Nick Shepherd, FCMC, FCGA, has more than 40 years of business experience and since 1989 has been running his own management consulting and professional development company, EduVision Inc., providing services to public and private-sector organizations.
Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (FCMC-Honour Roll), Past President of the Institute, and Past Chair of the National Certification Committee for all Institutes of Management Consulting across Canada. He is Past Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and is currently one of ICMCI’s three Canadian trustees. A CGA for more than 25 years, Nick is also a Fellow of both the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (FCGA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA UK), a senior member of the American Society for Quality, Past Chair of the Quality Costs Committee of the Management Quality Division, and a member of Mensa.
Nick is a well-known professional development facilitator across Canada and internationally. In 2006 Nick received the President’s Award for Education from CGA‑BC. He is the author of several articles and books including Governance, Accountability and Sustainable Development: A New Agenda for the 21st Century, published by Thomson Carswell.
Brian Friedrich, MEd, FCGA, and Laura Friedrich, MSc, FCGA, are the principals of friedrich & friedrich corporation, an accounting research, standards, and education firm. The firm provides policy, procedure, and governance guidance; develops courses, examinations, and other assessments; and supports the development of regional public accounting standards in Canada and internationally. Brian and Laura have served as authors, curriculum developers, lecturers, exam developers, and markers for numerous CGA and university courses in Canada, China, and the Caribbean and have also presented at conferences in Ecuador. Their involvement with the Association has earned them CGA‑BC’s inaugural Ambassador of Distinction Award (2004), the JM Macbeth Award for service at the chapter level (Brian in 2006 and Laura in 2007), and CGA‑BC’s President’s Award for Education (2010). Brian and Laura are also Fellows of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (FCGA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA UK).