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CPA Canada and AFOA Canada strengthen ties

Toronto – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) are building on a long-standing and collaborative relationship through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“We both share a common vision,” says Tashia Batstone, vice-president, education services, with CPA Canada. “We each represent professionals who demonstrate a commitment to help organizations and communities succeed through high standards, accountability and strong decision making.”

One of the ways CPA Canada will be offering support is by providing an efficient pathway to the new CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). The ACAF is an online education program created for students looking for junior and intermediate careers in accounting and finance. CPA Canada will work on integrating some course material from its ACAF program into the curriculum to become a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM). This will provide CAFM students an accelerated route to obtain the ACAF.

“The health and success of our Aboriginal communities can be linked to financial wellness and its management capacity,” states Terry Goodtrack, president and CEO of AFOA Canada. “Certified Professionals are key to communities in their journey towards social and economic prosperity. This relationship with CPA Canada just makes sense and continues to strengthen our ability to produce the top Aboriginal accounting and financial professionals. ”

With the MOU, CPA Canada is also looking at beyond just program support.

“CPA Canada will also look for opportunities to increase exposure to Indigenous culture and history to members and students through professional development and education programs,” adds Kevin Dancey, president and CEO of CPA Canada. “We look forward to a strengthened working relationship with AFOA Canada and continuing to explore ways our two organizations can bring value to our members.”

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