The Disciplinary Committee contributes to achieving CPABC’s statutory objective “to regulate all matters, including competency, fitness and professional conduct, relating to the practice of accounting by members, students, professional accounting corporations and registered firms” and “to establish and enforce professional standards”.
In accordance with the provisions set out in Part 12 of CPABC’s Bylaws, the Disciplinary Committee’s purpose is to hear Statements of Complaint as delivered to it by the CPABC Investigation Committee. Upon receipt of a Statement of Complaint issued by the Investigation Committee, the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee will appoint a panel of the Disciplinary Committee to conduct a hearing under Section 53 of the Chartered Professional Accountants Act.
Hearings will be conducted by a panel of three or five Disciplinary Committee members and panels must include one member of the Committee who is not a CPA.
Under Section 53 of the Chartered Professional Accountants Act, the Disciplinary Committee has the authority to inquire, in accordance with the Bylaws, into the competence, fitness to practice or professional conduct of any member, former member, student, professional accounting corporation, former professional accounting corporation, registered firm or former registered firm.
The Disciplinary Committee is comprised of:
- At least three individuals who are not CPAs and, therefore, are not members of CPABC;
- At least ten CPA members who are not members of the Board or any other CPABC committees; and;
- Such additional ad hoc members as the Disciplinary Committee requires.
Members of the Disciplinary Committee are appointed by the Board annually. The Disciplinary Committee is chaired by a member of the Committee who is a CPA member and who is appointed by the Board as chair.