Press Launch

ICAB members are governed by the International Ethics Standards Board of Accountants (IESBA) Code of Ethics, and last year’s Press Launch was timed to coincide with Global Ethics Day which was on Wednesday October 16, 2020.  Sponsors, Council and Committee Members, the Accountants’ Week Planning Team and members of the Press were invited to this event, at which ICAB shared its views on certain topical issues as well as Accountants’ Week, and Sponsors at the Gold Level and above were invited to deliver brief remarks.  Last year, as in previous years, several of the Sponsors who delivered remarks at this event received good coverage in the Press.

Church Service

From left: The Senator The Reverend Dr. John Rogers and President of ICAB, Lydia McCollin

Last year’s Commencement Church Service took place at the St. George Parish Church, where family and friends of ICAB gathered to celebrate the start of the Week.

Public Lecture

From left: Senior Technical Advisor, Government of Barbados, Dr. Kevin Greenidge, Owner, Bajan Cakes, John Bayne, Station Manager, Starcom, David Ellis,  President BCCI and CEO, Unicomer (Barbados) Group, Trisha Tannis and Chairman BPSA, Co-Chair BERT Monitoring Committee, Ed Clarke.

Last year’s free public lecture took the form of a panel discussion on the topic “The Economic Transformation of Barbados – A Business Perspective”.  The moderator was David Ellis, Station Manager, Starcom Network Inc., and the panellists were John Bayne, Owner, Bajan Cakes, Ed Clarke, Chairman, BPSA, Co-Chair BERT Monitoring Committee, Dr. Kevin Greenidge, Senior Technical Advisor, Government of Barbados, and Trisha Tannis, President, BCCI, and CEO, Unicomer (Barbados) Group. There was lively engagement from the 116 attendees, and there was good media coverage of the event.

Students’ Conference


From left: Chair of ICAB’s Education & Student Services Committee, Terr Maughn-Woods, ICAB Council member, Lisa Padmore, Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Hon, Colin Jordan M.P. and President of ICAB , Lydia McCollin

The 4th Annual Students’ Conference was organised by ICAB’s Education & Student Services Committee with the aim of providing accounting students with an opportunity to hone their technical skills as well as enhance their personal growth and development.  The conference was held under the theme “The Cornerstones of a Successful Career”, and the feature address was given by Hon. Colin Jordan M.P., Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations.  The conference comprised five plenary sessions, and the topics were Professional Avenues – The Opportunities are Endless, Technology and the Competitive Advantage, Health and Wellness in a Fast-Paced Environment, and a panel discussion on “The Accountant of the Future – Skills, Attitudes, and Attributes.  The event was very well received with 88% of attendees rating it Excellent or Very Good.

Accountants’ Give-Back Day

For the 2nd year in a row, ICAB members were encouraged to spread the word about the profession and ICAB by engaging in their own projects such as giving talks or donating money, books or supplies, and then to share what they had done via emails or posts on Social Media.

Annual Conference

To date the 2019 Annual Conference is ICAB’s largest event ever, with 439 attendees.  It was officially opened by Hon. Ryan Straughn M.P., Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and other presenters included Senator Reginald Farley, Barbados’ former High Commissioner to Canada, and ICAB’s former Executive Director, Gord Beal, CPA Canada Vice President, Research, Guidance and Support, Peter Arender, Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Fund Managers, and Jenson Sylvester, Country Manager, Flow Barbados.  With an exciting slate of presenters planned, and the convenience and flexibility of a virtual event, attendance this year is expected to be even higher than it was last year.

2019 Sponsors