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Workshops and Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Workshop 1a and 2a

  • Topic:           Strategic Decision Making
  • Facilitator:    Michael Parent, Professor, Segal Graduate School, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • Description:  Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills enable us to respond quickly and effectively to business challenges and strategic planning issues.  Yet research shows us that most people are bad at making decisions, particularly as decision complexity rises.  This seminar will challenge traditional and often ineffective forms of decision making and introduce best practices.  This seminar is for those who are responsible for making significant and complex decisions in their organization, especially in the areas of strategy, finance, and managing others.  This session will cover:
  • The Realities of Decisions – Rational Decision Making and the Real World
  • Why We Struggle and What to Do – Common Cognitive Errors and Biases
  • When Decisions Get Complex – Tools for Multi-Goal Decision Making
  • Making Better Decisions – Decision Making Best Practices

    Workshop 1b and 2b

    • Topic:           Communication & Negotiation Skills
    • Facilitator:    Sue Wazny, Principal & Consultant, The Neutral Zone

    Workshop 1c and 2c

    • Topic:           Ethical Principles and the Accounting Profession-CPABC Code Decoded
    • Facilitator:    Roger Merkosky, CPA, CA
    • Description:  This course will address ethics in the environment of all professional accountants, to help you challenge yourself and your colleagues in making decisions on business ethics by going through scenarios and case studies from the public practice, industry, government and/or not-for-profit sectors. You will also explore the results of recent ethics surveys that are applicable to all business settings. 

    Please bring a current copy of the CPA Code of Professional Conduct, as you will be referring to it throughout the session.
      1. The CPABC Code of Professional Conduct available at:,-bylaws-rules/
      2. The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants - Responding to Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations available on the IFAC website at:

      Friday, September 29, 2017

      Concurrent 1a and 2a

      • Topic:           Cyber Security
      • Facilitator:    Greg Kent, RBC Treasury Solutions Specialist, RBC Royal Bank
      • Description:


      Concurrent 1b

      • Topic:           Member Online Services, Pension Corporation
      • Facilitator:    Lindsey Beeksma, Plan & Member Communications, Pension Corporation
      • Description: Learn about the new online tools offered to members of the Municipal and Public Service Pension Plans. Topics will include the new website, myaccount and how to apply for a pension online


      Concurrent 2b

      • Topic:           Average to Amazing - Why some people create great careers...and others don't
      • Facilitator:    Jeremy Tiffin, President & Managing Partner, Horizon Recruitment
      • Description:  Just like good health requires maintenance, knowledge, and a commitment to excellence, so does creating an amazing career. For nearly 20 years, Jeremy Tiffin has witnessed business professionals making an array of decisions in their careers, from bold to abominable. Drawing on these real-life examples, he will share what you need to know and do to create a stellar career.  Join Jeremy in this session where you will learn how to
        • identify career strategy needs as we approach 2020,
        • master the mental component of inevitable career change,
        • handle the most dangerous word to career management (it’s not what you might think)
        • make key strategic choices,
        • approach work and life,
        • get a tight grasp on what really matters with your resume, and
        • master the four fundamental areas of any finance professional’s career.


      Concurrent 1c

      • Topic:           Public Sector Accounting  
      • Facilitator:    Sarah Marsh and Paulina Prokop, PwC
      • Description:  This session will walk through the latest public sector accounting hot topics including upcoming new pronouncements and how they will impact health organizations.


      Concurrent 2c

      • Topic:           Health Care Trends 
      • Facilitator:    Joyce Drohan, PwC
      • Description:  This session will walk through the trends in health care both locally and internationally including the impact of demographic changes, technology, consumer needs, and many more.


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