CAREER STAGE: Senior Executive

NOTE: This newly revised course has shifted online into six, half-day, live, instructor-led sessions. We have adapted the interactive sessions to include regularly scheduled breaks and digital breakout rooms for virtual networking and group discussions. Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registrants.

Participants must have a reliable internet connection, a working webcam with microphone, and are expected to be on camera during live sessions. Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registrants.

Register by July 31, 2021 to receive a 20% discount.


  • Day 1 - Monday Sep 20, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Day 2 - Wednesday Sep 22, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Day 3 - Friday, Sep 24, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Day 4 - Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Day 5 - Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Day 6 - Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST

Explore the technical, ethical and interpersonal skills needed to stay agile and adapt to change.

During these times of unprecedented change in digital technologies, globalization of businesses and the overall way businesses are working as a result of the pandemic, it is critical for organizations to operate at peak levels of performance to succeed. In this CPA Ontario Executive Program, participants will explore the technical, ethical and interpersonal skills they need to master and sustain change, and help their organizations stay agile and more easily adapt to change.

This online, interactive learning environment fosters a destination for finance executives looking to refresh, renew and network with others who are sharing similar challenges and experiences. Your active participation will be required throughout the program. A combination of exercises, tool kits, guest speakers and lively discussions, are all facilitated by two of CPA Ontario’s proven, long-time executive professional development leaders. Allow them to guide you on your journey. Come prepared for a unique experience that will move you towards realizing your full CFO potential.

Expect to learn about topics such as how the role of CFO has evolved due to the pandemic, and the CFO’s role in relation to the Board of Directors. The program covers shifting organizational priorities: thinking ahead of the curve, and looking at what the pandemic has taught us. You will define CFO success and what it takes to get there and stay there. The program also explores drivers of change, personal integrity and ethics, analytics and performance improvement, and leading within and outside the finance function.


You will be sent an agenda and various pre-course work via email to be completed prior to the program. Please ensure your email address is up to date and you complete the required pre-course work and return it prior to the due date on the email.


  • Understand what the new normal might look like and how to adapt an organization
  • Explain the roles of CEOs and CFOs as change leaders and outline the required competencies for these roles
  • Explore what a personal brand is and outline best practices for communicating your personal brand
  • Understand how stakeholder analysis and mapping can be used to identify existing stakeholders and stakeholders in the "new normal"
  • Improve relationship management with stakeholders
  • Outline best practices for enabling the finance team to maximize its business impact and improve an organization’s strategic initiatives and decision making
  • Consider the barriers many organizations face in leveraging data for more informed decision making and practical steps you can take to remove those barriers
  • Outline the CPA Code of Professional Conduct and describe best practices for complying with the code
  • Create a transformational plan for your organization


This program is designed for new and experienced VP Finances and CFOs focused on the continued development of specific in-demand skills and competencies required to lead from the top.