Recap: Douglas College Speaker Series

[left to right] Scott MacEachern CPA CA, adjunct professor at SFU, Cathy Zhang CPA CGA, Douglas College faculty member, Han Shu CPA CA, Chair of the CPABC Burnaby/New Westminster Chapter, Michael Favere-Marchesi associate professor at SFU, Lorena Christensen CPA CMA, Director, Student Recruitment and Employer Relations at CPABC, Gerry Akkerman from Translink and Nicholas Mobilio CPA CA. Photo by CPAEF.

Douglas College hosted a speaker series event on Data Analytics with a panel discussion on June 6, 2019 at the Anvil Centre campus in New Westminster.

This event provided an evening of networking among CPAs, Douglas College faculty and staff; and faculty development with a panel discussion on the impact of Data Analytics on business and the accounting profession.

Opening remarks were provided by Leanne Poon, Executive Director at the Douglas College Foundation.  She introduced Lorena Christensen, CPA CMA, CPABC’s Director of  Student Recruitment and Employer Relations who welcomed attendees to this CPABC sponsored event.   She was followed by Han Shu CPA CA, chair of the CPABC Burnaby / New Westminster Chapter who  announced a new multi-year scholarship for Douglas College students with a concentration in data analytics.  This award is matched by the CPA Education Foundation (CPAEF).

Leanne Poon, Executive Director at Douglas College Foundation & Alumni Relations, welcoming the audience.

 

Han Shu CPA CA, Chair of the CPABC Burnaby/New Westminster Chapter welcoming the attendees.

Arsineh Garabedian CPA CA, former chair of the accounting division at Douglas College, then provided an overview of the new data analytics concentration available to Douglas College business students.  This concentration prepares accounting students with leading competencies in data analytics.

Arsineh Garabedian, CPA CA former chair of the accounting division at Douglas College giving speech. Photo by CPAEF.

The panel included industry leaders Gerry Akkerman from Translink, Dr. Michael Favere-Marchesi, Associate Professor of accounting and auditing at SFU|Beedie, Nicholas Mobilio CPA CA from PwC, and Douglas College faculty member Cathy Zhang CPA CGA, moderated by Scott MacEachern CPA CA an adjunct professor from SFU.

Panel sharing their experiences with the attendees. Photo by CPAEF.

Special thanks also to Shirley Mauger CPA CGA, Douglas College’s chair of the accounting division for her support for this event.

BC post-secondary institutions can apply for  speaker series grant for faculty development.  Applications can be found on the CPAEF website under “Helping Faculty.”

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