August 2 – October 22, 2021$99.00
October 23 – November 15, 2021$149.00

Learn how you can put ESG initiatives into action and impact the future of business.

Investors, employees and consumers alike are holding companies accountable from environmental, social and governance perspectives. Society expects businesses to act responsibly and provide greater transparency.

Earlier in 2021, we made the case for why CPAs should become warrior accountants. Following the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the future of learning for CPAs requires an understanding of how organizations perform as stewards of nature, manage relationships, and demonstrate good governance.

CPA Ontario’s ESG November Summit will showcase the application of ESG across organizations and the role CPAs play in taking action. The event will provide opportunities for you to ask questions to industry leaders and network with peers.


  • Stories and examples from industry leaders who are integrating ESG into their day-to-day activities
  • Implications of not implementing ESG practices within your practice or organization
  • Ways that CPAs are uniquely positioned to help manage risk and build ESG practices into business strategies
  • How CPAs can enable organizations to make change by bringing diligence, accuracy and consistency to ESG reporting
  • The latest updates from COP26 and the role global leaders want to the profession to play in accounting for sustainability

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.


What role can CPAs play in helping companies demonstrate their value to shareholders and broader society? And are they up to the task?

Learn more and download the report here: THE RISE OF THE WARRIOR ACCOUNTANT


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Networking
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.Opening Conference Remarks
8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Opening Remarks by Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA; President & CEO of CPA Ontario
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.A CPA Perspective

Topic: ESG Overview of the Current Landscape

Speaker: Michael Jantzi, Founder Sustainalytics

9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Q&A Session

Topic: COP 26 Update

Moderator: Candice Best

Speaker: Maria Theofilaktidis, CPA, CA Executive Vice President, Global Finance, Scotiabank & IFRS Foundation Trustee

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.Short Break
9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.Case Study

Topic: How CPAs are Implementing ESG Today

Moderator: Leonie Phillips

Speaker: Jennifer Ojjo CPA, CA, Finance Manager Sustainability, Maple Leaf Foods

Speaker: Robert McGarvey, Rethinking Capital

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Break & Networking Opportunity
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Panel Discussion

Topic: ESG in Motion

Moderator: Candice Best

Speaker: Gaurav Gupta, ESG Director, Walmart Canada

Speaker: Sabreen Salman, CPA, CA, Senior Manager, ESG Analytics

Speaker: David Arnold, FCPA, FCA, CFO TMX Group

11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.Short Break
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Fireside Chat

Topic: City of Toronto's Key ESG Initiatives

Moderator: Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA, ESG Global Advisors

Speaker: Heather Taylor, FCPA, FCA, CFO and Treasurer, City of Toronto

12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.Closing Remarks
12:35 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Networking


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


  • Learn from CPAs who are “warrior accountants”
  • Hear first-hand from industry leaders who are implementing ESG into their day-to-day work
  • Consider opportunities ahead for CPAs related to ESG
  • Learn how to handle situations related to ESG
  • Think about how you can apply ESG practices within your organization
  • Get the latest updates to the profession with regards to COP26


Professionals with little or no experience in ESG, as well as those responsible for implementing an ESG reporting program within their organization.