Conference for audit committees 2017

Opportunity lies in times of rapid change. Environments with constant disruption require skilled and diverse audit committee members. Industry experts discuss strategies to help you anticipate change to benefit your board and organization.

Event Details

Location and date:
Toronto November 30 - December 1, 2017

Join this event to strengthen your foresight on the factors that drive change globally—technical, political, economic, environment and social—and how your participation on a board can make a difference.

Enormous challenges face members of audit committees for Canadian organizations. This annual conference is a must-attend for audit committee members and CFOs who work with boards of directors. It also provides a unique opportunity to network with the experts and your peers.

Optional pre-conference workshop on November 29: Fundamentals of audit committee membership

Learn about the essentials you need to know as an effective audit committee member. This includes the responsibilities of boards and audit committees, risk management strategies, finding the right organization to work with and what skills you can bring to the table.

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Special offers/promotions

Fundamentals of audit committee membership optional pre-conference workshop:

  • Purchase the workshop with the conference and save $200. (Discounted price $495)

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.


14  CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

Who should attend?

  • chairs and current audit committee members who want to broaden their knowledge
  • CFOs, CEOs and other senior executives who work with their audit committees
  • CPAs, lawyers, technology/cybersecurity, and other professionals who advise audit committees
  • prospective audit committee members who want to understand more about the role

More Details:

Session Descriptions

Registration and Continental breakfast

Opening keynote address
Speaker: Edie Weiner, President & CEO, The Future Hunters

Accounting update and the implication on audit
Speakers to date: Linda Mezon, Chair, Accounting Standards Board

Value added audit/non-GAAP reporting and KPIs
Speakers: Richard Talbot, Board of Directors, CFA Society Toronto; Stefan Mihailovich, Principal, Corporate Oversight and Governance, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada; Axel Thesberg, Finance and Audit Committee Chair, Kingston General Hospital

Networking break

From defensive to proactive investor perspective
Speaker: Rakhi Kumar, Managing Director, Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

Moderator: Catherine Jackson, Founder, Jackson Principled Governance

Networking lunch

Demystifying blockchain, bitcoin, disruptive technologies

Climate change doesn’t care about your balance sheet or income statement
Speakers: Alec Hay, Resilience and Security Planning Leader, DIALOG; Diane Larsen, Assurance Partner, Global Professional Practice, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Networking break

Cyber security: As a Board member you are notified by the CEO the company has discovered a serious cyber security breach. Now what happens?
Speakers: Robert Masse and Nathan Spitse, Partners, Risk Advisory, Deloitte

A simulated example of a cyber hack where your corporate systems have been compromised. As Board members you will be briefed on the situation, asked to discuss how you propose to initially deal with it and further developments as they are presented throughout the session.

The situation would evolve to explore different issues and outcomes.

Networking reception

Continental breakfast

Keynote address
Speaker: Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC

3 leaders, 3 stories, many lessons
Moderator: Richard Fontaine, Professeur, Département des sciences comptables, École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal

Panelists to date: Patricia Meredith, Chair, Canada’s Task Force for the Payment System Review; Nicholas Kirton, Chair, Essential Energy Services

Change is the only constant and it seems businesses today are seeing that change at an accelerated pace. Technology will significantly impact audit and compliance, in addition; political, economic, social and environmental factors continue to be key drivers of change in business and society. With the Audit Committee seen as a leader in effective corporate governance, it is essential to remain aware and informed on these key drivers. Past and present Audit Committee Chairs will share their experiences and discuss the importance of proactive dialogue and strategic foresight to conduct more effective oversight.

Networking break

Managing relationships of audit committee chair

Networking lunch

Artificial intelligence

Audit committee performance evaluations
Speaker: Brad Kelly, Partner, Global Governance Advisors

It is important that an audit committee assess its own effectiveness in order to identify potential gap areas in performance and opportunities for further development. This session will equip you with the tools needed to conduct a successful evaluation by communicating the characteristics of an effective audit committee demonstrated through case studies. We will also examine toolkits for the audit committee (self-assessment) and external auditor and discuss when to conduct an external assessment as opposed to self-assessment.

Networking break

Audit committees: Agendas, work plans and mandates of the future
With a fluctuating business environment that includes cyber risks, economic and political uncertainty and increased demands on transparency; having a focused agenda that effectively addresses and prioritizes risks is key. This session will provide insight on how to structure your agenda and work plan to remain focused on principal responsibilities while remaining flexible and aware of those key issues discussed throughout this conference. We will discuss some current best practices for audit committees when fulfilling and reviewing their mandates/terms of reference and provide templates for many items discussed in the session including; work plans, agendas and mandates.

Conference wrap up
Speakers: Michael Calyniuk, President, MEC Dynamics Inc.; Michael Garvey, Chairman and CEO, Kelvin Thermal Energy Inc.

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6
t.:(416) 869-1600


Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Sq., Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the participant. CPA Canada has arranged for special conference rates at the following hotel. Contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as a participant of CPA Canada’s 2017 Conference for Audit Committees to qualify for the special rate. Westin Harbour Castle Hotel:

  • $239/night
  • rate available until November 15, 2017 or until room block is full
  • reservation link
Rates are available three days prior and three days post-conference, subject to availability.



Please contact:

Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-888-337-3242

Alexandra Garant, contact for Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities
Tel: 416-204-3397