The Ven. Bruce Morris Honoured with Fellowship

The Ven. Bruce Morris Honoured with Fellowship

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Executive Archdeacon’s office at the Diocese of New Westminster received the following Media Release from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Sechelt CPA Honoured with Fellowship

Sechelt’s Bruce Morris, FCPA, FCA is one of the eight fellows named by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC). The fellowship (FCPA) designation is awarded to chartered professional accountants who have provided exceptional services to the profession or whose achievements in their careers or in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

 Bruce Morris, FCPA, FCA is president of Trail Bay Properties Ltd. in Sechelt, and he also provides client services at Rolfe, Benson LLP in Vancouver.

Morris began his career at Ernst & Whinney in 1977, working with the firm until 1985. He obtained his CA designation in 1979, and was an instructor of financial accounting with Fraser Valley College from 1983 to 1984. He held the role of chief financial officer with Trail Bay Properties Ltd., his family-owned business, from 1985 to 2005, when he assumed his current role as the company’s president.

Morris has shown a dedication to accounting education and peer mentorship throughout his career, beginning with his work as a training instructor with Ernst & Whinney UK. With Ernst & Whinney Canada, he developed training programs for the firm. Today, Morris acts as a mentor to Rolfe, Benson’s students on topics including accounting, taxation, and public practice.

He has offered his skills to serve his community in many roles. From 1971 to 2004, Morris volunteered with Scouts Canada, acting as leader, commissioner, and trainer. His contributions were recognized with awards for leadership and exemplary service.

From 2013 to 2014, Morris was a member of the District of Sechelt Finance Advisory Committee. He has been a director and treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation. In 2014, Morris worked with the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Advisory Committee on establishing a homeless shelter in Sechelt. Morris and his family offered to donate land for the shelter, and while the site was eventually determined not to be suitable, his commitment to his community was appreciated by many.

In 1995, Morris was ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church. Since 2015, he has provided leadership and guidance on administration, finance, and human resources activities as archdeacon with the Anglican Diocese of New Westminste (and in May 2015 he was collated Archdeacon for Deacons).

“Bruce has worked hard to make a difference in both the profession and his community. We are thrilled to recognize his outstanding accomplishments,” said Richard Rees, FCPA, FCA, president and CEO, CPABC, “Bruce is an inspiration for other business professionals in the community. He is truly deserving of this recognition.” 

From around the Diocese of New Westminster send out our heartiest congratulations to the Venerable Bruce Morris and also our gratitude, for no matter how engaged he is in his professional life he is committed to his life of service as member of the diaconate and as a leader in our diocese.

About CPA British Columbia

The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is the training, governing, and regulatory body for almost 35,000 CPA members and 5,500 CPA students and candidates. CPABC carries out its primary mission to protect the public by enforcing the highest professional and ethical standards and contributing to the advancement of public policy. CPAs are recognized internationally for bringing superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, and leadership to organizations.