Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Virtual Delivery

December 2 - 4, 2020

Introduction and Background

Develop your skills in dealing with financial information

Transforming Managers with little or no experience in accounting or financial management to develop a working knowledge of these critical business areas. This program builds confidence in reading and understanding financial information to aid in financial decisions by providing clear examples of the content, concepts and terminology of financial systems. Learn methods often used to evaluate the financial viability and impact of business decisions


Course Structure 

This course is offered completely virtual through facilitator-led sessions. The virtual delivery is highly interactive, enabling participants to work with peers, brainstorm ideas, engage in activities, and receive individualised feedback. All pre, during and post work provided electronically to participants with access to download and review at any time. 

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the accounting process
    • What is Managerial vs. Financial accounting
    • Understanding balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flows, audit reports and other reports accompanying financial statements
    • Learn the time value of money, capital budgeting and investment decisions
    • What the difference of a lease vs. purchase is
    • How to account and manage cash, inventory and accounts receivable
    • Relevant, variable and fixed costs
    • Learn about the cost volume profit analysis
    • How to support your business decisions with financial back-up
    • How to talk to financial people in your language - and their language
    • How to evaluate both short and long term operating decisions using financial data
    • What to look for in reports and how to analyze that information to put it to your advantage
  • Who Should Attend?
    • Business managers who use financial and accounting information in their decision-making processes
    • Individuals who wish to gain a better fundamental understanding of financial systems
    • Any Manager who wishes to improve their professional effectiveness and career mobility

    No previous accounting or financial background is required to benefit from this course, however, a basic knowledge would be useful.

    Regularly attended by:

    • Business Owners
    • General Managers
    • Corporate Managers
    • Administrative Managers
    • Sales and Marketing Managers
    • Public Sector Officers
    • Association and Non-Profit Managers
    • Planning, Purchasing and Operations Managers
    • Divisional Managers

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Program.

December 2, 2020 to December 4, 2020
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Virtual Delivery

Program Fees

$1995 plus GST

Includes course tuition and all teaching materials.

Registration Deadline

November 25, 2020

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt

Program Coordinator

t: 306-966-7956


Instructor Profile


Scott Sinclair

Scott is a lecturer at the Sauder School of Business. He has been actively involved in professional accounting education for more than 30 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 for Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accounts, serving small business and mining clients.

Partnership Programming

Together with our partners, we continue to add value and enhance our educational experiences to our community through professional development and training in a supportive and welcoming environment.

This Edwards Executive Education program is proudly presented in partnership with UBC Sauder School of Business.


University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the course start date. Program transfers within ten (10) business days of the course start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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