Phil Cowperthwaite became a member of the IFAC Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee in 2012. He was nominated by CPA Canada. He previously served on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) from 2006 to 2011, where he chaired, among others, the Task Force on compilation and review engagements.
Mr. Cowperthwaite is a partner of Cowperthwaite Mehta, a ten-person firm in Toronto, Canada. His primary area of practice is providing assurance services to small and micro not-for-profit entities. Before founding his firm in 1986, he worked for Ernst & Young in Toronto and The Netherlands, providing assurance services to multi-national clients.
Mr. Cowperthwaite frequently speaks and writes on the topic of auditing micro-entities, such as how to effectively and efficiently apply the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), drawing on techniques he employs in his day-to-day audit practice in Canada.