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CPABC Executive Programs


CPD Hours:15.5
Program Fee: $775

Any journey is best shared. This certificate program is designed to give you resources to thrive in your career, while building connections with other awesome women in the profession. You will learn and practice new skills, get to know yourself better, and share stories and experiences with women in the accounting profession.

Take the next step in your leadership journey.

Participate in practical training sessions to build your leadership skills and knowledge to support your career. Begin with a half day Career Navigation for Women Workshop in which you will explore common career success factors for women and create a personal career navigation roadmap, then continue your learning journey through a series of 90-minute seminars on topics of importance to your career path and leadership development. In this cohort-based program, you will develop relationships with each other and provide support and peer mentorship throughout your personal journeys.

To make sure all participants have the opportunity to connect and share their experiences, ideas and opinions in a respectful and safe place, we have established the following program commitments/guidelines:

  • Take space and make space for everyone
  • Commit to the whole program and prioritize participation in each session
  • Respect everyone’s right to privacy and confidentiality
  • Contribute thoughtfully and treat everyone with respect 
  • Promote an open dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equality
  • Encourage the appreciation of other’s strengths and unique characteristics 
  • Show interest and demonstrate genuine curiosity to get to know others
  • Be open to new ideas and people
  • Listen to and value everyone’s experience, ideas and opinions

In order to qualify for the certificate, participants are required to complete all the sessions within the cohort they are registered in.

Dates and Registration


This certificate program comprises the following 6 live webinars and 5 virtual connection sessions. Note that for Fall/Winter 2023-24, two cohorts are available, a compressed 12-week offering and a regular 22-week offering. For dates and times, of the sessions, please click on the Dates and Registration for this Program button at the bottom of the Summary page. Please note that you must complete the certificate program within the cohort that you are registered in.

Career Navigation for Women Workshop

Facilitator: Tammy Towill

This course is for women in the accounting profession who want to be more purposeful about the navigation of their career journey. The interactive virtual course will reveal the 7 common career success factors for women, provide peer-to-peer sharing of ideas, allow time for reflection exercises, and offer live role modelling and coaching throughout the session.

This is the initial workshop in a cohort based, multi-course program to support women in the profession, helping define and pursue career success that is unique to them today and for their future.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Assess and create personal career goals and roadmap
  • Apply new leadership perspectives and skillsets
  • Develop strong inter-personal relationships with others in the program
  • Support your own – and each other’s – growth as leaders and financial professionals

Reflection and Connection 

Facilitator: Tanis Frame

Reflection and connection session 1

High Stress, Low Energy, No Focus (and what to do about it)

Facilitator: Nicole Porter

Life is hectic. Too often, we reach for food, drink or medications to give us the boost we need to be productive, motivated, and manage stress. Unfortunately, these short term fixes to increase energy and reduce stress negatively affect our long-term health. This session will provide insight into the Top 10 Unhealthy Habits that are adding unwanted stress and draining your energy.

You will learn:

  • Small things you can do every day to free yourself from physical and mental stress
  • Realistic and proven solutions to help you recover your energy
  • How to train your brain to focus

Reflection and Connection 

Facilitator: Tanis Frame

Reflection and connection session 2

Stop Acting Like a Dude: Professional Presence for 2023

Facilitator: Katherine Lazaruk

In this 90 minute session, you’ll learn why executive presence is dead and what you want to be doing now to define, strengthen and leverage your professional presence. Hint – it’s not about fitting in to get ahead!

What you’ll get: 

  • Three ways to deepen and focus your professional presence so it fits you and fits your world
  • Tips and tricks for both your virtual and irl presence via live coaching demonstrations (if you’re in a volunteering mood, bring your speediest hand-up, as up to two participants will be chosen in real time)
  • Personalized Q&A
Come join us for a fun, fast 90 minutes and a whole new outlook on how you can get out of the box and into creating one of your own.

Reflection and Connection 

Facilitator: Tanis Frame

Reflection and connection session 3

Develop your Voice and Acumen in Negotiation

Facilitator: Carrie Gallant

Among the most critical skills today is the ability to negotiate everyday workplace situations with increased acumen, to advance your career and to navigate transitions, shifts in the market and the way business gets done.

Getting your voice heard at the executive table, in compensation or promotion reviews, negotiating resource allocation for your team or making deals with vendors for your company, are all achievable with increased negotiation acumen. In this interactive session, you will learn practical tips and strategies that you can implement right away, and a 5-step blueprint to apply in all your negotiations.

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • How negotiation acumen builds better relationships
  • Key mindsets that dispel anxiety and increase your success in negotiation
  • How to Amplify Your A.S.K.™ and pitch your ideas confidently
  • How to discern a good deal from a “bad” deal

Reflection and Connection 

Facilitator: Tanis Frame

Reflection and connection session 4

Am I Good Enough?

Facilitator: Jessica Metcalfe

Have you ever had that feeling if you just took one more course, or had that specific degree or the right clients, then, you would feel that much more confident? Do you question your abilities and think that it's only a matter of time before someone finds you out?

If you answered 'yes', you're not alone. You're a high-achieving woman, yet, you underestimate your abilities, explain away your successes and overwork until you're exhausted. For years, your inner gremlin, that inner voice, has made you believe that you need to prove yourself and measure your worth by your accomplishments. Not anymore! It's time to break down the barriers associated with imposter syndrome so you can finally step into your strength, power and confidence. It's time you start believing it.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Target and break through imposter syndrome and the imposter cycle with key check points
  • Navigate your inner voice and the difference between tearing yourself down and owning your success
  • Own your executive presence without minimizing who you are and asking, “Am I really good enough?”

Reflection and Connection 

Facilitator: Tanis Frame

Reflection and connection session 5

Beyond Burnout: Resilience, Grit, and a Fulfilling Life

Facilitator: Tammy Robertson

In this final session of the Women’s Leadership PD Series, we will look at the habits that make us more likely to burnout and how to develop deep resilience and greater confidence in our leadership. While the root causes of burnout lie in deeper workplaces issues like work overload, poor communication and unsupportive relationships, there is much you as a leader can do to support yourself and your team’s wellbeing.

We’ll explore the role of values, beliefs, and mindset and how the way we think determines our actions, responses, and habits. You will learn how to set boundaries, become more present and find more joy and lightness in a day. You will discover where your inspiration comes from and how to fuel it. Ultimately the biggest threat to your leadership is losing the excitement, energy, and enthusiasm to care about who you are and the difference you are making. This is an opportunity to build your resilience practice personally and encourage others to do the same, while contributing to a more robust work culture. Daily practices matter. We will focus on what you can do, where you are, with what you have. It’s time!

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • To carve a new path from Burn Out to Resilience
  • To gain insight into burnout as a leadership and cultural issue and what a leader can do to address the systemic issues.
  • To identify personal patterns that are not sustainable and replace them with habits that build energy.
  • To reduce stress of overwhelm and build presence, focus and daily productivity.
  • To find moments of joy, laughter, and lightness even in times of adversity
  • To build out your leadership practice and hold yourself accountable to what matters most.
Tanis Frame

Tanis Frame, MSc, is a long time facilitator and sought after leadership coach who helps passionate people create the impact they are called to make in the world while thriving deeply in all aspects of their lives.

Tanis is relentlessly curious about what cultivates thriving and what gets in the way. She is known for her ability to create powerful space for learning, and for making growth and connection fun. When she’s not helping everyday humans live deeply aligned lives of meaning, impact and joy, you’ll find her playing in the mountains with her husband, teen girls, dog or her horses.

Carrie Gallant

Carrie Gallant, JD, is a women's empowerment and leadership coach, and coauthor of Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow’s Leaders: 21 Obvious Secrets Leaders Do Not Use Enough. As a former lawyer and executive, she truly understands the minefield many ambitious women navigate on their way to the top.

Carrie helps women business leaders to communicate and negotiate with confidence, earn their full worth and influence change with impact. She is founder of The Gallant Leader™ Institute and the EARN Your Worth™ Leaders Lab, an accredited Negotiation Consultant with ENS International and certified in Conversational Intelligence® and Authentic Leadership for Teams®. She is also a Licensed Associate with the Impostor Syndrome Institute™. Carrie's Art of Negotiation for Women model and training is featured in Tara Mohr's acclaimed women's leadership program, Playing Big; WNORTH’s 360 Leadership Program; and the Women's Enterprise Centre of British Columbia.

Katherine Lazaruk

Katherine Lazaruk, B. Ed, AICI CIP, PCC, CLC, holds a second level international designation of Certified Image Professional (CIP) with the Association of Image Consultants International, her Certified Leadership Coach (CLC) certificate, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation with the International Coach Federation.

She helps women rapidly accelerate their progress towards senior leadership and in senior leadership. When she’s not acting as a firestarter for ambitious women, she can be found singing with her eighteen-piece vintage jazz band, writing and publishing poetry, drinking the occasional interesting cocktail, or watching too many movies with her film editor husband. She’s sometimes slightly irreverent and is always delightfully uncontained.

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, BSc, DMD, is a self-intelligence coach. She teaches high-achieving, high-stressed women to navigate their inner voice by understanding self-doubt, imposter syndrome, perfectionism and burnout.

Dr. Jessica’s experience working with cancer patients, her own mental health journey, her impact as an education director and certified life coach has shifted hundreds of women away from imposter syndrome, burnout, and dark mental chatter to a new, healthy, inspiring, supportive, and cooperative relationship with themselves.

Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter is a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator helping busy professionals understand and overcome the Top 10 Unhealthy Habits that add Hidden Stress to the body, and prevent optimal physical and mental health.

Having overcome her own health challenges with natural therapies, Nicole combines personal experience with formal education in nutrition, exercise, habit change, and stress reduction to provide individuals and businesses with a holistic, informative and modern approach to wellness.

Tammy Robertson

Tammy Robertson, MA, is an unapologetic optimist who believes in grit and gutsiness and that we are all wired for resilience. With over 25 years of experience Tammy works with CPAs from BC to NL, providing resilient leadership coaching, training and consulting.

She works with leaders both in industry and public practice, to build robust work cultures that attract and retain bright people who want to make their time count. Tammy will give you fresh insight, along with the tools you need to “SHOW UP” and lead and keep your “Heart in the game!” even as the rules and positions change.

Tammy Towill

Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, is a partner in the Cordura Group and Chair of the School of Business with Capilano University, providing business advisory services and related education and training programs to organizations and communities seeking growth or change.

For over 25 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe, providing education, training and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning and curriculum development and implementation. She has served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the US.

Need to convince your employer that this series is crucial leadership training for you? We’ve prepared a suggested communication that you can consider using!

Hello [Manager’s name],

I would like to attend a new Women in Leadership Certificate Program offered by CPABC. It will provide great value to my personal and professional development, as well as to our organization. The program focuses on enhancing the skills, knowledge and connection for women in the accounting profession to move forward in their career and leadership journey.

By attending this program, I will:

  • Develop strong inter-personal relationships to support my own and other’s growth as leaders and financial professionals
  • Grow my professional network
  • Develop practical skills like negotiation skills, communication and presentation strategies
  • Learn how to be a more effective and resilient leader  
  • Obtain 15.5 CPD hours

The CPABC Women in Leadership Certificate Program is a series of seminars and connection sessions:

  • 1.5hr PD seminars (6 total)
  • 1.25hr reflection and connection sessions (5 total) to build relationships and apply the learning from the PD seminars

These seminars will be offered in a virtual live format and the cost of the program is $775.

[Alternate sentence if you have a PD Passport: These seminars will be offered in a virtual live format and I can use my CPABC PD Passport for this program, which will reduce the cost.] 

Thank you in advance for considering this request and please let me know if you have any questions or need additional info.

I look forward to connecting with you on this topic.

Thank you,

[Participant’s name]