The creation of the Professional Accounting Centre comes at an opportune moment as pressures mount for the development of defensible, globalized standards, and for greater integrity, accuracy, clarity, and judgement in their application.
Tomorrow’s professional accountants will require a new set of knowledge and skills to function in highly competitive, globalized business environments. To succeed, they must understand the challenges facing businesses and the solutions available, and they must be able to provide effective leadership to arrive at the optimal resolutions expected.
The Professional Accounting Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga is uniquely positioned to deliver positively on these developments. Our successful Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) program has an internationally respected reputation, built on a foundation of highly collaborative faculty with global reach, proven research ability, and significant contributions to the accounting profession. Our Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc) featuring ten dedicated courses, nine of which are delivered online, is the most comprehensive and innovative program of its type. Combined with our B.Com. (Accounting Specialist Stream) students, PAC is enhancing an exceptional pool of accounting professionals and setting a worldwide standard for others to match.
Len Brooks, Director, Professional Accounting Centre
Len is the Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting at the University of Toronto with appointments at the Rotman School of Management, the UTM Department of Management, and the Institute of Management & Innovation (IMI). He is currently the Director of the University of Toronto’s Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc) Program at IMI. He was the Executive Director of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness at the Rotman School for over 20 years and the Director of the University’s Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program for 23 years.
An expert in accounting, governance and ethics, Len has authored, co-authored, or co-edited many articles and several books including: Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants; Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate Culture; and Principles of Stakeholder Management. His current research interests include professionalism, professional skepticism, DEI, and the linkage between continuing success, governance, risk management, and the maintenance of reputation.
Dushyant Vyas, Associate Director, Professional Accounting Centre
Dushyantkumar Vyas is an Associate Professor of Accounting in at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a cross-appointment to the Accounting area at Rotman School of Management and the Institute for Management and Innovation. Dushyant has a Ph.D. in accounting from University of Toronto and a Masters in Finance from Queen’s University. Dushyant’s research focuses on financial distress and insolvency, accounting for financial institutions, accounting issues pertaining to the recent financial crisis, financial statement analysis and valuation, private company accounting, information intermediaries, and international issues in finance and accounting. His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, The Accounting Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, and Journal of Financial Stability, and has been featured in popular press outlets such as The Globe and Mail, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times (London), and Hindustan Times. Dushyant has presented his research at various international conferences and currently has numerous concurrent projects in the areas of financial distress and debt contracting. Dushyant currently serves as an editor for Contemporary Accounting Research and is an editorial board member at The Accounting Review.
Minlei Ye, Associate Director, Professional Accounting Centre
Dr. Minlei Ye is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on the economics of auditing. She utilizes analytical and archival methods to study the impact of audit regulations and liabilities on audit quality, auditor independence, and audit market and analyze the interactions of managers, auditors, audit committees in the financial reporting ecosystem.
She has presented her research at international conferences and university seminars. She has published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting & Economics, and Contemporary Accounting Research. She is one of the founding members of the Accounting and Economics Society and an Ad Hoc editor at Contemporary Accounting Research.
She earned her Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of British Columbia, and her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting from Renmin University of China.