CPABC Connect Panel 2020 - Participants

February 27, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place 
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5

The Machines are Learning – It’s Time to Leverage Your Human Skills

While the technical skills of CPAs continue to be highly sought after, the rise of technology and the changes to how we work are beginning to require sharpened human skills, such as leadership, creativity, critical thinking and communications skills. RSVP for CPABC’s Connect Panel on February 27, 2020 and hear from an expert panel of BC’s top employers about the future super-skills of CPAs.

Event Schedule:

  • 5:30 - 6:00 - Registration
  • 6:00 - 6:45 - Panel discussion
  • 6:45 - 8:00 - Networking
  • 8:00 - Event concludes

Dress code: business casual. 

Photographs will be taken throughout the evening. Please contact us if you have any concerns. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the future of accounting and to connect with employer representatives, CPA members, candidates, students and future CPAs across all sectors. Registration is required for admittance to this event. Space is limited. Registration closes February 26, 2020. 


Diane Kerley, FCPA, FCMA – Partner, The Mason Group (moderator)

Diane Kerley is a Partner with The Mason Group and leads the company's team of CPAs specializing in accounting and finance recruitment for the Greater Vancouver market. Prior to working in recruitment, Diane’s accounting experience included 10 years in senior management in both financial reporting and analytical roles within the Financial sectors. She started her recruiting career in 2000, and in 2015 opened the 4th and newest office for The Mason Group in downtown Vancouver. Diane served as an Executive on the final CMABC Board of Directors and was a member of the Transitional Steering Committee assisting with the merger to the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC). In June 2015 she was appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors for CPABC, on which she served until 2018.

Andrew James, CPA, CA – Partner, Audit at KPMG 

Joined KPMG Australia in 2003 and transferred to the Vancouver office in 2006. Delivers audit and accounting advisory services to companies across a variety of industries including publicly listed and private companies. Extensive experience in the mining and forest products industries. Current chair of a forum of chartered professional accountants from Vancouver mining companies that considers accounting, reporting and business-related matters impacting the industry. Leads global audits of publicly listed companies involving teams from a variety of countries including China, Turkey, Mexico, Greece, Brazil, Romania, Ghana, USA. Provides accounting advisory services to mining and forest products companies including matters related to: Alternative financing such as metal streaming arrangements, Changes in accounting standards.

Bob Wang, CPA, CA – Vice President Finance at Traction Guest

Bob Wang started his career at KPMG. After obtaining his CPA, he left to start his own business, Legacy Advantage, a cloud accounting firm. Three years later, Legacy Advantage grew to 30 people and generated ~$2M in ARR. It was acquired by Deloitte in 2018. Now, Bob is the VP of Finance at Traction Guest, a leader in Enterprise Visitor Management Software. Traction Guest has over 100 people globally and is backed by the likes of Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Capital Partners. Bob loves reading and spending time with family.

Eva Fong, CPA, CGA - CFO at WELL Health Technologies Corp

Eva has 20+ years of experience which includes Fortune 500 public company management, M&A, corporate strategy development, risk and compliance, and finance and business shared services programs. She has held senior leadership positions in various high-tech sectors including PayPal, TIO Networks, SAP, and 360networks where she led business units and built best in class corporate culture. Eva is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) in Canada and holds a fellowship at the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) in UK. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.


Participating Employers

BDO Canada LLP

BDO is a firm built on a foundation of positive relationships with our people and our clients. Each day, we rely on our professionals to provide exceptional service, and help our clients by providing advice and insight they can trust. In turn, we offer an environment that fosters a people-first culture with a high priority on your personal and professional growth.

Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

CPABC Practical Experience Team

In addition to the educational and examination requirements, all candidates must complete a minimum of 30 months of paid, relevant and progressive work experience to qualify as a CPA. Whether you are a prospective candidate or a current PEP candidate, take this opportunity to meet CPABC’s Practical Experience team face-to-face, and learn more about the Practical Experience Requirements for certification.

Deloitte LLP

Deloitte provides audit & assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights and service to address clients' most complex business challenges.

Entreflow Consulting Group

We’re a boutique consulting firm, a highly unusual team of 18 Finance legends, HR leaders and Marketing ninjas. We’re a licensed public practice CPA accounting firm. We’re a licensed Recruitment agency. We’re a certified Growth Marketing strategy practice.

We specialize in start-ups and scale-ups that have a big vision. We have expertise in more complicated accounting for industries such as technology and manufacturing. We help them set, track and crush their goals.

We’re the only Accounting + HR + Marketing firm for start-ups and growth companies in Canada. We’re the only Accounting firm in Vancouver that has Elite and Silver status with Quickbooks and Xero respectively, and the only Vancouver-based Hubdoc Top 50 Cloud Accountants North America 2018 firm award winner. We’re the only licensed Recruitment agency in Vancouver that offers a monthly fixed fee engagement.

Ernst & Young

Operating from over 150 countries worldwide, we are the most globally integrated professional services organization. We are committed to our culture of global teaming and our focus on building a better working world.

GeoScan Subsurface Surveys

Subsurface surveying for the construction industry. We provide an on site service to a variety of clients using a variety of technologies for damage prevention and pre-planning and design needs.


GLENTEL is Canada's leading connected services retailer. For over 20 years, GLENTEL-managed retail locations have been the go-to destination for all things mobile across Canada. Our retail brands include WIRELESSWAVE and Tbooth wireless. In addition, we provide retail management services for Costco Canada with WIRELESS etc.

Hays Recruitment

Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. Every day our expert consultants help thousands of candidates find their next role, and they also help clients reshape workforces and deal with talent shortages. Last year we placed 77,000 people in permanent jobs and 244,000 people into temporary roles.


KPMG is one of the world’s largest Audit, Tax, and Advisory firms, with international presence in 147 countries. KPMG is also home to over 219,000 professionals, with over 8,000 professionals working in offices across our 40 Canadian offices. KPMG Canada has won a variety of awards, including the “Top 100 Employers” award for 14 consecutive years. Additionally, KPMG has been awarded one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Top Employers for Young People and Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers. KPMG is proud to offer positions in our Avenues Program which is designed for professionals pursuing their CPA to gain experience across our other service lines, including Lighthouse, our Centre of Excellence for Data and Analytics, and our Ignition Centre, a hub designed to spark innovation and fuel transformation. 

The Mason Group

The Mason Group is a leading recruitment agency that specializes in the recruitment and placement of accounting, finance and banking professionals in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver Areas. From Financial Analysts to CFOs, for permanent or contract positions, our expert recruiters can help you find the talented performers or career opportunities you need to succeed. Operating with integrity and respect, committed to excellence and dedicated to teamwork, The Mason Group has grown to become one of the most trusted and experienced accounting and finance recruitment agencies in the industry.

Traction Guest

Traction Guest is a leading developer of cloud-based visitor management systems (VMS) which make hosting visitors effortless, memorable, and safe. The highly customizable Traction Guest platform enables global enterprises to leverage visitor data, shape their brand experience, and strengthen security. Its central administration and integrations with strategic business systems like Salesforce, make this SaaS solution uniquely attractive to large, multi-location organizations. Traction Guest is used by enterprises on five continents in dozens of industries, including progressive brands like DocuSign, Thermo Fisher, and VICE Media.


CPA tax firm


Create your future at PwC Canada. We’re a member of the PwC global network of firms and provide opportunities to be part of a unique, diverse and inclusive culture where everyone supports each other and can bring their whole selves to work. We provide opportunities to innovate, grow as a professional, work flexibly and lead teams. PwC Canada has more than 6,500 partners and staff in locations from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia. With more than 100 years of excellence in Canada, we provide actuarial, assurance, management consulting, deals, risk assurance, tax and technology consulting services. We’re passionate about making a difference for our clients and each other.

WELL Health Technologies Corp.

At WELL, we see an opportunity to modernize and improve primary healthcare by implementing cutting edge digital technology to alleviate the challenges faced by patients and healthcare workers. Currently, the Canadian primary healthcare industry is under-imagined and under-digitized. We intend to change that by investing in our people, our technology, and our facilities. Our vision of healthcare is patient centric and physician focused. We want to be the best place for physicians to work, and the most convenient place for patients to receive care. We envision a system where treatment is not just reactive, but proactive. A system where patients have greater access to services, and where physicians are free to focus on doing what they do best: caring for their patients. With the largest single chain of primary healthcare clinics in British Columbia, we aim to become an example for enhanced primary healthcare, and to share our successes with services beyond our network.