- ABOUT AFCA
The Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants (AFCA) is a non-profit organization of Filipino accounting professionals based in Toronto with about 1,000 members. The AFCA is affiliated with the National Council of Philippine American Canadian Accountants (NCPACA) and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Our membership includes designated professional accountants with various accounting bodies in Canada, United States and the Philippines and is working in various capacities from bookkeepers, professional staffs, accountants (CFOs, controllers, accounting managers, etc.), public practitioners, and government auditors/accountants to business owners and corporate executives.
For community service, we are actively involved in the free income tax preparation programme of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for seniors and low-income groups and help train new immigrants on computerized bookkeeping. Some of our members are also actively involved with other Filipino-Canadian organizations in their individual capacities especially in the field of finance and audit
The Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants is a non-profit organization committed to the development of its members to attain Canadian standards of competence and professionalism through the conduct of seminars and workshops and the promotion of mutual support with its members and the Filipino-Canadians as a whole.
“AFCA…Expanding Horizons, Reaching Greater Heights”
In its 42nd year, the AFCA will open up the range of interest that can be anticipated for a more successful operation, and will focus on broadening minds to new activities and ideas, but will ensure the mission and values the organization is founded on are never compromised.
The continuous professional development of its members will always be the main concern as well as of being service to the community. The need to work collaboratively and to represent collective interest is more important than ever. That AFCA advances as a professional organization and serves as an inspiration will always be cherished.
For 2020-2021 AFCA intends to achieve the following:
- Aim for a continuous upskilling and reskilling of members by offering relevant professional and personal development programs that can give a boost to their career;
- Collaborate to increase the benefits of the AFCA interdependency with the local community and professional organizations;
- Create AFCA Pool of Mentors for a sustained guidance and support of newcomers, unemployed and underemployed members;
- Aspire to make full advantage of all kinds of social media for an effective means of communication and interaction with members;
- Inspire students and youth members to pursue accounting designation by providing access to the AFCA events and career options in the finance and accounting industry;
- Motivate other Filipino Canadians outside Ontario, Canada, to form their accounting association where they can promote mutual support to one another as one community, recognize skills and gain benefits of volunteerism.
AFCA HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
1978 – A group of six accountants and auditors, mostly employees of Revenue Canada, conceived the idea of forming an organization of Filipino Accountants in Toronto.
1979 – In November, Winston Lim and five other accountants, Ben Agellon, Roger Calabio, Romulo Dizon, Dan Palis, and Ed Sarmiento, officially formed the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants (AFCA). Winston Lim was elected President and was at the helm for four years.
1989 – Joined the National Council of Philippine American Certified Accountants (NCPACPA);*Lobbied for the name change of National Council to encompass Filipino Canadian Accountants.
1991 – Hosted the convention of NCPACPA in Toronto.
1992 – Launched its newsletter, “CALCULATOR”, *Started income tax clinics.
1994 – Co-chaired the souvenir program committee for the Philippine Independence Day Celebrations in Toronto and actively participated in the Kalayaan festivities.
1995 – Changed the name of the newsletter to “SPREADSHEET, *The Auxiliary Committee chaired the Alay Lakad Walkathon, a fundraising activity for Kalayaan.
1996 – The AFCA was incorporated and received the Letters Patent from the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relation. *Delegates went to Washington DC to attend the Annual Convention of the NCPACPA and successfully passed a resolution to change its name to National Council of Philippine American Canadian Accountants (NCPACA). Conducted the first Career Option Seminar.
1997 – Raised funds to set up the Training Centre, which is aimed to make the members competitive in today’s market. *Delegates to the Chicago Convention won the bid to host the 1998 NCPACA Convention.
1998 – Through persistent lobby for more credits for Philippine-schooled CPAs, the CGA approved the advanced standing credits (transfer credits) for Philippine CPAs who qualified after.
1992. *The association hosted the NCPACA conference in Toronto with precision and élan, that it became the most attended conference in NCPACA history. *AFCA members grew to 180. Certificate of Membership was issued. *Formally launched the Training Center. *Participated and tied up with the Revenue Canada sponsored free income tax preparation program for special income groups.
1999 – Held the first Induction of New Members. *Launched the Scholarship Fund.
2000 – CGA Ontario extended their advance standing credits to Philippine CPAs who qualified prior to October 1992. *Launched the website: www.afcatoronto.org. *Formed a committee to amend the Constitution and By-Laws. *Solicited corporate sponsorship from CGA, CMA, Becker Conviser and Robert Half.
2001 – Amended the Constitution and By-Laws, which was approved by the Executive Council and ratified by the General Membership and took effect January 1, 2002. *Issued Certificate of Attendance for the AFCA sponsored seminars. *Generated and assigned Membership ID numbers to members. *Launched the AFCA Membership ID card for implementation in 2002.
2002 – Adopted the ÄFCA Structured Formation” to enhance the service and communication with members. The general membership is divided into 17 groups with an average of 12 to 18 members per group, headed by a group leader. *Issued AFCA pins to the members.
2003 – Established the AFCA Toastmasters Club, in line with the objectives of professional development and continuing education of the members.
2004 – Awarded the first AFCA scholarship grants and also marked the year when membership topped the 400 mark.
2005 – Solicited corporate sponsorship such as Belle Optical and Adriatic Insurance.
2006 – Handed out the first Founders’ Award, the AFCA’s award excellence.
2007 – The AFCA hosted NCPACA Convention held in Toronto.
2009 – Held the 1st AFCA Professional Development Convention.
2010 – Inaugural President’s Golf Tournament was held. Held the first QuickBooks, Advanced Excel training and Refresher Course in Accounting and Bookkeeping.
2011 – Launched the AFCA Mentoring Program in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and JVS Toronto.
2011 – Held the 2nd AFCA Professional Development Convention
2012 – Established AFCA Toronto Facebook Group
2013 – Held the 3rd AFCA Professional Development Convention
2015 – Held the 4th AFCA Professional Development Convention
2017 – Hosted the 2nd NCPACA Convention in Toronto