Forum for Members in Industry Agenda

The Annual Forum for Members in Industry will be held on Tuesday, November 20 in Calgary at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport and on Thursday, November 22 in Edmonton at the Fantasyland Hotel from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Crash Course on Cannabis 2018
Keynote Speaker: Adam Czarnecki CPHR

With legal cannabis (aka marijuana) just around the corner, organizations and HR professionals need to find answers to troubling questions regarding usage, required policies and procedures, and eventual violations of rules. Employers need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Adam Czarnecki CPHR, will discuss the myths and reality of cannabis usage in the workplace, including:

  • history, Trends and updates on Cannabis in Canada;
  • types of cannabis products;
  • usage, tolerance and addition;
  • medical Cannabis vs Recreational Cannabis;
  • human rights vs privacy vs safety;
  • workplace readiness; and
  • policies and procedures.

Adam Czarnecki is a recipient of the CPHR Alberta Award of Excellence and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Mount Royal University (MRU). He is a senior manager of a Heavy Truck Dealership Group responsible for HR, IT, and OHS. Adam is an instructor at the University of Calgary and MRU, as well as a popular contributor to conferences, panel discussions, and various publications.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Morning Break
10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Tax Update
Speaker: Drew McDonald CPA, CA

This session provides a summary of tax law changes in the past year. It examines current changes and relevant issues in taxation that affect individuals and most businesses in the private sector. Learn how the new court opinions and new interpretations might affect you and your business.
Leading from Anywhere in the Organization
Speaker: Greg Campeau BComm

Why are the most effective leaders “Servant Leaders?” What does servant leadership really mean? Why it is the single most important competency of the 21st century, and how can you become a more effective servant leader.
Emerging Technologies
Speaker: Val Steed CPA (UT, USA), MA, CITP

The next wave of technology is arriving and you will need to choose from various technologies and tools to maintain and improve your productivity. Each emerging technology–including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Machine Learning–will be explained, including why it is important and how it works. Additionally, actual products will be used as examples in each category to turn this discussion from a theoretical overview to a practical selection and how-to cookbook.
11:45 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ASPE: Standards Evolve
Speaker: Patricia Dahm CPA, CA

This session gives a high-level overview of the substantive changes made to ASPE since its introduction and provide insight on current activities. The presentation reviews the substantive revisions for employee future benefits, subsidiaries, jointly-controlled interests, and the equity method of accounting.
De-Stress for Success
Speaker: Garth Sheriff CPA, CA, CPA (IL, USA), CIA, CGMA, MAcc

Explore root causes of stress and pressure that negatively impacts our professional and personal health.

The training will then provide you with established tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to help address these stressors and improve your quality of life.
Filtering the World: Spam, Virus, and Malware Protection
Speaker: Val Steed CPA (UT, USA), MA, CITP

Bad actors want inside your systems and want to steal your data. They can attack your systems directly or they can use your email inbox to facilitate their attacks. In this session, you will learn about various protection options for spam, viruses, and malware. Top tools and techniques will be discussed with multiple solutions discussed in each area.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Afternoon Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Thinking Outside the Box
Speaker: Garth Sheriff CPA, CA, CPA (IL, USA), CIA, CGMA, MAcc

Innovation can lead to breakthrough ideas and operational excellence. However, ‘outside the box’ thinking is very challenging for most of us. This training will provide you with established tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to help encourage innovation individually and within your teams.
You Don’t Get What You Deserve…You Get What you Negotiate
Speaker: Greg Campeau BComm

We all know that it is the give and take of negotiations that allows problems to be solved, decisions to be made, and needs to be satisfied in both our professional and personal lives. But we also all encounter people that have no intention of bargaining in good faith...So now what? Participants learn proven methods that are not designed to win over your counter-part; but rather to win your counter-part over.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
Speaker: Val Steed CPA (UT, USA), MA, CITP

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are two of the hottest technology topics today. Yet few business professionals understand these technologies, their capabilities, their risks, and their potential impacts on business operations and processes, such as contract execution, recording and maintaining real estate ownership records, and supply chains. To learn more about these disruptive technologies–including potential effects on the accounting profession–make plans to participate in this fast-paced and highly informative session.
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