Public sector conference 2019

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.

Event Details

Location and date:
Ottawa October 28-29, 2019

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.

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.

Post-conference workshops are currently under development. More information will be added soon. Please note that post-conference workshops will not be live-streamed.


Some highlights from last year’s Public Sector Conference:
  • a keynote by John Ibbitson, award-winning Globe and Mail political journalist on the impact of global population decline
  • a keynote by strategist Shawn Kanungo on disruptive innovation and how to win in a chaotic era
  • two additional engaging keynotes who spoke about leadership and decision making for resilient organizations
  • a highly anticipated Auditor General panel on public trust and auditing for integrity with General Auditors from three levels of government
  • a panel featuring financial executives’ insights on leadership in the public sector
  • technology sessions on cybersecurity, blockchain and data management

Special offers/promotions

Early bird discount (in-person and virtual): Get $100 off when you register before May 15, 2019.

Group discounts (virtual only) also 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.

In-person: $1,095; Virtual: $895

14 CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

Topics include:

  • important PSAB updates
  • innovative best practices
  • public sector accounting
  • government financial management and reporting
  • technology trends for the public sector
  • leadership development

Virtual conference option

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.

Who should attend?

  • senior financial professionals with controller, treasury or budget functions
  • public accountants, auditors and other professionals
  • financial analysts and other financial statement users

More Details:

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2
t.:613-563-1984 or 1-800-450-0077


The Novotel Hotel
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7

Frequently asked questions:

What equipment do I need to join the virtual conference? For a smooth virtual conference experience, ensure that you have:

  • the most current operating system and browser on the device you will use to connect to the virtual conference platform
  • access to high speed/broadband Internet; if you are not on high-speed Internet, your video may become patchy at times
  • speakers/headphones to hear the conference speakers, and keyboard to submit any questions to the speakers.

Booking accommodations at the Novotel:

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.

The Novotel Ottawa Hotel
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON
t. 613-230-3033

Note, the hotel has a 72-hour cancellation policy, should you wish to cancel your reservation.


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Please contact:

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