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CPABC Nexus DaysDate: December 7, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency, Vancouver


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.

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

Back in-person this fall! 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. We'll bring you plenary sessions that address the emerging imperative for ESG reporting, as well as explore the world of ethics and data. Two streams of breakout sessions will address technology innovations, cybersecurity, business models and the changing expectations of staff in a tight labour market. 

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Nexus Day Agenda

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

8:35 am - 9:55 am

Ethical Leadership: Perspectives on Managing Innovation & Change

Laura Friedrich | Principal, friedrich & friedrich corporation

Innovation is the lifeblood of the modern organization. In today’s complex business environment, CPAs are well poised to provide the ethical leadership needed to ensure that innovation is a force for positive change. This session will help participants contextualize the roles and value proposition for CPAs as we help our organizations move forward and innovate.

Without technological innovation in an organization, systems stagnate, and products and services become obsolete. Even more importantly, harnessing innovation will be essential for humanity to drive sustainability and climate response initiatives and address complex environmental, social and governance challenges. In this session, participants will gain a better appreciation of our roles as ethical leaders, and how to take steps to prepare for and fulfil those roles in a world of rapidly changing circumstances and transformational technologies.  

9:55 am - 10:05 amBreak

10:05 am - 11:15 am

Economic Update: Exploring the Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Canada and B.C. Economies in the Wake of the Pandemic

David Williams | Vice President of Policy, Business Council of British Columbia

This session will examine the Canadian and British Columbian economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other advanced economies, Canada and B.C. recovered more quickly than expected. However, the extraordinary fiscal and monetary support for demand that was sustained throughout 2021 and early 2022, together with supply-side disruptions, have unleashed rampant global inflation.

The pandemic also exposed structural challenges. The OECD projects Canada will be the worst performing economy out of 38 advanced countries over 2020 to 2060, with the lowest growth in real GDP per capita. If its projections prove correct, young people entering the workforce today face forty years of stagnating average real incomes. Participants will gain insight into the features and comparative strengths of the Canadian and B.C. economies. What structural challenges has the pandemic exposed? And going forward, what policy areas need to be addressed to ensure Canada and B.C. are on a sound economic footing?

Attracting and Retaining Employees in a Tight Labour Market

Mike Shekhtman | Regional Director, Robert Half Canada

The world of work has been reshaped due to the pandemic, shifting many aspects.  In today’s candidate-driven market, is your company prepared to face fierce competition for skilled talent?

As we delve into the latest data on hiring and multiple work modalities, we will discuss best practices and leadership skills critical for managing through change. We will also explore the new expectations that employees and employers are setting and share advice to help you hire and retain your top talent.

11:15 am - 11:30 amBreak

11:30 am - 12:40 pm

Journey to Supply Chain Resiliency: Focusing on the Long Term, Driving Impact Now

Lis Anderson | Vice President, Global Procurement, Finning International Inc.

Over the last few years, as the world has been turned upside down enduring a pandemic and geo-political turmoil, the focus on supply chain has intensified with broken chains, lack of capacity, pent up demand, shortages and inflation. This session will provide insight into the importance of having a strong and influential supply chain function in your organization.

We will look at ways to future proof your supply chain while focusing on long term solutions so we are prepared for the next wave of global disruptions.

Key takeaways:

  1. Strong supply chain function – people, process, technology
  2. Data is our life line
  3. Power of supplier collaboration, tools & capabilities

Looking Out for What’s New In Cybersecurity

Edward Pereira | CEO & vCISO Practice Leader

Cybersecurity has always been fast moving. It behooves the CPA to recognize that cyber presents not only risks but also opportunities, and not only personally but also professionally. Whether you are an end user of technology, or an executive sponsor of a cybersecurity program or even a board member, things are changing fast in cybersecurity.

We’ll explore the latest array of cyber risks that you need to manage and stay from both at work and at home. But, we’ll also discuss some of the macro changes that are happening in cybersecurity that may affect CPAs, ranging from Board duty to geo-politics, from blockchain to supply chains, from banking security to crypto. If you look really hard, cyber is everywhere, and CPAs need to stay on top of it in more ways than one. Be armed with this unique, wide-ranging perspective on cybersecurity, and a few cyber tips thrown in for good measure.

12:40 pm - 1:35 pmLunch Break

1:35 pm - 2:45 pm

Digital Disruption

Tejinder Basi | Cyberium Group

Digital disruption is all around us and it continues to shape our world. With the rapid pace of change, it can be a challenge to keep on top of technology trends. This session will provide an overview of current technological trends that are impacting businesses in Canada and around the world.

It will help demystify common buzzwords you may have heard, such as Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Robotic Process Automation. We will then discuss the opportunities and risks these technologies present for businesses, regulators, and the CPA profession. Join us for this broad, CPA focused perspective on technology trends and digital disruption.

Reimagining the Office for Hybrid Work

Robin Rosebrugh | Workplace Consultant, Steelcase

The global pandemic has created a significant opportunity to reimagine the employee work experience. There is an elevated focus on people and their experience at work which leads to connections between people-related issues, desired activities, and place-based implications for the workplace.

Key takeaways:

Understand that the workplace can provide a range of experiences that allow people to select the best place to get their work done. Identify places where people-related issues can be supported in the office.

Create a space that builds community, where people feel a sense of belonging and purpose, and ensures there is equity between employees.

2:45 pm - 3:10 pmBreak

3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Sustainability: The Strategic Imperative (Paradigm Shift)

Michael King | Associate Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Finance
Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

The sustainability agenda is a key area of focus for institutional and retail investors, regulators and standard setters.   The new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) is creating mandated and uniform sustainability-related disclosure standards. These standards will provide investors and other capital market stakeholders with information about environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities.

Across verticals, leading firms will be rewarded and the laggards will be punished by financial markets, commercial banks, rating agencies, politicians, and other stakeholders. 

In this interactive session, Prof. Michael King will outline how sustainability has come to dominate the financial agenda and what CPAs in all roles need to know to adapt to the new reality. He will outline the rapid evolution from corporate social responsibility (CSR) to ESG to responsible investing and impact investing. And he will describe proposed or potential changes to accounting rules, bank capital requirements, and securities markets regulations.

Lis Anderson, SCMP, BCOM, MBA has thirty plus years of experience in supply chain management.

Currently Vice President, Global Procurement at Finning International, she has played an integral part in developing short- and long-term procurement strategies at a corporate and global level. 

Lis has a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from Supply Chain Canada (SCMA), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from Royal Roads University. 

In 2019 Lis was recognized by Supply Chain Canada as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain in Canada and in 2021 was recognized as one of British Columbia's top 500 leaders in the inaugural BC500.

Aranka Anema, PhD - CPABC Business and Innovation Speaker

Tejinder Basi is President and CEO of Cyberium Group, a Start Up company focussed on Risk, Compliance and Cybersecurity Consulting and Automation.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at UBC Sauder School of Business. His previous roles include Partner at Deloitte where he led the growth of Deloitte’s Risk and Cybersecurity Practice for over 17 years. While at Deloitte (Canada) and PWC (UK), Tejinder led a wide variety of Consulting and Assurance services to Global and Mid-Size Enterprises, both public and private sector, across Europe and North America.He has held number of advisory positions supporting technology start ups and high growth enterprises from Blockchain Compliance to Cloud Based SaaS Products. Tejinder has collaborated with a number of universities, regulatory bodies and professional associations, including CPA BC, on a variety of research and training initiatives including Blockchain, Digital Disruption and Information Governance.

Aranka Anema, PhD - CPABC Business and Innovation Speaker

Laura Friedrich, MSc, CIA, FCPA, FCGA is a principal of friedrich & friedrich corp, a professional research, standards, and education consultancy firm with over 25 years of experience conducting projects worldwide.

The firm helps build institutional capacity and develops strategic, policy, program, governance, and ethics guidance for established and emerging professional and regulatory organizations. Laura frequently authors and presents on topics such as the impact of disruptive technology on professional ethics; governance; sustainability and capacity development, with a focus on the future of professions. Laura is a Technical Advisor to the IESBA and chairs CPABC’s Bylaws Committee.

Professor Michael R. King, PhD, CFA is the Lansdowne Chair in Finance at University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

Prior to joining UVic, he held the Tangerine Chair in Finance at Western University’s Ivey Business School (2011-2019). Before academia, he worked in investment banking in Zurich, New York, and London from 1990-1998 and central banking in Ottawa and Basel from 2001-2011. Michael has a PhD from the London School of Economics and holds the CFA designation. He teaches finance to undergraduates, MBAs and executives. His research and case writing focuses on climate finance, FinTech, banking, international financial markets, and corporate finance.  He is currently working on a three-year Climate Finance project in partnership with BCI and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Edward Pereira, CPA, CGA, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CDPSE, PMP, B.COM. is the CEO and founder of Carmel Info-Risk, Edward is a veteran of 30+ years of information risk, IT compliance and auditing, and application development.

Edward has applied his information risk expertise in numerous industry sectors including retail, mining, tourism, and crypto. Of note, Edward established the cybersecurity functions at Lululemon, Intrawest, and Pretium Resources Inc.

Edward is a Past President of ISACA Vancouver, co-founder of award-winning BC AWARE CAMPAIGN, founding member of British Columbia’s Provincial Security Advisory Council (BC-PSAC), current Director at Large at ISACA Vancouver, advisor to Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit (VIPSS), and the 2021 recipient of CPABC's Distinguished Service Award.

Robin Rosebrugh, B.SC., CSBA, LEED GA has been integrating her love of research and design for over 10 years, while communicating to professionals about the impacts that our spatial experience has on our individual and group behaviors.

Prior to attending BCIT for Interior Design, she completed her Bachelor of Science from UBC and was awarded an NSERC grant to study neurodegenerative diseases. She has a strong passion for continually developing her education, specifically focusing on the influence that our designed environment has on our behaviors and wellbeing which has led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology through Harvard University.

Mike Shekhtman is a regional director with Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing solutions firm.

In his role, Mike oversees multiple offices and practice groups across British Columbia and Manitoba, managing teams in finance and accounting, administrative and customer support, management resources, and technology. Mike brings with him over 12 years of recruitment industry expertise and an in-depth understanding of the national and local hiring and recruitment landscape. In addition to his role at Robert Half, Mike is a board member for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver/Fraser Valley) and previously served as board member, chair, and vice-president at the D.A.R.E. BC Society.

David Williams

David Williams, DPHIL, MPHIL, BECON (HONS) is Vice President of Policy at the Business Council of British Columbia where he leads the development of economic policy research and advice on productivity, innovation, taxation, and human capital.

He is also President of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. His previous roles include Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada and Senior Adviser (Economic Policy) at Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. David was a lecturer at Oxford University and a PhD research intern at the International Monetary Fund.