Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Time Speaker Session Description
10:30 am -
11:45 am

Garth Sheriff, Principal, Sheriff Consulting

Session 1: Are we handing over our professional judgment to AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been in our collective awareness since the introduction of the villainous computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001. AI has had a few moments in popular culture such as the supercomputer IBM Watson’s appearance in Jeopardy! in 2011 but has typically been more science fiction than reality. Today, we are interacting with AI more than ever and more than we realize. Common interaction with AI includes the use of Google Home, Netflix and Amazon. The future is now for AI. In this presentation explore how AI is being used, the implications of AI in our profession and learn action steps to prepare for AI integration.

12:30 pm -
1:45 pm

Todd Scaletta, FCPA, FCMA, Senior Vice President, Foresight and Research, CPA Alberta

Gord Beal, CPA, CA, Vice President, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada

Session 2: Foresight - Understanding the future of the Canadian Accounting Profession

There is an urgent case for the accounting profession to embrace change or risk falling behind, losing relevance, and being replaced by competitors. To prepare for these unprecedented changes, the CPA profession has used an ambitious multi-stakeholder process to look at how the drivers of change – economic, environmental, technological, geopolitical, and societal shifts – will impact the future of the accounting profession. Throughout the consultation process, Foresight participants weighed in to identify and create future directions for the profession in the areas of external reporting, audit and assurance, tax, financial management, and strategy, risk and governance, as well as employment opportunities and skill sets needed for CPAs to remain industry leaders. The Foresight work has inspired a renewed energy and eagerness to advance the profession. In this new world, we are exploring how the profession will need to pivot to new ways of doing things including: measuring value beyond financials to capture societal expectations; harnessing the power of vast quantities of data to make decisions and establishing new models of governance and decision-making; developing new skills and competencies; and protecting integrity, trust and ethics. Attend this session and find out about the latest information on the CPA Foresight work to help understand the future of the Canadian accounting profession.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

10:30 am -
11:30 am

Warren Jackson, Vice President, Financing and Consulting at BDC Saskatoon

Session 3: The Path Forward - What lies ahead for business owners

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our everyday habits and create an extraordinary level of uncertainty for entrepreneurs. You will need to adapt your business to the new economic reality. Since the beginning of the pandemic, BDC has regularly surveyed business owners on the direct impact to their businesses. In this webinar, BDC shares the survey findings, but also highlights what business owners need to focus on as they continue to recover. They will outline the big trends that will impact the way you do business for the months to come. And finally, BDC will provide an overview of the financing programs and resources available to help business owners navigate these challenging times.

1:00 pm -
2:15 pm      

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, Ph.D, Performance Consultant to Olympians, the NHL and MBA

Session 4: Unlocking Your Full Potential

Kimberley was the first female performance consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, and the Edmonton Oilers. She has worked at five Olympic Games with the gold medal winning teams of the Women’s Hockey Team, Cross Country Ski Team, and Speedskating Team. The Canadian Olympic Committee appointed her as the lead of sport psychology for the entire Olympic team at the 2010 Vancouver, 2012 London, and 2014 Sochi Olympics. Throughout her career, Kimberley has witnessed what habits and behaviours are required for success and will share her expertise on how you can create a high-performance environment that is more conducive to achieving success, winning and excellence. Kimberley will share universal traits that are possessed by those that experience the most success in their field and how you can replicate it within your own careers, teams and organizations. Kimberley will ensure you leave this session armed with the tools to unlock your full potential.

Registration Details

Online registration for the June 2021 virtual presentations will open on May 5.

These Virtual PD Presentations are PD Passport eligible! Information on how to purchase a PD Passport is HERE. Each of the four virtual presentations is worth 1.5 passport credits.

Get your PD Passport and enjoy the discounts.

Members who do not have a PD Passport can also register online for the virtual presentations. Each virtual presentation will be $50 plus GST.

Successful CFE writers from September 2019 and September 2020 are eligible to receive a 25% discount on their session registration fees. An email will be sent to all eligible CFE writers with details on how to receive this discount.

Registration deadline is June 8, 2021.
Cancellations accepted up to June 8.


It is estimated that by attending all four virtual presentations, members may earn 5 CPD Hours.


Enjoy some memories from previous years Conferences: