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April 21, 2021 by Richa Khanna

Five in five with: Richa Khanna

1. What’s your background?
I went from being a wannabe doctor to an accountant with qualifications from three countries. Accounting is not a career my family or even I initially envisaged for myself. I found my calling in the last year of university and have never looked back. Having earned my CA designation while working for one of the Big Four accounting firms in India, I got an opportunity to be seconded to Canada in 2006 – which has since become my home – and I earned my Canadian CPA designation in 2010. I joined the Baker Tilly family in 2011 and managed the professional standards group as a manager and then as a partner. I have been BT proud ever since!

2. What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
My sense of accomplishment comes from the things I do each day, be it solving accounting issues for our clients and assurance issues for our teams or providing training in audit quality and effectiveness for our teams.

3. What’s your accounting superpower?
They call me “The Litigation Killer” around here. My role focuses on compliance with assurance, accounting, professional, ethical and regulatory standards. I help our clients and the firm comply and stay out of trouble.

4. If you weren’t in your current job, what profession would you pursue?
No profession would mean as much to me as accounting does, but if I wasn’t meant to be an accountant, I would split my time between running my own small book ‘n tea shop and volunteering across the world with various not-for-profits.

5. What does the future hold for you and your profession?
While a large segment of small businesses may not be impacted significantly by big data, I believe practitioners will need to hone their skills around data analytics. Our clients will be looking at value creation through environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) strategies. As investors and other users focus on ESG, CPAs will have a large role to play in this process through auditing metrics such as climate change impact. The future is full of exciting opportunities, but we must embrace change, be open to adapting, learn new ways of thinking and be mindful of the important role our profession plays in broader society.

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