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Accounting Update, October 2019
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CIAA Accounting Update, Presented by PwC
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Toronto, ON | 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Conservatory One, 16th Floor
Vantage Venues
150 King Street West,
Toronto, ON M5H 1J9


IFRS 17 - Insurance Contracts
IFRS 16 - Leases
Other accounting updates 


Akif Siddiqui, National Insurance Assurance Leader
Rida Sheikh, Director  
Varun Kumar, Manager 
Stephanie McCall, Senior Associate   


Member Rate - $140* 
Non-Member Rate - $190*
* All tickets are taxable at 13%

Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee of $100 applies after October 14th. Substitutions will be allowed at no additional charge.



                           Akif Siddiqui
National Insurance Assurance Leader, PwC


Akif is a partner in the Financial Services Assurance practice and provides audit and advisory services, mainly to insurance companies. He brings diversified experience of  22 years working with insurance companies in Canada, the UAE and Pakistan. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and a change agent, Akif has a keen interest in the future of audits and remains involved with transformations and innovation initiatives. 

As an audit partner Akif is responsible for overall seamless service delivery to his clients, maintaining strong working relationships with management and Board members, while adhering to PwC’s quality standards.


    Rida Sheikh
Director, PwC

Rida is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services Assurance practice, based in the Toronto office. She has 12 years of experience delivering audit services to both Property & Casualty and Life insurance and reinsurance companies in Canada and the US. In addition, she is the lead Director on a large multi-national SEC registered insurance group. As part of her involvement in the audits of insurance companies, Rida has had the opportunity to work closely with management to understand their processes, flow of transactions and related control activities, as well as their oversight function and control environment. As such, Rida has accumulated extensive knowledge relating to complex insurance company operations and the overall insurance market.  In addition to managing several insurance audits, Rida provides guidance on accounting and regulatory developments and contributes to thought leadership.  

      Varun Kumar CPA, CA
Manager, PwC

Varun is a manager in the Financial Services Assurance practice and provides audit and advisory services to clients, with a focus on insurance companies.

With over 5 years of experience in accounting, he brings the latest and practicable application of accounting standards and what they mean. He has helped clients with development of accounting policy position papers, interpretations of technical accounting, IFRS 17 system implementation and financial modelling.

More recently he has been engaged with IFRS 17 initiatives, specifically looking at policy papers and modelling scenarios. 

      Stephanie McCall 
Senior Associate, PwC

Stephanie is a Senior Associate in the Financial Services audit practice in Toronto. She has experience working in both the P&C and Life insurance sectors. She has been working with the Toronto firm for three years and also worked in the Sydney, Australia office for three months completing a year-end audit for a large health insurance client. She focuses on IFRS and has experience working with the technical accounting group and audit quality group at PwC.