Wednesday, June 16

Log In Time

TIME

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Log in to the platform and get ready for the exciting day ahead! Send a good morning chat message to a connection or visit the virtual exhibit hall. Don’t miss out on finding the early bird gamification codes.

Welcome Remarks

TIME

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Hosts Geeta Tucker, FCPA, FCMA and Gord Dowhan, FCPA, FCA present their opening remarks to kick off day two.

Keynote

SPEAKER

Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA

TIME

8:40 am - 9:40 am

The Predictive Power of AI

Predictive research requires the processing of vast amounts of data in near real time, an impossible feat without the advanced computing power of AI. Today, enterprises can, for the first time, not only do very accurate predictive research, but can also compute what-if scenarios to allow company planners to optimize all operations of the organization including finance, operations, HR, sales and marketing and cyber security.

Learn how to use AI to increase sales, efficiencies, detect financial fraud and optimize performance.

Networking Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

TIME

9:40 am - 9:50 am

Visit the virtual exhibit hall, grab a refreshment, or stretch.

Technical Session

SPEAKERS

Peter Moreira, CPA, CGA & Rosalie Harms, CPA, CMA

TIME

9:50 am - 10:50 am

Future of Budgeting

The world of the CPA is changing. As professionals, we must not only anticipate the needs of the future, but also embrace the disruptive technologies heading our way. Digitization has created an explosion of digital information. CPAs must not only use professional judgment in determining what data is relevant, but also how to convey this information to users in a meaningful way. Internally, this begins with the budgeting process.

This session explores the quick evolution CPAs are facing as they adapt traditional budgeting models to encompass data KPI’s and AI, with the goal of answering some of the following questions:  How do we use AI to help us make predictions about future outcomes? How do we build KPI’s to incorporate data metrics? How do we use data analytics to monitor budgeted performance and how does this continue to adapt overtime?

 

Technical Session

SPEAKER

Tracey Epp, LLB

TIME

9:50 am – 10:50 am

Hot Topics in HR – COVID-19 in Employment Law

Employers and employees are dealing with unprecedented challenges. This presentation will help employers continue their operations and understand the fast-changing landscape as it relates to employees, layoffs, employment insurance programs, governmental support and other employment related issues.

 

Technical Session

SPEAKER

Louisa Jewell

TIME

9:50 am – 10:50 am 

The Neuroscience of Motivation

For decades we have used deadlines, pressured evaluations and imposed goals to motivate ourselves and others. We thought that if we rewarded behavior and kept people happy, we would get more of the behavior that we wanted. Discoveries in neuroscience show that these things do not always contribute to greater motivation and can sometimes even kill it. Science has cracked the code on what energizes people to move towards their goals and what turns them off. With all the distractions of social media it is impossible to manage people’s time anymore. If any leader wants to be successful, they must learn how to manage people’s focused energy instead.

In this session, Louisa shares the latest research and practical tools that you can implement with your teams to get them engaged and unleash peak performance!

In this talk you will learn:

  • The four major sources of intrinsic motivation that once aligned, move people easily towards their goals
  • Practical tools and strategies that will enable you to lead in new and impactful ways
  • How to rewire your brain for the highest levels of motivation
  • How to nurture greater purpose and meaning at work and how to inspire people to do their best work

 

Networking Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

TIME

10:50 am – 11:10 am

Visit the virtual exhibit hall, grab a refreshment, or stretch.

Technical Session

SPEAKER

Jennifer Nicholson, CPA, CA

TIME

11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Risk Thinking: How It Has Changed and What Will Be Required Going Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic caught almost every business by surprise. No matter how good your disaster recovery planning, it is unlikely a global pandemic that would shut down the entire world was in your plans. We were ill-prepared and left scrambling to adapt our business models and processes, and maintain liquidity to survive. The lessons learned remind us that risk management thinking cannot be forgotten. In this session, you will learn five lessons that you should incorporate into your disaster recovery plans for the next crisis. We may not know for certain when the next crisis will hit us, but we do know for certain it will.

 

Technical Session

SPEAKER

Tracey Epp, LLB

TIME

11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Accessibility for Manitobans

Over the past couple of years, the Federal and Provincial governments have introduced accessibility standards applicable to most employers. Are you up to date? Learn more at this important session. 

Technical Session

SPEAKER

Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA 

TIME

11:10 am – 12:10 pm 

How to Think Like a Machine

Join Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA, and CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc. (ASI) for a fun and accessible introduction to “Machine Thinking.” Erin will introduce you to fundamentals of machine learning such as sampling, classifiers, machine training, supervised and unsupervised learning, time series, hypothesis testing, type 1 and type 2 errors and priors through case studies and examples from everyday life. Erin makes these concepts easy to understand by showing how you use these concepts in everyday life.

You don’t need any background in AI or machine learning or even statistics! Just come ready for some story telling and remember to bring your sense of humour.  

 

Networking Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

TIME

12:10 pm – 12:20 pm

Visit the virtual exhibit hall, grab your lunch, or stretch.

Keynote

SPEAKER

Louisa Jewell

TIME

12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Building Resilience

Are you struggling with absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace? Are your people suffering from higher than usual burnout rates? Stress-related illness has now become the number one reason for absenteeism in the workplace in North America. If you really want to keep your people productive and engaged at work, it is mental toughness that will keep them moving forward when they most want to quit. Resilience is the key to long-term success and critical for achieving challenging goals. Old-school thinking had people believing that you either had it or you didn’t. But a growing body of breaking research reveals that mental toughness or “resilience” is not only a mindset that separates those who succeed from those who plateau, it is a teachable and buildable skill that few people are taught, but everyone needs. Louisa teaches people how to shift their mindset from surviving to thriving, even when times are tough.

In this fascinating talk, Louisa teaches simple, science-based tools to consistently improve resilience at work based on the latest research. People walk away with practical, evidence-based strategies for reducing workplace stress before it becomes distress.

Closing Remarks

TIME

1:20 pm – 1:25 pm

Hosts Geeta Tucker, FCPA, FCMA and Gord Dowhan, FCPA, FCA deliver their closing remarks to end the second day of the CPA Manitoba Virtual Conference.


Virtual Exhibit Hall

TIME

1:25 pm – 2:00 pm

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to learn more about our exhibitors and see if you can find the gamification codes they have to share.