• Industry Outreach

    The CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information engages industry, academics, NGOs and government institutions in a dialogue on the issues and opportunities of digital financial information through practitioner workshops, research forums, and other events.

Upcoming Events

  • From Numbers to Stories: Accounting Numbers and Executive Compensation Narratives

    Virtual | Friday March 29th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, PhD student Minqi Liu will present recent academic research that has been funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. In this study, co-authored with Schulich Accounting professors Dean Neu and Gregory Saxton, advanced machine learning tools are used to examine firms' compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) disclosures. The results support the idea that managers strategically employ topics in CD&A disclosures as a narrative tool for managing impressions.

  • Innovations in Fraud Detection

    Virtual | Friday April 19th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Andrea Kelton will provide an overview on the impact of technology on fraud. Dr. Kelton will discuss ways that technology is both making it easier for fraudsters to commit fraud and also easier for accounting professionals to prevent and detect fraud.

  • Intro to Social Network Analysis

    Virtual | Friday May 17th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Gregory Saxton will introduce viewers to the fascinating world of social network analysis (SNA). By integrating SNA into their analytics toolkit, accountants can enhance their analytical capabilities, offering more comprehensive insights into financial data and business relationships. Key concepts and methodologies of social network analysis will be highlighted in an accessible and inviting manner.

  • The Effects of Ego Network Structure on Market Reactions: A Social Network Analysis Perspective of Twitter Cashtag Networks

    Virtual | Friday May 31st, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Schulich Accounting professor Gregory Saxton will present recent academic research that has been funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. In this study, co-authored with Dr. Jerome Niyirora from SUNY Poly, Paul Wong from UC-Davis, and Schulich PhD students Tahmina Ahmed, Janice Zhang, and Maruf Hasan, the authors argue that the structure of Twitter cashtag networks – specifically, their centralization, density, clustering, and prevalence of isolates – affects market reactions to quarterly earnings announcements. These results highlight the importance of understanding network structures in predicting stock market movements, offering novel insights into the behavioral aspects of financial markets.

Past Events

  • ChatGPT Python API: A Deep Dive into Large Language Model

    Virtual | Friday March 15th, 12:00 EST

    In this interactive one-hour webinar, Dr. Jerome Niyirora will use Google Colab to demonstrate how to use the ChatGPT Python API.

  • Cross-National Comparison of Cryptoasset Income Taxation Regimes

    Virtual | Friday March 1st, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, PhD student Nicolas Epelbaum will present recent academic research that has been funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. In this study, co-authored with Lois Tullo, Preetika Joshi, and Schulich Accounting professor Linda Thorne, the authors provide an overview of national taxation regimes for cryptoassets with a view to inform those who wish to expand their knowledge of the taxation of cryptoassets around the globe.

  • Hiring Trends and Technology

    Virtual | Friday February 23rd, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Adam Booker will talk about the latest trends in hiring and technology.

  • Intro to Textual Analysis

    Virtual | Friday February 2nd, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Gregory Saxton give an overview of textual analysis techniques in Python. This is intended to be a hands-on webinar that is appropriate for all levels of Python expertise, including absolute beginners. To facilitate the sharing and running of code, we will be using Google's Colab tool.

  • Microsoft Excel Visualizations: Unleash the Power of Charts, Conditional Formatting, and More for Impactful Data Presentations

    Virtual | Friday January 12th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Wendy Tietz and Dr. Tracie Miller will give an interactive, hands-on session that will guide you through the nuts and bolts of creating, formatting, and customizing visualizations in Excel, serving as a practical toolkit for anyone looking to enhance their presentations and reports that include data.

  • Understanding Intangible Assets

    Virtual | Friday December 8th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Feng Gu will discuss his work on intangible assets.

  • Measuring and Analyzing Reputational Capital Using Python

    Virtual | Friday May 12th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, Dr. Gregory Saxton will introduce accounting practitioners how to use Python to code and measure reputational capital, a key off-the-books intangible asset. This is intended to be a hands-on webinar that is appropriate for all levels of Python expertise, including absolute beginners. To facilitate the sharing and running of code, we will be using Google's Colab tool.

  • Best Practices of Data Visualization: A Demonstration in Python

    Virtual | Friday April 14th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, Dr. Jerome Niyirora will walk through a demonstration of using Python to develop effective visualizations. To facilitate the sharing and running of code, we will be using Google's Colab tool.

  • Valuation in the Metaverse - Digital Assets in Virtual Worlds

    Virtual | Friday March 24th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, Dr. Veljko Fotak will discuss the valuation of digital assets in virtual worlds. The lecture will cover specific challenges linked to applying "classical" economic frameworks to assets in virtual worlds and cover topics ranging from the pricing of virtual real estate, spanning the role of non-fungible tokens in establishing property rights, touching upon issues related to taxation, to lessons from existing virtual gaming worlds - from Everquest to Eve Online.

  • Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting

    Virtual | Friday Feb. 10th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, Dr. Kipp will provide an overview of the fundamental technologies underlying blockchain, discuss considerations for blockchain implementation, and highlight the role that accounting professionals can play in adopting blockchain for accounting.

  • Understanding and Measuring Online Social & Relationship Capital

    Virtual | Friday January 20th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, Dr. Saxton will provide an overview of how accounting practitioners should approach and understand digital measures of social and relationship capital, an off-the-books intangible asset that is little understood yet vital for professional and organizational success.

  • The Audit Expectation Gap and Technology

    Virtual | Friday December 16th, 12:00 EST

    In this one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, we will discuss technology's role in the audit expectation gap. Specifically, we will discuss how, when, where, and why technology is used in conducting current audits in the context of the public's expectations of financial statement audits.

  • The Effects of Bots on Market Reactions to Earnings Announcement Events

    Virtual | Friday December 9th, 12:00 EST

    This one-hour webinar will present recent academic research that has been funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. ​​​​​​​

  • How to Interpret and Use the Statistics in Excel’s Data Analysis Toolpak

    Virtual | Friday December 2nd, 12:00 EST

    This one-hour webinar, funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information, will provide an overview of how the Data Analysis Toolpak, included with Excel, can be used by accounting practitioners to analyze data quickly and efficiently in a variety of ways.

  • Peer-to-peer FinTech Lending, Non-traditional Information, and Racial Discrimination

    Virtual | Friday November 25th, 12:00 EST

    This one-hour webinar will present recent academic research that has been funded by CPA Ontario and the Schulich CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. ​​​​​​​We hypothesize that racial discrimination can exist in peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and that the degree of racial discrimination decreases in the precision of credit quality signals generated from both traditional and non-traditional information.

  • WEBINAR on using Data Analytics and Social Media to ‘Measure’ Off-the-Books Intangible Assets 

    Virtual | Friday March 25th, 12:00 EST

    This one-hour webinar will provide a practical overview of how accounting practitioners can use social media data to track and evaluate the value of Off-the-Books Intangible Assets.

  • WEBINAR on Using Data Analytics Within the Organization: A 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Approach 

    Virtual | Friday March 11th, 12:00 EST

    This one-hour webinar is aimed at accounting practitioners and businesses at the beginning or early stages of their investment in accounting analytics.