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The power to create change starts with building and strengthening our community of female business leaders.

CPA Ontario's Women Inc. Conference is designed for you to learn from inspiring women who have pushed through barriers and achieved great success in their professional lives.

Join us on December 13 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto with our keynote speaker The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, the first female Chief of Justice of Canada. Other key speakers include Deborah Rosati – founder of Women Get on Boards, and Jessica Savage an expert on the art of leadership. The Conference has been carefully designed to empower and activate the community of female leaders and collectively inspire us to aim higher and go beyond.

This offers a great opportunity to build your network of supporters, learn and lead change in your organization, and achieve break-through success in your career.

New this year, we are excited to host a pre-Conference networking event on December 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. This engaging evening will include a cocktail reception and interactive sessions on listening, storytelling and empowerment. Led by Karen Parker –Second City mainstage alum, the evening will be fun, motivating, supportive, and uplifting and will set the stage for the day ahead, providing insights and inspiration on how to take your networking to the next level.

Register for the conference only without the pre-conference networking reception here

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
(Sessions may be subject to change)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Facilitated Networking Reception

Thursday, December 13, 2018
(Sessions may be subject to change)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Opening Keynote:

Moving Up in a Gendered Workplace
Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
Former Chief Justice of Canada

9:55 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Plenary Session:

The Art of Personal Branding
Jessica Savage
Senior Vice President, North Strategic

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Plenary Session:

Are You Board-Ready?
Deborah Rosati FCPA, FCA
Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Panel Session:

Leadership Lessons from Three Architects of Change
Liz West

Host & Reporter

Diana Brown, CPA, CMA
Controls & Compliance Lead, Microsoft Canada

Betty Ferreira, FCPA, FCMA

Not-for-Profit Strategist, ReStructure Consulting

Eva Wong
Co-Founder & COO, Borrowell

2:10 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Plenary Session:

Dealing with Harassment:
Effective Strategies for Prevention and Response

Blake Moran
Legal Counsel, Kellogg Canada Inc.

James Heeney
Partner, Robinson Heeney LLP

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:35 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote:

Relieving Work-Related Stress with Humour
Judy Croon
Comedian & Motivational Speaker