*Daniel Rogozynski*


CPA (Illinois)

Lecturer, University of Waterloo
Founder, CEO & CFO, Big Sky Hospitality

"My positions at the University of Waterloo and Council allow me to interact with students, educators and members. These stakeholders believe our profession faces a dynamic world that requires changes in how we attract and educate students and members. I hope to serve on Council to help implement these changes."

Short Bio

I have served on CPA Ontario Council since 2019 and am running for reelection to serve my second term. My experiences as a Council member and Co-Director of the MAcc program at University of Waterloo have allowed me to interact with students, employers and educators from across Ontario. Through these interactions, I have been able to address some of the environmental, technological and societal challenges CPA students, CPA members and society face on a daily basis.

Further, I have been the CEO and Chairman of a restaurant company Board for 12 years.  During that time, I used my CPA training and entrepreneurial mindset to lead our team as it successfully navigated the unprecedented times the restaurant industry faced over the past 2-3 years. I hope to use my experience and skills to help CPA Ontario address the challenges facing our profession and shape our future at an exciting time.

Daniel Rogozynski's Detailed Bio

Voluntary work with CPA Ontario or other professional bodies:

CPA Ontario Council Member (2019 to Present)

CPA Canada Income Tax Education Committee (2020 to Present)

CBV Institute – Presentation for Professional Development Program on the topic "Key Elements of US Tax Reform for Canadians" (2018)

Career achievements:

Secretary, VP Finance and Administration and Acting CFO, Sleeman Breweries Ltd. (2002 to 2006)

VP Finance, Swiss Chalet and Harvey's Divisions, Cara Operations Limited (2007 to 2010)

Founder, CEO and CFO, Big Sky Hospitality Ltd. (11 Montana's Franchised Restaurants in Calgary and Edmonton with 700 employees and $30 million of revenues at highest point in 2016) (2010 to present)

Other professional accomplishments:

Associate Director of the Waterloo Centre for Taxation in a Global Economy at the University of Waterloo (2017 to Present)

Contributor – Introduction to Federal Income Taxation in Canada, Wolters Kluwer, Toronto (2021–2022)

Other voluntary service and recognition:

Treasurer, Cobra Swim Club, Brampton, Ontario (2017–2019)

Candidate Statement

Why are you interested in joining Council?

This is a critical time for the CPA profession. The business world is moving at a faster pace and demands on CPAs continue to increase. The new CPA Canada Competency Map has been designed to address these trends. I believe my experience as Co-Director of the University of Waterloo MAcc program and various senior finance roles over my career allow me to contribute meaningfully as CPA Ontario Council oversees the rollout of the new Competency Map in the form of Certification 2.0. Certification 2.0 will impact all current and future Ontario CPAs, so it will be important that Council have input from someone who works with students, educators and employers every day. Moreover, attracting students to the profession in a world with increasing career options for high school and university students is becoming increasingly difficult. My role at the University of Waterloo and interactions with students and professional firms will allow me to assist as Council as it works with CPA Ontario management to develop strategies to address this challenge.

How do your experiences align with the following skills, attributes and experiences that have been prioritized for incoming members of Council? Please share two to three examples.

In terms of the Future of the Profession and Learning, as a lecturer at the University of Waterloo, I interact every day with stakeholders of the profession. Those interactions with students and professional and industry representatives allow me to have insight into the forces shaping our collective future in real time. I get timely insights into how we should be educating our students and training our members to be leaders in addressing those forces.

In terms of emerging technologies, I have been involved extensively as we have introduced significant innovations to our tax curriculum at the University of Waterloo in the areas of data analytics and problem-based learning to better equip our graduates with the skills they will require in the future.

My experience as an entrepreneur over the past 13 years has provided me with a keen sense of the risks faced and risk management techniques used by small business owners in the fast paced, interconnected and competitive world in which we live. Our profession is a key support for those business owners as trusted advisors, and I believe I can provide Council with unique insights as it develops plans for the future that impact small business owners and members that serve them. In addition, I have been Chairman of the Board for this $30 million restaurant corporation, so I am familiar with board and governance matters relevant to small-to-medium sized businesses.

My position as the senior financial officer of Sleeman provided me with a wealth of experience in dealing with risk management issues, including those faced by public companies and their executives. I can provide Council with an insider's view of public company senior management dynamics, issues and concerns.

The senior management and ownership positions I have held require that I be a "hands-on" senior executive who adds value to the respective businesses and communicates with various stakeholders. As a result, I have developed a high level of business acumen and effective communication skills that I can use to contribute to Council discussions.

What is the greatest opportunity and challenge facing the accounting profession and CPA Ontario?

As noted above, the fast-changing business and technological environments CPAs encounter every day present the greatest opportunity and threat to our profession.

We must be strategic and agile as we roll out Certification 2.0 so that we address the continually changing landscape CPAs are facing. We must focus on the technological trends so our students and members are equipped to meet the needs of employers, clients and society. This should allow us to attract the best and brightest students to the profession and ensure our members have future-proof careers. However, at the same time, we will need to ensure that we retain the public's trust and maintain our regulatory role in Ontario. Finally, we will need to ensure our legacy services, such as assurance and taxation, and the CPAs that provide them to the public are properly supported.

Balancing these roles and related priorities well will set up our members and our profession for a future even brighter than our past. Missing this opportunity will open the door to competitors for our services and students who would be ideal CPAs. CPA Ontario has the opportunity to lead this process for our profession.

I would be privileged to serve on the CPA Ontario Council for a second term as CPA Ontario addresses this opportunity and challenge.