Date: July 7, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Virtual Conference via Zoom


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


Join us for an empowering day of live virtual presentations to learn strategies for improving your business, your leadership abilities and your overall wellbeing. Featuring a new third stream of break-out sessions on work-life harmony, this fast paced day will introduce you to innovative ideas, expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

Adaptation & Growth - Discover how to overcome new challenges and manage emerging issues in today’s ever-changing business environment.

Now is the time to learn new skills and ideas at the Business & Leadership Insights Nexus, including discovering new ways to facilitate hybrid meetings, a new framework for strategic planning and how to declutter and stay organized. 

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Nexus Day Agenda

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

8:35 am - 9:55 am

BC Economic Update and Medium-term Challenges and Opportunities

Ken  Peacock | Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Council of British Columbia

The strong economic expansion BC is currently enjoying has been fueled by the bounce-back from the pandemic along with extraordinary amounts of government stimulus. This session will review the province’s current economic setting and its near-term outlook.

As the lift from these factors fades, economic growth is expected to subside. The outlook is also clouded by inflation, higher interest rates, labour scarcity, the risk of further COVID mutations, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.  

9:55 am - 10:05 amBreak

10:05 am - 11:15 am

Managing Foreign Exchange (FX) Risk: Building an Effective Risk Management Policy to Meet the Challenges of the Current Climate

Yoel Tewelde | Senior FX Dealer, Global Reach

Given the heightened levels of systematic risk and uncertainty experienced over the last 2 years, this session will focus on the frameworks, strategies and tools available to identify, measure and mitigate the relevant risks and costs associated with managing an organization’s cashflows and FX exposure.

This review will outline some best practices given the challenges observed during the pandemic. These include understanding how to define your FX risk, aligning a hedging program with your objectives, and utilizing the tools and technology available that provide the real time visibility, analysis and flexibility necessary to monitor and adjust your risk management program as needed.

Can You Hear Me Now? Better Communication for Remote and Hybrid Teams

Corinne Impey | Senior Communications Professional, Six Words Communication

Explore tangible ways to better communicate, connect and collaborate with hybrid and remote teams. From exploring supporting tools and technologies, to establishing communication norms, to finding ways to make online and hybrid interactions more enjoyable, you’ll leave this session with strategies to help you work smarter online.

Participants can expect to:

  • explore and apply best practices in internal communication to remote and hybrid environments
  • learn techniques for leading hybrid meetings in a way that encourages a level playing field no matter how participants join
  • define communication standards for their teams and organizations that can be implemented immediately

Daily Routines Can Help You Be More Productive and Live a Happier Life

Brooks Duncan, Host of The Productivity Show and COO of Asian Efficiency

Daily routines are like a cheat code that successful people use to get more of the right things done, feel less stress, and have more energy. In this session, you will receive guidance to build daily routines that work for you, even if you are creative and value spontaneity and flexibility. The session will look at what you should include in your daily routines, how to find the time for them, and how to get back on track when life gets in the way.

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Nexus 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

Growth-Share Matrix: Maximizing Business Portfolios

Nic Green | Vice President, Parametric Pro Consulting

Invest, divest, or reposition? In this session, participants will explore the Growth-Share Matrix, a strategic planning framework that has helped nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies prioritize their strategic business units (SBUs) based on market share and market growth rate.

Split Second Ethics: The Show Down Between Stress and Decision Making

Tammy Towill | Partner, Cordura Group and Chair, School of Business, Capilano University

What if our actions in times of conflict or stress are not what we might expect despite our best intentions and convictions about our values? This session will consider the impact of context and emotion and explore the belief that we know why we make the choices we do.  This session is eligible for up to 1 hour of eligible ethics CPD.

We will challenge what ethics means in a professional context and how our goals, values and traits drive our responses in times of conflict and stress.  Participants will engage with strategies, tools, and techniques to better understand opportunities, risks and challenges to decision making in times of conflict and stress.

Beat Burnout, Build Resilience

Victoria Smith | Health, Life Coach, and Founder, Stress Less Ladies Ltd 

Burnout is prevalent. We get physically, mentally and emotionally overwhelmed and then feel stuck. The pandemic has led to skyrocketing cases of burnout, but what can be done about it? In this session we’ll focus on how you can address burnout, warning signs to prevent it in the future and how to build your resilience muscles so you can bounce back faster.

You’ll learn:

  • what you can and cannot control (this list may surprise you)
  • the scientific strategies to decrease stress in your brain
  • alternative coping mechanisms
  • self-care strategies that actually work
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmBreak

1:45 pm - 2:55 pm

Developing Indigenous Business Relationships

Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will present various perspectives on how to partner with and support indigenous businesses for mutual success.

Conversation Secrets You Need in 2022 and Beyond

Carrie Gallant | Executive Leadership Coach and Author

Conversations are a leader’s superpower, and 75% of work gets done through conversations. The future of work is more human-centered than ever, even amidst the advance of AI. Whether leading remotely or in person, conversation and communication is at the heart of every top leadership competency. This session will explore the secrets to leadership conversations that build trust, connection and collaboration, and enable you to reach your organizational and professional goals.

In this engaging and practical presentation, participants will:

  • understand why and how relationships drive results through leadership conversations
  • learn how different conversations trigger neurochemicals that create trust or distrust, a productive or disengaged climate, collaboration or competition
  • identify the key Conversation Secrets applicable to their most pressing concern
  • create a Leadership Action Plan

Decluttering Workshop: Regain Control of Your Office & Life (Without the Burnout)

Jane Stoller | Author and Founder, Organized Jane

Working from home can make it hard to separate work life from personal life - productivity and creativity tends to decrease and we burnout more quickly. Decluttering your physical and digital spaces can help declutter your brain, making you less stressed, and more creative and productive.

During this session, participants will explore:

  • a 5 step fool-proof decluttering strategy for your home, office and digital spaces
  • tips on tackling the BIG THREE clutter traps, including hidden clutter traps
  • how to turn decluttering into momentum to gain clarity and improve your creativity
  • small decluttering organizational changes you can make to your work area (at home and in the office) that will give a big boost to your productivity
  • direction to implement a daily decluttering routine that not only fits your lifestyle, but is realistic and sustainable and how to get others in your household involved and understand the benefits
2:55 pm - 3:10 pmBreak

3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

The Great Resignation: Retention in a Hybrid Workplace

Garth Sheriff | Founder, Sheriff Consulting

The Great Resignation or Big Quit occurring in the US is a strong indicator of the challenges of retaining talent in a hybrid and evolving workplace. Developing and retaining talent is a key operational and strategic success factor for all organizations. This session will help participants understand how your organizational culture needs to evolve in this new normal to meet this challenge.

In this plenary session, we will explore:

  • how the Great Resignation reflects the challenges of retaining talent in the current environment
  • research on what the new workforce sees as essential to workplace happiness
  • how to improve employee retention by building a solid social and learning culture in a hybrid work environment

Brooks Duncan, CPA, CMA is host of The Productivity Show, a top productivity podcast and is COO of Asian Efficiency, a leading productivity training company.

He has spoken at the American Bar Association TECHSHOW, and for CPABC, the National Association of Productivity & Organizing, Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, Real Estate Board Greater Vancouver, and more. Brooks' background includes accounting, software, online community, and being Director of Client Services at a large multinational firm.

Aranka Anema, PhD - CPABC Business and Innovation Speaker

Carrie Gallant, JD is an executive leadership coach and coauthor of “Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow’s Leaders: 21 Obvious Secrets Leaders Do Not Use Enough”.

As a former lawyer and executive, she truly understands the challenges many leaders navigate. Carrie weaves psychology, neuroscience, and improvisation with strategy as she inspires and empowers her clients to think bigger, negotiate more powerfully and step up into greater influence and impact. Carrie and her leadership and negotiation methodology have been featured in Cosmo Magazine,,,, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, and on News1130/680News and CBC Radio.

Nic Green, MBA is a financial strategist and seasoned management consultant.

As the Vice President of Parametric Pro Consulting, he has provided consulting services to clients in real estate, construction, oil and gas, insurance, and several other industries. Through his many mandates, Nic has designed and implemented innovative strategies based on advanced financial management processes. Specifically, he has completed contracts involving large-scale developments, acquisitions and dispositions, margin optimizations, creditor protection requirements, enterprise resource planning systems, customer relationship management software, and accounting systems. Before Parametric Pro Consulting, Nic held positions at Cushman and Wakefield, Trez Capital, and Argent Financial Corp.

Corinne Impey, MPC is a versatile, action-oriented senior communications professional and entrepreneur.

She provides strategic advice and communications coaching to leaders and teams across Canada. Together with her team at Six Words Communication, she develops communication and change management plans, campaigns and materials that build brands, engage stakeholders and drive results. Corinne holds a Masters of Professional Communication degree from Ryerson University and is the recipient of a Gold Quill Excellence Award from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in change communication.

Ken Peacock is Chief Economist and Vice President of the Business Council of British Columbia, an association representing 250 large and mid-sized companies that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province.

In this capacity, Mr. Peacock contributes to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. He is the author of regular Business Council publications dealing with the provincial economy and related policy matters and co-authors a monthly column for Business in Vancouver.

Garth Sheriff, CPA, CA, CIA, is the founder of Sheriff Consulting, specializing in delivering professional and leadership skills webinars and online courses.

Sheriff Consulting's mission is to create a learning environment that is both engaging and impactful to your professional development. Garth has also received training and worked as a professional actor. He is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and a graduate in improv from The Second City.

Victoria Smith knew she had to recalibrate her relationship to stress after contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty.

Following her own wellness journey, Victoria became certified as a health and a life coach, focusing on stress management. As the founder of Stress Less Ladies Ltd, Victoria helps people to significantly reduce their stress so that they can thrive personally and professionally. She does this through corporate speaking, individual and group coaching, the Girl Tries Life podcast, and her book Stress Less in 90 Days: Your Guide to Beat Burnout, Stress Less and Actually Enjoy Your Daily Life.

Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA - Business & Innovation Speaker

Jane Stoller, MBA, MScIB is a Swiss-Canadian life-biz organizer, speaker, author and university instructor whose passion is in decluttering spaces and organizing business processes.

Jane wrote her first book in 2016 to help friends get more organized. It ultimately gained international attention, and this allowed Jane to turn her passion into a profitable business, Organized Jane. Stoller’s global reach has helped thousands gain clarity and get organized with her critically acclaimed books and through her Business Booster Course. Stoller and her sought-after decluttering expertise, products and books have been featured on numerous international talk shows, podcasts, and magazines.

Yoel Tewelde, MBA is a senior FX dealer with Global Reach, a leading foreign exchange specialist, providing hedging and payments solutions to a wide range of corporate and institutional clients, as well as managing overseas transfers for individual customers.

Yoel works alongside his clients to develop tailored strategies to mitigate their FX volatility risk as well as various treasury solutions. Prior to joining Global Reach, Yoel’s professional experience included roles in management, operations, sales, and professional services. He holds an MBA in finance from Bayes Business School and is pursuing the CFA charter designation.

Tammy Towill, MBA, MA, 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.