2017 SFU President’s Seasonal Reception

SFU President Andrew Petter and Professor Maureen Maloney hosted the SFU President’s Seasonal Reception on December 6, 2017 at the Segal Graduate School of Business in Vancouver.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate the festive season and for SFU to acknowledge the contributions of organizations, such as the CPA Education Foundation (CPAEF), for their ongoing support.

Barry Macdonald FCPA FCA, first vice-chair of the CPABC Board was in attendance along with David Chiang CPA CA Vice President Member Services.  Said Chiang, “The CPAEF is proud of its long term support of SFU|Beedie School of Business students and accounting faculty.”

Below are some photos from the event followed by a summary of the various ways the foundation has supported SFU this year.

Year in Review

For students, there are four $2,000 CPAEF awards available with a further three awards matched with contributions from the CPABC Surrey/Langley/NDelta Chapter ($1500 per year) and Maharaj & Co (a scholarship and bursary of $2,000 each).  A total of $13,500 in student  awards are issued annually to support students who have the intention to become future CPAs.


Convocation with several SFU alumni

There are also various supports for faculty.

Since 1990, the foundation has donated $300,000 towards the SFU Accounting Development Fund which supports faculty development and seed funding for research projects.  Recently, these projects have included five papers representing some of the distinguished work of accounting area researchers like Drs. Dennis Chung PhD CPA CA and Karel Hrazdil PhD CPA CGA.

Speaker Series event in May 2017

Over the years, SFU|Beedie School has received grants for faculty development through the CPAEF Speaker Series program. The most recent Speaker Series event held on May 23, 2017 featured Dr. Danielle Lyssimachou, from Cass Business School in London, presenting on “How to Engage Students in the Classroom.”

And, in 2017, the CPAEF granted $6,000 for the pilot development of business case studies for the Aboriginal MBA program directed by Dr. Selman PhD. This project is currently underway and future case development is expected next year.  These are just a few of the ways the CPAEF supports SFU – one of Canada’s best universities.

Dr. Mark Selman PhD with Barb Martineau of the SFU|Beedie School Advancement office.

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