Canadian Business Awards 2022

CPA New Brunswick (CPA NB) is a professional organisation representing more than 3,000 active and retiredmembers and 300 future CPAs (Chartered Professional Accountants) in New Brunswick. Its vision is to develop and support the best professional business advisors, with a mission to protect the public interest; attract and support its members, candidates and students; and participate in improving the socio-economic condition of New Brunswick. CPAs are more than just the traditional accounting and numbercrunching professionals. They are also business partners whose expertise is relevant in all spheres of an organisation or business. Services a CPA can offer include assurance (audits and reviews), tax planning, forensic accounting, future casting, data consolidation and analysis, business valuations, process improvements, and so much more. CPAs work in every sector of New Brunswick. They are involved in a wide range of complex disciplines – from financial reporting, finance, and taxation to strategy and governance, assurance, performance management, and information technology – and they volunteer their time and expertise for numerous community projects and charitable organisations. The CPA designation is a mark of excellence, integrity, and reliability. After undergoing a rigorous education program and gruelling threeday qualifying exam, CPA candidates must complete 30 months of progressive practical experience in on-the-job training before becoming a full CPA. Once they have obtained their designation, every CPA completes at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Development every three years, including four hours in professional ethics. Each provincial CPA organisation is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), which represents more than 220,000 professional accountants across Canada and Bermuda, making it one of the top five accounting designations in the world. CPAs are broad-minded, forward-thinking professionals who undertake appropriate analysis, exercise good judgment, communicate effectively, and act to protect the public interest. Approximately 20% of CPAs work in public practice, while the rest work in diverse sectors such as government, education, and non-profit. With strong accounting and managerial skills, they are equipped to face today’s complex and evolving environment, and they are highly attractive to employers and recruiters for their solid training and expertise, which contributes to improved efficiency and growth. Under the Chartered Professional Accountants Act (Chapter 28), CPA NB is responsible for regulating the professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through its ethical standards and discipline process. CPA NB is also responsible for the training and certification of CPA candidates. CPA NB does not “sell” a product or service: its raison d’être is to support its members in both official languages (English and French), to protect the public interest, and to contribute to the wellbeing of all New Brunswickers. This especially became the case during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the company pivoted quickly to respond to the crisis. Its doors never closed – even when most of its staff were working from home. In addition to continuing business as usual, the organisation developed additional services to support its members, including providing access to a wide variety of free, professional development webinars during the initial months of the pandemic; staff personally calling public practitioners throughout the province to check in on both their personal and professional wellbeing; and working with presenters from across Canada to fully transition its Continuing Professional Development Conferences (spring and fall 2020) from in-person events to online delivery, with reduced pricing and a more flexible schedule. This virtual delivery continued into the company’s 2021 conferences, as well as spring 2022. As one of the first organisations in Canada to launch virtual tax clinics for the public in 2020, CPA NB also supported its community by helping people complete their tax returns for free via phone and email for those who needed help the most. After the pandemic forced the closure of its planned in-person tax clinics, its staff quickly adjusted; in just over a week, they had planned and launched an online-only offering to the public to assist them with filing tax returns while respecting social distancing requirements. Following the positive response from the public and press, CPA NB ran the clinic for a second year in 2021, and they are offering the virtual service for a third time in March 2022. CPA NB continues to promote and provide free financial literacy education sessions for children, adults, and seniors, adapting its content to take into account the current unusual circumstances. With a prized formula of integrity, fostering excellence, being accountable, working collaboratively, and being open-minded and nimble, it’s easy to see how CPA NB has come to achieve such success within Corporate Vision’s Canadian Business Awards 2022. It is reliable and instils trust, always going above and beyond to exceed the expectations of its community. Company: CPA New Brunswick Email: [email protected] Website: Dec21318 Best CPA Development & Support Organisation - Maritimes Mylène Lapierre, President & CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of New Brunswick.