Chapter PD: Real Business Ethics and the CPA Mindset & Ethical Dilemmas:The Thick Grey Line

May 18, 2019

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This Ethics training will be delivered in two-parts over a four hour duration and meets the four hour ethics CPD requirement.
Date: Saturday, May 18 , 2019
Time: Registration and Breakfast: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Session 1: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Session 2: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BCThis event is near the Gilmore Skytrain/Brentwood Mall Location
Who: CPABC Members and Students
Early Bird Registration for both sessions: $99.00 + GST (deadline for early bird is May 4, 2019)
Registration for both sessions: $110.00 + GST (after May 4 ,2019)
Registration for one session only: $55.00 + GST
CPD 4 Hours
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Session 1 : Real Business Ethics and the CPA Mindset | 8:00 am to 10:00 am

The course will develop your ethical mindset, explain the breadth of business ethics today, help you understand where ethical risks may lie, and provide you with ideas and tools to integrate business ethics into your daily work and professional responsibilities.

Who Should Attend:

Any CPA who is interested in encouraging an ethics-based culture in their organization.

Topics covered will include:

  • Essential blocks of business ethics for a CPA, building upon the ethical principles of the CPABC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Scope of business ethics today
  • Integrating business ethics into your workplace
  • Case studies to apply ethical principlesPrerequisite: None | Length: 2 hours

Session 2: Ethical Dilemmas: The Thick Grey Line | 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

This course provides participants with opportunities to evaluate ethical scenarios in a variety of contexts that are realistic and representative of the CPA demographic (including industry, not-for-profit, public sector and public practice).

Participants will increase their competence and confidence in interpreting and applying the CPA Code of Professional Conduct to real-life workplace challenges.

Who Should Attend:

This course will appeal to members who enjoy an actively engaging CPD setting using small group discussions and interactive polling to analyze real-life ethical scenarios.

The two-hour format will also appeal to members who choose to fulfill their ethics CPD requirement in smaller segments.


The course begins with a brief refresher of the CPA Code of Professional Conduct, followed by team-based evaluations of ethical scenarios and potential actions to determine where the line of acceptable behaviour is crossed. Small group discussions will be followed by larger group debriefs.

Prerequisite: Reasonable familiarity with the CPA Code of Professional Conduct (or a legacy Code) is expected; participants will benefit from having gone through a prior CPA ethics course, but it is certainly not mandatory.

Content is applicable to all professional roles and all levels of previous experience.

Length: 2 hours

Speaker’s Biography:


LAURA FRIEDRICH, MSc, FCPA, FCGA is a principal of friedrich & friedrich corp, a professional research, standards, and education consultancy firm. The firm has over 20 years’ experience conducting projects throughout North and South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Major projects focus on organizational structure, program construction, and evaluating, designing and advising on best practices in competency-based education and experience assessments. Laura has led hundreds of professional development sessions in a wide range of topic areas including governance, leadership, ethics, project management, curriculum and exam development, and IFRS and ISAs.

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