CPA Canada and CPA Ontario jointly presented The One national conference from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29 in Toronto. (Optional workshops were held on Sept. 30.) The annual event offered two days of jam-packed professional development opportunities and special presentations by high-profile individuals. The conference kicked off with an exciting announcement. Tashia Batstone, vice-president, education services, CPA Canada, and Carol Wilding, president and CEO, CPA Ontario, said that as of Oct. 1 there were 200,000 CPAs in Canada. “We are now one of the largest and most influential designations in the world,” Batstone said. View Gallery Through thought-provoking seminars and headline sessions, CPAs spent two days enriching their approaches to both accounting and work-life tactics. Curtis Zimmerman, bestselling author of Life at Performance Level, led the first keynote session. Through a round of juggling (each of the 1,200 conference delegates was actually provided with three balls), Zimmerman showed that dropping the ball in business isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it’s necessary if you’re trying to learn how to juggle. Dean McCann, CFO of Canadian Tire and CFO of the Year, closed the conference. “Disruption creates opportunities,” he said, illustrating how Canadian Tire is leading the charge in the digital space. Dr. Christopher Ragan of McGill University and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, performance consultant to Olympians, the NHL and NBA, provided two highly engaging keynote sessions to an audience that totalled more than 1,200. There were also numerous networking opportunities, including Monday evening’s Coast to Coast reception, which featured food and refreshments from various regions of Canada. Who could resist the poutine station? CPAs were also social media savvy. The One conference got 690 social media mentions using the hashtag #CPATheOne. The two screens highlighting tweets from the event, including 350 unique tweets, helped attendees engage all aspects of the conference and continue networking long after the final session closed. We hope to see you at #CPATheOne next year in Vancouver from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20.