Tom exhibits the best qualities of a CPA. Generous with his time, gentle and engaging in his demeanour, and impactful in his endeavours, Tom has spent his career personifying the characteristics best-associated with the designation.
A partner at RSM Canada in Edmonton, Tom was previously a partner at a number of other public practice firms. His accounting and business knowledge have provided value to innumerable small and medium-sized enterprises. He also held multiple roles at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, including Director of Professional Standards and Director of Ethics, as well as professional roles with the Government of Alberta.
Tom has always been actively involved in the profession and its regulatory body. In addition to his staff roles, he served as a member of the ICAA Council from 2012 until unification of the profession in 2015. As well, he has served on the provincial body’s Discipline Advisory Board, By-laws and Rules Committee, and Audit Committee, among others. Tom has also been involved with the profession nationally and currently serves as a member of CPA Canada’s Private Enterprise Advisory Committee, which assists the Accounting Standards Board in improving accounting standards for private enterprises in Canada. Keenly interested in accounting standards, Tom also served on numerous ad hoc committees, task forces and focused groups that reviewed and commented on exposure drafts related to accounting and assurance standards. His insights and expertise helped shape changes that strengthened and improved these standards.
Perhaps Tom’s biggest legacy is the impact he has had on hundreds of CPAs and CPAs-to-be through his education and recruitment activities. Tom is and has always been passionate about developing future generations of accounting professionals. To that end, Tom never misses an opportunity to volunteer to raise the awareness and profile of the profession among post-secondary students. He has acted as a presenter and/or panelist at a number of CPA Alberta events designed to attract the next generation of CPAs, and has also attended many such events simply to network and connect with students. Taking that commitment further, Tom has been involved in educating future CPAs through teaching at a variety of institutions, including the CPA Western School of Business, University of Alberta, NAIT, Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University) and the University of Lethbridge.
In the community, Tom served with the Arts and Life Foundation, Canadian Home Builders Association, and Edmonton Regional Association for Bright Children. He is also a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Boy Scouts of Canada – Northern Region and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, and served those organizations in a variety of capacities.
For his professional and community activities, he received Fellowship in 2012.
Tom’s record of service and continued dedication to the profession make him a worthy recipient of the CPA Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I was stunned and humbled when I first heard I was being honored this way, and I still feel stunned and humbled now that time has passed. I was fortunate in having met some great role models over the years, such as Allan MacTavish, Bill Halford, Mike Gibbins, Ross Denham and my good friend Robert Young who, tragically passed away last year. They led by example and showed me that professional accountants have a responsibility to give back to society and to the profession."