Brian Friedrich became a member of the IESBA in 2018. He chairs the Board’s Technology Task Force and eCode Phase 2 Working Group, and is a member of the Technology Working Group. Mr. Friedrich was nominated by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).
Mr. Friedrich is a principal in a research, standards, and education consultancy firm that has shaped his work experience for over 20 years. The firm focuses on building institutional capacity and developing strategic, policy, program, governance, and ethics guidance for established and emerging professional and regulatory organizations. He has co-authored numerous World Bank publications in the area of competency-based education, training, and certification in accountancy. Previous to this, he worked in education for CPA Canada (then CGA Canada) and in the Greater Vancouver auditing practice of KPMG LLP.
Mr. Friedrich has served on CPA Canada's Public Trust Committee (PTC, and one of its legacy predecessors) since 2011, chairing its Exposure Draft Working Group from 2014 to 2017. The PTC is responsible for overseeing the regulatory structures and processes across Canadian jurisdictions and helps ensure Canada meets or exceeds international standards. He is also a director on the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and sits on its Audit Committee. Mr. Friedrich served for 10 years on the board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, which is the provincial regulatory body for CPAs in British Columbia, Canada. This tenure spanned the merger of the three accounting bodies, during which he chaired one of the bodies and served as Co-Chair of the CPA Transitional Steering Committee. He also chaired the Ethics and Discipline committees for a number of years, including as a Tribunal Chair.
Mr. Friedrich holds a Master of Education (UBC), Master of Laws (York Osgoode), and a Chartered Director designation (McMaster). He became a Canadian CPA in 2001, and was awarded fellowship in 2011 and a life membership in 2014 for his service to the profession in education, ethics, and governance.