Canada community Area Networks
ICAS has a strong presence throughout Canada, with many thriving local CA communities in the major cities.
Our Members meet up in cities across Canada, and online, to share information, insights and develop their professional networks.
If you are already working in Canada, have recently moved there, or are considering a move, then we’d highly recommend you make use of the regional Canada Member communities on CA Connect.
These communities are a great way to network, share and find local news, join discussions and access events in your area:
Local committee Chairs
If you are in Canada, you can also reach out to the Chair of your nearest local Area Network. Each of the Chairs acts as a point of contact for local Member enquiries and helps ICAS deliver a calendar of events and opportunities to engage, inspire, inform and connect CAs.
David Simpson (Calgary Co-Chair)
David Simpson is President of Suilven Consulting Ltd which specializes in process and accounting improvements. He articled with Williamson and Dunn in Aberdeen and qualified in 1994.
In 1995 he moved to Calgary Canada and worked in the accounting practice of Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart.
He has subsequently worked in the IT, manufacturing and recruitment sectors. David is also a director of Field Hockey Alberta.
James Waddell (Toronto, Ontario Chair)
James Waddell is Vice President, Chief Internal Auditor of TMX Group and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining the predecessor of TMX Group in 2003, Mr. Waddell held a number of positions in risk management training and facilitation, internal audit, forensic accounting and public accounting. Mr. Waddell graduated from the University of Glasgow, Scotland with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree, and is a Scottish Chartered Accountant, Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Karen Finlay (Vancouver, British Columbia Chair)
Karen Finlay is the Manager of Risk and Compliance at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company in Vancouver, Canada. Karen graduated with a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Strathclyde and completed her Chartered Accountant training in Scotland with PwC. She relocated to Vancouver in 2013 where she worked in the Risk Assurance department of PwC, leading on a variety of risk/controls advisory and assurance projects with clients in public and private sectors. Karen recently made the move to industry with a remit to oversee Sarbanes-Oxley, covering insurance and tax compliance matters.
Susan Simpson (Calgary Co-Chair)
Susan Simpson is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Sterling Bridge Mortgage Corp.,a small real estate financing company in Calgary, Canada.
She articled with Coopers & Lybrand in Aberdeen and qualified in 1993. In 1995 she transferred to Coopers & Lybrand in Calgary, Canada, where she worked in the audit practice, until 2008, when she joined Sterling Bridge.
Susan is also a director of the Calgary Humane Society, and a member of the Audit Committee of Bethany Care Society.
Global Accounting Alliance
ICAS is a founding member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), formed to provide thought leadership on accounting issues, coordinate interaction with regulatory bodies and use the combined knowledge of accountants around the globe in the public interest.
One of the founding objectives of the GAA was to help members access overseas support and value adding services. The GAA Passport Programme enables members working and looking to work in GAA Member Body jurisdictions to obtain access to specific local member support services.
Keeping in Touch
If you're moving away from the UK, even for a short time, don't forget to update your details with ICAS. In particular, make sure you let us know where you are moving to, and the best email address we can use to keep you updated on what's going on near you.
Please firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make any changes to your record.