VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants
Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) is pleased to announce that
B.C. Auditor General John Doyle will be the keynote speaker at the
Association's inaugural Eco Forum on December 1.
The full-day public forum will explore how energy conservation can play
an integral role in improving a company's bottom line while meeting
corporate sustainability objectives. It will also address the
requirements for building a persuasive business case for conservation.
Doyle's keynote address, "Sustainability and the Environment Through an Audit Lens" will highlight what the Office of the Auditor General does on a daily
basis regarding sustainability, as well as his growing audit focus in
the area of sustainability and the environment. Doyle will speak to his
recently published audits in this area on topics such as groundwater,
ecological integrity, and the Agricultural Land Commission. He will
also take a look ahead at areas that he could investigate in future
audits. The Auditor General encourages suggestions for potential audits
in the area of sustainability and the environment and asks that you
share these during the discussion.
"We're gratified that Mr. Doyle, the highest serving public auditor in
the province, will address the role of accountants in advancing
sustainable business practices in all kinds of businesses," said CGA-BC
CEO Gordon Ruth, FCGA.
ABOUT THE ECO FORUM
Date: December 1, 2011
Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
Other highlights of the full-day event include presentations on topics
Organizational Change— How to apply change management and continuous improvement techniques in
the optimization of business practices associated with energy usage. Fabian Biagetti, Principal with Portland-based SEG, discusses the leading energy-related business practices and
organizational changes taking place in the industrial, commercial and
Carbon Accounting— The fundamentals in the emerging field of carbon accounting from Climate Smart. This includes the latest market research on why businesses are
choosing to measure their carbon emissions. Speakers will illustrate
how companies can apply carbon management to identify areas of
excessive consumption, develop cost-effective strategies to cut energy
costs, and gain a competitive edge.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction— The Climate Project-Canada will talk about the science of climate
change; sustainability and its role in climate change; and how
businesses and individuals can adapt in order to mitigate the most
negative outcomes. They'll discuss the initiatives of local businesses
and the results those organizations have had in building sustainability
and reducing greenhouse gasses.
In addition to the presenters, the Forum will also host a tradeshow of
leading energy conservation product and service suppliers that help
implement environmental sustainability programs. The Forum is sponsored
by BC Hydro.
As the province's largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC
represents nearly 15,000 CGAs and students. Members work in industry,
commerce, government and in public practice. The Association promotes
the excellence of its members and advances the accounting profession
through education, certification and the protection of the public
CGA-BC leads the profession in the integration of ethics into its
academic program, and all new graduates of the CGA program are required
to complete a rules and standards course to complement an ongoing
ethics requirement for members.
The Association also offers a wide range of employment services and
programs to its members, students and the business community. These
services include CGAjobs.org, a job postings website for finance and
accounting professionals, and the Partners in Employment Program (PEP),
which recognizes organizations that provide an effective working and
training environment for CGAs and CGA students.
SOURCE Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia
For further information:
Edward Downing, Director of Communications
Telephone: (604) 730-6208