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CPA Ontario's Conference for Controllers 2017


March 28 - 29, 2017
The International Centre, Mississauga 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Canadian thought leaders at CPA Ontario’s Conference for Controllers. This two-day, high profile event will provide you and other experienced or aspiring controllers with bright ideas and a chance to expand your professional network.

Registration

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March 28 - 29, 2017
 
The International Centre (map)Mississauga

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Hotel Accommodations 

If you wish to book overnight accommodations, a block of rooms have been reserved at the Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport

Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport
640 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1J1
Preferred room rate of $159/night is available until March 5. Reserve your room online at CPA Ontario's Conference for Controllers by entering the dates and the code "CPA" in the promotional code field. Alternatively, you may call 1 800 333.3333 and quote group code "CPA"

Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your organization, increase visibility, tap into an extensive network of Chartered Professional Accountants and raise your corporate profile among key decision makers. View our sponsorship opportunities now.

Agenda

For your convenience, below is a detailed itinerary for this event. We will continue to update this page as more speakers and topics are finalized.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7 – 8:25 a.m.Registration, Networking Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Economorphics: The Economic Trends Changing Today into Tomorrow
Linda Nazareth
, Economist, Author and Broadcaster

Between globalization, urbanization and demographic change, the world we live in is evolving at a rapid pace, leading to shifts in economic opportunities and ever emerging challenges. So, what are the trends propelling today into tomorrow, and what outcomes are resulting from the shift? Join leading economist and author, Linda Nazareth, as she talks about the changes, challenges and opportunities in our world and how they impact the economy, labour market, financial markets and your industry.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Select One)

1. Negotiating with Impact
Julie Ruben Rodney,
Founder and CEO, MaxPeople

Negotiation is measured by two criteria: results and effects on relationships. A successful negotiation happens when we achieve our objectives. Join Julie Ruben Rodney and learn how to develop effective negotiation skills with the tools and techniques needed to achieve ‘win-win’ results. Plus, learn about the different styles of negotiation, how to distinguish between them and the key tips for conducting effective negotiations, so you can achieve results while cultivating relationships.

 

2. Agile Practices in Leadership and Project Management
Alan Mallory
, Project Manager & Sr. Mechanical Engineer | Speaker | Author | Performance Coach

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind’s greatest feats of human endurance. The two-month quest to reach the highest point on earth is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest and most extreme conditions imaginable. Now imagine running out of oxygen on the summit ridge, being forced to climb through at blizzard at the dead of night. How would you cope?

Join Alan Mallory as he highlights many tools and strategies for incorporating agile principles in leadership and project management, through a gripping and informative presentation that is supported by many of the stunning photos and short video clips captured along his intense climb to the top of Mount Everest. These elements include responding quickly and efficiently to changes and issues that arise, empowering people to make critical decisions, an iterative approach to scheduling and risk management, and adaptive planning based on current knowledge, goals and our external environment.

3. Change or Die! How a Fundamental Natural Law Applies to Software
Andrew Bates
, President, Softrak

“Change or Die” is not just a slogan developed by the software industry to force product upgrades on a resistant user, it is a fundamental biological law that governs life on the planet. Organisms that cannot adapt to change become extinct, as competitors exploits their weaknesses. Consider a product like Microsoft Excel for example. One would expect that after decades of software development that all possible improvements would have been made, however significant upgrades to the product continue.

Join Andrew Bates as he investigates what drives these product changes and the decisions that affected the change.

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.Networking Break
10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Select One)

1. Negotiating with Impact
Julie Ruben Rodney,
Founder and CEO, MaxPeople

Negotiation is measured by two criteria: results and effects on relationships. A successful negotiation happens when we achieve our objectives. Join Julie Ruben Rodney and learn how to develop effective negotiation skills with the tools and techniques needed to achieve ‘win-win’ results. Plus, learn about the different styles of negotiation, how to distinguish between them and the key tips for conducting effective negotiations, so you can achieve results while cultivating relationships.

  

2. Agile Practices in Leadership and Project Management
Alan Mallory
, Project Manager & Sr. Mechanical Engineer | Speaker | Author | Performance Coach

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind’s greatest feats of human endurance. The two-month quest to reach the highest point on Earth is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and extreme conditions. Can you imagine running out of oxygen on the summit ridge? How would you cope?

Through a gripping and informative presentation that is supported by many of the stunning photos and short video clips captured along his intense climb to the top, join Alan Mallory as he highlights the tools and strategies necessary for incorporating agile principles in leadership and project management. These elements include responding quickly and efficiently to changes and issues, empowering people to make critical decisions and adaptive planning based on current knowledge, goals and our external environment.

3. Change or Die! How a Fundamental Natural Law Applies to Software
Andrew Bates
, President, Softrak

“Change or Die” is not just a slogan developed by the software industry to force product upgrades on a resistant user, it is a fundamental biological law that governs life on the planet. Organisms that cannot adapt to change become extinct, as competitors exploits their weaknesses. Consider a product like Microsoft Excel for example. One would expect that after decades of software development that all possible improvements would have been made, however significant upgrades to the product continue.

Join Andrew Bates as he investigates what drives these product changes and the decisions that affected the change.

12 – 1 p.m.Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase
1 – 2 p.m.

Data and Dollars
Nandini Jolly
, CEO, CryptoMill Cybersecurity Solutions

As the business landscape develops, threats to sensitive data and the need for secure sharing and collaboration continues to grow. While the average cost of a data breach may be well documented, the long-term effect on corporate reputation and brand significantly adds to the toll. Join Nandini Jolly as she discusses the need for modern Controllers and CFOs to focus on enterprise security as an essential approach to protecting their company's reputation, stock price and most valuable information.

2 – 3 p.m.

The $88B Question: Is Employee Engagement the Driver for Business Success?
Ajay Chopra
, Principal Value Consultant, Kronos

While CEO’s face a number of challenges that threaten their business on a daily basis, the cost of ineffective workplace engagement is becoming increasingly significant. With five overlapping generations currently in the workplace, businesses are beginning to see a shift in their already complex business environment. Technology has changed how we live, work, and communicate with one another, yet many organizations lack an understanding of how technology can positively impact their workforce and overall productivity.

During this session, you will learn:

  • How the multi-generational workforce is changing the way we work and manage employees
  • The real impact of employee engagement on an organization’s bottom line and why small changes can reap big rewards
  • Why employee engagement is the driver behind business success
3 – 3:30 p.m.Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Balanced Scorecard v5.0
Brett Knowles
, Executive Partner, pm2-Performance Measurement and Management

Performance measurement is not what it used to be. Today, leading organizations like Google, LinkedIn, Spotify, as well as blue-chips like Boeing, British Aerospace and Sears, are seeing the birth of a new measurement mind-set that uses shorter time buckets and takes strategic measurement down to the team and individual level.  Join Brett Knowles, as he explains why short success cycles, OKR (Objectives and Key Results) frameworks and annual performance reviews are being replaced with more frequent, less formal performance conversations.

During this session, you will learn:

  • The newest trends in performance measurement and management
  • The benefits of these new performance methods 
  • How to apply these concepts in your organization
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Networking Reception and Exhibitor Showcase


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7 – 8:25 a.m.Registration, Networking Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.President, The Academy of the Impossible
Jesse Hirsh
, Artist, Futurist, Researcher and Internet Strategist

When anyone can say anything they want on the Internet, who should we trust, and why? With the rise of big data and artificial intelligence, we’re finally able to have evidence based policies and arguments, but what will it take for them to be taken seriously? Will artificial intelligence and machine learning create an employment crisis, or make our jobs easier? Is privacy dead? What about data security (or lack thereof)? How will block chain technology impact the world of accounting and business practices in general? Join Jesse Hirsh, leading strategist and researcher, as he addresses these questions and the role of leadership in our era of rapid technological change.
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

1. Branding: It’s Personal
Shoana Prasad
, Executive Coach & Founder of Glenwood Consulting Group Inc

Although personal branding as always been essential, it has never been such a widely discussed topic. What was once simply “your reputation” is now something much more formalized and strategic. Building on the inspiration of Tom Peters, Shoana Prasad takes a tour of big brands such as Nike and Zappos to help attendees understand how personal branding is, at its core, “what people say about you after you leave the room”.

During this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply lessons from big brands to our own personal brand
  • How to manage three layers of communication, so you can dictate how people perceive your personal brand
  • How to start refining your personal brand
10:30 – 10:50 a.m.Networking Break
10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

RISKS FOR SUCCESS -  Ignite the courage within and achieve success…
Denise Marek
, TV Host/International Speaker/Author/Worry Management Expert

Consider for a moment the purpose of an operating system. We rely on operating systems to let us interact with our computer. Without the operating system, a computer is useless. Much like the operating system of a computer, your own mental operating system, such as your thoughts and beliefs, determine how you interact with the world around you. This includes how you handle stressful situations, bounce back from adversity, take risks, and achieve your goals.

So what if there was a way you could reprogram your mental operating system to optimally work with you for greater success and deeper inner peace. Wouldn’t you want to know about it? Join Denise Marek as she outlines the steps to ignite the courage within, so you can transform your life forever.

During this program, you will learn:

  • The three essential risks for success
  • Release anything that’s getting in the way of what you want to do, be, or have
  • How to uncover what you truly want and overcome barriers
  • How to break free from self-limiting beliefs and conquer your fears
  • How to increase productivity and personal satisfaction

 

12 – 1 p.m.Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase
1 – 2 p.m.

HR Legal Obligations and Beyond
Jordan Rodney,
Founder of Rodney Employment Law; President, MaxPeople

In today’s legal environment, taking care of the ‘people-side’ of the business is becoming increasingly important to organizations. Leaders need to be equipped with knowledge and tools to reduce legal costs and minimize the risk of third party employee complaints or lawsuits that arise from workplace issues. Join Jordan Rodney as he provides an overview of typical workplace issues along with practical tips when faced with them.

During this session, you will learn:

  • Hot topics in employment law
  • Importance of legislative compliance
  • Checklists to ensure legislative compliance within your workplace
  • Legal obligations regarding termination of employment
2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

The Soft Skills are the Hard Skills
Peter Taylor
, Founder, Peter Taylor& Associates Inc.

Research has clearly shown that ‘soft skills’ have the greatest impact on a leader’s success. More precisely, Harvard University suggests that emotional competencies are twice as important as the combination of one's IQ and technical skills.

Join Peter Taylor as he describes the science behind emotional intelligence and how developing your emotional competencies will enable you to handle challenges with colleagues and clients more effectively. 

During this session, you will gain insights into:

  • The science of the brain
  • Emotional hijacks 
  • Impulse control
3:10 – 3:30 p.m.Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Controller’s Risk Management Primer
Brett Knowles
, Executive Partner, pm2-Performance Measurement and Management

Today, many organizations have begun including risk management in the critical responsibilities of their controllers. However, through the establishment of risk frameworks, items such as COSO and ISO31000 can become confusing, contradictory and no longer suited for either risk measurement or management.  During this session, Brett Kowles will share emerging best practices in risk management, so you can avoid roadblocks or confusion while developing your strategy.

During this session, you will learn:

  • The various types of risk frameworks
  • How to apply these concepts to your organization 
  • How to build your approach to risk

 


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