North Shore Chartered Accountants Honoured with Fellowships
Cole, Phillips, and Sims recognized for service to the community and their profession
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VANCOUVER – Three chartered accountants from the North Shore have been honoured with fellowships by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC). They are: Robert Cole, FCA, Smythe Ratcliffe; William S. Phillips, FCA, retired; and John Sims, FCA, Ellis Foster. The fellowship (FCA) designation is awarded to chartered accountants for outstanding contributions to the profession and to the community.
Robert Cole established Smythe Ratcliffe in 1980, along with five other CAs, today it is one of Vancouver’s leading mid-sized firms. During his time in public practice Cole has developed significant specialties in several industry sectors, always with an emphasis on providing technical advice on accounting and auditing matters.
Cole currently chairs two major national initiatives: the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant’s (CICA) Differential Reporting Advisory Committee, and the Public Interest and Integrity Committee’s Task Force on Public Interest Entities (since 2003). He is also a former member of the CICA’s Assurance Standards Board (1989-1992) and the CICA Task Force on Illegal Acts (1992-93), and has been a member of the ICABC’s Practice Review & Licensing Committee since 2000. In the community, Cole has been involved with the Vancouver Power & Sail Squadron since 1977, serving as treasurer and later as squadron commander (1988-89), and district commander for the Pacific Mainland District (1993-94). The Pacific Mainland District is the largest in Canada, with 22 squadrons between Whitehorse and White Rock.
William S. Phillips, FCA, now a retired assurance practice partner from Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), first became involved in the audits of large public companies such as MacMillan Bloedel in the early 1970s, building a strong specialty that took him around the world. He spent his entire career with PW, becoming a partner in 1966.
Beginning in the late 1960s, Phillips served on several ICABC committees with a focus on Professional Conduct. He continued through the late 1980s on the Discipline Committee. He was also a member of CICA’s Auditing Standards Committee from 1978-81.
In the community, Phillips has been active with a number of healthcare organizations, including the Vancouver Epilepsy Society, the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and the BC Epilepsy Society. On the board of G.F. Strong for over ten years, he served two terms as chair.
John Sims, FCA, began thinking about a career as a CA in high school, when he took his first accounting course. After completing an economics degree from Simon Fraser University in 1969, he articled with Wolrige Mahon, CAs. In 1972, he earned his CA designation. That same year, he joined Ellis Foster in Vancouver, becoming a partner with the firm in 1975.
Since the early 1980s, Sims has been very active in service to the ICABC as a member of the Practice Review & Licensing Committee, the Members in Public Practice Committee, the Fee Resolution Subcommittee, the Rulings Committee, and the Professional Conduct Committee, which he currently chairs. In the community, Sims has served as chair, director, or treasurer for a variety of organizations, including the BC Special Olympics Society, the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, the BC Centre for Ability, and St. Pius X Parish. In 1999, the ICABC recognized his contributions to the community with the “CA of the Year” Award.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. BC’s 8,800 CAs continue to provide expert advice to a variety of small and large businesses, serve as key members of management teams, and consult to private industry and the public sector. As members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, they adhere to a strictly enforced code of conduct and ongoing professional development.
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