Tax Educator Conference - 2022

2022 Tax Educator Conference  

CPA Competency Map 2.0: The Changing Landscape of Tax Education in Canada

Hosted by Waterloo Centre for Taxation in a Global Economy and CPA Canada
May 5, 2022 | 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern time

On-Line Conference Agenda (Draft)
Time Topic
10:00 Welcome:  Dan Rogozynski, University of Waterloo
10:05 - 11:00

The new CM2.0, expected impact on tax education and Cert2.0 process
Presentation by CM2.0 Committee Members:

  • Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA
  • Andy Thomas, MBA, CPA, CGMA, CPA (Illinois)
11:05 - 11:35

PSI tax education with current CM and preliminary thoughts on evolution with CM2.0
Panel of Educators 

  • Devan Mescall, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ling Chu, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Ruth Ann Strickland, Western University
  • Sonia Dhaliwal, University of Guelph
11:35 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:25

How "job ready" are new full time tax employees? What are the current gaps and anticipated future gaps / issues with CM 2.0?
Panel of Tax Employers

  • Abby Hu, Deloitte
  • Matthew Roman, KPMG
  • Tim Rollins, EY
  • Vik Sachdev, PwC
12:30 - 12:55

What got you "hooked on tax”? How "job ready" did you feel when you started working in tax after graduation (CFE) and why?
Panel of recent students working in tax

  • University of Waterloo MAcc program
    • Andrea Bauschke, EY
    • Benjamin Loewen, Deloitte
    • Elina Ma, KPMG
  • Graduate diploma in accounting
    • Arfa Ata, PwC,
    • Vincent Jiang, PwC
    • Zack Bhatia, KPMG
1:00 Closing Remarks:  Dan Rogozynski, University of Waterloo

Irene Wiecek
Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA, is a Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto, Institute for Management & Innovation with a cross appointment to the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. She is the Director of the CPA-accredited Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program. In 2018, she founded and currently directs the BIGDataAIHUB at the Institute for Management & Innovation. In the area of standard setting, she was a member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board IFRS Discussion Group up until 2020.

Irene has co-authored numerous books and publications including eight editions of the text Intermediate Accounting (by Kieso et al) for which she is one of two Canadian co-authors on the Canadian edition. Irene’s interests lie in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, integration in accounting education and, more recently, sustainability, big data/data analytics and emerging technologies including blockchain and artificial intelligence. Irene was a member of the CPA profession’s Foresight Working Group on Reimaging the Accounting Profession and is currently a member of the related Data Governance Committee. In 2019, she was appointed to the CPA Canada Competency Map Task Force, which took a blank sheet approach to redefining the competencies for the accounting profession. The new Competency Map (CM2.0) was released March 1, 2022.

Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas, MBA, CPA, CGMA, CPA (Illinois), is the Director of the Professional Program Examinations at CPA Canada. He is also involved with the Certification 2.0 project at CPA Canada which involves the implementation of the Competency Map 2.0 as well as the redesign and redevelopment of the Professional Education programs at CPA Canada.

Andy has been with CPA Canada and one of its legacy bodies for over 13 years and has been involved with the professional examinations for over 30 years. Currently Andy oversees the module end examinations in both the Prep and PEP areas which encompasses 20 different modules and 94 unique examinations each year. Andy also oversees a variety of innovative projects at CPA Canada including remote proctoring, automated essay scoring and acting as the staff support for the Certification 2.0 project.