EVENT DESCRIPTION


Join us alongside hundreds of accounting and finance professionals from various industries – for a one-day event designed to help you make sense of all the latest technological developments and advances that are shaping the future of accounting and CPAs. With the help of panel debates, keynote presentations and ted-style talk presentations from top industry experts and tech gurus - discuss your burning questions with like-minded peers at CPA Ontario’s tech event.

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See full conference agenda and event info with complete speaker bios & photos at www.cpaontario.ca/infinitesummit

Who should attend:

  • Young CPAs and aspiring students
  • CPAs who have followed non-traditional career paths
  • CPAs working in Canadian tech
  • Accounting firms and post-secondary institutions
  • Small business owners and sole practitioners
  • Technology firms and solution providers
  • Anyone who is passionate about accounting, finance and technology

Why attend:

  • Discuss the impact of technology and disruption on CPAs’ current and future career paths
  • Define the skill set and leadership traits of a modern CPA
  • Learn from unique CPAs in non-traditional roles and industries
  • Learn how to leverage your CPA skill set to help shape the companies and businesses of the future
  • Find out how technology is elevating traditional accounting firms and practices
  • Get inspired by infinite opportunities available to CPAs due to technological advancements
  • Network with cross-industry CPAs of all shapes and sizes

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

AM Networking Session

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Conference Welcome Remarks

Craig Smith, Executive Vice-President, Member & Student Services, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Shawn Kanungo, Innovation Strategist; General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, Top 40 under 40; Inc. Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers in 2018

10:05 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Shifting Times: Megatrends for the Global Economy Post COVID-19

Linda Nazareth, Principal; Economist, Author and Futurist

10:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Future of Professional Services

Steve McCaughey, Managing Partner, Technology & Transformation; Managing Partner, Dspace

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Break + Sponsor Highlights

11:45 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Gamechanger: Are You Ready for the Future? How to Thrive in a Non Linear, Chaotic World

Candice Faktor, Managing Partner of Gamechanger

Understand why the future is radically different than the past and learn the skills, beliefs and behaviours necessary to thrive in this new uncertain and exponential world.

12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Networking Lunch + Sponsor Demos

1:10 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Cultivating Ethics Culture at Your Organization Beyond Traditional Employee Training

Tom Hardin, “Tipper X”, Corporate Trainer & Keynote Speaker on Compliance, Ethics, Conduct Risk, Culture & Market Conduct

  • Common mental shortcuts, ethical blind spots and potential improper influences on decision making in the workplace which can lead to unethical, and potentially, criminal activity
  • Types of corporate cultures which act as breeding grounds for unethical behavior
  • The critical importance of not only having a “speak up” culture, but also a “listen up” culture
  • Strategies for the development of “moral rebels” and ethics ambassadors at your company
  • Practical scenarios for applications of ethical decision making in the current WFH environment

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion | The Future of CPAs: Driving the Change in a Very Traditional Profession

Moderated by: Shawn Kanungo

Innovation Strategist; General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, Top 40 under 40; Inc. Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers in 2018

Panelists include:

Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA, Founder of Future Firm Inc.

Following its acquisition in 2018, Ryan started Future Firm, which helps firm owners design and implement an online, scalable firm that supports their ideal lifestyle. He also sends a weekly newsletter to 2,500+ firm leaders that want to receive exclusive content & tips to help them create an online, scalable firm of their own.

Martha Banner, CPA, National Manager at Grant Thornton LLP

Utilizing her expertise as a CPA and a combination of cloud technologies to help provide businesses clarity, insight and growth.

Bruno Suppa, CPA, CA, Managing Partner at BDO Canada

A native Torontonian, Bruno Suppa is Managing Partner for BDO Canada's Greater Toronto Area Group and responsible for leading a practice of approximately 1,000 people, across a variety of business sectors and service offerings. He also sits on the firm's executive leadership team.

Jag Bath, CPA, Partner at CapexCPA

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Break + Sponsor Highlights

3:10 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Closing Keynote: Innovating to Thrive

Armughan Ahmad, President & Managing Partner, Digital Transformation, KPMG Digital

Many of the digital trends that were in place before COVID-19 have now accelerated. Companies have stepped up their adoption of exponential technologies as the pandemic has marked the tipping point from the physical to the digital economy. In past recessions, companies that maintained a focus on innovation thrived as they led the pack bringing us innovations like the iPhone, Uber and Airbnb. This keynote will focus on these trends and how companies, and Canada can focus on innovation to thrive after the pandemic.

4:05 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PM Networking Session