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Lynne Yryku

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Finding her place to thrive

By Lynne Yryku October 11, 2017 11 October 2017

Finding her place to thrive

 

Patricia Towler is happy. She is President & CEO of CPA Nova Scotia, a position she took on in September 2015, at the time when the three accounting designations were merging into one: Certified Professional Accountant.

“It is still the early days,” she says, creating structures, hiring employees (they are now at 14) and recruiting over 100 volunteers. And it is a lot of fun. “Every day is different, not yet routine. I like change and challenges!”

Because it is a merger, Patti is placing special emphasis on building a new CPA culture. For instance, she held 32 town halls throughout the province this past spring. “The events let people get to know each other,” she says. “I could convey information just as easily in a newsletter but there is something special about getting people in the same room. And with a merger that was at times challenging, it’s important for CPAs to realize they are part of something bigger now and have more in common with professional accountants from other backgrounds than they may have thought. We’re trying to create a ‘tribe’ mentality in a good way—a sense of shared knowledge and competencies, and a shared place in the community.” 

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Improving Your Personal Bottom Line

By Lynne Yryku October 6, 2017 6 October 2017

Improving Your Personal Bottom Line

 


In-house counsel are expected to be on point at all times. But some days are filled with so many different demands and tasks that it can be difficult to set—let alone accomplish—our priorities. The office, with all of its emails, meetings, paperwork and more, can distract us and increase our stress levels. That is the bad news. The good news is that we are in control of how we react each situation—and what we can do to turn them into opportunities to succeed!

Time is one of the most precious commodities we have. As the saying goes, time is money. Efficiency and productivity are key to success. Learning how to manage time-consuming tasks to improve focus and productivity was a universal need among lawyers according to the qualitative research done for CBA Re-Think.

So what can you do to increase this skill set and improve your personal bottom line?

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Modern slavery: How many slaves work for you?

By Lynne Yryku June 16, 2017 16 June 2017

Modern slavery: How many slaves work for you?

 

Freedom is one of the fundamental values in Canadian society. However, almost 50 million people are in some form of modern slavery around the world—including in Canada. As it is often hidden in a vast range of supply chains, a long way from where goods are sold, most of us are unknowingly benefitting from modern slavery in the products we buy, suppliers we hire and companies in which we invest.

To bring more attention to this evil said to be hiding in plain sight, the International Commission of Jurists Canadian Section hosted the panel, “Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: Trends in Global Corporate Liability and Legislation,” in conjunction with the CCCA. Led by leading global legal experts, the pressing global problem of exploitative labour in supply chains, the role of business in addressing forced labour, and legislative responses to address the problem were discussed.

Panelists included Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Stop the Traffik; Jonathan Drimmer, VP & Deputy GC at Barrick Gold Corp.; Mora Johnson, Barrister & Solicitor and Former Chair of the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains; Kevin McGurgan, British Consul General and Director-General for UK Trade & Investment in Canada; Peter Talibart, Managing Partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP (U.K.); Mark Trachuk, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

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