SOURCE: The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

March 27, 2017 06:30 ET

CPA Ontario to host inaugural Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 27, 2017) - The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario is pleased to host Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent on March 28, a new annual initiative aimed at highlighting the value and importance of internationally trained professionals to Ontario's economic prosperity.

The initiative comes as Canada steps up efforts to recruit top global talent and the newly released federal budget focuses on building the "most skilled, talented, creative and diverse workforce in the world." International professionals are not only critical to growing the economy, particularly as baby boomers get set to retire, but they are a bridge to new markets and new ways of innovating in a fast-changing global landscape.

"Our diversity is not only something to be proud of, but arguably our greatest competitive advantage. Internationally trained professionals bring valuable skills and global experience, which are crucial for enhancing competitiveness and building an innovative economy," explained Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of CPA Ontario. "Given current global uncertainty, more immigrants are looking to Canada as a place to settle and build their careers, and we have a unique opportunity to attract even more of the world's top talent. At CPA Ontario, we see the success of newcomers to Ontario as our success, which is why we have decided to launch Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent."

In the case of CPA Ontario, internationally trained professionals now make up approximately 20 per cent of the organization's 19,000-strong student body, representing a rich source of talent for Ontario companies. Yet, while new Canadians are expected to make up approximately 30 per cent of the population in the coming decades, research by Statistics Canada and others consistently shows they remain underemployed and their skills not fully utilized. A key objective of Diversity Day is to raise awareness around the need to better leverage the skills of new Canadians.

As part of the initiative, CPA Ontario, in collaboration with the Economic Club of Canada, will host a luncheon panel moderated by TVO's Steve Paikin. Panelists include: Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA and Director of Accounting at TIFF; Wendy Cukier, Founder and Director of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University; Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA, Managing Partner at PwC; and Carol Wilding, President and CEO of CPA Ontario. The discussion will explore what organizations can gain from engaging the skills and expertise of new Canadians as well as some of the barriers to fully realizing their potential. Click here for more information about this event.

CPA Ontario will also host a week-long series of Diversity Day-related events, including a webinar on March 28 at noon, which will provide information for New Canadians about the many pathways and support systems available to obtain a CPA designation. These include Mutual Recognition Agreements or Memorandums of Understanding with professional accounting bodies in 17 countries, and partnerships with 72 Provincial Agencies and Associations including ACCES Employment and Global Experience Ontario, part of the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

For more information about CPA Ontario and Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent, please click here.

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Overview of events to mark the launch of Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent

March 27  Celebrate Success: York University's Bridging Program for IEPs student graduation event
March 27  Employer CPA/Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance information session - World Vision
March 27  Information session at Ottawa-World Skills
March 28  Employer breakfast event in Markham
March 28  Diversity Day: Recognizing New Canadian Talent luncheon panel discussion
March 28  Webinar for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs)
March 29  NETWORKING COUNTS - Networking event for IEPs held in partnership with TRIEC
March 29  Toronto Jobs Career Fair
March 30  Information session held in partnership with the Srilankan Accountants Association of Canada
March 30  CPA One-on-One advisement sessions
March 30  Speed mentoring at In-TAC (International Talent Acquisition Centre) in Ottawa

About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 87,000 members and 19,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. For information on the profession, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Perry Jensen
    Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735, ext. 271