Upcoming Professional Development – Winter PD Program
Beyond Numbers · February 2009
For detailed course descriptions or a complete schedule of upcoming PD seminars, consult your winter 2009 PD brochure or visit our website at www.icabc-pd.com. To register, call the PD department at 604-681-3264.
Audit & Accounting
A Practical Approach to Audit of Simple (Small & Medium) Entities
This seminar will review the risk-based auditing approach of the CICA’s generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), and how these standards can be met and documented in a working paper file for a very simple entity. Standards designed to be effective and efficient will be discussed, and the current status of the move towards the international convergence of auditing standards will be addressed.
Feb 20, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Control Documentation & Assessment: A Top-Down Approach
The traditional “bottom-up” approach to internal control documentation often proves time-consuming and less than effective in identifying key controls, and it sometimes results in over-auditing. This seminar will outline the benefits of using a best-practice “top-down” approach to process and control assessment and documentation, and will provide practical guidance for applying this approach.
Feb 19, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Preparing Working Papers for an Audit
The objectives of this seminar are to provide practical guidance on how to document an audit file that will comply with the new Handbook requirements; provide hands-on experience on how to prepare relevant documentation using a small-business entity as a case study; provide a model file for future reference (based on the case study used); and address frequently asked questions.
Feb 25, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Diagnosing, Designing, and Leading Change
We live in an age of fast-paced change, complexity, competition, and information—one that demands efficiency, innovation, and accountability. The ability to manage change is the paramount business skill of the new economy. Whether the key concern is developing better strategic plans, leveraging brainpower, nurturing innovation, aligning roles, operationalizing values, overcoming resistance, building trust, or increasing productivity, knowing how to diagnose, design, implement, and lead major change initiatives
is vital to the profitability of business and the realization of career goals.
Mar 11, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Practical Tips for Controllers and CFOs
This seminar, which evolves continually as new tips are added by participants, will provide a wide range of helpful tips to controllers, CFOs, and advisors of small and medium-sized companies. Accountants working with large companies and not-for-profits will also find this seminar relevant.
Participants will also find value in the sharing of experiences and practices. The seminar will also provide specific opportunities for participants to benchmark their practices with those of their peers.
Mar 10, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Thinking Beyond the Box
The ability to think “better” is the most significant competitive advantage you will ever have. Your ultimate success lies not in what you know but rather in what you do with what you know. Only one thing is certain: Any comfort you take in your current job, career, or marketplace is misplaced. To advance your agenda, you must change your usual way of thinking—the way you look at things and ask (or answer) questions. You must change your point of view, not just of the changing world around you, but of yourself as well. In short, you must think beyond the box.
Mar 12, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Turning Conflict into Cooperation
Most people avoid conflict, yet conflict in our daily lives is inevitable and likely increasing. Properly handled, conflict can provide a wonderful opportunity for creativity, change, growth, and mutual profit improvement; mismanaged, it can become a disruptive, debilitating, and destructive force that takes a toll on productivity and relationships. This course will help you strengthen your ability to successfully achieve personal and/or business objectives through the use of effective conflict management, influence, alignment, and behaviour modification skills.
Mar 10, 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 possess. 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.
Feb 24, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Everyday Tax Issues for the General Practitioners
This seminar will deal with income tax issues that general practitioners encounter every day. Topics will be approached as practical issues rather than technical details. General background information will be provided to enhance participants’ understanding of each issue. Practical concerns, problems, suggestions, and planning will be emphasized.
Feb 17, 9am-5pm, Vancouver
Highlights of the New Canada-US Tax Treaty
The new Canada-US Treaty significantly changes the landscape of the way cross-border transactions are taxed. Participants of this seminar will acquire a working knowledge of the most significant changes to the treaty, and will learn how these changes may affect the ways in which business is conducted.
Feb 26, 9am-12:30pm, Vancouver
Introduction to US Multi-State Taxation
This introductory seminar will provide you with a basic understanding of multi-state taxation, and will cover the key concepts and problems involved in the state income taxation of multi-state businesses. The seminar will focus on state income/franchise taxation, with a brief discussion about sales/use taxes. It will also include case studies and group discussions, which will focus on Canadian entities operating in the United States.
Mar 03, 9am-5pm, Vancouver