President´s Statement

Dear RPA Members and Students,

It brings me immense pride to announce the growing recognition of the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada at every level of government and within the industry. Our premier accounting designation, RPA, is receiving this acknowledgment. Guided by determination and adaptability, we’ve navigated challenges posed by evolving technologies, legislative shifts, and emerging trends.

As our fiscal year concluded on July 31, 2023, preparations for the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) are underway. This year, we’ll be welcoming in-person attendance. Mark October 21st in your calendars. I invite you to join us at the Society’s AGM and the Small Business Week Celebrations hosted at Hilton Garden Inn, Mississauga, ON. In alignment with our community engagement objectives, we’ll be presenting the RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards. This is an occasion to celebrate exemplary women entrepreneurs who’ve made a mark. Dress your professional best and consider extending the invitation to a spouse or friend.

I deeply appreciate the trust and support you’ve shown in my leadership, especially during these unprecedented times. Our achievements this year are a testament to our collective efforts.

While we’re presently soaking up the summer warmth, we anticipate the changes the fall season will usher in. Our Professional Accounting Practice Certification program has garnered significant attention. Plans are set for a revision of our education program, with the 2024-2025 curriculum slated to include four new courses. Moreover, the Society is expanding its horizons by accrediting additional post-secondary institutions, both domestically and internationally.

We’ve successfully launched the recommended Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for RPA members. Simultaneously, we’re updating the RPA Code of Ethics to align with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) guidelines, set for a fall release. I am thrilled to share that RPAs now have full access to the Ontario Business Registry (OBR), a special thanks to the OBR team for facilitating our registration as an Intermediary Partner.

A heartfelt thank you to the board of directors, committee chairs, and all members for championing the accounting profession and propelling the Society forward. We’re eager to work with members and students keen on contributing to our committees, administration, marketing, and research. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

Wishing everyone a splendid remainder of the summer.

Warm regards,

Zubair Choudhry, RPA, APA

President & CEO