Robert Ryan CPA, CGA, BA

Brief Introduction:

Robert's most obvious trait as an educator is a deep curiosity about all things business. He loves to know all I can about all industries and everything that makes each of them tick. As an accountant and an educator, it leads him to a desire to “Teach Curiosity” in each class.  The curiosity muscle in a mind is the one that allows a person to propel themselves forward into new learning beyond pure rote and memory exercise. "How can I, as a teacher, help the learner to exercise this muscle?"



Professional Credentials and Education:    

  • CPA, CGA British Columbia
  • B.A. Economics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • LCIC, Learning Centered Instructor Cert., Okanagan College


Industry Experience:

Prior to joining Okanagan College, Robert worked in Property Development, Financial Services, and the Forest Industry as well as a few years at couple of Big 4 Accounting Firms as a new accountant right out of University. In later years of my accountancy work, he held roles such as CFO, CEO and Controller. Those roles allowed me a great breadth of insight into business processes, business strategy, what tends to work, and what does not, as well as seeing and leading, firsthand how to resolve real world business problems. He loves to bring these insights in to the classroom.

Robert is currently also do some consulting work with entrepreneurial organizations in the Thompson Okanagan alongside my work at OC.

Past and Current Courses Taught:

  • BUAD 111 - Financial Accounting I
  • BUAD 113 - Canadian Business
  • BUAD 195 - Financial Management
  • BUAD 208 - Canadian Income Tax I
  • BUAD 251 - Personal Financial Planning
  • BUAD 263 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUAD 264 - Management Accounting
  • BUAD 273 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUAD 339 - Cases in Business Ethics
  • BUAD 340 - Strategic Management
  • BUAD 425 - Business and Canadian Government Policy


Research and Community Involvement:

It is a distinct pleasure that Robert has had since 2015 to work with the Okanagan Chapter of CPA BC to deliver each year a four hour course in Ethics for CPA’s. This is delivered in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon each year allowing Okanagan area CPAs to earn Professional Development credits in Ethics required every three years close to home. The content is updated each year to keep it relevant and current as well as a goal of making it about the application of ethical principles going beyond theory. This also has been meaningful in raising funds for the CPA Okanagan Education Fund. In both 2018 and 2019 Robert led a student team in the 
Royal Roads Design Thinking Challenge team representing Okanagan School of Business. Robert also attended the 2017 CPA BC Pacific Summit in which he presented “Ethics and Accountancy."