Member Spotlight: Profile on Kelsey Roberts

I am currently a senior accountant working for BDO in Whistler, BC. I work on the small business side, assisting with tax planning and preparation of corporate and personal tax filings. Prior to this role, I worked in audit and assurance at PwC Calgary for four years. I attended the University of Lethbridge where I received my bachelor of management with a major in accounting and a finance minor in 2014. I am an outdoor enthusiast, and when I am not in the office, you can find me skiing (hopefully) powder, hiking, biking or training for various half-marathons on the valley trail.

Why did you become a CPA?

Opportunity. The prospect of being able to work anywhere in the world and in any industry had me intrigued from my very first accounting course. Becoming a CPA provided me the opportunity to move to Whistler and still maintain a professional job that affords me the lifestyle I desire.

What else do you hope to achieve in your professional and personal life?

I am currently debating between pursuing the in-depth tax course or starting the chartered financial analyst (“CFA”) program. I love to learn and I want to keep growing professionally. As for my personal life, completing my yoga teacher training has always been on my bucket list, so one of these days that is going to be ticked off.

Can you share an interest outside of work that you are passionate about?

I am super passionate about health and natural medicine. Looking back if I had not become an accountant, I think I would have become a naturopath doctor. Naturopathy has changed my life and I would encourage others to be open to it.

What is the most memorable moment in your path to becoming a CPA?

Marks day. Waking up and seeing my CPA student number on the list of successful writers is easily one of the best days of my life. Every grueling moment of studying, case writing, and sacrificing my personal life became worth it.

If you could summarize your attitude towards change in one sentence, what would it be and why?  

In today’s world especially, things are changing at such a rapid pace you are far better off going with the flow and being a part of the change than trying to resist it.

What is the greatest change you have witnessed in your industry? Amidst all this change, how to you keep your company competitive?

Employees, especially in my generation, want work life balance. We want to work hard, and play harder. The old school mentality that you have to be at your desk to get your job done is slowly being replaced with flexible work arrangements and I think it is a great thing. In order for public practice firms to stay competitive, we need to provide opportunities for flexible working arrangements.


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