PAC Events

To fulfill its mission of stimulating research and discussion on issues facing professional accounting, PAC will offer events that bring together accounting researchers, standard setters, regulators, and professional accountants with a view to advancing professional accounting’s service to society.

The PAC Conferences/Symposia are the first step in this journey.

PAC-CPA Canada Joint Symposium on The Future of Professionalism – May 10, 2018

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Influences like big data, artificial intelligence, multi-generational workforces and changing business models will have an impact on the way we work and how businesses operate. As business professionals, how do we ensure we’re adapting to the pace of change without compromising integrity, objectivity, and professional behaviour?  This symposium will explore the following questions:

  • How is professionalism being affected by changing business models?
  • How will the drivers of change – economic, environmental, technological, societal, and geopolitical – affect the future of professionalism?
  • How do you enculturate of the values of a profession in students and members in the digitally influenced world?

Agenda (PDF)

  • Professionalism: Overview and Introduction
    • Len Brooks, PAC, University of Toronto
    • Karen McCardle, CPA Canada
  • Professionalism under pressure: A Historical Perspective
    • Stephen Zeff, Professor, Rice University, Texas
  • Professionalism in the future: Responding to drivers of change
    • Sylvia Kingsmill, KPMG
    • Robert Strachan, Strachan & Associates
    • Ed Waitzer, Stikeman Elliott
  • Professionalism, Trust, Leadership Opportunities and Learning Frameworks for Professional Accounting
    • Len Brooks, PAC, University of Toronto
    • Michele Wood-Tweel, CPA Canada
  • Professionalism: Where do we learn?
    • Chad Davis, LiveCA
    • Blake Langill, Ernst & Young
    • Elaine Lee, The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • Professionalism: The courage to act
    • Sandy Hilton, CPA Canada
    • Chris MacDonald, Ryerson University
    • Martin Martinoff, Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Professionalism: Themes, ideas, and future research questions to work on
    • Patricia O’Malley, University of Toronto
    • Gord Richardson, University of Toronto
  • Review and Wrap Up
    • Len Brooks, PAC, University of Toronto
    • Karen McCardle, CPA Canada
  • Speakers (PDF)
  • Symposium Next Day Summary by Alan Willis, FCPA, FCA
  • Videos – to follow
  • PowerPoints – to follow

PAC 2017 Annual Conference – Sept. 15, 2017

This PAC Conference and related videos has been generously supported by a donation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO)


PAC 2016 Inaugural Annual Conference – May 4, 2016