About 1,400 Finance and Accounting professionals gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre and heard from some of the best minds in the sector at the Singapore Accountancy Convention 2014. Since its launch in 2010, the Singapore Accountancy Convention has over the years established itself as the premier industry event for the profession.
Singapore Accountancy Convention 2014 tackled key issues faced by the profession amid an increasingly complex and regulated business world, with the theme “Staying Ahead of the Curve.”
Discussions centered on the need to make financial reporting and the profession more relevant to stakeholders. As such, the convention focused on developments in the key disciplines of accounting, auditing, ethics and integrated reporting.
The end goal of these efforts was to help accountants stay ahead of the curve in a volatile and uncertain environment by empowering them with knowledge and insight.
Left to Right: Professor Arnold Schilder, Chairman of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board; Mr Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board; Mr Kenneth Yap, Chief Executive, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
During a series of lively forums and conferences held over three days, participants were able to hear from and meet preeminent figures from the profession, including Professor Arnold Schilder, Chairman, International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Mr Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman, International Accounting Standards Board.
Left to Right: Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry; Esteemed panelists (from left): Ms Helen Brand, CEO, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Professor Katherine Schipper, Thomas F Keller Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Mr Robert Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Technical, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Mr Tham Sai Choy, Chairman, KPMG Asia Pacific and Managing Partner, KPMG, Singapore
A landmark effort to celebrate the best in the local accountancy sector and inspire the profession to greater heights was unveiled in 2014.
The inaugural Singapore Accountancy Awards, held in conjunction with the Singapore Accountancy Convention 2014, honoured exemplary individuals and organisations from the sector for their achievements. Graced by guest-of-honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, the awards also aimed to promote good corporate practices, individual excellence and strengthen branding of the profession and industry. Close to 700 distinguished guests attended the ceremony at the grand ballroom of the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
The Singapore Accountancy Awards supported by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and Singapore Accountancy Commission, comprised two main categories – Individual Excellence Awards and Business Excellence Awards. The Individual Excellence Awards included the Accountant of the Year and Young Accountant of the Year awards. The Business Excellence Awards comprised the Practice of the Year, Technical Excellence, Excellence in People Development, and Excellence in Productivity & Innovation awards.
1st Photo: Winners of the Business Excellence Awards, posing with Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mr Gerard Ee, President of ISCA, and Mr Lee Fook Chiew, Chief Executive Officer of ISCA 2nd Photo: Winners of the Individual Excellence Awards