Big Data and the future of accountancy: challenges & opportunities

Make sure to stay ahead of the curve. As businesses introduce new types of data, they will encounter different challenges for accountants and business leaders.  Over the next decade, new standards for measuring and valuing data will be developed, with the inclusion of new and more diverse datasets in reporting, modelling and forecasting. The debate about the impact and implications of these datasets has barely begun – and getting them wrong could prove to be explosive.

Don’t miss ACCA Canada’s upcoming event: ‘Big Data and the future of accountancy’.  Ewan Willars, Director of Policy for ACCA Global, will be leading the discussion and will explore the challenges and opportunities that the accounting profession is facing as businesses are transformed by Big Data.

Mr. Willars will present findings from an ACCA and IMA recent research and report, which includes a balanced picture of the impact of big data on the accountancy and finance professions in the coming five to ten years by identifying specific opportunities and challenges for the accountancy and finance professions.

Wednesday February 19, 2014

IVEY, ING Direct Leadership Centre
130 King Street West, Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Members – $35 (enter code: BigData)
Non-Members – $45

Registration and networking:
5:30 – 6:15 pm

6:15 – 7:30 pm


Ewan Willars, Director of Policy for ACCA, has spent 15 years working in public policy and research roles across a range of sectors, operating primarily in Brussels and London.  A politics and economics postgraduate, he spent his formative career working with a number of professional bodies, influencing the UK and EU agendas on issues as diverse as planning law, climate change, architecture, economic development and state aid.  He also led the respected Building Futures thinktank, a highly influential thought leader in the world of construction and architecture.

Swapping the world of property for the financial sector, he joined ACCA in 2010, taking up the role of policy director. Since this time ACCA has transformed its research and insights work, a key part of the organization’s global engagement. Ewan and his team ensure that ACCA maintains a leading voice in the political and business debate surrounding the future of the accountancy profession, and the role that accountants play in business and society at large.

Underground parking is available from the entrance at York Street & King Street.

St. Andrew’s subway station; continue east to the northeast corner of York Street and King Street.

Certificates of attendance will be available via email, unless otherwise stated, after the session and should be kept as evidence of the 2 hours of verifiable CPD under the ACCA CPD Program.


Register here

For more information contact Jillian Couse, Engagement Manager – Canada ACCA, 55 University Avenue  Suite 620  Toronto  Ontario  M5J 2H7  Canada – Tel: (416) 966 2225 / (888) 801 0011 – Direct: (647) 847 1351 –

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