Message from CPA Manitoba Board Chair Gord Dowhan, FCPA, FCA

Gord Dowhan, FCPA, FCMA

Dear CPA Manitoba colleagues,

On October 1 and 5, the CPA Manitoba Board gathered virtually for our annual strategic board retreat. During the meetings, we reviewed our board strategy which was approved by the Board in November 2020. The plan focused on four pillars which all contribute to the primary objective of CPA Manitoba which is to protect the public. The four pillars are:

  • Being a leading influential voice
  • Growing in the digital age
  • Broadening the educational reach
  • Re-imagining the profession

It has been close to a full year, and the board continues to support these priorities as an effective way to achieve success in protecting the public, our ultimate goal. The board also believes that these pillars continue to be relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic and will look forward to continued work in these areas.

I am confident that our strategic plan will not only allow CPA Manitoba to effectively meet its mandate, but to also help the organization evolve and enhance its services to Manitoba CPAs. This will allow you to continue the vital contributions you make to your own organizations, communities and clients. The pandemic has also impacted our member services and events, where I enjoy engaging with members especially the new members at convocation and other events where I get to learn more about your unique contributions and perspectives.

In addition to our board strategy discussion, Gary Hannaford, FCPA, FCA joined us to discuss the benefits smart regulation and a principles-based Code of Ethics (which has been adopted by The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants [IESBA]) compared to the rules-based Code which is currently followed throughout Canada’s provinces and territories.

In the end, I am immensely proud of the work that all CPAs and the staff at CPA Manitoba have accomplished this year. COVID-19 continues to challenge us, our clients and the businesses we lead, but CPAs have truly been leaders and have continued to make an impact on our communities in Manitoba. It is my personal view that now more than ever, CPAs will be looked to for leadership and guidance at all levels of business. I wish you success and happiness and thank you for your contribution to the fabric of our profession in Manitoba.


Gord Dowhan, FCPA, FCA,

CPA Manitoba Board Chair