Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are critical resources for CPA Alberta. They provide valuable support to CPA Alberta and help the organization fulfill its obligations to protect the public. CPA volunteers also strengthen the delivery of CPA Alberta’s core services.

CPAs can make an impact within the profession by volunteering with CPA Alberta in one of the many positions available. Alberta CPAs can also give back to the community by volunteering with different organizations across the province.

If you are interested in volunteering for any these positions or if you have any questions, please email volunteer@cpaalberta.ca.

Volunteer Opportunities

These opportunities listed below are quick and easy ways for CPAs to get involved with the profession and engage with established and aspiring CPAs.

Inspire potential CPAs to pursue the designation and enroll in the CPA program by judging business and accounting case competitions for post-secondary and high school audiences.

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on event.

Learn more about the different opportunities available as a volunteer and the event details, here

View Case Competition Judge Description

The Connector Program introduces individuals seeking information and opportunities to well-connected local CPAs. The program puts the Participant, the person interested in making the connection, directly in touch with local members who volunteer as Connectors.

This program is for CPAs, candidates, students as well as foreign-trained accounting professionals or those new to Alberta who are interested in building their professional network.

Time Commitment: One hour meeting with a brief follow-up (additional one hour commitments can be made).

View Connector Description

Inspire potential CPAs to pursue the designation and enroll in the CPA program by sharing your education and career experiences as a CPA. You will be asked to be either a keynote speaker or a panelist with other CPAs and/or CPA candidates at a CPA Alberta recruiting event.

Time Commitment: Anywhere from one to four hours.

Learn more about the different opportunities available as a volunteer and the event details, here

View Keynote and Panelist Description

This program helps aspiring CPAs develop a mentoring relationship that can lead to insights, opportunities, and improved skills. The program is currently looking for mentors to take part in the Mentorship Program.

Find more information on the Mentorship Program.

Time commitment: 12-24 hours of interaction over one year (may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development hours).

View Mentor Description

CPA Networkers are invited to specific events throughout the year to network with prospective CPAs, speak with them about their career paths, and help them understand how the CPA designation can help them meet their goals.

Time Commitment: Commitment is anywhere from one to three hours.

Learn more about the different opportunities available as a volunteer and the event details, here

View Networkers Description

Through this valuable initiative, CPAs, candidates, and students can volunteer to help low-income Albertans complete their tax returns free of charge each year.

Learn more about the Tax Clinic Program

View Tax Clinic Program Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Mentor for Students Phone Support Return Preparer Reviewer

Board and Committee Opportunities

Prospective volunteers will be evaluated on their skills and qualifications, nominated, and approved by the CPA Alberta Board. This process may also include interviews as well as a request for references. 

The purpose of the Committee is to the assist the CPA Alberta Board regarding recommendations and exposure drafts relevant to Alberta, including those from the Independence Task Force, Uniform Rules of Professional Conduct, Professional Liability Insurance Committee, and Continuing Professional Development Committee. Other responsibilities include providing recommendations or potential changes to the Board (or its designate) in respects to the rules of professional conduct or guidance that should be forwarded to the Uniform Rules Standing Committee.

View Bylaws and Rules Committee Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Bylaws and Rules Committee Chair Bylaws and Rules Committee

Members of the Complaints Inquiry Committee (CIC) assist CPA Alberta in maintaining the reputational obligations in accordance with the Act, regulations, by-laws, and resolutions.

The CIC is the decision maker on whether or not allegations of unprofessional conduct are referred to the Discipline Tribunal Roster Chair for a hearing.

Time Commitment: One eight hour meeting day four times per year, with an additional minimum preparation time of 10 hours for each eight hour meeting day. A minimum three year term.

View Complaints Inquiry Committee Volunteer Role Descriptions:

CIC Chair CIC Committee Member

The CPA Alberta Achievement Awards recognize individuals whose achievements in their career, the community, and the profession have brought honor to the profession. Recognition is given in four categories: Lifetime Achievement, Fellows of the Chartered Professional Accountants, Distinguished Service, and Early Achievement.

CPA Alberta Nominations Committee Members assist the CPA Alberta Board in generating and supporting nominations for the CPA Alberta Achievement Awards. Members also maintain active communications with CPAs, candidates, and employers to encourage nominations for the Awards, as well as compiles a prospect list of potential award recipients.

CPA Alberta Review Committee Members assist the Board with reviewing and assessing all materials, documents, and reasons for nomination for all applicants. Committee members will then forward a list of nominations for the following awards to the CPA Alberta Board for its consideration.

View Awards Nominations Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Awards Nomination Committee Chair Achievement Awards Nomination Committee
View Awards Review Committee Volunteer Role Descriptions:
Awards Review Commitee Chair Awards Review Committee

The CPA Alberta Board consists of 12 members—nine CPAs and three public representatives. Being a member of the Board requires a time commitment of 10-15 days per year, depending on the specific responsibilities assigned to the Board Member. The Board usually meets four times per year. Meetings are regularly held in Edmonton and Calgary, and may be held throughout the province. Board members are also encouraged to attend key CPA Alberta events. Board members are elected for a three-year term (maximum two terms).

Meet the CPA Alberta Board.

View CPA Alberta Board Description

The CPA Education Foundation is a non-profit organization, with a mandate to promote accounting and business education in Alberta.

Each year, the Foundation provides up to $1.2 million in support of that mandate, by bestowing: grants to post-secondary business schools; scholarships and awards to students; financial support for accounting research; and programs to recognize and honor Alberta’s best accounting educators.

Right now, the CPA Education Foundation is seeking two new Board members. In order to have the optimal mix of competencies on the Board, the preference for these two positions is for CPAs with experience in the areas of board governance and investment management. If you are an Alberta CPA in good standing and are interested in seeking appointment to the Foundation board, please contact Megan Wesolowski at mwesolowski@cpaalberta.ca for more information and a nomination package. You may nominate yourself or another CPA.

The nomination deadline has been extended to no later than 4:30 p.m. August 23, 2019.

View CPA Alberta Education Foundation Board of Governors Description

In most circumstances, both Discipline and Appeal Tribunals are comprised of three members—two CPA Alberta members appointed from CPA Alberta’s Discipline and Appeal Tribunal roster, and one public member appointed by from the Public Member roster established by the Government of Alberta.

Discipline Tribunals conduct hearings as to whether a Registrant’s conduct constitutes unprofessional conduct based on allegations of unprofessional conduct put forward by the Complaints Inquiry Committee (CIC) through a processes set out under the CPA Act.

Appeal Tribunals hear the appeals of certain decisions as set out under the CPA Act. Under the CPA Act, Appeal Tribunals are given broad powers in relation to the appeals that come before them. The vast majority of appeals that are heard by Appeal Tribunals relate to the decisions of the CIC Chair to dismiss discipline complaints or the decisions of Discipline Tribunals.

Learn more about Conduct and Discipline

View Discipline and Appeal Tribunal Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Appeal Roster Chair Appeal Roster Vice Chair Discipline Roster Chair Discipline Roster Vice Chair Discipline and Appeal Tribunal

Practice Review Committee Members play an integral role in CPA Alberta’s practice review process by bringing their judgment, experience, and knowledge. The purpose of practice review is to promote high standards of practice in professional accounting firms and professional service providers, and in general maintain and improve the competence of the profession.

The objective of practice review process is the protection of the public by assessing the compliance with professional standards of firms that perform assurance, compilation and other specified engagements. The practice review process further protects the public by taking appropriate follow-up or remedial action in instances of non-compliance as well as provides an educational experience to CPAs and firms.

Learn more about the Practice Review Process.

View Practice Review Committee Description

The Registration Committee is established in accordance with section 33 of the CPA Act. In accordance with the Act, the Registration Committee must consider and decide on application for registration, including imposition of conditions or restrictions on a registration. Registrants identified under the Act include CPAs, candidates, professional accounting firms, professional corporations, and professional service providers. Other registrant-related categories include pre-approved program route providers, limited liability partnerships, and specialists.

In addition to the general duties under Act, the Registration Committee will monitor, recommend, and establish registration policy and administrative practice. The Registration Committee is empowered to advise the Board on relevant strategy and policy matters for consideration and possible implementation by CPA Alberta.

View Registrations Committee Description

Opportunities with NPOs and Charities

The Alberta Community Ambassadors were founded in 2011 when a group of Calgary CPAs, with a passion for community involvement, wanted to find a way to help other CPA’s share their passion and find meaningful and productive volunteer opportunities.

The Community Ambassador Committee’s mission is to connect Alberta CPAs with not-for-profit organizations to offer financial expertise, leadership, and guidance using their unique skill set.

View the Community Ambassador Volunteer Opportunities

CPA Alberta Chapters and Public Practitioners Groups provide Alberta CPAs the opportunity to attend informative meetings and social gatherings in their area. CPA Alberta Chapters and Public Practitioners Groups are separate legal entities and require CPAs and candidates to volunteer their time to meet the organization's objectives.

There are five Alberta Chapters located in Calgary, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Lethbridge. Each Chapter has an Elected Executive made up of CPAs or candidates.

If you are interested in getting involved in your local Chapter or learning more, view the Chapter pages. Please contact the Chapter directly if you have any questions. 

Public Practitioners Groups in Calgary and Edmonton, welcome practitioners in the area to attend meetings about the latest issues and developments in the accounting industry. Meetings take place on a monthly basis.

If you are interested in getting involved with a Public Practitioners Group in your area, view the pages below and contact the Group directly. 

As a CPA or candidate, the CPA Alberta Job Board allows you to browse through a list of community volunteer opportunities near you.

Review the activities currently available.

Give back, meet like-minded CPA colleagues, and maybe acquire a new skill at CPA Alberta Volunteer Days.

Build connections in the community, develop relationships with colleagues, and leverage your leadership and financial skills to help others at these group volunteer opportunities. The purpose of these events is to provide CPAs with the opportunity to make tangible connections with each other and with local NPO and charity organizations.

View the opportunities currently available

Opportunities with CPA Canada

Share your knowledge and expertise by becoming a financial literacy volunteer with CPA Canada. This program helps Canadians improve their financial knowledge and make the best possible choices for their circumstances.

Learn more about the CPA Canada Financial Literacy Program or email financialliteracy@cpacanada.ca.

As a CPA in good standing, you can provide guidance to aspiring CPAs to help them achieve the required competencies to become a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Find out more about the process to become a CPA mentor. 

Interested in more CPA Canada volunteer opportunities? Visit the CPA Canada website for activities and volunteer roles available.

Interested in learning how your volunteer hours may count towards your Continued Professional Development (CPD)? Find out more about CPD Reporting.

Value Statement

With over 3,000 volunteers, CPA Alberta depends on CPAs and CPA candidates to demonstrate professional pride while they support the accounting profession. Members of the public also support the profession through their volunteerism, helping to ensure the province is well-served by the CPA profession.

In its volunteer programs and opportunities, CPA Alberta strives for an appropriate balance of geographic representation, gender and cultural diversity, skills, technical knowledge and experience. As well, the organization endeavours to make available volunteer opportunities known and accessible.

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