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Chapter PD: Blockchain: A new era for accounting?

Date:   Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time:   Registration & Networking: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM / Presentation: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Holiday Inn
711 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC 
V5Z 3Y2
PD Hours:   3 Hours

Program Outline: 

Blockchain: A new era for accounting? 

What could accounting look like in 5-10 years?

 Blockchain is fundamentally an accounting technology that is being harnessed to profoundly disrupt a wide range of businesses and industries. Many organizations are already implementing blockchain solutions to bring efficiencies or to issue new digital assets such as cryptocurrencies, though we are only beginning to scratch the surface of its true potential. By understanding the principles of blockchain technology, CPAs will be well positioned to facilitate and capitalize on its emergence. This workshop provides a clear explanation of the foundations, applications and opportunities of blockchain and similar technologies from a business (non-technical) perspective. Participants will then have opportunities to build on this by sharing their experiences and discussing how blockchain could bring value to their work, and to the accounting profession more generally.


In this workshop you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive, non-technical understanding of what blockchain is and how it works
  • See how blockchain technologies can enable profoundly new ways of organizing and the creation of new assets and markets
  • Understand how blockchain can enhance trust, transparency, privacy and security in an array of business processes
  • Obtain the knowledge to critically evaluate blockchain-based solutions, cryptocurrencies and other digital assets
  • Apply these insights by engaging in discussions about the potential of blockchain could affect the future of accounting

Dr. Chris Rowell is a Postdoctoral researcher and instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He received his Doctor of Science in Technology, with a focus on strategy and venturing, at Aalto University in Finland. He researches strategy and innovation, especially with new technologies, and is currently following the emergence of the blockchain field in British Columbia and more broadly. Chris is especially enthusiastic about how blockchain (and other distributed trust technologies) can change the way we organize, interact, and create value, and the implications for business, governance, and society. He currently teaches an Executive Education course on the strategic management of blockchain and an undergraduate course on management and organizational behaviour. Chris also works directly with organizations to advance their blockchain strategies.

   *As a courtesy to our speaker and other seminar attendees, please remember to arrive on time for events.
   **A full description of our PD course levels can be found here.


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Please contact CPABC Vancouver Chapter at [email protected] for more information.