The impact of the superior design of learning materials in CASB's competency-based professional accountancy education program is significant. CASB's innovative approach to accountancy education demands that much of the learning materials be developed 'from the ground floor up' but it is this initial development and continuing commitment to development that allows the CASB program, and those in other regions of the country, to succeed.
Accounting educators and professionals in practice and in industry have been generous with their time and creative energy in the production of learning scenarios, design of case simulations, and other learning materials. Recognizing excellence in the area of program development will serve to encourage others to participate and pursue the same level of excellence in other areas.
CASB itself established this award in honour of the late George C. Baxter PhD FCA in recognition of the significant contribution he made to the creation of CASB and, in particular, for his support of learning materials development over an outstanding career as an accounting educator.
The George C. Baxter Award consists of a $500 prize and appropriate plaque suitable for display in the recipient's place of employment. The Award is presented at the annual Provincial Institute Convocation of the recipient's residence.
Nominations for the award in the form of letters citing the special contributions made by the nominee are welcome from all CASB students, their employers and others with an interest in the CASB program. The CASB website will have information about this award and include material to encourage nominations at any time throughout the year.
In September of each year the assembled nominations will be considered by a panel consisting of two members of the CASB Student Advisory Council, the CASB Vice President of Learning, the CASB Director of Learning and the CASB Chief Executive Officer. The Panel will agree on a recommendation of the award recipient for the approval of the CASB Board of Directors at their November meeting.
In 2006, the inaugural George C. Baxter Award for Excellence in Learning Materials Development was presented to two recipients, Douglas Parkhurst, CA and Scott Sinclair, CA, both of British Columbia.
George C. Baxter, PhD, FCA
It was with great sadness that the Chartered Accountants School of Business announced George Baxter passed away on Saturday evening, May 18, 2002 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 22 in Saskatoon. George was taken ill during a meeting at the CICA offices on April 22.
George earned his Chartered Accountant designation from the Alberta Institute in 1962. He went on to earn his MBA (Berkeley, 1966) and his PhD (Minnesota, 1972). Shortly after, he returned to his home province of Saskatchewan, where he became a full professor of accounting at the University of Saskatchewan in 1975.
George demonstrated tremendous leadership at the university, serving as chair of the accounting area (1977-79); head of the department of accounting (1988-92); and co-chair of planning and development for the Master of Professional Accounting Program (1996-98). He was also the 1998 recipient of the L.S. Rosen Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to Canadian accounting education," presented by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.
Outside of the university, George was very active in institute matters. He served on the Saskatchewan Institute's council from 1984-90, concluding his term as president. He served on numerous provincial and national committees for the Saskatchewan Institute and CICA.
He was also a dedicated volunteer in his community. A founding board member and treasurer of the McClure Place Association Inc. (a senior citizen's enriched housing facility), he was also a member of the board of trustees of the McClure United Church.
George is sadly missed as a friend, a colleague, and as an exceptional member of the CASB Board of Directors.