• CPA Ontario Centre


    In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario, the CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information aims to advance the accounting profession by building digital financial expertise, delivering and disseminating exceptional research and thought leadership, and growing the network related to digital accounting information. The Centre will address emerging and topical issues that are deeply relevant to the accounting profession, as well as academic and industry audiences.

    Schulich’s global research eminence and strengths in management accounting combined with relevant expertise in related areas such as big data, data analyticsartificial intelligence, and responsible business make this a strategic partnership to explore the objective of digital accounting leadership.

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  • CPA Ontario Co-Directors Dean Neu and Gregory Saxton
    CPA Ontario Co-Directors Dean Neu and Gregory Saxton
  • Industry Outreach

    The rise of Big Data, data analytics, and digital financial information has enormous implications for the accounting profession. The Centre engages industry, academics, NGOs and government institutions in a dialogue on the issues and opportunities of digital financial information through through practitioner workshops, research forums, and other events.

Digital Financial Information Research 

  • Research Project Funding Research Project Funding

    The Centre is pleased to fund the following research categories in Digital Financial Information.

    Funding Programs Categories:

    1. Exceptional Research: To incite quality research that is relevant to academic and practitioner audiences.

    Current Research Projects:

    • “Social Factors, FinTech, and Bank Financial Reporting ”. Jason Jia (PhD Student, Schulich School of Business) and Giri Kanagaretnam (Professor of Accounting, Schulich School of Business)
    • “The Effect of Bots on the Financial Markets”. Tahmina Ahmed (PhD Student, Schulich School of Business) and Gregory D. Saxton (Associate Professor in Accounting, Schulich School of Business)
    • “The Transformation of the Audit due to Population Testing of Data Repositories”. Nicolas Epelbaum (PhD Student, Schulich School of Business) and Linda Thorne (Professor of Accounting, Schulich School of Business)
    1. Building Expertise/Dissemination: The Centre will bring in guest speakers and visiting experts to conduct seminars and workshops on different aspects of digital accounting information. The audience will be diverse and inclusive and key insights/learnings will be disseminated.
    2. Information Repository: The Centre will maintain a repository of information on digital accounting information that serves as an information resource and that links together academics and practitioners working in this area.

Advisory Board

The Centre will be guided by an Advisory Board. The responsibilities of the Advisory Board include:
  • to ensure that the Funding is being applied in all material respects in accordance with the Approved Funding Proposal and the other terms and conditions of this Agreement,
  • to provide input into the specific uses to be made of the Funding, including topics for thought leadership,
  • to provide guidance on how the intended uses for the Funding are actioned and implemented,
  • to ensure progress is made towards achieving the objectives and goals set out in the Approved Funding Proposal,
  • to ensure that the key performance indicators ("KPls") set out in the Approved Funding Proposal are tracked, met and reported to CPA Ontario on a timely basis, and
  • to provide input on subsequent funding proposals submitted to CPA Ontario.

  • Dean Neu

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    Dean NeuProfessor Dean Neu is the Director of the CPA Ontario-Schulich Centre for Digital Financial Information in the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the Director of the Centre for Public Interest Accounting and Future Fund Chair of Accounting at the University of Calgary. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto and Universidad de Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Mexico. He is also a former co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

    As an accounting scholar, Dean is committed to understanding not only how accounting is used in the public sphere but also how it can be used to facilitate social accountability.  Dr. Neu’s program of research uses both very big data and very small data to study social accountability.  With his colleague Dr. Saxton, he utilizes Twitter data sets that consist of millions of data observations to examine how social actors such as individuals, NGOs and even bots enlist accounting words and numbers to ‘speak truth to power’ .  Additionally, Dr. Neu uses micro level ethnographic methods to study the role of accounting in the world of undocumented work in North America as well as organized extortion processes in Central America .  The use of big data and ethnographic methods contribute to our understanding of the potential and limitations of accounting in encouraging social accountability outcomes.

    Catalina Miranda

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    Catalina MirandaCatalina Miranda, CPA, CA, CBV

    Director of Professional Practice

    Catalina Miranda is the Director of Professional Practice at CBV Institute (tradename of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators), a leader within the business valuation profession. Catalina earned her CPA designation in 2008, and her CBV designation in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

    Before joining CBV Institute in 2018, Catalina spent nearly 8 years with the Ontario Securities Commission’s Corporate Finance Branch, and prior to that, practiced business valuations at EY in Toronto.


    Isabella Yang

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    Isabella Yang

    Isabella Yang, MBA, CPA, FCCA

    Finance Manager at Toronto Parking Authority

    Isabella has over 10 years of experience in financial reporting, budgeting, and planning with in-depth knowledge of IFRS and USGAAP. With the continuous process improvement mindset, she is dedicated to driving business value by providing internal and external financial reporting, as well as business insights beyond the numbers.



    Jacqui Mulligan

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    Jacqui Mulligan

    Jacqui Mulligan, CPA, CA

    Director of Education, CPA Ontario

    Jacqui Mulligan is the Vice President of Education for CPA Ontario, a professional association with more than 97,000 members and 21,000 students. CPA Ontario serves to protect the public interest, advance the accounting profession, and guide a new generation of Chartered Professional Accountants as they develop into responsible and confident business leaders.

    Jacqui has been involved in Education at CPA Ontario for more than 17 years and was part of the team which developed the current CPA professional program and examinations. In her role at CPA Ontario Jacqui oversees transcript and student registrations; the delivery of the CPA profession’s education programs and the Post-Secondary Institution accreditation, articulation and funding.

    Jacqui is a Chartered Professional Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

    Viswanath U Trivedi

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    Shanker Trivdei Shanker Trivedi is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Program Director of the Master of Accounting, Diploma in Intermediate Accounting, and Diploma in Advanced Accounting programs. Shanker Trivedi’s research interests are in financial accounting, the accounting profession, and tax. His teaching interests are in contemporary issues in accounting and in financial accounting. He has taught at all levels; bachelors, masters, and doctoral. Shanker has published in journals such as Experimental Economics, and Accounting Organizations and Society, among others. He is also the co-author of the 6th and 7th editions of Advanced Financial Accounting. He has served on many committees within and outside the university setting.





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    CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information
    Schulich School of Business, S343
    York University
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

    Email: cpaontariocentre@schulich.yorku.ca