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CONFERENCES Lots to juggle at The One


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OR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING, professional accountants from across the country came together at The One national conference to connect, learn, discuss, eat, drink and, yes, juggle.


The two-day event, which featured optional workshops on day three, was


jointly hosted by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario. The conference was packed with practical advice and inspiration. The program featured four streams: leadership; financial reporting and accounting; tax; and management accounting/finance. A conference app helped attendees stay organized and post directly on social media. Carol Wilding, president and CEO, CPA Ontario, invited participants to


“be the one to start the conversation. Be the one to welcome CPAs into one powerful profession.” Keynote speakers drew big crowds. Bestselling author Curtis


Zimmerman (pictured above) taught the audience to juggle, proving his point that you can’t learn without dropping the ball. A performance con- sultant to Olympians, Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, asked what creates or kills a culture of excellence. Christopher Ragan, chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, talked about pricing pollution. The conference was closed by Dean McCann, CFO of Canadian Tire and


CFO of the Year, who (with the help of mascots from the Raptors and Leafs) focused on disruption in the digital space. Next year’s event will be out west. Plan to attend #CPATheOne in Vancouver on Sept. 19 and 20.


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Attendees


“Some themes that moved me were to be in the moment, think and process rather than react, be intentional, ask powerful questions, have fun and live at performance level. I was surprised that it didn’t


really matter what our legacy designation was. We’re all part of a united association with common goals.” — ROBYN L. MCDONALD, CPA, CGA, SURREY, BC


“The conference keynotes and session moderators, especially Curtis Zimmerman’s truly inspirational keynote on rewriting your own script, provided insight into critical leadership skills for today’s work


environment. I definitely didn’t expect to learn to juggle, but it was fitting for a conference where I learned many new things.” — PATRICK KELLY, CPA, CMA, ELMIRA, ONT.


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