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Upcoming Professional Development - Fall PD Program

For detailed course descriptions or a complete schedule of upcoming PD seminars, consult your fall 2008 PD brochure or visit our website at To register, call the PD department at 604-681-3264.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend these one-day conferences:

Practitioner's Potluck

This one-day conference will offer public practice members an overview of key challenges in professional practice in BC today, as well as several PD breakout sessions.

During an ideas exchange portion of the conference, members will be divided into two groups based on practice size. Facilitators in each group will address practice planning and everyday practice management issues.

Come prepared to learn and share ideas with your peers in public practice!

Oct 23, 8:40am-5pm, Vancouver

Work-Life Balance The expression work-life balance was first used in 1986 in the US (although had been used in the UK from the late 1970s by organisations such as New Ways to Work and the Working Mother's Association) to help explain the unhealthy life choices that many people were making; they were  Conference

A Health and Wellness Day for CAs

ICABC ICABC Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)  PD will host a day-long Work-Life Balance conference this fall. Come find out how to be more resilient See resiliency.  amid the stresses of modern life, and how to carve carve  
v. carved, carv·ing, carves
a. To divide into pieces by cutting; slice: carved a roast.

 time out of your hectic hec·tic  
1. Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste: "There was nothing feverish or hectic about his vigor" Erik Erikson.

 schedule for family, friends, and yourself, while still meeting the challenges of the workplace and achieving success as you define it. This conference will be comprised of general plenary sessions Plenary session is a term often used in s to define the part of the conference when all members of all parties are in attendance.

These sessions may contain a broad range of content from Keynotes to Panel Discussions and are not necessarily related to a specific style of delivery.
, as well as several breakout presentations to choose from.

Oct 16, 8:40am-5pm, Vancouver

CAs in Industry PD Day

Financial professionals in industry have to stay informed about many facets of business, including emerging trends in financial management, changes in compliance and reporting, and changes to other outside influences that could affect their businesses.

This conference is designed to provide relevant information for use in your workplace. The focus will be on building skills in your areas of responsibility.

Dec 9, 8:40am-5pm, Vancouver

Audit & Accounting

Addressing Fraud Risks

This seminar will address potential frauds in balance sheet components and transaction streams, and provide practical tools for organizations to use in combating fraud. It will also include a review of sample codes of conduct, sample fraud policies, and a fraud risk checklist, as well as other practical materials to help attendees build a corporate culture that prevents and detects fraudulent The description of a willful act commenced with the Specific Intent to deceive or cheat, in order to cause some financial detriment to another and to engender personal financial gain.  activity.

Nov 6, 9am-5pm, Victoria

Nov 25, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Reacting to Fraud

This seminar will provide a framework in which to manage the investigation of fraud allegations, including the use of investigative tools, sources of recovery, and related aspects (such as dealing with the media and the police). This seminar is designed for members in industry or public practice who wish to better understand the extent of fraud, the fraud investigation process, recovery techniques, and how to manage an internal fraud investigation in order to avoid common pitfalls.

Nov 14, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Essentials of Risk-Based Auditing

(formerly A to Z of a Risk-Based Auditing)

This seminar will provide practical guidance on how to perform a small entity audit in accordance with the standards for audit risk. The objectives are to provide an overview of the Handbook requirements, the audit of a small entity, PEM (Privacy Enhanced Mail) A standard for secure e-mail on the Internet. It supports encryption, digital signatures and digital certificates as well as both private and public key methods. Not widely used, work on PEM later evolved into S/MIME. See MIME.  forms and templates, and common implementation issues In the Business world, companies frequently set-up a connection between which they transfer data. When the connection is being set-up, it is referred to as implementation. When issues occur during this phase, they are known as implementation issues. .

Oct 28, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Dec 9, 9am-5pm, Vcitoria

Review Engagements

This seminar will provide practitioners with a refreshed re·fresh  
v. re·freshed, re·fresh·ing, re·fresh·es
1. To revive with or as if with rest, food, or drink; give new vigor or spirit to.

 skill set for completing review engagements. Interaction among participants will be an important aspect of this seminar, and participants are encouraged to bring challenging questions for discussion. The focus will not be on completing checklists, but rather on the extensive judgment required to complete a review; however, some standard checklists will be included to give an indication of documentation requirements.

Oct 17, 9am-5pm, Kamloops

Oct 20, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Nov 14, 9am-5pm, Abbotsford

Finance & NPO NPO [L.] nil per os (nothing by mouth).

Latin nil per os (nothing by mouth)

NPO Nothing by mouth

Corporate Treasury Management

The treasury function has evolved from cash management and insurance to funding strategy, complex risk management techniques, and oversight over many aspects of corporate risk management and loss reduction. This seminar will provide participants with the tools necessary to add value to the treasury function in their organizations.

Nov 21, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Practical Guide to Corporate Finance

The topic of corporate finance is significant to any business that needs capital, because there are numerous ways in which a corporation can raise capital - each way varying in terms of risk, complexity, and overall fit. This seminar will provide participants with a working knowledge of the various ways in which a business activity can be financed through the capital markets. It will also provide an explanation of the regulatory regime that governs different methods of raising capital, and the different players central to the field.

Nov 7, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Not-for-Profit Governance-Investment Stewardship stewardship

the occupation of being a steward or custodian. Referring to animals it implies the caring sort of relationship based on an acceptance of the need to include the rights of animals in overall plans to maintain financial viability.

If you have any involvement with a not-for-profit entity, whether as a volunteer or as a paid professional, this executive breakfast will prove invaluable. With government pulling back from social programs, there is increasing pressure on the not-for-profit sector to fill the void. In the resulting competition for donors' attention, governance issues are becoming more important.

A highly experienced panel will provide you with a road map to recognize and address issues relating to relating to relate prepconcernant

relating to relate prepbezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc 
 fiduciary responsibility, investment stewardship, and risk management.

Nov 4, 7:30-9:30am, Vancouver


Building Better Business Cases

Wise capital expenditure is critical to business success. Yet many capital expenditure (CAPEX) business cases are littered lit·ter  
a. A disorderly accumulation of objects; a pile.

b. Carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper: the litter in the streets after a parade.

 with flaws that end up costing companies thousands of dollars.

This seminar will give participants the tools they need to better evaluate and critically monitor CAPEX business cases. It will be particularly valuable for members in industry, and for practitioners who regularly review and evaluate these kinds of cases.

Oct 30, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Strategic Planning Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people.  - the Basics

CAs in industry are required to work closely with their CEOs and other members of their management teams to create and implement winning strategies in the marketplace.

This seminar will provide participanrs with a clear understanding of the basic concepts of strategic planning. It is designed for financial professionals who want to understand strategic planning or who have not been involved in strategic planning for some time and want to review their knowledge.

Oct 28, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Implementing Strategic Plans

This one-day seminar will illustrate how to take an agreed strategic plan and implement it effectively. It is designed for financial professionals who are responsible for the implementation of their entities' strategic plans.

Oct 29, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Managing People, Performance, and Pressure

What or whom do you manage? Odds are that you didn't start your career aspiring as·pire  
intr.v. as·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires
1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom.

 to manage processes, projects, or people, and yet somehow here you are: accountable for a result that depends on input from someone else. The good news is that management skills can be learned.

This workshop will give you insights into management, as well as practical tools that you can use immediately.

Oct 21, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Smarter Selling

The objective of this seminar is to improve your confidence and ability to build deeper client relationships, and thus win more clients at a higher profit margin. This seminar is for individuals who have a vested interest Vested Interest

A financial or personal stake one entity has in an asset, security, or transaction.

For example, if you have a mortgage, your bank has a vested interest on the sale of your house.
See also: Right
 in increasing sales and profit, or anyone who is responsible for client management/ relationships.

Oct 23, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

The Challenges and Opportunities with Virtual Teams

Technology and globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
, combined with an increasing emphasis on work/life balance issues in the workforce, have encouraged the growth of virtual, remote, and dispersed dis·perse  
v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.

 teamwork. This is posing new challenges to the ways in which we work and communicate, and has propelled the issue to the forefront of managers' priorities.

This active-learning workshop will provide comprehensive guidance and practice in managing virtual, remote, and dispersed teams effectively.

Nov 6, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Writing: Plain and Simple

The ability to convey your ideas effectively in writing is one of the most important career skills you can have. The objective of this seminar is to help you apply plain language principles to write with confidence and greater clarity. This seminar will be particularly valuable for those responsible for writing news releases, MD&As, reports, proposals, presentations, newsletters, memos, letters, and/or email.

Nov 19, 9am-5pm, Vancouver


A Changed Approach to Interest, Penalties, and Fairness

The objectives of this seminar are to review the scheme of penalties and interest in the Act, the CRA's current administration of those provisions, and the use of the fairness provisions to reduce the cost of penalties. This seminar will be useful for members in public practice with a general practice and for members in industry who are responsible for tax reporting compliance.

Nov 18, l:30pm-5pm, Vancouver

Corporate Reorganizations

Your client's business is constantly changing, and if their existing business structure is no longer suitable or ideal, they may be looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 taxefficient alternatives.

A number of corporate reorganization alternatives can be implemented under the Income Tax Act. Some of the provisions are complex, and many interact with related provisions or anti-avoidance provisions.

This seminar will highlight the fundamental income tax considerations that arise during corporate reorganizations, and include a discussion of related provisions and key pitfalls.

Nov 05, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Everyday Tax Issues for the General Practitioner general practitioner
n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice consists of providing ongoing care covering a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages, often including referral to appropriate specialists.

This seminar will review income tax issues encountered by general practitioners on a daily basis. Topics will be approached as practical issues rather than technical details. General background information will be provided to increase understanding of each issue. Practical concerns, problems, suggestions, and planning will be emphasized.

Oct 22, 9am-5pm, Parksville

Nov 4, 9am-5pm, Victoria

Nov 7. 9am-5pm, Kamloops

Nov 12, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

Nov 17, 9am-5pm, Surrey

Nov 18, 9am-5pm, Kelowna

Greenwich sidereal time

GST (in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) Goods and Services Tax
 Refresher for Professionals

The application of GST and its recovery through input tax credits and rebates can be far more complex than most practitioners or business owners realize. Failing to be aware of these complexities can lead to lost opportunities or worse: large tax assessments.

This seminar will provide an overview and general refresher on a selection of GST issues that a practitioner may encounter when working with clients in various industries.

Oct 17, 9am-5pm, Abbotsford

Nov 6, 9am-5pm, Victoria

Nov 17, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

U.S. Taxation of U.S. Citizens Abroad

U.S. citizens and resident aliens Resident Alien

A foreigner who is a permanent resident of the country he or she resides, but does not have citizenship.

Resident and non-resident aliens have different filing advantages and disadvantages.
 of the U.S. are taxed on their worldwide income. Those not currently residing in the U.S. must continue to file U.S. tax returns and compute To perform mathematical operations or general computer processing. For an explanation of "The 3 C's," or how the computer processes data, see computer.  tax by referring to the same tax rules as if they were still residing in the U.S. However, these individuals may be able to exclude from U.S. taxation all or parts of their foreign-earned income. Where the same income is subject to foreign taxation, the U.S. provides a measure of relief in the form of credits or deductions for the foreign taxes.

This seminar will provide a general understanding of the United States' taxation of U.S. citizens and resident aliens abroad.

Nov 4, 9am-5pm, Vancouver

IFRS IFRS International Financial Reporting Standard(s)
IFRS Inter Frame Relay Service
IFRS Indiana Facilities Registry System

The ICABC is offering 10 IFRS titles this fall. Please see the fall PD brochure or our website for titles, dates and locations.

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A member of one of the institutes of accountants granted a royal charter.
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