National technology forum 2019

Explore important emerging technologies in accounting, business and finance at this must-attend conference for senior leaders. Connect with peers, experts and pioneers on best-fit technology solutions for your clients or organization.

Event Details

Jointly Presented By:

CPA Canada and 180 Systems

Location and date:
Toronto May 22-23, 2019

The world is changing, and so is the way CPAs, senior financial leaders, IT consultants and other trusted business advisors approach industry challenges.

The National Technology Forum 2019 is a unique opportunity to network and learn about forward-thinking tech strategies that support innovation, performance and sustainability. It is one of Canada’s leading events for practical guidance on technology evaluation.

Over the course of two days, you can expect high profile keynotes from the tech world, sessions on the latest tech solutions and feature comparisons, plus interactive roundtables, panels and workshops.

Gain a better understanding of how emerging resources, tools and trends across the tech landscape will impact your business – from big data and artificial intelligence to cloud computing, blockchain, new ERP platforms and more.

Check back soon for updates to the 2019 agenda.

View the agenda

Special offers/promotions

New this year: an expanded exhibition floor to showcase more cutting-edge products and services. Post-forum workshop also available.

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.



$695

12 (plus 3 or 6 for workshop) CPD hour(s)

You will learn about:

  • the business impact of tech
  • technology-assisted practice
  • insights on tech upgrades and replacements
  • how to enhance service delivery and value
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence
  • cloud computing
  • blockchain
  • enterprise resource planning
  • IT strategies
  • robotic process automation
  • machine learning
  • the internet of things

Who should attend?

Senior leaders, CPAs and other trusted business professionals who are responsible for the technology investment decisions of their organization or clients. This includes:

  • CFOs, CIOs, vice-presidents and directors of finance
  • controllers and assistant controllers
  • partners and managers in advisory practices
  • IT consultants

More Details:

Session Descriptions

Registration and Continental Breakfast - Vendor Exhibit Area

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Opening Remarks
Geneviève Grenier, CPA Canada and Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Opening Keynote Address
What’s Next for Your Business and Your Clients? A Look through the Lens of a Futurist
Speaker: Jesse Hirsh, Futurist, Researcher and Internet Strategist

Jesse Hirsh

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

The Definitive ERP Road Map: A Special Panel of Leading ERP Developers
Moderated by Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Current initiatives, enhancements, timing, embedding emerging technologies

Michael Burns

RPA Moves to the SME/SMP Mainstream
Moderated by Asif Qayyum, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Featuring an RPA Bot vs. Human competition

Asif Qayyum

AI – Ready for Prime Time?
Moderated discussion featuring key AI application developers

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

Business Process Challenges and ERP Solutions – Manufacturing and Distribution
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

Today’s Top Budget, Planning and Reporting Challenges and CPM Solutions
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

vCFO – Becoming a Virtual Team Member
Speaker: Janeen Stodulski, Grant Thornton

The accounting profession is going through some major changes. Modern technology can help accountants become their clients’ trusted advisor.
Virtual CFO is a new concept. It's a way for businesses to get CFO support that they wouldn't have been able to afford previously.
• Handle all the duties of a traditional CFO, but work remotely and on a part-time basis.
• Monitor the financial health and well-being of the business, usually with cloud technology.
• Offer financial insight and guidance on all company decisions and issues.
• Provide back-office functions such as depending on the client and their needs.
Are you interested in having a VCFO or prepared to be a VCFO

Come to this session and find out all you need to know!




Janeen Stodulski

How to use Blockchain to Address Today’s Business Issues
Moderated by Rick O’Dell, Manulife Financial

Featuring key blockchain developers

Rick O'Dell.

Lunch and Networking – Vendor Exhibit Area

Concurrent Sessions

Business Process Challenges and ERP Solutions – Financial Services
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

Today’s Top Business Process Challenges and BI Solutions
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

Today’s Top SME/SMP Business Process Challenges and CRM Solutions
Moderated discussion featuring key CRM developers in the SME/SMP marketplace

Preventing a Cyber Attack using Emerging Preventative Tools
Practical advice on protecting your internal team, and servicing clients

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

Business Process Challenges and ERP Solutions – Professional Services
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

Business Process Challenges and HR Solutions
Moderated discussion of today’s business challenges and potential solutions with actual customers

My RPA Journey from Selection to Implementation
Moderated by PricewaterhouseCoopers

Featuring senior representatives from Barrick Gold and Blue Prism

BI Hands-on Workshop
Experience the power of contemporary BI tools

Pre-registration required, limited seating
1.5 Hours, Ends at 5:00PM

Networking Reception – Vendor Exhibit Area

Registration and Continental Breakfast - Vendor Exhibit Area

Concurrent Sessions

My ERP Journey from Selection to Implementation – Financial Services
Actual customer interviewed by 180 systems on their experiences – from needs assessment to implementation

Future Tech – Changing Your World
Speaker: Dwayne Bragonier, BAI Bragonier & Associates Inc.

Rapid fire examples of true disruption across multiple sectors

Dwayne Bragonier

BI Hands-on Workshop
Experience the power of contemporary BI tools

Pre-registration required, limited seating
(1.5 Hours, Begins at 8:15AM)

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

My ERP Journey from Selection to Implementation – Manufacturing and Distribution
Actual customer interviewed by 180 systems on their experiences – from needs assessment to implementation

My HR System Journey from Selection to Implementation
Actual customer interviewed by 180 systems on their experiences – from needs assessment to implementation

Mandatory Breach Notification
Essential steps to enhance your organization’s and clients’ breach response plan to address recent legislation

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

Hit the ground running - Practical advice in implementing new technology
Moderated by Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Featuring a unique panel of independent consultants

Michael Burns

Ask a Tech Expert – An SMP Focus
Moderated by Dwayne Bragonier, BAI Bragonier & Associates Inc.

Featuring a unique paned of independent consultants; focus on technologies used for professional advisory firms
Dwayne Bragonier

Lunch and Networking - Vendor Exhibit Area

Concurrent Sessions

My ERP Business Case – Fact or Fiction?
Moderated by Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Featuring a group of ERP customers recounting business cases, expectations and realization of benefits, and tips for next time

Michael Burns

Extend the Life of your Ageing ERP System OR Bite the Bullet?
Moderated discussion of methods used to make the right decision, with actual customers

Virtual Offices and Remote Staff – A Guide to Success
How to enable your team to provide effective remote services and keep your team productive

Change Break

Concurrent Sessions

My ERP Journey from Selection to Implementation – Professional Services
Actual customer interviewed by 180 systems on their experiences – from needs assessment to implementation

My BI Journey from Selection to Implementation
Actual customer interviewed by 180 systems on their experiences – from needs assessment to implementation

Leveraging Edge Computing
Moderated discussion on how to improve operations by embedding the latest networking topology around edge computing into everyday activities

Change Break

Closing Keynote Address

Closing Remarks
Geneviève Grenier, CPA Canada and Michael Burns, 180 Systems

The Hitchhikers Guide to Technology Solutions
Led by Michael Burns, 180 Systems

Whether in industry or in a professional services firm, this workshop will help you prepare for your organization’s investment or your upcoming client technology investment engagement.

In this full-day session, you will benefit from insights gathered over many years by a team of leading experts who will provide you with guidance based on their extensive experience and real-life engagements.
Learn today’s best practices; what works well and what doesn’t:

• What is best practice? Examples and cases will be discussed
• The Business Case
• Effective Contract Negotiation, with proven strategies
• Smart Software Selection - how to document needs and secure a good fit
• Successful Implementation
• Project Management Methodologies
• Lean Management
• Change Management

Held at CPA Canada offices - 277 Wellington St West
Michael Burns

Hands-on Blockchain Workshop
Led by Behram Faroogh, PwC

Extend the benefits of attending Forum 2019 by registering for this special ½ day Hands-on Blockchain Workshop. You will learn what blockchain is all about by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, in a sandbox environment created especially for the workshop.

We’ll remove much of the hype and make blockchain and its benefits much simpler to understand and appreciate as you learn how applications can be built using the technology.

Held at CPA Canada Offices - 277 Wellington St West
Behram Faroogh

Thank you to our advisory committee members
Dwayne Bragonier, President, BAI Bragonier & Associates Inc.

Michael Burns, Principal Consultant, 180 Systems

Frank Colantonio, Principal Consultant, FC Associates

Geoff Cronin, National Advisory Service Line Leader, Grant Thornton

Behram Faroogh, Partner, PwC

Rick O’Dell, Managing Director, Global Real Estate Operations, Finance and Transformation, Manulife Financial

Maura O’Shea, VP Finance Improvement and Controls, Bell Canada

Geneviève Grenier, Director, Professional Programs, Member Development and Support, CPA Canada

Anne-Marie Laderoute, Principal, Partner Programs and Specialty Area Credentials, Member Development and Support, CPA Canada





Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]

Venue[s]:


1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6
t.:(416) 869-1600


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Contacts

Please contact:

Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-800-268-3793
Email: [email protected]

Joanna Boutasis, Program Manager
Tel: 416-204-3483
Email: [email protected]

Frank Colantonio, Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities; technical program
Email: [email protected]

Michael Burns, Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities; technical program
Email: [email protected]