Recap: Speaker Series at Trinity Western University

On October 30, 2017, Trinity Western University (TWU) held their annual Thriving Together in Business event which brought faculty and students together to hear from distinguished alumni.

Over 100 people attended this event which was held at TWU’s main campus in Langley BC.   Guests enjoyed delicious canapés and desserts  while being entertained by a live band and string quartet.

For the third consecutive year, the CPA Education Foundation (CPAEF) was a gold sponsor.  Other accounting sponsors included Deloitte LLP, LLT LLP (based in Chilliwack), and the Trinity Accounting Association.  TWU was awarded funding under the CPAEF’s Speaker Series program which is intended to support faculty development.

The evening commenced with a speech by Kevin Sawatsky, dean of the TWU School of Business, who spoke about the strength of doing things together.  Sawatsky was followed by the evening’s keynote speaker Christie Buono Schlecker of the B.C. Lions.  Buono Schlecker,  a graduate of TWU (‘06), spoke about the importance of mentorship and the value of perseverance in everything one does. Her inspiring speech was about Faith, Family and Football.

Kevin Sawatsky, Dean of the TWU School of Business


Keynote Speaker Christie Buono Schlecker of the BC Lions.

This event was organized by Amanda Flint CPA CA who is an associate professor at TWU.  David Chiang CPA CA, CPABC’s vice-president of Member Services, represented the foundation and said, “congratulations on another successful event. Each year, the presenters share valuable life lessons and validate the exceptional learning that takes place at TWU.”

Event organizer Amanda Flint CPA CA and CPABC’s David Chiang CPA CA

Several other CPABC members were also in attendance and are pictured below.

MBA Alumnus Peter Legg CPA CMA with TWU finance students


Representatives from the CPA firm LLT LLP

To find out more about the Speaker Series program, visit the CPAEF website and search under the Helping Faculty tab.


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