About this course

This webinar is a thought-provoking discussion of ethical issues, from the CPA Code of Professional Conduct and elsewhere, in accounting, tax and business. The course is a plea for ethical behaviour above and beyond the rules and contracts. It reminds you to pause and think beyond your initial reaction….there may be more to the situation. The presenter shares personal experiences with ethically challenging situations and their resolution.

This session was created and is presented by a veteran CFO who has created courses that nearly 17,000 accountants have signed up for and are known for practicality, examples, and humour.


• The rules/contract allow this - but is it right?
• False and misleading information issues
• Approaches to diffusing difficult situations
• Colleagues’ actions association
• The wearing down of ethical standards – this must be guarded against
• Ethics problems between departments in the same organization
• Major Canadian CPA ethical lapses that are not well known
• The unreported revenue dilemma
• Will the auditors back you?
• Ethics and PD hours
• Sanctions – should private companies punish players from certain countries?
• When all is said and done, all you have is your integrity
• All kinds of specific examples and stories

It provides 2 hours of verifiable ethics content for Canadian CPAs.

Past attendees have said:

• Probably couldn't find ethics presented in such a meaningful, and fun, manner
• Overall I enjoyed the course. Ethics isn't always the most interesting subject but the delivery and content were engaging and thought-provoking
• Excellent, no-nonsense tough truths
• Lots of practical examples - cases were thought-provoking
• Good use of humour through the presentation. Pace was good.
• I appreciated the ethics problems that we discussed were applied directly to the CPA Code of Conduct
• I would recommend this course as relevant for CPA’s and also other business professionals. It was an interesting and dare I say FUN course on ethics!
• I liked that there were many case examples and real-world examples
• This fast-paced ethics course will take you through many real world examples.
• Ethical behaviour and standing up for your ethics needs to be a way of life and not about the number of CPE hours achieved

What you will learn?
• Discuss scenarios where the rules/contract allow it - but is it right?
• Identify false and misleading information issues which can be problematic for CPAs
• Recognize approaches to diffusing difficult situations
• Deal with colleagues’ actions and the association rules
• Guard against the wearing down of ethical standards
Discuss other interesting ethical dilemmas
Skills Covered
2 hours on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Intermediate level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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2 Video
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Section 1. Introduction, another CPA ethics scandal, ethics and PD hours, stress and confidentiality, can you work there -industry and country? Should we boycott for ethics? Rule 205/34 issues-Part1
Ethics - More Than Just The Code of Conduct - LearnFormula Section 1a
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Section 2. False/misleading association dilemmas, unrecorded revenue, the most crooked accountants in Canada, rules versus what is right, blackmail and ethics, your personal ethics mantra-Part1
Section 2 video
59m 51s
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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 of the SureWx Inc. group of companies, a global aviation business. 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 storyteller, 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. Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, accounting major.