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This is the agenda for Day 1
Day 1 Monday May 28, 2018
7:30 - 8:45
Registration

Continental Breakfast in Vendor Exhibit Area

8:45 - 9:00
Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks
Genevieve Grenier, CPA Canada and Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Geneviève Grenier ; Michael Burns

9:00 - 10:00
Opening Keynote Address - Jim Carroll, Futurist

Sponsored by TD Insurance

Jim is a CPA, and one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Over the last 25 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight at his events.

Jim’s global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that unique insight, with the continuous research that he undertakes, and with his personal understanding of the CPA profession, Jim will provide you with valuable information to help you transform your organization and your clients into high-velocity innovation heroes!

Learn more about Jim Carroll at https://jimcarroll.com

Jim Carroll

10:00 - 10:15
Session break

10:15 - 11:30
The Enterprise Solutions Advocacy Sessions

Day One will feature a number of unique Advocacy Sessions between 10:15AM and 5:15PM. In these sessions, you will hear from your peers about their real-life, technology investment experiences. Actual customers of major Enterprise Solution, Business Intelligence, Human Resource Management, Tax Research, and Accounting and Financial Management vendors will speak about their journey towards a new technology solution.

You’ll receive valuable insights into conducting a needs assessment, negotiation experiences, the final selection rationale, implementation process and ongoing support and maintenance experience; plenty of lessons learned in real-life technology investment experiences.

Enterprise solutions related advocacy sessions will focus on Manufacturing and Distribution and Not for Profit Organizations.

In addition, the Forum will feature advocacy sessions focusing on Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Measurement and Human Resource Management.

10:15 - 11:30
Advocates and Solutions for Progressive CPA Firms

Day One will also feature a number of sessions designed to benefit progressive CPAs in public practice by examining four key areas of technology assisted practice – accounting and financial management in the cloud, tax research in the cloud, audit automation and RPA (robotic process automation).

In the advocacy sessions, you will hear from your peers about their real-life, technology investment experiences. Actual customers will speak about their journey towards a new technology solution in the areas of tax research, and accounting and financial management.

The solutions-based sessions will each be led by independent technology advisors who will discuss the current landscape, and then moderate a focused discussion featuring some of the areas’ leading developers and vendors. The discussion will address today’s critical issues and offer the participating vendors the opportunity to illustrate how their solution addresses those issues, thus highlighting and contrasting features and approaches for you.

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Advocacy Session - Manufacturing and Distribution

Sponsored by Microsoft Canada Inc.
Speaker: Karen Redfern, Vice President of Technology, Data CM

Karen Redfern

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Advocacy Session - Not for Profit Organizations

Sponsored by Sparkrock
Speaker: Alain Mootoo, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Surrey Place Centre


Enterprise Solutions
How to Turn Around an ERP Implementation That’s Going Bad

Led by Celso Mello, Chief Information Officer, Reliance Home Comfort

Celso Mello

Solutions for CPA Firms
CPA Firm Advocacy Session - Tax Resources in the Cloud

Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer
Speakers: David Simmonds, President & CEO, David Simmonds CPA Professional Corporation; David Straughan, Partner, Tax & Estate Planning, MacGillivray Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors


Dave Straughan

11:30 - 1:00
Informal Lunch

Informal lunch in Vendor Exhibit Area

1:00 - 2:15
Emerging Technologies Panel – Featuring Experts from Microsoft Canada Inc., Sage Software Canada Ltd. and PwC Canada

Moderated by Maria Pollieri, Oracle
Speakers: Asif Qayyum, PwC; Rob Sinfield, Sage; Gerado Amaya, Microsoft;

Each day, the Emerging Technologies Panel will examine a number of important emerging technologies. We have assembled leaders from the development and consulting marketplaces to explore the role of influential new technologies that are reshaping the landscape of our business and personal lives. Which ones are advancing most rapidly and are the most important? And what other new technology trends are on the horizon? If it’s on the thin line between leading-edge and bleeding-edge, it'll be up for discussion.
Come with your best questions and strongly held opinions and – most important – your voice. Be prepared to contribute to what is sure to be fascinating discussions.

Maria Pollieri ; Robert Sinfield ; Asif Qayyum

2:15 - 2:30
Session change break

2:30 - 3:45
Choose from:

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Advocacy Session - Manufacturing and Distribution

Sponsored by Sage Software Canada Ltd.
Speaker: Brandon Gabert, Guardian Chemical

Brandon Gabert

Enterprise Solutions
Government Incentives for ERP and Industry 4.0

Speaker: Alex Barlow, Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Ltd.

Alex Barlow

Enterprise Solutions
Business Intelligence Advocacy Session

Sponsored by Tableau Software
Speaker: Sahar Nezami, CIBC

Sahar Nezami

Solutions for CPA Firms
Audit Automation - Solutions for Progressive CPA Firms

Sponsored by Mindbridge Analytics Inc.
Led by Dwayne Bragonier, BAI Bragonier & Associates Inc.
Speaker: Robin Grosset, MindBridge

Audit is on the edge of its biggest shake-up ever. Data analytics allows the interrogation of all data transactions. Automation tools like RPAs (robotic process automation), AI (artificial intelligence), predictive analysis and machine learning allows audit teams to create new ways to leverage technology. Companies expect their auditor’s to deploy these advanced technologies to deliver more efficient higher-value services. Attend the Audit Automation Solutions for Progressive CPA Firms to assist you in evaluating your near future audit innovation strategy.

Dwayne Bragonier ; Robin Grosset

3:45 - 4:00
Session change break

4:00 - 5:15
Choose one of the following:

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Advocacy Session - Manufacturing and Distribution

Sponsored by SAP
Speaker: Elliott VanderMeulen, CFO, Sunspace Modular Enclosures

Elliott VanderMeulen

Enterprise Solutions
Human Resource Management Advocacy Session

Sponsored by Avanti Software
Speaker: Eresha Fernando, CFO, The Sawridge Group of Companies

Eresha Fernando

Enterprise Solutions
Corporate Performance Measurement Advocacy Session

Sponsored by Prophix Software Inc.
Speaker: Paul Vickers, Chief Financial Officer, MaxSold Incorporated

Paul Vickers

Solutions for CPA Firms
RPA (Robotic Process Automation) - Solutions for Progressive CPAs

Led by Jon Hwang, PwC

This session will address RPA (robotic process automation). RPA is the use of software with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to handle high-volume, repeating tasks that previously required humans to perform. These tasks can include queries, calculations and maintenance of records and transactions. RPA technology mimics a human worker, logging into applications, entering data, calculating and completing tasks, and logging out.
RPA software isn't part of an organization's IT infrastructure. Instead, it sits on top of it, enabling a company to implement the technology quickly and efficiently -- all without changing the existing infrastructure and systems. Learn what is possible with RPA and the benefits that await you. Learn about products in the marketplace today.

Jonathan Hwang

5:15 - 7:00
Reception in Vendor Exhibit Area

Immediately following the technical sessions, you’ll benefit from a special gathering of today’s key vendors and developers of technology solutions; products designed to help your organization and your client’s businesses remain at the top of your marketplace.

The Vendor Exhibit offers you the unique opportunity to network with your peers and the exhibitors and assess the best new ideas and what’s coming in future from the developers; leading edge technology solutions! You can see and feel some of the most innovative products available in today’s marketplace!

Exchange ideas, share knowledge and develop the right technology solution strategy that’s right for you.

This is the agenda for Day 2
Day 2 Tuesday May 29, 2018
8:00 - 9:00
Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast in Vendor Exhibit Area

9:00 - 10:00
Enterprise Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges and Tax Solutions for CPA Firms

Day Two features a number of sessions under the umbrella “Solutions for Today’s Challenges”. These sessions will be led by independent technology advisors from 180 Systems who will set the framework for each session.

Through the effective use of quick business scenarios, the session leaders will introduce a number of contemporary challenges being faced in specific business sectors and in specific business functions.

In some sessions, ERP vendors will speak to how their particular solution addresses the business challenges put forward, in specific marketplaces like manufacturing and distribution, highlighting key features in their product along the way.

In other sessions, business intelligence, and human resource management vendors will address the business challenges put forward, focusing on specific business functions and highlighting their products’ key features along the way.

In addition, a session featuring tax solutions for CPA firms has been added to provide you with a look at vendors in this significant area of practice.

Time will be set aside for Q&A from the audience.

You’ll come away from these sessions with an appreciation of the degrees of similarities and differences in the technology solutions today.

9:00 - 10:00
Demystifying Emerging Technologies

Day Two will also feature a series of sessions that will address three major emerging technologies that are having a profound effect on business; Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things. Led by independent consultants, these sessions will provide you with a deep dive into the technologies, including an explanation of the area, and examination of the current landscape, a discussion of the impact these technologies are having and will have in future, an informative comparison of today’s available solutions, and some speculation on what’s you can expect coming down the development pipe.

9:00 - 10:00
Choose from one of the following:

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges in Manufacturing and Distribution

Sponsored by Microsoft Canada Inc., Sage Canada Ltd., Epicor, SAP and Jonar Systems Inc.
Led by Michael Burns, 180 Systems.
Speakers: Ahmed El Sharkawi for Microsoft Canada Inc.; Kerry Mann, Mantralogix for Sage Canada Ltd; Brendan Dorney, Channel Sales Director for Epicor; Jon Ruby for Jonar

Michael Burns ; Ahmed El Sharkawi ; Kerry Mann ; Brendan Dorney ; Steven Pasquill ; Jon Ruby

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges in Not for Profit Organizations

Sponsored by Sage Software Canada Ltd. and Sparkrock
Led by Pat Wade, 180 Systems.
Speaker: Speaker: Zainab Salihi, BAASS, a Sage Partner; James Faw, VP of Product & Innovation and Founding Partner, Sparkrock;

Zainab Salihi ; James Faw

Solutions for CPA Firms
Tax Tech Solutions for Today’s Progressive CPA Firms

Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer
Moderator: Jay Goodis, CEO, Tax Templates Inc.
Speaker: Alexandre Bouchard and Shannon Paret, Wolters Kluwer;

Jay Goodis, CPA, CA ; Shannon Paret

Emerging Technologies
Demystifying Blockchain – with Solutions Comparison

Led by Behram Faroogh, PwC Canada

By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet. Since information held on a blockchain is hosted by millions of computers simultaneously, and is continually reconciled, the records are truly public and easily verifiable, and no centralized version of the data exists for a hacker to corrupt. Learn about this important technology and its implications to your organization and your clients and explore some of the blockchain solutions available in the marketplace today

Behram Faroogh

10:00 - 10:15
Session break

10:15 - 11:30
Choose from one of the following:

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges in Manufacturing and Distribution (cont'd)

Sponsored by Microsoft Canada Inc., Sage Canada Ltd., Epicor, SAP and Jonar Systems Inc.
Led by Michael Burns, 180 Systems.
Speakers: Ahmed El Sharkawi for Microsoft Canada Inc.; Kerry Mann, Mantralogix for Sage Canada Ltd; Brendan Dorney, Channel Sales Director for Epicor; Jon Ruby for Jonar

Michael Burns ; Ahmed El Sharkawi ; Kerry Mann ; Brendan Dorney ; Steven Pasquill ; Jon Ruby

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges in Not for Profit Organizations (cont'd)

Sponsored by Sage Software Canada Ltd. and Sparkrock
Led by Pat Wade, 180 Systems.
Speaker: Speaker: Zainab Salihi, BAASS for Sage Software Canada Ltd.; James Faw, VP of Product & Innovation and Founding Partner, Sparkrock;

James Faw

Enterprise Solutions
ERP Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges in SMB and Mid Market

Sponsored by Microsoft Canada Inc
Led by Lawrence Young, 180 Systems

Speaker: Trevor Moore, Partner Technology Architect, Microsoft

Trevor Moore

Emerging Technologies
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence

Led by Biren Agnihotri, EY Canada

Encyclopaedia Britannica defines Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings.

Some programs have attained the performance levels of human experts in performing specific tasks, so that AI is found in applications as diverse as medical diagnostics, computer search engines or handwriting recognition.

The smartest companies today are using AI to enhance customer interaction by streamlining data collection and processing. An important application of AI is helping to make your customers’ lives easier. It can make customer interactions highly personalized before they even get the chance to talk to an actual human.

Learn about AI and its implications to your business and become better prepared to exploit the benefits that can be attained by AI. A number of current AI solutions will be discussed and demonstrated during this session.

Biren Agnihotri

11:30 - 12:45
Emerging Technologies Panel – Featuring Experts from Microsoft Canada Inc., SAP and EY

Moderated by Maura O'Shea, Vice President - Finance Improvement and Controls, Bell Canada
Speakers: Kimberly Connors, EY; Faraz Rasheed, Microsoft, Glenn Sawyer, SAP

Each day, the Emerging Technologies Panel will examine a number of important emerging technologies. We have assembled leaders from the development and consulting marketplaces to explore the role of influential new technologies that are reshaping the landscape of our business and personal lives. Which ones are advancing most rapidly and are the most important? And what other new technology trends are on the horizon? If it’s on the thin line between leading-edge and bleeding-edge, it'll be up for discussion.
Come with your best questions and strongly held opinions and – most important – your voice. Be prepared to contribute to what is sure to be fascinating discussions.

Maura O’Shea ; Kimberly Connors ; Faraz Rasheed ; Glenn Sawyer

12:45 - 2:00
Informal Lunch

Informal lunch in Vendor Exhibit Area

2:00 - 3:15
Choose from one of the following sessions:

Enterprise Solutions
Solutions for Today’s Reporting and Analysis Challenges

Sponsored by Tableau
Led by Michael Burns, 180 Systems
Speaker: Derek Nogiec, Tableau Software

Michael Burns ; Derek Nogiec

Enterprise Solutions
Solutions for Today’s Human Resource Management Challenges

Sponsored by Avanti Software
Led by 180 Systems

Cybersecurity
Pre-empting a Cyber Security Attack

Led by Bryson Tan, EY Canada

Proactive defense and predicting future threats are new areas being emphasized in the area of cybersecurity. Some companies are using tools like machine learning to thwart attacks early or before they emerge and mitigate damage when it occurs.
In this special session, the conversation on cybersecurity will shift from one of defense and protection to one of pre-emption. You’ll explore ways to move from basic cybersecurity hygiene which offer some protection immediately, to more advanced strategies to help keep attackers at bay and pre-empt your next breach.

Bryson Tan

Emerging Technologies
Demystifying IoT – with Solutions Comparison

Led by Dr. Ajay Marwaha, PwC Canada

The "Internet of things" (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it and is already impacting the way we live and work. IoT is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet and/or to other devices. One IoT device connects to another to transmit information using Internet transfer protocols. IoT platforms serve as the bridge between the devices' sensors and the data networks.

Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices. IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: "smart cities" which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; it provides endless opportunities and also many challenges. Security, privacy and data sharing are major concerns, as well as how to store, track, analyze and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated

Even with such thorny problems looming, IoT is altering spheres as diverse as health care and manufacturing, city planning, transportation and power generation, agriculture and household management.

Learn more about IoT and its impact on your organization and your clients. Current Io platform solutions in the marketplace will be compared.

Ajay Marwaha

3:15 - 3:30
Session change break

3:30 - 4:45
Closing Keynote Address - Paul Zikopoulos, Future Trends Expert, VP Big Data and Cognitive Systems, IBM

Sponsored by EY Canada
Moderated by Kimberly Connors, Canadian Advisory Technology Leader, EY

Paul C. Zikopoulos ; Kimberly Connors

4:45
Closing Remarks

Genevieve Grenier, CPA Canada and Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Geneviève Grenier ; Michael Burns

This is the agenda for Optional Workshop
Optional Workshop Wednesday May 30, 2018
Overview
The Hitchhikers Guide to Technology Solutions

Workshop Leader: Michael Burns, 180 Systems

This workshop is an ideal way to top off your Forum experience. Whether you are in industry or in a professional services firm, this workshop will help you prepare for your organization’s investment or your upcoming client technology investment engagement.

In this full-day session, you will benefit from insights gathered over many years by a team of leading experts who will provide you with guidance based on their extensive experience and real-life engagements.

Learn today’s best practices; what works well and what doesn’t:

- The Business Case
- Software Selection
- Contract Negotiation
- Successful Implementation
- Lean Management
- Business Process Re-engineering
- Six Sigma
- Change Management

Michael Burns

8:30 - 9:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15
Introductions and Objectives

Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Michael Burns

9:15 - 10:15
The Business Case

Michael Burns, 180 Systems and Jeff Zygouras, 180 Systems

10:15-10:30
Break

10:30 – 12:00
Software Selection

Michael Burns, 180 Systems

12:00 - 1:00
Lunch

1:00 - 1:45
Contract Negotiation

Pat Wade, 180 Systems and Lawrence Young, 180 Systems

1:45 - 2:30
Successful Implementation

Pat Wade, 180 Systems

2:30 - 2:45
Break

2:45 – 4:00
Lean Management / Business Process Reengineering / Six Sigma

JT Badiani, Focused Improvement Consulting

4:00 - 5:00
Change Management

Laura Vaughan, 180 Systems and Pat Wade, 180 Systems

This is the agenda for Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee
 
Thank you to our Advisory Committee

Dwayne Bragonier
President, BAI Bragonier & Associates Inc.

Michael Burns
Principal Consultant, 180 Systems

Frank Colantonio
Principal Consultant, FC Associates

Behram Faroogh
Partner, PwC

Daniel Hlavacek
Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Maria Pollieri
Solution Consultant, Financials Applications, Oracle Canada

John Shamash
Consultant

Genevieve Grenier
Director, Professional Programs, CPA Canada

Anne-Marie Laderoute
Principal, Partner Programs and Specialty Area Credentials, CPA Canada

Dwayne Bragonier ; Michael Burns ; Frank Colantonio ; Behram Faroogh ; Daniel M. Hlavacek ; Maria Pollieri ; John Shamash ; Geneviève Grenier