Whistler, B.C. - September 18–22, 2013
Welcome to the conference area of our site. CGA-BC and the 2013 Conference Committee are working hard to make the upcoming Whistler conference our best yet. In addition to the wide range of professional development seminars, the annual general meeting and the Chair’s Banquet and Awards Gala, we have a special Friday Fun night planned that you won’t want to miss.
And, don’t forget, conference also features BC’s longest running accounting trade show. Our exhibitors often offer conference specials and deals exclusively for CGA-BC members and students. Admission is free and open to everybody—don't miss it.
Two Recent PD Additions: Cognitive Diversity &
Teamwork and Leadership in a Changing World
Conference organizers are proud to announce the addition of two more full-day PD seminars and pleased to welcome Guy Nasmyth, PhD, to Conference. Guy will present two interactive seminars that help participants to understand and work with the art and science of excellent leadership. His focus on combining theory and practice results in highly engaging presentations that inform and entertain.
Guy’s focus reflects his comprehensive understanding of human development and organizational systems. His doctoral studies examined the theory and reality of how people collaborate in successful endeavour. A combination of neuroscience, complexity theory, and psychology underscores his highly accessible and relevant presentations. Participants who have attended Guy’s workshops and presentations are struck by the clarity and immediate application of their newfound knowledge.
Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM
Leadership in a Changing World
7 CPD hours
As knowledge becomes more specialized and distributed, and as institutional infrastructures become more complex and interdependent, a demand for a more collaborative form of leadership has emerged. In this engaging seminar, participants will learn about the shifting nature of leadership and the role of leadership in today’s changing organizations. Specific models and approaches to leadership, particularly during times of change will be explored. This seminar will appeal to and be useful to those in positions of leadership at any hierarchical level. In particular, leaders and managers from organizations going through periods of change will benefit from participating. We’ll examine the cycles of change and specific models and strategies for leadership to effectively navigate change.
Friday 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Cognitive Diversity and Exemplary Teamwork
7 CPD hours
Developing self-knowledge and self-awareness has been shown to be critical in leadership and leadership development. But understanding oneself is not enough; to be effective in our collaborative relationships we must also understand and value the diverse approaches of others. Harnessing cognitive diversity becomes critical in teamwork and collaboration. In this fun and interactive seminar participants will learn about their own thinking preferences as well as the science of cognitive diversity and how it applies to collaboration and exemplary teamwork. Principles and models of decision making and improved communication will be explored and participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts to their own leadership practice.
We’re taking our political roundtable national for the 2013 Welcome Breakfast keynote session. Our heavyweight panel includes National Post columnist and long-time member of CBC’s At Issue panel Andrew Coyne; At Issue panelist and Toronto Star political columnist Chantal Hébert; and Vancouver–based CBC News Now host Ian Hanomansing. We’re also hosting a second Welcome Breakfast seminar called “What Canadians Think: About Practically Everything!” Hosted by Ipsos-Reid pollsters and authors Darrell Bricker and John Wright, we’ll learn what the stats say about us—the good, the bad, and the hilarious.
CPD Topics Galore
The stellar line-up of professional development events includes Ed Kroft, LLB, LLM, CGA (Hon.), and his ever popular Tax Update. Other featured seminars include Making the Case for Ethics with Mark Ostry, Developing a Culture of Excellence with Russell Cullingworth, Leadership Genius—the Neuroscience of Getting a Following with Terry Small, as well as sessions on leadership, business apps, improving teams, speed reading, and more.
In all we have 10 new speakers, 15 new seminars and a total of 94 CPD hours available.