Author Archives: William Petryk

Review of The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

It is almost 20 years since the bankruptcy of Enron and the resulting scandal. We are now able to review the event less emotionally and we know about other events that happened later.  Events like the demise of the sub-prime mortgage market, the Worldcom scandal, The Parmalat incident, and others.  In a sense we are in a better position to

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The and the Toronto Accounting Group

The was started by Paul Calleri to provide up to date accounting information. Later it created networking opportunities accountants in the Greater Toronto Area.  From the beginning it was intended to be a prime source of information.  Accountants would access the site to learn about IFRS, which was being introduced about the same time, to become aware of job

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A review of The Fifth Domain by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

Both of these authors have strong backgrounds in cybersecurity as it applies to government and the military. Hence the focus of this book. Security of these institutions also carries over into the private sector. The Pentagon buys from private firms as do all branches of the US government. For this reason, total security from foreign intervention must extend to all

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Review of the Economist Special Report on Artificial Intelligence

Accounting Firms, Hot Tips for Maximum Profits in 2015

Review of the Economist Special Report on Artificial Intelligence: Written by William Petryk This is a review for anyone in management to let them know why reading the April 6th edition of The Economist is a good idea.  This is the issue that includes a special report on “Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace”.  It should be read by anyone who

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Review – The Economist April 18 to April 24, 2015 (Family and Business)

Work or Family

This particular review is about a section in the April 18 to 24, 2015 edition of The Economist.  This magazine runs many well researched pieces on various business topics and this edition includes “Dynasties, the enduring power of families in business and politics.”  I think it is worthwhile to read for any accountant and business professional.  We do not all

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