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CEO Update November 23, 2021

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Hello, CPB Canada Members and Industry Colleagues, 

As we near the end of 2021, it is worth taking a moment to do a “year at a glance”. As we continue navigating the pandemic, we can reflect on a challenging but encouraging year. As a professional association, we traversed it by honouring our members' loyalty, commitment, and service. We achieved this by demonstrating perseverance and professional growth for our community throughout 202

A few of our highlights from this past year include:

  • CPB Canada continued its full pivot to virtual offerings while maintaining a value proposition for members.  This included the introduction of a new Business Foundations Workshop Series.
  • Membership numbers continued to grow at solid rates, and we saw increasing interest and support from our partners and sponsors.
  • The association managed staffing transitions, including the recruitment of a new CEO and the arrival of several new staff members late this year. 
  • Our community of Certified Professional Bookkeepers is growing each month steadily, with members moving along the pathway and passing exams.
  • This year, several major initiatives were launched the NUMBERS & SENSE magazine and our new Education Partner Program.
  • Ignite 2021 was the largest conference attendance in CPB Canada history.  This three-day virtual event connected over 500 participants and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

This was a fulsome and robust year, and there is much to build upon. As we hit the 15-year mark next year, we will work together to build a stronger association, create and reinforce strong values, and continue to drive a level of professionalism in our community that raises standards. We look forward to building more momentum, energy and value over the new year ahead.

Take care, have a safe and healthy end of the year, including a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.


Rick Johal, CAE, MPA
Chief Executive Officer – CPB Canada

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