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The World Congress of Accountants will bring together some 6,000 finance and accounting leaders from 130 countries. (Shutterstock)

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Build your knowledge base, grow your contacts at one of these top accounting conferences this year

From the World Congress of Accountants to the ONE Conference, here are four finance events to up your networking game this fall

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The ONE National Conference 2018

The ONE National Conference is a must-attend event of the fall season—roughly 1,000 CPAs attend each year. If this is your first time, you’re sure to be impressed. If you’re a returning participant, you’ve already been won over!

This year’s theme, Sustainability Through Adaptability, illustrates a matter of key importance for us all, as our points of reference seem to be challenged due to globalization, new technology or new environmental, social and political issues.

This year’s speakers include Duncan Stewart, director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, and Kai Kight, a classical violinist, entrepreneur and innovator.

The ONE, which is presented by CPA Canada, in co-operation with CPA New Brunswick, CPA Newfoundland and Labrador, CPA Nova Scotia and CPA Prince Edward Island, will be held in Halifax this year.

Where: Halifax
When: Oct. 1-2, 2018 (pre-conference reception to be held on Sept. 30 at Alexander Keith’s Brewery)
Pricing: Starting at $1,095

Fraud Conference Canada

Whether you’re new to this area of practice or a seasoned professional, there’s no better place for anti-fraud training than the Fraud Conference Canada.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), which is organizing this conference, is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and a premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. It has more than 75,000 members in 200 chapters.

As we wait for confirmation of this year’s training program, take a look at the 2017 calendar of events (which included topics such as passwords, data protection, insurance fraud, bitcoin and malware). This should be enough to convince you.

Where: Ottawa
When: Oct. 28-31, 2018
Pricing: Starting at $1,075 (prices reduced until Sept. 28, 2018)

World Congress of Accountants 2018

You won’t want to miss the World Congress of Accountants because, like the Olympics, it’s only held once every four years. This conference marks the event’s 20th anniversary, and will bring together some 6,000 finance and accounting leaders from 130 countries.

This event will provide a forum to discuss issues relating to the profession with colleagues from around the world. A broad range of fascinating topics will be discussed, including ways to manage the shift to digital technology, blockchain, AI, cybercrime, the role of central banks, risk management and the future of the profession.

Speakers at this year’s event include Ban Ki-Moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations, and David Bradbury, head of tax policy and statistics division at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Joy Thomas, CPA Canada’s president and CEO, will be moderating the panel on The Innovation-led Finance Function on Nov. 7. Topics of discussion include the future finance function, how to shift from task focus to strategic focus and building teams who can support innovation in business. Panellists include Jacqueline Chan, chief financial officer at DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, and Janelle Hopkins, executive general manager, finance and group chief financial at Australia Post.

The 2018 conference, which is organized by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in collaboration with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia, will be held in Sydney. Previous conferences were held in Kuala Lumpur and Rome.

Where: Sydney, Australia
When: Nov. 5-8, 2018
Pricing: $1,195 to $2,950 AUD (prices reduced until June 30, 2018)

AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit 2018

AICPA’s Women’s Global Leadership Summit 2018 provides a great opportunity to focus on issues that are more topical than ever: How to foster female leadership? What lessons can be learned from successful business women? (Some women will be on hand to tell you.) Why are only 24 per cent of partners in firms women?

Although the conference is being held in New York, you can attend online, without missing a single presentation. Interactive workshops will focus on leadership, business development, networking and change management.

The event, which is presented by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), in collaboration with the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) and CPA Canada, will be held in New York.

Where: New York
When: Nov. 14-16, 2018
Pricing: US$1,345 (prices reduced until Sept. 30, 2018, including for CPA Canada members)