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Brian Friedrich

Brian is a principal in a research, standards, and education consultancy firm that has shaped his work experience for over 20 years. The firm focuses on building institutional capacity and developing strategic, policy, program, governance, and ethics guidance for established and emerging professional and regulatory organizations. He has co-authored numerous World Bank publications in the area of competency-based education, training, and certification in accountancy. Previous to this, he worked in education for CPA Canada and in the Greater Vancouver auditing practice of KPMG LLP.

Mr. Friedrich is a member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) where he chairs the Technology Working Group and eCode Advisory Group, and is a member of the Planning Committee and the Technology Task Force. He also serves on CPA Canada's Public Trust Committee and is a director on the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. Mr. Friedrich served for 10 years on the board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, which is the provincial regulatory body for British Columbia’s over 37,000 CPAs. This tenure spanned the merger of the three accounting bodies, during which he chaired one of the bodies and served as Co-Chair of the CPA Transitional Steering Committee. He also chaired the Ethics and Discipline committees for a number of years, including as a Tribunal Chair.

Brian holds a Master of Education (UBC), Master of Laws (York Osgoode), and a Chartered Director designation (McMaster). He became a Canadian CPA in 2001, and was awarded fellowship in 2011 and a life membership in 2014 for his service to the profession in education, ethics, and governance.