CPA Ontario's Ethics in Practice Conference

Dec 08, 2022



DEC 08



8:30 AM - 2:00 PM




4 Hours


4 Hours


Registration closed on

Dec 07, 2022


Determining right from wrong isn't always clear. Turning theory into practice can be challenging when it comes to the intricacies of ethical decision making. All CPAs, from all industries, face ethical dilemmas throughout their careers.

As a CPA, you are responsible for upholding ethical standards in your organization. Learning how to turn theory into practice is imperative. Join us for this virtual conference where you will learn how to put ethics into practice. Hear first-hand from leaders across industries, where they will share real-life stories of ethical dilemmas and the impact within their organizations. Learn about practical applications of ethical standards, the challenges faced, the decision-making process followed, and the lasting results of the decisions.

Our interactive virtual conference is a great way to learn from industry experts, engage with peers and complete your required ethics CPD hours.


  • How to feel confident while facing ethical dilemmas and making decisions
  • Real-life examples from leading CPAs who turn theory into practice
  • How to apply ethical practices within your organization
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of the Ontario CPA code of conduct
  • Build connections with fellow CPAs through networking opportunities


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Networking
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Opening Remarks

Event Host: Roni Jackson

CPA Ontario: Janet Gillies, Executive Vice-President, Regulatory & Standards

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Opening Keynote

Topic: Becoming as ethical as we think we are - Preventing moral injury in the post-2012 era

Speaker: Morgan Hamel

Description: Using lived experiences as both CEO and employee, Morgan will present the idea that many of the business ethics/ESG/leadership challenges that leaders and organizations face today are a result of a failure to understand what behavioural ethics tells us loud and clear: that we aren't as ethical as we think we are. She argues that understanding this reality is key to navigating post-2012 risk and offers practical tools and resources to build and maintain a strong reputation in an increasingly transparent world.

Key Takeaways:

  • The link between behavioural ethics and your newsfeed
  • Moral injury and its impact on our work and life
  • Skills to navigate stakeholder tensions in the modern world
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Main Session

Topic: Why Compliance Programs Fail

Speaker: Lisa Dorian

Description: This session will provide insight on the complexities of compliance programs for small, medium, and large businesses, and review why they’re not working and discuss ways to build new ethical frameworks at your organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to set the right ‘tone at the top’ to influence ‘mood in the middle’
  • How to build and encourage a speak up culture
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Main Session

Topic: Behavioural Ethics: Ethical Traps of our Minds

Speaker: Krista Fiolleau, PhD, CPA, CA, University of Waterloo

Description: Drawing on research in moral psychology, Krista will highlight some of the ethical traps that our minds set for us which can contribute to our unintentional unethical action. She argues that by gaining a better understanding of why we fall prey to these traps we can work towards minimizing their effects on our decisions and provides suggestions on actions to aid with this.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unethical Conduct is not always conscious
  • Ethical action takes conscious work
  • We often know how to act ethically, we just need practice
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Main Session

Title: Why good people make bad decisions

Speaker: Robert Steinbauer

Description: Drawing on his experience as an educator, researcher, and former enterprise risk services consultant, Robert will explain what enables students and employees to cheat and engage in other forms of unethical conduct. Understanding why otherwise good people make bad decisions, provides the foundation necessary to improve future training programs. Specifically, he argues that a change in mindset is needed: a shift from strict performance goals to a growth mindset where failing is part of the learning process. To be successful, organizations must offer meaningful education that is driven by the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

Key Takeaways:

  • Good people cheat when exposed to a toxic environment
  • A growth mindset is needed to realize employees’ full potential
  • Mission, vision, and values are more than just words
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunch Break & Networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.Closing Keynote

Topic: A CPA perspective on the importance of recognizing red flags and internal whistleblowing

Speaker: Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA

Description: Kelly will share research in forensic accounting and white-collar crime. She will also share stories of how good employees rationalize bad decisions, the importance of internal whistle-blowing, paying attention to red flags, and the importance of ethical leadership.

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Closing Remarks

Host: Roni Jackson


This event will be hosted on the Hopin platform. For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.


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


$189.00 Personal Passport

$189.00 Organization Passport

$199.00 Member

$199.00 Student

$219.00 Public

Status: Registration closed on Dec 07, 2022




Portrait of Roni JacksonRoni Jackson is a national speaker and experiential marketer who makes learning an adventure. She currently serves as Co-CEO of Red Flag Mania, pushing boundaries in traditional education to empower learners to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. By infusing cultural awareness and theory into experiential education, she creates emotional connections between learners and topics. Roni is an award-winning marketer recognized for her ability to create unforgettable experiences that engage and excite.

Portrait of Morgan HamelMorgan Hamel is the President of MH Partners Inc., a boutique consulting firm adept at helping leaders appreciate and communicate moral nuance to build stakeholder trust and long-term value. With experience in corporate ethics (11 years in the ethics office of a large organization), academia (Master’s Degree in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands) and ethical entrepreneurship (founded an ESG-centric ethical fashion marketing company that generated $1M in responsible sales in its first corporate year), Morgan and her associates offer clients a business-focused, ethics-rooted perspective on reputation management that doesn’t exist elsewhere.

Portrait of Lisa DorianLisa Dorian is an experienced entrepreneur and skilled business executive with extensive experience in ethics, compliance, and risk as well as business process and strategy.   She has been on and worked with a variety of boards and leadership teams of organizations in both the private and public sector to implement enterprise risk management and compliance frameworks and has authored many internal policies, including codes of conduct to help build strong ethical cultures.

Portrait of Krista FiolleauKrista Fiolleau, PhD, CPA, CA, is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Accounting and Finance. She joined the school in 2012 after completing her PhD at the University of Alberta. Her published and current research focuses on the effect of organizational controls and governance on ethical reasoning, and accounting ethics and the influence of corporate governance on auditor effectiveness. Through her work as Director of the Centre for Accounting Ethics she speaks and facilitates conferences on ethics research and teaching.

Portrait of Robert Steinbauer

Dr. Robert Steinbauer, PhD, CPA-TN (inactive) CISA is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. His mission as an educator is to develop new teaching approaches that enhance student experience and foster knowledge retention. In line with this mission, he recently led a team of scholars and, with funding provided by eCampus Ontario, developed multiple VR and computer simulations to teach students about workplace harassment and leadership. His research focuses on ethical leadership, ethical decision making, and mentoring and is published in top-tier academic journals. Before joining academia, he worked for Deloitte in Memphis, TN as an enterprise risk services consultant.

Portrait of Kelly Richmond Pope

Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and founder of Helios Digital Learning, Inc. Kelly is the creator and executive producer of the award winning educational white-collar crime documentary Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. Her current documentary, All the Queen’s Horses which chronicles the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, will be released August 2017. She was selected by the TED Ed team to develop a teaching lesson on "How People Rationalize Fraud”  which can be found on the TED Ed website. Her TEDx talk “Why We Hate Whistle-blowers”  discusses the whistle-blower dilemma and the need for whistle-blowers in fraud discovery.


This CPA Ontario PD event is 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.

For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.