BC's Auditor General, John Doyle, to Speak at CGA-BC Eco Forum

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.


Date:               December 1, 2011
Location:        Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver

Other highlights of the full-day event include presentations on topics such as: 

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 industrial sectors.

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 interest.

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
E-mail: edowning@cga-bc.org

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