CPA looking to move to Calgary

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  • May 6th, 2020 10:24 pm
May 2, 2020
1 posts

CPA looking to move to Calgary

I am a long time lurker on these forums and I am seeking some career advice. I am a recently designated CPA who has worked at two mid-sized private companies in the BC Interior at the senior accountant/assistant controller level. I have a total of about 4 years of experience in these roles, and I do not have public practice experience. I am considering relocating to Calgary in search of new opportunites, as it seems that interesting positions are few and far between outside of the larger cities. I am looking to find a position in a more technical and fast paced role, as it seems as if most of these jobs in these private mid-sized companies are dull and slow, even at the controller level.

Would I have difficulty being recognized by a larger corporation in Calgary with my experience only being from mid-sized local companies in BC?

Any advice would be appreciated.
3 replies
Deal Fanatic
Nov 25, 2010
6065 posts
Things are rough in Calgary right now. I would suggest securing a position and then moving.
Aug 18, 2019
442 posts
Or not move to Calgary but somewhere else instead.

Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto? Calgary or Alberta's economy largely depends on oil industry and oil is dying industry if you haven't heard. Maybe 5-10 years they'll be ok but high oil prices aren't sustainable as countries everywhere want to sell oil as fast as they can produce and even more since oil industry is going they way of the dinosaurs too. Our Canadian oilsands have higher break even point yo produce so they're not economical compared to other countries. Except when Trudeau wanna devalue our loonie.

Even US of A is joining OPEC these days cuz they have plenty of shale oil n wanna drill baby drill, sell baby sell
May 5, 2020
2 posts
Find a job first, you can deduct moving expenses :)
I moved from BC to Ottawa and met many people moving here from elsewhere in Canada. Just an option for you to research.
Good luck!