Association Outlook

CPA Newfoundland and Labrador protects the public and supports its members and students.

2017/18 Association Outlook

I am delighted to report that all components of unification are now entirely behind the CPA profession in Newfoundland and Labrador.

During 2016 – 2017 we focused on finalizing the remaining unification items, enabling stability in our processes, and implementing efficiencies.

As a self-regulated profession we remained focused on our legislative mandate of protecting the public. A number of our key processes enable this objective and are entrenched in the Association’s operations.

Our consolidated practice inspection program was in its second year and the process enabled regular follow up with our members in public practice, ensuring practitioners are meeting the required standards and providing a valuable education component.

The annual reporting process, which identifies members who provide services to the public, had a significant refresh during the year allowing members to report online. This enhancement has improved the ease in which members are able to submit their declarations and it has simplified the Association’s ability to verify that members who provide services to the public have met the regulatory requirements within our by-laws.

We have a commitment to the highest ethical standards within the profession. To enable this commitment, the processes surrounding allegations, complaints and the overall disciplinary process has been strongly embedded within the Association ensuring that proper processes are followed and due care and attention are paramount throughout.

 

"We have a commitment to the highest ethical standards within the profession."



We completed our first round of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) audits this year and are pleased to say the results were quite positive. Through our national committee work, we were able to publish a frequently asked questions document to help our members understand what qualifies as CPD and ultimately help them meet the requirements. In addition, we provided an increased number of in-class courses and continued to leverage the online work of the national and provincial CPA organizations to improve access to CPD for our membership.

Nationally, I have been heavily involved in the development of a member engagement strategic plan. The profession is committed to fostering member engagement and I look forward to the implementation phase of this strategy as we execute a number of initiatives to serve our members better.

In addition to my involvement in national initiatives, a number of my staff are also involved in national committees, which ensures that the interests and perspectives of the members here in Newfoundland and Labrador are always considered as changes are implemented for the betterment of the profession.

Finally, I would like to highlight that the profession is committed to attracting the best and brightest to the CPA profession, we continue to work with the CPA Atlantic School of Business in this effort, and are pleased to see an increase in the number of students enrolled. This bodes well to the growth of the profession in the province and nationally.

Opportunities are around every corner, I look forward to the year ahead as we continue to evolve the profession.

Jason Hillyard, CPA, CGA
Chief Executive Officer