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Speaker: Don Drummond, Adjunct Professor and Stauffer-Dunning Fellow, Queen’s UniversityDue to demographics and Canada's lacklustre productivity performance, Canada is headed into a long period of only modest economic growth. Answers will be sought on how to bolster that growth. But the realization will sink in that the public services Canadians want can only be delivered if they are made more effective and efficient. This will put pressure on better policy design and more rigorous policy evaluation. The question is whether policy authorities will respond quickly enough.
Speaker: Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Chair, Public Sector Accounting BoardCharles Antoine St-Jean, the new Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) will provide an overview of PSAB’s strategic direction. He will discuss the key strategic objectives in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Key strategic objectives include: 1. Finalize the Conceptual Framework 2. Review PSAB’s approach to International Public Sector Accounting Standards 3. Encourage stakeholders to support and accept our standards 4. Implement a not-for-profit sector strategy that meets the public interest 5. Develop standards that support public interest considerations.
Speaker: Michael Puskaric, Director Public Sector Accounting, CPA CanadaMichael Puskaric, PSAB’s director will provide a glimpse of what is coming next at PSAB as he provides an overview of the projects currently under development. He will discuss the status of projects including: Employment Benefits, Public Private Partnerships, Revenue, Asset Retirement Obligations and Not-for-Profits.
Michael Puskaric, MBA, CPA, CMA
Moderator : Diane Peressini, Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting from the Office of the Comptroller GeneralPanelists: Claude Rochette, ADM and CFO, National Defence; Roch Huppé, CFO and Assistant Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency and Arun Thangaraj – ADM, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and DevelopmentThe skills required as a CFO in the Public Sector are evolving. The CFO is no longer seen as a traditional accountant but a well-rounded individual with a varied business skillset. To be effective leaders, CFO’s are increasingly having to develop proficiencies and think critically beyond just accounting performance in areas such as strategy, risk, operations, IT and overall leadership skills to grow and sustain their organization. This session will provide insight on how you can foster a relationship with your senior team and develop the skills needed to become a go-to advisor. Our panel of CFOs will cover the most significant business issues that they encountered in their work. They will share common challenges and solutions. This session will provide participants with some "take aways" that can be carried back to their respective area.
Speakers: Kim MacPherson, Auditor General of New Brunswick and Martin Boucher, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopersPublic sector entities utilize a variety of tangible capital assets, which may require retirement. Examples include landfills, buildings containing asbestos, x-ray machines or wastewater treatment facilities. The Public Sector Accounting Board recently received responses to its proposed standard on asset retirement obligations. Find out what senior governments, municipalities, government not-for-profit organizations and other public sector entities need in an asset retirement obligations standard and what the next steps on this project will be.
Kim MacPherson, CPA, CA
Martin Boucher, CPA, CA
Speaker: Sheila Botting, Partner, Canadian Real Estate & Construction Leader, Deloitte
Speakers: Teresa Florizone, VP of Corporate Services and CFO, SaskBuilds and Jane Borland, Director, Financial Reporting, Saskatchewan FinanceIn recent years, public sector entities across Canada are increasingly using various forms of public private partnership arrangements for the provision of assets and delivery of services. As a result, PSAB has undertaken a project to develop authoritative guidance specific to public private partnerships. In the meantime though, entities have to account for projects that are already underway using the existing framework and standards. So, what do you need to understand and what should you consider when faced with accounting for a P3? Is it your asset? How should the various payment streams be accounted for? What should you consider disclosing? We are excited to have with us Teresa Florizone, VP of Corporate Services and CFO, SaskBuilds and Jane Borland, Director, Financial Reporting, Saskatchewan Finance to discuss the specifics of projects currently underway in Saskatchewan, including how the projects were structured and how they are being accounted for. Please join us to gain insights and specifics related to P3 projects in Canada.
Speaker: Michael Goodfellow, Partner, Audit Advisory – Finance Modernization, Deloitte
Speaker: Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada
Speaker: Jocelyn Bérard, Senior Vice President Organizational Psychology, Optimum Talent
Speaker: Jesse Hirsh, Futurist and Digital StrategistOpen Government is an exciting innovation in public service, however on its own it will not achieve the transparency or renewal that it promises. Rather it requires a larger culture within the public service, and a focus on literacy within the broader public, but also specifically among the political class (politicians, lobbyists, journalists, and public servants). We are now in the era of algorithms, headed to an era of artificial intelligence, and Open Government is arguably the last and best hope for democracy. For example Uber should be regarded not as a transportation company, but a data company, currently active in the transportation sector, but destined to have a hand across society, especially public policy and even public service. They represent the kind of power emerging in the private sector, and emphasize the need for a strong public sector data and proficiency. In Britain, the Labour Party under Corbyn has proposed an ambitious digital democracy initiative that offers us a glimpse of how Open Government is part of a larger process of democratic innovation and public sector renewal. What will Canada need to thrive and survive the challenges ahead? Open Government is the right approach, but it needs a broader culture to truly succeed.
Speakers: Ian Carruthers, Chair and John Stanford, Technical Director, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board
Speaker: Keith Streir, Americas Advisory AI Strategy and Customer Digital Offering Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
Speaker: Allison McManus, Partner, Accounting Advisory and Department of Professional Practice, and Bailey Church, Partner Advisory Accounting, KPMGWith another wave of IFRS standards to be implemented between now and 2021 (most, sooner), many public sector entities are facing transition challenges that may rival those of the first implementation phase in 2011. It's critical that they do not underestimate the scope and complexity of the impending IFRS initiative, as some did in 2011. This session will provide an overview of key upcoming changes, and discuss some practical implementation tips from ongoing implementation projects.
Bailey J. Church
Speakers: Andrew Graham, Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queens University; Gary Wuschnakowski, Director of Financial Management and Control Policy, Ontario Treasury Board SecretariatTraditional views of risk and innovation are that they are like oil and water. A robust understanding of the ideas of what risk and innovation actually are and how they actually occur will show that this is quite the opposite. In complex government environments, risk mitigation depends on innovations, small and large. Financial advisors occupy a special place in making this happen. Professor Graham will discuss the research evidence behind these ideas, share his own experiences and other real-life examples of risk/innovation synergy.
Speaker: Imran Ahmad, Partner, Miller Thomson LLPThis session will provide an overview of common cyber threats and what organizations should be doing from a breach preparation and response standpoint. The session will include several case studies, identifying best practices and common pitfalls.
Speaker: Laraine Kaminsky, CEO, Global LK2017 in Canada has a changing workplace and workforce. Leaders need to be intentionally inclusive, culturally agile and aware of their biases. Unintentional exclusion can lead to disengagement and decreased productivity. This session will address all the intersections and dimensions of diversity. Laraine will provide an engaging plenary which will include best practices and strategies for leading and managing an increasingly diverse workforce.
Speaker: Michael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing and Transfer Payments, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Costing Centre of ExpertiseHave you ever thought, ‘Why didn’t they listen to me? The evidence speaks for itself.’ Rather than becoming frustrated, let’s explore why the evidence may not have been considered and how you can improve your chances in the future.
Speaker: Dr. Carlos Davidovich, Vice President Executive Coaching and NeuroManagement Expert, Optimum TalentStress is part of our life, how to keep it under control? We will work on the understanding of what happen to our multiple brains when we are overwhelmed and the implications for our working life; and how to recognize the overwhelmed state in time. Using real life examples and concrete situations, Dr. Davidovich will present the seven steps to flourishing and thriving; creating a perfect set of take aways for participants as they return to work after this 2 day conference.
Carlos Davidovich, MD, MBA
Kelly Barr, Senior Advisor, Government Accounting Policy and Reporting Office of the Comptroller General of Canada Jane Borland, Director, Financial Management, Provincial Comptroller’s Office, Saskatchewan Finance Suzie Gignac, Partner, Ernst and Young LLPPaula Jesty, Partner, Deloitte LLPGeneviève Grenier, Senior Principal, Performance Management, Reporting and Public Sector, CPA Canada Michael Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting, CPA CanadaCharles-Antoine St-Jean, Chair, Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB)Juliet Woodfield, VP Finance &HR and CFO, Defence Construction CanadaGary Wuschnakowski, Director, Financial Management and Control Policy Branch, Treasury Board Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Finance
Michael Puskaric, MBA, CPA, CMA
Juliet Woodfield, CPA, CA
Join our financial literacy volunteer program for CPA members.
September 18, 2017
Jointly presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario, The ONE is the must-attend, multi-track event of the year, designed for all CPAs who want to be at the top of their game.
July 10, 2017
CPA Canada and Canadian CPAs celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and tell us why they are #CPAproud.