Executive Education

Fundamentals of Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Develop your skills in dealing with financial information

This program is designed to help managers with little or no experience in accounting or financial management better appreciate fundamental financial concepts and develop a working knowledge of financial statements. Build your confidence in understanding financial information. Improve your ability to question and discuss financial statements. Learn methods often used to evaluate the financial viability and impact of business decisions. 

Emphasizing practical application, the program includes extensive opportunities to discuss key issues and explore case studies in financial management.

For a program on interpreting financial statements, please refer to Financial Statement Analysis for the Non-Accountant.

Any manager who wishes to improve their professional effectiveness and career mobility.

  • Understand the terminology and fundamental principles of accounting
  • Contrast financial and managerial accounting applications 
  • Integrate financial information with other business functions
  • Apply basic financial concepts and techniques, to better support your decision-making process
  • Communicate and work more closely with financial professionals
  • Improve your overall managerial effectiveness with a better understanding and working knowledge of financial information 
  • The accounting environment, terminology and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • The importance of producing complete and representative financial statements on a periodic basis
  • The types of decisions management faces in preparing financial statements 
  • The role and impact of professional judgement in the preparation of financial statements
  • Duties of the independent auditor and the purpose of each component of their report  
  • Audit reports
  • Other types of reports accompanying financial statements
  • An overview of the statement of financial position, income statement and statement of cash flows

Special features

  • Detailed discussions of those specific areas of financial statements which have either a higher degree of risk of material misstatement, are often poorly understood, or are most important to the users of financial statements.
  • Cases, problems and participant examples will be incorporated in discussions to demonstrate the practical application of concepts being learned. 


Scott Sinclair


Scott is a faculty member at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He has been actively involved in professional accounting education for more than 35 years. He was the principal author for the CA School of Business in Western Canada between 2000 and 2010, and has won multiple awards for teaching excellence. He has also worked with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accounts, serving small business and mining clients.

Upcoming sessions

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Aug 10 - 11, 2023
$2195.00 + tax (5%)



8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

UBC Robson Square
Oct 18 - 19, 2023
$2195.00 + tax (5%)



8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

UBC Robson Square

Participating organizations

Success stories

"I left this course with a greater understanding of financial statements and confidence to be able to read and interpret them accurately."
    "This was the best course I have taken in the past ten years; very interesting and enjoyable. The instructor was top notch. I definitely recommend this course to others."

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