Friday, September 27

Early Riser Keynote


Keith Macpherson


7:00 am - 7:50 am

Making Sense of Goal Setting

Goal setting is an intricate practice that requires us to take into account many aspects of our life including career planning, finances, relationships, physical health and wellness to name a few. In our busy culture, it is rare to master the art of goal setting. More times than not, we find ourselves overwhelmed with the current tasks at hand and rarely seem to set aside the time to get clear perspective on who we are and what we truly want. 

In this presentation, Keith Macpherson offers an engaging and interactive experience to assist with making sense of goal setting and tangible strategies to integrate more mindfulness into the practice. 

The session will offer participants an actual opportunity to assess their current quality of life and begin to reflect on changes that they want to make to grow an even more successful future. 

In the keynote, Keith will walk participants through the four key steps to setting successful goals in every area of life. Expect to come away with greater clarity on how to set powerful goals and achieve them efficiently. 

Outcomes of the presentation will include:
  • The four key steps to effective goal setting.
  • A current analysis of one’s current life perspective.
  • Inspiration to move towards life purpose.
  • An opportunity to reflect on what one truly wants and why.
  • Strategies to implement new goals and outcomes.
  • A positive environment to explore and create new possibilities. 

Opening Keynote


Keith Macpherson


8:30 am - 9:20 am

Working with Mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a very popular buzz word in our culture. We especially hear this word popping up in the workplace with very little understanding as to what it means, why it is important, and how it assists with improving company culture, work/life balance and productivity. 

According to the statistics published by The Leadership Circle Profile, 80% of workers are operating in a reactive leadership capacity. With an alarming number of reported cases of stress, anxiety, and depression in the workplace, mindfulness is becoming a very important practice to build resiliency and balance in workplace culture. Mindfulness is also an entryway into developing effective and creative leadership in workplace culture. 

In his presentation, Keith Macpherson offers an engaging and interactive experience to assist with making sense of mindfulness and offers benefits and tangible strategies to integrate more heart into the practice. Known for his ability to entertain, educate, and evoke transformation, Keith will leave an audience feeling renewed and inspired to rise to a greater vision of themselves and their company. 

In the keynote, Keith will unlock three key principles in the practice of mindfulness including inner visioning, exposing the saboteur (limiting beliefs) and opening to a growth mindset (which invokes balance and resilience). The presentation assists with moving attendees from a reactive mindset that is fueled by limiting beliefs to a creative framework that expands leadership, communication, resiliency and balance.  

Outcomes of the presentation will include: 
  • Strategies to assist and counter stress and anxiety in the workplace environment and provide more inner balance.
  • New strategies to shift reactive beliefs and stimulate creativity.
  • Relaxation practices to re-focus the mind and build awareness.
  • Raise awareness of limiting beliefs and tools to re-frame them.
  • An opportunity to discover how to build greater productivity through less effort.

Morning Technical Sessions

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Dean Austin, FCPA, FCA & Shawn Friesen, CPA, CA


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This session is designed to review the accounting implications of the Accounting Standards Board’s project Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises. The session will also address taxation matters relevant to agriculture.


Tracey Epp, LLB


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Over the past year, the Federal and Provincial governments have introduced accessibility standards applicable to most employers. On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis use/possession was decriminalized. What are the key issues employers should be aware of? What about other off-duty conduct like negative or harmful social media posts? Can employers do anything? Or should they?

Luncheon Keynote


Mitch Dorge


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

An Ethical 3%: Transforming Your Work, Your Team, and Making A Difference

What is an Ethical 3%? It’s the extra 3% of productivity you get from people without having to ask for it. When your team and leaders feel supported and have the tools to support each other, they’ll always have that extra level of engagement that ultimately affects your bottom line.

As there is no “one size fits all” recipe to fast-track success, Mitch creates trust and comfort on a level playing field to create the support, engagement and interaction that fits your team’s uniqueness and culture. Recognizing that you are a part of something no one else has creates a pride that fuels a happy workplace. A happy workplace will produce an easy ethical 3% more productivity.

Mitch provides the tools to move beyond status quo, tapping into each individual’s ability to be self-aware of how they fit into the team. In the future, this allows them to grow and exceed their own expectations.

*Please note that this session is not eligible to meet the mandatory ethics requirement.

Afternoon Technical Session


Bruce Granke, FCPA, FCGA


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Ethical conduct is paramount to the accounting profession. It is essential to our mandate of “public protection” and can create long-term, competitive advantage and be a differentiating factor in today’s increasingly competitive environment.

This session will provide participants with an overview of CPA Manitoba’s Code of Professional Conduct. Using real life scenarios, participants will be given the opportunity to determine the appropriate course of action according to the CPA Code in order to make more ethical decisions.

*This session is eligible to meet the mandatory ethics requirement.