CAAA Ethics Workshop

26th Annual Workshop at the CAAA Conference

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 8:00 am - noon

The Centre for Accounting Ethics is pleased to invite all CAAA Conference attendees to its annual Workshop.  The workshop will be held in conjunction with the CAAA Annual Conference. 

Incorporating Environmental and Social Reporting into Curriculum

Environmental issues and sustainability issues are critical to the success of most companies in our economy. Investors are increasing their focus on the environmental performance of corporations. CPA Canada’s Foresight report recognizes the need for professionals to understand social and environmental information. The question arises as to what should we expect our university graduates to understand in this area and how can we build this expertise which is being demanded by organizations?  The Centre for Accounting Ethics invites all CAAA Conference Attendees to its annual Workshop to explore different approaches to incorporating environmental and social reporting into curriculum.  To this end, the Centre has invited Blake Phillips from the University of Waterloo to discuss the School of Accounting and Finance’s approach, in addition to representatives from the profession and other faculties.

The development of business practices that minimize environmental impact is one of the predominant challenges facing humanity. The climate crisis and other environmental issues demand that society transitions to a low-carbon economy and more sustainable practices. Achieving sustainability objectives requires that corporations and governments broaden their definition of success beyond exclusively financial outcomes. To this end, universities must provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to cope with these challenges within their organizations. Accounting students must be able to understand the reporting needs and standards governing social reporting and be key drivers in their organizations moves in this direction. How do programs ensure their students have this capability with the ever growing conceptual framework for CPAs and the increased emphasis on data analytics? Should courses be offered on environmental reporting and CSR or should joint programs be provided which merge accounting, finance and environmental disciplines? These issues will be discussed in detail within this session.


8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Announcements
Krista Fiolleau, Centre for Accounting Ethics
9:15 - 10:00

Embarking on a New Frontier: Undergraduate program Bachelor of Environment and Financial Management
Blake Phillips, Associate Professor, Finance

10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:00

Environmental and social needs within the workforce
Vern Albush (he/him) Director Sustainability, Federated Cooperatives Limited

11:00 - 11:50 Discussion and Questions Period: Table group discussions and discussion with panel
11:50 - 12:00

Closing Remarks
Krista Fiolleau, Centre for Accounting Ethics

We welcome all CAAA conference participants and will start our workshop with breakfast. Although the workshop is free to conference attendees, we ask you to register on the conference registration form and, in particular, check off whether you will be requiring lunch so we can keep our food order reasonably accurate.  

If you have any questions, please contact Krista Fiolleau or Jenny Rothwell at

Previous Workshops

2021:  Issues of Diversity Facing Accounting Academics.  Professor Maureen Sterling from the Odette School of Business will discussed her joint work with Professor Russell Evans, also from the Odette School of Business, on addressing issues of indigenizing accounting courses.  Dr. Bertrand Malsch, from the Smith School of Business, will discuss issues of diversity in accounting research publication.  Stephanie Fox, VP of Financial Reporting & Assurance Standards Canada and Executive Sponsor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for CPA Canada, will highlight the issues facing the accounting profession in the area of diversity and inclusion.

2019:  Data privacy protection in a world of Big Data.  The workshop focused on data privacy protection in a world of Big Data; What business schools (and more specifically, accounting faculty) need to teach their students to prepare them to identify privacy issues and safeguard their clients, customers and employers from violations of privacy when working with data.  Presentations by Deborah Evans, Chief Privacy Officer at Rogers Communications; Jonathan Joynt, Senior Investigator and Breach Response Officer, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

2018:  Plagiarism and academic misconduct in higher education.  Harp Bagri, CPA, CA, Director – Outreach - CPA Western School of Business; Elaine Geddes, Former Associate Dean, Alberta School of Business; and Linda Robinson, Director of the Centre for Accounting Ethics of the University of Waterloo, Continuing Lecturer in Assurance discussed their thoughts and experiences.  The participants shared their experience and thoughts through table discussions.

2017:  Ethics in the Classroom:  Engaging students and delivering quality professional ethics education was presented by Dr. Greg Andres, University of Waterloo.

2016:  Discussion of the ethical consideration associated with Big Data was presented by Daniel O'Leary from University of Southern California.