Chapters provide opportunities for Alberta CPAs to connect with each other. Every member and student automatically belongs to a local Alberta chapter and is encouraged to become an active participant. Chapter events are designed to serve the accounting community with opportunities to network and develop their own skills and knowledge base and provide an excellent opportunity to establish personal contact with fellow member and students. Events are organized independently within each chapter and include informative meetings and social gatherings. Numerous chapters are currently active and others are in the early stages of forming or revitalizing.
Each chapter has an elected board of directors comprised of members and students, and as Mark Mertens — an active volunteer — can attest, volunteering for your chapter is a meaningful and rewarding experience: “working with the Edmonton Chapter has allowed me to broaden my experiences with working in a team environment in a non-profit board setting. I have honed skills in event management; learning how to run a successful event; working with marketing, costing, speaker selection; and sponsorship. It’s also enhanced my team building skills.”
Motivated by his desire to get to know other members in the profession, Mark began volunteering with the Edmonton Chapter in 2012. Recognizing that the accounting profession provided him with countless opportunities, Mark feels it is important to pay it forward: “Our profession has given me the opportunity to add real value to the organizations which I have worked for. I appreciate all that my designation has offered me and my family and the Chapter is a great opportunity to give something back to our local membership.”
Edmonton Chapter events include monthly lunch meetings, a fall “Evening of Excellence”, and a spring charity golf tournament. Members looking to volunteer and give back to their profession are strongly encouraged to join their local Chapter. As a dedicated volunteer, Mark is a strong advocate for working with the Chapter: “We are looking for people who want to broaden their professional experience and take advantage of expanding into areas that may not be readily available from their employer. If you want to network with your peers and get involved in interesting projects with interesting people, you should definitely get involved with your local chapter.”