Wednesday, June 19

Opening Keynote

SPEAKER

Alexandre Bilodeau, Future CPA

TIME

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Dare to Dream Big: From the Olympic Podium to the Board Room

His skiing career wasn’t always easy. At times when many would have quit, Alexandre rolled up his sleeves and worked twice as hard to become the best athlete he could be. In this motivational keynote, Alexandre discusses the lessons and values that took him to the highest peaks of his sport. With his unique perspective as a future CPA, he illustrates how those lessons can be applied to anyone, from aspiring CPAs to those established in their careers.

Topics covered:

  • Overcoming adversity 
  • Determination and the importance of working towards a goal
  • The power of teamwork and how to surround yourself with likeminded people

Please note: a photo and autograph session immediately follow the keynote. For more details, visit the Conference Experiences page. 

Morning Technical Sessions

SPEAKER

Pat Hirst

TIME

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Labour is one of the higher expense categories on our monthly statements and a topic that often frustrates managers and business owners. How can we get the most out of our investment in human resources? Through feedback skills!

Improving the ability to give feedback, especially for managers, provides the opportunity to produce measurable returns through improved on-the-job performance, enhanced group collaboration and employee engagement. Giving feedback is not only a key communication skill to get results and maintain relationships; but leaders and owners need to use it to create a respectful workplace culture.

Many leaders expect people to “just do their jobs” or “use common sense”, but employees won’t know they have to change if they don’t get information. People need regular feedback about how they are doing; not just once a year at performance appraisal time. 

Objectives:

  • Consider the importance of feedback 
  • Explore the difference between feedback and criticism
  • Examine models and skills for giving both positive and developmental feedback
SPEAKER

Connie Siu

TIME

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Operational excellence is a cornerstone of sound performance. Cumbersome operations pose significant risks as customers switch their business to competition, employees get frustrated and leave for greener pasture, and business leaders become exhausted as they attempt to catch up with the transformation necessary to stay relevant. The feverish pace of technology advancements exacerbates the problem.

Inefficiencies are insidious plague in your organization. Building a tolerance for them is a sure way to exhaust your employees and invaluable resources.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why persistent causes get brushed aside
  • The sweet spot for effective execution
  • Why transformation doesn’t deliver anticipated benefits
  • The building blocks for continuous improvement
SPEAKER

Brian Anderson, CPA, CA

TIME

10:00 am - 11:30 am

This session will review recent tax changes included in the 2019 federal and provincial budgets.

SPEAKER

Regan McGrath, CPA, CA

TIME

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay and will impact how we live and do business. This session will provide a brief history of AI advancements, analysis of the current trends that accelerate AI research and adoption, analysis of AI business-use cases in accounting and professional services, best practices for AI adoption and professional development and predictions for the future of commerce.

Lunch Keynote

SPEAKER

Fab Dolan

TIME

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Redefining Business in the Great Age of Innovation

Around the world, in laboratories, universities, and garages alike, innovators from all fields are making unprecedented advances in technology. What's being created—in robotics, computing, health sciences, and more—is changing the way we live and work. In this talk, Google Canada's Head of Marketing Fab Dolan reflects on the rapid advances we’re seeing across all industries and shows us a glimpse of what could be next. More than just a highlight reel of new technology, this talk asks: “What does it mean to live and work in an exponentially changing world?” We are all in the business of tech now, Fab says. Emerging technologies are redefining the way we do business. From startups to global corporations to small businesses, Fab explores the challenges and opportunities your audience is facing in this great age of innovation.

Afternoon Technical Sessions #1

SPEAKER

Pat Hirst

TIME

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workplace conflict is a major source of stress, frustration and a leading cause of employee disability leave. Dealing with conflict can take valuable time and energy. Certain people “get under our skin,” have “unreasonable requests” or a different style of working that “drives us nuts”.

The great thing about conflict is that we have choices at our disposal to help us resolve it. This session explores the world of workplace conflict and highlights strategies and approaches to help you manage conflict – rather than letting conflict manage you!

Workshop Objectives: 

  • Identify responses to conflict  
  • Consider a model for resolving differences
  • Apply techniques and strategies to create a pro-active culture for dealing with conflict 
SPEAKER

Connie Siu

TIME

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The annual planning cycle starts with the development of the strategic plan, followed by target setting and the selection of initiatives to operationalize the plan. Through the process, there is little focus on whether the key performance indicators are still relevant.

As leaders in your organization, you play an important role in communicating the strategy and the alignment of the execution plan with strategy. This can be accomplished when you have results clarity and use a systematic thought process to figure out what would provide useful insight to drive focused execution and accelerate success.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to attain results clarity from strategy statements
  • A powerful technique to critique the effectiveness of performance indicators
  • How to develop meaningful measures
  • How to improve performance with an effective performance measurement framework
SPEAKER

Regan McGrath, CPA, CA

TIME

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The rise of cryptocurrencies presents a unique challenge for tax practitioners. This session provides a detailed overview of commonly used crypto instruments to allow practitioners to better understand the instruments themselves so they can improve their advisory for future-focused clients.

SPEAKER

Dr. Sylvie Albert

TIME

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session description coming soon.

Afternoon Technical Sessions #2

SPEAKER

Judy Murphy, FCPA, FCA

TIME

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Remember when people unquestioningly did what leaders asked just because of their positions? Leadership is no longer the sole domain of a few who have been given a title or position - leadership is shared. At the same time, our environment is uncertain, the pace of change is exponential, multi-generational workplaces mean diverse expectations and we are moving from a job-based economy to one that is skill-based.

So what does all of that mean for us as leaders? What are the critical attitudes, beliefs and leadership skills that are needed now and in the future? What do we and the leaders around us need to develop to be effective in this new world?

It all starts with you. This is your invitation to build your toolkit, to get ready for what’s next and to step up and lead!

SPEAKER

Connie Siu

TIME

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Performance measurement is not a new concept but organizations continue to struggle with the entrenched negative perception about it.

The fear of penalty steers people to shy away from reporting on problems. When problems are swept under the rug, issues are not addressed until they become chaotic. This affects the organization’s ability to be proactive, leading to poor morale, missed targets and unhappy customers.

To build a robust culture for high performance, leaders need to develop trust in how results would be used to improve business performance. It takes more than education. A disciplined approach is needed to instill clear values and change the perception about performance measurement. A healthy culture is manifest through better collaboration across the organization and acceleration in execution.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The linkage between strategy, results and execution
  • How to overcome hurdles that stall results delivery
  • The core elements of a solid performance measurement framework
  • The techniques to develop a robust culture that lasts
SPEAKER

Regan McGrath, CPA, CA

TIME

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

As the cannabis space matures, accountants and financial professionals have become sought-after specialists in the field. This session examines the convoluted tax, regulatory and banking issues prevalent in the cannabis industry in Canada. Regan will draw from her experience as a tax professional and strategic consultant with private and public cannabis companies to highlight real challenges and opportunities in the Canadian cannabis sector. This session is aimed at helping accountants explore the burgeoning cannabis industry.

SPEAKER

Kevin Lamoureux

TIME

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Call to Action 92 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada calls upon the corporate sector and their leadership to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, for meaningful consultation, long term sustainable opportunities from economic development projects as well as education and training for managers on the history of Indigenous people, intercultural competency, human rights and anti-racism.

Broadly speaking, Reconciliation is a opportunity for all Canadians to be a part of healing the broken relationships that we have all inherited. More specifically, Call to Action 92 offers the corporate sector to contribute to a more vibrant economy through healthy engagement with Canada's fastest growing demographic.

This session will offer a welcoming and blame-free invitation for participants to begin a learning journey that will be both eye-opening and empowering, especially for those who are just beginning this journey.