Chapter Fall Updates & Seasonal Greetings

David Chiang CPA, CA , VP Member Services at CPABC, Han Shu CPA, CA, Chaper Vice-Chair, Geraldine Lai, CPA, CA, CGA, Chapter Chair & Richard Rees FCPA, FCA, CEO and President of CPABC

David Chiang CPA, CA , VP Member Services at CPABC, Han Shu CPA, CA, Chaper Vice-Chair, Geraldine Lai, CPA, CA, CGA, Chapter Chair & Richard Rees FCPA, FCA, CEO and President of CPABC


This fall, CPABC’s BNW Chapter has offered a series of events in Burnaby and in New Westminster to nurture our body, mind and soul.


Members learned about Business Writing, Ethics, US Tax and Immigration Law over six seminars in three separate Chapter PD morning sessions.

On September 17th, Ms. Daphne Gray-Grant led us into a writer’s mind and coached 100 CPAs in mind-mapping and secrets in conquering our fear in Business Writing. Ms. Gray-Grant not only shared some tips and best practices, but she also encouraged us to live a healthy lifestyle and to exercise our right brain.

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Thank you for all of your participation in our sold-out October 15th Ethics course, “Cultivating an Ethical Culture: A Discussion on Behavioural Ethics in Organizations. Our class size was expanded to 120 due to the high demand. Mr. Jonathan Chan introduced concepts in behavioural ethics, discussed how to develop an ethical environment, and aligned these concepts with CPA’s ethical requirements. We also reflected what we have learned over the case illustrated by the book, “Our Iceberg is Melting” by John Kotter.


CPABC’s Program Director of Professional Development,  Nicola McLaren CPA,CA, was also in attendance for this Chapter PD event where members had the opportunity to share some of their feedback with the Chapter and with Nicola simultaneously.  After the exchange of many ideas, we are excited to hear that CPABC will be developing some new courses, such as ethics, designed specifically for Chapters.


Our Nov 19th PD seminar came at an impeccable time as it was offered right after the US election. Mr. Edward Shawchuk introduced  the complex world of US Multi-state Taxes to over 90 members through great examples and vivid elaborations. We took a ride with Mr. Shawchuk and maneuvered through the history, politics, and principals of US state tax laws.  We were all amazed how quickly the two hours passed.

Ms. Jolene Otieno presented on Canadian Immigration Law with off-the-press updates that were just recently released in November 2016. There were on-going open Q&A throughout the session. We also learned about trends and developments helpful to the Canadian labour market.

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Holding dearly to heart that CPAs can be creative too, we hosted a Movie Night to watch “The Accountant” and a Painting Afternoon.

On October 20th, approximately 50 excited members/candidates/students viewed the Hollywood’s cool portrayal of a CPA action hero in “The Accountant”. See this posting for details.

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On November 19th, approximately 25 participants created their very own “sunset” paintings at the festive hall of Stefanos Lounge and Restaurant in New Westminster while enjoying drinks, delicious platters, and awesome company of old and new friends. During the warm sunny afternoon, people were busy exchanging ideas, chatting and laughing, admiring each others’ creations, and testing out our new techniques. We all carried our achievements home with a great sense of pride.

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Being the final stop for the Member Engagement Tour, we celebrated the Executive Team’s final tour of the 2016 MET and an early Christmas on November 30th.  About 100 gathered to listen to Richard Rees FCPA, FCA and Jan Sampson FCPA, FCA  update members on the accounting profession  at the Alan Emmott heritage building. Everyone also enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner, received a token gift from the BNW Chapter and had fun participating at our photo-booth. See also this posting.

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I must give special thanks to my teammates who did an awesome job putting this successful event together, from logistics, tireless promotion, innovative designs & decorations, putting together the photo-booth, CPA cookies, equipment rental, music mix, and all the rest of the tiny details. CPABC’s BNW Chapter is so blessed with all of our talented and dedicated directors and volunteers!



Big thank you for your generous gifts! We also had a successful toy drive for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, which will put smiles on many children’s faces this Christmas!


Thank you so much for you continue support and interest in our Chapter.  Without you, we couldn’t have done it all.


We have lined up a bunch of social and PD events for you in 2017:

Chapter PD and Student Events Social Events
  • Annual Chapter Event with 1 hour of tax PD (February 11, 2017)

Please mark your calendars and watch our Chapter Blog for registration opening dates.


If you have any fabulous ideas for social, community and/or professional development events, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We want to hear from you!

Before signing off, on behalf of the BNW Chapter, I would like to wish you and your family:

a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you all in 2017!

Yours truly,
Geraldine Lai, Chapter Chair
December 2016





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