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11th Annual CAQ Symposium

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 11, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Hosted By EY

This year’s 11th Annual CAQ Symposium, held on August 11, 2019 in San Francisco, CA, continued the tradition of bringing together leading academic scholars and top practitioners from the CAQ’s Governing Board Member firms. This annual event remains a key part of the CAQ’s efforts to facilitate dialogue between auditing academics and audit partners on issues of importance to practice.

The 2019 CAQ Symposium included panel discussions that focused on the issues that audit firms consider when evaluating the impact that proposed auditing standards will have on their firm methodologies and enablement. The second panel highlighted what firms did, and are doing, to prepare for the new auditing standard that requires the disclosure of critical audit matters in the auditor’s report. They also discussed the engagement that the leading firms had with a multi-disciplinary team at the PCAOB through the period prior to implementation.  Academics and senior practice leaders explored these topics further in smaller breakout sessions.

Click here for the CAQ Symposium panelists’ bios.

Panel I: Proposed Auditing Standards – The Theoretical Approach to Assessing Their Impact

Moderator:  Paul Beswick, EY


  • Sara Lord, RSM US LLP
  • Zoe-Vonna Palmrose, University of Southern California
  • Christian Peo, KPMG LLP
  • Dave Sullivan, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Download the PowerPoint slides covered during Panel I.

PANEL II: From Concept to Practice: Implementing New Standards

Moderator: Mark Baer, Crowe LLP


  • Phillip Austin, BDO USA, LLP
  • Abe Dymond, PCAOB
  • Jen Haskell, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Josh Jones, EY


Every year following the two Symposium Panels attendees participate in a breakout session to delve deeper into the issues discussed by the panelists. These breakout sessions encourage and provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to engage in a unique dialogue on these topics.

Click here to view a summary of the key points derived from these small-group discussions.