GCC Connection | August 2019
– Community Highlight –
Read Full Article Biking in Victoria is an easy and affordable way to get around town and is more convenient with the increasing amount of bike lanes. Three new bike lanes on Vancouver Street, Harbour Road and Hillside/Quadra were approved in August and expected to start construction by the end of 2019. With this increase in people biking and investment into bike lanes, comes an increase in demand for secure parking spots for those bikes. The demand for bike spots is not being met. Secure bike parking in the downtown area comes at a fee of $1-$2 per visit but these spots are usually found all taken which then forces people to chain up their bikes to trees. With surveys and petitions going around to increase secure spots, the future of bike parking seems to be looking positive as more businesses put in plans to install bike racks.
– Student Highlight –
femme 47 ans photo I spent this past summer on a co-op with Fidelity Investments Canada at one of their regional offices in Vancouver, BC. Fidelity is a mutual fund and ETF manufacturer; this means Fidelity creates the investment products, but they are bought and sold through a third party (i.e. TD, RBC, Edward Jones, etc).
regardez ce site I worked in their Western Canada Advisor Sales division where I assisted nine investment wholesaling teams in selling Fidelity’s investment products to these third parties. This summer I learned so much more than I could have ever expected, both personally and professionally. Not only did I receive top notch investment industry training, but I received valuable professional development and presentation training. The supportive work environment fosters relationships and connections that will last me well into my future career. Although I had an amazing experience with Fidelity, I am ready to hit the books again. I am entering my core year at Gustavson with enthusiasm and a few nerves. I’ve been told this is the monumental year and I have no idea what that will truly entail but I am excited for the challenge. In addition to entering my core year, I will be serving as the Executive of Finance for the UVic Commerce Students’ Society (CSS). I want to make a difference in this role. While streamlining the CSS’ financial management processes is one goal, I am also passionate about educating people on financial topics. I hope I can host a finance related event that will possibly inspire some people with what the financial services industry has to offer.
– Environmental Highlight –
Nowadays, compostable single use containers are becoming omnipresent. While far better for the environment overall than a plastic product, they still create a disposal challenge: the transfer from caffeine-starved student to an organization responsible for dealing with the waste. These products, such as compostable coffee cups, smoothie cups, containers, etc… typically made from a corn-based material are starting to appear everywhere. What are definitely not everywhere, however, are compost bins for getting the now used – and instantly filthy, soiled, disgusting products out of our tired, fed, and quenched hands in order to let us “put them to better use”. So, that begs the question: What are you supposed to do with disposable compostable products once you’re finished with them? Obviously, if there is a compost available, then compost away. But how often do your really see a compost bin? Especially outside, which I can say is where I find myself nine times out of ten when I finish my coffee. The real question here is: What are you supposed to do with something compostable if there is no compost available?
If there is no compost, you are supposed to throw compostable material into the landfill-destined garbage. I can admit that I have been guilty of not following this rule in the past – it feels wrong on some level, and morally speaking, I feel much better about putting something in the recycling than the garbage. However, according to the manufacturer of many of these compostable items, Ecoproducts, the landfill is the only other option if a compost is unavailable. They claim on their website that in a commercial composting facility, their PLA (plant-based polylactic acid) products can degrade in as fast as 45-60 days, (but more realistically within 180 days). In a landfill, the amount of time these products take to degrade increases dramatically, and in the case of an air-locked or capped landfill “the ability of the compostable products to decompose will be severely restricted.” However, putting non-recyclable products in the recycling stream can cause problems in recycling facilities, meaning it is still a much better idea to put compostable material in the garbage than the recycling.
To answer the question: In an ideal world, find a compost bin. If you can’t, then throw your compostable items in the trash. That being said: do everything you can to put compostable waste where it’s supposed to go, and let it turn itself back into something the natural world can use. The CRD says that in 2016, 21% of their waste stream was organic material that could have been composted. So, do your part to bring that number down by using the right bin. To make the biggest impact, however, switch to a reusable coffee cup… It will make you feel slightly better about your impact on the environment, and at most cafes, lessen the dent your caffeine addiction has on your wallet.
– Business Highlight –
How the CPA designation prepares you for your career
In the 21st century, the primary source of wealth is information. Knowledge, expertise, data, education—these are the new levers of prosperity. So, given this new environment, you can’t help but to think, how can you realize your career aspirations?
According to WorkBC data, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) are in high demand. Over 13,450 new positions are expected to be created over the next 10 years, making professional accountants the fourth highest job growth category in BC. In general, accounting and financial professionals have one of the lowest unemployment rates across all occupations. This is especially true for designated accountants.
Being a CPA is a key that opens the door to exciting career opportunities, boosting your earning potential, and leading to tremendous professional satisfaction. CPAs are trusted professionals in areas where strategic, financial, and leadership decisions are made. With the skillsets you gain as a CPA, your career options are limitless – you have the power to choose a career tailored to your interest, whether you want to be an entrepreneur or work at a tech-startup. Our two-year, online program offers rigorous financial education, and where it truly shines is how it is complemented by a strong focus on essential business competencies such as management, communications, problem solving, and most importantly, leadership.
Interested in becoming a CPA? Check out the upcoming events in Victoria!
CPABC Information Session: September 5, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm, Victoria Conference Center Theatre (UVIC Workplace Skills Conference). RSVP here.
Speed Interview Nights in Victoria: October 24, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Hotel Grand Pacific. RSVP here.
For more information about the CPA program, contact us at 604.872.7222, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit goCPAbc.ca.