SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pre-Conference Seminar
Diversity, the largest untapped resource for economic growth
CAROLINE CODSI
President & Founder of Women in Governance

Many studies have shown that diverse boards lead to better outcomes for all stakeholders. Moreover, diversity and inclusion within an organization has a direct impact on customers, improving its ability to better understand them and fill their needs.

 

And yet, a 2018 study of Fortune 500 boards found 22.5 percent of directors were women, and 4.6 percent were “minority women.” Fewer than 1 in 5 of the companies studied had a single woman of color in the boardroom.

 

While uniting to include would unlock an unprecedented potential for business and society alike, the progress is slow and the initiatives to change this situation are scarce. What should be done to turn the tide? What are the best global practices and initiatives?

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCHEON SEMINAR

Sponsored by:

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
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JEFF SHICKELE
Chair of the Board of Directors
MARC OUELLET
Chair of the 2021 Annual Conference
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GEORGINA BLANAS
Executive Director
1:20 PM – 2:20 PM OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Premier Tech’s Journey into a Diversified Group and the Challenges of Digital Transformation
JEAN BÉLANGER
President and Chief Executive Officer
Premier Tech

Jean Belanger, CEO of Premier Tech, will share the origin of his company and how it became what it is today. He will share how Premier Tech has been able to generate sustained growth over the last 30 years while constantly reinventing itself through its focus on strategic planning and innovation, and now through its own digital transformation.

2:20 PM – 3:25 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:25 PM – 4:25 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SESSION 1: Mergers & Acquisitions
MELISSA GILBERT
Executive Vice President Finance, Corporate Actuarial & Risk Management
La Capitale, Beneva
ALEX POURBAIX
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cenovus Energy
JO MARK ZUREL
Corporate Director
Fortis Inc.
3:25 PM – 4:25 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SESSION 2: Who Needs Cyber Insurance & What Does it Cover?
MARTIN KYLE
Chief Information Security Officer
Payments Canada
DAINA PROCTOR
Associate Partner, Security Intelligence & Consulting
IBM
RUBY RAI
Cyber Practice Leader
Marsh

Cyberattacks are becoming a significant problem for all sizes and types of organizations; an attack can impact your operations, client data, finances and your brand.  Recent tends highlight this increase in Cyber-threat activity.

 

cyber-threat (noun):  the possibility of a malicious attempt to damage or disrupt a computer network or system.

 

While having some form of cyber insurance in place will help a business in the event of an attack, in this new world, businesses are also responsible for implementing and maintaining their own cybersecurity program.  Join our panel discussion to find out more about risk mitigation in a wired environment.

3:35 PM – 4:35 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SESSION 3: Your New Private Company Committee: Updates and Developments
ROSS CAMPBELL
Co-Founder
The MBO Group
JOHN FORESTER
CFO
DBG Canada Limited
DR. HOWARD E. JOHNSON
Managing Director and Canada Market Leader
Duff & Phelps
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JEFF SHICKELE
Vice President Finance and Technology
Amacon
4:25 PM – 5:45 PM CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PANEL
CLÉMENT GIGNAC
Senior Vice President Investments & Chief Economist
iA Financial Group
Moderator
BRUCE KASMAN
Chief Economist & Head of Global Economic Research
JP Morgan Chase & Co
ROBERT HOGUE
Senior Economist
RBC
DAN NORTH
Chief Economist
Euler Hermes North America

March 2020 saw a global pandemic shutter the world’s economy leading to a stock market crash and oil prices falling off a cliff only to see it all come roaring back by the end of the year.  What will 2021 and beyond bring?  A return to growth spurred by as before unseen levels of stimulus spending or a hangover crash as Governments tighten their coffers?  Come listen to a panel of 4 of Canada’s most senior economists prognosticate on the future of Canada’s economy and what may be on the horizon.

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM CAPON AWARD CELEBRATION AND SOCIAL NETWORKING

Each year, Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) recognizes a member who has made significant contributions to advocating and improving FEI Canada.

The Frank S Capon Distinguished Service Award seeks to identify and reward an FEI Canada member who has had a significant impact on FEI Canada over the years. It is the highest award that FEI Canada gives to a volunteer.

Join us as we honour a distinguished, very deserving Capon Award Winner.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCHEON SEMINAR

Sponsored by:

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM WELCOME REMARKS
1:10 PM – 2:10 PM OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Steering The Ship In Times of Crisis: It’s All About Leadership
CARL BOUTET
Retail Strategist & Board Advisor
Moderator
DOMINIQUE BROWN
CEO of 52 Chocolats Favoris stores across Canada

There is nothing like a good crisis to exacerbate the worst and the best in people. It can lead to chaos or unity. A crisis can be a powerful force in your organization that, if channeled right, can help reinvent your organization in ways that you never thought possible. Come and listen to a discussion with Chocolats Favoris CEO about his learnings on managing a team through a crisis and turning it into an opportunity. Interview led by Carl Boutet, Chief Retail Strategist at StudioRx.

2:10 PM – 3:15 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1: Ethics: Unconscious Bias – The Hidden Influences Behind the Conscious Curtain
TAMMY TOWILL
Partner in the Cordura Group & Chair of the School of Business with Capilano University

We make tens of thousands of decisions every day. How can we better understand the hidden bias that shape our efforts to build innovative, dynamic, and inclusive organizations. In this session we will consider the drivers of unconscious bias and the impact on organizational decision making.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 2: How Internal Audit Supports CFOs & Overall Effective Governance
TONY MALFARA
Partner
KPMG Canada
STEPHEN FITZPATRICK
CFO
Currency Exchange International Corporation
NANCY RUSSLE
Senior Vice President & Chief Internal Auditor
Great-West Lifeco Inc.

In many organizations, the Internal Audit function is considered an adjunct of the CFO – a backstop to ensure internal controls are in place and are working.  But in a growing number of businesses, both privately and publicly owned, a new model has emerged – the 3 Lines Model and Internal Audit is at the heart of it.  It is a model for stronger governance, improved investor confidence and better management

 

Learning objectives:  Driven by the financial services sector in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, attendees will learn why and how the new model has evolved, as well as how it is being applied in practice through a case study.  In particular, attendees will learn how Internal Audit and the CFO being part or the second line are integral to management and the Board in getting full value from the 3 Lines Model.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 3: Une saine gouvernance : un vecteur de croissance pour votre entreprise
DIANE FUGERE
Vice President
BDO Québec
Moderator
LISE LAPIERRE
Corporate Director

Mettre en place et optimiser une structure de gouvernance est un facteur clé de saine gestion d’une entreprise. Comment identifier la structure adaptée à votre organisation? Quels sont les éléments essentiels du succès d’une telle mise en place? Toutes ces questions ainsi qu’un portrait d’ensemble d’une gouvernance efficace seront abordés de façon claire par une administratrice de sociétés et formatrice chevronnée.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 4: Effectively executing your growth strategy: from strategic planning to financing to execution
CONSTANTINE HATZIPANAYIS
Partner, Growth Equity
BDC
NATHAN MCADAM
Senior Director, Corporate Finance
BDC

Financial executives are integral to the successful execution of the long-term strategic growth plans developed by their company’s executive team (often in conjunction with a strategic consultant). We’ll delve into how financial executives can maximize their contribution to the implementation of a strategic plan, focusing on their core value add in the three critical phases of corporate strategy: strategic planning, financing and execution. We’ll draw on our team’s diverse set of backgrounds to give you multiple perspectives regarding the critical role you play in the strategic process.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Sponsored by:

From CFO to CEO: The Evolution of the Modern Finance Leader
STEPHEN MILL 
President
Robert Half Executive Search
Moderator
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MICHAEL ROUSSEAU
President & Chief Executive Officer
Air Canada
STÉPHANE LEFEBVRE
COO & Financial Officer
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

The role of the CFO has transformed significantly in recent years with today’s senior finance executives drawing on their extensive knowledge and understanding of a company’s financial position to drive strategic business decisions and foster unparalleled organizational success.

 

Lead by three of Canada’s most recognizable C-Suite executives, this session will explore the trajectory of the CFO to CEO journey, including:

 

  • Key Skills and Attributes: Evolving from the CFO office into the CEO space
  • Challenges and Benefits: Executing a successful CFO/CEO merger
  • Knowledge Transfer: Embedding financial knowledge and a metrics-driven approach into the leadership portfolio accountable for all business functions
  • Capital Investment: Handling large capital ventures within a non-traditional leadership structure
  • Lessons learned: What CFOs transitioning to the CEO role should consider
5:30 PM – 5:45 CLOSING REMARKS & LAUNCH OF 2022 CONFERENCE
MARC OUELLET
Chair of the 2021 Annual Conference
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GEORGINA BLANAS
Executive Director
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DAVE BEZANSON
Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors
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