The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is saddened by the untimely passing of Brian Friedrich, a long-term board member, and friend to many.
Born and raised in Western Canada, Brian was a significant contributor to the IESBA’s work, including leading several initiatives and global outreach. He had an infectious energy in promoting the importance of education and ethics for professionals worldwide. Committed to inclusive and collaborative discourse, he always challenged colleagues to think about issues in fresh and innovative ways, especially in his role as Chair of the Technology Working Group.
He lived life – both personally and professionally – on his own terms, always pushing boundaries and questioning arbitrary conventions. His commitment to ethics and the public interest was unwavering, and his perceptive nature and intelligence played a significant part in promoting IESBA’s mission and elevating the role of ethics in the global accountancy profession.
Above all, Brian was a trusted friend to his fellow Board members and IESBA Staff, who will all miss him greatly. His warm personality and friendship will stay with his colleagues and friends, and his passion will continue to inspire.
The thoughts and condolences of the IESBA community are with Brian's wife and professional partner, Laura, and their family during this difficult time.
A celebratory memorial for Brian is being arranged. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or your local Heart and Stroke Foundation.