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How to keep top talent

by Taryn Abate

To retain top talent, business managers need to take the time to understand the needs of their employees.  According to Statistics Canada,total employment sits at about 6.8%.  When you drill down to finance professionals specifically, it sits at just 3.4%.  “At that level, it’s essentially full employment”, says Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian district president of specialized staffing firm Accountemps.  “Hiring and retaining talent is the No.1 issue for organizations across Canada.  Finding great candidates is tougher than I’ve ever seen it.  Once companies do, these recruits have many options.”

Consider the numbers:  April survey of 540 CFOs across Canada, done for global staffing firm Robert Half, revealed that 50% of respondents were having difficulty finding skilled candidates – this at a time when the majority of their companies (93%) were planning growth.

CPAs are in high demand and this isn’t going to change any time soon, barring major upheavals says Hannam-Jones.  Read more…


From CPA Magazine, October 2015 issue, with permission 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.

Wrong Numbers

by Craig Bell

In the digital age, call centres are anachronisms – vestiges of old practices and poor ways to communicate complicated information.  Any information transferred through a call centre can be less clear than information transmitted through other methods, as it is literally lost in translation.  That said, if you are going to operate call centres, you should do it right.  The actual utility (or lack thereof) is measurable and can be used to monitor and improve performance.

Consider this:  an internal Canada Revenue Agency report made public by CBC this year revealed that the overall accuracy rate at CRA call centres was just 75%.  The finding was based on a test conducted in 2014 in which agency employees anonymously phoned in and asked routine tax questions.  Previously, CRA had claimed its call centres gave “fully correct” answers 92.5% of the time.  More…..

This article was reprinted from the June/July 2015 CPA Magazine with permission from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Toronto, Canada.

Any changes to the original material are the sole responsibility of the publisher and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce Honoured at EPRC AGM

SandyAt their recent EPR Canada AGM in Vancouver this past October, the members of EPR Canada honoured member Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce with an award acknowledging her exceptional service to EPR.

The award was presented by EPR Canada President Les  Willms, who noted Sandy’s many achievements.

Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce is the Owner of EPR Sleegers Kirkwood-Pearce in London, Ontario.  She received her professional designation – CGA – in 1987 and earned her ACIS designation from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 2001. She received her C.I.T.P. (Certified International Trade designation) in 2002. She is a Licensed Public Accountant (LPA) since 2012.

Sandy is a member of the London Chapter Professional Women in business since 1996. She has contributed in excess of 15 years of active volunteer work through local, provincial and national associations.

EPR Sleegers Kirkwood-Pearce has been a member of EPR Canada Group since 2008 and contributing to the advancement of the association.  Sandy served on the EPR Canada Group Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.

We congratulate Sandy on this well deserved recognition.

EPR Hosts IECnet Members in Vancouver

IECnet and EPR Canada members in Vancouver, October 2015

IECnet and EPR Canada members in Vancouver, October 2015

EPR was pleased to host the members of IECnet recently in Vancouver when our two groups met for our annual conference. This was the third time our two groups have held joint meetings, but the first to be held in Canada.

The 4 day event kicked off on Wednesday October 14th with a Welcome Reception at the host hotel, Pan Pacific Vancouver. Day two was a full day of joint professional development sessions for the EPRC and IECnet delegates commencing with a presentation entitled Economic Prospects in a Slow Growth World by Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Business Council of BC. This was followed by Terry Yung, a Vancouver Policy Officer from the Financial Crime Section who spoke on money laundering. The afternoon sessions were led by tax professional from each group, Matt Bird of IECnet and Adam Plank of EPR. Each group held their respective AGM’s on day three and the final day the group enjoyed a tour of the beautiful city of Vancouver.

Social events over the 4 days included a harbour cruise and a gala evening at the Vancouver Convention Center to cap everything off.

The meetings were well attended by IECnet delegates from around the world and EPR Canada members from across Canada, as well as several companions.

The next joint meeting of the two groups is scheduled for Singapore in 2017.

How to Dodge a Court Clash

by David Malamed

In early March, the story of Paul Ceglia, who was facing serious fraud charges in relation to his claim that he owns half of Facebook Inc., took a bizarre twist.

Ceglia, his wife, Iasia, their two children (ages 10 and 11) and Buddy, the family dog, disappeared after the 41-year-old apparently cut off the ankle bracelet he had been ordered to wear as part of a US$250,000 bail agreement negotiated in 2012.  US marshals, armed with a search warrant, discovered the tracking device, which was motorized and mounted on a ceiling, attached to a homemade contraption that simulated the movements of a person walking around.

In court papers filed following Ceglia’s disappearance, Assistant US Attorney Alexander Wilson said, “The purpose of the contraption appeared to be to keep the bracelet in motion using a stick connected to a motor that would rotate or swing the bracelet.”  A timer was connected to the bracelet’s charger so monitors would think Ceglia was at home charging it, Wilson added.

In revoking Ceglia’s bail, which his family will likely have to pay, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Vernon Broderick noted that “it’s not easy to tamper with an ankle bracelet – it’s something that took a fair amount of planning.”

The judge also wondered if Ceglia had masterminded a way to fund his disappearance.  Broderick noted that Ceglia’s bail had been amended in September, allowing him to hire lawyers.  “I’d like to know if the money freed up to retain counsel….he may be using in connection with his flight.”

The marshals had raided Ceglia’s home in Wellsville, in upstate New York about a two-hour drive south of Canada, after a pretrial services officer was unable to contact Ceglia by phone, text or email, according to Bloomberg News.  The accused fraudster was due in Manhattan court on May 4 to begin his trial on charges that he fabricated documents to make it appear Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had agreed to pay Ceglia 50% of the social media company, plus an additional 1% interest in the business per day after January 1, 2004, until the website was completed, in return for a US$1,000 fee negotiated between the men in April 2003.  If paid in full, Ceglia (who also claimed damages) would end up owning 84% of Facebook.

Following an investigation by the US Postal Inspection Service into Ceglia’s claims, he was charged with mail fraud and wire fraud, which carried a possible sentence of up to 40 year in prison.  He pleaded not guilty.   Read more…

This article is reprinted from the June/July 2015 CPA Magazine with permission from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Toronto, Canada.

Any changes to the original material are the sole responsibility of the publisher and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.