ON DEMANDArtificial intelligence and the CPA profession (0.5 hr) – $35

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been in our collective awareness since the introduction of the villainous computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001. AI has had a few moments in popular culture such as supercomputer IBM Watson’s appearance on Jeopardy in 2011 but has typically been seen as more science fiction than reality. Today, we are interacting with AI more than we ever have and more than what we might realize. Common interactions with AI include the use of Google Home, Netflix and Amazon. The future is now for AI. In this webinar presentation, we will explore how AI is being used and the implications of AI for the future of our profession.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding what the difference is between our perception of AI vs the reality.
  2. Defining machine learning
  3. Identifying machine learning examples that are already a part of our professional and personal lives
  4. Examining how artificial intelligence technology may affect our profession
  5. Providing action steps to prepare for the integration of artificial intelligence by our organizations and clients

0.5 hrs of verifiable CPD (Certificate will be provided upon course completion)

ON DEMANDBlockchain: A transformative technology (2 hrs) – $65

Blockchain has been described as a transformative technology that will fundamentally change our relationships with third-party intermediaries including banks, lawyers and accountants. Blockchain technology has the potential to be a significant disruptor in terms of how business transactions are initiated, authorized and recorded. It has been compared in magnitude to the introduction of the internet. But, what is Blockchain, how does it work and why should we care? We will make blockchain technology understandable and provide you with action steps to help you prepare for this game-changing technology.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding the origins of blockchain
  2. Learning about the practical applications of blockchain technology
  3. Learning SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) action steps to stay informed and ready to explore opportunities provided by these transformative technologies.

2.0 hrs of verifiable CPD (Certificate will be provided upon course completion)

ARCHIVED WEBINARHow to design and deliver an engaging virtual presentation (1.5 hrs)

As a result of the pandemic, many professionals find themselves presenting to teams, clients and others using teleconferencing software such as Zoom, Go to Training, Microsoft Teams etc.  However, presentation design and delivery for a live presentation is much different than for a virtual presentation. It is not enough to simply take a prepared live presentation and just do the same thing in a virtual setting.  Current research shows that this will result in a lack of both clarity and participant engagement.  In fact, virtual presentations require more instructional design and preparation than a live presentation.

A virtual presentation must be re-designed to promote thoughtful use of virtual engagement tools such as audience feedback buttons, polling questions, breakout rooms and shared screens.  The presenters themselves must prepare differently than for a live presentation including setting up proper camera framing, audio levels and lighting.

This webinar will discuss:

  1. Virtual presentations vs live presentations room – significant differences
  2. Virtual presentations – best practices
  3. How to effectively use the virtual presentation engagement tools

Recorded on September 15, 2020.  The cost of this recorded (archived) webinar is $25 (including tax)

This archived webinar will be closed captioned (CC)

Great presentation. Garth did an excellent job breaking down simple tips to help improve our virtual presentations. Super useful. I also liked the fact that additional tips and information were shared via PDFs to provide participants with additional information should they need it.

I very much appreciated your practical insights and your energy today.

It was a very informative and interesting session

Very practical, and excellent of Garth to provide links to tools and to stay for questions!


ON DEMANDAssurance Technical Update 2020 (1.5 hrs) – $50

Course overview

In this online course, we will discuss significant pronouncements by the AASB (Auditing and Assurance Standards Board) and their implications for assurance practitioners. We will also provide action steps to help practitioners affected by current or soon to be effective changes to the assurance standards. These include significant changes to the Canadian Standards on Quality Control, the Canadian Auditing Standards and the Compilation Standards.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding the key changes of the Canadian Standards on Quality Management (CSQM) 1 and 2.In the active project phase.
  2. Understanding the key changes to revised CAS 540: Auditing Accounting Estimates and Related Disclosures. Effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2019.
  3. Understanding the key changes to the revised CAS 315: Identifying and assessing the risk of material misstatements. Handbook material approved in December 2019. Adoption date to be determined.
  4. Understanding the replacement of section 9200 (Compilations) with Canadian Standards on Related Services (CSRS) 4200.Final Handbook material approved in October 2019. Adoption date to be determined.

1.5 hrs of verifiable CPD (Certificate will be provided upon course completion)

ON DEMANDLeading teams to excellence (0.2 hr) – Free

Learning objectives:

The objective of this course is to teach you how to assess and increase the collective intelligence of your team when completing/performing a shared task. Collective intelligence refers to a team’s ability and skill to complete a shared task. To achieve the learning objective of the course, the video and self learning activities will teach the following:

  1. Assessing the collective intelligence of your team
  2. Understanding how you can affect the collective intelligence of the team.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

After completion of this course, the professional competence that can be achieved by participants:

  1. Identify factors that increase collective intelligence
  2. Identify factors that decrease collective intelligence

Measurement of the knowledge, skills and abilities

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. List the 3 factors that correlate to a team’s collective intelligence.
  2. Assess the collective intelligence of your teams.
  3. Develop SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) action steps to improve the collective intelligence of your team based on your assessment.
  4. Measure the increase in the collective intelligence of your team by specific metrics such as meeting project milestones and favourable project reviews
  5. Develop SMART action steps to encourage balanced contribution from team members measured by positive feedback (both formal and informal) from team members.
  6. Apply the factors correlated to increasing collective intelligence of a team to improve the team’s creative problem solving capabilities.

0.2 hrs of verifiable CPD (Certificate will be provided upon course completion)