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September 19, 2019 – Glenn Gould Studio

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Conference Welcome Remarks

Shawn Kanungo, our Conference MC, will kick off the day by giving you a  glimpse into the sessions ahead and sharing need-to-know information.

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM

Opening Keynote: Embracing the Power of Tech in Your Life and Career

Google Canada’s Fab Dolan combines his expertise in technology, leadership, mentorship, and future-forecasting in a highly practical, exceedingly encouraging keynote about preparing for the future of work. Fab will show you how to build a better career — and a better life — by embracing the power of tech. Walk away with:

  • A better understanding of life-changing tech innovations that are currently trending around the world
  • Specific examples of the ways our work and lives will change based on latest technology trends
  • Top tips to prepare yourself for the future of work

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: What the Future Holds: Emerging Technologies in the Next 3-5 Years

Staying on top of the latest technology trends is more important than ever. But what about new, unknown, or emerging tech that has the potential to change your life and business in an instant? This panel is here to shed some light on what the future holds.

Amber Mac sits down for a candid chat with venture capitalists and tech experts to dive deep into up-and-coming technologies that may not be making headlines now — but could have significant impact on our lives, careers, and businesses in the near future. You will learn:

  • What exponential technologies have the potential of changing the world as we know it
  • What emerging technologies venture capital firms are investing in
  • How we can prepare for the unknown

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Tech Talk: What Kind of CPA Would You Like to be in the Age of Artificial Intelligence?

According to PWC’s 2019 AI’s Predictions Report, there will be three types of accountant of the future: (1) Citizen User, (2) Citizen Developer, and (3) Citizen Specialist. Join PwC Canada's Partner of AI & Automation, Annie Veillet, as she shares what skills are needed for each user category:

  • The end user who will use AI daily to make predictions, drive strategy, and advise the business of potential threats and opportunities
  • The line-of-business professional who is a power user, can identify use cases and data sets, and works closely with AI specialists to develop new AI applications
  • The technical person who lives, breathes, and programs algorithms and AI

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Spark Tank Tech Competition

Hosted by Shawn Kanungo

Are you an up-and-coming startup? An established SaaS? Heres your chance to showcase your impact on the accounting, audit, or finance industry.

Five technology companies that are sparking up the world of accounting will be given the opportunity to pitch their solution or service to an audience of CPAs of all shapes and sizes — thats you.

Sit back and listen to presentations that inspire, then vote for the most innovative company through the conference app. Youll help send one lucky winner to an upcoming CPA Ontario conference of their choosing, where they will be awarded a free exhibit booth plus a one-hour speaking opportunity.  

A disruption strategist, investor, and prominent CPA himself, Shawn Kanungo will no doubt entertain and enlighten with his “sparking” commentary and extensive industry knowledge.

Want to nominate your company? Email by July 31, 2019, and outline why you should win in 300 words or less. Five (5) finalists* will be announced and contacted in mid August.

*Please note that a contest participation fee will apply, and is mandatory for finalists that  are chosen by CPA Ontario to pitch their solution to our audience, comprised of 300+ thought leaders, decision makers, and CPAs across all industries.

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Networking Lunch

01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Tech Talk: How to Run the Professional Services Firm of the Future

Founder of the fully digital accounting firm, LiveCA, Josh Zweig shares his thoughts on how to run a professional services firm of the future. Using the history, business model, pricing structure, and rationale behind his own company, Josh will provide you with:

  • A breakdown of each type of technology the company uses to run the business
  • Practical advice on how to facilitate change and shift company culture as a first step to innovation
  • Other key considerations when utilizing tech for business efficiency, better service, and client experience

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

Panel Discussion: How Technology is Elevating Traditional Accounting Firms and Practices

In this panel, technology leaders will discuss the impact of technology and disruption on the overall accounting landscape, and explore the ways in which companies are innovating to stay relevant in the new world. You will learn:

  • How your organization can implement blockchain, smart contracts, AI, audit, cloud-based solutions, RPA (and more) to stay relevant
  • How specific software solutions are elevating accounting and finance functions (using real-life examples)

02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

CPA Rapid Fire Presentations: Leveraging Failure For Success

Ready to get inspired? Our curated line-up of some of the industry’s most unique, innovative, and successful CPAs are here to share their personal success stories — or more specifically: how they won by failing.

Warning: This session may result in attendees heading down a life-changing path that leads to infinite possibilities and unique opportunities.

Session format: 5-minute presentation and 1 slide

Topic: Name the problem you tried to solve, how you went about trying to solve it, how you failed at trying to solve it, what you learned in the process, and how you applied that learning to be successful.

  1. Context/problem
  2. Strategy to solve it and its failure
  3. What you learned from it
  4. How you applied that learning
  5. How you succeeded at applying that learning

Host: Michael Kravshik, CPA, CA, and the co-founder and CEO of Luminari, will be hosting what just might be the most mind-blowing session this conference has to offer. He’ll kick it off with his own presentation about failure, lessons learned, and ultimately, success.

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Networking Refreshment Break

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Fireside Chat: The New Skill Set of Modern and Future Leaders

In this candid fireside chat, Michael Cherny sits down with Ashira Gobrin, SVP, People and Culture of Wave HQ, to discuss the new and emerging leadership skill set. You will learn:

  • Which skills are no longer relevant, and which you’ll need in your tool box as traditional roles continue to evolve
  • How companies are changing their recruitment strategies to recruit and retain the ‘talent of the future’
  • How students, aspiring professionals, and current workers can develop relevant leadership competencies to build the careers they want

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Closing Keynote: The Power of Human Creativity in the Age of Digital Transformation

Welcome to the new world. The artificial intelligence and robotics revolution is changing everything about the way we live and work. In this new paradigm, creative thinking is quickly becoming an essential skill.

David Usher’s experience has given him a unique perspective on how to navigate this next wave of technological disruption. A multi-platinum-selling musician, who lived through the disruption of the music business, David is now the founder of Reimagine AI. In collaboration with Google Brain, he is also the co-creator of Lyric AI, an artificial intelligence agent designed to collaborate on song lyrics with humans.

In this chaotic and transformational time, David will demonstrate why creativity is the last ‘best competitive advantage.’ Using live music, video, improvisation, technology, and humour, this Canadian icon shows audiences why creativity is absolutely the superpower we need to distinguish ourselves and our companies from the rest. You will learn:

  • Why creativity is the most important skill to possess in the world of AI and disruption
  • How to develop and cultivate creativity
  • Ways to use this skill to navigate or determine your next career move
  • What prompted David to go from musician to AI & tech expert
  • How to overcome your doubts and fears

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Networking Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres