AcSB

Academic Advisory Committee

About the Advisory Committee

The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) established the Academic Advisory Committee in April 2005 to improve the input to the AcSB’s activities from academe. Accounting academics conduct a great deal of research and their findings may have important implications for standard setters (not to mention practitioners). The transmission of research findings from within the academic community to standard setters has historically been slower than it could be. The Committee is intended to address this shortcoming and to improve communication generally between accounting academics and the AcSB.

Staff Contact(s)

Michelle Thomas, CPA, CGA

Principal, Accounting Standards Board

Purpose

The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that the AcSB is fully informed of academic research in areas relevant to setting accounting standards, and that academic research programs benefiting the standard-setting process are developed on a timely basis. The AcSB also hopes that the Committee will increase accounting academics’ understanding of Canadian and international standard-setting initiatives and issues. Closer ties between the academic community and standard setters will ensure that the basic concepts and principles being taught to tomorrow’s accountants are consistent with those used in the development of accounting standards.

Process

The Committee provides input to the AcSB on a variety of matters including accounting standards proposed by the AcSB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The Committee also informs the AcSB of theoretical concepts having wide-ranging implications for standard-setting and contributes towards the determination, development and implementation of the AcSB’s research agenda when requested.

Membership

The Committee is chaired by AcSB member Steve Fortin, a prominent Canadian academic from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. It comprises 10-15 members from across Canada with varying interests in research, teaching, textbook writing and outreach to the business community, and includes the academic member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Committee (AcSOC).

The Committee typically meets once or twice a year. Meetings are not open to the public.

 

Steve Fortin

FCPA auditeur, FCA
University of Waterloo
Waterloo,
Chair

Dan Thornton

FCPA, FCA
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
Member(s)

Gordon Richardson

FCPA, FCA
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Member(s)

Jack Stecher

University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Member(s)

Jenny Zhang

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Member(s)

Johnathon Cziffra

CPA, CA
Montréal, QC
Member(s)

Joy Begley

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Member(s)

Kin Lo

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Member(s)

Maureen Gowing

University of Windsor
Windsor, ON
Member(s)

Michel Magnan

FCPA auditeur, FCA
Concordia University
Montréal, QC
Member(s)

Mike Welker

Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
Member(s)

Patricia O'Brien

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Member(s)