About this course

The ethics course covers some different angles in relation to professional ethics, all with real life examples, valuable career advice and humour, from a veteran CFO who has really been there. It is the ethics portion of Stephen Priddle’s popular course, Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs, which over 9,000 accountants have taken. The course provides ethics hours for Canadian CPAs.


• Avoiding ethical problems, your research and the job interview
• Personal successes & failures of the instructor
• The Board being misled – what do you do?
• The greedy majority shareholder and minority interests and you are caught in this
• The tip that often takes ethics off the table
• Confidentiality and ethics – many are confused on this
• Back-dating and ethics
• Reforming colleagues who are leaning the wrong way
• Ethics and personal finances
• And more…


• Ethics (topic) was ten times more valuable than the (provincial CPA 4 hours ethics course)
• Ethics piece was very insightful
• I took your course because I needed hours on ethics subjects telling myself It will certainly be boring. I was surprised …it is always inspiring to see a real CFO telling real tips cause he have been hands on during several years as you shown on your course
• I liked the advice on ethics

What you will learn?
• Learn how to avoid ethical problems
• Find out what to do when the Board is being misled
• Resolve ethics issues in real-life mini cases
• Obtain a tip that often takes ethics off the table
• Practice confidentiality in relation to ethics issues
• Discuss back-dating and ethics
• Reform colleagues who are leaning the wrong way
Skills Covered
1 hour on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Intermediate level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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2 Video
1 hours
Section 1. Lesson 1 - Introduction, ethics big picture, the biggest fraud of all time, mini case #1, avoiding ethical problems & the interview-Part1
Video 1
29m 52s
Section 2. Lesson 2 - Ethics & personal finances, the board is being deceived, ethics advisors, someone who didn’t listen, the whistleblower line, back-dating, mini case #2, reforming colleagues-Part1
Video 2
32m 7s
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Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA is the President and Founder of Practical PD. Stephen's current occupation is the Vice-President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the SureWx Inc. group of companies (Canada, USA, UK, Netherlands) SureWx is a global aviation business, an industry leader in the area of assisting airlines optimizing winter operations. Although he enjoys speaking, he only wants to do it on the side, he likes his real world job. An engaging and experienced seminar leader, Stephen Priddle weaves practical tips together with stories from his business experience and input from participants. Seasoning the mix with a dose of accounting humour, he serves up useful and dynamic seminars. When speaking, he is candid about errors he has made in his career and the lessons that can be learned from them. Someone said: “humans are hard-wired to learn from stories” – Stephen is in part a business/accounting story teller, who draws out the lessons from the stories. Stephen’s teaching experience includes presenting accounting seminars for over 40 accounting bodies and organizations in Canada and abroad. He is a Session Leader in the new CPA Professional Education Program, and has taught at the University of Toronto and Carleton University. He has moderated in the legacy Canadian CMA Strategic Leadership Program, and taught in the CA program and the CGA program. Stephen is a prolific author. His published business, accounting and finance cases are used by many organizations. Stephen has over 35 years of varied business experience. After working with KPMG for five years, he moved into industry, where he has worked for public and private companies. He has gained a wide range of experience in financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other business matters. Through his seminars, he interacts with hundreds of financial leaders a year and thus stays on the leading edge in terms of best practices and hot topics. He advises a number of businesses and sits on the Board of SureWx Inc. He sat on the Advisory Board of Valydate Corporation until its 2017 acquisition by Mentor Graphics, a Siemens company. Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, accounting major.