An accountant with extensive industry experience — that has even taken him overseas — Stephen Bergstrom brings his expertise and love for teaching to SAIT’s School of Business.
Prior to joining SAIT in 2005, Bergstrom worked as an accountant in manufacturing, oil and gas and service industries, and ran his own consulting firm. Through his work, he spent three years in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan providing support to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Bergstrom earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University in 2004. He received his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1994 — and has had his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification since 2015 when the profession unified its designations.
Students at SAIT are not the only ones benefiting from Bergstrom’s expertise. He has written and contributed to a variety of semester-long simulations for both internal and external audits used by students elsewhere, teaches for the CPA Western School of Business — which delivers the accreditation program — and volunteers as a CPA Practical Experience Requirement Mentor for CPA Alberta, providing guidance to aspiring CPAs, focusing on developing their professional and leadership skills.
Bergstrom also sits on the CPA Alberta Education Foundation’s board of governors, as well as the CPA Alberta Bylaws and Rules Committee.
Awards and achievements:
- Nine-time nominee for a Saitsa Instructor Excellence award
- Winner of the Howard Teall Award for Innovation in Accounting Education from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association in 2017, took second place for the award in 2016.
- Authored Sebana Manufacturing, a simulation for internal audits and ColAlta Pipelines, a dynamic simulation for external audits.
- Contributed to the audit simulation Cloud 9 and articles for NISOD’s Innovation Abstracts.
- Spent three years in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan while working for companies that provided support services to the Canadian Armed Forces.
If I wasn’t doing this: "Although I’ve done other things in my career, teaching is really who I am — I almost can’t imagine doing anything else."