC writers who excelled on the September 2021 CFE
Breaking down barriers: Meet the CPA who's presenting CPABC's first FinLit session in Chinese
Joanne YH Liu, CPA, CGA, PFP, will be presenting "Managing Your Finances in Retirement" on November 10.
Celebrating CFE success!
Meet the two BC writers who made the May 2021 CFE National Honour Roll
One cool customer: New CPABC chair Karen Horcher, FCPA, FCGA, CFA, has a knack for navigating uncertainty
She doesn’t consider herself a natural risk-taker, but Karen Horcher is definitely cool under pressure.
Leading with heart and an open mind: Livleen Veslemes, change maker
“I think that if I'm not scared, then I'm not growing. And if I'm not growing, then I'm not really living fully,” says Livleen Veslemes, CPA, CMA. When it comes to scaring herself, Livleen has plenty of experience, as her passion for growth has helped catapult numerous organizations to major success.
Jeff Wasyliw helps lead Alida in delivering actionable customer insight
Understanding your customer’s desires and preferences is key to reaching new clients and strengthening existing relationships. But in our highly-digitalized world, unlocking value from seemingly endless big data is challenging. Alida, previously known as Vision Critical, is a Canadian company that helps brands worldwide tap into actionable customer insight.
"It just clicked" - Why Rhian Quarry made the switch from science to the CPA
It was while working reception at Madison Pacific Properties Inc., a real estate management and development company in Vancouver, that Rhian Quarry realized she wanted to become a CPA. She had just completed her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and was looking for a new direction when inspiration struck.
Jody Kidd helps lead Copperleaf with her spirit for innovation and progress
Jody Kidd has never been one to be held down by limitations. As a young adult, she knew she wanted a career that would not restrict her to any one particular industry.
Maintaining resilience in tough economic times is vital
If there is one central theme that could be highlighted for the year of 2020, it would undoubtedly be the fragility of health, and the need to preserve it at all costs.
CPA-led BC produce company disrupts industry across Canada
More than ever, people need to make healthy choices in their lives, and Davis Yung, CPA, CMA, is proud to be part of that process.
Prioritizing mental health at work
How KPMG GVA is supporting wellness and destigmatizing illness
Why it’s important to encourage positive mental health in the workplace
Approximately one in every five Canadians experience mental health issues. In a workplace of 100, that’s 20 staff who may be experiencing mental health problems.
Mental health in the workplace: What will the new normal look like?
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, many are experiencing unprecedented stresses and feelings of anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 40% of Canadians say their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the pandemic.
Vancouver CPA shares his time—and his wonder dog—with those in need
Stuart Mah, CPA, CMA, and his 10-year-old certified therapy dog Nugget provide much-needed companionship to the long-term care residents at Mount St. Joseph Hospital.
Flexibility critical in hard hit service industry
If there was one activity that feels most altered by the pandemic it would have to be dining out.
Demystifying debt: CPA FinLit volunteer helps young people understand how to leverage debt to their advantage
Canadians recently reached a dubious high point – collectively, we have amassed $100 billion in credit card debt.
Bringing calm resolve to turbulent times
Geoffrey Dodds, CPA, CA, embraces his role as chair of the CPABC board even as COVID-19 continues to disrupt norms.
WELL Health leverages technology to transform healthcare
Long wait-times in a crowded space is often the scenario for those visiting their doctors. But with COVID-19, this scenario has changed for many patients seeking care from their doctors.
Small steps have a big impact: Volunteer helps high school students improve financial literacy
As much as parents plan financially for their children’s future and offer tips on how to manage money, the time will come when young people will need to take ownership of their finances.
Helping kids get financially smart for life: Volunteer stokes passion for real-world skills
“I wish I’d known how to start saving for retirement when I was young… I would’ve liked to have known how to draw up and keep to a budget... I would have benefited from an explanation of how to use credit cards properly…”
Meet the LUSH employee whose career has taken her all over the world
How KPMG’s “1,000 Acts of Kindness” has inspired employees and lifted communities
The journey to the C-suite: Nick Bozikis, CFO at Article
Nick Bozikis, CPA, CA, has always been very curious. And his curiosity has helped him adapt to new environments and trends throughout his career.
Safety and people: How Quails’ Gate approached its reopening strategy
Like many industries, BC’s wine industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an industry that relies heavily on tourism activity, retail sales, and temporary foreign workers, wineries across BC had to find innovative ways to stay operational when the province effectively shut down from March through May of this year.
Traction Guest’s solution to minimizing traditional physical touchpoints at workplaces
As the global economy reopens in the wake of unprecedented business closures due to COVID-19, “new normals” are developing in all aspects of our daily routines. Traction Guest, a Burnaby-based visitor management system (VMS) company, has been at the forefront of facilitating the safe and efficient return to workplaces.
Modo provides vehicles for frontline workers throughout COVID-19
Thinkific helps lead the evolution of virtual learning during COVID-19
Leading community cheer: How Steamworks pivoted its business to support COVID-19 relief
Since March, Vancouverites have been showing their appreciation for healthcare and other frontline workers by participating in the 7pm Cheer. In this spirit, Steamworks Group of Companies has found its own unique ways to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Mike Patterson, CPA, CA, and director of finance at Steamworks spoke with CPABC to discuss these initiatives, and the steps Steamworks has taken to navigate through the crisis.
Supporting BC healthcare: How HME Mobility helped hospitals create capacity during COVID-19
Staying connected: How a CPA pivoted his commissary kitchen to support local entrepreneurs during COVID-19
When Sarb Mund, CPA, CMA, first opened Commissary Connect, a network of shared commercial kitchen spaces in Vancouver for local food and beverage entrepreneurs, he was always thinking one step ahead.
What I wish I knew when I was starting my career in accounting?
With a passion for teaching and extensive international experience in financial reporting and internal audit, Bryan Parker brings a unique and relevant energy to the classroom.
Disruption period: Championing body positivity and eco-friendly entrepreneurship
Periods. They’re a natural event that billions of people around the world experience. Relationships with periods differ from person to person: some love-hate, others embrace. But it’s still something that’s not talked about enough.
Disrupting data management: How Aquatic Informatics is strengthening public health protection
Having been born and raised in British Columbia, it’s no surprise that James Reyes has a love for the great outdoors. Among the wealth of activities one has the benefit of enjoying in this province, James set his sights on fly fishing; a decade-long passion of his that led him to a new career.
Disrupting data analytics: Visier provides HR insights to businesses
Employer Spotlight: Interfor
Global impact: Svante is disrupting the world’s CO2 marketplace
A career dedicated to building Vancouver: A conversation with John McLaughlin
The impact of John McLaughlin’s career can be seen throughout Metro Vancouver. For over thirty years, he has played a major role in facilitating Vancouver’s commercial and residential property growth, as well as showcasing Vancouver’s vibrancy to the world.