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Straight From the CPA's Mouth
32 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
402: Rachel Lee - Robots Won't Take Your Job
Automation makes life and work easier. It allows us to forget about mundane tasks like paying bills and instead spend time on activities that add value to our lives. Rachel Lee CPA, CA, Manager, Consulting at PwC, joins our host for a look into the world of automation and digital transformation. They discuss the difference between automation and digital transformation, and the risks involved in implementing or not implementing automation initiatives.
30 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
401: Mason Darabi – The Wonderful World of Intangible Assets
Over the last few decades, investments in intangible assets have increased dramatically, with investments in Canada reaching more than $134 billion in 2016, and intangibles accounting for 40% of all investments in the US and 10 European economies. But what are they, really? In this episode, Mason Darabi, CPA and co-founder and Chief Commercialization Officer at Ovenue, discusses intangible assets, blockchain technology, and shares his thoughts on how technology will influence the role of CPAs.
42 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
312: Video Tax News – A Family Affair
What does it take to keep a family-run business going for more than 40 years? Can you avoid the drama of family dynamics? Video Tax News is a family business that was started over four decades ago by Tom and Linda Devaney, with the second generation taking the reins approximately 10 years ago. The next gen of VTN – siblings and co-owners Caitlin Butler CPA, CA, Joe Devaney CPA, CA, and Sheena Teshima – join us in the studio to talk about their experiences in taking over the family business and how they’ve managed to stay relevant and keep their clients and listeners engaged, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
35 minutes | May 20, 2022
311: Lindsey Stephenson - The Way to Wellness
Signs of stress and distress are all around us – in our colleagues, our peers, our families, and even in the mirror. How can you provide support to your networks, either as an individual or as a corporation? Better yet, how can you help yourself? Lindsey Stephenson is a CPA, CGA, and Registered Provisional Psychologist who, after 15 years in accounting, switched careers to pursue his passion of helping people reach their full potential (https://stephensonpsychology.com/). He joins our podcast to share his thoughts on how we can learn to cope with mental health struggles, anxiety, and stress.
23 minutes | May 17, 2022
310: Desiree Bedard – A powerful purpose
Desiree Bedard CPA, CGA, is Director of Finance at Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta, one of 26,000 non-profit organizations and charities currently operating in Alberta. In this episode, we chat about her pathway to working at a non-profit and the importance of finding a powerful purpose in your work-life.
31 minutes | May 3, 2022
309: Arun Mathur - The Importance of Continuous Learning
Continuous learning is a key component for success, and a requirement of the CPA profession in Canada. Recently, the profession expanded its requirements to include learning activities in the area of professional ethics. In this episode, Arun Mathur FCPA, FCA, LPA, Director and Lead Instructor at UltimQuest Knowledge Inc., shares his thoughts on ethics and the importance of continuous learning.
40 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
308: Joe Devaney - The Evolution of Tax
Change is a constant when it comes to the world of taxation. Every time there is a change to a tax law, or a new policy is announced for the benefit of taxpayers, CPAs are there to interpret and manage the implementation of those policies. All the recent changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic are an extreme example of how the rules and regulations evolve and impact how we interpret them in order to prepare our taxes. Joe Devaney CPA, CA and co-owner of Video Tax News (https://www.videotax.com), shares his views on the evolution of tax over the past few years.
29 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
307: A Campus Star - Arvie Isidro
In 2021, CPA Alberta created the Capitalize Campus Stars program to recognize amazing Alberta post-secondary students who are dreaming of one day becoming CPAs. In its inaugural year, six students from different institutions were chosen for their passion, leadership, volunteerism, and commitment to building a better campus and a better community. In this episode, we speak with Arvie Justine Isidro, a Campus Star from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) about their experience as a mentor in the post-secondary world.
26 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
306: Betty Mah - Women in Finance
In this episode, our host sits down with Betty Mah CPA, CMA for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for women in finance, her experiences and advice for new CPAs. Betty is the Manager, Private Loan Servicing at the Alberta Investment Management Corporation and also a Committee Member of Edmonton Women in Finance, a non-profit organization that connects, coaches, and advocates for women within the finance industry.
29 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
305: Accountant-In-Residence – NAIT
The CPA Education Foundation is committed to supporting innovations in business and accounting education that advance the CPA profession in Alberta. In this episode, we learn about how one post-secondary institution is going beyond the traditional classroom experience to incorporate an "in-residence" style of experiential learning. Our guests are Ryan Young MBA, ICD.D, Associate Dean of Industry Engagement for the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT, and Stephen Barkman CPA, CA, NAIT Alumnus, and the program's inaugural Accountant-In-Residence.
21 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
304: A Conversation with Eresha Fernando CPA
The Sawridge Inns and Conference Centres, have been operating in Alberta for more than four decades and have seen their fair share of ups and downs. In this episode, we speak with Eresha Fernando CPA and CFO of the Sawridge Group of Companies about her personal experiences, some of the challenges of navigating the pandemic, and the important role the organization plays in the community.
30 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
303: Financial Literacy Series: Part 2 – Building a Budget
In part 2 of our Financial Literacy special, we continue our conversation with Robin Taub CPA, CA, and author of The Wisest Investment: Teaching Your Kids to Be Responsible, Independent and Money-Smart for Life. In this episode, Robin shares her thoughts on money management and how we can learn to build a budget that takes care of our needs while also making room for those things we want.
27 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
302: Financial Literacy Series: Part 1 – Teaching your children about money
Straight From the CPA's Mouth presents a two-part Financial Literacy podcast featuring Robin Taub CPA, CA and author of The Wisest Investment: Teaching Your Kids to Be Responsible, Independent and Money-Smart for Life. In this episode, we talk about teaching children the basics of money management.
25 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
301: Christine Leung - CPA Alberta Early Achievement Award recipient
Season 3 returns with a new episode featuring 2021 CPA Alberta Early Achievement Award recipient, Christine Leung CPA. The Early Achievement Award recognizes early-career CPAs who have made significant achievements in their first 10 years. We sat down with Christine for a conversation about her work, her volunteer experience, and her advice for post-secondary students and CPA candidates.
42 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
222: Talking about racism, diversity and inclusion – Part 3
We close out National Indigenous History Month and Season Two of Straight From the CPA’s Mouth with the final episode of our three-part special exploring the topics of equity, representation, and racism in the CPA profession and in Canada. Here we continue the conversation with Robert Andrews CPA, CMA with an eye towards the future of what an equitable world might look like.
27 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
221: Talking about racism, diversity and inclusion – Part 2
Conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion belong at the forefront of progress. Part two of our three-part special in honour of National Indigenous History Month, continues our conversation with Robert Andrews CPA, CMA exploring the topics of equity, representation, and racism in the CPA profession and in Canada.
35 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
220: Talking about racism, diversity and inclusion – Part 1
As the profession continues to grow, it’s important that we continue having meaningful conversations about uncomfortable, or complicated, subjects. As part of National Indigenous History Month, we’re proud to host this three-part special, where we’ll explore the topic of equity, representation, and racism in the CPA profession and in Canada. In this episode, Robert Andrews CPA, CMA, Executive Director for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Alberta, joins our guest host and member of CPA Alberta’s Anti-Racism Working Group, Sharon Ruyter, to share his thoughts on racism with an eye towards the future of what an equitable world might look like.
26 minutes | May 26, 2021
219: Turning your Hobby into a Business
Do you have a hobby, or something you’re passionate about, and wonder if it’d make a good business? Believe it or not, but you can turn your hobby – or your passion – into a business. In this episode, we speak with Conrad Ferrel CPA, CA, Founder and CEO of True Büch Kombucha about his motivation behind starting True Büch with his wife Louisa, the operational and social impact of the pandemic, and his advice for those interested in taking that next step.
29 minutes | May 11, 2021
218: Hesje Observatory
While the search for intelligent life in the universe continues, human accomplishments in space research continue. For Albertans, there are exciting projects happening closer to home. In January 2021, the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus opened the Hesje Observatory, located at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station. Funded through a generous gift from Alberta CPA and business leader, Brian Hesje FCPA, FCA, the observatory aims to “share the stars” with anyone interested in learning more about astronomy. In this episode, we speak with Brian about his motivation behind supporting this project, and we learn more about the observatory from Rae Metrunec, Hesje Observatory Technician and Augustana alumnus.
24 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
217: A Conversation with Dr. Jody Carrington – Part 2
In this episode, we continue our conversation with psychologist, author and public speaker Dr. Jody Carrington. Last time, we discussed the challenges of living through periods of isolation, emotional dysregulation, and fatigue thanks to a very long, COVID year. Part 2 will focus on acknowledging those feelings, and we’ll explore how to work through emotions and continue to support one another.
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