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If you’re a senior financial professional in the public sector or work for a not-for-profit that follows PSAB standards, this annual event in the nation’s capital is the place to be.
The role of public sector financial professionals is continuously evolving. At this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to upgrade your skills and enhance the value you bring to work with a variety of innovative sessions, captivating keynote speakers and thought-provoking panels.
With the theme of Lead.Innovate.Connect., this year's conference agenda promises cutting edge ideas, best practices and thought leadership, along with the regular technical and regulatory updates. Our featured keynote speakers this year include:
Connect with peers and hear about some of the top challenges facing today’s public sector finance professionals from every level of government. Stay up-to-date on emerging professional trends as you explore the leadership and accounting topics that matter most to you.
The first of three optional post-conference workshops is now available for registration.
Workshop fee: $395 plus applicable taxes. Conference attendance is not required to register for the workshop.
Please note that post-conference workshops will not be live-streamed.
Group discounts (virtual only) available. Please contact our customer service team to book groups. This discount cannot be combined with other offers.
Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.
Can’t make it to Ottawa? Attend virtually. Listen to speakers and see the conference, follow PowerPoint presentations and ask questions live in real time. All you need is a desktop computer, laptop or tablet plus speakers and high-speed internet.
Opening Keynote: Leading with Influence
Speaker: Heath Slawner, Expert on Trust-Based Leadership, Influence and PerformanceHeath’s work lies at the intersection of leadership, influence, and trust. Through in-depth and dynamic presentations, he shows audiences how to leverage proven strategies to strengthen relationships, drive performance, and achieve outstanding results. He demonstrates how trust and purpose – based on a palpable concern for others – are what’s at the centre of building great organizations.
Address by the Comptroller General of Canada
Speaker: Roch Huppé, Comptroller General of CanadaHear from Mr. Roch Huppé, the Comptroller General of Canada who will share his thoughts on leadership in the public sector.
Roch Huppé, CPA, CGA
Building Infrastructure to Meet Canada’s Needs: The Past, Present, and Possible Future of Public Private Partnerships in Canada
Speaker: Nicholas Hann, Infrastructure Consultant Investment in infrastructure is a great interest to all levels of government and the public. This session will explore the evolution of infrastructure construction and deployment across Canada and lessons learned from other countries. Join Nick Hann, a leading infrastructure consultant, to learn about key policy instruments all governments and stakeholders are considering in their strategy to build and deploy Canadian infrastructure to meet the needs of Canada and enable greater economic prosperity.
IPSASB and PSAB Strategic Update
Session to be confirmed shortly.
First Nations: The New Fiscal Arrangement
Speaker: Philippe Thompson, Chief Finances, Results and Delivery Officer, Indigenous Services CanadaJoin us to learn about a new fiscal arrangement between The Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations. Philippe Thompson, Chief Finances, Results and Delivery Officer at Indigenous Services Canada, will provide insight on how we are advancing this new fiscal relationship.
A Risk Management Approach to Cyber Security
Speakers: Richard Leest, Director of Information Technology Services, York RegionJason Li, Director, Controllership Office and Deputy Treasurer at York Region
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A Real-world Example of How Blockchain can Modernize Public Sector Financial Management: Lessons from the City of Toronto
Moderator: Abhishek Sinha, Partner, Ernst & Young LLPPanelists to date:Heather Taylor , CFO, City of Toronto Mark MacDonald, Partner, Ernst & Young LLPJoin us for a discussion highlighting the modernization and transformation efforts taking place at the City of Toronto around budget process modernization through blockchain technology. In this session, you will learn through first-hand experience how the power of new technology can help overcome long-standing challenges to efficient management. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how emerging technologies have been used to enable financial transformation in real-life situations.
Emerging Issues in Accounting
Speaker: Martin Boucher, Partner, National Accounting Consulting Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPWe often focus on the new accounting standards. And yet the public sector’s increasingly complex environment results in questions over accounting standards that have been applied for years. This session will cover new twists on long-standing accounting standards such as cloud computing arrangements, investments in green infrastructure, contingent liabilities in a context of more frequent settlements as well as accounting for participation in a shared asset. While this session will not give you all the answers, the objective is to raise awareness over application challenges of fundamental questions as applied to these emerging issues: Is there an asset? Is there a liability? Is there a need for a new accounting policy altogether?
Martin Boucher, CPA, CA
Ethics: Building Trust in Artificial Intelligence
Speaker: Cathy Cobey, Global Trusted AI Advisory Leader, Ernst & Young LLPArtificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to drive 95% of all customer interactions by 2025 but a lack of trust is the #1 barrier to its development. Without mature risk awareness that encompasses broader ethical and social considerations, AI capabilities will be slow to evolve. Join Cathy Cobey, EY’s Global Trusted AI Advisory Leader in a session to explore what your organization can do to gain trust in AI, including techniques to evaluate the maturity of your AI governance and ethical practices, measure the risk of an AI agent and build the control mechanisms to build and operate trustworthy AI.
Pension Plans (tentative)
Session to be confirmed shortly.
The New Generation of CPAs: Opportunities and Perspectives
Moderators:Jennifer Gerves-Keen, Executive CoachAlan Kerr, VP Corporate Services and CFO, Canadian Environmental Assessment AgencyPanelists to date:James Sabourin, Financial Services Coordinator, City of OttawaIn today’s work environment, it is not uncommon to be working with individuals from 4 different generations. Connecting and understanding people from different generations will produce new ideas and create opportunities for innovative initiatives. Learn about what defines a generation and the different perspectives by joining this engaging panel to hear from a number of early career Chartered Professional Accountants. What do they enjoy about their jobs and what opportunities do they see for technological advancements in the field of financial management? Three early career panelists will share their perspectives on these matters and what drives them to success.
Session to be confirmed shortly.
Keynote Address: Innovation and Disruption
Speaker: Max Valiquette, Innovation, Transformation and Marketing Expert
How Accountants Can Bridge the Global Infrastructure Gap
Speakers: Davinder Valeri , Director, Strategy, Risk and Performancce, CPA Canada and Alex Metcalfe , Head of Public Sector Policy, Association of Chartered Certified AccountantsInfrastructure is critical for economic and social development across the world. Transport infrastructure allows people to travel to work and transport goods to different markets. The power and utility systems provide us with the energy and services that we need to survive. We all rely on infrastructure systems to ensure that our basic human needs are met.Join Davinder Valeri and Alex Metcalfe, the report’s authors, as they demonstrate the critical role accountants play in bridging the global infrastructure gap by improving the planning and selection, financing and delivery of infrastructure projects. They will also talk about the 20 recommendations found in the report, derived from international good practice, to help close the infrastructure gap.
Innovative Ways to Deploy Programs
Speaker: Michelle Kealey, Director, Transfer Payment Policy, Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatEmbrace innovation in transfer payments by coming to this impactful session on innovative ways programs are deployed with grants and contributions at the federal government. Join Michelle Kealey, Director, Transfer Payment Policy, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, as she walks you through the evolution of financial instruments (social impact bonds, loss guarantees and outcome and performance arrangements), giving you the tools to influence innovative program delivery in your organization.
PSAB Updates (TBC)
Session to be confirmed shortly.
Disruptive Technologies (TBC)
Session to be confirmed shortly.
Natural Asset Management and Canada’s Accounting Framework: The Emerging Evidence
Speakers:Roy Brooke, Executive Director, Municipal Natural Resources InitiativeMichelle Molnar, Environmental, Economist & Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
Using Cross-Functional Collaboration as an Innovative Resource
Speaker: Jennifer Gervés-Keen, Master Corporate Executive Coach, JGK ConsultingCross-functional collaboration is a key element in strengthening organizations from the inside out, as well as being a catalyst for innovation and connection across (often) siloed departments and functions. Join Master Corporate Executive Coach Jennifer Gervés-Keen as she walks you through the value of and framework of peer learning triads and teaming agreements and how they can add agility and creativity to your workforce. Jennifer will share real-life examples of organizational impact; concrete tools and frameworks on how to set these structures up within your own organization will be provided
Asset Retirement Obligations - Implementation
Moderator: Bailey Church, KPMG LLP Panelists: Tomas Kelly, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; John Mauti, Ontario Power Generation
Quantifying Risk Transference: Using Data Analytics to Manage Risk in Procurement
Speaker: Peter J. Braxton, Subject Matter Expert, Technomics, Inc.Information is power and with procurement modernization being a key initiative for many, the use of data analytics within procurement provides undeniable value. Join Peter J. Braxton, Subject Matter Expert from Technomics, to learn about quantifying risk transference in procurement and how to use data analytics to decide on a risk transference strategy.
Post Conference Workshop # 1: Enhancing Public Sector Program and Service Delivery through Improved Operational Costing
Facilitator: Mike Haley, President, Landmark Decisions Inc.Public sector organizations are continually challenged in understanding the true costs of their operations in support of the programs and services they provide to Canadians. In addition, continual changes to funding and/or cost recovery formulae as well as ever-increasing resource constraints, make it difficult to maintain effective costing models for both current and forecast service delivery.Using a case study, this workshop walks you through a structured multi-step approach to implementing improved operational costing in your organization. The concepts that you will learn are based on the Consortium for Advanced Management – International’s (CAM-I) “Closed Loop” methodology which supports an integrated resource management approach to developing predictive business models. Key to this approach is understanding and improving operational business processes, increasing efficiencies and, as a result, optimizing resources, while retaining the quality of an organization’s programs and services.Key Learning Objectives:• Appreciate the benefits of a structured methodology for implementing better costing across the organization• Develop “hands-on” experience in understanding resource management and operational costing• Gain insights into developing realistic service fees and/or other cost recovery strategies• Understand the value of collaborative scenario-playing with operational cost models that support “future state” business processes
Post Conference Workshop #2: GST/HST Issues and Opportunities for the Public Sector
Facilitators: James Capobianco, Partner and Annie Gosselin, Director, Indirect Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPGST/HST compliance for Public Sector Bodies (PSBs) is complex and evolving. Examine issues and decisions faced by PSBs using a practical and hands-on approach, including effects of making various elections; Input Tax Credit allocation challenges; changes in entity status; best practices for process and documentation; and other current and emerging issues. The workshop’s highly interactive environment allows participants to work through realistic scenarios, while workshop leaders share their experiences and tips on tracking information, evaluating election impacts and identifying recovery opportunities.
Thank you to our 2019 advisory committee members
Sandra Anselmo, Principal Professional Programs (Public Sector), CPA CanadaJane Borland, Director, Financial Management, Provincial Comptroller’s Office, Saskatchewan Finance Sonia Brennan, Deputy Auditor General, City of OttawaMatthew Coley, Partner, Deloitte LLPSuzanne Gignac, Partner, Ernst and Young LLPMichael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing and Transfer Payments, Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatDiane Peressini, Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting from the Office of the Comptroller GeneralMichael Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting, CPA CanadaClaude Rochette, Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance) / Chief Financial Officer, Department of National Defence Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Chair, Public Sector Accounting Board Juliet Woodfield, VP Finance &HR and CFO, Defence Construction Canada
Michael Lionais, CPA, CMA
Diane Peressini, CPA, CA
Michael Puskaric, MBA, CPA, CMA
Juliet Woodfield, CPA, CA
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A block of guestrooms has been reserved at the Novotel Ottawa Hotel at a guaranteed rate of $189 plus applicable taxes. This rate is available until October 7, 2019, or until our room block is filled.
Contact the hotel to book (refer to CPA Canada's Public Sector Conference to get the conference rate), or reserve your room online.
Note, the hotel has a 72-hour cancellation policy, should you wish to cancel your reservation.
Advance your career in government with our new in-depth training program for today’s public sector financial professional.
This comprehensive course will cement your understanding of the unique GST/HST issues facing public sector bodies.
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