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Alberta has recently passed its one year anniversary of living and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s definitely been a rollercoaster of a year and while “we are wired to do hard things,” hard things tend to take its toll. Psychologist, author and public speaker Dr. Jody Carrington joins us for a special two part series to take a health check on how Albertans are coping with the emotional impact of COVID fatigue and how we will get through this together.
Everyone can relate to new beginnings – your first post-secondary class, landing your first job, or buying your first home. For many of us, it's terrifying to step into something new; to step into the uncomfortable and be vulnerable in the moment. Sharif Ahmed CPA and Manager, Financial Reporting for the University Hospital Foundation, sees the power in connection by building strong partnerships in and outside of the office. He shares his unique perspective on fostering a sense of community and his take on vulnerability as a professional.
CPAs are more than number-crunnchers and spreadsheet wizards. They’re decision-makers, kombucha-brewers, board members of non-profits, controllers for global companies, and educators of the next generation. Whether their career paths have taken a non-conventional route or not, CPAs’ strong accounting acumen and managerial skills are highly respected and help drive the profession forward. Straight From the CPA’s Mouth checks in with Azfaar Dharani, CPA, an early career CPA, to get his thoughts on what exactly is a CPA, and what do they do.
2020 forced us all to make hard decisions—decisions that not only impacted how we lived, worked and socialized, but also came with tax implications. In this podcast, Cassandra Liberona CPA, CA at Yaremchuk & Annicchiarico LLP explains what you need to know this tax season about COVID-related government programs and benefits.
With the kinds of events that have happened in the last few years, many individuals and organizations have begun the necessary work of confronting their prejudices and beliefs about race and racism. In this episode, CPA Alberta’s CEO, Rachel Miller FCPA, FCA shares some of the work of CPA Alberta’s Anti-Racism Working Group and her thoughts the importance such initiatives play both in an organization and the profession.
Mental health is something that all Canadians will contend with in some degree over their lifetime. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem, or illness. Joining Straight From the CPA’s Mouth for this episode is Danielle Aquin, a recent successful writer of the Common Final Examination (CFE) and CPA candidate. Danielle is here to talk about her experiences studying and working through a professional program during a global pandemic, and the importance of finding balance, seeking support, and talking about struggles. Resources • Canadian Mental Health Association – Fast Facts about Mental Illness https://cmha.ca/fast-facts-about-mental-illness • Bell Let’s Talk – Get Help https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/get-help • Link for CPA Assist https://www.cpaalberta.ca/Members/CPA-Assist
Owning a business has its challenges. But how are those challenges accentuated when your career intersects with your identity as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour? And how can businesses continue or begin to push for more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces? Tope Roth CPA, CGA and Meagan Schroder CPA, CGA are the co-owners of “an accounting firm like no other” and have been navigating these questions as they break barriers in the profession. They join Straight From the CPA’s Mouth to talk about what they learned along the way.
New Year’s resolutions. We all make them, but how many of them actually stick? Statistics show that 80% of us will abandon our goals within the first month. How frustrating is that? According to Rakiya Randhawa CPA, CA and certified fitness instructor and online wellness coach, there is hope for us. Her philosophy: start right away and be kind to yourself in the process. She joins Straight From the CPA’s Mouth to discuss her philosophy on managing and crushing your goals.
What does it mean to “build resilience during times of adversity” and what impact does our ability to build resilience have on how we cope in our physical, mental, emotional and social lives? Straight From the CPA’s Mouth is joined by Deepa Maisuria, CPA, CA and Chartered Business Valuator for a discussion on strategies for overcoming adversity and the health benefits of resilience.
We’ve all heard the term “entrepreneurship” and have a basic understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur. But what about “solopreneurship?” In this episode of we speak with Carolyn Scissons CPA, CMA who will talk about her transition from the Energy sector into her own venture as the Founder of the Regulatory Learning Lab. We’ll get to the heart of what it truly takes to become an entrepreneur, and what it’s like to start a business – on your own – in the midst of a global pandemic.
With more than 25,000 charities and non-profit organizations, Alberta’s voluntary sector touches virtually every aspect of life in our communities. To share their thoughts about the value of volunteerism, Straight From the CPA’s Mouth is joined by the CPA Education Foundation’s Chair, Dave Bodnarchuk, FCPA, FCA, and Vice Chair, Joe Gagliardi FCPA, FCMA. Both are active philanthropists in Alberta and will speak about their experiences and why both post-secondary students and industry professionals should get involved in volunteering and charitable organizations. They’ll also discuss how getting out of your comfort zone can help you develop new skills and become a more well-rounded contributing member of your community.
In this episode of Straight From the CPA’s Mouth, our guest, Adam Devenny, Senior Manager with KPMG in Calgary joins us as we take a deep dive into data analytics. Data is all around us. We interact with it every day whether we know it or not – every time you Google a recipe, examine a utility bill or review your latest ROI and sales reports. It can be both overwhelming and powerful. Adam will take us through the basics of why it’s important to understand data analytics and how they can be applied to our daily lives.
Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and the up-and-coming Generation Z all have different economic and historical circumstances that they’ve had to deal with, or are dealing with now. Kari Speaker Smith CPA, CA and Ryan Gubic CPA, CGA join Straight From the CPA’s Mouth to explain finances from each generation’s perspective. This episode continues the conversation started in episode 203: Generations Part 1.
Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and the up-and-coming Generation Z all have different economic and historical circumstances that they’ve had to deal with, or are dealing with now. Kari Speaker Smith CPA, CA and Ryan Gubic CPA, CGA join Straight From the CPA’s Mouth to explain finances from each generation’s perspective.
The conversation that started with Kat Giyasova in the season 2 premier of Straight From the CPA's Mouth continues. Successful CFE writer Kat Giyasova grew up in Uzbekistan and Thailand, and then found herself as a newcomer to Alberta. She describes what it's like to finally have a place to belong, how people supported her as a newcomer to Alberta, and why she considered the CPA designation as worth pursuing.
In the season 2 premier of Straight From the CPA's Mouth, successful CFE writer Kat Giyasova shares her story of growing up in Uzbekistan and Thailand, and the journey that led her to Alberta. Her story will continue in episode 202 where she describes what it's like to finally have a place to belong, how people supported her as a newcomer to Alberta, and why she considered the CPA designation worth pursuing.
In the final episode of the first season of Straight From the CPA’s Mouth, Todd Scaletta CPA, CMA, Senior Vice President of Foresight and Research at CPA Alberta, discusses the five drivers of change and the potential futures they might create. What does the future look like? How can we know? What can we do to prepare for it? Todd answers these questions and more.
In the second installment of this two-part special on taxes, Dale Somerville CPA, CA brings attention to often unheard-of deductions that individuals can claim when filing their taxes. Are you a schoolteacher who pays for supplies out of pocket? You can claim some of that. Have you moved recently? You can claim some of that too! Tune in to learn more.
Part one of this podcast special on taxes features Dale Somerville CPA, CA, founder and president of W. Dale Somerville Professional Corporation. Dale offers tips and tricks for keeping your receipts, staying organized, and making things easier for yourself. He also explains what certain policies mean, and how you can use them to get the most out of your return.
Accounting instructor at SAIT, Stephen Bergstrom CPA, CMA, leans on his teaching experience to tackle the question, "What is the difference between education and accounting?" He also talks about his time working with the Canadian military in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and speculates what the future generation of CPAs will be like.
Actor-turned-accountant Gerald Matthews CPA, CMA is an internal auditor at Enerflex Ltd. He answers the question, "What do you consider absolutely necessary for a successful life?"; shares about his previous career in the performing arts and the circumstances and that inspired him to pursue accounting; and discusses the joys of learning skills in a new field.
What does it look like when accounting and crime investigation go hand-in-hand? Chioma Ufodike CPA, CMA shares her experience as a forensic accountant and delves into what it means to follow the data, investigate the leads, and find the fraud. She also answers the question posed in a previous episode, "What is the wisest thing you have ever heard someone say?" and talks living life to the fullest.
What does it look like when accounting and crime investigation go hand-in-hand? Chioma Ufodike CPA, CMA shares her experience as a forensic accountant and delves into what it means to follow the data, investigate the leads, and find the fraud. She also answers the question posed in a previous episode, "What is the wisest thing you have ever heard someone say?" and talks living life to the fullest.
Lisa Matthews CPA, CGA knows how to invest. After declaring bankruptcy in her twenties, she was able to retire early because of her investing know-how. In the fourth and last episode of the Straight From the CPA's Mouth Financial Literacy series, Lisa shares her story, and tells listeners what they can do to invest well.
Three CPAs come together to discuss the value of saving, and the importance of being a wise consumer; Aileen Campbell CPA, CGA, Tim Onciul CPA, CMA, and Justin Wong CPA, CA each bring experience from different fields in accounting, in combination with their passion for financial literacy, to offer their own perspectives and unique knowledge.
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Straight From the CPA's Mouth
Podcast Status
Active
Started
May 17th, 2019
Latest Episode
Apr 20th, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Episodes
41
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes
Explicit
No
Language
English

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