Your Accountant Becomes Your
Consulting Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Often when people think of accountants, they think of the clerical people and bookkeepers who add up numbers. They are people who ensure suppliers get paid. And that tax gets remitted to the government, on time.

And, yes, that’s what accountants do. Some of them.

The accountants in the directory are all designated CPA.

CPA means Chartered Professional Accountant.

CPA is the most senior accounting designation in Canada.  Over the past few years, CPA emerged formally last fall as the evolution of the former Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) and Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada).

The newly-designated approximately 200,000 CPAs are the most senior accountants in Canada, but only some of them are willing and able to work for the owners and managers of small and medium businesses.

But there are accountants who want to work for you.

Think of these CPAs as highly trained and experienced virtual Chief Financial Officers (CFOs).

But the more senior accountants do a whole lot more—and could do a whole lot more for your business. Accountants can advise business people on:

  • Ensuring that your cash flow is adequate
  • Business strategy
  • Keeping costs in line
  • Streamlining operations and taking advantage of synergies
  • Divesting of unprofitable products (and customers)
  • Taking advantage of government incentives
  • Paying no more than your fair share of tax

Very large organizations have a position called the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who has a say in every major decision that involves money. With, our members serve as de facto CFOs.

Pick your new virtual CFO from our Directory:

British Columbia
Atlantic is a national Canadian directory of accountants, combined with a web-based magazine (webzine).

We encourage owners and managers of small and medium businesses to better understand the use of numbers in business management, and encourage them to hire accountants as part time Chief Financial Officers, and as advisers on overall business management.

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