Young Tax Professionals

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What I love about being a young tax professional is that it provides many opportunities to become a well-rounded individual. The world of taxation involves taking on a business advisor role: combining the knowledge of accounting, legislation, data analytics, and effective communication to ultimately help clients reach their business goals. - Isabel, Biotech CPA

The University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance has over 250 students in our BAFM, Math/CPA and Biotech/CPA programs who will complete three tax courses as part of their undergraduate degree.  In May 2014 we asked students who had an interest in a career in tax and were in their second tax course, to apply to be part of our Young Tax Professionals (YTP) team. Twenty of those applicants were selected.

Our objective is to offer enthusiastic students who are interested in a career in taxation the opportunity to closely interact with faculty, alums and other full-time tax professionals. This program allows students to gain a deeper understanding of career options, develop key skills needed for tax practice, and learn about current issues and specialty areas within the field.

The Young Tax Professionals offers students with an interest in a career in taxation the opportunity to closely interact with faculty, alumni and other full-time tax professionals.  Students gain a deeper understanding of career options, develop key skills needed for tax practice, network with tax professionals and learn about current issues and specialty areas within the field.  This year (2020-21) we had 100 students involved in the program.

YTP guest speaker - July 29th | 1:30 | HH 2104

Julia KlannJulia Klann, CPA, CA, MAcc '05, Partner, Eastern Canada Leader US Corporate Tax at Grant Thornton

Julia Klann is currently teaching an MAcc elective: US Corporate Tax.  She is a partner, Eastern Canada Leader, with Grant Thornton with main accountabilities that focus on US corporate tax. One of Julia's favourite things about working with corporate tax is that it is like a challenging puzzle as every day is different from the last. As a mom, having a flexible schedule is important to Julia, and being part of a public accounting firm offers that, as she can plan her work day around her life and not the other way around. One of the many lessons that Julia shares is to not say no to opportunities when they present themselves. You might not be ready to say yes but saying yes will allow for learning and opening different doors that may have not been opened otherwise.

Learn more about Julia Klunn.

RSVP now for this guest speaker event.


YTP social and graduate send off - July 29th | 2:30 - Graduate House

Grad HouseYou must be a current YTP to register for this event.

This event follows the guest speaker session with Julia Klann.  We have booked the Grad House at 2:30 for the YTP Social/YTP Graduate send off event on July 29. 

We will be providing munchies and non-alcoholic drinks for those attending.  You are welcome to order/pay for your own alcoholic beverage.  Dan and I will be!

Things to know:

  • Proof of vaccine and photo ID are required for entry
  • 50 people is the max they can have in the upstairs space (first come first serve)

Register by July 22 - space is limited to 50 people.  

We look forward to seeing you at this event!