Today, April 27, is Administrative Professional Day. This is just a few days before the 2016 Canadian Tax Filing Deadline, which falls on May 2nd this year. What better time to thank not only our fantastic administrative professional staff, but all of the hardworking individuals in the EPR Member firms across the country that have been working diligently these past few months to complete tax returns on behalf of our clients.
Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication.
by Rosalind Stefanac
Today’s employers are looking for team players who can behave ethically, think strategically and act decisively. New CPAs come well prepared on all counts.
SEEKING A TRAILBAZING, ETHICAL SUPERACHIEVER. Must be a critical thinker, astute problem-solver and adaptable to rapid change. Ability to number-crunch a given. Interested candidates, please submit your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long gone are the days when a professional accountant was expected to sit in the back offices of an organization crunching numbers. Today’s accountants are key members of the management team, tasked with making critical recommendations about a company’s future. They have a prominent voice in determining the strategic direction of the business. Often they move beyond the traditional role of providing financial advice to leading the company as the CEO or starting their own business.
It’s not surprising, then, that employers are looking to the new chartered professional accountant for that ultimate candidate – a professional who is smart enough to interpret massive amounts of complicated data and who possesses the business acumen to put it to optimal use for the betterment of a company or clients.
From CPA Magazine, January 2016, with permission of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Toronto, Canada. Any changes to the original material are the sole responsibility of EPR Canada Group Inc. and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
IECnet, the international network of independent audit, accounting and tax practices, www.iecnet.net, is pleased to announce that it has four new members:
- in China – With four English-speaking partners and more than 50 staff who all have many years of experience, Guangdong Wisworth Certified Public Accountant is a Guangzhou based firm which stands strong in the field of Audit. Open to the world, the Guangdong Wisworth Certified Public Accountant team has received high praise from the Guangdong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Guangdong Association of Certified Public Accountants. Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city, after Beijing and Shanghai.
- in Panama – Created in 2013, Hurtado & Asociados Contadores Públicos Autorizados has qualified professionals with years of experience in the field of Accounting, Auditing and Consulting in tax matters. Located in Panama City, Panama, Hurtado & Asociados Contadores Públicos Autorizados has a policy of continuous academic upgrading to constantly provide a first class service to their clients. With 18 years of experience in the fields of accounting, tax management, forensic audit & IFRS, Mr. Raul A. Hurtado regularly issues accounting publications.
- in Russia – Established in 2001 in St Petersburg, Big5 is one of the fifty largest auditing and consulting companies in Russia. With fifteen years of experience in the market of auditing and consulting services, Big5 is internationally recognized for their auditing expertise and for preparing financial statements under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
- in USA – CPA Global Tax & Accounting PLLC specializes in international tax planning, consulting and compliance. CPA Global is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
On February 20, 2016 EPR Trillium’s very own Mr. Don Di Carlo, keyboard player in The Firehall All-Star Band played at the annual Firehall Reunion at the London Music Hall. The Firehall was a hot spot for live music where musicians felt at home and crowds felt like family. The legend lives on in London every year with a Fire Hall Reunion. This year, Don’s band accepted an award for the Jimmy Lewis Lifetime Achievement in Blues! Congratulations Don and band-mates!
Here is his acceptance speech on behalf of the band:
“Thank you once more for the award. I was truly shocked and did not expect it. When I brought the award home, I remembered all of the many times I played at your Firehall with so many different musicians including with the late Jim Lewis. So many good times. And again I have to give you thanks for establishing that venue for the musicians in London and the rest of Canada and abroad that had the opportunity to play there. A venue such as this allowed musicians the opportunity to express their art. For me, it’s where I cut my teeth on the blues and R&B. With this stuff, you learn on the gig, how to play with a groove, how to find the groove, how to solo, comp etc. The Firehall venue helped me immensely. It helped create a musical community as well for players in London to congregate, hang out and share music. When I got home last night and reflected on all of this, I realized how important this award is for all of us that had the chance to play there and in the name and memory of Jim Lewis, fellow musician, friend who passed on too soon.”
The Bottom Line News published the 2015 results of the TOP 30 Accounting Firms in Canada http://www.thebottomlinenews.ca/documents/Canada’s_Accounting_Top_30_April2016.pdf
EPR Canada Group Inc. is ranked 9 out of 11 accounting associations in Canada. With over a total revenue of $36m, EPR Canada Group Inc. is proud to be part of the top 11 SME Accounting Associations in Canada.
On another positive note the International Accounting Bulletin http://www.internationalaccountingbulletin.com/ publishes an annual world survey with league tables for the leading networks and leading associations.
The International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) issued their January 2016 world ranking. EPR Canada Group Inc. and IECnet (combined) are ranked 25 out of 29 networks worldwide.
With a total turnover of USD120.5m, IECnet/EPR is proud to be part of the 29 top world networks.