CPA Congress 2018

Program

Be captivated with a day of content from acclaimed thought leaders on the big picture trends, then customise your learning on a second day with sessions from a range of content streams.

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Thursday 18 October

Morning
8.00am - 9.00am
Registration and arrival refreshments
9.00am - 9.10am
Official opening and welcome
Speaker
  • Brett Rutledge (MC)
    Director, Linguistics, Sensemap Brett is the youngest ever World Champion of Public Speaking, and an internationally regarded business strategist, linguist and communication expert. He has acted as a key advisor on the language, meaning and structure of some of the most important commercial deals undertaken in Australasia, working with many high profile individuals and organisations to change the way they are perceived, valued and respected.
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9.10am - 10.10am
Trends and business impacts
KN1: Economic update – Australia and abroad

Global growth has had a steady incline and Australia’s economy has increasingly slipstreamed that. To date, Australia’s growth has shown up in jobs rather than wages, but there’s a slow switch underway from job growth to wage growth.

However, adding a big tax cut to an already strong US economy this has sent shockwaves through world markets and, if China’s markets feel too much heat, then that could prove problematic for growth prospects here in Australia. So, what does the future hold for Australia? Chris Richardson will use the most recent economic data to explore the pressure points and opportunities that lie ahead for Australian and international economy.

Speaker
  • Chris Richardson
    Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

    Chris Richardson is a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics and is one of Australia’s best-known economists. Chris heads Deloitte Access Economics’ forecasting and modelling unit.

    He is the author of three regular publications: Business Outlook, Employment Forecasts and Budget Monitor. His comments on trends in the economy and their effect on business regularly appear in daily media coverage.


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10.10am - 10.40am
Morning tea and networking break
10.40am - 11.30am
Trends and business impacts
KN2: Go digital, stay human
Our world is going digital and we are moving towards the birth of an entirely new economy. Technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality will have a radical impact on businesses, communities and our personal lives. As more jobs are getting automated, we will be forced to answer some serious questions: what does it mean to be a Human being and how do I lead life and work in this exponential digital era?

During the search for his daughter's health, Christian discovered a unique wave pattern in the development of living cells and biological organisms. The living cells in biological organisms solve problems in the same way and order as human beings in technological organisations. So, we can learn a lot from the cells in our own body. They can even tell us what the future of technology and organisations will look like.

This keynote session challenges people and organisations to think and act in a more human-centric way and thus helps to transform disruptive technological threats into disruptive opportunities.
Speaker
  • Christian Kromme (NL)
    Visionary thinker, futurist and best–selling author Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-entrepreneur for 15 years until he discovered the DNA behind disruptive innovation and how to use this to predict the next big wave of technological disruption. Now Christian is one of the most in-demand futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers about the radical impact of disruptive technologies on humans and organisations.

    He is a world-renowned expert in disruptive technologies and the author of the best-selling book ‘Humanification - Go Digital, Stay Human'. As a tech-entrepreneur, Christian has participated in several successful ‘disruptive’ start-ups, often spin-outs in completely different industries, but always focused on the interface between humans and increasing technology.

    In 2002, Christian founded his own agency that helped organisations to dramatically increase their rate of innovation. In 2014, he sold the agency to a multinational and started to focus on his passion, giving inspirational keynotes on disruptive technologies and the impact on human beings.

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11.35am - 12.45pm
Operational transformation
KN3: Panel discussion: The role of finance in creating a human-centric …
In a world, where our perceptions are being shaped by disruptive technologies and where we are accustomed to tailored solutions and exceptional delivery, what role does the finance team play?
Looking both internally to our finance teams and stakeholders, and externally to our customers, this panel of senior finance and business professionals will consider how we can leverage technology, and our own skills as human beings, to ensure our continued value.

Key themes to discuss will include:
• how can technology help us understand our people better and provide more personal, customer-centric products, services and business models
• what skills do we need to champion and develop in our finance teams to be able to leverage technology effectively
• how can we personalise our service to stakeholders and cultivate a human-centric culture within the finance function.
Speakers
  • Michael Snyman
    Chief Financial Officer, Flight Centre

    Born in South Africa and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Michael  was previously the Financial and HR Director for 1Time Holdings, an airline listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and was  the youngest finance director on the JSE.

    He was CFO for Flight Centre South Africa before he moved his young family to Queensland to run the 400 strong finance team of Flight Centre Australia.

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  • Dr Emily Verstege
    Consumer insights expert and author Dr Emily Verstege is a customer experience futurist, speaker, author and mentor. She helps the leadership of some of Australia’s fastest growing businesses  magnify their impact by putting people at the centre of everything they do. Her clients include Ausnet Services, Scentre Group, Ray White, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
    A reformed research academic, management consultant and tech start up survivor, Emily is passionate about creating extraordinary customer experiences, driven by incredible insights and connected businesses.
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  • Tony Nash
    Chief Executive Officer, Booktopia

    Tony is an entrepreneur, founder and chief executive officer in online retail. With a background in recruitment, programming, business development, selling, SEO and internet marketing, Tony has developed outstanding negotiation and leadership skills with a thorough understanding of sales, forecasting, bootstrapping, PR, empowerment and managing an executive team.

    In 2004 Tony founded Booktopia, an online bookstore, with an allocated budget of $10 a day. Fast track ten years and Booktopia now sells one book every ten seconds, with an annual turnover of $115 million a year. It was listed in BRW’s Fast 100 from 2009 to 2014, 2016 and 2017, and was voted Australia’s favourite bookshop by the Australian Booksellers Association.

    One of the defining aspects of the business is its philanthropic program. So far, Booktopia has donated $750,000 in books and cash to literacy based projects in Australia, including indigenous literacy, writers festivals, readers conferences, library fundraising projects and book industry awards.

    2014 saw Booktopia win the Telstra Medium Sized Business of the year award for New South Wales and the Smart Company Community Award for its philanthropic program supporting literacy, writers’ festivals and readers’ conferences.

    After being a finalist for seven years Booktopia finally took out the top award as the 2018 NSW Business of the Year and Medium Sized Business Award at the Telstra Business Awards 2018. In July 2018 Booktopia won Best Pureplay Online Retailer at the Online Retail Industry Awards and Tony was acknowledged with the Industry Recognition Award.

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  • Ayten Saridas FCPA
    Group Chief Financial Officer, Coronado Global Resources

    Ayten is responsible for finance, capital management, strategic planning, treasury, tax and risk management. In her role, Ayten is also responsible for ensuring that the financial operations of the Group supports the delivery of business objectives including the identification, evaluation and execution of business development opportunities.

    Ayten has nearly 30 years' of international corporate finance experience across a broad range of ASX-listed companies in upstream oil and gas, infrastructure, retail, fast-moving consumer goods and property. Prior to joining Coronado, she was the CFO of ASX-listed AWE Limited for five years.

    Ayten began her career in banking and has held a number of senior executive finance roles, including Group Executive and Treasurer at Santos, CFO at Babcock & Brown Japan Property Trust, Group Treasurer at Woolworths Limited, and Head of Corporate Finance at Ausgrid.

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Afternoon
12.45pm - 1.45pm
Lunch and networking break
1.45pm - 2.45pm
Strategy and leadership
KN4: The beauty of data visualisation

In this age of “Big Data” and information overload, visualisation has immense potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and communicate meaning across many complex domains.

Author, designer, and leading practitioner in this developing field, David McCandless will share his passion for this merging of design, information, numbers and story. His popular blog and best-selling book, Information is Beautiful, use visualisation to discover new patterns and fascinating stories in the seas of data surrounding - and sometimes - swamping, us.

His hyper-visual presentation will unveil the interesting, unexpected and sometimes magical things that happen when you start to visualise data, knowledge and ideas.

This session will explore:
• how to use DataViz as a novel storytelling medium for ideas and insights
• merging design thinking and statistical rigour without compromising either
• best practice and the growing role of interactivity and creative “play” in the handling of data & numbers.

Speaker
  • David McCandless (UK)
    Author, designer and data journalist A British data-journalist and information designer based in London. Early explorations into the synergy between data visualisation and his work as a journalist led to the development of Information Is Beautiful and the subsequent publication of his book of the same name.
    David turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections.
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2.50pm - 4.00pm
Personal development
KN5: Dare to be different

1. Dare to embrace change 
Speaker: JoAnna Ferrari, Performance coach and business trainer
Nothing ever stays the same. One small change can have a huge domino effect on a life, career or business. Why don’t we embrace this concept? Simple. We are afraid of change and transitions. Why? Because we don’t understand their value, beauty or the process and how change and transition can work for us.

JoAnna Ferrari is ‘The transition specialist’, who has embraced change in all aspects of her life and career. In this fun, fast-paced session you’ll explore types of transition, and how her ideas can help stimulate innovation, diversity, inclusion, differentiation, vision, and trust.

2. Dare to be vulnerable 
Speaker: Al Jeffery, Cultural architect and integrative performance facilitator
As the world changes and shifts around us at rates we’ve never experienced before, and in ways we’ve never seen, so must the way we work and lead. In what is being called the ‘Conceptual Age,’ we are being asked to exercise the right hemisphere of our brains equally as much as our left. 

Fostering meaningful relationships in our working lives to build resilience and adaptability is just one function of this. We are also being asked to not only be able to interpret new data, but to present and communicate this to partners and stakeholders in more compelling ways. How can we welcome vulnerability in building meaningful connections whilst retaining our professionalism and vigour?

3. Dare to find your joy
Speaker: 
Amanda Gore, CEO, The JOY Project
You were born with the capacity for joy. Science shows us that by the time you were seven, your pure ‘operating system’ of love and joy was infected with viruses, malware, apps and other people’s programs. Joy at work boosts sales by 37 per cent, increases productivity by 31 per cent, reduces errors by 18 per cent and boosts chances of promotion by 40 per cent. Joy matters.

Toxic workers affect everyone and your bottom line. A Harvard study of 50,000 workers across 11 different firms concluded that a toxic worker engages in behaviour that is harmful to an organisation, including either its property or people. Such workers can generate enormous regulatory and legal fees and liabilities for the firm. Your brain can be rewired for joy. This session teaches you how. And how to stop stress killing you, how to find your joy spot, and how to get real and own your choices.

Speakers
  • JoAnna Ferrari
    Performance coach and business trainer

    JoAnna is a master transitional and performance coach. JoAnna lives by an idea that ‘you can be, do and have anything you wholeheartedly put your attention to’. But to truly live this way, you must be willing to explore, experiment and express yourself in brave new ways. This idea has been the key in her reinventing herself and in transforming businesses, teams and individual clients. 

    She has used her ideas to become a highly successful executive in numerous businesses, to  consult businesses in over 140 different industries, to train sales teams in five countries, to become a highly referred performance coach for top executives, and to transition her life and her gender.

    JoAnna’s diverse and accomplished business background includes Director of a 300-seat call centre at the age of 32, building her own telephone marketing centre at 38, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Nightingale Conant, CEO of Anthony Robbins business in Australia, and consultant to Telcoinbox, helping to grow the business from $8 million to $80 million in three years.

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  • Al Jeffery
    Cultural architect and integrative performance facilitator Al 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. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/al-jeffrey.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Amanda Gore
    CEO, The JOY Project

    For more than 25 years, Amanda Gore has been one of the world’s most admired experiential speakers. She uses the principles of emotional intelligence to transform the spirit of people and cultures by changing perceptions, improving relationships, connecting people, managing change, leadership, innovation and team dynamics.

    She believes success in business is always about feelings. The way we feel about a product, organisation or person influences our behaviour and informs our decisions about spending, or who to conduct business with. Until we change our perceptions, we won’t change our behaviour. Amanda’s presentations change perceptions… And feelings.

    Author of five books and several training programs, Amanda is also CEO of the JOY Project and has a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, a Major in psychology, and expertise in ergonomics, stress management, group dynamics, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, and occupational health.


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4.00pm - 4.30pm
Afternoon tea and networking break
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Operational transformation
KN6: Applying financial intelligence in the fight against terrorism and…

You don’t always think of accountants as superheros, fighting crime and corruption in far away war zones and cities. That is until you meet Bill Conway.

Interpreting complex financial intelligence to provide a comprehensive narrative to inform military commanders, Bill Conway has used his accounting skills to take him on an incredible professional journey, that ultimately helped to bring down one of the most infamous terrorist regimes, the Taliban.

Sharing his experiences, both as an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy, tracing individual transactions to garner nuggets of intelligence, and as a Public Prosecutor in Chicago, working on complicated embezzlement cases, Bill will show you just how far your financial intelligence skills can take you.

Speaker
  • Lt William Conway
    US Navy Bill Conway recently completed a deployment as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy that took him to Qatar and Afghanistan. He was featured in the New York Times for his work in identifying Taliban funding sources using his accounting skills. Bill runs a family investment fund, Raputs, LLC which focuses investment in both private and public investments. He  is also a finance professor at DePaul University.
    From 2012-2017, Bill was a an investment banker at J.P. Morgan focusing on helping industrial companies obtain debt and equity capital and complete M&A transactions. Prior to that, Bill was a prosecutor at the Cook County State's Attorney leading the prosecution of major financial crimes, and public corruption cases.
    Bill has an MBA from University of Chicago ('12), JD from Georgetown University ('06) and BS from the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School ('00).
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Customised Program

Friday 19 October

Morning
8.00am - 8.30am
Registration and arrival refreshments
8.30am - 9.30am
Trends and business impacts
KN7: Ignite your thinking

Ignite your thinking is an exciting new session, where you will hear the latest thought leadership ideas from a dynamic line up of speakers. These short impactful presentations on trending subject areas are designed to inspire.

Ignite 1:  The future belongs to the artists
Speaker: Mykel Dixon, Artisan thinker and cultural architect
As we transition from the information age to the conceptual age, every individual, organisation and brand is being asked to redefine their relevance in a 21st Century Renaissance. When creativity is now the strongest economic currency and experience is the new cost of entry, as leaders, we must rethink our approach. We must look beyond conventional sources for inspiration and embrace practices more akin to such a complex and ambiguous landscape.

In this daring, thought-provoking and soul-awakening keynote, you’ll learn that in the new economy, money follows meaning, thinking needs feeling and the maker matters just as much as what is being made.

Ignite 2: Real leadership, real talk, real results
Speaker: Gabrielle Dolan, Global thought leader and author
Communicating in an engaging and authentic way is needed more than ever before. As the volume of information consumed by the average individual escalates -how you can ensure your message is understood and remembered?  In this entertaining and educational keynote, Gabrielle points out the hidden consequences and often hilarious absurdity of 'business speak' and the importance of speaking in a way that is real.

Ignite 3: Ignite your learning 
Speaker: Dr Jarod Cooney Horvath, Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Is printing out PowerPoint slides and take copious notes throughout the day the best method to get the most out of your CPA conference day?  In this session, we'll question common conference behaviours. By exploring the brain, the foundations of human thinking, and the patterns of human memory, we will consider a new approach to your learning to ensure you get the most 'bang' for your learning 'buck'.

Speakers
  • Mykel Dixon
    Artisan thinker and cultural architect Australia's foremost expert on artisan thinking, enterprise artistry and atmospheric design. He helps conscious, innovative and influential business leaders build beautiful organisations and create meaningful work.
    A musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist and reliably unconventional, Mykel embodies the new wave of entrepreneurial experts showing forward-thinking companies how to stay relevant in a 21st Century Renaissance.
    A prolific anti-perfectionist and accidental author of Just Do Something - a guidebook for turning dreamers into makers invites us to reawaken our innate creativity, re-imagine our infinite value as individuals and brands, and redesign our workplaces human-centric innovation and full self-expression.
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  • Gabrielle Dolan
    Expert authority in Business Storytelling, founder of Jargon Free Fridays Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She is a bestselling author of several books. Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, published in 2015, reached the top five of Australia’s bestselling business books. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling, was rated in the top 100 business books in Australia for 2017. Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/gabrielle-dolan.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath
    Cognitive Neuroscientist, Honorary researcher, University of Melbourne Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an Educational Neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 40 schools around Australia.
    He has published 4 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The Economist, WIRED, The New Yorker, New Scientist, and ABC’s Catalyst.
    Jared currently serves as a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, an honorary research fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and is director of the Science of Learning Group.
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Concurrent sessions
9.40am - 10.20am
Finance fundamentals
A1: The end of accounting – are financial statements relevant?

Financial reporting has long been viewed as the main form of communication with investors. Emerging new technologies, new business models, and new industries have brought into question the relevance of accounting and financial reporting in their current form.

This session will provide an overview on why financial statements have lost their relevance and what must be done to restore the relevance and viability of accounting and financial reporting in a modern economy.

The presenter will share insights, gained from writing his recent book The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers and his thoughts on the reaction to the book.

Speaker
  • Professor Feng Gu (USA)
    Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting and Law, School of Management, University of Buffalo Feng Gu is an associate professor of accounting in the School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. and master degrees in business administration from Washington University. His current research interests focus on the relevance of corporate financial reporting and the valuation and management of intangible assets.  He has published research articles on these topics in leading academic journals. He is the author of a recent book titled The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016).

    Professor Gu’s research has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Barron New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Economist, and other business media outlets. He has done consulting work for several corporations and non-profit organizations.He has also given research presentations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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9.40am - 10.20am
Trends and business impacts
A2: Blockchain – a practical insight

Blockchain (distributed ledger technology) is one technology that is already impacting accounting professionals and businesses, and its application now is much wider than financial transactions. Smart contracts and cryptocurrencies are now also emerging off the back of blockchain model.

In this informative session Katrina will build on your understanding of blockchain technology, how the technology is being used now, its capabilities and meaning for businesses in realistic, practical terms and timeframes. Drawing on practical, including the government and public sectors, you will understand how this technology is changing the way we work and future opportunities.

Speaker
  • Katrina Donaghy
    Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Ledger

    Katrina is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger. It is a civic focused blockchain Australian company, that works with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems, where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

    Katrina has over 20 years’ experience working in both public and not for profit sectors, focusing specifically on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification. She regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies. 

    In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.
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9.40am - 10.20am
Personal development
A3: From mastery to artistry: fostering break through creativity in tea…
Collaboration and co-creation are essential ingredients for the future of work. In this highly interactive and fully immersive session, you'll learn how to listen for, lean into and leverage the differences of your team. Design atmospheric landscapes that foster risk and play. Create cultures that champion the breakthrough creativity you need to stay relevant in the future of work.

In this session, you will learn:
• how to build intimacy at velocity: trust trumps talent
• the architecture of inclusion - designing the vibe for your tribe
• how to foster innovative cultures - making spaces safe to make
• how to listen in layers - story and subtext simultaneously
• the truth of effective teamwork: surrender your agenda.
Speaker
  • Mykel Dixon
    Artisan thinker and cultural architect Australia's foremost expert on artisan thinking, enterprise artistry and atmospheric design. He helps conscious, innovative and influential business leaders build beautiful organisations and create meaningful work.
    A musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist and reliably unconventional, Mykel embodies the new wave of entrepreneurial experts showing forward-thinking companies how to stay relevant in a 21st Century Renaissance.
    A prolific anti-perfectionist and accidental author of Just Do Something - a guidebook for turning dreamers into makers invites us to reawaken our innate creativity, re-imagine our infinite value as individuals and brands, and redesign our workplaces human-centric innovation and full self-expression.
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10.20am - 10.45am
Morning tea and networking break
Concurrent sessions
10.45am - 11.25am
Finance fundamentals
B1: Panel discussion: The future of financial reporting – where is it h…

Recent academic research is focusing on the relevance of annual financial statements and the elements within them.

With financial support from CPA Australia, some recent research findings over the last 12 months have shown that the future of financial reporting in Australia is far more positive that in other parts of the world.

In this panel discussion, we will consider why this is and what this means for those preparing financial statements for Australian companies, the key findings and future of reporting.

Speakers
  • Tiffany Quinlan - Facilitator
    Principal, Human Capital, Taplow Group Tiffany is a developer of leadership capability for individuals, teams and organisations, passionate about coaching people to be the best that they can be - enabling change.
    With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Recruitment and Coaching, Tiffany brings a comprehensive and practical outlook to the leadership space. As a qualified Chartered Accountant Tiffany knows only too well the challenges of leaders in the financial space.
    A consultant and coach who works in strategic partnership to allow organisations to develop a leadership talent pipeline. From undertaking strategic HR reviews, to facilitating leadership development programs, individual coaching, career transition and a volunteer mentor with Leadership Victoria, Tiffany offers a variety of tools covering the employee life cycle with the aim of benefiting both participants and organisations alike.
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  • Professor Feng Gu (USA)
    Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting and Law, School of Management, University of Buffalo Feng Gu is an associate professor of accounting in the School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. and master degrees in business administration from Washington University. His current research interests focus on the relevance of corporate financial reporting and the valuation and management of intangible assets.  He has published research articles on these topics in leading academic journals. He is the author of a recent book titled The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016).

    Professor Gu’s research has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Barron New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Economist, and other business media outlets. He has done consulting work for several corporations and non-profit organizations.He has also given research presentations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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  • David Hardidge FCPA
    Director, Queensland Audit Office

    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.

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  • Michael Davern CPA
    Professor of Accounting and Business Information Systems, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne The Chair of Accounting and Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne where he is a co-founder of the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation. The overarching theme of his research is the role of data and information in business decision making, by both external and internal stakeholders, including in areas such as investment decision making, enterprise risk management, and business analytics.
    He has board level experience with several privately held investment companies, a superannuation fund, and a charitable not-for-profit.  Michael’s research and executive education work has included collaboration and support from EY, Microsoft, NAB, PETRONAS, and CUA, among others.
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10.45am - 11.25am
Sector in focus
B2: Leading cultural change within the ATO

This session will provide insight into the transformation project that the ATO underwent and will outline:
• improving client services
• de-cluttering and streamlining processes
• driving cultural change
• challenges encountered.

Speaker
  • Jane King
    Deputy Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office Jane  joined the Australian Taxation Office in 2007 as Deputy Commissioner, Customer Service and Solutions where she managed the contact centre network and oversaw the customer service strategy for the ATO. Jane managed the transformation of the ATO call centres into a multi-channel contact centre environment serving its customers with most inbound interactions.
    In mid-2014, Jane was tasked with leading the ATO’s Budget Response Program, as well as being the project sponsor of a number of enabling reviews. Jane undertook the Chief Information Officer role for the ATO’s Technology Group from November 2014 to December 2015. Jane is currently Deputy Commissioner for the Enterprise Culture, Change and Innovation capability across the enterprise.
    Prior to joining the ATO, Jane worked in senior roles for over 20 years with Telstra, the Brisbane City Council and various departments in the Queensland Government always driven by the belief that citizens deserve as good a service from government as they get from anywhere else.
    Jane started her career as a teacher and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jane sits on a number of boards within the ATO and other federal agencies. She is also a non- executive director for Auscontact, the national industry body for customer experience in Australia.
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10.45am - 12.15am
Strategy and leadership
B3: EXTENDED SESSION: The power of personal stories in business

Discover some compelling reasons and insights for why leaders need to embrace storytelling to connect, engage and inspire.

You will experience the power of sharing personal stories to communicate business messages. In addition, you will gain valuable insights on what makes a story a story and how to avoid the most common mistakes when sharing stories in business.

Speaker
  • Gabrielle Dolan
    Expert authority in Business Storytelling, founder of Jargon Free Fridays Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She is a bestselling author of several books. Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, published in 2015, reached the top five of Australia’s bestselling business books. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling, was rated in the top 100 business books in Australia for 2017. Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/gabrielle-dolan.jpg?h=180&w=180
Concurrent sessions
11.35am - 12.15pm
Operational transformation
C1: Mega trends 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 had lead to developing a number of models which support 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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11.35am - 12.15pm
Finance fundamentals
C2: When the only constant is change – how do you plan budget and forec…
It is important that we are able to help our organisations to thrive during these changing times.

In this session, we will cover the following areas:
• developing budgets and forecasts that support your organisation during changing times
• ways to improve staff and stakeholder engagement during planning, budgeting and forecasting. 
• defining the essential elements for developing a plan, relevant in constantly changing times.

Speaker
  • Danette Fenton Menzies CPA
    Director of Learning, Magical Learning

    Danette is Director of Learning for Magical Learning. She is a CPA and Chartered Accountant with over thirty years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Danette career has included working for several of the ‘Big Four’ Accounting firms, as well as the Department of Finance, AusAID and the National Transmission Agency. 

    Danette was also CFO at Safe Work Australia. Danette designs and facilitates a range of finance and leadership workshops and webinars that are customised for specific clients. Danette is also an Executive Coach with clients all over the globe.

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Afternoon
12.15pm - 2.00pm
Personal development
Business lunch: Overcoming adversity to be the best version of yourself
Dylan Alcott OAM presents his extraordinary life story with equal measures of wit, intelligence, and emotion. Dylan’s journey so far has been an epic tale punctuated by life-changing lessons, which have helped shape this high-achiever into one of Australia’s biggest sporting success stories. Dylan’s message has been crafted with the humility, resolve, and passion that demonstrates the personal journey he has traveled to confront his disability and to build his identity in the public domain.
The key take-aways from this session will be about buying into team culture, having passion and purpose, giving back, making an impact, seeing life through positive eyes, and being the best version of yourself. The audience will share in those same valuable insights, which have allowed Dylan to emerge from a difficult adolescence where he wrestled with his disability to shaping his career as a Paralympic gold medalist, media personality, philanthropist, business owner, and social advocate. Dylan Alcott is changing the game for Australians living with disability.
Speaker
  • Dylan Alcott OAM
    Paralympian gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful athletes of all time and happens to be in a wheelchair. The 27-year-old has won three gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympic Games, and in 2018 won his fourth consecutive Australian Open wheelchair quad singles tennis title. 
    His athletic achievements earned him the 2016 Newcombe Medal – the highest honour in Australian tennis, and the first ever for a wheelchair tennis athlete. In 2015, he joined the Seven Network’s tennis commentary team. He is now a regular panellist on Channel 10s ‘The Project’, and a member of the Triple J presenter network.
    At the 2018 Australian Open, Dylan taught A-List movie star Will Smith how to play wheelchair tennis – the entertaining exchange dubbed ‘Willin and Dillin’ earned enormous traction on social media. Dylan also went head-to-head with Arnold Schwarzenegger, trading famous movie lines from Predator with the Hollywood heavyweight.
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Concurrent sessions
2.00pm - 2.40pm
Strategy and leadership
D1: How to become a true business partner for your organisation

Business success is reliant on the finance team being a trusted business partner and adviser. Drawing on her experience as CFO of Queensland Airports, Amelia will discuss how finance teams, working in commercial environments, can meet key expectations of senior executives and cross-functional teams. This is a great session for those looking to expand their strategic experience.

Speaker
  • Amelia Evans
    Chief Financial Officer, Queensland Airports Amelia Evans has 20 years experience in various industries including aviation, telecoms, FMCG and property development. Her initial grounding at Ernst & Young has led to senior executive roles in the public and private sectors in Australia, Solomon Islands, London, United States and the Caribbean.

    At British Telecom in London, Amelia managed the BT group strategic plan, including the rollout of Broadband, negotiated joint venture agreements with AT&T, and managed a significant Line of Sight change management program. In the Caribbean, Amelia managed and established IGA retail and wholesale supermarkets, and also the development of commercial and residential properties.
    At Qantas, Amelia worked in Head of Finance roles within the areas of ground operations, commercial, customer experience and engineering, including the delivery of major aircraft reconfiguration programs. 

    In her roles, Amelia has managed financial, operational, people, technology and project teams. She is currently a board member for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the National Trust (Queensland). Amelia has also recently been appointed as Governor-in-Council for Griffith University. Amelia currently leads an experienced Finance, Analytics, Strategy, ICT and People team for the QAL group of companies.

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2.00pm - 2.40pm
Finance fundamentals
D2: Accounting standards update

Many businesses are coming to terms with changes to when revenue and income can be recognised, having to put operating leases on balance sheets and use different accounting for financial instruments. These changes affect the profits and results of commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

As we pass the implementation date of some of these standards, and get closer to the others, there is an increasing focus by boards, audit committees and other stakeholders as to how ready organisations are, and what is the expected effect. ASIC has also published its expectations for disclosures in 30 June financials.

David will give some practical insights and examples of how organisations have been, and expect to be, affected by these new standards.

Speaker
  • David Hardidge FCPA
    Director, Queensland Audit Office

    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.

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2.00pm - 2.40pm
Trends and business impacts
D3: How great leaders can re-energise workplace productivity

Just how far can an accounting career take you? The possibilities are limitless. Adrian will share with you his story – he has held many finance and business roles within the healthcare industry, and has worked in transforming hospitals within the UK and, now, Australia. 

Adrian is the CEO of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service in Queensland and will share how he has helped transform the culture of hospitals taking into account governance, procedures and the importance of team work. His career has enabled him to travel across the globe, meet amazing people and have rich experiences. This is a rare occasion to hear the inspiring personal story of a CEO about his exciting career journey. 

Speaker
  • Adrian Pennington
    Chief Executive Officer, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

    Adrian has 40 years of healthcare experience and is recognised for his achievements in transformation and quality improvement. He led the Coronary Heart Disease programme in the UK, which led to a reduction in mortality of fifty five thousand lives per annum. With over forty publications relating to quality and operational improvement, he is widely regarded as a leader in the field of health care redesign. 

    Adrian developed the quality accounts framework in England and has worked as an advisor to the Government of British Columbia. He is currently a member of the International Hospital Federation Council and a Board member of the Australian Hospital and Health Association. In 2018 he was awarded the Australian Healthcare Chief Executive of the year.

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Concurrent sessions
2.50pm - 3.30pm
Operational transformation
E1: Modernising your data analytics strategy to drive business results

In today’s dynamic global business environment, it is no longer enough for finance professionals to just deliver timely and accurate financial reports to their business. We need to be analytics-driven and strategically-minded and align the right resources, processes and technologies to leverage financial data to develop insights, that will enable better decision making.

Speaker
  • Jimmy Wu CPA
    Advanced Analytics Manager, The Coffee Club Australia 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.
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2.50pm - 3.30pm
Personal development
E2: Crunch time: How to deliver to deadline without killing yourself in…

Successfully leading through crunch times requires more than technical expertise. As market demands change, our workload continues to increase in volume and complexity.

We must deliver better outcomes more effectively for our stakeholders and ourselves.

Discover: 
• why crunch times challenge us
• the keys to successful crunch times for you and your practice 
• how to embed these keys into your practice.

Speaker
  • Alena Bennett CA
    Founder, Alena Bennett

    Obsessed with helping finance professionals deliver through the constant urgency and pressure of crunch times, Alena uses her experience to help finance leaders deliver better results with greater levels of fulfillment.
    Alena is a speaker, mentor, facilitator and coach who loves to get in front of people and provoke the right conversation to create energy and excitement about practical issues.
    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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2.50pm - 3.30pm
Sector in focus
E3: Business transformation in the for-purpose (NFP) sector
The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is facing uncertain times against a backdrop of falling income streams, more competition, and with increasing demand for the vital services they provide. The sector is ripe for a more commercial approach and new business models to re-shape operations.
Alecia Rathbone CPA, has been part of an NFP transformation at The Foundation of Young Australians (FYA).

Join Alecia as she explores:
• what FYA has transformed over 6 years by now (organisational focus, products & services, structure and outcomes) 
• outline of key areas that were integral to making that change 
• reviewing strategic objectives, a clear theory of change and mapped outcomes 
• people and culture 
• technology to enable 
• revenue diversification such as moving from government program funding to earned income.

Speaker
  • Alecia Rathbone CPA
    Deputy CEO, The Foundation for Young Australians Alecia is passionate about social justice and how we can all play an active role in shaping and contributing to the communities we live in. In her role at FYA, Alecia is responsible for leading the FYA team to efficiently and effectively deliver the strategic priorities of the organisation, work in collaboration with all team members create a strong organisational culture, work to diversify and grow revenue and deliver on financial performance and represent the organisation externally.
    Alecia joined the FYA team in 2012 and during this time has also held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her role at FYA, Alecia was the Chief Operating Officer of Girl Guides Victoria, which is part of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the world.
    Alecia is currently a non-executive director and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of YWCA Victoria and a member of the CPA Australia Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee. Alecia has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and has a Graduate Certificate in Management of Not for Profit Organisations.
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3.30pm - 4.00pm
Afternoon tea and networking break
4.00pm - 5.00pm
Personal development
KN8: Ignite your learning – tips and tricks to make it stick

The conference is done, your brain is filled with new facts, and you're excited about all the new ideas you've explored. Bad news:over the next couple days, you can expect to forget the vast majority of the new information you've learned today, unless you do something to support and bolster your memory.

In this session, we will explore the best ways to combat the brain's natural trend towards forgetfulness. We will consider a number of things you can do to ensure you hold onto and can meaningfully apply all you've learned today.

Speaker
  • Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath
    Cognitive Neuroscientist, Honorary researcher, University of Melbourne Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an Educational Neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 40 schools around Australia.
    He has published 4 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The Economist, WIRED, The New Yorker, New Scientist, and ABC’s Catalyst.
    Jared currently serves as a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, an honorary research fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and is director of the Science of Learning Group.
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5.00pm - 6.00pm
Congress reflections and connections – 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.

Disclaimer of liability
CPA Australia reserves the right to alter any part of this program at any time without notice.