Thank you adelaide 30 october – 1 november

PROGRAM

Delegates at Congress 2019 were captivated with content from acclaimed thought leaders who are leading the way with artificial intelligence, digital money and the future of finance. You will find details on the quality 2019 program below. CPA Congress will be back in 2020 with another engaging program.

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ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE

Thursday 31 October

Morning
9.00AM - 9.15AM
Official opening
09.15AM - 10.00AM
KN1: Reimagining the future through the lens of digitisation and automa…
Science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, transparent and abundant. Future Crunch will help you to generate optimism and shift perceptions to create new and better ways of doing things in the 21st of century.
Speaker
  • Tané Hunter
    Cancer Researcher and Big Data Scientist, Future Crunch

    Tané is a big-data scientist, cancer researcher and bioinformatician. He's a co-founder of Future Crunch, as well as data analytics startup, Lighthouse.

    He holds a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases using by analysing DNA with data-mining and machine learning.

    He believes that cognitive code can help solve some of the biggest problems in finance, business and science. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them using artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former US mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

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10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea
10.30AM - 11.15AM
KN2: Future of finance: Digital Money and Blockchain
Nathana O’Brien Sharma is based out of Silicon Valley and is at the forefront of the virtual currency and blockchain revolution. Finance professionals will need to understand the benefits of virtual currency versus traditional capital raising opportunities.

Digital assets are the main use for blockchain, over $3 trillion of business value in the future will be generated by blockchain technology. Nathana will discuss some of the world’s most cutting edge blockchain uses and pilots to demonstrate how this technology is solving some of the most complex business and finance problems.
Speaker
  • Nathana O'Brien Sharma
    Faculty, Blockchain, Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University Nathana O'Brien Sharma is a Faculty member at Singularity University, where she writes and speaks for international audiences on the future of technology, law and business. Nathana is also General Counsel at Labelbox, one of the most exciting artificial intelligence startups in the Silicon Valley today.

    Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. While at Gunderson Dettmer, Nathana helped a range of technology companies on data privacy and cyber security strategy. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.

    Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University's 2012 Graduate Studies Program.
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11.20AM - 11.55PM
KN3: The transformation of education, global connectivity, and a cultur…
Speaker
  • Peter Rathjen
    Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide Peter Rathjen is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Prior to his appointment, Professor Rathjen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he was instrumental in creating vibrant new university precincts within the CBDs of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Professor Rathjen is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, as are all of the members of his immediate family.

    While at Adelaide as an undergraduate in the Department of Biochemistry, he was awarded the R A Fisher Prize for Genetics and the Morton Prize for Biochemistry, both in 1983. As a 1985 Rhodes Scholar, he undertook a DPhil at New College, University of Oxford, studying mobile genetic elements in yeast and mammals. Professor Rathjen returned to South Australia and the University of Adelaide, where he worked as a Lecturer in Biochemistry from 1990 to 1995 and Professor of Biochemistry from 1995 to 2002. He became Head of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2000, and Foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences in 2002, a role he held until 2006.

    In 2005 he was awarded the Research Leadership Award in the South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Professor Rathjen was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006; in 2008, he became Dean of the Graduate School of Science, and from 2008 to 2011 he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). In 2011, he took up the role of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, a role he held until October 2017. Professor Rathjen is a non-executive director of the Board of Universities Australia. He is on the Board of the Australian Science Media Centre and is a patron of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Campaign.

    In June 2019 Professor Rathjen was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for distinguished service to higher education through senior administrative roles, and as a scientist and medical researcher.
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11.55AM - 12.45PM
KN3-FS: Future Skills Think Tank

There has been much debate about the future of accounting as a profession. Role automation is leading to employer demand shifting from job title to skill set, but what skills will professional accountants really need?
 
Join our high-profile group think tank to be part of a live open discussion with our leading thought leaders and CFOs. They will take you into the future jobs and skill sets that will change the way we work and live.

Speakers
  • Suzanne Waldron (Congress MC)
    Human Behavioural Specialist , Suzanne Waldron Ltd Suzanne speaks to audiences around Australia about developing an explicit leadership style.  ‘A Flourishing Mind’, Suzanne’s first published book, explores her own story of adversity as a foster child & homeless teenager.  Her second book (due in 2019), ‘Say What You Mean’, is a guide to better working relationships in senior leadership teams through the art of straight talk.

    She has been nominated as Western Australian of the Year 2016, for her work as ambassador for R U OK? and her master’s degree research in pro-social leadership. Suzanne is also the co-founder and director of Stories Out Loud, an online documentary series, and a curator for TEDxPerth.
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  • Dr Simon Eassom
    Executive General Manager, Education, CPA Australia Dr Simon Eassom is a proven thought leader and subject matter expert on the future of learning and the alignment of technology with business strategy for the higher education and corporate education sectors. He has over 30 years’ experience as an academic and a business development executive delivering transformational projects as well as developing, consulting on, and selling innovative digital solutions for education.

    Simon has been a leader in the adoption of AI, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things for the sector and has been instrumental in the creation of digital solutions at the leading edge of the transformation of learning. He has been a senior leader within the university sector, a global industry executive for one of the world's most iconic technology companies and is currently Executive General Manager (Member Education) for the one of the largest professional member organisations for accountants and finance professionals.
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  • Andy Cornfield
    CFO BAE Systems Andy, started his career as an engineer, working for Dowty Group in a variety of industry segments whilst studying Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Bath. On graduation, Andy served as a commissioned officer in the RAF spending time on SAR and AWACs squadrons. On leaving the RAF Andy spent three years with Deloitte’s where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.

    In 1996, Andy moved into investment banking and spent six years in London, covering risk management and business finance support leadership roles related to trading of derivatives and commodities. The later focus on commodities led to a move into mining in 2002.

    During the following 14 years, Andy spent time in a variety of senior finance roles in Europe and the Far East. These ranged from Treasury and Corporate Finance in the world’s largest mining company to global CFO for a commodity trader covering multiple product lines and complex joint venture activity. On returning to Australia, Andy took on the commercial lead role for the largest iron ore miner in SA.

    For the last decade, Andy’s roles have included finance leadership on the executive leadership teams driving strategic direction and performance for the business units. Delivering on the challenge of leading & developing finance teams across diverse cultures and multiple jurisdictions, whilst providing commercial strategic leadership in businesses that were involved in significant business cycle driven change, have been key elements of this work.
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  • Peter Rathjen
    Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide Peter Rathjen is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Prior to his appointment, Professor Rathjen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he was instrumental in creating vibrant new university precincts within the CBDs of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Professor Rathjen is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, as are all of the members of his immediate family.

    While at Adelaide as an undergraduate in the Department of Biochemistry, he was awarded the R A Fisher Prize for Genetics and the Morton Prize for Biochemistry, both in 1983. As a 1985 Rhodes Scholar, he undertook a DPhil at New College, University of Oxford, studying mobile genetic elements in yeast and mammals. Professor Rathjen returned to South Australia and the University of Adelaide, where he worked as a Lecturer in Biochemistry from 1990 to 1995 and Professor of Biochemistry from 1995 to 2002. He became Head of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2000, and Foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences in 2002, a role he held until 2006.

    In 2005 he was awarded the Research Leadership Award in the South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Professor Rathjen was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006; in 2008, he became Dean of the Graduate School of Science, and from 2008 to 2011 he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). In 2011, he took up the role of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, a role he held until October 2017. Professor Rathjen is a non-executive director of the Board of Universities Australia. He is on the Board of the Australian Science Media Centre and is a patron of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Campaign.

    In June 2019 Professor Rathjen was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for distinguished service to higher education through senior administrative roles, and as a scientist and medical researcher.
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  • Nathana O'Brien Sharma
    Faculty, Blockchain, Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University Nathana O'Brien Sharma is a Faculty member at Singularity University, where she writes and speaks for international audiences on the future of technology, law and business. Nathana is also General Counsel at Labelbox, one of the most exciting artificial intelligence startups in the Silicon Valley today.

    Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. While at Gunderson Dettmer, Nathana helped a range of technology companies on data privacy and cyber security strategy. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.

    Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University's 2012 Graduate Studies Program.
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Afternoon
12.45pm - 1.30PM
Networking lunch
Concurrent sessions
1.30PM - 2.15PM
Operational transformation
A1: Case Story: UiPath: Leading finance & accounting automation globall…
UiPath is leading an evolution in finance and accounting process automation around the world. Anne La Fontaine FCPA, former finance executive at Hewlett Packard will share client stories and investigate governance models and implementation strategies that have found the balance between where human interaction ends and automation begins.
Speaker
  • Anne La Fontaine FCPA
    Director of Commercial Finance - APAC & India, UiPath Anne La Fontaine joined UiPath in January 2019 as the Director of Commercial Finance for APAC & India for UiPath. Her role is focussed on fostering sustainable growth in the region together with the Sales Leaders.

    Prior to joining UiPath, La Fontaine was Asia Pacific CFO & Finance Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She was instrumental in growing the business through developing and implementing strategies to promote HPE, managing their Financial Reporting Centre of Excellence as well as providing governance and oversight for the assets and financials of the region. As a Global Project Lead, she oversaw the carve-out of the HP Country financials which established two publicly-listed Fortune 50 companies HP Inc (PC’s & Print) and HP Enterprise (Software, Services and Enterprise Infrastructure products). Subsequently, she led the financial spin-off transactions for Enterprise Services and CSC; as well as Software and Micro Focus.

    La Fontaine is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, has held senior management, Statutory Director, Company Secretary and Board member roles. She has also been involved in mentoring Finance Professionals, and Women in the workplace while promoting gender diversity through the region.

    Holding a Bachelor of Business (Hons), from RMIT, she is a Fellow designation with CPA Australia. She has been a member of the RMIT Business TAFE Industry Committee providing inputs into course content and structure; and was elected as Victorian Divisional Councillor with CPA in 2015 and currently holds this office.
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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Personal development
A2: Persuasion and influence

Communication skills are vital in any business environment. To be able to stand up, speak up and persuade is crucial to getting yourself heard and your message understood. We are all ‘salespeople’ when we present to our stakeholders - we need to sell our organization or department, our services and most importantly – ourselves.

Topics include:
- Why ‘clarity is king’ and how to make the complex simple
- Cialdini’s six elements of persuasion. How and when to use them
- Why you need to win hearts and well as minds

Speaker
  • Sharon Ferrier
    Professional Speaker and Corporate Educator, Persuasive Presentations Sharon Ferrier is a corporate educator, facilitator, coach and speaker. Sharon has a knack for making the complex simple. She believes that passionate people persuade’ and that to make your message stick, you need to balance information with delivery style.

    Sharon has qualifications in science and management and has done post qualification study in complementary fields ranging from business administration, marketing and journalism through to facilitation, improvisation and comedy. Sharon excels at helping people shine. She is a nationally accredited Trainer and Workplace Assessor and an accredited DISC ADVANCED facilitator. Sharon is a recent graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and in 2014 was presented with the Global Training and Leadership Award in Mumbai.
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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Strategy and leadership
A3: Strategic data analytics
Data is playing a more important role than ever in organisations, but how do you take this data and use it effectively to shape the business strategy?

How do you avoid drowning in the details and effectively use data to create a strategy that enables the best possible outcome?

And what role does the finance team play in this?
Speaker
  • Brad Wright
    Partner Data Analytics, Deloitte Brad is a pioneer for data analytics in South Australia enabling clients to maximise business opportunities and reduce risk through data driven insights.

    Brad's passion for technology and innovation combined with a strong understanding of business provides a unique combination to improve performance through better data-enabled decision making.

    Experience in this area has been developed through work in Australia, UK, United States, Germany, China and Canada.
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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Trends and business impacts
A4: Megatrends of the future

You have probably all heard of the rise of artificial intelligence, robots, and self-driving cars, and have a view on how these will impact society over time. In this session, we will explore other global technology mega trends and the impact they are having currently in the world, and how this is changing people, companies and governments perception of what is possible.

With technology moving at an ever increasing pace, we will unpack how traditional businesses may be impacted, and what you can do to prepare to transition to a future, which will ultimately impact every government, business and person on the planet.

Speaker
  • Andy Lamb
    Director, Innovation Studios A born innovator and entrepreneur, Andy is unable to sit still in a world of constant change. He works with businesses of all sizes to challenge the status quo and to help drive a cultural change towards building products and services that people actually require. He works with some of Australia’s smartest researchers to help support the commercialisation journey of deep tech and science- based projects, as well as high growth potential digital startups and spinouts from large ASX listed companies.

    A blend of global corporate clients and his own startup and scale-up businesses has led to developing a number of models which supports his "Disruption by Doing" mantra.

    Andy holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is an Honorary Fellow of Innovation from the University of Western Australia.
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Concurrent sessions
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Strategy and leadership
B1: How do we handle disruption?
How do we handle disruption is a practical and interactive session where participants learn how to handle disruption and change within their organisation. This session will identify the tools and techniques to minimise the impact of disruption and changes in their organisation.

They will learn how to successfully manage change, and effectively communicate change with their team:
• understand the mechanics of disruption
• plan effectively for disruption and uncertainty
• manage risk and uncertainty and respond to obstacles including resistance
• understand how to build resilience.
Speaker
  • Mary Harwood
    Senior Facilitator, Ethos CRS With 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth Government, including 13 years as a first assistant secretary, Mary has first-hand knowledge of all facets of leadership and policy.
    She has led teams delivering multi-billion dollar national programs, led delegations in high-level international negotiations and managed public consultations on high profile policy reform issues. She truly understands the challenges facing public sector leaders.

    Mary combines her leadership experience with a compelling facilitation style to deliver engaging and practical training workshops to public and private sector agencies.
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2.25PM - 3.10PM
Personal development
B2: Presenting with Confidence: The skills you need to conquer nervousn…
Your ability to speak with confidence shows the strength of your leadership. Darren Fleming will show you how to step away from reading PowerPoint slides and speak as the leader you are.
Speaker
  • Darren Fleming
    Engagement Expert, Darren Fleming Executive Speaking I’ve spent the last decade working with senior leaders to assist them develop the confidence to speak as the leaders they are. Prior to that I had an extensive career across the public and private sectors. My clients come from a variety of industries including aviation, banking, insurance, mining, environmental protection, law, accounting, heavy industrial, wholesaling and retail, farming and many many more. They engage me to help their teams step up to lead with greater confidence, communicate with clarity and sell and maintain margin.
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2.25PM - 3.10PM
Trends and business impacts
B3: Modern Slavery in Supply Chains - Mandatory Reporting Requirements …
Learn practical tips on how to incorporate the checks and balances into your supplier and contractor due diligence.
Speaker
  • Murray Lawson
    Managing Director Forensic & Litigation, FTI Consulting Murray specialises in leading cross-border fraud, corruption and business intelligence investigations. He has worked extensively with major corporate and investment industry clients on assessing and managing issues related to reputational risk, fraud, corruption, human rights and shareholder activism. He is also experienced in leading international asset tracing investigations in support of complex litigation and dispute matters and advising on compliance with Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing regulations.

    Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Murray worked in the national security community leading investigations of terrorism, cross-border money laundering and trade sanctions breaches. He holds a PhD in Psychology and an MBA. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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2.25PM - 3.10PM
Finance fundamentals
B4: How to apply Blockchain for the financial Department – and how to g…
This session will cover the application of blockchain for the benefit of the Corporate Finance Department and will also provide ideas to boost knowledge and preparation for staff to overcome fears, bridge gaps and improve outcomes.
Speaker
  • Callan Sarre
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3.10PM - 3.40PM
Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Finance fundamentals
C1: Project accounting
Being involved as an accountant in a focused project team, regardless of size, requires you step outside your “business as usual” processes and take on a different approach to managing finances, aligned to project management principles and processes. These projects can often be complex, with multiple stakeholders and interests to manage.

This session will provide insight into the lifecycle of a project and the finance touchpoints required to keep things on track, including:
• building an initial business case
• planning and creating reporting systems
• stakeholder management
• measuring progress and reporting
• post-implementation reporting
Speaker
  • Pete Madsen
    Advisory Partner, Bentleys SA Pete Madsen is the lead Advisory Partner at Bentleys SA. His practice focuses on strategy, transformations, risk management and project services.

    Pete has gained his significant experience and expertise from many senior executive roles across a variety of sectors. Sectors in which he has worked directly include:
    • defence and engineering (Head of Project Management, Australia and Director, Project Management and Business Improvement – BAE Systems Australia)
    • professional services (Lead PwC Director, Advisory Practice: Partner, GIRO Advisory)
    • civil construction (GM, Corporate Services – Leed Engineering and Construction)
    • manufacturing (National Business Process Manager – Detmold Packaging Group)
    • information technology (Lead Team Manager and Asia Pacific Transition Manager – EDS Operations).

    Pete has held a number of board positions, and is currently a Board Director of the MS Society of SA and NT, Director and Secretary of Defence Teaming Centre and the Chair of Cornell Design.
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Personal development
C2: Leadership & Resilience

In this session Fiona will share practical tools and experience in coping with the pressures of the job alongside the role of leadership.

This engaging and robust session takes a focus on committing to regular resilience practices as an essential foundation for effectively managing self and work in a stressful and demanding environment – leading to sustainable high performance.

Speaker
  • Fiona Craig
    Coach, Business Development and Networking I love helping organisations and individuals build brilliance through speaking, training, coaching and connecting. I'm the Founder of SmartWomen Connect, which helps professional women build their networks and career skills (individual and corporate memberships are available).

    My key expertise is working with professional service firms to train and support professional staff to become brilliant business developers. Because for many people, it just doesn't come naturally. And for most firms, they realise this too late - usually once the individual has already been promoted to a senior position.

    Organisations with a competitive edge get that personal brand and profile building is crucial even from the earliest stage of a professional's career.
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Strategy and leadership
C3: Unlocking your creative superpower
Ask most people and they will relate being their most creative as a 4-year-old child. In a world where to thrive on process, stability, repeatability, accountability, structure and control, learn how tapping into the creativity and problem solving of your 4-year-old self can drive new business outcomes and drive business performance. A fun and engaging session where you will experience firsthand 5 mind stretching and creative problem-solving techniques that you can take back to your company and implement with confidence.
Speaker
  • Andy Lamb
    Director, Innovation Studios A born innovator and entrepreneur, Andy is unable to sit still in a world of constant change. He works with businesses of all sizes to challenge the status quo and to help drive a cultural change towards building products and services that people actually require. He works with some of Australia’s smartest researchers to help support the commercialisation journey of deep tech and science- based projects, as well as high growth potential digital startups and spinouts from large ASX listed companies.

    A blend of global corporate clients and his own startup and scale-up businesses has led to developing a number of models which supports his "Disruption by Doing" mantra.

    Andy holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is an Honorary Fellow of Innovation from the University of Western Australia.
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Operational transformation
C4: Fintech Insights Session: what are you using and is it working for …

This panel session will discuss FinTech that has been embraced and why it is working for them. They will share lessons learnt and discuss what challenges they are facing over the next 12 months.

Speakers
  • Peta Brown
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  • Chris Kirk
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4.35PM - 5.20PM
KN4: Economic Growth in South Australia
Speaker
  • David Reynolds
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Friday 1 November

Morning
8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.45AM
KN5: Economic Update
Speaker
  • Joanne Masters
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9.45AM - 10.15AM
Morning tea
10.15AM - 11.15AM
KN6: Ignite your thinking!

Ignite 1: ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection
Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important - but the pursuit of perfection …not so much. Our drive to make things look or seem perfect is dangerously on the rise and has dire consequences for how we feel about ourselves, how we live and work and how we collaborate with others.
But there is a way out of and beyond perfection. Lynne Cazaly shares the latest thinking on being more ‘ish’.

Ignite 2: Return to Tribe: How Community and Connection Drive Innovation
Understand the research revealing ‘belonging’ as being critical within creative and resilient teams.

• Learn the emerging trends redefining workplace culture
• Insights into leadership micro-skills that will propel you as a leader in the emerging economy


Innovators see things that other people miss. Opportunities and lightbulb moments exist everywhere if we only open our eyes and encourage ideas to develop and grow, which is at the heart of market leading thinking, constant innovation and outstanding results.

Ignite 3: How to use accounting skills to change the world
Meet a young accountant using accounting to protect human rights and empower communities. Hear the inspirational story from Shelley Cable, whose work in financial literacy took her to the United Nations and is now working to unlock the potential of accounting through Indigenous participation.

Speakers
  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Making Sense'. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=77545104089e4061acba02d07b711792
  • Al Jeffery
    Cultural architect and integrative performance facilitator

    Al Jeffery is an integrative performance facilitator and international speaker. He works with leaders and teams creating cultures of connectedness. Having been listed in Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs twice in a row, nominated for Young Australian of the Year and worked with Apple, Google Australia, Telstra, AusPost and many more, Al merges his experience in business and wellbeing to support those creating our future.

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  • Shelley Cable ASA
    Chief Executive Officer, Generation One (Minderoo Foundation)

    Shelley Cable is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, passionate about financial literacy and inclusion, particularly amongst young people, women, and Indigenous Australians.
    Shelley believes that accountants – especially young accountants - can change the world. In 2017, Shelley put this to the test when she presented to the United Nations on the role of financial literacy in protecting human rights, and ultimately had her recommendations officially endorsed by the UN.

    For her leadership and advocacy work, Shelley has been named:
    - Curtin University’s Young Alumna of the year
    - Winner of the WA Young Achiever Award (Leadership Category)
    - Finalist in the Western Australian of the Year Awards, both 2017 and 2018.

    Shelley is also a member of the Murdoch University Advisory Board, Chair of the CPA Young Professionals Committee in Canberra, and is in her final semester of the CPA program.


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Concurrent sessions
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Finance fundamentals
D1: Recent updates in Australian Accounting Standards: Leases AASB16

Many organisations are coming to terms with potentially significant changes from putting operating leases on balance sheets, with the asset and liability having different balances over time. Many have not addressed the consequent impact on their profits and results. Public sector and not-for-profit organisations, that aim for small surpluses, may be particularly affected. Commercial for-profit entities, that aim for increasing profits, will also be affected.

This session will give some practical insights and examples of how organisations have been, and expect to be, affected by the new standard AASB 16.

Speakers
  • Clark Anstis
    Technical Principal, Australian Accounting Standards Board Clark has worked in accounting standard-setting roles in Australia, the USA and the UK since 1987. His current principal responsibilities at the AASB cover many of the Accounting Standards-related projects, particularly public sector projects, and related regulatory matters. Clark has been involved with many areas over the years, including implementation issues and four years as Technical Advisor to the Australian member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. Clark currently holds the Technical Advisor role again.

    Prior to becoming a standard setter, Clark worked for a predecessor firm of Ernst & Young, in auditing, technical and education roles, based in Melbourne, but also with experience in Singapore and Indonesia.
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  • Dr Mukesh Garg CPA
    Research and Education Principal , Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) Dr Mukesh Garg is the Research and Education Principal at the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) where he is responsible for managing the research and education initiatives of the AASB. Before joining the AASB in July 2019, he was a Senior Lecturer and Director of Programs (Accounting) at Monash University where he worked since 2006. He completed a PhD in Accounting and Finance at Monash University. He is also a qualified CPA and holds an MBA and B.Com degree. His research publications are in financial accounting, auditing, and capital market and have received numerous awards including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Monash University. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/mukesh-garg.png?h=180&w=180&rev=291ca5174678417f91ce57df4f4f4cf6
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Strategy and leadership
D2: What’s beyond the Rational?

In the age of disruption, constant re-invention and the call to be creative, what role does the more-than-rational play? In our attempt to boost efficiency, have we left behind something that may be our golden bullet in this time?

We’ll explore the context we are now living and working within, and what this might ask of us as leaders and stellar performers.

We’ll debunk and possibly some of stories and ideas that may be stopping us from giving our full selves to our work and lives

Speaker
  • Al Jeffery
    Cultural architect and integrative performance facilitator

    Al Jeffery is an integrative performance facilitator and international speaker. He works with leaders and teams creating cultures of connectedness. Having been listed in Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs twice in a row, nominated for Young Australian of the Year and worked with Apple, Google Australia, Telstra, AusPost and many more, Al merges his experience in business and wellbeing to support those creating our future.

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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Trends and business impacts
D3: AI at work: Uses and Opportunities
An informative look at what impact Artificial Intelligence is having on the world. This talk explains what AI is and why business should take an interest this emerging technology. The rise of AI due to large amounts of data, availability of tools and on-demand computation has led to many AI-based applications, but also lots of hype and issues with bias and privacy.

Dr. John Flackett will also highlight some of the main considerations as companies plan to start their AI journey and outline what immediate steps can be taken to start embracing AI as well as what the future holds.
Speaker
  • Dr John Flackett
    Co-founder & Head of AiLab Dr. John Flackett is a speaker, educator, advisor and business founder. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is John’s passion, and has been an integral part of his career via teaching, research, industry and education. A leader in his field, John has 20+ years of AI experience and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (machine learning and natural language processing). Previously a senior academic teaching Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering and Computer Studies at a UK university, John has also worked in a wide range of industries and sectors (including banking, government and engineering).

    Since migrating to Australia from the UK, John has co-founded two businesses; the smart web company koolth and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (ailab.com.au). AiLab assists industry, academia, government and community across the globe with learning and navigating AI through education programs, research, resources, policy and events.

    A renown international speaker, John runs workshops and presents at events around the world speaking about AI, future jobs and emerging technology. As an AI advisor, John frequently contributes to media interviews, radio discussions, publications and roundtables. His academic and business career was featured in the 2019 Million Plus 'Think Modern' campaign launched at the Palace of Westminster (UK).

    John’s fortunate to have picked up awards throughout his career, including from the British Computer Society (BCS) and GovHack. He is also co-founder of the Adelaide Artificial Intelligence meetup series, which is the largest AI networking community in South Australia. Passionate about AI and his craft, John is dedicated to mentoring, collaborating, educating and building AI awareness.
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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Operational transformation
D4: Effectively implementing policy
Effectively implementing policy is a highly interactive session that introduces fundamental policy implementation concepts. Every concept is conveyed using hands-on activities and discussions. Participants step through the policy cycle, with real life examples fleshing out concepts. They learn why implementation matters and the factors that need to be considered when designing an effective implementation.

Objectives:
After attending this session, participants will be better able to:
• implement policy initiatives that are evidence-based and realistic
• deal with implementation issues early and directly.


Speaker
  • Mary Harwood
    Senior Facilitator, Ethos CRS With 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth Government, including 13 years as a first assistant secretary, Mary has first-hand knowledge of all facets of leadership and policy.
    She has led teams delivering multi-billion dollar national programs, led delegations in high-level international negotiations and managed public consultations on high profile policy reform issues. She truly understands the challenges facing public sector leaders.

    Mary combines her leadership experience with a compelling facilitation style to deliver engaging and practical training workshops to public and private sector agencies.
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Afternoon
12.10PM - 1.50PM
BL1: Watch this space: Expanding our imaginations and our world onto Ma…

Dr Adriana Marais, physicist, innovator and aspiring extra-terrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach.

In December 2020, she and her team will depart for an overwinter, off world settlement simulation experiment in Antarctica to demonstrate community living and off grid capabilities from life support to communication systems, in the harshest and most isolated environment on Earth. The expedition is an initiative of #ProudlyHuman: pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a sustainable future on Earth, above and beyond.

Speaker
  • Dr Adriana Marais
    Founder of #ProudlyHuman, Director - Foundation for Space Development, Former Head of Innovation - SAP South Africa Adriana is the Founder of #ProudlyHuman, as well as Director at the Foundation for Space Development, an initiative of which is Africa2Moon, to inspire the youth of developing nations, in particular Africa, to "Reach for the Moon" through education and science. She is also a member of the South African government advisory task team on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, and an astronaut candidate with the Mars One Project.

    Previously, Adriana was Head of Innovation at SAP Africa between 2017 and 2019. Her career began in academia, and she has authored numerous articles on her research in theoretical quantum physics. Adriana holds an MSc (summa cum laude) in quantum cryptography and a PhD in quantum biology. Her postdoctoral research focused on quantum effects in photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in economics in resource-constrained environments at the University of Cape Town. Adriana has won numerous awards including the L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award in 2015 and the Royal Society of South Africa Meiring Naude Medal in 2016. She is an alumna of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in physics and a Global Women’s Forum Rising Talent, both 2016.
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Concurrent sessions
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Strategy and leadership
E1: Agile Culture: New ways of working

Agile is a vast global movement and it’s transforming the world of work. Agile is spreading rapidly and while it was born in software development, plenty of other industries, sectors and leaders are leveraging the benefits of adopting an agile culture and agile ways of working. These includes greater productivity, profitability, increased customer value and greater employee engagement.

So what is it… and how do you get on board? Join this session to learn how having an agile mindset can make incredible differences to how your work, what the business does and how it delivers value to customers

Speaker
  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Making Sense'. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=77545104089e4061acba02d07b711792
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Finance fundamentals
E2: Essential Tax Update

Supported by comprehensive training materials, this Essential Tax Update session will ensure you are informed of ATO announcements and rulings; Court and AAT decisions; Proposed changes to the tax law; and Emerging Tax Issues.

Speaker
  • Tim Edgecombe B.Com, MTax, CA, CTA
    Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter Tim has over 15 years’ experience in public practice with Chartered Accounting firms, including with Big 4 firms and continues to act as a consultant for several accounting firms, ranging from large second tier to sole practitioners. Tim has significant experience in the tax issues encountered by small to medium enterprises and brings these practical insights to training presentations.

    He regularly presents tax related topics at a range of professional forums on behalf of other industry bodies. Tim is also involved with the presentation of Tax Masterclass material for CA candidates.
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Personal development
E3: Staff Management, Development and Succession Planning

A perennial challenge that you face as the CFO in leading your finance department is that of how to secure the absolute best performance from your team. Many star performers may have limited opportunities for further promotion and so what do you do to reward and retain them?

How do you train and reward the best and brightest in your team?

Speaker
  • Lynda Steffans CPA
    Founder, The Real Accountant Founder of The Small Business Project, Business Metamorphosis and Ready Set Coach, Lynda has more than 25 years’ experience in the professional services industry as an accountant, business advisor, partner, practice manager, speaker and coach. Lynda’s business knowledge is extensive and her passion evident having owned three businesses of her own.

    Lynda lives and breathes the accounting industry and is passionate about the industry that has shaped her career. Lynda exclusively coaches accountants, revolutionising the way they engage with their clients and resulting in highly valued outcomes for their businesses. Lynda’s number one goal is to reignite their passion for being in business and show them that small changes can make big differences, because with passion and motivation you can do and create anything.

    Born into business, Lynda grew up in the Lockyer Valley on a family farm. Her career has seen her work and advise countless SME business owners, helping them through the highs and lows and travelling with them on their business journeys
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Operational transformation
E4: From Ideation to Implementation
We are asking more of our leaders and their teams: ‘do more with less’, ‘embrace uncertainty’, ‘be the change you want to see’.

But initiating change -taking action - requires courage, clarity and the ‘right’ communication skills. This is in addition to the full Business as Usual workload they are dealing with.

It is so easy after a full day in a conference or training, to default to existing behaviours and ways of working when faced with a calendar that is back to-
back meetings as a result of a day away from the office. It takes additional steps to implement new ideas - additional steps that take time to plan, communicate to others, and begin to execute.

Join Alena in this practical session where we address all the challenges that stop us from putting our great ideas into action. Participants will walk away with a simple framework that they can apply on a day to day basis with all the people they work with: their boss, their team, their stakeholders, their customers.
Speaker
  • Alena Bennett
    Director and Executive Leadership Consultant Alenabennett.com Alena is an experienced finance leader who helps Finance Executives deliver outstanding results beyond the numbers.

    Alena is a speaker, mentor, team facilitator and leadership coach who loves to get in front of people and provoke the right conversation to create energy, excitement and action about issues that matter.

    Prior to running her leadership consultancy practice, Alena held senior leadership roles in audit practices in Australia and the United States and went on to become head of finance at one of Australia’s leading financial services companies.

    She is a Chartered Accountant and also completed US CPA.
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Concurrent sessions
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Finance fundamentals
F1: Advanced Interview Techniques: Detecting Deception
The session will highlight active listening and how word analysis can be used in assessing whether a person is being truthful or deceptive. The concepts covered during the session will be supported by analysis of video clips of interviews and transcripts of statements from publicly available sources.

This session will provide:
• Introduction to the concepts of detecting deception during verbal communication
• Identifying cues in the way people speak when they are withholding information
• Analysing words used to detect deception
• Techniques which can be immediately applied in controlled conversations
• Identify the value of active listening
Speaker
  • Robert Cockerell
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Trends and business impacts
F2: Data security, what to do in a breach
Join Damian for an engaging, informative and interactive session where he will help you understand the challenges, risks and new legislation related to cybersecurity, cyber-attacks and data breaches.
Speaker
  • Alex Blinko
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Personal development
F3: Path to being CFO, who is watching your career?
Engaging in a career transition to a new CFO role or position can be a daunting challenge. Making choices about which job to take, whether to relocate, make a move laterally, change industries; these are all the stepping stones of your career path. We are more often at the career crossroads than we would like to think. This session delivers insights from leading financial experts as well as valuable guidance from those who help us to find these new opportunities.
Speaker
  • Sarah Lawrance CPA
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Sector in focus
F4: Managing a team in a complex environment
Managing a team under the best circumstances can be challenging and time consuming.

In this session, the speaker will discuss the increasing demands on organisations to be high performing, compliance driven, risk aware, cost conscious, innovative and efficient while still motivating a team to perform at their best.

The speaker will share examples of best practices they use in their environment and war stories of what hasn’t gone to plan.
Speaker
  • Dr Gemma Munro
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3.30PM - 4.00PM
Afternoon tea
4.00PM - 5.00PM
KN7: Building your circle of influence

Many of us appreciate the benefits of broadening our professional network, yet most of us would likely admit at times it’s just a dutiful necessity and at worse can be just plain awkward. In this fun and engaging session designed to get you to really engage and connect in with people, Jen takes you through the fine artistry of good networking.

Learn how you can:
- expertly move in and out of groups and better remember people’s names
- read and deliver handshakes
- be more at ease when networking across hierarchical divisions
- be more strategic with networking and enhance your personal brand.

You can then take these skills to the networking drinks where you will have the opportunity to put all this into practice and connect beyond just ‘work stuff’.

Speaker
  • Jen Harwood
    Director, The Jenerator A recognised speaker who can move and inspire an audience to think differently and create a positive change. For almost 20 years Jen has worked with over a thousand business owners and executives throughout Australia, as well as New Zealand, South Africa, China, USA, Thailand and Indonesia.

    A certified business coach and an award-winning business planning consultant, Jen is also an author of three business networking books. In 2015 Jen was named Business Person of the Year for the North Shore of Sydney and in 2014 her company, The Jenerator, was named most outstanding Professional Services business.
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5.00PM - 6.00PM
Networking Drinks

Sectors

  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.

venue

Conference and Masterclasses

Thursday 31 October - 1 November

ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000