Career Tips

One Employer’s Must-Have Attributes for New Hires

At one of our past events on campus, Larry Sawrenko, MBA, CPA, CGA, Director of Finance & Treasurer for Port Metro Vancouver representing one of CPABC’s Career Connect employment partners was asked to explain the top three things he looks for when hiring university graduates. Here’s what he had to say.


1.  Intelligence

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Have You Spotted the Pros?

The CPABC “Spot the Pros” social media challenge is in full swing. Members and students have answered CPABC’s challenge on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


With only two weeks remaining, there are still many CPA prizes available to be won! To enter, simply snap a selfie at a CPA-branded bus shelter, take a photo of yourself reading Read Story



As Canada’s largest community credit union, with over half a million members and more than 2,400 empoyees, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, better known as Vancity, is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers.  This year alone Vancity has received the following recognition:


Best of Vancouver 2014 – Reader’s Choice for best local employer (Georgia Straight) TopRead Story

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Inspiring Quotes

Sometimes you need an extra boost to help get you through your day. Here are 30 inspiring quotes that are sure to uplift.


30 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Get Through Your Work Day from Bernard Marr





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Job of the Week – Junior Accountant – Methanex

Methanex is the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America. Methanex is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.


This exciting new position has been developed for top talent in pursuit of their CPA designation. For the first 30 months the Junior Accountant will rotate betweenRead Story

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How much do CPAs in BC make?

According to CPA Canada’s 2013 Compensation Study, the average compensation for British Columbia’s Chartered Professional Accountants in 2012 was $142,000. Nationally, the average compensation for CPAs was $141,000.CPAs in Vancouver, with average compensation of $144,000, made more than CPAs working in other major BC cities.  In comparison, CPAs working in Victoria and Kamloops made an average of $126,000 and $125,000Read Story

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One National Body for Canada’s Accounting Profession

October 1, 2014 – It is a historic day for the country’s accounting profession with more than 190,000 members now represented by a single national body – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).


The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) has joined CPA Canada, completing the integration of the country’s national accounting bodies. CPARead Story

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Challenge The Status Quo

“Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” – JFK


Earlier this week we blogged about LifeLab CEO Sue Paish’s interview on CKNW’s Leadership Talks CEO speaker series.  One of her key messages was her appreciation for fresh perspectives that young people bring to the work place and their ability to question why things are doneRead Story

The LiveCA team (From Left to Right: Dave, Josh, Mikel, Tyler, Jeff, Munjyot, Shelby, & Chad. (Missing: Amanda)


We have previously reported on two tech-savvy CPAs who, through technology and some innovative thinking, are changing the way accountants do business. LiveCA is a Canada’s first online chartered accounting firm and we had an opportunity to learn a little more about this company by asking its two founding partners,  Josh Zweig and Chad Davis, what it’s likeRead Story

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Leadership Lessons from Sue Paish, CEO, LifeLabs Laboratory Services

CPA is a proud sponsor of CKNW’s Leadership Talks CEO speaker series in which CKNW radio host Simi Sara goes one-on-one with BC’s top CEOs to discuss how they have achieved success, the lessons they’ve learned along the way, and what they envision for the future of their industry.


This morning’s featured CEO was Sue Paish, PresidentRead Story

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