CPA Centre for Public Policy and Innovation in Accounting Events

The long term vision of the CPA Ontario Center for Public Policy and Innovation in Accounting is to enable the convergence of scholars across disciplines for study and dialogue on the future state of the accounting profession.

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SASB Standards deep dive: enterprise value-focused esg reporting for investors webinar

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This webinar focuses on the latest developments in the fast-changing world of ESG reporting for investors. With investor attention globally coalescing around SASB Standards and the TCFD recommendations, we hear a briefing on the rapid corporate adoption of SASB Standards based on industry-specific, financially material ESG issues. Webinar Topics include:

  • How investors are integrating ESG data into their investment decisions and stewardship
  • Ways that corporate reporting is evolving to meet the needs of more data-driven investment processes
  • Incorporating ESG factors into strategy and risk management
  • Relationship of SASB Standards to other frameworks, including GRI & SDGs
  • The changing regulatory landscape for ESG reporting
An image of the Goodman School of Business building through the cherry blossom trees.

Webinar on Sustainability Reporting

Friday, May 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the focus on various environmental, social, and governance issues by investors, policy makers, and educators. Competing frameworks, absence of a standard, measurement uncertainty, different measures of materiality, inconsistent reporting methods, boilerplate language, and comparability are numerous challenges among others hindering the widespread adoption of sustainability reporting, and these challenges are somewhat interrelated. In our Sustainability Reporting Webinar, our panelists collectively addressed these sustainability reporting challenges that are of critical importance to all the stakeholders.  


Goodman Symposium 2021: Future of Accounting

Friday, February 19, 2021

Collectively reimagining what work, life, business and education will look like after COVID-19 was the focus of discussion at the annual accounting symposium hosted by the Goodman School of Business CPA Ontario Centre for Public Policy.

The centre’s 2021 symposium, Business in the Post-Pandemic Economy: Ensuring Sustainability in Business and Education took place on February 19, 2021. The keynote speaker was Jean McClellan, National Consulting People and Organization Leader at PwC Canada.

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Goodman Symposium 2020: Future of Accounting

Friday, February 21, 2020

With an increasing number of processes becoming automated in the accounting profession, the human experience is becoming more important than ever, says leading academics in the field.

The need for critical thinking and communication skills was a reoccurring topic of discussion Friday, Feb. 21 at the Future of Accounting Symposium hosted by the CPA Ontario Centre for Public Policy at 全球电竞直播 ’s Goodman School of Business.

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Virtual morality: how business educators can use vr to prepare students for real-life ethical dilemmas


Associate Professor Robert Steinbauer and Anh Mai To (MEd ’20) worked out of Goodman’s CPA Ontario Center for Public Policy and Innovation in Accounting. Steinbauer’s project, which developed real-life ethical scenarios through virtual reality, used his VR program to teach — and test — how business students’ make on-the-job ethical decisions.

Steinbauer’s virtual reality program recreates the office of a car manufacturer struggling to transition over to electric car production. With their headsets, users walk around the building, overhear a water-cooler conversation between employees and a phone call between the CEO and COO, and watch a video advertisement for the company. In the end, participants have to decide whether to risk the lives of their customers or save the organization millions. Steinbauer and To placed research participants into either a text, video, or virtual reality format to engage them with the scenarios.

One of the study’s major results is that, compared to the text and video groups, participants who underwent the virtual reality scenarios were more likely to risk the lives of their customers, says Steinbauer. “While this sounds terrible, it unfortunately reflects what employees in similar situations would do,” he says.

Virtual Morality Report