Delegates at Congress 2019 were captivated with content from acclaimed thought leaders who are leading the way with artificial intelligence, digital money and the future of finance. You will find details on the quality 2019 program below. CPA Congress will be back in 2020 with another engaging program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Town Teams: Bringing Communities back to life
How can we help build vibrant, connected and resilient communities?
Town Teams that’s how!
This session will explain how we can empower our communities by building positive and proactive community based organisations that include businesses, landowners and residents working collaboratively with their local government to improve a place or area.
There are currently 38 Town Teams and the movement is growing across Australia!
One of the co-founders of the 'Town Team Movement', Jimmy Murphy will talk about how they are working with local governments and communities to create a positive, ‘yes’ culture. They’ll use case studies from inner city, suburban and regional contexts and discuss the future of the citizen-led place approach.
Ignite 3: You don’t need to be extraordinary; ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things
From overcoming a broken neck to climbing the highest mountain on every continent in world record time, Steve’s story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results through resilience, commitment and hard work.
Entertaining, inspiring and occasionally painful, Steve will take you with him step-by-step along on his journey
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This update will give you an oversight of the upcoming changes to Accounting Standards relevant to preparers of financial statements, and highlight those areas that require action for the current financial year, including the major new leasing and Standard.
The update will include practical examples and advice on implementing new Standards. It will also cover other hot topics, including changes to reporting thresholds, the withdrawal of special purpose financial statements, ASIC's focus areas, and related business issues for directors and finance professionals.
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.
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’.
Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.
Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.
Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.
Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.
Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.
Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.
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