ISSUE 26 • March 25, 2008
Your e-connection to CGA-BC
Sign Our Guest Book

All members, students and CGA well-wishers are invited to sign our online 100th Anniversary guest book. Share a memory, thank a mentor, or just send best wishes to your colleagues in the CGA community. To get a sense of the guest book's flavour, read the messages now.
Member Profiles

See our Member Profiles online. Members talk about their business, their route to success, life away from the office, and what makes them tick. Maybe we should talk to you.
See Month at a Glance PD available for April.
The next Vancouver Public Practice Speed Interview Night will be held on May 22. This free evening provides CGA firms with the ability to quickly find quality staff. This year the choice of interviewees has been widened to include graduating accounting students from several post-secondary institutions. [ Read more...]

Employment Counsellor Blog
PEP Interview Night Has Wings...
CGA-BC Employment Counsellor, Cynthia Ainslie meets UBC student.
CGA-BC Employment Counsellor Cynthia Ainslie gets acquainted with UBC Diploma in Accounting Program student Avrilee Peart at the recent President's Dinner for UBC DAP students.
Get the latest scoop on CGA-BC's hottest jobs...
Trade Boosts Income Says Bank of Canada Governor
Mark Carney, the Bank of Canada's new Governor.
CGA-BC President Pat Keller, FCGA, congratulates newly minted Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney after the Governor's first official address.

Mark Carney, the Bank of Canada’s new Governor, gave his first official speech on February 18 at an event sponsored by CGA-BC and hosted by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and Business Council of B.C. His central theme was the evolving nature of globalization and its effects on the world and Canadian economies.

Those effects, he said, have been largely positive.

"Rising terms of trade alone have bolstered real disposable income per capita by 8.5 per cent over the past five years, and have contributed to healthier corporate balance sheets and the continued improvement in government fiscal positions." [ Read more... ]

News Link Means Business

CGA-BC's Website now offers breaking news stories from the writers and columnists of Business in Vancouver, the city's leading weekly news publication. Members and CGA students can see the business stories before they are published in the paper. And unlike other subscribers to this service, you receive it at no cost to you.

BIV, in business since 1989 and famous for its heavily researched business lists, is also a member of our Partners in Employment Program (PEP).

CGA-BC sponsors several of BIV's special issues and events, including Women of Influence, the Top Forty Under Forty, and the Best Places to Work in BC.

An International Outlook: March Issue Coming to You Soon
Mr. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada
March Issue Coming Soon.

Outlook's March issue features a cover story on International Financial Reporting Standards, which will be adopted by 2011 in Canada. Find out now what you need know about transitioning to the new standards. But should Canada even be adopting IFRS? Al and Mark Rosen of Accountability Research, an independent equity research firm, offer a dissenting opinion on adopting IFRS. Nelson CGA Linda Tynan has gone international in a different way, as part of a post-tsunami rebuilding project in Sri Lanka. Find out what she's learned from the experience.

2008 marks the 100th anniversary of CGA in Canada and Outlook is celebrating too: there's a centennial-flavour to the whole issue, including a special Parting Shot with John Leslie, who, along with two CPR colleagues founded CGA in 1908.

Are You the Ultimate CGA?
Who is the Ultimate CGA? No one knows for sure, which is why we are holding the first Ultimate CGA Contest. One thing is for certain: the Ultimate CGA wears their pride on their sleeve…or on a vanity license plate, or tattooed on their arm. Actually, your love of CGA doesn't have to be worn or go skin deep; it can go wherever your imagination takes it. To a mural painted on your house, a CGA flag planted atop the Lions (or Mount Everest, depending on your budget and fitness level), or a star named in the heavens.

Make your case. Send us photos or video clips that demonstrate your pride in CGA. We're creating an Ultimate CGA page on our site that will let members and students decide for themselves. Of course, we'll make it worth the titleholder's efforts. The Ultimate CGA will be selected in November and receive an Okanagan wine tour package for two. Details coming soon to the Website.

Send your entry to I Am the Ultimate CGA before October 31.

The winner and those deserving special attention will be featured in the December issue of Outlook.

Local Seminar to Tackle International Standards

CGA-Canada and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), are offering two-day seminars on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Moncton, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. CGA-BC Board member Stephen Spector, FCGA, who lectures on financial and managerial accounting at SFU, will be one of the key speakers.

The Vancouver seminar will run June 16 and 17, 2008. The sessions will present "A series of detailed seminars to guide you through the technical changes, challenges and new reporting requirements of IFRS."

The Website has a schedule of the conference, fees/rates, and registration information and will soon provide other information such as venue and speakers for various sessions.