CPA Ontario's Data Analytics Conference

Feb 14, 2023



FEB 14



8:30 AM - 3:00 PM




4 Hours


0 Hours


Registration open until

Feb 13, 2023


Give your data the love it deserves.

Like any harmonious relationship, the one you share with your data involves time, effort and problem-solving. As we adapt to an increasingly data-rich world, the demand for effective data-driven insights intensifies. Join us virtually on February 14 for our Data Analytics Conference to learn how to deepen your relationship with your data to drive more thoughtful, actionable insights.

Topics Include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data Curation & Measurement
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • And more...


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Networking
9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.Opening Remarks by CPA Ontario
9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Opening Conference – Host

Malik Datardina, CPA, CA, CISA

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Opening Keynote

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Topic: Privacy by Design: How to evolve your data strategy in 2023 and beyond

Description: Former 3 time Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian now Executive Director at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Toronto Metropolitan University explains why embedding privacy into the fabric of organizations makes them better for all parties concerned.

Key Takeaways:

  • Privacy HAS to be engineered into organizations to prevent privacy invasive events.
  • Avoid false dichotomies such as privacy vs security. It is possible and necessary to have both.
  • The interests of the individual needs to be paramount at all times.
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.Short Break (10 mins)
10:25 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.Kris Bennatti, CPA, CA & Schulich MBAN

Topic: The role of AI in forensic analytics

Description:  Former auditor and current CEO of Bedrock AI, Kris Bennatti, explains how artificial intelligence can be applied in the real world to assess fraud risk. Bedrock AI uses large language models (a type of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT) to assess textual financial disclosure in real-time. Kris will discuss qualitative data, forensic analytics, and using AI to better manage risk. 

Key Takeaways:

  • We can now quantify and test relationship between qualitative risk factors and negative outcomes
  • AI models like ChatGPT allow CPAs to take advantage of textual information in a structured format
  • Qualitative data is essential to risk management
11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Short Break (10 mins)
11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.Michael Ridgley – Manager at KPMG LLP

Topic: Modelling the Intangible: Measuring a Firms Accounting Analytics Maturity

Description: While we can all agree that data analytics is important, one question remains: how can a firm develop dynamic capabilities, which can adapt and change to varying conditions? Attaining such capabilities is important for firms to not only achieve a sustainable competitive advantage within the industry, but also differentiate itself among competitors to provide added business value. This presentation will include an approach to developing dynamic capabilities for accounting analytics, in addition to proposing a high-level model to enable firms to measure their accounting analytics maturity with a focus on real-world client engagements, observations, and applications in the financial services industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The evolution of analytics capabilities;
  • Pillars of developing dynamic capabilities for accounting analytics; and
  • Strategically allocating analytics-related investments enterprise-wide.

11:55 – 12:35 p.m.Lunch Break & Networking
12:35- 1:15 p.m.Erin Kelly, CPA, CEO ASI

Topic: Enterprise AI is much easier to use now – get ready for heavy adoption!

Description: Erin Kelly, CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc (ASI) will talk about AI in the enterprise and recent innovations that have made AI radically more user friendly and affordable than even 6 months ago. Erin will give a demonstration of some new AI technologies and discuss their future applications in the enterprise, and also point out what to watch out for if you are considering introducing some of these technologies into the workplace.

Key takeaways:

  • AI will see heavy adoption in 2023 because it is easier to use and much more cost effective than it was even 6 months ago
  • Now is the time to become familiar with AI ahead of a new wave of adoption – so you can grow with the change
  • Because it is early days there are still some hiccups. Erin will show you what to look for.
    1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.Short Break (10 mins)
    1:25 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.Closing keynote - Claudiu Popa, CEO, Informatica Corporation

    Title: The Definitive Data Governance Outlook for 2023: How to Fully Engage in the New Information Revolution

    Description: This lively keynote brings together the topics of the day with illustrations of current trends that cover the issues of content, value and trust. With clear and practical examples, Claudiu demystifies the challenges, opportunities and logistical issues of compliance, data protection and technology investment. Gain insights into priorities and permission-based logistics and look at an effective blueprint for navigating the massive transformation ahead. This session considers questions such as: How do we build trust in an environment of untrusted dependencies? How do we participate in the knowledge-based industry when content is commoditized? Can data be protected where scarcity no longer exists?

    Key Takeaways:

    • The lines between work and personal lives have been forever blurred—perhaps for the better
    • Information is true value, but loving information means protecting it
    • Technology can be used to violate trust, but it also helps to enforce privacy and security
    2:25 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.Closing Remarks - Host
    2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Networking


    This event will be hosted on the Hopin platform. For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.


    $189.00 Personal Passport

    $189.00 Organization Passport

    $199.00 Member

    $199.00 Student

    $199.00 Public

    Status: Registration open until Feb 13, 2023




    Portrait of Malik DatardinaMalik Datardina, CPA, CA has more than 20 years of experience in information systems, risk and assurance, information security governance and audit data analytics. In his current role as a Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) Strategist he uses leading-edge technology and big data to create more efficient audits and IT audit processes at Auvenir.

    Portrait of Ann CavoukianDr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy and security experts. She served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario where she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure, and business practices. Dr. Cavoukian is the Founder and CEO of the Global Privacy and Security By Design Centre.

    Portrait of Kris BennattiKris Bennatti, CPA, CA is CEO and Founder of She is an avid programmer and a statistician. Her area of expertise is the application of AI to long-form text in corporate disclosure and securities filings. Kris has deep expertise in both financial markets and machine learning.

    Portrait of Michael RidgleyMichael Ridgley is a management consultant, within KPMG’s Toronto office, specializing in analytics and financial services. He is also a lecturer of accounting and analytics at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Michael has experience across a variety of industries, including banking, investment management, telecommunications and insurance, Working as both an internal and external consultant, Michael’s work has primarily focused on operationalizing analytics for financial services firms.

    Portrait of Erin KellyErin Kelly, CPA, CMA, is President and CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc., a global company that uses AI for market research, communications, ad tracking and sales prediction. With over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive, she is the author of two books on technology and marketing and is a sought-after speaker on the subject. Erin is a regular contributor to major news outlets in Canada.

    Portrait of Claudiu PopaClaudiu Popa is a certified cybersecurity expert, public speaker, published author, educator, and thought leader in the realm of security and privacy, data protection, compliance, and governance issues. He has over 30 years of experience in information technology security, auditing, international standards, and board-level risk advisory. Claudiu co-founded Canada's only cybersafety foundation where he oversees academic research and data-driven education programs.


    This CPA Ontario PD event is live webinar hosted on the innovative Hopin platform. A link to join the event on the Hopin platform will be sent closer to the date. We recommend you join five minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

    For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.