School of Accounting & Finance – Industry Connections

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  • Valued Connections

    At the Centre for Business, students are in the heart of Canada's most dynamic business district. The School of Accounting and Finance helps students get the education and experience they need to launch their career in the accounting and financial services industries. In partnership with the industry students have access to networking events, speaker series, mentoring, and class projects among many other valuable industry activities.

    Professional Bodies and Associations

    School of Accounting and Finance is always looking to increase our industry connections, prepare students for professional designations and equip them with real-world competitive skills. We retain close ties with various professional bodies and associations, and many of the courses offered in the accounting and finance programs are accredited by those organizations.

    Accounting:

    Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA)

    CPA Canada is the national organization that provides support to Canadian accounting professionals. It represents its members in setting the industry standards, providing educational services, engaging with the community and stakeholders and advocating for professional policies.


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    Association of Chartered Professional Accountants (ACCA)

    ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for finance professionals, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

    ACCA supports its 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

    ACCA is not affiliated with any Chartered Accountant (CA) organization or Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) organization.


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    Finance:

    Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and the CFP® Designation

    Financial planners are in demand now and will be even more so in the future. If you're interested in a career in financial planning, FPSC provides resources to start a successful career. Visit the Financial Planning Standards Council website to chart your path to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation.

    FPSC offers exclusive resources like the FPSC Job Board, where prospective employers post positions for financial planners who are actively seeking CFP certification.


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    Canadian Securities Institute (CSI)

    The Canadian Securities Institute is one of the leading educational providers in the financial industry offering designation, certificates, and courses based on the marketplace needs and real-world training.

    CSI offers the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), a credential required to be a financial services professional.


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    Program Advisory Committee

    Our industry partnerships help ensure that George Brown programs are always up-to-date with training reflecting the needs of the accounting and finance industry. Consisting of prominent members of the business community, alumni, faculty members and other leaders, the Program Advisory Committee meets to make recommendations on our programming, so our students learn current in-demand skills.

    Work Experience Partners

     Watch the video below to hear more about what industry partners have to say about George Brown College programs.

    Our Field Education (co-op and internship) Office works to secure industry partnerships and work experience opportunities with recruitment potential. George Brown is extremely proud of our long list of valued industry partners:

    Networking Events

    Speed Mentoring 

    The School of Accounting and Finance offers a Speed Mentoring event to connect current students with industry professionals and alumni. In one evening, students get a chance to meet with multiple professionals face to face and build their business network.

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    Career Fair

    In the School of Accounting and Finance students get to network with potential graduate employers that come on campus twice a year to meet our students during a Career Fair. Past graduate employers interested in George Brown students include:  

    • BMO Capital Markets
    • Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network
    • Scotia Bank
    • Sun Life Financial
    • TD Bank
    • KPMG LLP

    Interested in partnering with George Brown College? Contact Lina Chandler at lchandler1@georgebrown.ca.

    Check out industry connections for the other Centre for Business schools: School of Marketing, School of Management, and School of Human Resources.