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Erica Pimentel

Assistant Professor


Erica is an Assistant Professor in the Smith School of Business at Queen's University. She is in the Accounting Area where her teaching focuses on Financial Accounting.

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  • Accounting

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Erica is an Assistant Professor in the Smith School of Business at Queen's University. She is in the Accounting Area where her teaching focuses on Financial Accounting.

Erica Pimentel's research explores how technological disruption impacts the ways in which auditors engage with their work. She conducts this research using a variety of qualitative approaches, namely interviews and netnography. She is currently working on projects that explores how remote working arrangements and blockchain are impacting audit practices. She is a frequent contributor to the media and has been featured in outlets like the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, the Globe and Mail and many others. 

Erica holds a PhD and MBA from Concordia University, an LLM in Tax from York University. She is a CPA and worked in public accounting before entering academia.

Academic Degrees

PhD in Accountancy 
Concordia University (2021)

Master’s in Business Administration
Concordia University (2013)

Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy (CA Program) 
McGill University (2009)

Bachelor of Commerce
McGill University (2008)

Academic Experience

Smith School of Business, Queen's University
Assistant Professor (tenure-track) (2021 - Present)

Vanier College
Lecturer (2015-2018)

McGill University
Lecturer & CPA Program Administrator (2010-2017)


Academic Publications

Alawattage, C., Arjaliès, D. L., Barrett, M., Bernard, J., de Castro Casa Nova, S. P., Cho, C. H., Cooper, C., Denedo, M., Drujon D’Astros, C., Evans, R., Ejiogu, A., Frieden, L., Ghio, A., McGuigan, N., Luo, Y., Pimentel, E., Powell, L., Pérez, P. A. N., Quattrone, P., Romi, A. M., Smyth, S., Sopt, J. & Sorola, M. (2021). Opening accounting: a Manifesto. Accounting Forum, 45(3), 227-246.

Pimentel, E. & Boulianne, E. (2020). Blockchain in Accounting Research and Practice: Current Trends and Future Opportunities. Accounting Perspectives, 19(4), 325-361.

Pimentel, E. & Boulianne, E. (2021) Closing the Practice-Classroom Gap in IT Audit Education: A Canadian Perspective. Accounting Education, 1-29.

Pimentel, E, Boulianne, E., Eskandari, S & Clark, J. (2021) Systemizing the Challenges of Auditing Blockchain-Based Assets. Journal of Information Systems. 35(2), 61-75.

Pimentel, E., Cho, C.H. & Bothello, J. (2022). The blind spots of interdisciplinarity in addressing grand challenges. Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Pimentel, E. & Lesage, C. (2022). Auditing and Ethics. In C. Cho & M. Brivot (Eds.), Research Handbook on Accounting and Ethics.

Pimentel, E., Lesage, C. & Bel Hadj, S. (2021) Auditor Independence in Kinship Economies: A MacIntyrian Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics.

Non-Academic Publications

Pimentel, E. (2021, Jun 18). 4 ways companies can avoid post-pandemic employee turnover. National Post,  

Pimentel, E. (2021, Jan 25). Financial professions must pivot to stave off technological extinction. The Conversation. 

Pimentel, E. (2020, Oct 12). Remote work requires us to reconsider how to evaluate and pay employees. The Conversation. 

Pimentel, E. (2020, Sept 15). Opinion: Let’s not rush back to the office; remote work is working. Montreal Gazette. 

Pimentel, E. (2020, Aug 11). COVID-19 could have a lasting, positive impact on workplace culture. The Conversation. 

In the Media

2020-2021, Concordia Public Scholar Selected to participate in a highly competitive program that provides a platform for PhD candidates to engage with the public through their research. Involves writing op-eds and blogs, creating a media presence (both on and offline), and organizing knowledge mobilization activities to promote one’s research. 

2021, Interviewed for newspaper article: 

  • Wall Street Journal. (June 13, 2021) Rethinking Pay and Benefits in a Hybrid Workplace 

2021, Research cited on CBC Let’s Go episode (March 8, 2021)

2021, Guest on podcast: 

  • Podcast or Perish (

2020, Guest on podcasts: 

  • Accounting Exposed (
  • Intelligence numérique (

2020, Radio appearances about my research: 

  • 570 News – Kitchener (August 10, 2020 episode of Kitchener Today with Brian Burke
  • 770 CHQR - Calgary (August 12, 2020 episode of The Morning News)
  • 900 CHML – Hamilton (August 11, 2020 episode of the Scott Thompson Show
  • 980 CKNW – Vancouver (October 18, 2020 episode of the Weekend News
  • 570 News – Kitchener (November 9, 2020 episode of The Mike Farwell Show

2020, Interviewed for newspaper article:

  • Le Devoir (October 3, 2020). Le monde du travail en mutation forcée. 




2021 (Dec)
Cracow University of Economics Conference, Panel Moderator

2021 (July)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Emerging Scholars Colloquium Participant and Conference Discussant

2021 (June)
Canadian Academic Accounting Association Conference, Presenter and Discussant

2021 (May)
European Accounting Association Annual Conference, Presenter and Doctoral Colloquium Participant

2021 (Apr)     
Joint Conference of the Public Interest and Gender/Work Life Balance Sections of the American Accounting Association and Alternative Accounts Canada, Emerging Scholars Colloquium Presentation

2021 (Jan)      
American Accounting Association, Auditing Midyear Meeting Discussant and Doctoral Colloquium Participant

2020 (Nov)         
5th Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium Presentation

2020 (Oct)          
Contemporary Accounting Review Conference, Doctoral Colloquium Participant

2020 (Jul)                
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Emerging Scholars Colloquium Presentation

2020 (Jul)       
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Craft of Accounting Workshop Presentation
[Selected among workshop participants to represent the CAAA at the 2021 EAA Doctoral Consortium]

2020 (Jun)
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Paper Presentation

2019 (Dec)  
Accounting, Organizations and Society/ London School of Economics, Distributing Ledgers, Distributed Institutions? Workshop Paper Presentation

2019 (Aug)                
American Accounting Association, Global Emerging Scholars Workshop Presentation

2019 (Jun)
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Paper Presentation, Discussant and Doctoral Colloquium Participant

2019 (May)                
Alternative Accounts, Emerging Scholars Colloquium Presentation

2019 (Jan)                  
American Accounting Association, Midyear Auditing Section, Doctoral Colloquium Participant

2018 (Mar)
Association de contrôle de gestion, Discussant

2017 (Jun)
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Discussant and Doctoral Colloquium Participant

Invited Talks and University Presentations

2021 (Mar)       
University of Alabama PhD Student Reading Group, Paper Presentation

2021 (Mar)     
Schulich School of Business, York University, Paper Presentation

2021 (Mar)  
CSEAR Reading Group, Paper Presentation

2020 (Jan)              
Blockscrum, Panellist at industry event on accounting and blockchain 

2019 (Jun)      
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Panellist at session on accounting and blockchain

L'Authorité des marchés financiers (securities regulator in Québec), numerous presentations on auditing and blockchain

2019 (Nov)   
HEC Paris, Paper Presentation

2019 (Nov)  
University of Innsbruck, Paper Presentation

2019 (Dec)  
ESSEC Business School, Paper Presentation 



K.F. Byrd / Tabac Fellowship in Accounting ($15,000) 2017


Concordia Public Scholar ($10,000) 2020

Haimovitch-Tabac/DNTW-Montreal PhD Scholarship in Accountancy ($5,000) 2019

Concordia Merit Scholarship ($5,000) 2019

SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($105,000) 2018

Concordia Special Entrance Award ($10,000) 2018

Concordia Merit Scholarship ($5,000) 2018

Other Awards

Named Concordia University – Newsmaker of the Month (August 2020) for media coverage of my research on remote work (2020)

Selected to represent the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) at the 2021 European Accounting Association (EAA) Doctoral Consortium (2020)

Winner of Concordia University’s Three Minute Thesis Competition (2020)

Grants & Funding

Bourse d’Études Supérieures en Commerce et en Administration Humberto Santos (2020)

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2019)
SSHRC | $6,000

Quebec Student Mobility Bursary (2019)
le Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec | $3,000                  

Foundation Scholarship (2019)
CPA Québec | $20,000


University Service

2016 - 2017
McGill University, Accounting Program Committee for School of Continuing Studies

2011 - 2013
McGill University, Bachelor of Commerce Program Committee

Professional Service

2020 -      
Alternative Accounting Research Network (AARN), Social Media Editor

2020 - 2021         
CPA Canada Competency Mask Task Force Discussion Forum Member

2019 -        
Canadian Academic Accounting Association, Membership Committee Member

2016 - 2017   
CPA Québec, Working Group on Foreign Equivalencies

Reviewing Activities

Editorial Board

2021 - Accounting Forum

2021 - Accounting Perspectives

Ad Hoc Reviewer

2020 - Accounting Perspectives

2020 - Critical Perspectives on Accounting

2020 - Journal of Business Ethics

2020 - International Journal of Accounting Information Systems 

Professional Memberships

2021 - CPA Ontario, CPA license

2020 - European Accounting Association

2017 - American Academic Accounting Association

2017 - Canadian Academic Accounting Association

2011 - CPA Québec (formerly Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec), CPA auditor license

2011 - CPA Canada (formerly Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants)