CPA Ontario's Ethics Summit

Dec 09, 2021



DEC 09



8:30 AM - 1:30 PM




4 Hours


4 Hours


Registration closed on

Dec 08, 2021


This event includes 4 hours of Ethics CPD.

Register early to receive EARLY BIRD PRICING

August 16 - November 8$149.00
November 9 - December 6$199.00


Ethical decision-making is a critical part of the accounting profession.

This four-hour CPA Ontario Ethics Summit will include inspiring presentations to help guide your decision-making with objectivity and integrity. As disruption becomes our new normal, advisors and consultants will increasingly be faced with ethical conflicts in sensitive financial situations. CPAs must remain focused on their ethical responsibilities both within organizations or when dealing with clients.

This PD learning event is suitable for CPAs at all career stages and will provide actionable insight and knowledge that can be incorporated into your role immediately.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Networking
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.Opening Conference Remarks: Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., CPA, CMA, CA, Director, Business Architecture at RBC Capital Markets
8:35 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.Opening Remarks by Craig Smith, EVP Member and Student Services
8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.Opening Keynote

Topic: Intentional Integrity: How to Drive Integrity into the Culture of Your Company

Description: In the bestselling book – Intentional Integrity, Robert Chesnut delivers a six-step process for leaders to foster and manage a culture of integrity at work. As the leading expert in corporate ethics, he explains the rationale and legal context behind his curriculum and illuminates the nuances of thinking deeply and objectively about workplace culture.

As employees become better aligned with a company’s core mission, and customers learn that they can trust it to do the right thing, the results flow directly to the bottom line. It’s time for a transformation in how business gets done, and Intentional Integrity provides the essential, proactive, ethical course of action businesses worldwide are craving.

Speaker: Robert Chesnut; Former General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb

9:40 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Short Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Main Session

Topic: A Practical Guide to Digital Ethics – How to Build an AI Strategy & Drive Consensus Across Leadership on the Priorities

Description: As organisations seek to digitalise, and in particular develop AI and automation approaches, it’s crucial that they develop their capability in sequence with their governance. In this talk, Charles will give an overview of what best-practice looks like from a practical perspective, and offers a method to drive consensus across senior leadership on the priorities so organisations can move from talk to action.

Speaker: Charles Radclyffe, CEO of EthicsGrade

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.Break & Networking Opportunity
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Main Session

Topic: Financial Statement Fraud Risk Post-Pandemic

Description: The world saw a wave of large-scale financial statement fraud cases coming out of the 2001–2002 and 2008–2009 economic downturns. The COVID-19 pandemic will have the making for another potential wave if accounting practices, processes and changes are not fully understood, vetted and kept in check. Financial statement fraud frequently begins in organizations with the manipulation of valuations, estimates and reserves — anything that can be perceived as subjective or relies upon assumptions — to meet a target. Never in history have valuations and estimates been more subjective and easier to manipulate than now. Under normal circumstances, historical performance plays a significant role in these calculations. But COVID presents a unique challenge for accountants determining these valuations: there are no historical performance measures showing the impact of a pandemic on the organization, its competitors, vendors or customers. Simply, there is no history to reference or benchmark against, making the valuations and estimates even more subjective. This creates opportunity for an unprecedented amount of financial statement fraud. This session examines the areas of highest risk for fraudulent manipulation in accounting valuations and estimates. You will also learn what accounting, audit, compliance and anti-fraud professionals should be questioning and examining to deter, prevent and detect financial statement fraud.

Speaker: Mary Breslin, Founder and Managing Partner, Verracy

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.Short Break
12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.Closing Keynote

Topic: Ethical Dilemmas from the Top

Description: Boards and senior management frequently must grapple with complex situations and involve their internal advisors, including auditors, human resource professionals, fraud team leaders, CFOs, and others who are perceived as experts and independent. It is therefore important that we wisely consider a range of possible resolutions based on our knowledge and experience.

Speaker: Shelley Hayes, CPA, CA, CFE; Partner, Forensic, KPMG Canada

1:05 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.Networking


We know the value of staying connected with peers during this unusual time. Using Hopin’s unique virtual networking features, you will have an opportunity to make new connections and network with fellow CPAs.


CPAs who are looking to stay informed on ways to address ethical challenges during uncertain times.


$189.00 Personal Passport

$189.00 Organization Passport

$189.00 Member

$199.00 Student

$199.00 Public

Status: Registration closed on Dec 08, 2021




This four-hour, CPA Ontario PD event is a 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.