Event Recap: Accountants for Sustainability (A4S)

A4S Canada Chapter Members at Government House – Victoria. Photo credit Jon-Mark Photography.

On September 7, 2017, Her Honor Judith Guichon, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, hosted a celebration at Government House to acknowledge the contribution of the Prince of Wales’ Charities and Accountants for Sustainability Canada (A4S).

Her Honor, Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC (middle) with CPA Canada representatives on the left and CPABC representatives on the right (Lori Mathison and Heather Banham). Photo credit Jon-Mark Photography

CPA Canada, in collaboration with CPABC, presented this event as a way to connect a mix of local Vancouver Island CFOs, academics and practitioners, with national CFOs who are part of the A4S Canadian Chapter and who represent some of Canada’s largest organizations.  The event introduced accountants to the sustainability efforts of the Prince’s Charities which seeks to inspire local business leaders to work towards a sustainable economy.

Lori Mathison FCPA FCGA, CEO of CPABC (foreground right) with other invited guests at Government House reception.

Gord Beal, CPA Canada, talking to Lori Mathison. Photo credit Jon-Mark Photography.


One leader in sustainable business practices is Patrice Impey, CFO of the City of Vancouver.  She provided tangible examples of how civic organizations, such as the City of Vancouver, can engage in the discussion.  Impey talked about the City’s “livable wage” policy – the first of any major city in Canada – as an example of this leadership.

Patrice Impey, CFO of the City of Vancouver. Photo credit Jon-Mark Photography

Heather Banham, FCPA FCGA, chair of the CPABC board was in attendance along with fellow board members Barry Macdonald FCPA FCA (first vice-chair), Lindalee Brougham CPA CA (chapter board liaison), and Chris Burnley FCPA FCA.  CPABC staff included Lori Mathison FCPA FCGA, CEO and president, and other senior staff.   CPABC Victoria/SVI chapter chair Aureleo Reyes CPA CMA represented the chapter.

Aureleo Reyes CPA CMA, CPABC Victoria Chapter Chair (left) with Heather Banham FCPA FCGA, CPABC Board Chair

Heather Banham FCPA FCGA, board chair, with fellow board member Chris Burnley FCPA FCA

Aureleo Reyes CPA CMA, chapter chair (left), with Lori Mathison FCPA FCGA, CEO of CPABC, outside Government House Victoria

Heather Banham FCPA FCGA, board chair (right) with David Chiang CPA CA, vice-president (left). Photo credit Jon-Mark Photography.

Visit the CPA Canada website to find out more about A4S Canada and join upcoming activities and PD training in support of sustainable business practices.

Government House, official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of BC.

Government House – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth



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