Chapter PD : Business Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas

November 4, 2017

Join us on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 as we host a morning of ethics. This seminar provides four hours of ethics training and meets the four hour ethics CPD requirement.

This seminar will be presented in two parts:

Part 1: Business Ethics and the CPA Mindset | Part 2: Ethical Dilemmas: The Thick Grey Line

Date:Saturday, November 4, 2017
Where:Eaglequest Golf Club, Coyote Creek, 7778 152 St, Surrey, BC
Time:7:30am – 8:30am: Registration and breakfast | 8:30am – 12:30pm: Presentation | 10:20am – 10:35am:  Coffee break
CPD:4 hours (fulfills CPA Ethics requirement)
Cost:$120 + GST
To register:Click Here

Session 1: Business Ethics and the CPA Mindset

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.

This seminar is for 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 principles

Prerequisite: None | Length: 2 hours | Level: General

Session 2: Ethical Dilemmas: The Thick Grey Line

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.

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.


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 | Level: General

Seminar Leader:

LAURA FRIEDRICH, MSc, FCPA, FCGA is a principal of Friedrich & Friedrich Corporation, a professional research, standards, and education consultancy firm. The firm has over 15 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 more than 150 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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