Date: December 7, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Virtual Conference via Zoom


Eligible CPD Hours: 7
Course Fee: $475 $380
(Special discounted pricing)
PD Passport Valid: 12 credits


Innovation is at the heart of business and organizational success, particularly in our current climate of rapid change and constantly evolving economic and social realities and expectations.

Get new ideas and perspectives on a wide variety of timely, relevant topics for today’s business leaders.

Featuring three streams of break-out session choices in addition to our very timely morning plenary on Technological Change and the Post-Pandemic World Economy, you’ll find technical topics, sessions on emerging topics relevant to CPAs, and a new equity, diversity, and inclusion stream. Join us for this fast-paced day of new ideas and content to inspire you to create an innovative culture in your organization and successfully navigate change and new expectations. 

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Virtual Nexus Day Agenda

8:30 am - 8:35 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks

8:35 am - 9:55 am

Into the Unknown: Technological Change and the Post-Pandemic World Economy
Karl Schamotta, Chief Market Strategist | Cambridge Global Payments

The COVID pandemic has ushered in a period of technological change like no other. New ideas are sweeping across the global economy, unleashing powerful forces that are shifting the flow of goods, people, and money across borders - while also exacerbating existing inequalities and social tensions. 

This session will discuss the key technologies that are changing the way that societies and economies function, setting the stage for another round of financial and geopolitical disruption. From a foreign exchange trader’s unique perspective, Karl will explore the risks and opportunities that are likely to emerge as the world recovers - giving you the knowledge needed to confidently step into the unknown.  

9:55 am - 10:05 amBreak

10:05 am - 11:15 am

Humanizing Tech: The New Way for Accountants to Add Value
John Hetherington, PMP, CMC | Digital change expert

The accounting industry is at risk of falling behind and many finance and accounting teams are not using their organization's technology to its full potential. So, how can accountants leverage technology to create more value for our stakeholders and customers? Teamwork and collaboration increases productivity, so let’s humanize technology and treat it like a member of our accounting team.  

During this interactive session, John will share case studies and frameworks to simplify the complexity of technology including how to leverage technology for the highest value add, a Technology Performance Evaluation Checklist and how to create meaning from your data.

Adaptive Leadership: A Practice of Collaboration and Hope
Adel Gamar, B.Ed., MPA | CEO, GLG Ltd

In this session, participants will be introduced to an innovative framework that challenges their understanding of leadership. Central to the Adaptive Leadership framework is the premise that leadership is not positional, rather a practice that may be exercised by anyone within an organization.

Through interactive and guided prompts, Adel will illustrate how to apply adaptive leadership concepts to real-time leadership challenges. You will leave knowing how to view complex challenges with a different lens, while exploring corrective measures and options that may produce innovative and lasting outcomes. Participants will learn to challenge their own view of leadership, describe how one can exercise leadership and help address their organization’s challenges, recognize how to decrease stress and tension, while enabling others to engage in complex challenges during uncertain times and understand how anchoring oneself allows to continue to prioritize one’s work and meet leadership expectations.

Responding to Microaggressions
Aftab Erfan, PhD | Chief Equity Officer, City of Vancouver

Workplaces are common sites for Microaggressions: subtle, often small, often unintentional comments or gestures that have the impact of excluding, discounting or hurting those around us. Microaggressions have a large negative impact particularly on people from under-represented or historically marginalized communities.

In this session Aftab dissects the dynamics of a microaggression and discusses possible responses to microaggressions from three positions: witness, target, and perpetrator. You will leave with some practical tips about what to do from each of these positions.  

11:15 am - 11:35 amNexus Exchange

Take advantage of this time to explore what’s happening in the profession and speak with representatives from CPABC.  Bring your questions or just enjoy the opportunity to network virtually with CPABC staff and other attendees.  In this come-and-go session, you will be able to self-select from breakout rooms identified by the CPABC group that will be on hand to answer your questions.

11:35 am - 12:20 pmLunch Break

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

Do Innovative Companies Have a Secret? How Anyone Can Be Innovative With Human-Centred Design
Andrew Webster | Vice-President of Organizational Innovation, ExperiencePoint

What does it mean to be genuinely innovative in an era defined by rapid change? Innovative organizations can adapt, thrive and shape future trends. The key to unleashing creativity in day-to-day work is building a culture of innovation where inspired thinking abounds and the customer comes first.

In this session, Andrew discusses the myths that hold people back from being their most creative and explores how everyone in an organization can contribute towards a culture of innovation.  You will learn what a culture of innovation looks like, why successful companies drive innovation through their people, a systematic approach to building and sustaining a culture of innovation, how the world’s most successful companies use human-centered design to drive innovation and how to generate the best ideas by engaging in an interactive brainstorming exercise.

ESG: Fireside Chat Moderated Panel

(Note: The ethics content in this breakout is eligible for up 1 ethics hour)
Andrew Sweeney, CPA, CA, CFA | Vice President & Portfolio Manager PH&N Institutional
Sarah Marsh, CPA,CA – Partner Assurance, PWC
Dominique Ramirez, MEnv – Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, SSR Mining
Moderator: Lori Mathison, FCPA, FCGA – President and CEO, CPABC

This session on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues focuses on the increasing importance of ESG reporting and the practical first steps that CPAs in industry can take to help their organizations move towards measuring, monitoring and reporting ESG factors.

ESG has shifted beyond being a social benefit and the ‘right thing to do’ to being a valuable business tool to assess risk and strategize. Society and investors are increasingly demanding ESG reporting, but some organizations struggle with knowing where or how to start.  The session will be in moderated panel format with the intent of having a “fireside chat” about ESG, so be sure to bring your questions!.

Starting a Dialogue Around Unconscious Bias
Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA | Partner, Cordura Group

Diverse and inclusive organizations are more profitable and have distinct advantages in recruitment and retention. Yet, traditional diversity training may not be helping us achieve the results organizations are looking for. In this session, Tammy will begin to explore unconscious bias and how the nature of our conversations may be limiting our ability to embrace and grow a diverse and inclusive workforce.

1:30 pm - 1:45 pmBreak

1:45 pm - 2:55 pm

Developing Your Strategic Leadership Role in Benefits Realization 
Dr. Blaize Horner Reich, ICD.D | Professor and Board Director, Beedie School of Business, SFU

CPAs are well positioned to progress beyond monitoring budgets and schedules to take a strategic leadership role in obtaining long term benefits from programs and projects. This session will explain the motivation, demonstrate a successful long-term benefits realization process, and deliver a playbook for action.  

Blaize will discuss the need and opportunity of a new strategic role for CPAs, how benefits realization processes can be implemented successfully and a playbook to assist in becoming a leader of value creation from projects. You will learn how to construct benefit frameworks, report benefits to management and involve your Board of Directors.

Demystifying AI for CPAs
Ramy Nassar | Founder, 1000 Days Out

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is disrupting almost every industry, and financial planning & accounting are no different. This interactive session will help participants gain a practical understanding of how AI and machine learning are impacting the accounting profession

Beyond just demystifying what AI is, Ramy will introduce accounting-specific use cases to illustrate the potential of this emerging technology. You will walk away with a contextual understanding of AI, machine learning, accounting applications, and how data bias can impact these systems.

Navigating the Legal Requirements of Ethical Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
(Note: The ethics content in this breakout is eligible for up 1 ethics hour)
Scott McCann | Partner, Harris & Company LLP

Considering legal requirements through the lens of an ethical decision-making framework, this session will explore the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tammy and Scott will use relevant business based scenarios to consider how your ethical frameworks can impact your decision making, cover “Human Rights 101” – understanding the minimum legal requirements related to diversity and inclusion and to discuss the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of diversity and inclusion as they relate to your workplace.  

2:55 pm - 3:10 pmBreak

3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Innovating to Thrive
Armughan Ahmad | President & Managing Partner, Digital, KPMG
Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA | Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
Aranka Anema, PhD | Director of Science & Innovation, KPMG Ignition
Jill Tipping, FCPA, FCA | CEO, BC Tech

Customer experience continues to evolve at an exponential pace for every business and government. In the future, it will be more personalized, driven by predictive experiences and on-demand access. Organizations that shift from a know-it-all culture to a learn-it-all culture, and continuously innovate will thrive in this environment. This session will provide participants with a view of the future: the impact of exponential technology on business functions, and the future of customer experience, for both business and government.  Experts will also discuss insights from global experience on how to create the conditions to thrive and leapfrog the competition.

The session will end with a panel discussion where experts will discuss insights from global experience on how to create the conditions to thrive and leapfrog the competition. 

Armughan Ahmad is a President & Managing Partner, Digital at KPMG.

He is bridging traditional consulting services with exponential technologies to develop organic product IP with eco-system partnerships to deliver business function level transformation fit for a new digital economy customer experience.

Aranka Anema, PhD - CPABC Business and Innovation Speaker

Aranka Anema, PhD, is a business executive with a proven track record in evidenced-based scientific strategy and decision-making. She leads corporate partnerships, commercialization of big data and business growth in both federal and commercial industries. As the Director of Science & Innovation at KPMG Ignition, Aranka is responsible for leading conversations on innovation, exponential technologies and business transformation, with a focus on data and scientific methodologies.

Aranka is a PhD epidemiologist and public health scientist focusing on digital analytics and emerging technologies. She has designed and led independent impact evaluations for major bilateral and multilateral institutions including the WHO, USAID and European Commission. Aranka holds a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from UBC and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Aftab Erfan, PhD is a long-standing scholar-practitioner in the field of inclusion and social justice, currently serving as the City of Vancouver first Chief Equity Officer.

She was educated as an environmental scientist and urban planner. In 2013 Aftab completed a PhD in Community and Regional Planning at UBC, where she has since taught and completed a three year stint as Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement at the university's Equity and Inclusion Office. Aftab is a first generation Iranian settler on Coast Salish lands. She is cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.

Adel Gamar, MPA is CEO of GLG Ltd., a boutique management consulting firm specializing in adaptive leadership and organizational strategy.

He advises and trains senior leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, public sector agencies, and governments worldwide. Gamar served as Education Specialist at UNESCO and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he taught adaptive leadership and negotiation. Gamar holds an MPA from Harvard and a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary. He currently serves on the boards of Douglas College and Boston-based Knovva Academy.

John Hetherington, PMP, CMC helps accountants when they see the huge opportunity of technology but don’t know where to start or get frustrated with overly complicated projects.

John has led technology projects for over 25 years and is an expert in digital change. He has 10 years strategy consulting experience from Deloitte and Ernst & Young and has helped companies in the UK and North America. His clients value the way he creates pragmatic strategies and his ability to simplify complexity, especially in technology projects.

Scott McCann advises and represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law. His practice focuses on human resources, terminations, policy development, and human rights.

Scott has experience appearing before arbitration boards, a variety of administrative tribunals, and has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in British Columbia. As the leader of Harris’ First Nations employment law practice area, he provides legal advice, policy development, and training seminars for a number of Bands and First Nations and other Indigenous organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.

Ramy Nassar is the founder of 1000 Days Out and author of the upcoming AI Product Design Handbook.

As the former Managing Director of Design & Strategy for Architech and Head of Innovation for Mattel, he has led diverse teams in the creation of disruptive new digital products, services & platforms. Ramy teaches Design Thinking at McMaster University and in the Masters of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University.

Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA - Business & Innovation Speaker

Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA, is KPMG’s Regional Managing Partner leading BC’s largest and oldest professional services firm with over 1,450 team members in 12 offices across the Province. Walter also serves on KPMG’s National Clients & Markets Committee overseeing client service and market development across Canada, is part of KPMG’s National Digital Leadership Team responsible for internal and client-facing digital transformation, and leads KPMG’s Vancouver Ignition Centre, a disruptive innovation and design thinking lab dedicated to exponential technologies and business transformation.

With a 30 year career at KPMG, Walter enjoys leading conversations with clients, business leaders and organizations on the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of digital transformation, business model disruption, and changing environmental, social and economic dimensions affecting businesses and their broader stakeholders. Walter has been recognized as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA), as a Champion honouree by the Association of Women of Finance, is part of the President’s Group representing BC’s Accessible Employers, serves on the Executive Committees and Boards of the Business Council of British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the BC Achievement Foundation and the Pacific Autism Family Network, and is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and past Finance Committee Chair of UNICEF Canada.

Blaize Reich, PhD is a Board Director and RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

Her career combines four streams of work focused on creating organizational value from technology: IT practitioner, consultant of data and strategic planning, professor and researcher, and board director. Dr. Reich’s teaching focuses on digital innovation, project management, and strategic management of IT. Her current research programs are threefold: measuring and predicting project success, studying the hybridization of project management practices, and examining how boards of directors can successfully govern large risky technology plans.

Karl Schamotta, Chief Market Strategist, leads Cambridge’s currency research group, focused on analyzing shifts in the world economy and creating strategies that help businesses harness market volatility.

He has built risk management and trading programs for hundreds of major corporations, and has extensive experience in managing complex exposures across major, minor and exotic currencies. Karl is a regular contributor to a number of international finance publications, and regularly appears in media such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, BNN, CNN and CNBC.  

Jill Tipping, FCPA, FCA, is a passionate advocate for BC and BC’s tech-enabled future. Having spent her career working in the tech sector, including a decade in the solar industry, she’s no stranger to the opportunities technology provides. As BC Tech’s CEO she is determined to make BC a place where tech companies are supported not only to startup but to grow, export and scaleup; and where BC technology is deployed to build resiliency and growth in every industry sector.

Jill’s focus is strengthening connections through collaboration and partnership, she is dedicated to building a strong home team of BC anchor companies and is unapologetically ambitious for BC and for Canada.

Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA is a partner in the Cordura Group and Chair of the School of Business with Capilano University, providing business advisory services and related education and training programs to organizations and communities seeking growth or change.

For over 25 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe, providing education, training, and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning and curriculum development and implementation. She has served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the US.

Andrew Webster is Vice-President of Organizational Innovation at ExperiencePoint. Andrew has always felt compelled to be a part of “whatever is happening next.” As ExperiencePoint’s Vice-President of Organizational Innovation, he is its leading catalyst for innovation — lending expertise, drive and imagination to ExperiencePoint’s many clients as he helps them champion their transformative journeys.

Always looking to the future, Webster is especially excited by the ways in which A.I. will continue to enhance and transform how people learn and organizations change. To date, he has led innovation and change workshops in over 25 countries and has taught at 20 of the top 50 executive education and MBA programs.

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