CPA Congress perth 7 – 9 October

program

Be captivated with two days 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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Tuesday 8 October

Morning
8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
09.00AM - 09.15AM
Official Opening
Speaker
  • 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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09.15AM - 10.00AM
KN1: Sir Charles Court Oration
Speaker
  • Greg Italiano
    Government Chief Information Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Western Australian Government Greg was appointed to the role of Government Chief Information Officer in December 2018. As GCIO, he leads the Office of Digital Government within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, which is responsible for delivering whole of government outcomes in cyber security, data sharing and analytics, ICT procurement reform, digital inclusion and improving digital services to the community. In addition, the Office of Digital Government has a key role in supporting the Government’s public sector reform objectives and works closely other central government to support the delivery of the reform program.

    Greg has over 15 years of public sector experience and has worked in several senior executive roles, including in the WA Police and the Departments of Health, Justice and Treasury. He has planned and delivered on a range of corporate and operational reforms, including those for which ICT was a key enabling component. Greg has a Bachelor of Business and a BA Honours in Politics and Government and is an alumnus of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program.
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10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea
10.30AM - 11.15AM
KN2: 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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11.20AM - 12.00PM
KN3: Future of digital currency and revenue raising
Speaker
  • Leigh Travers
    Chief Executive Officer, DigitalX Leigh Travers is Managing Director of ASX-listed blockchain technology and asset management firm DigitalX Ltd and serves as Vice Chairman of Australia's blockchain industry body.

    Leigh has co-founded a blockchain media and education company and the Perth Blockchain Centre, a co-working space that serves as a home for Perth tech and investment professionals. Leigh previously worked for seven years at an ASX-listed wealth management firm. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Communications from the University of Western Australia and a Fintech Certification from MIT while living in Boston during 2016.
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12.00PM - 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
  • Leigh Travers
    Chief Executive Officer, DigitalX Leigh Travers is Managing Director of ASX-listed blockchain technology and asset management firm DigitalX Ltd and serves as Vice Chairman of Australia's blockchain industry body.

    Leigh has co-founded a blockchain media and education company and the Perth Blockchain Centre, a co-working space that serves as a home for Perth tech and investment professionals. Leigh previously worked for seven years at an ASX-listed wealth management firm. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Communications from the University of Western Australia and a Fintech Certification from MIT while living in Boston during 2016.
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  • Su-Mei Sain CPA
    CFO, S2 Resources Su-Mei is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants Australia since 2008 with eighteen years’ experience in public practice and company accounting. Her knowledge and skills are predominantly within the mining resources sector with companies such as Apex Minerals NL, Consolidated Minerals Limited and Sirius Resources NL. She is currently CFO of S2 Resources Ltd and Todd River Resources Ltd. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/su-mei-sain.png?h=180&w=180&rev=51971033d6d84c62a72df0e8f6492aee
  • 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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  • 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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Afternoon
12.45pm - 1.30PM
Exhibition lunch
Concurrent sessions
1.30PM - 2.15PM
Operational transformation
A1: Case Study: How quickly will you automate and what do you need to s…
That manual effort will be replaced by computer automation is widely expected. That computer automation through RPA offers substantial potential benefits is beyond doubt, with adoption of the toolset well above 30% in most industries. In this session, you will hear from an organisation which has been using RPA for more than 18 months to deliver significant benefits. Most valuably for participants, there will be discussion about what speeds up the adoption of RPA and what slows adoption down. The case study will reveal the approach taken by St John of God Health Care, and explore the significant lessons learnt which are being applied with subsequent RPA implementations within the organisation.

If RPA is on your to-do list or your wish-list, you will gain valuable insights which you can use to set your organisation up for success.
Speaker
  • Daniel Kennedy
    Intelligent Automation Services Manager, St John of God Health Care Daniel qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant with HSBC Bank, and shortly afterward found his true passion for business partnering and process improvement. He has held multiple Finance Leadership roles spanning Strategic Planning, Annual Budgeting, Statutory and Management Accounting, Project Accounting.

    Daniel has also worked for Coca-Cola, Masterfoods (Mars), London Underground, Western Power, Verve, Synergy, and currently St John of God HealthCare. Specialising over the last 20 years in project and program management across the CFO portfolio (Budgeting, Forecasting, AR, AP, Accounting, Treasury etc), the opportunity for quality and cost improvement made possible by computer automation technologies has inspired Daniel, and led to the creation of his current role leading Intelligent Automation Services as its footprint expands from core Finance, across shared services at St John of God HealthCare.
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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Finance fundamentals
A2: Finance in a digital world
Key Points:
- The transforming role of finance in a digital world
- An overview of the key technologies disrupting finance operations
- Key lessons learned from the early adoption of these technologies
- What new technology means for the finance professional of the future
- How technology is enabling real time reporting and what this means for the month end close.
Speaker
  • Mark Laybourn
    Director Corporate Advisory, Deloitte

    Mark is a Director in the Deloitte Advisory team in Perth with over 16 years of experience in Consulting, Corporate Finance and Accounting working with local and multinational corporations in the mining, energy and technology sectors. Mark supports CFOs and finance organisations to define their purpose and augment strategy, technology and talent to better satisfy the needs of their stakeholders.

    In his current role, Mark has experience across a wide range of projects including finance strategy, business partnering, technology selection and implementation, analytics and visualisation.


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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Strategy and leadership
A3: Managing Up
We are frequently taught how to “manage” or “lead” from a top down perspective.

What about from a bottom up? How do we establish a great working relationship with our boss, and maybe our boss’s boss?

In this session author and workplace productivity expert, Donna McGeorge will share with it what it takes to establish trust, credibility and confidence between you and your manager, and why it’s important.

Take a non-political approach to handling workplace politics.
Speaker
  • Donna McGeorge
    Time Management expert and author

    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.

     
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1.30PM - 2.15PM
Personal development
A4: How personal branding is a win-win for you and your organisation

In today’s fast-changing business environment, it’s crucial to elevate the professional profiles of your people and give them the personal brand confidence and tools they need to effectively represent the organisation, build trust and communicate powerfully with clients and prospects.

Join Julissa, a branding advisory specialist explore branding guidelines:
- Why is personal branding so important in a professional practice?
- How your personal brand is shaped, in person and online – with or without your knowledge!
- Why build a team culture of confident personal brands? What’s in it for the organisation… and the individual working there?
- The challenge of ‘ownership’: Empowering, rather than overly restricting, how team members use their personal social media profiles.

Speaker
  • Julissa Shrewsbury
    Managing Director, New Work Consulting

    Julissa Shrewsbury is the founder and managing director of New Work Consulting, a specialist brand advisory working with professional service organisations on how their people represent themselves and the company brand, both online and in-person. Julissa’s strategic approach to branding is about highlighting your people as your point of difference. Her method involves drawing out people’s key strengths and helping them communicate the value they bring to stakeholders, leading to stronger positioning, connectivity and visibility to reach individual and company KPIs.

    Author, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer and Australia-wide thought leader in personal branding for business, Julissa regularly writes and speaks on topics such as personal branding for professional people, how to make an impact online, and how to use LinkedIn and networking in strategic and targeted ways to build real business relationships.

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Concurrent sessions
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Operational transformation
B1: How AI is transforming data analytics to drive business decisions
Session is expected to answer:
• Macro trend as Rise of intelligent machines and Age of Humans
• Illustrative Use Cases of analytics
o Revenue Forecasting for a retail client
o Account Receivables Delinquency in a public sector client
o Capital Project Funding decision making for a mining client
• Benefits and lessons learnt in implementation and adoption

Speaker
  • Lovesh Patni
    Director, Consulting, Analytics & Cognitive, Deloitte Lovesh Patni is a director with Deloitte Consulting’s Analytics and Cognitive practice. He specialiszes in advising clients to achieve competitive advantage through data and analytics powered transformations that enable our clients to make strategic choices. He has served a range of clients and industries, including energy & resources, logistics, public sector and airline industry.

    He has over 13 years of experience in supporting organisations from concept and business case through to implementation in areas of data management, data modernisation, reporting and analytical solutions.  Lovesh holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communication from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW Business School).
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2.25PM - 3.10PM
Finance fundamentals
B2: ICT skills – are we meeting the needs of the profession
The last five years has seen rapid growth in information and communication technologies (ICT) which is changing the way business is being done. ICT is influencing the accounting and auditing profession and as a result there is a changing skillset required by the profession which is being reflected in changes to the accounting education standards.

Join Professor Jac Birt, the Head of the Accounting and Finance discipline, Professor of Accounting at the UWA Business School and President of AFAANZ as she discusses what ICT skills are being taught in Australian universities and whether we are meeting the profession’s needs.
Speaker
  • Professor Jac Birt
    Head of Department, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, UWA Business School Professor Jac Birt is the Head of Accounting and Finance at the UWA Business School. Her research areas include international financial reporting standards and accounting education. Professor Birt is the President of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and has been a Board Director since 2011. She is also the AFAANZ representative on the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/prof-jac-birt.png?h=180&w=180&rev=eca18e19559146dd975cac8733b1193c
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Strategy and leadership
B3: The human side of Change Management

Long-term structural transformation has four characteristics:
- scale (the change affects all or most of the organisation)
- magnitude (it involves significant alterations of the status quo)
- duration (it lasts for months, if not years) and;
- strategic importance.

Yet companies will reap the rewards only when change occurs at the level of the individual employee.

Speaker
  • 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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2.25PM - 3.10PM
Sector in focus
B4: Real Innovations in the not-for-profit sector

In today’s rapidly changing landscape, failing to innovate puts any organisation at risk of failure. We all know that most not-for-profit (NFP) organisations don’t have unlimited resources to fund big radical innovation initiatives. What is the right approach for organisations within the NFP sector to achieve real innovations to ensure they continue delivering their mission to their beneficiaries?

Join Melinda Nota, a CPA member and the CFO of VisAbility, as she elaborates on the key points below:
- Three key types of innovation
- Categories of innovation
- Degrees of innovation
- Drivers of innovation
- Where to start with innovation / The Innovation Process
- Culture as the most enabling factor in embracing innovation
- Management Innovation
- Business Model Innovation
- Design Thinking (speeding up innovation)

Speaker
  • Melinda Nota
    CFO, VisAbility

    Melinda Nota is currently the CFO and Head of ICT of VisAbility Limited/Guide Dogs WA/Guide Dogs Tasmania. As the CFO, she brings financial rigor, discipline and financial transparency to VisAbility. Her operational insights, superior analytical skills, project management and merger and acquisition skills help steer VisAbility through a period of steady growth and long-term financial sustainability.

    As head of ICT, she is responsible for formulating VisAbility’s Digital Transformation Strategy. She has more than 26 years’ experience in senior management and finance executive roles within the commercial and not-for-profit environment across different industries including: financial audit, telecommunications, banking, retail, production, engineering systems, health advocacy and disability services. A passionate supporter of learning/mentoring and the academe, Melinda also has over 5 years’ experience as university lecturer. She recently undertook part- time tutorial classes at Murdoch University. She also volunteers as non-executive director to other not-for-profit organisations and is a member of a school board.

    Melinda is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Melinda believes that in the not-for-profit space, having sustainable resources to fund your mission is much better than just having the good intention (mission). The aim should always be a long-term commitment to your beneficiaries and stakeholders and financial sustainability is the key. Melinda is by nature an introvert, but she believes that each of us have big idea, knowledge and expertise to share to the world.


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3.10PM - 3.40PM
Aftenoon tea
Concurrent sessions
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Operational transformation
C1: Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Speaker
  • Craig Masarei
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Strategy and leadership
C2: Increasing value through finance business partnering

Business success today is reliant on the finance team being a trusted adviser to the executive, through the provision of high-quality insight and advice. With technology now able to fulfill many basic accounting functions, accountants and finance teams have a perfect opportunity to focus more acutely on value-creating activities.

This session explores how modern finance teams can meet key expectations of CFOs, senior executives and cross functional teams, by understanding the business, supporting strategy and decision making, challenging performance, and uncovering new opportunities.

Key topics of this session include:
• making a business partnering approach work for your finance team
• adopting the habits of high-performing business partners
• understanding and knowing your business better
• reporting and focusing on the insights that matter.

Speaker
  • Aubrey Joachim
    Principal Consultant Aubrey Joachim FCMA CGMA MBA has been a global finance trainer for more than 15 years. His previous work experience includes leading UK and US global conglomerates such as Unilever and McDermott International Inc as well as a large Australian public sector commercial corporation. His work experience stretches across Asia, the Middle East, UK and Australia in senior finance roles.

    Aubrey is a qualified management accountant with years of practical experience. He was the Global President of a leading management accounting body. In his training role, Aubrey specialises in strategic management accounting, big data and analytics, finance transformation and finance business partnering.

    He runs training workshops around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He also provides in-house training to finance teams of large global corporations as well as public sector organisations. Aubrey is consistently highly rated by audiences worldwide.
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Trends and business impacts
C3: Data Security – what to do in a breach?

If your immediate thoughts or answer was “get the IT manager or IT provider to assist”, then you’re not alone, but it is the wrong answer.

In a time of crisis and panic, many uneducated companies automatically turn to their IT Manager or external third-party IT provider, which can sometimes prove more damaging than the initial attack and further expose the business to additional risk, and potential harm.

Unfortunately, most business still aren’t aware of how to effectively deal with a data breach, more concerningly, many are completely unaware of their legal obligations following a data breach.

Cybersecurity is not an IT or Technology issue it’s a whole of business risk and is now recognised globally as the number one threat to businesses of all sizes across all industries.

Damian will help you understand cybersecurity in simple to understand language and analogies. He will explain why your clients are already expecting you to understand the risks and be able to articulate to them how you mitigate their risk, more than simply saying “we have an IT guy that takes care of that”.

Damian will walk you through the anatomy of a cyber-attack, explain how software is indiscriminately targeting your business (not humans), and explain Australian and global legislation that you now must adhere to. He will provide invaluable insights into real-world attacks, happening every minute of every day here in Australia and, more importantly, Damian will provide you with some simple solutions on how you can protect your practice, your client’s data and more importantly, your brand and reputation.

Speaker
  • Damian Seaton
    Managing Director, Cyber Audit Team Demonstrating 30 years’ experience across Cybersecurity, Information Security, Data Protection & Privacy, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Digital Forensics, Information Communication Technology, Criminal Psychology, Law Enforcement. Damian has worked with and advised organisations such as the British, American and Australian governments, ASIC, ATO, ACCC, CDPP, AFP, Tier 1 banks, Insurance companies, NFPs, Financial Practices, multinationals, and SMEs.

    Damian is a Graduate of Queensland University of Technology and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, is an Executive Committee member of the Australian Information Security Association - the peak body for the Information Security and Cybersecurity profession in Australia, and is SAI Global qualified in Management Systems Auditing.
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3.40PM - 4.25PM
Personal development
C4: Accountants – The Data Storytellers

When you combine numbers with stories, you’re taking the numb out of numbers. And when you take the numb out of numbers, what you’ve got left is ERS: effective, relatable stories.

Technology today is changing the work we do. AI, bots, machine learning and automation mean that the repetitive number-crunching pieces of our jobs are going away, and what’s left for us will be what the robots can’t do. That means we need better communication skills now. We need to be data storytellers.

Speaker
  • Kristen Turnbull
    Director, CoreData WA Kristen is a director at CoreData WA, part of the global CoreData Group. Having worked in market research for more than a decade, Kristen has extensive experience helping companies drive evidence-based growth and transformational change through data and insight.

    She is a customer advocate and feels passionate about research as the foundation for improving the customer experience. In her current role, Kristen helps companies across a range of sectors to make good decisions, with a specialist focus on financial services. Prior to joining CoreData, she was a financial journalist for seven years based in London and Sydney.

    Kristen holds an Executive MBA, where she was awarded the Director's Prize in her final year of study, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a non-executive director of Intelife, a disability services NFP.
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4.35PM - 5.20PM
KN4: The new business imperative: Social Impact as Business Strategy
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.
Speaker
  • Prof Ian Williamson
    Pro Vice Chancellor & Dean of Commerce, Victoria Business School, Orauariki (NZ) Ian O. Williamson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington, he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (USA) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA).

    Ian’s passion is helping more people gain access to a world class education. As such, his research focuses on understanding how to positively impact the talent pipelines of communities and organisations. He has examined how human capital development can impact everything from the reduction of social challenges in communities to the growth and success of new ventures. He has studied these issues in a wide range of settings ranging from European Fortune 500 firms to Indonesian SMEs to USA ethnic minority communities to Australian Indigenous Businesses.

    Ian’s research has received several international awards and has been covered by media outlets across the world. Drawing upon this research Ian has helped public sector, private sector and not-for-profit executives in over 20 countries across six continents drive organizational innovation, navigate change and manage diverse workforces.
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day two

Wednesday 9 October

Morning
8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.45AM
KN5: Economic Update
Join the presenter as they provide an in-depth look at the current and future direction of the WA economy. This session will provide a deeper insight into how the policy climate is driving economic policy and the most likely outlook for the year ahead.
Speaker
  • Paul Bloxham
    Chief Economist, HSBC Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interactions with global financial markets and international economies. He is a key member of the HSBC Global Research team, working with 500 analysts across 87 markets to help formulate HSBC’s unique global view of the world’s economy. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul spent 12 years as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia where he held a range of different roles in the economics department, including heading up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections. /-/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/smsf-conference/paul-bloxham.jpeg?h=180&w=180&rev=d7d9a0a6197f4e8080e1ab015aa92223
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. Join Lynne as she shares the latest thinking on being more ‘ish’.

Ignite 2: The Town Teams Movement


Ignite 3: Project 7in4 - You don’t need to be extraordinary; ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things
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 ‘Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’. 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=fd2fa85c6b394aa1992b2a07b4064f9d
  • Jimmy Murphy
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  • Steve Plain
    Project 7 in 4

    In 2018 Steve Plain was awarded Australian Adventurer of the Year by Australian Geographic for his record-breaking Seven Summits expedition. In 117 days, Steve reached the summit of the highest mountain on every continent, achieving his own personal goal and breaking the previous world speed record in the process. Steve’s story is inspiring considering the obstacles he overcame before he even started. His story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results through resilience, determination and hard work.

    In 2014 an accident at Cottesloe Beach left Steve with a broken neck and damaged spinal cord. With a long recovery ahead of him and no mountaineering experience to speak of, he set himself the ambitious challenge to climb the Seven Summits in under four months. Following an intense training regime and a number of practice expeditions to the New Zealand Southern Alps, the Peruvian Andes and the Himalayas, Steve successfully completed "Project 7in4" in May 2018. Through Project 7in4 Steve was keen to give back to those who had helped him by raising awareness and funds for Surf Life Saving WA and SpinalCure Australia. With the generous support of the community around him he raised over $45,000 for these organisations and is continuing work in this area as Ambassador for Surf Life Saving WA.

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Concurrent sessions
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Finance fundamentals
D1: Applying the revised Conceptual Framework (RCF) in Australia
In this session Phil will examine the revised conceptual framework issued in May 2019 by the AASB and cover the following: 
• the Australian reporting entity concept and the RCF
• publicly accountable for-profit entities and those voluntarily preparing Tier 1 GPFS
• special purpose financial statements and alternative Tier 2 GPFS
• evaluation and application of the new definitions and recognition criteria for assets, liability, income, revenue and expenses
Speaker
  • Prof Phil Hancock
    BCom MCom W.Aust., FCPA, ACA UWA Business School Phil Hancock is currently Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education at UWA. Phil is a past President of CPA Australia WA Division and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). He has received in excess of $1 million in research grants and has published widely in accounting and accounting education. He has received numerous awards and in 2013 received an award for outstanding contributions to accounting education by AFAANZ. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/phil-hancock.png?h=180&w=180&rev=d4a29f12039e4c038757df5709660033
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Strategy and leadership
D2: Managing generational diversity

An age gap of nearly 50 years between the oldest baby boomers and youngest in Gen Z can lead to a stark difference in needs and attitudes amongst the workforce. In this engaging session, Nigel Sutton will explore a different mindset that leaders must consider to strategise and balance generational bias. The stories we tell and hear every day in the workplace contribute to real and perceived generational bias, discover the story you are telling and how it impacts your leadership.

Speaker
  • Nigel Sutton
    Director, NDS Productions Nigel is an accomplished speaker, trainer and creative consultant. He has worked with a diverse range of industries as a trainer and consultant developing team cultures and translating strategy into operational outcomes. He has international experience in successfully training, developing, and leading multi-generational teams through periods of change and cultural transformation. From sharing the screen with Billy Connolly, working with zookeepers and silverback gorillas, to developing education programs for a slavery museum in Qatar, Nigel’s unique perspectives will bring refreshing insights to managing generational diversity at the workplace. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/nigel-sutton.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=31444249d4de426c83e8b1316e284b55
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Sector in focus
D3: Modern Slavery in Supply Chains - Mandatory Reporting Requirements …
Large Australian entities (including companies, partnerships, trusts, universities and charities), those entities carrying on business in Australia (irrespective of where they are incorporated), and Commonwealth corporations and companies, with annual consolidated revenue exceeding $100 million are now required to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain what they are doing to address those risks.

Reporting entities will need to prepare an annual Modern Slavery Statement addressing mandatory criteria, including:
- the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains;
- the potential modern slavery risks in the entity’s operations and supply chains;
- actions the entity has taken to assess and address those risks, including due diligence and remediation processes; and
- how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.
Speaker
  • Daniel Heywood
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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Operational transformation
D4: 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 ‘Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’. 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=fd2fa85c6b394aa1992b2a07b4064f9d
Afternoon
12.10PM - 1.50PM
Business lunch - Evolving Intersections Between Technology & Humanity

With today’s staggering advances in technology, many new possibilities are emerging which almost seem to have come straight out of the realms of sci-fi fantasy. When we connect some of the dots between various cutting-edge fields, the innovations become even more intriguing.

In this presentation, Biomedical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen will raise an incredibly interesting conversation around links drawn between such fields as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new techniques in 3D human scanning, neuroscience, and robotics. These are impacting the way we work and the way we live moving into a new future. A future we have the opportunity to shape into a positive one, but we all have a role to play in this, and the first step is opening our minds to the emerging possibilities headed our way. How can we embrace, adapt, and even thrive in these times of rapid change?

Speaker
  • Dr Jordan Nguyen
    Biomedical Engineer & Inventor Dr Jordan Nguyen, is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, who is committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible, and to help become a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future. An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change, and shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

    Jordan is a passionate ambassador for STEM education, adaptable mindsets and big-picture thinking and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, First-Class Honours, Diploma in Engineering Practice, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Chancellor’s List) from the University of Technology Sydney. The past few years alone have been significant for Jordan. In 2017 he was a finalist for the NSW Australian of the Year. He made the list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Create Magazine 2016, was named in Onalytica’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Virtual Reality in both 2016 and 2017, travelled on tour with Think Inc and Steve Wozniak in 2016, won the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ‘ICT Professional of the Year’ Digital Disruptors Award in 2017, and had the honour of being MC in 2018 for ‘An Evening With President Barack Obama’ on his recent visit to Sydney.
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Concurrent sessions
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Finance fundamentals
E1: 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
  • Michael Messner
    BSc (Banking & Finance) Hons, MSc (Economics), MBus (Professional Accounting), CPA, CPA Canada, Registered Tax Agent Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter Michael has a passion for tax law and sharing his knowledge about it. Prior to becoming a tax trainer at TaxBanter, he worked in Tier 1 investment banks in Europe, Asia and Australia. After six years of working in derivative structuring at assistant vice president level, he worked in public practice for several years with a focus on tax advisory, structuring and training staff members, ultimately becoming principal in a CPA firm. Over the years, he has developed significant experience in the taxation of trusts, non-residents and small business.

    As Michael is very advisory-focused on his career, he finds it easy to engage with training groups. He endeavours to convey not only the subject matter on hand, but also the reason and application to provide a full picture. His passionate approach allows him to engage all audiences and maximise the value derived by his audience.
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Strategy and leadership
E2: Cultural Intelligence – an imperative tool for the modern economy
Cultural Intelligence is the competitive tool to grow your business, to increase engagement, performance, innovation, market share and bottom-line.

Key Highlights:
• What is cultural intelligence
• The opportunities for the modern global economy
• The CQ framework and benefits of CQ
• How to grow your own CQ and build it in organisations
Speaker
  • Tanya Finnie
    Director, Red Head Communications Tanya Finnie is a global cultural strategist with expertise in building meaningful relationships and instilling confidence within individuals. Having worked in a plethora of different countries from around the globe, Tanya has valuable global experience pertaining to culture and diversity. With her unique skill-set and vast knowledge, Tanya assists organisations in growing their human capital and increasing their cultural intelligence.

    She is a certified Global Goodwill Ambassador and voted as one of Perth’s Top 100 Small Business Influencers in 2016. She is a Patron for Roots TV – a not for profit supporting youth at risk to become media producers.

    Tanya is passionate about bringing people together through rapport building and culturally appropriate communication. Her work has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, body language, and motivation, all of which ultimately increase confidence and grow stronger, more innovative and collaborative teams.
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Personal development
E3: Get to the Point: Presenting Skills for Connecting, Influencing and…
For a presentation to be connective and influential it must deliver a simple meaningful story with compelling evidence. The presenter needs to be adaptable and responsive to audience needs. In this session we will gain skills in presenting data and statistical information as part of an engaging narrative. We will explore the practice of adaptable thinking and information interpretation. We will discover how to create short, impactful presentations that engage stakeholders.
Speaker
  • Nigel Sutton
    Director, NDS Productions Nigel is an accomplished speaker, trainer and creative consultant. He has worked with a diverse range of industries as a trainer and consultant developing team cultures and translating strategy into operational outcomes. He has international experience in successfully training, developing, and leading multi-generational teams through periods of change and cultural transformation. From sharing the screen with Billy Connolly, working with zookeepers and silverback gorillas, to developing education programs for a slavery museum in Qatar, Nigel’s unique perspectives will bring refreshing insights to managing generational diversity at the workplace. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/nigel-sutton.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=31444249d4de426c83e8b1316e284b55
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Strategy and leadership
E4: Dynamic Risk – Testing organisational agility
Paul Chivers, is a risk advisor for some of the most dangerous events and TV shows in the World. He will share his journey of risk management highlighting the relevant and effective risk management practices that are critical in achieve objectives, no matter what the industry.

With increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in business today, good risk management is on the radar of most organisations, the big question is why do so many get it wrong? You can have the best systems and processes in the world, but if no one users them, you have nothing!

Paul explores the concept of due diligence and that it doesn’t need to come at the cost of creativity, opportunity and success even in the most demanding and dynamic environments.

In this session Paul will cover:
• Dynamic risk in a fast-moving and disruptive environment
• Case studies of operational risk practice
• Risk based processes to make informed decisions
• Practical tools and techniques to document risk management
• The importance of continuous monitoring and review of effectiveness
Speaker
  • Paul Chivers
    Director, Riskfacilitator

    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. 

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Concurrent sessions
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Finance fundamentals
F1: Accounting Standards Update
 
Speaker
  • Ralph Martin
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Operational transformation
F2: The high cost of ignoring mental health in the workplace
Apart from moral and ethical reasons to ensure mental health of employees, the financial argument is compelling.

With claims of mental health absenteeism on a rise in rapidly changing work environments, increased pressure to meet deadlines and budgets, longer hours and conflict in relationships - leaders can help staff become more resilient by empathising with their experience and reconnecting them to the two key drivers of change: purpose and progress.

Speaker
  • Monique Williamson
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Operational transformation
F3: Creating an environment of positive learning in the finance function
This session will explore the idea of a positive learning environment in the education context and draw parallels to the finance function. In a learning context the environment that is created by teachers and students alike can have an influence on learning outcomes. Quality teachers understand the context and needs of the individual student as well as those of the whole class and the complexity of the relationships that contribute to an overall learning environment. Quality school leaders appreciate the importance of a whole of school approach and the learning environment this approach creates. Can there be any lessons or insights here for leaders involved in the finance function?
Speaker
  • Associate Professor Matthew Byrne
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Trends and business impacts
F4: 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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3.30PM - 4.00PM
Aftenoon 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
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.

venues

CONFERENCE

Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 October

CROWN PERTH
Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA 6100

MASTERCLASSES

Monday 7 October

SAXONS TRAINING FACILITIES
1/140 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000