Association News: April 15

Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro Joins the BDO Seidman Alliance

Jamestown, N.Y.-based Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro (BWB) has joined the BDO Seidman Alliance, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms. BWB remains an independent, privately owned firm.

BWB now can expand its services by drawing on the technical knowledge and specialty services of Chicago-based BDO USA (FY13 net revenue of $683 million) and other Alliance members. BDO USA serves clients through 52 offices and more than 400 independent Alliance firm locations nationwide. As a member of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of 1,264 offices in 144 countries.

“Our clients appreciate the technical resources and abilities of a larger firm, but prefer the autonomy, agility and fee structure of an independently owned organization,” says Jack Whipple, MP of BWB. “This alliance gives us the ability to offer them both.”

The BDO Seidman Alliance offers supplementary professional services, management consulting services, focused industry knowledge, customized computer systems and internal training. “Within the BDO network there is also a tremendous opportunity for member firms of BDO to align with us as strategic partners,” Whipple says.


CPA Saskatchewan Legislation Passes

With the passage of The Accounting Profession Act, three accounting bodies will now become CPA Saskatchewan. This legislation outlines the standards that will define the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan (CPA Saskatchewan) as a professional self-governing body.

CPA Saskatchewan will represent more than 4,400 professional accountants across the province, as well as nearly 1,000 students. Saskatchewan members join more than 185,000 accounting professionals in Canada who are coming together to form the new Chartered Professional Accountant designation. As a unified, single professional body, CPAs will serve the public interest across all sectors of the economy.

“This is a historic day for the accounting profession in our province,” says Martin McInnis, chair of the transitional steering committee of the CPA Saskatchewan Joint Venture. “Saskatchewan is the second jurisdiction in Canada to pass the necessary legislation. Without the collaboration and commitment of the CEOs, council and board members, and staff from the three legacy bodies, we would have not reached this important milestone.”

Although The Accounting Profession Act has received passage in the Legislature, it will not become effective until it is proclaimed by the government.