Thank you sydney 23 – 25 October

PROGRAM

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

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International Convention Centre

Thursday 24 October

Morning
8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.15AM
Official opening
09.15AM - 10.00AM
KN1: Reimagining the future through the lens of digitisation and automa…
Science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, transparent and abundant. Future Crunch will help you to generate optimism and shift perceptions to create new and better ways of doing things in the 21st of century.
Speakers
  • Dr Angus Hervey
    Political Economist, Future Crunch Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is a co-founder of Future Crunch. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was the Ralph Miliband Scholar. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/angus-hervey.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=9ca61c290b2b47c5ac3d5cb7046d3be1
  • Tané Hunter
    Cancer Researcher and Big Data Scientist, Future Crunch

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

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

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

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10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea
10.30AM - 11.15AM
KN2: Fintech innovation and the future of digital finance
As technology has become all pervasive and continues to reach corners of the earth previously untouched we enter the 4th industrial revolution. Digital finance is set for a fusion future. The fusion between incumbent industries and machine learning is creating an epoch of ‘hybrid’ ecosystems where old and new, big and small come together: ‘FinTech’ ‘MedTech’ ‘Energy Tech’ ‘AgriTech’ to name a few. This fusion is completely disrupting the historic rules of the game and reordering supply chains and business models. Most of all we are seeing a ‘levelling of the playing field’ with government and regulators adjusting the frameworks and laws to encourage competition from new entrants and particularly technologies that enable greater trade and contribution from all citizens.

Alastair Lukies been at the centre of the Fintech revolution for the past 20 years as an entrepreneur building Fintech businesses and as an investor backing teams across many fields. In parallel, Alastair has, for the past 5 years, been the Fintech ambassador for and advisor to three British Prime Ministers and was instrumental in the creation of the ‘Fintech Bridge’ between Australia and the United Kingdom. In his keynote, Alastair will discuss the ‘perfect storm’ of technological innovation, digital money, regulation, consumer demand and capital flow that has led to this acceleration of the 4th industrial revolution. The rise of ‘new Incumbents’ that are pure technology companies and the decline of ‘old incumbents’ that have failed to adapt, points us to a new era of ecosystem business models, borderless trade and a battle for data and the associated permissions required to leverage it.

For CPA members and all attendees this will provide a unique insight into the real-time workings of government, regulators, industry and entrepreneurs as they work out where to collaborate and where to control.
Speaker
  • Alastair Lukies CBE
    Founder and CEO, Pollinate International

    Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s globally FinTech industry. Alastair has been at the forefront of the UK’s Financial Technology industry, working with financial institutions, investors and regulators to promote collaboration and mutual benefit across the ecosystem. In January 2014, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and remained so until 2019 when he moved across to join the Prime Minister’s Business Council. As well as his role of driving UK Fintech, Alastair was instrumental as a government advisor in forming the Fintech Bridge with Australia, working closely with Scott Morrison, then Treasurer now Prime Minister.

    Alastair is Founder & CEO of Pollinate International. Pollinate was created in 2017 to turn the tide for the world's largest and most complex financial services institutions. Working with banks and their legacy platforms, Pollinate helps launch new services that reinvent the payments and financial services sector.

    Alastair is Chair of the Fintech Alliance, a government backed multifaceted digital engagement platform launched in 2019 which aims to bring the global FinTech ecosystem together in one easily accessible digital marketplace. In September 2015, Alastair was part of the founding team of Motive Partners, an investment firm based in London and New York focused on investing in and building the next generation of financial technology. Alastair remains the Vice-Chairman of the Global Advisory Council at Motive Partners, alongside John Thompson (Chairman, Microsoft) and Larry Summers (Former Secretary of the US Treasury). Alastair was the inaugural Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, from its launch in August 2014 until 2017.

    In 2003, Alastair founded Monitise. Three years later Monitise was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1700 staff on four continents. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.
    Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.


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11.20AM - 12.00PM
KN3: Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Work

In this electrifying talk, technologist and entrepreneur Byron Reese moves past the glitzy headlines about AI and robots, instead focusing on how these technologies are transforming enterprises today.

After painting an exciting and optimistic picture of how these technologies are transforming the world, Reese will quickly dive into what business leaders need to understand today to make the most of these technologies, focusing primarily on their impact to the financials of a company.

How will these technologies change the supply chain? Inventory management? Hiring? Legal compliance? What will be tax implications? The impact on staffing? And all the rest. In this 45 walk through the near future, you will get a real glimpse of the world to come, and how it will affect your company.

Speaker
  • Byron Reese
    Technologist and Entreprenuer, GigaOm Byron Reese has a long career taking new technology and applying it his real-world businesses. Of the six startups he has been a part of, two have gone public and three were sold based on strength of Byron’s intellectual property. The sixth, GigaOm, is what keeps Byron busy now. GigaOm is technology research company that specializes in helping today’s enterprises implement new technology.

    Byron’s specialty is artificial intelligence. In addition to authoring the award-winning book The Fourth Age about the impact of robots and AI, he hosts the industry leading podcast, Voices in AI, and on a daily basis helps company understand what this technology means to them. He has first-hand experience with companies of all sizes who have been successful with this technology, and plenty that haven’t been. He is passionate about technology, but more passionate about applying it to today’s business challenges.

    Byron holds numerous technical patents and presently resides in Austin Texas with his wife and four kids.
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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? CPA Australia and LinkedIn will produce a leading future skills research report, to identify the skill gaps starting to appear, across each region, between professional qualifications and employer needs.

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
  • Byron Reese
    Technologist and Entreprenuer, GigaOm Byron Reese has a long career taking new technology and applying it his real-world businesses. Of the six startups he has been a part of, two have gone public and three were sold based on strength of Byron’s intellectual property. The sixth, GigaOm, is what keeps Byron busy now. GigaOm is technology research company that specializes in helping today’s enterprises implement new technology.

    Byron’s specialty is artificial intelligence. In addition to authoring the award-winning book The Fourth Age about the impact of robots and AI, he hosts the industry leading podcast, Voices in AI, and on a daily basis helps company understand what this technology means to them. He has first-hand experience with companies of all sizes who have been successful with this technology, and plenty that haven’t been. He is passionate about technology, but more passionate about applying it to today’s business challenges.

    Byron holds numerous technical patents and presently resides in Austin Texas with his wife and four kids.
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  • Marina Kelman CPA
    Chief Financial Officer, MLC Life Insurance As MLC Life Insurance CFO, Marina is responsible for the Finance and Internal Audit functions, and is Chair of the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

    Prior to MLC Life Insurance, Marina worked in a senior role at NAB in Group Development (mergers & acquisitions); and at UBS Investment Bank specialising in M&A and capital raisings. Prior to that, she worked at ANZ in Group Strategic Development, and commenced her career in the Treasury function at ExxonMobil where she undertook a range of roles in risk management, planning and finance.
    Marina is a CPA, and has a Bachelor of Accounting from Monash University achieved under scholarship.

    She is a Board member of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and a member of the Finance Committee of the State Library of Victoria.
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  • Dr Simon Eassom
    Executive General Manager, Education, CPA Australia Dr Simon Eassom is a proven thought leader and subject matter expert on the future of learning and the alignment of technology with business strategy for the higher education and corporate education sectors. He has over 30 years’ experience as an academic and a business development executive delivering transformational projects as well as developing, consulting on, and selling innovative digital solutions for education.

    Simon has been a leader in the adoption of AI, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things for the sector and has been instrumental in the creation of digital solutions at the leading edge of the transformation of learning. He has been a senior leader within the university sector, a global industry executive for one of the world's most iconic technology companies and is currently Executive General Manager (Member Education) for the one of the largest professional member organisations for accountants and finance professionals.
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  • 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 - 1.45PM
Exhibition lunch
Concurrent sessions
1.45PM - 2.30PM
Finance fundamentals
A1: Data analytics: Opportunities and challenges
Data analytics has largely been touted as the next big thing - it almost certainly will be. But no new system is universally positive, and managers who think so are fraught to over-invest or over-reach in their assumptions around the benefits accruing from data analytics. In this session, attendees will be briefly reminded about the raft of opportunities brought on by increasingly "big" data sets, followed by an in-depth investigation of the challenges in the way of these benefits. Strategies for avoiding these pitfalls will be suggested in order to yield the undeniable benefits of data analytics, especially in relation to large and real time interactive data sets (big data).
Speaker
  • Dr Prabhu Sivabalan
    Professor, Accounting Discipline Group Core Member, CBSI – Centre for Business and Social Innovation, UTS Business School

    Prabhu Sivabalan is a Professor of Management Accounting. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Prabhu was a cadet analyst in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

    Prabhu's research interests are broadly in the application of core accounting concepts such as budgeting and costing to innovative and far-reaching contexts not usually associated to accounting, such as healthcare, entrepreneurship and high innovation environments. He leads the Financial and Performance Transformation in Healthcare Group, a collaboration between NSW Health and the UTS Business School.

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1.45PM - 2.30PM
Strategy and leadership
A2: 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 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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1.45PM - 2.30PM
Operational transformation
A3: Case story: How to apply AI, RPA and Blockchain for the financial D…
The talk will cover the application of AI, RPA and Blockchain for the benefit of the Corporate Finance Department and will also provide ideas to boost knowledge and preparation for staff to overcome fears, bridge gaps and improve outcomes.
Speaker
  • Dr Juergen Rahmel
    Chief Digital Officer, HSBC Germany Dr. Juergen Rahmel received his PhD (Artificial Intelligence) in Germany for research covering Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Dr. Rahmel has gained extensive experience in the international financial sector, in roles as Director, Head of IT and Programme Manager of global initiatives for multinational banks. He served as the Head of Artificial Intelligence in the Applied Innovation Team of HSBC as well as Head of Innovation Quality management for all areas of FinTech technologies. He holds an MBA in International Management and currently is Chief Digital Officer of HSBC Germany. He also lectures on Financial Technology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/dr-j-rahmel.png?h=180&w=180&rev=b42cfcdb995e4f3da20ee4352d8ecaee
1.45PM - 2.30PM
Strategy and leadership
A4: CFO to Chief Value Creation Officer

With more than two billion people in Asia connected to the internet, digital solutions are transforming the delivery of financial, health and wellness services, enriching the customer experience, expanding customer inclusion, while dramatically reducing costs along the value chain.

The session will explore the role of the CFO in:
- Executing digital solutions
- Curating customer offers
- Pricing for financial return
- Innovating through uncertainty and complexity
- Meaningfully measuring progress


Speaker
  • John Spence
    Regional Head, M&A, Generali Asia

    John Spence is the Regional Head, M&A and Strategy, Generali Asia and is responsible for formulating, originating and executing mergers and acquisitions transactions; fostering strategic alliances; crafting digital ecosystems partnerships; curating impactful and executable business strategies and leading regional corporate development initiatives to achieve Generali’s ambitious growth targets in Asia.

    Mr Spence has been based on Hong Kong since 2000, and prior to joining Generali, provided independent strategic advisory services for Asian cross border insurance and asset management transactions at Asian Capital Advisors and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). At Macquarie Funds Group, he had responsibility for Asian acquisitions and led a Korean asset management joint venture. At Manulife Financial, his region-wide responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and wealth management.

    Mr Spence has held senior executive roles in Canada with Manulife Financial and in Australia with National Australia Bank and AMP.
    John is a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) holds a Masters of Business Administration from Australian Graduate School of Management, Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, is a Certified Financial Planner and a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, Governance Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

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1.45PM - 2.30PM
FULL
A5: Tech Tank 1: Getting predictive forecasting and AI working for fina…
Many industries are experiencing disruption from market competition, regulator actions, and changes in organization cultures. Key challenge for FP&A and CFOs is to be part of this disruption dialogue, and to ensure businesses continue to operate with financial foresight. If however, you find yourself constantly bogged down by mundane traditional finance areas, how can you drive business value and shift to a more strategic advisor outfit?

Predictive forecasting is making finance more valuable to the business. It presents an opportunity to fundamentally transform how business thinks and plans the future, but not if you do it wrong. Learn how XJW, partnering with Jedox, streamlined their integrated business planning on a single source of truth (data), embark on scenario planning and predictive forecasting to drive efficiencies and higher value activities.
Speaker
  • David Upton
    Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Asia Pacific Jedox David has more than 20 years of diverse business experience in IT and data management practice. His expertise in analytics and enterprise performance management led him to co-found and grow a business intelligence implementation firm, which was acquired by Jedox.

    As the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for Asia Pacific, David is responsible for guiding strategic partner relationships including solution development, enablement and certification. Leveraging his expertise, he also drives further development of relationships with key alliance partners and deepens our industry vertical practices.

    Since joining Jedox, David has served in multiple leadership positions including Vice President of Operations for the APAC region.
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Concurrent sessions
2.40PM - 3.25PM
Personal development
B1: Building a Winning Mindset: Managing Change and Boosting Resilience…
In this talk, Jodie will share with you her Mind Strength Framework: Four Steps to Build Peak Performance, Mental Health, Resilience and Wellbeing.

She will give you the tools to live life professionally and personally with satisfaction, success and a winning mindset. She will help her audiences feel empowered with leading edge strategies to:
- conquer anxiety and fear
- take steps out of your comfort zone
- effectively manage stress
- bolster against burnout
- embrace change and uncertainty
- build a growth mindset
- get a good night’s sleep
- manage digital distraction
- get clarity of values and purpose
- optimise productivity, performance, mental health and wellbeing

Jodie draws on leading edge principles from neuroscience, clinical psychology and business, and shares her insights from years working as: a high-performance coach to CEOs and leadership teams; and, Founder/CEO of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, an evidence-based anxiety treatment clinic equipping adults, children and adolescents with practical and highly effective strategies to conquer anxiety and build resilience.
Speaker
  • Dr Jodie Lowinger
    CEO Mind Strength Dr Jodie Lowinger is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and High Performance, Mindset and Leadership Coach to some of Australia’s top CEOs, athletes and entrepreneurs. She is passionate about helping others to conquer anxiety and build mind strength. Jodie completed Doctoral/Masters research in anxiety (USyd), is a University Medalist (UNSW) and is the creator of the Mind Strength Framework: four steps to peak performance, resilience, mental health and wellbeing in organisations, schools and individuals.

    Jodie is the Founder/CEO of two businesses: Mind Strength Consulting, where she works with individuals, organisations and schools to drive peak performance, mental health and resilience; and the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, an anxiety treatment clinic offering evidence-based strategies for adults, children and adolescents.

    Jodie has a valuable point of difference: she is both a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Management Consultant with a background in banking and finance, having worked in people, culture and strategy at Macquarie Bank and in change management and leadership development at global consulting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has worked in hospital and community settings internationally including Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

    Through her work helping thousands of people to conquer anxiety, Jodie is on a mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals internationally. She is on the Board of the Resilience Project and Gotcha4Life, an NFP on a mission to reduce the suicide rate in men and boys. She is a passionate keynote speaker and media commentator and has worked extensively with TV, radio, digital and print, including Channel 7 Sunrise, Channel 9 Today Show, 2GB Radio, Marie Claire Magazine, Mamamia Media Network and many others. She is a contributor to Ariana Huffington’s Good Sleep Guide, is Ambassador for Streetwork and speaks on expert panels to promote workplace and school mental health globally.
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2.40PM - 3.25PM
Trends and business impacts
B2: 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 achieving 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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2.40PM - 3.25PM
Sector in focus
B3: Leading cost recovery efforts within the public sector
The Australian Government Charging Framework applies to activities where the Australian Government charges the non-government sector. The ability to identify and justify the costs in providing these activities is therefore essential. Kieran will discuss his experience of cost modelling within IP Australia, and provide an overview of the fundamental components required to design and implement an activity based costing system.
Speaker
  • Kieran Sloan CPA
    Deputy Chief Financial Officer, IP Australia Mr Kieran Sloan is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of IP Australia and has 16 years of public sector experience. He is well known as an authority on the Australian Government Charging Framework, and his management of IP Australia’s charging activities and fee reviews have culminated in an advisory role to other Australian and international government entities. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/kieran-sloan.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=b943350de622494d886dcb77cc0defde
2.40PM - 3.25PM
Operational transformation
B4: UiPath: Accelerating automation

Embarking on your automation journey can be daunting, whether you are already outsourcing or offshoring parts of your finance operations, automating your finance operations under the right governance model can create efficiencies only just being realised. UiPath is leading an evolution in finance and accounting process automation around the world, demonstrating that 44% of finance and accounting processes can now be automated.

Anne La Fontaine FCPA, currently working as the Region Commercial Finance Director for Asia Pacific, and formerly finance executive at Hewlett Packard will share client stories, investigating unique governance models and implementation strategies that have led to successes and failures that will help you make effective decisions and preparations for your own automation projects

Speaker
  • Anne La Fontaine FCPA
    Director of Commercial Finance - APAC & India, UiPath Anne La Fontaine joined UiPath in January 2019 as the Director of Commercial Finance for APAC & India for UiPath. Her role is focussed on fostering sustainable growth in the region together with the Sales Leaders.

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

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

    Holding a Bachelor of Business (Hons), from RMIT, she is a Fellow designation with CPA Australia. She has been a member of the RMIT Business TAFE Industry Committee providing inputs into course content and structure; and was elected as Victorian Divisional Councillor with CPA in 2015 and currently holds this office.
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2.40PM - 3.25PM
B5: Tech Tank 2: Reboot work— How automating core finance tasks will en…
Join UiPath’s Luke Kelly, who will demonstrate how 5 of the most tedious tasks in Finance can be automated by using Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Discover the tools and methods to become enabled to move faster, serve customers better and operate more efficiently. RPA can unburden your mundane, repetitive work, allowing you to focus on what you love doing: solving problems and creating value.
Speaker
  • Luke Kelly
    Director, Presales ANZ UiPath Luke Kelly joined UiPath in 2018 as the Director of Presales for Australia and New Zealand. Before joining UiPath, Luke established KPMG Australia’s internally focused Robotics Centre of Excellence (RCoE). From 2015 to 2018, he created the RCoE, recruited a team of RPA developers, created the firm’s Robotics Execution Framework and Methodology (REFM) that drives the RCoE and engaged with all parts of the Australian firm to work with them to automate processes, reducing operational expenses and driving efficiency.

    For 10 years before joining KPMG, Luke held project/program manager roles at Westpac and Experian; and worked across hardware and software sales as well as implementation projects.
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3.25PM - 3.55PM
Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions
3.55PM - 4.40PM
Sector in focus
C1: Driving organisational change through better resource and capital m…
Join Shane as he demonstrates how using an activity-based approach within a performance and productivity framework can drive the efficient and agile allocation of resources, both human and capital, in a government service delivery setting. Shane's presentation will highlight the role of management accounting in leading organisational change.
Speaker
  • Shane Taylor
    Chief Financial Officer, Parks Australia

    As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer - Department of the Environment and Energy, Shane has responsibility for the financial management of the Parks Australia Division. Parks Australia Division supports the Director of National Parks who has responsibility under federal environment law for six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australian Marine Parks. Australia’s Commonwealth National parks range from Christmas Island and Pulu Keeling far out in the Indian Ocean to Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Booderee on the NSW south coast and World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks in the Northern Territory.

    Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, Kakadu and Booderee National Parks are owned by Aboriginal people and leased to the Director of National Parks. These three parks are managed in cooperative arrangements between the Director and the traditional owners.

    Previously Shane was the Chief Financial Officer to the newly formed Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council responsible for resourcing of $1.4 billion of roads, buildings, parks, water/sewer and plant assets. Key part of the role was to ensure the new council was financially sustainable with appropriate levels of revenues and debt funding for the renewal of assets and maintaining assets to a serviceable standard.

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3.55PM - 4.40PM
Trends and business impacts
C2: Creating a culture of Innovation in Finance

If you want to shift your culture and create a workplace where innovation thrives, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results, you don’t have to look far. All the ingredients to kick start innovation exists right in front of you. It’s you. It’s your team. It’s people.

An innovative culture is an intensely human experience. It’s minds rubbing on minds. People drive innovation yet can be the most under-resourced tool organisations have in their innovation toolkit. Let’s get ready to change that.

Discover how curiosity and innovation are absolutely normal for people. We have been innovating since day one.

*Explore key workforce trends and how to build 21st century skills of curiosity, imagination and creativity into your organisation
*Learn how to cut through the ‘data storm’ and put information in a way our 21st century brains understands
*Craft an engaging and powerful strategy story in three easy steps
*Recognise common innovation handbrakes and how to fix them (without spending a cent)
*Build a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
*Enable your team to upskill and fulfill their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before

Speaker
  • Simon Banks
    Director, VisualFunk Simon Banks is an author, artist and sought-after speaker on creativity and innovation. He describes his geek out spot as the intersection of creativity and design, learning, people and passion which he sees as essential building blocks for developing an innovative culture. His Big Why? To build a more creative world to enable people and business to thrive in the Modern Age. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/simon-banks.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=12511f4421624c46b0b085d82070d128
3.55PM - 4.40PM
Finance fundamentals
C3: Insights for cultivating a cybersecurity culture in the finance team
When it comes to protecting our organisations from cybersecurity threats, hiring in-house security staff and buying the latest security technology may seem like the solution. But in order to truly reduce risk, organisations need to develop and embrace an enterprise-wide security culture. And the finance team is no exception. In this presentation, cybersecurity consultant, author and podcast host Claire Pales will share tips for finance teams to increase their impact on cyber risk and be more secure in the way they do business.
Speaker
  • Adam Smallhorn
    Cyber Security Outreach Commonwealth Bank Adam Smallhorn is part of the Commonwealth Bank’s Cyber Security Outreach team, working to both encourage the next generation of cyber security professionals, and help businesses protect themselves online against cyber security threats. Adam also works closely with the University of New South Wales, teaching cyber security in the school of Computer Science and Engineering. Adam trained as a Computer Engineer, and has a background in DevOps, development and freelance consulting. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/adam-smallhorn.png?h=180&w=180&rev=9534ae04c9864502b14d1c342d43fa64
3.55PM - 4.40PM
Operational transformation
C4: Case Story: Our Financial Services Digital Workplace
From the first LNG plant in the southern hemisphere, to the world’s largest not-normally crewed offshore platform, Woodside has long been a leader in applying oil and gas technologies. We are also applying technology across our Financial Services portfolio to create a digital workplace to better enable our team. Our objective is to engage and enable our team to deliver superior internal customer experience and provide insightful financial information and analysis supporting our organisational priorities. This session will explore the strategy behind this initiative and provide practical examples of where you can apply in your business.
Speaker
  • Tracy Jones
    Vice President of Performance Excellence - Financial Services, Woodside Energy Tracy Jones is Vice President of Performance Excellence - Financial Services. Tracy is responsible for leading end-to-end step change and digital transformation across our financial services portfolio. She has been with Woodside for over 15 years, and worked in a variety of Finance, Commercial and business facing roles. She has a MBA, and has been a CPA member for nearly 25 years. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/tracy-jones.png?h=180&w=180&rev=d7aadb302a2f4e6a85ea1e6f25260acf
3.55PM - 4.40PM
C5: Tech Tank 3: Bringing outcomes & outcomes budgeting to life in Gove…

This session will cover the complex problems of changing the methodology of how NSW Government plan to manage the budget in the future. The session also deals with performance reporting and the impacts of Machinery of Government and internal structural changes.

It will cover:
• Identifying the key objectives, deliverables and actions to make outcomes tangible, measurable and achievable
• The challenges in establishing a solution and how this has been achieved to date
• The Roadmap for the future in this space.

Speaker
  • Julian Manché FCPA
    Program Director, My Outcomes; NSW Department Planning, Industry, & Environment Julian is an FCPA qualified Finance Professional with over 20 years of experience leading all aspects of finance and treasury functions in large and complex corporates. He has held senior roles at blue-chip organisations including Westpac, General Electric, Qantas, the University of NSW (UNSW), TAFE, Anglican Schools and at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. His expertise lies in implementing and leveraging technology to deliver excellent customer outcomes and efficiencies as well as engaging employees to perform at their best.


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4.50PM - 5.35PM
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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5.45PM - 7.00PM
Free Lecture: Bill Birkett Memorial Lecture - “Embracing accounting’s t…

Fuelled by rapid technological innovation, the profession is facing significant and inevitable change. Increasingly sophisticated and smart technologies present exciting opportunities for value-adding transformation in accounting work, but fully appreciating the impact of these transformations can daunting and unsettling. This year’s Birkett lecture will make technological disruption in the profession easier to understand by outlining the ‘ABCDEs of accounting’ that will form the foundation of everything we do as accountants in the future. A focus will be placed on the many opportunities and challenges that accounting’s ABCDEs present to the profession, and providing positive examples of how the ABCDEs are already being embraced in business world.

Speaker
  • Rachel Grimes
    Chief Financial Officer, Group Technology, Finance Strategy, Transformation and Programs Finance, Westpac Group

    Rachel Grimes is currently Chief Financial Officer, Group Technology, Finance Strategy, Transformation and Programs at Westpac Group. Previous to this, she was Director, Mergers and Acquisitions at Westpac, where she was the co-lead on the Westpac and St.George merger for Westpac. Rachel has more than 25 years of experience across the Financial Services sector, working with Westpac, BT Financial Group and PwC.

    She was elected President of IFAC in November 2016 and served IFAC Board member from 2011 to 2018 and is now the immediate past President.

    Rachel is a proud member of the three Australian accounting bodies, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.She has also now joined the Accountant Professional and Ethical Standards Board Limited.

    Rachel joined the ICAA in Australia in 1994 and advanced to Fellowship in 2002, before being appointed as a Director in 2006. She was appointed President of ICAA in 2011. She also held the Office of ICAA State Chair of the New South Wales Regional Council in 2004. Rachel has served on numerous charitable institutions including the Salvation Army, Loreto Education Council and currently chairs the Finance and Risk Committee for Surfing Australia.

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Friday 25 October

Morning
8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.45AM
KN5: Economic Update
The RBA has lowered the cash interest rate to its lowest level on record. What exactly is going on? Are we headed for a recession? What happens if the US-China trade war gets worse? And why are people’s incomes stagnating when more and more people are in work? In this session RBA Board member Prof Ian Harper will shed some light on these mysteries as he reviews the global and Australian economic outlook.
Speaker
  • Prof Ian Harper
    Dean of Melbourne Business School and Board Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Ian Harper is Dean and Director of the Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is also a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Ian is a professional economist best known for his work in public policy. During his 35-year career, he has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.

    From March 2011 to March 2018 Ian was a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and then a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics. He chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators, from March 2014 to March 2015.

    From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.

    Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. In 2016 he was elected a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and received a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Queensland.
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9.45AM - 10.15AM
Morning tea
Concurrent sessions
10.15AM - 11.15AM
KN6: Ignite your thinking!

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

‘ish'—which means somewhat, more or less, to some extent—is a more flexible, helpful and effective way to think and work. We can go for iteration and incremental performance rather than perfection more often … and we’ll find that ‘good enough’ is absolutely good enough!

Ignite 2: A thousand little light bulbs

Every company is looking for that light bulb moment. That elusive spark of genius. Why not tap into an existing network of innovators and leverage the 1000 little lightbulbs that are already part of your organisation? Innovators see things that other people miss. Opportunities and lightbulb moments exist everywhere if we only open our eyes and encourage ideas to develop and grow, which is at the heart of market leading thinking, constant innovation and outstanding results.


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

Speakers
  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Making Sense'. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=77545104089e4061acba02d07b711792
  • Simon Banks
    Director, VisualFunk Simon Banks is an author, artist and sought-after speaker on creativity and innovation. He describes his geek out spot as the intersection of creativity and design, learning, people and passion which he sees as essential building blocks for developing an innovative culture. His Big Why? To build a more creative world to enable people and business to thrive in the Modern Age. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/simon-banks.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=12511f4421624c46b0b085d82070d128
  • Shelley Cable ASA
    Chief Executive Officer, Generation One (Minderoo Foundation)

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

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

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


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Concurrent sessions
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Finance fundamentals
D1: Accounting Standards Update

This session will cover the latest developments in financial reporting, including an update on the AASB project to remove special purpose financial statements and thoughts on the 30 June 2019 reporting season.

Speakers
  • Dr Mukesh Garg CPA
    Research and Education Principal , Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) Dr Mukesh Garg is the Research and Education Principal at the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) where he is responsible for managing the research and education initiatives of the AASB. Before joining the AASB in July 2019, he was a Senior Lecturer and Director of Programs (Accounting) at Monash University where he worked since 2006. He completed a PhD in Accounting and Finance at Monash University. He is also a qualified CPA and holds an MBA and B.Com degree. His research publications are in financial accounting, auditing, and capital market and have received numerous awards including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Monash University. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/mukesh-garg.png?h=180&w=180&rev=291ca5174678417f91ce57df4f4f4cf6
  • Clark Anstis
    Technical Principal, Australian Accounting Standards Board Clark has worked in accounting standard-setting roles in Australia, the USA and the UK since 1987. His current principal responsibilities at the AASB cover many of the Accounting Standards-related projects, particularly public sector projects, and related regulatory matters. Clark has been involved with many areas over the years, including implementation issues and four years as Technical Advisor to the Australian member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. Clark currently holds the Technical Advisor role again.

    Prior to becoming a standard setter, Clark worked for a predecessor firm of Ernst & Young, in auditing, technical and education roles, based in Melbourne, but also with experience in Singapore and Indonesia.
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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Trends and business impacts
D2: Aligning People with Purpose
Transform your team from benchwarmers to playmakers.

When teams are dynamic and inspired they move from 'benchwarmers' to ‘playmakers’ and performance is taken to new heights.

Join Alena Bennett in this insightful session and discover how teams can deliver outcomes with less effort and energy, which can be redirected and focused on continued growth and success for the organisation.
Speaker
  • Alena Bennett
    Director and Executive Leadership Consultant Alenabennett.com Alena is an experienced finance leader who helps Finance Executives deliver outstanding results beyond the numbers.

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

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

    She is a Chartered Accountant and also completed US CPA.
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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Strategy and leadership
D3: Navigating the Traditional and the New
Businesses who need to transform are caught between the old finance world and the new finance technologies. The perceived inflexible and rigid regimes versus agile, flexible and fast decision making platforms. What are the trade-offs as you grow and expand and how do you future proof whilst still building a winning and growing culture?
Speaker
  • Michael Gabriel FCPA
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11.25AM - 12.10PM
Personal development
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 include greater productivity, profitability, increased customer value and greater employee engagement. So what is it… and how do you get on board?

Join this session to learn how having an agile mindset can make incredible differences to how you work, what the business does and how it delivers value to customers.
Speaker
  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Making Sense'. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=77545104089e4061acba02d07b711792
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Operational transformation
D5: Tech Tank 4: Demystifying Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technol…
This session will introduce the concepts of Blockchain, make distinctions between Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and help the audience to better understand the difference between Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Importantly, we’ll offer some insights as to how this technology is being commercialized and adapted to solve real-world problems, particularly in the financial services industry. While still in it’s infancy, there are a number of interesting pilots taking place that provide some interesting context.
Speaker
  • Neil Graham
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Afternoon
12.10PM - 1.50PM
Business lunch: Evolving Intersections Between Technology & Humanity


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
Operational transformation
E1: Influencing change through effective finance business partnering

Business success today is now 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 will include:
*The changing role of Finance
*Finance talent of the future - high performing business partners
*How to build a top performing Finance team
*Supporting the business strategy, decision making and driving innovation

Speaker
  • Mia Barry
    Chief Financial Officer, THE ICONIC Mia Barry is an experienced and dynamic business leader with over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of senior finance roles in Australia and internationally. Currently CFO at THE ICONIC, Mia is part of a team leading the way for online fashion and sportswear retail in Australia.

    THE ICONIC’s unique customer focus has catapulted the company to being the #1 online retailer across Australia and New Zealand, with its shopping experience admired worldwide. Over the past 5 years sales at The Iconic have been growing at an average of 50% and in 2018, under Mia’s financial leadership, delivered the first year of trading profitability.

    Prior to joining THE ICONIC, Mia successfully led the commercial function for the retail division of Coca-Cola Amatil. Mia has held prior leadership roles working at Gate Gourmet, thetrainline.com, Weber Shandwick and KPMG.
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Finance fundamentals
E2: Policy Hot Topics

A presentation on major emerging policy issues that have the potential to impact members in business and practice. The presentation will provide an overview of:
• CPA Australia’s work on technology and the future of the accounting profession
• Proposed changes to taxation laws
• The Hayne Royal Commission and the retirement savings inquiry.

Speaker
  • Gavan Ord
    Manager – Business and Investment Policy CPA Australia Gavan Ord is the Manager of Business and Investment Policy, and Policy Lead for Asia for CPA Australia. Within CPA Australia, Gavan has responsibility for the development of policy, research and advocacy on issues related to business and the economy, including small to medium sized enterprises, taxation and regulation in Australia and Asia. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/gavan-ord.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=e35ffc18ca754c3fb139637a1a7b3aa1
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Sector in focus
E3: Fundamental digital transformation: an advanced analytics work in p…
Many sectors are rapidly deploying advanced technologies to realise previously untapped value. Accounting and finance are expert knowledge systems that lend themselves to greater deployment of advanced analytics technologies. When and how will our profession embrace and leverage this potential at an on the ground, every day level? This presentation will delve into: the transformation lens with and without technology, transforming operations and decision support, the unavoidable learnings and the untapped potential
Speaker
  • Tony Krizan
    Executive Director, Technology and Transformation Branch CIO, National Health and Medical Research Council Tony is temporarily leading the Technology and Transformation Branch as CIO, during an intensive period of technology deployment to implement NHMRC’s new grants management solution, Sapphire, which comprises a suite of technologies including machine learning.

    Tony has extensive experience across a number of industries, featuring 29 years in the public sector across a broad range of policy, program and corporate roles in the Finance, Employment, Education and Training and Health and Ageing portfolios.
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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Personal development
E4: Leading as accountants: the change-makers within

Have you ever wondered whether accounting can serve a higher purpose? Can accountants really change the world?

Join Shelley in this leadership session to unleash your inner change-maker, and explore how to use accounting to help shift the dial on some of the world's most wicked problems, like climate change, mental health and human rights.

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

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

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

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


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1.50PM - 2.35PM
Strategy and leadership
E5: Extended session: The power of communication and storytelling in bu…

Discover some compelling reasons and insights for why leaders need to embrace storytelling to connect, engage and inspire. You will experience first-hand the power of sharing personal stories to communicate business messages. In addition, 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
    Global Thought Leader and Best Selling Author, 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.
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Concurrent sessions
2.45PM - 3.30PM
F1: How to excel at navigating change and maximising your NPV
Change is coming – and it's huge. In times of unrelenting technological change, people are counting* on you . The Chairman of Google says the pace of change will accelerate like never before. Humanity is entering an era of ‘combinatorial’ change due to the combined effects of progress in predictive analysis, machine learning, neural networks, speech recognition and sensory systems. In Australia, a recent study suggests that nearly half of all jobs will be significantly impacted by these changes. How can we as a CPA community respond to such changes?

As an experienced and highly qualified transformational leader, having led large teams through times of challenging and rapid change Arvind’s presentation will provide delegates with exceptional insights into:
• the new skills finance professionals will need to succeed in the future
• proven ways to manage change better, equipping you to lead your team through major change
• how these skills and approaches can be applied through real case studies

This will be an informative and fun session that will leave you inspired to face the winds of change head on!
Speaker
  • Arvind Tyagi
    Executive Director, Operations and Transformation NSW Department Planning, Industry and Environment Arvind Tyagi is a transformational leader with rich experience in the private and public sectors. He worked with reputed British and American multinationals for over 20 years before taking up senior leadership positions in the Commonwealth and State Governments.

    Arvind holds postgraduate qualifications in Science, Information Technology (eCommerce) and Management. He also holds a Law degree and higher-level industry accreditations and qualifications in finance, governance, risk, procurement, internal audit and program management. Arvind is a certified Project Director, Program Director and Portfolio Executive.

    Arvind’s key strength is leading large teams to deliver strategic outcomes. He has brought success to a range of high-profile, complex and contentious programs. These include the Transport Access Program (560 projects, multi-billion-dollar capital outlay), the Housing Affordability Agenda of the NSW Government ($4.2 billion) and program management of the Planned Precincts Program, a key priority to drive housing availability, jobs and economic growth for NSW. He has received several awards for policy development, strategy formulation and service delivery.

    Arvind believes that leaders hold a position of trust. He has a deep commitment to public sector values with a strong belief that the essence of public service is to make a positive change in people’s lives.

    Arvind advocates a people-driven, innovation-led approach to strategic change and transformation. He believes happy people deliver better outcomes. Arvind lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.
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2.45PM - 3.30PM
Trends and business impacts
F2: Modern Slavery in Supply Chains - Mandatory Reporting Requirements …
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
    Director Forensic & Technology Services, Clayton Utz Daniel is a Chartered Accountant and Forensic Accounting specialist with over ten years’ experience in complex financial accounting and investigations both in Australia and internationally. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/daniel-heywood.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=029a20987a2a4bd49a646929e620b864
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Finance fundamentals
F3: Tax Update
Supported by comprehensive training materials, this 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
  • Lynne Gibson
    Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter   /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-gibson.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=5cab97fbb35246d0a778b80da37eac24
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Sector in focus
F4: NFP business transformation – shift your mindset

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.

With a background in the commercial sector, Sturt has been able to turn around the performance of Diabetes NSW & QLD creating a ‘profitable’ NFP.

Join him as he explores how he has diversified income streams, increased productivity through LEAN methodologies and implemented a customer-centric, commercial approach to the organisation.

Speaker
  • Sturt Eastwood
    CEO, Diabetes NSW, ACT and QLD

    With a multidisciplinary commercial career spanning some three plus decades, Sturt has a wealth of national and international governance experience.  He has held executive appointments in a variety of technology, marketing, M&A, strategy and executive management domains, including Director South Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa for Telstra.

    Sturt holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) and a Master of Business Administration and has held numerous board positions including the Australian Diabetes Council, Life for a Child, Diabetes Qualified, Kordia and multiple international Telstra and REACH entities.


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2.45PM - 3.30PM
F5: (E5 extended session) The power of communication and storytelling i…
Speaker
  • Gabrielle Dolan
    Global Thought Leader and Best Selling Author, 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.
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3.25PM - 3.55PM
Afternoon tea
4.00PM - 5.00PM
KN7: Building your circle of influence

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 October

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE SYDNEY
14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

MASTERCLASSES

Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 23 October

SAXONS TRAINING FACILITIES
10/10 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000