Professional Ethics and Transformative Technologies: How technologies such as AI and Blockchain will impact our ethical decision making

Transformative technologies are defined as tech that can facilitate mental health, emotional wellbeing, and enhanced human thriving.   These have also been less optimistically labelled as a disruptive technology.  

Today, we are beginning to feel the impacts of three transformative technologies within our society:

1. Big data

2. Artificial intelligence

3. Blockchain and cryptocurrency 

These transformative technologies have the potential to help us in our day-to-day lives.  However, there are significant ethical implications to these technologies for:

  • Privacy
  • Professional judgement/critical thinking
  • Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)


This webinar will introduce these transformative technologies and examine their ethical implications.

29 Jun 2021, 11:00 AM

2 CPD hours


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Course Description

Learning objectives:

  1. Defining transformative technologies
  2. Understanding the big three transformative technologies: Big data, Artificial intelligence, Blockchain and cryptocurrency
  3. Identifying the ethical considerations and implications of each of these three transformative technologies

Within 24 hours of the webinar, we will forward you an e-mail from with instructions for accessing the live webinar. If you don't receive it, please check your junk/spam. 

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Should you have any ideas for topics, speakers, sponsorship or anything else, feel free to contact Melanie Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CIM, CFE, CFF, ABV at 416-488-9590 x 225.

Please note: For best audio quality, we recommend using external speakers or headphones. 

Course Walkthrough

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About the Instructor(s)

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Garth Sheriff

Garth Sheriff, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, CGMA, MAcc, is the founder of Sheriff Consulting ( and Sheriff Consulting Online (

We specialize in the design and delivery of assurance, accounting, and communication skill professional development courses. The mission of Sheriff Consulting is to provide an engaging approach to your professional development.

Our courses are designed using the latest in communication research and current technical developments that affect our profession. This includes:

1. Helping professionals navigate the most significant changes to the accounting and assurance standards in the last 40 years.

2. Using current research to improve business communication skills such as working with diverse multigenerational teams.

3. Understanding how transformative technology such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will impact our profession.

Garth has worked as an assurance professional and learning provider for over 20 years. He has prepared and trained CPAs for key changes to the profession, including internal control documentation (SOX), Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS) and Canadian Standards on Review Engagements 2400 (CSRE 2400).

He earned a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Accounting) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

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