CPABC in Focus July/August 2016 - Page 5

NOTES & NEWS Notes from the Chair By David B. Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA O n July 13, a week after this issue of CPABC in Focus is mailed out, our profession will hold its first annual general meeting in my hometown of Kamloops, where I’ll officially take the helm as chair of the CPABC board. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing chair, Olin Anton, FCPA, FCA, for his exemplary leadership over the course of CPABC’s first year. Strong leadership was critical to the successful launch of the new profession here in BC, and it’s also a theme running through this issue of the magazine. The cover story (see page 16) provides an overview of the 2016 Regional Check-Up reports, which are just some of the public affairs publications through which CPABC strives to provide thought leadership to the provincial government and business stakeholders each year. Our robust public affairs program enables us to provide commentary and advocate for strong leadership in business and government. This issue also congratulates the established leaders who were honoured at Business in Vancouver’s CFO of the Year Awards, which CPABC sponsored (page 50), and celebrates the leaders of tomorrow with a recap of the first CPABC convocation for those who’ve completed the CPA professional education program (pages 46-47). In addition, leadership expert Tommy Spaulding, one of the keynote speakers slated for CPA Canada and CPABC’s upcoming The ONE National Conference (September 19-20), discusses the concept of heart-led leadership on pages 34-35, explaining how leading from the heart can help you move beyond ordinary success to something more profound. In terms of our agenda for the coming year, CPABC will continue to play a leadership role at the national level, actively participating on committees that will deliver on the strategy for the profession in Canada. Provincially, there are still a number of transitional activities taking place in many functional areas, despite the amalgamation of our three legacy bodies last summer. Transitional activities don’t just entail winding down the legacy organizations—they also include developing new processes and programs at both the provincial and national levels, and this takes time. That said, we expect that as we work towards a steady state for CPABC and CPA Canada, economies of scale will be realized. As it stands, BC is in good shape and leading the country in change management. CPABC is already a solid, stable organization that is well positioned to meet its member needs and legislative responsibilities. I’m excited about the year ahead, as we continue to refine, grow, and learn as an organization. I’m looking forward to leading an exceptional board that is deeply committed to our profession. David B. Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA CPABC Chair “I'm excited about the year ahead, as we continue to refine, grow, and learn as an organization.” CPABC in Focus • July/August 2016 5