The Self-Study course consists of the 6.5 hour video accessed via Vimeo for 30 days and the course material.  It costs $349 Canadian plus applicable taxes (Canadian customers only).  To purchase access to this material consisting of the video on Vimeo and the course material via PDF,  click here .  For international customers, approximately one US dollar will purchase 1.38 Canadian on a credit card.


There is an optional quiz for accountants whose body requires verifiable or structured CPD hours.  Upon successful completion of the short quiz included with the course material, your CPD Certificate will be provided. If you have any questions, please email  

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This all day course, which can be offered as two, 3.5 hour sessions, taught by Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA, covers useful tips for accountants who work in the public sector. This includes the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, as well as public sector agencies.  It contains:

  • Tips from Stephen Priddle's other seminars that apply in the sector

  • Tips from his other seminars that do not apply directly but will get participants thinking/inspire them

  • Some tips that have been developed for the participants' public sector context, which may apply

Value will also be derived from the sharing of experiences and practices and brain-storming by the participants.  More than 98% of the course content applies outside Canada, so it is of interest to accountants from anywhere in the world.

These sessions include 0.75 verifiable ethics PD hours, for those provinces that have this requirement.


Stephen Priddle has worked for a crown corporation, four federal departments, and on loan to the Office of the Auditor-General from KPMG.  He has also submitted many successful federal, provincial and municipal government financing submissions, while in the private sector.


What you’ll learn

  • Some different management & leadership tips

  • Tips on KPIs

  • More useful financial reporting

  • Ethics in a public sector context

  • Useful technology tips

  • Creative thinking for accountants

  • Dealing with lawyers and contracts

  • Negotiating wisely

  • Brainstorming on public sector job trouble spots

  • What to do when you take a new position

  • Some financial modelling keys

  • Interviewing - a different approach

  • Closing the books faster


Who will benefit


Accountants at any level in the public sector, federal, provincial or municipal.

Seminar Feedback

  • You are a very dynamic person and you kept my interest during the whole presentation

  • I strongly recommend this session

  • Always good to get private sector perspective as one gets stuck in the government bubble

  • Hiring part was very relevant for me

  • The session definitely gives me inspiration and allows me to gather additional thoughts to help me at work

  • Structure: A+.  Big fan of the structure & pace.  Key items are covered, real life examples, provides food for thoughts - then onto the next topic

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills of the trainer

  • It is to the point and it has useful tips for day to day work.

  • In particular, I liked the topic on finding the skeletons in the closet when transitioning into a new job, as well as employing negotiation skills as an accountant

  • I liked the use of real life examples to explain the various points you had in the seminar

  • I really appreciated the examples you gave and your personal experiences through the different positions you had in your career to illustrate ethical conflicts

  • This will help me at work, especially with when I have to deal with lawyers

  • Really enjoyed how to deal with lawyers

  • Good balance of risk/judgement, fun, concise, practical, personal

  • Inspiring section on negotiating – I now feel more empowered to negotiate

  • You are a very good communicator!

  • Key thoughts and messages well delivered, very good presenter

  • Great session, good mix of interaction, teaching and concrete examples

  • I also really enjoyed the fun tone of the meeting, proving that accounting doesn’t have to be boring!

  • Tips will be useful at work and also my personal life such as negotiating skill insights

  • Great examples – very adaptable to the gov’t

  • Helps in renewing motivation at work

  • The theory of the session was delivered through examples which help people relate to it

  • We were really spoiled by those prizes – thanks!

  • Very interesting and engaging

  • Good reminders about ethics, KPIs, big picture thinking, leadership

  • Lots of tips that will be used in my current work

  • I liked the session since it is mostly based on concrete examples in the private sector.  This gives a different perspective for government employees on how to approach a problem (think outside the box)

  • Love the ethics session, ethics is very important in the government

  • Very concrete practical examples on what we can apply in our current work environment

  • Very high energy, very dynamic

  • Great tips about becoming more creative at work

  • It’s great to have an opportunity to talk about ethics (as opposed to just law). Thanks!

  • Great jokes!    

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