Grant Thornton is Hiring!

Looking to kick start your career right at the heart of business? Grant Thornton is looking for a graduated, or a soon to be graduated, student to join our team in Winnipeg on a full-time basis. The position, Accountant, has a flexible start date with the successful candidate having the opportunity to start as early as winter 2017, or later depending on the needs of the successful candidate.

This position is ideal for a person looking gain their CPA designation with a firm that has a small-office feel locally, while still having access to the resources and opportunities of one of the largest professional services firms in Canada. The Winnipeg office offers its new-hires a wide range of work across the tax and assurance service lines which will provide them with a solid base of experience that can be drawn upon while they work toward their CPA designation.

Attached is a copy of the job posting which can also be found on the U of W Career Services website.


Applications must be submitted through the Grant Thornton Careers Site which can be found at the link below.;jsessionid=6D95E9853D95F0DB88AEDFA2EE6F2C8E?org=GRANTTHORNTON&cws=57&rid=2884

Questions regarding the posting can be made to Krista Lamkey at any questions regarding the Grant Thornton experience in Winnipeg can be made to Lee Harding at

Seminar Series Event Recap: Nicole Barry

UWASA was very excited to have Nicole Barry as the third speaker of our Seminar Series on November 29th. As the President and Founder of PEG Beer Co., Nicole has an astonishing range of experiences as well as her CPA and CGA.

Nicole spiritedly spoke to us about entrepreneurship in accounting, and how to set yourself up for success. Walking us through her path to the creation of PEG Beer Co., Nicole expressed how a range of experience in many sectors; private, public, small businesses and large firms, gave her an understanding of how she wanted to create her own company. To learn the financial ropes in industry, and apply the knowledge of managing people, and corporate social responsibility to her goals. Asking about the future plans of the students who attended, she was able to give direct advice and eagerly answered all their individual questions.

Questions led into the corporate social responsibility that Nicole implements in her own business, and the servant leadership style she uses. The culture she cultivates is one that every person has a voice, a secure environment, and that staff can rely on the management to have their back by actually proving that in day to day operation. The product they serve is as ethically and locally sourced as possible, so every employee believes in what they provide, and work more effectively together. The decision to use these methods came from her experiences in the workforce, and seeing what worked.

The practical advice and experiences Nicole shared were immense in value, leaving an entrepreneurial spirit to think outside the box with accounting for the students.

Seminar Series Event Recap: Aurel Tess

UWASA was excited to have Aurel Tess, the Provincial Comptroller, as the second speaker of our Seminar Series, to provide insight about Accounting for the Program Manager.

In his first session on November 14th, Aurel went into great detail of understanding the role of the program manager, and what comptrollership is all about. Management of resources, operational and financial responsibility were the areas Aurel covered. With the aid of a Case Study, Aurel then broke down the Operator and Steward roles, and the Strategist and Catalyst roles. The takeaway being that in today’s world, accounting is not just simple bookkeeping. It is the ability to take a situation, and turn numbers into meaning. To be able to help and provide strategic financial advice.

Information Technology and Innovation in Accounting was the topic of his second lecture on November 23rd. Having an impact on both Accounting and Computer Science areas, Aurel’s focus was on the modern accountant. Looking at the evolution of technology, and back to his first lecture, it was easy to see how the automation of simple processes frees up time for the modern accountant to operate at a more complex level. Data analytics, Excel, and simple accounting software like QuickBooks were some examples. As his last point, Aurel stressed that while technology is essential to improving, “Stop automating s*** processes”. Automation is not a cure, you must first streamline the business processes.

With incredible detail  from his years of experience in Executive Management, with titles that include Assistant Deputy Minister, Executive Financial Officer, and now Provincial Comptroller, Aurel brought a wealth of knowledge in high level, strategical management.

Seminar Series Event Recap: Jeffrey Gilbert

UWASA was proud to host Jeffrey Gilbert from OAG, as the first speaker of our Seminar Series, who brought an exciting outside-the-classroom perspective from his work in Forensic Accounting.

In his first session, Jeffrey animatedly expressed what it means to investigate fraud. How can we really tell if an error was a true accident, or if it was caused with malicious intent? What different forms can these errors appear in? As simple as stealing goods from a grocer, to the manipulation of financial records, Jeffery highlighted how a critical thinking approach can be taken to finding the cause. In addition, internal control methods to prevent the likelihood of fraud were discussed.

Ethical dilemmas was the heated topic of his second lecture. Jeffrey presented several small case examples in an open floor discussion, where all sides of fraudulent behavior were analyzed. Eager to answer our questions, Jeffrey explained multiple viewpoints, with the ultimate result being there is no clear right or wrong answer. Real world examples showed that accounting in today’s world is not just crunching numbers, it is looking at facts and turning them into practical advice.

A phenomenal conversationalist, Jeffrey left the students eager to learn more, and recognized Forensic Accounting as an interesting area for students to consider a career.

For more information on our upcoming speakers in the Seminar Series, Click Here!

Student Connect (Fall) – 2016 Reminder

Student Connect – 2016:

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University of Winnipeg Accounting Students’ Association Student Connect

This Monday, September 12, 2016, UWASA is bringing you Student Connect – 2016! This event is FREE for all students. So make your way over to Plug-In at the Buhler Centre between 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm to check it out! For more details about this event, please visit the events page.

Contact us if you have any questions by going to the Contact page!

Hope to see you there!


Welcome From Your UWASA Team!

Welcome From Your UWASA Team!

The University of Winnipeg Accounting Students’ Association (UWASA) would like to welcome all new and returning students for the upcoming academic year. To kick things off, your ASA Team will have an Info Booth set up in the Buhler Centre (Main Floor) September 6th & 7th, and on the front lawn September 8th.

New to the University? Scared of meeting new people? No worries, we are one step ahead of you. Our Co-President, Andrew, is a Student Ambassador and you most likely encountered him during Orientation Week.

Visit us! We may just have some Starbucks Coffee to get you settled in for the semester. Did we mention that we have a prize draw as well?

Questions? This is a great time to ask them in person or reach out via email through our Contact page.


Welcome to the grand opening of the University of Winnipeg Accounting Students’ Association’s official website. Here you will be able to find up to date information on all the latest events, resources, and sponsors who support us.

Expect regular posting about the industry, university life, and updates on the association and events that occur.

While you are here please take a look at some of the events coming up in the next two months.

If you are in need of resources or advice, please check out the helpful links, or even send us an email.

If you are a company looking to become involved please read our how to become a sponsor page.

Be sure to sign up for the association, to get newsletters.Grand Opening