CPA Education Foundation governor and secretary, Bob Strachan FCPA FCMA C.Dir, received the CPABC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Member Recognition Dinner on February 15, 2017. He is pictured above on the right receiving congratulations from Chris Burnley FCPA FCA, board chair of the CPAEF on the left.
The lifetime achievement award is the profession’s highest honour and awarded to a fellow who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the profession and community. The award recognizes the exceptional dedication, commitment, and extraordinary contributions of those members who have received their Fellowship and since then have continued to attain significant achievements in a broad range of areas. This achievement is exemplified by Strachan through his many accomplishments during his lifetime.
Bob is principal of Bob Strachan & Associates. Before founding his firm in 2013, he held a number of management positions as an accountant with the Capital Regional District from 1986 to 2013. He previously held roles with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Province of BC. Bob obtained his CMA and Fellowship in 1995 and 2004 respectively.
While at the CRD, Bob was a lead in the implementation of a new enterprise risk management program, enterprise information system, and corporate asset management program. Under his leadership, the CRD received numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting.
He is highly regarded for his contributions to the accounting profession and played a pivotal role in the unification of Canada’s profession. He led the CMA Canada board through merger discussions and developed unification strategies. In 2012, he co-chaired the National Steering Committee that helped to develop the CPA Collaboration Accord and oversaw the formation of CPA Canada. Bob went on to serve as vice-chair and chair of the CPA Canada board. Bob worked with CPA boards in every province to ensure that unification of the profession was fully integrated within the national and provincial partnership.
In addition, Bob served on the CMABC board including as chair (2001 to 2003) and on the CMA Canada Board, including as chair (2009 to 2011). He is the former chair of CPA Canada’s Nominating and Governance Committee and chaired CPA Canada’s President and CEO Search Committee. Today, Bob is a member of the CPA Canada’s Corporate Oversight and Governance Board and a governor of the CPA Education Foundation.
Bob has generously shared his expertise with other organizations including serving on the boards of the Financial Management Institute of Canada (Victoria Chapter) and Camosun College Foundation (chair), as well as with Royal Roads University’s Master of Arts in Leadership program and the Province of BC’s Accounting Policy Advisory Committee.
He also makes time to volunteer. Bob has served as a director of Leadership Victoria, and coached and served in executive positions with amateur sports organizations.
Strachan was accompanied to the event by his family, many friends and professional colleagues. Congratulations Bob and thank you again for your extensive contribution to the profession.