People watching speaker on stage at TheONE conference

CPA Canada’s The ONE National Conference is just around the corner, ready to tackle this year’s theme: Sustainability Through Adaptability. (Courtesy of Sebastien from SAphoto.ca /CPA Canada)

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5 reasons you can’t miss The ONE conference this year

Join fellow CPAs to address how we can undertake rapid change in a sustainable way

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One of the biggest events of the year for accountants—CPA Canada’s The ONE National Conference—is just around the corner, ready to tackle this year’s theme: Sustainability Through Adaptability. Here’s why you must attend the big two-day event (with optional pre- and post-conference workshops) taking place at the Halifax Convention Centre on October 1 and 2.

Keynote speaker on stage at TheONE conference(Courtesy of Sebastien from SAphoto.ca /CPA Canada)

1. Fine-tuned keynotes

Touching on the conference’s theme, four highly-esteemed keynotes will put a memorable stamp on this year’s conference programming. “Our keynotes are exceptional and are sure to make a lasting and inspiring impact both personally and professionally,” says Geneviève Grenier, director of professional programs for CPA Canada.

Renowned contemporary violinist Kai Kight will connect his insights into music with how CPA’s can hone their creative potential; Sarah Burch—Canada research chair in sustainability governance and innovation at the University of Waterloo—will address the challenge of sustainability with her expertise in climate change; the New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Breather, Julien Smith, will speak to adaptability and the evolution of business in uncertain times; and director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada, Duncan Stewart, will share insight into the future of devices and machine learning. (See “Enterprise tech expert Duncan Stewart talks about the future of the accounting profession” for more)

2. Noteworthy speakers

Adding to the great line-up of keynotes is a roster of high-profile speakers, from award-winning accountants and renowned business coaches to cybersecurity experts and established authors from around the world. Sessions span a broad range of topics from leadership, sustainability, the value of a CPA to cryptocurrency, AI and cannabis.

“With 80 speakers (conference and workshop), six streams and a multi-pack agenda, we are providing participants the opportunity to ‘choose their own learning adventure’ with the hottest topics and something for everyone,” shares Grenier.

Bonus: at the end of the conference, attendees could earn up to 23 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. (See “Conferences, virtual classes, courses: 4 easy ways to meet your CPD requirements” for more)

Woman and man speaking together at TheONE conference(Courtesy of Sebastien from SAphoto.ca /CPA Canada)

3. Networking opportunities

The conference makes it easy for you to meet and greet more than 1,000 CPAs from across Canada. “The networking is without a doubt one of the main benefits from The ONE,” says Grenier. “There is no other place where you will find such a diverse group of accounting and business professionals.”

Participate in networking breaks, which take place between sessions. Attend a pre-conference reception at the award-winning Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which includes a theatrical tour of the facility. And, wrap up your Monday with the who’s who in the room—from attendees and speakers to sponsors and exhibitors—while sampling Atlantic food specialties at the conference networking reception.

4. Knowledge building

Whether you schedule it before or after the big event, there’s plenty of opportunity to build on your skillset. Start off on the right foot by attending the pre-conference workshop, There’s been a cyber-security breach. Now what happens?, on Sunday. Post-conference learning opportunities on Wednesday include workshops on topics ranging from finance functions and professional ethics to data analytics and tax planning.

All workshops are $395 apiece, apart from the full-day, post-conference workshop, The Future Ready Leader—Leading with Strategic Foresight, which is $795, and Become a CPA brand ambassador and help build the value of your profession, which is free, but does not qualify for CPD.

5. Explore Halifax

On your down time, there are plenty of ways to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of this lively city (conference attendees receive complimentary deals and discounts).

For lovers of the green, take advantage of the pristine course at Glen Arbour Golf Course, which is offering 20 per cent off green fees and power cart seat pricing. Restaurants, located minutes from the conference venue, and local businesses—including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Discovery Centre—are also hoping to grab your attention. Flash your conference badge and mention CPA Canada to receive discounts of up to 25 per cent off. Conference delegates and family members arriving a few days early can get a history lesson on a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and visit Discover Halifax for information on other activities and events.

“We are proud to say that no other conference brings together the pulse of the entire accounting community in the way The ONE does,” concludes Grenier. 

  • Join your fellow CPAs, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, by registering for The ONE National Conference today.