Alternative Accounts Conference 2018
May 11 – 12, 2018 | HEC Montréal, QC, Canada


The 2018 Alternative Accounts Conference organizing committee from HEC Montréal invites you to join us in Canada’s dynamic university city for next year’s national conference.

The Alternative Accounts Conference brings together accounting faculty and doctoral students from North America and beyond who are interested in alternative accounting research. The Conference especially aims to increase accounting researchers’ awareness of the diverse areas of research belonging to the “alternative” paradigm of accounting research, and to provide a forum to discuss these studies from a variety of viewpoints – in a constructive environment. This conference rotates between Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

The 2018 conference will be held at HEC Montréal, a French-language university institution offering internationally renowned management education and research. The School has been training future managers who contribute to our society’s growth and prosperity, since 1907. Conveniently located in Montreal, a vibrant metropolis, known worldwide for its tremendous variety of cultural activities.

Since the beginning of the 1980s, the field of interpretive and critical accounting research has become increasingly diverse. A range of research epistemology and methodologies have developed to provide new insights into accounting, auditing, governance, public policy and risk management. Sometimes designated as “alternative” or “interdisciplinary,” this eclectic and diverse body of research is characterized by the overarching objectives of developing better understandings of accounting from organizational and sociological angles, and of encouraging better accounting and accountability practices.

The 2018 conference will be held in Montréal, Québec on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2018, at HEC Montréal. We are interested in receiving critical and interpretive papers at a relatively advanced stage of completion or already submitted to journals but not yet accepted for publication. The deadline for submission of papers is February 2, 2018.

Following a double blind review process, selected authors will be notified by March 5, 2018, and will need to provide the complete version of their paper by April 6, 2018. The conference agenda, as well as full-paper submissions, will be posted on the conference website.


We invite you to submit your paper by February 2, 2018 by completing the form available below:



The conference fees are C$300. For more information, contact Caroline Lambert ( or Samuel Sponem (

The Emerging Scholars Colloquium is a one-day event (Thursday, May 10, 2018) which precedes the main conference. The Colloquium aims to provide doctoral students and emerging researchers with the opportunity to discuss their work with other doctoral students and established scholars in the field.
The Colloquium is organized by Samuel Sponem and Caroline Lambert from HEC Montréal. Darlene Himick (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa) and Bertrand Malsch (Smith School of Business, Queen’s University) will join them to listen to students’ presentations and provide them with live feedback.


Emerging scholars who have just completed their PhD (in 2017 or in 2018) or who are currently completing a PhD – not in their first year – on political, social, environmental or organizational aspects of accounting are welcome to submit an application form.

The candidates should provide (1) a CV, (2) a 2-page document in which they outline their doctoral research project, and (3) a working paper or a thesis chapter that they wish to present. Documents should be submitted through the conference website (

The deadline for submission of documents is February 2, 2018.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 23, 2018.

Doctoral students and emerging researchers are allowed to submit papers to the main conference. However, papers submitted to the main conference need to be different from papers submitted to the colloquium.


We invite you to submit your documents and paper by February 2, 2018 by completing the form available below:



There will be reduced fees (C$50) (Colloquium and main conference) for doctoral students who are selected as participants to the Emerging Scholars Colloquium.

Entry Requirement in Canada

New entry requirements are now in effect in Canada. All foreigners except U.S. citizens are now expected to have either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa to enter Canada. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide assistance in this process but we can send an official letter with the date and place of the colloquium.

For more information…

Refund Policy

Please note that 100% of the registration fee will be retained if canceled less than 10 business days prior to the event.

Rates (taxes included)

Early bird: C$300 (ends on April 6, 2018)
Regular: C$370 (as of April 7, 2018)
PhD Student: C$50
Accompanying person (gala dinner participation): C$70


Full Program (PDF)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8:30 am – 9:00 am — Light Breakfast

9:00 am – 4:00 pm — Emerging Scholars Colloquium

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Plenary Session – Gilles Caporossi, HEC Montréal, ‘Computing and Scientific Discovery. How to Take Advantage of Data Science in Social Research?’

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm — Dinner for the Emerging Scholars Colloquium

Biography of Gilles Caporossi, Plenary Session Presenter

Gilles Caporossi holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Polytechnique Montréal. Since 2003, he has been a professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at HEC Montréal. His teaching and research interests include graph theory, algorithmic and artificial intelligence. He has been a member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) since 2004, and of the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry (IAMC) since 2010. In 2012, he was an associated researcher in the research group TERs at ITEM (Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes).

Full Program (PDF)

Friday, May 11, 2018

8:15 am – 8:45 am — Registration and Light Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am — Preparatory Session

9:00 am – 10:15 am — Plenary Session: Yves Gingras, Professor at UQAM and Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Sciences, ‘Research Evaluation. Uses and Abuses’

10:15 am – 10:30 am — Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm — Parallel Sessions 1

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm — Parallel Sessions 2

2:45 pm – 2:55 pm — Short Break

2:55 pm – 3:40 pm — Parallel Sessions 3

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm — Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm — Parallel Sessions 4

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm — Cocktail

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm — Gala Dinner: Restaurant Le Cercle, HEC Montréal

Saturday, May 12, 2018

9:00 am – 10:30 am — Parallel Sessions 5

10:30 am – 10:45 am — Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm — Parallel Sessions 6

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm — Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm — Parallel Sessions 7

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm — Closing Remarks

Biography of Yves Gingras, Plenary Session Presenter

Yves Gingras has been a professor of history and sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 1986 and has contributed to the inception of the Observatoire des sciences et technologies (OST), an organization devoted to the measurement of science, technology and innovation. From 2001 to 2005, he was the director and a researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST). Since 2004, Yves Gingras has been the holder of the Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science (CHSS).

After obtaining a master’s degree in physics from Université Laval, he completed his PhD in history and socio-politics of science at the Université de Montréal. Between 1984 and 1986, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

His teaching and research interests include, among other things, the conception of scientific disciplines and the evaluation of research. In his numerous publications, he puts forward an empirical and critical approach to the history of science. He is currently working on a project entitled “Evaluation of Scientific Research and Productivity. A Reflection on the Measurement.” On this subject, he published in 2016 “Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation. Uses and Abuses” by MIT Press.

In addition to being a prolific researcher, Yves Gingras is a well-known communicator. He can be heard regularly on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Les années lumière, where he has been a columnist since 1997.

Biography of Yves Gingras – CHSS

All rooms used for the conferences are located at the Côte-Sainte-Catherine building of HEC Montréal. The building is very close to the metro station Université-de-Montréal (blue line).

3000 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road
Montréal (Québec) Canada
H3T 2A7 (see Google Maps)

Conference Organizing Committee


Caroline Lambert, Associate Professor

Organizing Committee Members

Simon Dermarkar, Assistant Professor
Claire Garnier, Assistant Professor
Mouna Hazgui, Assistant Professor
Samuel Sponem, Associate Professor

Emerging Scholars Colloquium Chair

Samuel Sponem, Associate Professor

Scientific Committee

Marcia Annisette – Schulich School of Business, York University
Céline Baud – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Lisa Baudot – Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, University of Central Florida
Emilio Boulianne – John Molson School of Business, Concordia
Marion Brivot – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Laure Célérier – School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Charles H. Cho – Schulich School of Business, York University
David Cooper – Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Cynthia Courtois – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
Simon Dermarkar – HEC Montréal
Sylvain Durocher – Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Ken Fox – Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan
Claire Garnier – HEC Montréal
Yves Gendron – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Cameron Graham – Schulich School of Business, York University
Henri Guénin – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Mouna Hazgui – HEC Montréal
Eksa Kilfoyle – Odette School of Business, University of Windsor
Caroline Lambert – HEC Montréal
Cheryl R. Lehman – Hofstra University
Alexander Mersereau – HEC Montréal
Dean Neu – Schulich School of Business, York University
Claire-France Picard – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Abu-Shiraz Rahaman – Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Michelle Rodrigue – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Mélanie  Roussy – École de comptabilité, Laval University
Samuel Sponem – HEC Montréal
Matthäus Tekathen – John Molson School of Business, Concordia
Marie-Soleil Tremblay – École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)

Chair: Caroline Lambert
Associate Professor
Research Professorship in Sociology of the Accounting Profession
Department of Accounting Studies
HEC Montréal
Program co-chair: Samuel Sponem
Associate Professor
Holder of the CPA International Research Chair in Management Control
Department of Accounting Studies
HEC Montréal
Contact Information
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3T 2A7
Contact Information
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3T 2A7
Phone: 514 340-7794
Office: 5.363
Phone: 514 340-7019
Office: 5.521