PAC Annual Conferences on Professional Accounting Futures

Annual conferences and events at PAC

To fulfill its mission of stimulating research and discussion on issues facing professional accounting, PAC offers events that bring together accounting researchers, standard setters, regulators, and professional accountants with a view to advancing professional accounting’s service to society.  PAC Conferences/Symposia are the first step in this journey.

Annual conferences and related videos have been generously supported by donation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO)

 

PAC Annual Conferences 2016 – 2021


October 28 & 29, 2021

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • Financial reporting and disclosure challenges - Impairments, goodwill, and going concern opinions
  • Investor challenges – Equity and credit investor perspectives
  • Research Presentation – John M. Barrios, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Auditing challenges under extreme uncertainty
  • Governance challenges under extreme uncertainty

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October 22 & 23, 2020

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • ESG in a Post-COVID-19 World: Trends, insights, and the role of accountants
  • ESG and Corporate Value Creation Challenges
  • ESG Strategy Challenges
  • ESG Measurement and Disclosure Challenges
  • ESG Investing: Making Sense of Measurements and Disclosure
  • Insights for Practice from Academic Research on Sustainability

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September 13, 2019

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • What factors are expected to influence the future of professional accounting?
  • What purposes and objectives were agreed for the professional in the U.K. and Canada, and how were these arrived at?
  • What changes do new directions require in education, ethical conduct, and standards of the profession?
  • What next steps are to be anticipated in developing these ideas?

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PAC 2018

New and Old Challenges

 

 

September 14, 2018

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • How Non-GAAP and Non-financial Measures are Changing Value Investing
  • Professionalism: New Challenges – NOCLAR Standards, “in the Public interest”, courage
  • Keynote: Developments in the U.S. and Canadian CPA Professions
  • Developing Skepticism – A Forensic Approach to this Critical Problem
  • Future of Professional Accounting and the Role of External & Internal Auditors

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PAC-CPA Canada Joint Symposium

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 are adapting to the pace of change without compromising integrity, objectivity, and professional behaviour?  The symposium explored 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?

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September 15, 2017

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • Experience with the New UK Requirements for the Long Form Audit Report, and European Reporting Standards – Lessons for North America
  • Improving Corporate Governance and the Role of Professional Accountants
  • Keynote: The Future of Financial Accounting
  • Risk Management and Performance Disclosures – Works in Progress
  • Disclosure Gaps – Traditional Financial Statements and Stock Market Valuations
  • Areas for future research

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PAC 2016

Future Challenges

 

May 4, 2016

This conference examined the future facing professional accounting in the following areas:

  • Emerging Governance Issues & the Role of Accountants
  • Governance Issues
  • Risk Management Directions
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Areas for Future Research

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