Launch of CPA Canada's Trinidad and Tobago chapter CPA Canada is pleased to now have a chapter in Trinidad and Tobago. The new chapter is committed to representing the interests of CPA members through learning and networking opportunities. In addition to the Trinidad and Tobago chapter, CPA Canada has two other chapters in the Caribbean – Barbados and Cayman Islands. Welcome message from the chapter chair I am honoured to work with the inaugural CPA Trinidad and Tobago chapter’s board to help our members and students accomplish their professional goals. The board’s deep and diverse experience will enable us to address the similarly broad perspectives of our membership. I encourage you to engage with us. Tell us how your professional body can help enrich your career. In its initial year, the board has decided to focus on two major items; first, achieving an understanding of the needs of our members, and second, our members’ professional development. A short, confidential esurvey will be issued to members by CPA Canada. I urge you to complete it, as it will inform our activities. We are also focusing on areas of professional development beyond IFRS, including such topics as ethics, technology and governance. Email me if you would like me to assist you or answer your questions. Anil Seeterram, B. Comm, CPA, CA, DIFA, Acc. Dir, MBA (Hons.) CPA Canada Trinidad and Tobago chapter chair CPA Canada and its members help “Drive the upturn” CPA Canada is pleased to have been a silver sponsor of the Annual International Finance and Accounting conference hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (November 9 and 10, 2017). The conference focused on “Driving the upturn” and was well- attended. Thanks to those of you who took the time to visit our booth and connect with us. Special gratitude to chapter board member Carla Dubé for engaging with others from our booth during the breaks. CPA Canada also hosted an information session while in Trinidad and Tobago, and chapter board member Ryan Nunes added to the session by providing insight and guidance to those considering the CPA designation. If you would like to schedule an in-house information session for your organization, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial Literacy Program CPA Canada's award- winning extensive financial literacy program, offered to communities throughout Canada, is undergoing a transformation for its Caribbean launch. The Financial Literacy Program provides tools, resources and inspiration to help advance the financial literacy of Canadians, thereby contributing to economic sustainability. The program boasts an extensive outreach component with 11,000 member volunteers, produces award-winning publications and offers valuable information online. The launch of the program in the Caribbean will feature resources and content specifically geared to its target audience. Further details will be available in the next newsletter. Please keep checking back for the latest news from CPA Canada’s Trinidad and Tobago chapter.