The ONE national conference 2018

The ONE is Canada’s must-attend, multi-track CPA event of the year. Stay at the top of your game with future-focused sessions, thought-provoking keynotes, prime networking opportunities and a first-class exhibition floor.

Event Details

Location and date:
Halifax October 1-2, 2018

Join 1,000 CPAs who are making a difference in business, accounting and finance, and don’t miss out on this unforgettable learning experience.

This year’s conference theme is Sustainability through adaptability.

With globalization, new technologies and the rise of significant environmental, social and political issues, business leaders are facing change and uncertainty. It’s critical that Canadian CPAs are able to adapt and help organizations stay ahead of the curve.

Adaptability is also crucial if organizations are to become more sustainable and develop innovative strategies for long-term profitability. The ONE speakers will be addressing these issues and will provide tools, tactics and resources to help CPAs navigate change.

Choose from a variety of sessions and panels in our interactive streams and earn additional CPD hours by adding on a pre- or post-conference workshop.

Presented by CPA Canada in cooperation with CPA New Brunswick, CPA Newfoundland and Labrador, CPA Nova Scotia and CPA Prince Edward Island

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Special offers/promotions

Early bird rate extended:

Save $100 by registering before April 15, 2018.

See Frequently Asked Questions for the following additional information:

  • pricing
  • optional workshops
  • networking events

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

starting at $1,095.00

14 CPD hour(s)
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Session Descriptions

Registration and Continental breakfast

Welcome remarks

Keynote address
Speaker: Julien Smith, New York Times bestselling author and CEO, Breather

Session Change Break


The Future-Ready Finance Leader: What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There
Speaker: Tom Hood, Business Learning Institute

Blockchain-Are You in The Loop? – An Introduction

Accounting Standards Update
Speaker: Linda Mezon, Chair, Accounting Standards Board

Economic Outlook
Speaker: Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC

Private Business Tax Proposals Part 1
Speakers: Denis St. Pierre, Tax Partner, ERP; David Cameron, Partner, Collins Barrow; Kenneth Keung, Director, Canadian Tax Advisory, Moodys Gartner Tax Law

Networking Break


Leadership Journeys

Audit Quality

From A Great Idea to A Great Business. Turning an Idea into A Sustainable Business - Why 90%+ Of Start-Ups Fail

Enterprise Risk Management
Speaker: David Prime, National RAS Partner, BDO Canada LLP

A Collaborative Approach to Effective Operational Planning & Budgeting
Speakers: Mike Haley, President and Founder and Derek Sandison, Performance Management Advisory Services, Landmark Decisions Inc.

Private Business Tax Proposals Part 2
Speakers: Denis St. Pierre, Tax Partner, ERP; David Cameron, Partner, Collins Barrow; Kenneth Keung, Director, Canadian Tax Advisory, Moodys Gartner Tax Law

Networking Lunch


Accounting Literacy in Your Organization and Beyond: Explaining Financial Concepts to Non-Financial People
Speaker: Mark Robilliard, Co-Founder & CEO Americas, Color Accounting International

Cannabis Industry: How The CPA Becomes a Trusted Advisor to Navigate Through the Weeds

Mind the Non-GAAP

Using AI for Predictive Analytics in A Privacy Aware World

Three Perspective Of Sustainability: Commercial, Lender And Regulator
Speaker: Kevin Dumaresque, CFO, Irving Oil

What Does United States Tax Reform Mean for Your Business?
Speakers: Bruno Godin, Partner and Cheryl MacDonald, Manager, Tax Services, US Tax, Grant Thornton

Networking Break

CFO of the Year

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Burch, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance
and Innovation University of Waterloo

Networking Reception

Continental breakfast

Keynote Address

Session Change Break


Change Management
Speaker: Jennifer Gervès-Keen, Consultant, JGK Consulting

Cryptocurrency: How Do You Provide Valuation Assurance

Innovation and Technology Trends: How The Audit Is Being Modernized

Small to Large Private Business: What’s YOUR Exit Strategy?
Speaker: Nikki Robar, Partner, PWC

Cybersecurity: Threats And Compliance Issues You Can’t Afford To Ignore
Speaker: Imran Ahmad, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

CRA Session with CPA Canada SMP Tax Committee
Moderator: John Oakey, Partner, Collins Barrow

Networking Break


Followership for Millennials
Speakers: Samantha Hurwitz, Chief Encouragement Officer and Marc Hurwitz, Chief Insight Officer, FliP University

Sustainability Reporting: What Is Included in The MDNA That Investors Should Know

Artificial Intelligence: Does Professional Judgement Matter?

The Underrated CFO Mandate: Effective Lender Management
Speakers: Fred Burke, Former CFO, Treasurer and Officer for Hamilton Specialty Bar Inc.; Sonny Monzavi, Chief Financial Officer, Pointe Claire Steel Inc.

Creating an Agile and Adaptable Organization

Tax - Transforming Through Technology
Speaker: Jay Goodis, Co-Founder & CEO, Tax Templates Inc.

Networking Lunch



From Internal Auditor to Trusted Advisor: They Grow Up So Fast
Speakers: Andrea Coish, Partner, Advisory, KPMG; Mark Bradbury, Board Member and Audit Committee Chair, College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Formerly Nalcor Energy, Corporate Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer

Predictive Analytics in Finance

The Evolving Finance Professional
Speakers: Michael Lemmer, Partner, MI6; Darlene Dasent, Vice President and CFO, University Health Network

Effective Partnerships with Your Tax Advisors
Moderator: Rob Jeffrey, Executive Vice President, Armco Group of Companies

Networking Break

Keynote Address

Conference Closing

There’s Been a Cyber-Security Breach. Now What Happens?
Speakers: Robert Masse, National Resilience Leader and Kevvie Fowler, Partner, Cyber Risk, Deloitte

Choose one of the following:

TGIF: Transform, Grow, Innovate Your Finance Function

Data analytics: Powerful Excel tools for today and tomorrow

Board & governance: How ethics can help organizations navigate the line between success and failure

Tax Planning from Times Forgotten

Become a CPA Brand Ambassador and help build the value of your profession
Note: This workshop is free but does not qualify for CPD hours

Workshop Leader: Heather Whyte, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Branding & Public Affairs, CPA Canada

The Canadian CPA is the only Chartered ‘Professional’ Accountant designation in the world. It leverages the esteem and value of the globally respected Canadian accounting profession that sets it apart in the world of business and accounting. We are looking for members who connect with the profession – feel pride, live the brand, and want to engage their energy and minds in a movement to enhance economic and social wellbeing as part of the CPA Canada volunteer network.

This is where you come in. Your unique experience, perspective and expertise would add a great deal. Come and join us in this interactive workshop, it promises to be an incredibly stimulating and engaging morning of exploration, discussion and collaboration and will provide you with the tools to define your own CPA story to share and help build recognition of the value of the Canadian CPA profession.

Heather Whyte

The Future Ready Leader – Leading with Strategic Foresight

Thank you to our advisory committee members
Financial Reporting and Accounting

Taryn Abate, Director, Audit and Assurance, RGS, CPA Canada
Leslie Batterton, Commercial Account Manager, RBC
Isabella Bertani, Partner, Collins Barrow Toronto
Jennifer Clement, Audit Partner, KPMG
Gregory Dilworth, VP, Investor Relations, Sun Life Financial
Karen Higgins, National Director of Accounting Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ron Keefe, Counsel, Stewart McKelvey
Wendy Kei, Corporate Director, Ontario Power Generation
Laura MacLaughlin, Principal, Grant Thornton
Jim Medeiros, Lead Principal, Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance Member Development and Support, CPA Canada

Management Accounting/Finance

Fred Burke, CFO, HB Steel in Hamilton
Richard Danis, Director, Finance, Defence Construction Canada
Karen Gosse, Vice-President Planning & Forecasting, Fortis Place
Jeanette Hill, Principal, Member Development and Support, CPA Canada
Erin Kelly, President & CEO, Advanced Symbolics
Raelene Kennedy, Controller, Nature’s Way
Mike Kennedy, CFO, Common Good Solutions (CIC) 
Lana Littlejohn, Director of Corporate Services, Association of Registered Nurses
Davinder Valeri, Director, Strategy Risk and Performance Management, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada


Rob Jeffrey, Executive Vice President, Armco Group of Companies
Kelly Kolke, Partner, Grant Thornton
Vivian Leung, CPA Canada Program Director, Tax Education, Professional Learning and Development, CPA Canada
John Oakey, Partner, Collins Barrow
Denis St-Pierre, Partner, EPR Canada

Taryn Abate CPA, CA, CPA (IL) ; Leslie Batterton, BBA, PFP, CPA, CGA ; Fred Burke ; Jennifer Clement ; Richard Danis ; Greg Dilworth ; Karen Gosse, CPA, CA ; Jeanette Hill ; Rob Jeffery ; Ron Keefe ; Wendy Kei ; Erin Kelly ; Raelene Kennedy, CPA, CMA ; Kelly Kolke, BBA, CPA, CA ; Lana Littlejohn, CPA, CMA ; Laura MacLaughlin, CPA, CA ; Jim Medeiros ; Denis St. Pierre ; Davinder Valeri

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


Halifax Convention Centre
1800 Argyle St., Halifax, NS B3J 3N8
t.:(902) 421-8686


Halifax - Delta Hotel
1990 Barrington Street, Scotia Square, Halifax, NS B3J 1P2

Room rate: $179/night

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3J5

Room rate: $209/night

Homewood Suites by Hilton
1960 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 3J8

Room rate: $224/night

Rates are available three days prior and three days post-conference, subject to availability.

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the participant. CPA Canada has arranged for special conference rates at the following hotels. Contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as a participant of The ONE national conference 2018 to qualify for the special rates.

Frequently asked questions:


New pricing structure:
Members: $1095
ACAF holders: $1145
Non-members: $1195

Group discount:

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 10 per cent conference registration discount. Please contact our customer service team to book.
Please note that this discount cannot be combined with other offers.

Optional workshops available:

Pre-conference workshop (Sunday, September 30):

  • There’s been a cyber-security breach. Now what happens?(Fee: $395)
Concurrent post-conference workshops (Wednesday, October 3):
  • TGIF: Transform, Grow, Innovate Your Finance Function (Fee: $395)
  • Data analytics: Powerful Excel tools for today and tomorrow (Fee: $395)
  • Board & governance: How ethics can help organizations navigate the line between success and failure (Fee: $395)
  • Tax Planning from Times Forgotten (Fee: $395)
  • Become a CPA brand ambassador and help build the value of your profession (Free. Note: This workshop does not qualify for CPD.)
  • Additional full-day post-conference workshop: The Future Ready Leader – Leading with Strategic Foresight (Fee: $795)

Participants must attend the 2018 conference in order to attend a workshop.

Networking Events

Sunday, September 30

Pier 21:

Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada through Pier 21, the entry point for one in five Canadians between 1928 and 1971. Complimentary to conference attendees and their families with early registration. Spaces are limited.

Pre-conference reception at Alexander Keith’s Brewery:

Network with conference attendees while enjoying the one-of-a kind, award-winning theatrical tour of Alexander Keith's original Brewery! Experience, a “Real Nova Scotia Good Time” with songs, stories, and - of course - a fine variety of Mr. Keith's ales. Complimentary to conference attendees only with early registration. Spaces are limited.

Monday, October 1

Conference networking reception:

Following the day’s sessions, join attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for The ONE’s epic networking reception. Sample Atlantic food favourites and enjoy a beverage or two while visiting conference exhibitors and meeting fellow CPAs. Complimentary to conference attendees only.


Glen Arbour Golf Course: Enjoy 20 per cent off green fees and power cart seat pricing at Glen Arbour – an expertly designed and meticulously maintained public course for golfers of all abilities, offering challenging greens and beautiful scenery. Complimentary to conference attendees and their families with early registration.


Please contact:

Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-800-268-3793