John Asher

Western Lead, RAS

CPA, CA, CIA, CISA

BDO Vancouver

604-688-5421

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Executive Summary

John leads BDO's Risk Advisory services practice in Western Canada, with over 15 years of professional experience. John is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with a broad range of experience in all aspects of accounting, finance, financial reporting, risk management, audit, governance, compliance, and cash management. 

John has provided risk management and internal audit services to clients in a wide range of industries. He has successfully assisted a number of clients with performance and compliance audits while also performing consulting services in the areas of business process and best practice reviews. Specializing in the areas of enterprise risk management (ERM), performance/internal audits, business process reviews, internal controls over financial report (ICFR), and SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) 404 compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley Act), John has also led over 50 financial statement audits of various organizations (during which John conducted internal control assessments that documented, tested, and assessed clients’ internal controls and IT general controls).

John has taught risk management, accounting, and audit topics, including audit methodology, risk-based auditing, complex accounting issues, audit-process tools, and staff development at various conferences across Canada. John's experience has crossed many industries and sectors, specializing mostly in the public sector (federal, provincial, and municipal), not-for-profit, mining, real estate and construction, and technology industries.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Canadian Professional Accountants of B.C.
Member, Canadian Professional Accountants of Ontario
Member, ISACA
Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

Professional Designations & Education

Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Simon Fraser University (2003)

Community Involvement

Treasurer, Vancouver Chapter, Institute of Internal Auditors
Treasurer and executive director, B.C. Christian Soccer League