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CANDIDATES THE IDEAL


Today’s employers are looking for team players who can behave ethically, think


strategically and act decisively. New CPAs come well prepared on all counts


by Rosalind Stefanac illustration by Dan Page


SEEKING A TRAILBLAZING, ETHICAL SUPERACHIEVER. Must be a critical thinker, astute problem-solver and adaptable to rapid change. Ability to number-crunch a given. Interested candidates, please submit your resumé to humanresources@zxycbaltd.com.


LONG GONE ARE THE DAYS when a professional accountant was expected to sit in the back offices of an organization crunching numbers. Today’s accountants are key members of the management team, tasked with making critical recommendations about a company’s future. They have a prominent voice in determining the strategic direction of the business. Often they move beyond the traditional role of providing financial advice to leading the company as the CEO or starting their own business.


It’s not surprising, then, that employers are


looking to the new chartered professional accoun- tant for that ultimate candidate — a professional who is smart enough to interpret massive amounts of complicated data and who possesses the business acumen to put it to optimal use for the betterment of a company or clients. “CPAs need to be great business advisers,” says Bill Thomas, CEO and senior partner, KPMG in Canada, and chair of KPMG’s Americas region. “To achieve


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