Brian Szabo

Assurance Partner, HR Partner

CPA, CA

BDO Vancouver

(604) 688-5421

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Executive Summary

As an Assurance Partner in BDO’s Vancouver office with 30 years of experience, Brian provides audit, assurance, and business advisory services to private companies, primarily in the real estate development and investment, hospitality, and infrastructure sectors. He also serves numerous not-for-profit and public-sector organizations, including local government, education, health authorities, crown, and provincially controlled entities. 

Brian’s experience includes financing alternatives, financial modelling and projections, real estate syndications and accounting for complex transactions. He is committed to long-term trusted advisor relationships where his clients feel comfortable picking up the phone to discuss the “what-keeps-you-up-at-night” issues they face on a day-to-day basis. 

He is a Lifetime Member and frequent presenter at conferences and professional development sessions of the Government Finance Officers Association of British Columbia. Brian is also a co-author of CPA Canada’s public sector and not-for-profit courses.  

In addition, Brian is an active member of the Vancouver business community and is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors. Currently, he is the Governor of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the CPABC Professional Development Advisory Committee for Audit and Accounting and he is a former member of the Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee. 

Professional Affiliations

Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada 
Member, Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia 
Member, Urban Development Institute 
Member, Urban Land Institute 
Past Member, Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, Accounting Standards Board, CPA Canada (2016-2121) 
Member, Professional Development Advisory Committee (Audit and Accounting), CPABC (since 2001) 
Instructor, CPABC Professional Development (since 1999) 
Member, Education and Training Advisory Committee, Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (2016-2019) 

Professional Designations & Education

Chartered Professional Accountant, British Columbia (1994) 
Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University (1991) 
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, University of British Columbia (1988) 

Community Involvement

Past Chair; Governor, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (since 2015) 
Past Director, Treasurer and Board President, North Shore Chena Swim Club (2008-2016) 
Past Director and Lifetime Member, Government Finance Officers Association of BC (2001-2016) 
Past Director, Treasurer, International Centre for Sustainable Cities (2001-2010) 

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