NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
Written by Blondell George on November 2, 2017
‘Navigating the Challenges Ahead’ was the theme under which the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC) – Grenada Branch successfully hosted its 2nd Annual Accountants Week, during October 22nd – 28th, 2017.
Over 100 accountants and business professionals participated in the week of activities which included a Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunday; and a live panel discussion, on Monday with panelists Mr. Henry Joseph, Dr. Kari Grenade, Mr Allan Bierzynski and moderated by Mr. Christopher DeAllie. This informative and thought-provoking discussion focused on ideas for preserving the gains made to Grenada’s Economy post structural adjustment.
On Tuesday a seminar on the management of Cyber Security Risk was facilitated by Mr. Bruce DeVinney from the USA, with various IT Managers and other public and private sector entities participating.
Thursday and Friday targeted the Accountants on island and included:
 Technical Updates on the International Financial Reporting Standards by Nagin Lad, visiting professor from the UK;
 A seminar on “Managing the Millennials” by Mr Bernard Antoine and a seminar on “Managing your Health” by Dr Shawn Charles.
The week of activities culminated with a well-attended Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Saturday night at the Radisson Crown Ball Room featuring keynote speaker Mr Conrad Enill, former Energy and Finance Minister in the Ministry of Finance of Trinidad & Tobago.
Mr Enill implored all in attendance to see their roles as advocates and politicians to move the economy forward. He warned that while our laid back and friendly personality as Grenadians has won us much popularity in the tourism sector it will not be sufficient to preserve and improve upon the structural adjustment gains made. He also admonished that we must be proactive and diligent to provide technical support and advice while holding our nation’s leaders accountable.
On Saturday night, all ACCA members on island were recognized and awarded by ACCA Caribbean with a special commendation for the longest serving members currently in practice, W.R Agostini (44 years) and Mr Henry Joseph (43 years).
The ICAEC – Grenada Branch also recognized Joseph Bain (retired) — the longest serving ACCA Professional Accountant in Grenada; Marjorie Lander for her development of the Accountancy Profession through Education & Mentoring and Allan Bierzynski for his development of the Accountancy Profession through Advocacy.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean – Grenada Branch expresses profound gratitude to its sponsors, participants & facilitators for contributing to the resounding success of Accountants Week 2017.
The Institute stands committed to facilitating events that will boost & positively impact the Accountancy Profession in Grenada.