Academic Symposium

Academic Symposium

The Academic Symposium is a free virtual webinar where accounting educators have the opportunity to share some of the incredible work that they have accomplished at their post-secondary institutions through CPA Education Foundation-funded grants. Both academics and industry professionals will learn from their expertise as they get an inside look at how these educators are helping to shape tomorrow’s CPAs. 

The third annual event - Academic Symposium III - was held on November 23, 2023, featuring presentations from:

  • Sonya von Heyking CPA, CA, CIA, ICD.D – Insight Series micro-course seminars | University of Lethbridge
  • Natasha Hemraj CPA, CA, MFM and Rhonda Heninger CPA, CMA, MBA – SAIT’s Second Year in Presenting the Accounting Gala | Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
  • Tashfeen Hussain PhD – Test of financial inclusivity of peer-to-peer lending platforms during crisis: The case of COVID-19 | Mount Royal University


2023 Academic Symposium

The second annual event - Academic Symposium II - was held on November 24, 2022. Featured presenters included:

  • Robert Andrews MBA, CPA, CMA, CAFM – Mitigating the challenges and barriers to the accounting profession faced by Indigenous People | Athabasca University
  • Glenn Arnold CPA, CA, MFA and Jason Wong CPA, CMA (current Accountant-in-Residence) – The value of an Accountant-in-Residence program | Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • Patricia Stringer MFin (Mgmt), CPA, CMA, CA – Evaluating, grading, and providing detailed feedback to students in a remote or in person learning environment | University of Alberta

2022 Academic Symposium

The inaugural Academic Symposium was held on November 25, 2021, and featured the following presenters:

  • Sherif Elbarrad Ph.D., CPA, CMA - Mastering Excel Skills: A Web-Based Self-Marking Application | School of Business, MacEwan University 
  • Pamela Quon DBA, MDE, CPA, CMA and Richard J. Dixon, MBA - Using Artificial Intelligence to Create a Virtual Co-op Experience for Business Students | Faculty of Business, Athabasca University
  • Irene M. Herremans Ph.D., CPA, CMA - Re-thinking the Role of Corporate Reporting |Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary 

2021 Academic Symposium

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