Valerie Warren, FCPA, FCA

Valerie is a highly respected accounting instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Melville School of Business in Vancouver. She started teaching at KPU in 2005, and her insights, dedication, and ability to navigate complex challenges—particularly as associate dean (pro tem) and accounting faculty chair—have proven invaluable to the university’s advancement.

As chair (2014-2019), Valerie made significant improvements to the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program and greatly increased the accessibility and quality of accounting education for future CPAs. In addition to establishing and supporting the implementation of a new admissions framework, she co-ordinated the mapping of the entire program to the CPA Competency Map in 2016-2017, demonstrating that KPU’s accounting graduates had the knowledge needed to enter the CPA Professional Education Program.

Valerie also shares her extensive knowledge through her writings and professional service. She has authored numerous accounting textbooks, has served as a contract practice review officer with CPABC for almost 18 years, and is a board director with the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA). Notably, under her leadership as chair of the CAAA’s Membership Committee, association membership has grown to the highest level in its history—up 25% since 2021.

“I have never met anyone at our institution who is more dedicated to students. Valerie ensures her own students have the support and guidance they need to succeed and also relentlessly advocates for students in other areas.”

– Lindsay Clayton, Chair, Accounting, KPU