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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Chief Executive Officer of Ethos CRS, Chas has designed, developed and delivered writing workshops for private and public sector agencies. He equips professionals with skills and tools that enable them to operate more effectively. The result is more efficient teams, reduced operational risk and better outcomes for organisations. Chas specialises in corporate communications, policy and regulation, creating more effective leaders, managers, teams and organisations. Chas has developed and delivered training programs for public service organisations and professionals, and coached senior executives, ministers and an Australian of the year.
Prabhu Sivabalan is a Professor of Management Accounting. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Prabhu was a cadet analyst in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Prabhu's research interests are broadly in the application of core accounting concepts such as budgeting and costing to innovative and far-reaching contexts not usually associated to accounting, such as healthcare, entrepreneurship and high innovation environments. He leads the Financial and Performance Transformation in Healthcare Group, a collaboration between NSW Health and the UTS Business School.
Donna McGeorge makes work work.
She is passionate about enhancing the large amount of time we spend in our workplace (too much, for many) to ensure it is effective and productive, as well as enjoyable.
Donna has worked with managers and leaders throughout Australia and the Asia-–Pacific for over 20 years. She delivers practical skills, training, workshops and facilitation to corporates — such as Nissan Motor Company, Jetstar, Medibank Private and Ford Motor Company — so they learn to manage their people well and produce great performance and results.
She also knows that when we decide to be intentional, we can surprise ourselves with what we can achieve. Donna has authored 6 books and her CV includes: Manager of Theatre, Sports & Concert Tours for the UK-based Keith Prowse; Asia–Pacific Organisational Development Manager for Ford Motor Company in Shanghai, China; as well as roles at Telstra, Qantas & Ernst & Young.
A great deal of talk about the changing nature of the accounting & finance profession is focused on how much of this change is inevitable and this can be disempowering. There is A LOT as individuals you and your employees can do to refine personal value and position people beyond just a job title.
In today’s fast-moving economy, position is more important than ever before. Job titles are becoming increasingly immaterial with millions of people having the same title, skills and experience. That means, you and your employees have to stand out to be noticed. The GIG economy is changing the playing field meaning that 40% of execs in professional services will become freelance or consultants by 2023. The question is - Are you equipped for this? Is your organisation?
Your organisation’s brand and your own individual brand are not exclusive to one another. Aligning these attributes, helps elevate a mindset from employee to entrepreneur and helps turn expertise into specialisation.
Join Mary Henderson, a recognised expert in the field of personal branding to discover how personal branding can not only give you the edge but bring value to your organisation.
With a multidisciplinary commercial career spanning some three plus decades, Sturt has a wealth of national and international governance experience. He has held executive appointments in a variety of technology, marketing, M&A, strategy and executive management domains, including Director South Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa for Telstra.
Sturt holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) and a Master of Business Administration and has held numerous board positions including the Australian Diabetes Council, Life for a Child, Diabetes Qualified, Kordia and multiple international Telstra and REACH entities.
Embarking on your automation journey can be daunting, whether you are already outsourcing or offshoring parts of your finance operations, automating your finance operations under the right governance model can create efficiencies only just being realised.
UiPath is leading an evolution in finance and accounting process automation around the world, demonstrating that 44% of finance and accounting processes can now be automated.
Anne La Fontaine FCPA, former finance executive at Hewlett Packard will share client stories, investigating unique governance models and implementation strategies that have led to successes and failures that will help you make effective decisions and preparations for your own automation projects.
Technological disruption, increased competition and internationalisation represent major challenges to organisational survival.
However, the greatest threats to firm performance may not be commercial issues, but instead social issues.
Professor Williamson will talk about the link between social issues and organisational performance and how leaders can harness the opportunities created by major social challenges and help their organisations and communities thrive.
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: A thousand little light bulbs
Every company is looking for that light bulb moment. That elusive spark of genius.
Why not tap into an existing network of innovators and leverage the 1000 little lightbulbs that are already part of your organisation?
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.
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.
In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free.
Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky – a world-ﬁrst, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness.
On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more signiﬁcant – the power of a conversation.
Four years on - 29 vans, 11,000 volunteer applications, 40,000 shifts, 3,000 incident reports and 1 million tonnes of washing later - Orange Sky has been able to design, build and grow a web app that enables the organisation to effectively and efficiently deliver it's mission to positively connect the community.
Paul Chivers, a risk advisor for some of the most dangerous events and TV shows in the world, will share his journey of risk management. Join Paul as he highlights that relevant and effective risk management, proportionate to the exposures you face, is critical in achieving objectives, no matter what the industry.
With increasing disruption, most organisations have this on their radar, but how do they effectively manage the risks? Due diligence does not have to come at the cost of creativity, opportunity and success even in the most demanding and dynamic environments.
In this session Paul will cover:
-Defining dynamic risk
-How disruption will effect an organisation's risk strategy
-The ongoing assessment and continuous implementation of risk frameworks
-Practical steps in addressing risk in a fast-moving and disruptive environment
Paul Chivers is the founding director of Riskfacilitator and has over 22 years’ experience in developing, implementing and introducing risk management frameworks, programs and systems worldwide. Paul’s heuristic approach is focused on risk intent, process and practice.
His simple but effective techniques focus around the concept that people change because they are shown a truth that influences their feelings, not because they were given endless amounts of logical data. He has worked in a range of industries internationally, which include project and event management, TV and film, inquests, aviation, education, sport & recreation, healthcare and defence.
Paul has authored risk management graduate courses, research papers and reports, and lectures for a number of industry and tertiary bodies. Paul’s unique knowledge and experience of risk management has allowed him to become a sought-after facilitator and presenter, with unique and fascinating experiences, including TV producing for multiple versions of the Emmy Award winning “The Amazing Race”, as well as risk & safety oversight for one of the most demanding TV shows in the world, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”.
Paul currently has the privilege of travelling the world, helping people manage risk with a level due diligence that is practical yet defensible. Paul is considered a subject matter expert in his field; with an energising approach to the way we take risk.
It is Jimmy's passion to discover new opportunities through data, increase sales, acquire more customers, and reduce the operating costs for your business. He is at the cutting edge of data analytics with broad exposure to advanced analytics, data science & BI, delivering projects utilising sophisticated approaches including the use of predictive analysis, machine learning algorithms & Geo-spatial location analysis.
What sets Jimmy apart from others is his diverse real-world industry experience. Demonstrating the end to end process from data to insights and providing actionable goals, he has helped shape the strategic direction for a number of high-profile companies.
Jimmy has over 12 years’ experience in data analytics across a range of industry segments, specialising in retail & FMCG. He has worked with many influential brands including Coca-Cola, Coles, IGA, Subway, Donut King, Michelle’s Patisserie, Night Owl, Tatts lottery - The Lott, UBET, and most recently heading up the Data & Insights Division for The Coffee Club.
Learn practical tips on how to incorporate the checks and balances into your supplier and contractor due diligence.
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 include 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 you work, what the business does and how it delivers value to customers.
David is a Technical Director at Queensland Audit Office and provides expert, authoritative leadership on public sector financial reporting and the audit response in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. David has extensive experience in accounting advisory functions of large accounting firms. He provides advice, insights and explanations on Australian accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and AIFRS) and external financial reporting requirements for the public and private sectors.
David’s latest focus is on revenue (IFRS 15 and AASB 15), income for not-for-profits (AASB 1058) and leases (IFRS 16 and AASB 16).
David has been the chair of CPA Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Financial Reporting and has presented at CPA conferences and events many times.
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’.
be more strategic with networking and enhance your personal brand.
Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.
Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.
Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.
Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.
Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.
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.
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