• 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.

Past Events

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

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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. One of the key elements of data analytics is using alternative and novel forms of data to help supplement and evaluate traditional historical cost accounting information. After discussing the social media universe and its potential for use in business intelligence efforts, participants will be exposed to innovative ways of thinking about and capturing off-the-books intangible assets such as brand equity and reputation using Big Data and data analytics methods. A follow-up workshop will introduce participants to specific Python and R-based techniques to implement some of the concepts (e.g., dashboards) covered in this webinar. 

Webinar participants will receive an official verified confirmation of participation after the webinar that can be used toward CPA professional development requirements.

Friday, March 25th 2022 at 12:00 pm EST

PRESENTER: Gregory D. Saxton is Associate Professor of Accounting in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Communication at University at Buffalo, SUNY and of Public Administration at SUNY‐College at Brockport, and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Singapore Institute of Management. He received PhDs in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University (2000) and in Accounting from York University (2016). He has worked for the California state government and as a consultant or board member for various nonprofit organizations. His research uses Big Data and data analytic techniques to analyze nonprofit organizations, corporate social responsibility, and the capital markets and has appeared in such journals as Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Information Systems Management, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. He is a member of the editorial board of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. For more details see http://social-metrics.org.

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

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This one-hour webinar is aimed at accounting practitioners and businesses at the beginning or early stages of their investment in accounting analytics. The aim is to introduce practitioners to a simple yet effective framework for maximizing their return on this investment. Specifically, the focus will be on how the vast majority of accounting analytics-related problems can be answered with properly crafted queries and appropriate forecasting models. First, queries let you answer such questions as who are the most profitable customers and what is the likelihood that a customer will churn by slicing/dicing and aggregating data from one or more sources. Second, simple forecasting models such as product sales are the foundation for budgeting, allocation of resources, and the formation of expectations. In this webinar you learn how to integrate queries and forecasting into accounting analytics-driven projects. Although the webinar focuses on the use of internal organizational data by management accountants, the data analytic approach and methods will also be useful to CPAs working in public practice and management consulting.

Webinar participants will receive an official verified confirmation of participation after the webinar that can be used toward CPA professional development requirements.

Friday, March 11th 2022 at 12:00 pm EST

PRESENTER:  Theophanis C.  Stratopoulos is the PwC Chair Associate Professor at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) - University of Waterloo. Theo’s teaching and research focus is on data analytics and emerging technologies. He has authored numerous articles/monographs on data analytics and blockchain (SSRN) and developed/co-taught the Digital Certificate in Predictive Analytics for CPAs. Prof. Stratopoulos is a member of the CPA Canada - Audit Data Analytics committee, senior editor for the Journal of Information Systems, and associate editor for the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems.