Sponsored by the CPA Education Foundation, the Bissett Accounting & Finance Department, spearheaded by Assistant Professor Nicole Edge, hosted “Bringing Voices Together: Diversity & Inclusion in Accounting & Finance” on March 16, 2018. A group of ~ 50 registrants including experienced professionals, alumnae and students came together over lunch to share stories about experiences working as women in a male-dominated profession.
Robin Taub, author, speaker, writer, “solopreneur” and former Chair of CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, provided current Canadian context on gender diversity and the business case for why Canada needs to take action to address gender diversity. She and Ruth McHugh, current COO of the Alberta Office of the Auditor General, then shared their stories of what it was like for them to enter this discipline and carve out their own space as CPAs. The conversation then moved to small round-table discussion where students had an opportunity to engage with professionals and discuss a range of questions and ideas about gender diversity and inclusion in the profession.
Nicole reports that based on positive feedback – particularly from students who felt this was one of their first opportunities to hear directly from the “on-the-ground” practitioners about these issues, options for follow-up events are being explored.
Special thanks to Nicole for spearheading this event and ensuing this timely issue is at the forefront of the faculty.
The ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market competition, wrapped up at the end of March after seven months. Starting in September 2017, this year saw a record number of 33 teams compete.
The winning team of Austin Glenn, Lucy Javorcikova, and Harrison Lane had an outstanding return of 92%. The second place team of Jarett Bishop, Rob Flach, and Graham Perry managed an impressive 54% return, and the third place team of David Carlson, Amy Gillies, and Ahsan Khan were close behind with a return of 44%. All three teams are the recipients of cash prizes. The winning team is immortalized by having their names inscribed on the Stock market competition trophy. This year’s competition was the 13th edition of the popular competition.
Congratulations to the students and special thanks to Jim Fischer, Associate Professor and faculty adviser for the competition!
Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate the winning team of the 2018 CFA Society Winnipeg Ethics Challenge: Dylan Assen, Tiffany Doyle, Harrison Kozak, Andy McAuley, Graham Perry and Faculty Adviser, Catherine Roy Heaton.
Our Bissett team competed against six other universities that are members of the CFA Institute University affiliation program and/or embed financial ethics into their curriculum. Those institutions include the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.
“The teams had four weeks to analyze and evaluate a case which presented several ethical dilemmas and then identify the violations of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.” Students presented their findings, gave recommendations and were grilled by a panel of industry professionals. Bissett Chair and faculty adviser of the team, Catherine Roy Heaton, indicated the students excelled through their preparation and work ethics, teamwork, strong presentation skills, comprehension of the Code and Standards and the ability to apply their learned acumen to “real world applications” is what made them the stand out team.
The team will be representing Bissett at Nationals in Vancouver this coming May, competing against the top teams from across Canada. Bissett School of Business wishes the students a successful showing in Vancouver and would like to extend our thanks to Cathy for her continued dedication and mentor-ship to the CFA Ethics team!
In its budget consultation process (#budget2017), the Federal Government presented students the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with the Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Moreau. A number of our own Bissett business students tool the opportunity to particiapate in the Google town hall consultation.
The video is available on online at the following link: http://budget-lebudget.ca/
Dr. Jim Fischer presented his paper The effects of replacing income tax with consumption tax on the state and the individual: a Canadian example at the 12th International Academic Conference of the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES) in Barcelona, Spain on June 28, 2016. The paper was published in conference proceedings.
“After a sequestration period where the students analyzed a personal financial planning case, the students presented and answered questions from industry leaders. It is a challenging, if not daunting task. I was extremely impressed with our team’s bold, yet reasoned and comprehensive recommendations.- Cathy Roy-Heaton
Sean Bjorkland, VP, Financial Planning, BMO Group & Contract Faculty, Bissett School of Business
A recent article by Kyle Bakx, CBC News Reporter, discussed the future of the Oilsands beyond the year 2020, with Bissett School of Business, Associate Professor, Allan Dywer providing comment. Allan’s concern is that there has not been enough research and development to keep pace with the increasingly competitive oil market and that the opportunity to decrease production costs through technological advancements has been lost.
‘The report confirmed my main concern, which is long term, the oilsands are not viable’– Allan Dwyer, Mount Royal University
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Bissett School of Business wishes to congratulate alumna, Tasha Taylor on her appointment to Assistant Chief of Staff for the Deputy Minister of Finance Canada, in Ottawa.
Tasha graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance/Financial Services from Mount Royal University in 2012. While in her final year at the Bissett School of Business, Tasha captained the Bissett CFA Institute Investment Research Challenge team, where she demonstrated excellence in research, writing, presentation skills and analytical work. Upon graduation Ms. Taylor continued her education at the University of Calgary, obtaining a Master’s of Public Policy, International Trade and Investment in 2014. Prior to this appointment, Tasha served as an Economist with Finance Canada in the Capitals Markets Division, Market Policy Section.