Future Professionals Conference

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Join us on February 18, 2021 for the first annual CPA Education Foundation Future Professionals Conference and get great returns on investing in YOU! This conference, designed for future business leaders, will give you the skills and mindset necessary for success in the future workforce. You will hear from and meet CPAs working in many different roles and sectors, be inspired by engaging speakers, and have a chance to network with fellow students.

Dynamic and passionate students like you will drive the accounting profession, the business community, and our society into the future. Take the first steps to becoming the professional you want to be. 

Care Package

Care Package

The conferencing-at-home care package will help you enjoy the coziest conference ever! You’ll get a fuzzy fleece blanket, coffee, tea, Dwarf Stars (pumpkin seed butter cups), and more.


Neil PasrichaNeil Pasricha: Cultivating Calm During Coronavirus Chaos

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.


Deepa MaisuriaDeepa Maisuria CPA, CA: Fostering Resilience and Growing Gratitude

Deepa has professional experience in Public Practice, Industry, and as an Independent Contractor where she reviewed businesses from a valuations perspective. In addition to her accounting career, Deepa is the author of Rewiring Your Mindset to Change Your Life, a statement gratitude journal—a daily, research-based, habit-building gratitude journal designed to rewire your mindset towards abundance, achievement and gratitude.


Joe GagliardiJoe Gagliardi FCPA, FCMA: Business Acumen for 2021

Joe Gagliardi FCPA, FCMA received his designation in 1996 and his Fellowship in 2014 . Since 2006, Joe has worked in recruitment, specifically helping senior level accounting and finance professionals find new career challenges. In 2011, Joe co-founded Recruitment Partners Inc. (now the Managing Partner); a recruitment firm specialized in professional services with offices in Calgary and Edmonton.



Panel Discussion: Taking a Leap of Faith with your Career

Salina Dharamsi

Salina Dharamsi CPA, CA

Salina Dharamsi CPA, CA received a Master of Professional Accounting degree in 2014 from the University of Saskatchewan. She subsequently earned her CPA, CA designation as well as her Certified Sustainability Practitioner (CSR-P) certification and Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Salina currently is a Recruitment Manager and enjoys developing people to their full potential. You might recognize Salina from the profession's national ad campaign as the Face of Tomorrow.

Joe D'Angelo

Joe D'Angelo CPA, CA

Joe has been a Controller at Kineticor Resource Corp. since 2014, when the startup was still in its infancy. Prior to that, he worked at KPMG Halifax. Joe graduated from Acadia University and successfully passed the UFE in 2013, after an unsuccessful attempt the year before. In addition to his work as a CPA, Joe is actively involved with Special Olympics Alberta, and is an avid athlete who partakes in hiking, golf, and hockey.


Harriet Tinka

Harriet Tinka CPA, CMA

After receiving her designation, Harriet Tinka, BBA, CPA, CMA, chose to focus on the Public sector. In 2015, she became the founder of a Social Enterprise company, Empowered Me Inc (EM). EM is the hub for social impact activities that drive to enhance the community's greater good by investigating, creating, and implementing solutions to youth social issues through empowering workshops. Harriet is also a 3X International bestselling author of three books. She expresses that there are no limits on what can be achieved when we remove all the mental barriers we set for ourselves.


Note: an ASL Interpreter will be present for this event.

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