John Asher

John Asher

Western Lead, RAS


BDO Vancouver



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Executive Summary

John currently 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 John has also led over 50 financial statement audits of various organizations (during which John conducted internal control assessments where clients’ internal controls and IT general controls were documented, tested and assessed). 

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 Public Sector (Federal, Provincial and Municipal), not-for-profit, mining, real estate and construction, and technology.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Canadian Professional Accountants of BC
Member, Canadian Professional Accountants of Ontario
Member, ISACA
Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

Professional Designations & Education

Bachelor of Commerce, The University of British Columbia (1997)
Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Simon Fraser University (2003)

Community Involvement

Treasurer, Vancouver Chapter, Institute of Internal Auditors
Treasurer & Executive Director, B.C. Christian Soccer League