About this course

Everybody learns best thinking through real life situations found in practical cases. This unique course works through 18 mini cases that provide insights, smarts and solutions that can be applied in your work, in all kinds of areas. It is like sitting down and discussing business situations with an experienced CPA mentor, as the course creator and presenter is a veteran CFO who is still active. An attendee said the course could also be called “Case Studies to Resolve Professional Challenges”.

In this video course, the instructor provides highlights from past live webinar discussions and polls and some additional content not found in the live webinar.

This session was created and is presented by a veteran CFO who has created seminars that over 15,000 accountants have signed up for and are known for practicality, examples, and humour and who also is a prolific writer of published cases.

The course includes 0.25 ethics hours.


• Executive thinking versus non-executive thinking
• Seeing the big picture in situations
• Practice getting to the strategic level in business decisions
• Systems selection tips and questions to ask
• Getting those outside your team to do what they don’t want to do
• Resolving people conflict
• Asking the right questions
• Dealing with high growth and organization structure
• Finding good people when the market doesn’t seem to have any
• Different ethics cases
• And more


• Dynamic presentation and interesting content
• I've just taken the course. You've made it quite interesting with all your jokes.
• Well done.
• I would have appreciated a little 'pause' sometimes to get the time to finish laughing about the jokes before you get back into the real thing!
• The course was taught in an interesting manner and not monotonous.
• It had good real life examples that we encounter at the workplace. Be it worker conflict; dealings with the CRA and purchasing capital items like software.
• Enjoyed the course overall.
• Thank you, always interesting to hear your comments on real life cases.
• Your teaching style is much appreciated as it makes the course easier to follow. I was not bored once during the session.
• The cases were interesting and presented ways of tackling challenges in a different and effective way

What you will learn?
• Evaluate executive thinking versus non-executive thinking
• Practice getting to the strategic level in business decisions
• Learn systems selection tips and questions to ask
• See the big picture in situations
• Get those outside your team to do what they don’t want to do
• Deal with high growth and organization structure
• Find good people when the market doesn’t seem to have any
Skills Covered
2 hours on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Advanced level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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3 Video
2 hours
Section 1. Lesson 1 - Introduction, Case #1 The jerk colleague, Case #2 Short of good people, Case # 3 Where are the timesheets? Case #4 Need technical reports, getting others to do things-Part1
Lesson 1
41m 26s
Section 2. Lesson 2 - Case #5 Tax audit, Case #6 No withholding tax, Case #7 Tax ethics, Case #8 CRA situation, Case #9 Customer cancellation, Case # 10 High growth organization Case #11 New System-Part1
Lesson 2
40m 29s
Section 3. Lesson 3 - Case #12 Data transfer, Case #13 Should we buy co? Case #14 Strategic customer? Case #15 Board minutes, Case # 16 Desert Island, Case #17 WW2 decision Case # 18 The acquirer-Part1
Lesson 3
37m 47s
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Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA is the President and Founder of Practical PD. Stephen's current occupation is the Vice-President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer of the SureWx Inc. group of companies, a global aviation business. An engaging and experienced seminar leader, Stephen Priddle weaves practical tips together with stories from his business experience and input from participants. Seasoning the mix with a dose of accounting humour, he serves up useful and dynamic seminars. When speaking, he is candid about errors he has made in his career and the lessons that can be learned from them. Someone said: “humans are hard-wired to learn from stories” – Stephen is in part a business/accounting storyteller, who draws out the lessons from the stories. Stephen’s teaching experience includes presenting accounting seminars for over 40 accounting bodies and organizations in Canada and abroad. He is a Session Leader in the new CPA Professional Education Program, and has taught at the University of Toronto and Carleton University. He has moderated in the legacy Canadian CMA Strategic Leadership Program, and taught in the CA program and the CGA program. Stephen is a prolific author. His published business, accounting and finance cases are used by many organizations. Stephen has over 35 years of varied business experience. After working with KPMG for five years, he moved into industry, where he has worked for public and private companies. He has gained a wide range of experience in financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other business matters. Through his seminars, he interacts with hundreds of financial leaders a year and thus stays on the leading edge in terms of best practices and hot topics. Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, accounting major.