CAAA Ethics Workshop

26th Annual Workshop at the CAAA Conference

Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 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. 

Changing Education Through New Technologies: ChatGPT, AI, RPA, and Alteryx

In this session, we will discuss how new and emerging technologies including ChatGPT, AI, RPA, Alteryx, and other tools are changing the accounting profession and accounting education. We will give you hands on experience with these tools and provide numerous teaching materials that you can use in the classroom. Come enjoy this active learning session that will give you many ideas for enhancing your teaching.

Requirements: In the session, you will need to have a laptop with wifi connection. Please have installed Alteryx (free academic licensing available at, Microsoft Excel, and Power Automate (see ).


8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome & Announcements
Krista Fiolleau, Centre for Accounting Ethics
9:00 - 10:30

ChatGPT – working for us and against us 
David Wood, Brigham Young University

Discussion of research and cases using ChatGPT. Hands on experience using ChatGPT to enhance your productivity.

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00

Teaching tech and using automation to enhance your work 
David Wood, Brigham Young University


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

2022:  Incorporating Environmental and Social Reporting into Curriculum.  Vern Albush, Director Sustainability, Federated Cooperatives Limited, spoke about environmental and social needs within the workforce.  Professor Blake Phillips, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo spoke about a new undergraduate program at the School - Bachelor of Environment and Financial Management.

2021:  Issues of Diversity Facing Accounting Academics.  Professor Maureen Sterling from the Odette School of Business 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, discussed 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, highlighted 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.