Ethics for Accountants

In this new 4-hour course we’ll cover all the basics regarding ethics for accountants.

That will include a review of the oversight and disciplinary process, as well as the Code of Conduct for CPA Ontario, BC and Alberta. 

We’ll also conduct a deep dive into violations by rules of professional conduct for the province of Ontario because Ontario has the most CPAs, and therefore cases, and provides a significant amount of detail about each one, as well as the cases for BC and Alberta.

We’ll cover the top seven broken rules in Ontario since 1987 from a summary I have created by downloading all 828 publicly available discipline cases since then. We’ll see that these seven rules account for just over 90% of all discipline cases.

We’ll also explore ten separate actual Ontario disciplinary cases in detail. This will include a look at the Livent fraud, including what happened to the four CPAs that worked for the company and the four partners at the company’s auditing firm. We’ll also look at the case of the Sino-Forest Corporation disaster with its CFO that abdicated his professional responsibility, as well as cases of CPAs that have committed criminal acts including running a marijuana grow up, stealing from a condo corporation, refusing a practice inspection, manipulating expense reports and more. We’ll go through the circumstances that lead the CPAs to do what they did and the reasons the Discipline Committees gave for the sanctions imposed in each case.

We’ll also explore a number of BC and Alberta disciplinary cases. 

This course has been created to give you a good understanding of what the rules are, what is and what is not acceptable behaviour and therefore arm you with the information you’ll need to stay onside.

5 Nov 2021, 11:00 AM

4 CPD hours


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Course Description

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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.

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About the Instructor(s)

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David Trahair

David Trahair, CPA, CA, is a personal finance writer, trainer, speaker and eLearning developer. His books include Smoke and Mirrors: Financial Myths That Will Ruin Your Retirement DreamsEnough Bull: How to Retire Well Without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds or Even an Investment AdvisorCrushing Debt: Why Canadians Should Drop Everything and Pay Off Debt, Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever and his latest The Procrastinator’s Guide to Retirement: How You Can Retire in 10 Years or Less.  His views are totally independent because he does not sell any financial products. He currently operates his own personal finance training and eLearning development firm and offers seminars on his books to organizations including CPA provincial bodies across Canada. His website is

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