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).
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.
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.
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.”