PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE PROGRAM FEI CANADA CONFERENCE Oceans of Innovation Halifax, Nova Scotia June 13-15, 2018 Halifax Convention Centre #FEICanada18
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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME MESSAGE OCEANS OF INNOVATION It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Annual Conference in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am grateful to our speakers and panelists who will share their expertise with us, for the generous support of our National Strategic Partners, the hard work of our Halifax Chapter conference committee and to our national team who work throughout the year to produce this great event. Halifax is a fitting setting to meet on the theme of innovation. In its long history, Halifax has been home to many important innovations in science, industry, government, and culture. From North America’s first and only tidal generating station, to Canada’s first newspaper - the Halifax Gazette - and Canada’s first elective assembly, Halifax has truly inspired innovation. When I think of Innovation I think about growth. I think of speed and pace of change, which technology is influencing and impacting, including in the world of finance. The path to growth requires us to challenge and take advantage of innovation as a way to impact our lives and organizations. Innovation pushes boundaries and asks us to think differently about our businesses, and to face challenges and opportunities that we are met with today and tomorrow. The most powerful way to foster innovation is through meeting face-to-face. When we do this, we see eye to eye. This, to me, brings to life why we attend the annual conference. FEI Canada’s foundation is built on learning and leadership. When we gather each year we create a very special environment. It’s a powerful opportunity to be with your people, speak your language, share your stories, encourage, learn, understand, and trust. It’s an opportunity to expand and develop your own skills and to commune with peers that have experience and insight in areas that you may not. It is my hope that we can carry this energy beyond the conference. Let ‘s continue to create this environment whenever we meet, whether at chapter events or over coffee with a peer. The networking and exchange of ideas doesn’t need to end when the conference concludes. I ask that you harness the power of this great opportunity in the weeks and months ahead. Our members are our greatest asset and it is your thoughtful and involved leadership that will form the character of FEI Canada for years to come. Have a great conference! Best wishes,
Pete Pigott President and Chief Executive Officer FEI Canada
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A PLACE IN TIME Halifax, one of the most beautiful places in Canada! Take a journey through Halifax as you read about just some of the spectacular experiences awaiting you! You will understand why joining your FEI Canada colleagues at the 2018 conference will be educational, inspirational as well as innovative.
SEE YOU IN HALIFAX ON JUNE 13.
Argyle Street is home to many bars, restaurants, and music venues.
THE CULTURE OF HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax is a major cultural centre within the Atlantic provinces. The city has maintained many of its maritime and military traditions, while opening itself to a growing multicultural population. The municipality’s urban core also benefits from a large population of post-secondary students who strongly influence the local cultural scene. Halifax has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as most of the region’s national-quality sports and entertainment facilities. Halifax is also the home to many of the region’s major cultural attractions, such as Halifax Pop Explosion, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Khyber, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Neptune Theatre. The region is noted for the strength of its music scene and nightlife, especially in the central urban core.
Halifax hosts a wide variety of festivals that take place throughout the year, including the Atlantic Film Festival, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Halifax International Busker Festival, Greekfest, the Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Multicultural Festival, the largest Canada Day celebration east of Ottawa, Natal Day, the Halifax Pop Explosion, periodic Tall Ship events, Nocturne Festival, and Shakespeare by the Sea, to name a few. Many of Halifax’s festivals and annual events have become world-renowned over the past several years. Halifax is home to many performance venues, namely the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, the Neptune Theatre, a 43-year-old establishment located on Argyle Street, the Shakespeare by the Sea theatre and many more. The new Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road has received accolades for its architecture and has been described as a new cultural locus.
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Halifax’s tourism showcases Nova Scotia’s culture, scenery and coastline. There are several museums and art galleries in downtown Halifax. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, an immigrant entry point prominent throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, was opened to the public as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1999 and is the only national museum in the Atlantic provinces. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a maritime museum containing extensive galleries including a large exhibit on the famous Titanic, over 70 small craft and a 200-foot (61 m) steamship CSS Acadia. In summertime the preserved World War II corvette HMCS Sackville operates as a museum ship and Canada’s naval memorial. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is housed in a 150-year-old building containing over 9000 works of art. The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Dartmouth reflects the region’s rich ethnic heritage. Halifax has numerous National Historic Sites, most notably Citadel Hill (Fort George). Just outside the urban area, the iconic Peggy’s Cove is internationally recognized and receives more than 600,000 visitors a year.
The waterfront in downtown Halifax is the site of the Halifax harbourwalk, a 3-kilometre (2 mi) boardwalk. Many mid-sized ships dock here at one of the many wharfs. The harbourwalk is home to a Halifax transit ferry terminal, hundreds of stores, historic properties, several office buildings, the Casino Nova Scotia, and public squares where buskers perform, most prominently at the annual Halifax International Busker Festival every August. Downtown Halifax, home to many small shops and vendors, is a major shopping area. It is home to several shopping centres, approximately 200 restaurants and bars, offering a wide array of world cuisines. There are more than 60 sidewalk cafés open in the summer. The nightlife is made up of bars and small music venues as well as Casino Nova Scotia built partially over the water. In 2015, the Port of Halifax welcomed 141 cruise ship vessels, just another spectacle to see.
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FEI Canada’s annual conference and exhibit hall provides a platform for some of the best and brightest in our country to come together to network, exchange ideas, learn and find solutions to current challenges. This conference is essential in providing the necessary tools required to implement success in these fast paced, demanding times. Here’s a look at what the FEI Canada conference has to offer.
A conference full of captivating keynote presentations and invigorating concurrent sessions presented by prominent Canadians and thought leaders. Some of the keynote speakers that you will be inspired by are:
Mark Barrenechea Vice Chairman, CEO & CTO, OpenText Fayeanne Beattie CFO, AON Bill Black Retired CEO, Maritime Life, Business Leader Greg Blunden CFO, Emera Dr. Kathryn Brohman Queen’s University Professor Jean-Paul Deveau CEO, Acadian Seaplants Dr. Richard Florizone President, Dalhousie University Martin Fox Managing Director - Canada Robert Walters Ejaz Ghani Lead Economist, World Bank David Hoffman CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods Allen Lalonde Senior Innovation Executive, IBM Canada Stephen Liptrap President, Morneau Shepell Rania Llewellyn Senior Vice President, Global Transactions and Banking, Scotiabank Dr. Travis McDonough CEO & Founder, Kinduct Inc. Michael Rousseau CFO, Air Canada Patti Towler President & CEO, CPA, Nova Scotia Hayley Wickenheiser Gold-medal Olympian
Meet new exhibitors and welcome back some of your preferred suppliers as they showcase new developments and products to keep you on the leading edge of success in your day to day business projects and initiatives.
GOLF TOURNAMENT Wednesday, June 13 Join your colleagues in a fun but challenging round of golf in the FEI Canada/Robert Half Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 13 at the prestigious Glen Arbour Golf Course or enjoy one of the many other exciting things to see and do in Halifax and surrounding area.
SOLDIER ON AT CITADEL HILL Thursday, June 14 It’s obvious why this strategic hilltop location with a commanding view of the Halifax harbour was chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the city. The Halifax Citadel’s star shaped architecture is equally as impressive from the inside and out. Step back in time with the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery to learn what it was like for the soldiers and their families to live and work in this historic fort. Join us for our gala evening under the stars on the top of the hill.
AFTER PARTY Thursday, June 14 Those who would like to “soldier on” can join colleagues for that “last call” at one of the fun filled exciting after hours venues in Halifax. You will close the night out with fun, laughter and music as only Haligonians can!!!
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NATIONAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS
NATIONAL STRATEGIC SPONSORS
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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE TUESDAY
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Registration / Information Desk
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Annual General Meeting
7:30 am – 8:40 am
7:30 am – 8:40 am
BREAKFAST SEMINARS Workday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Early Arrival Reception Guests welcome
BREAKFAST SEMINARS American Express Ceridian Donnelley Financial Solutions
7:30 am – 8:40 am
Continental breakfast for guests and delegates Exhibit Hall
8:45 am – 8:55 am
WELCOME REMARKS Dave Bezanson Chair 2018 conference
8:55 am – 9:45 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Dr. Richard Florizone Dalhousie University
9:45 am – 10:50 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Fayeanne Beattie AON Greg Blunden Emera Michael Rousseau Air Canada & Canada’s CFO of the Year™ 2017 Patti Towler CPA Nova Scotia
10:50 am – 11:00 am
EXHIBITOR PRIZE DRAWS Plenary Room
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Networking break Exhibit Hall
11:30 am – 12:05 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Ejaz Ghani Lead Economist World Bank
6:30 am - 3:30 pm
Golf Tournament Sponsored by:
7:30 am – 8:40 am
8:45 am – 9:05 am
Continental breakfast for guests and delegates Exhibit Hall WELCOME REMARKS Dave Bezanson Chair 2018 conference Pete Pigott President & CEO, FEI Canada
9:05 am – 10:05 am
Registration / Information Desk
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS Mark J. Barrenechea OpenText
10:05 am – 10:35 am
Networking break Exhibit Hall
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Early Arrival Breakfast
10:35 am – 11:35 am
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Halifax Walking Tour and Alexander Keith’s Brewery
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Martin Fox Robert Walters Allen Lalonde IBM Canada Rania Llewellyn Scotiabank
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
New Member Reception Sponsored by:
11:35 am – 12:35 pm
FEI CANADA TALKS Dr. Kathryn Brohman Queen’s University Stephen Liptrap Morneau Shepell
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
CFO Leadership Beyond Finance Alumni Dinner and Keynote Speaker Sponsored by:
12:35 pm – 1:35 pm
Luncheon Exhibit Hall
1:40 pm – 2:50 pm
12:10 pm – 1:20 pm
2:55 pm - 3:30 pm
1:20 pm – 2:50 pm
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Bill Black Moderator Jean-Paul Deveau Acadian Seaplants David Hoffman Oxford Frozen Foods Dr. Travis McDonough Kinduct Inc.
CLOSING LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER Hayley Wickenheiser Gold-medal Olympian Sponsored by:
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
CLOSING REMARKS, DRAW PRIZES & LAUNCH OF 2019 CONFERENCE
By invitation only
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Exhibit Hall Sponsored by:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SOLDIER ON Citadel Hill Sponsored by:
10:00 pm - 1:00 am
AFTER PARTY Sponsored by:
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THURSDAY, JUNE 14 9:05 AM - 10:05 AM OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER 10 TRENDS THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD The world as we know it is the culmination of events—from natural phenomena to historical periods, accidental discoveries, and human inventions. Our present reality has been shaped by these events compounded over time. From cave drawings to the printing press to email. From the wheel to carts to autonomous cars. We invent, innovate, and iterate. It is what humans have done for millennia, and what we continue to do. Join me as I explore the current technologies and trends that are impacting our daily lives. MARK J. BARRENECHEA
10:35 AM - 11:35 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS INNOVATING FROM WITHIN
Stagnant companies have always fallen by the wayside and that risk has never been more important than in today’s fast changing business environment. What does it take to innovate from within an existing company to stay ahead of the competition? Hear the stories of how successful companies foster a culture of innovation to reinvent themselves in a time of unprecedented change.
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11:35 AM - 12:35 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS THE POWER OF IDEAS - FEI CANADA TALKS Leadership and strategy that matter. Join our speakers to hear them talk about the criticality of leadership, strategy and execution in an ever changing world. These leaders will share their experiences and lessons learned. Their talks will foster learning, inspiration and generate conversation that matter.
DR. KATHRYN BROHMAN
2:55 PM - 3:30 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS WE THE EAST! INNOVATION THRIVES IN ATLANTIC CANADA
•For all you sushi lovers, eating seaweed is nothing new. But did you realize that it’s also found in dietary supplements and brewing agents for your beer?
•Whether or not you’re a fan of the Boston Bruins or the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s impressive that this state-of-the art Halifax-based innovative company has lined up these major sports teams and many others as key clients.
•How does a small family-run farm created in 1968 become the world’s largest wild blueberry supplier, with annual commitments of supply and stability?
DR. TRAVIS MCDONOUGH
Atlantic Canada enjoys unique competitive advantages and high-tech innovation that creates new opportunities for economic growth. The region is home to great ideas, great products, great innovators, and a great drive to succeed. These pioneering and dynamic leaders will describe how they utilized the Atlantic Canadian environment that embraces innovation to ensure the success of their businesses.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 15
8:55 AM - 9:45 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM MIT TO NOVA SCOTIA: BUILDING AN INNOVATIVE ECOSYSTEM Join us as Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University shares his journey from MIT to Nova Scotia and the building of an Innovation Ecosystem. Dr. Florizone will speak to the economic impact of innovation and technology as well as the importance of corporate and government partnerships on the journey creating this system. Finally, he will share examples of the positive outcomes from creating an innovation ecosystem as well as lessons to be learned fro leaders today.
DR. RICHARD FLORIZONE
9:45 AM - 10:50 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS TODAY’S CONTEMPORARY CFO: THE ROLE OF THE CFO IN INNOVATION
Innovation drives opportunities and risks. The CFO panel will address the many diverse challenges facing today’s contemporary, strategic financial leaders in supporting business innovation to ensure stakeholders’ needs are met while at the same time, managing risk.
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11:30 AM - 12:05 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS INNOVATION AND GROWTH The capability to innovate, and to bring innovation successfully to market, is driving the global competitiveness of nations. Technology and innovative activity have become key drivers of growth, entrepreneurship and jobs. Innovation is also rising to meet challenges of global public goods, like health and environment. The accelerated pace of innovation is being driven by globalization. Both developed and developing economies are marching ahead. Major emerging economies are no longer simply low value-added producers, but are adding their weight to the creation and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services. EJAZ GHANI
1:20 PM - 2:50 PM CLOSING LUNCH AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER Hayley Wickenheiser was the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a position other than goalie. Wickenheiser was a member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, and is the team’s career points leader with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games. She represented Canada at the Winter Olympics five times, capturing four gold and one silver medal and twice being named tournament MVP, and one time at the Summer Olympics in softball. Wickenheiser was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. HAYLEY WICKENHEISER
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THE OTHER AI: ACCOUNTING INNOVATION
Given technology evolution in the business world, controllers and finance executives need to embrace the other AI – Accounting Innovation. During this session you will learn what is driving accounting innovation and how it impacts controllers and finance executives. You will have the opportunity to hear solutions and engage in a discussion with industry professionals on how they have applied accounting innovation in order to drive value and efficiency in our fast paced technology based business environment.
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: TRADE AND INNOVATION, THE 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIP Join our economic panelists as they discuss the current trade issues and economic climate and why innovative leadership is critical to surviving in the 21st century.
HOT TOPICS IN TAX
This session will give CFO and senior finance executives a high-level appreciation of the key tax issues for in-bound and out-bound investments. With a large focus on recent tax legislative changes such as the new US tax rules and the likely tax policy response by the Canadian government. We will also highlight changes to the International tax landscape. HST and other business taxes changes will also be discussed.
Over night millionaires, volatility, no financial institutions...on and on go the stories. What should we know about Digital Currencies? What impact do they have on everyday life? What impact do they have on our organization? What should we be doing? • Why are Digital Currencies perceived to be appealing, perceived to be of value? • How and when will Digital Currencies impact my life, my organization? • What are the risks of using Digital Currencies? And not using Digital Currencies?
MANAGING THE RISK OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Airbnb. Uber. Tesla. These are but a few examples of how technology is disrupting business models and entire industries. Rapid advances in technology and the speed at which they can scale characterize the current environment in which businesses must operate. Whether its artificial intelligence, battery technology or online marketplaces, it is becoming a question of how, not if, technology will disrupt your business. Being able to identify the risks from disruptive technologies and appropriately adapting your business strategy are keys to succeeding (and surviving) in this environment. Join our panel of experts as they discuss: • Approaches to identifying the risks from disruptive technologies • Key technologies trends that are having an impact now • Examples of how companies are addressing this risk • Challenges and lessons learned in managing the risks of disruptive technologies
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Experience the excitement of a vibrant exhibit hall in the beautiful new Halifax Convention Centre. There are new products, familiar services and welcoming suppliers. The popular passport system returns again this year and a new interactive experience has been added. Pick-a-prize is an opportunity to collect ballots from your favourite suppliers then drop them in a ballot box for a chance to win the prize of your choice. The exhibit hall remains the social hub of the conference hosting refreshment breaks, lunch and the Distinguished Award Reception. Many of the previous exhibitors are returning and new organizations will be joining FEI Canada this year. There are also great sponsorship opportunities available that offers opportunity to get your brand in front of the decision makers. For further information contact Steve Ilkiw, Director Sales at 416-366-3007 x 5108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view sponsorship opportunities in more detail click here.
FEI CANADA – ROBERT HALF GOLF TOURNAMENT 6:30 am – 3:30 pm Wednesday, June 13. The annual FEI Canada – Robert Half golf tournament is always a highlight of the conference. It is a day packed with fun, conversation, and in some instances skill challenges. This year will prove to be no different. FEI Canada is thrilled to be playing the beautiful Glen Arbour Golf Course. Glen Arbour Golf Course, artistically hewn from some of Nova Scotia’s most pristine landscape, offers an exceptional golf experience just a short distance from Halifax. You will find a premium golf experience that surpasses the greatest expectations. It will challenge the best and promises to reward all. The Glen Arbour Golf Course was designed for public play by renowned Canadian golf course architect Graham Cooke and boasts a 6,800 yard par 72 18-hole course.
Golf Fee: $259 per person,
includes transportation, breakfast, green fees, cart, lunch and prizes. Club rentals: $40, tax not included To register click here. Sponsored by:
If you would like to participate in a sponsorship opportunity, contact our Golf Sponsorship Chair, Carl Vincent at (902) 832-4185 or email@example.com or click here. for sponsorship brochure.
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HALIFAX WALKING TOUR AND ALEXANDER KEITH’S BREWERY HALIFAX CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS You should not come to Halifax without taking time to enjoy and see some of the most beautiful places in Canada. Below are some excursions designed to ensure your stay is exceptional. To register for any of these opportunities just add them to your registration. Each of these opportunities does have a minimum guaranteed attendance and unfortunately, should the excursion numbers not be met, the program would be cancelled and you will be refunded the cost of the excursion. Book and enjoy your time before, after or on Wednesday leading up to the conference.
Discover the old core of downtown Halifax the way it’s seen best: by foot. Accompanied by a kilted guide, walk past the elegant arches of Georgian and Victorian architecture. Visit Grand Parade Square, site of military drills in days gone by, and see the oldest Anglican Church in Canada and many more historical sites. Next is the Alexander Keith’s Brewery where you will enjoy a tour including the history of Mr. Keith, the great brew-master and former mayor of Halifax, the brewing process, and everything else you need to know about Nova Scotia’s favourite beer, Keith’s Pale Ale. Your tour continues upstairs at the Atlantic Beer Institute to sample beers from around the world in a relaxed setting with friendly beer instructors.
Date: Wednesday, June 13 Time: 3.5 hours Includes: tours, guide, gratuities, unlimited beer samples
$70 + HST per person
TITANIC CONNECTION TOUR
Learn about Halifax’s connection to the disaster of the sinking of RMS Titanic and the romance mystery and fascination that still abound about one of the most significant anniversaries in marine history. By fate and circumstance, Halifax has connections to the Titanic that no other place in North America has; because of the Titanic assets, Halifax is the second most important Titanic city in the world as you will discover on your tour. Hear stories of two Halifax natives who traveled on Titanic, and learn about “Unsinkable Molly Brown’s” post-Titanic visit. Visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the disaster are buried, and much more. Tour includes a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world.
Date: Thursday, June 14 Time: 3.5 hour tour Includes: guided tour, motor coach
transportation, admission to museums and gratuities
$63 + HST per person
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TASTE OF LUNENBURG AND A TRIP TO PEGGY’S COVE Visit Lunenberg and experience a true Nova Scotia icon. A day trip here is to immerse yourself in 264 years of history in a living, vibrant setting. It’s also become a mecca for foodies, anchored by the Lunenburg Farmers’ Market and some of the best fine dining in Nova Scotia and upscale casual excellence. The food culture here is influenced by the German, Swiss, and French Europeans who settled the town, as well as by the sea.
You will enjoy seeing the beautiful Boscawen Inn, a Victorian mansion built in 1888 by Senator H.A.N. Kaulbach, one of the most influential figures in Lunenburg’s history, as a wedding present for his daughter, Edna, and sonin-law James R. Rudolf. It is Lunenburg’s best example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. The large deck, adjoining an elegant parlour, has a spectacular view over the Old Town and harbor. You will participate in a walking tour guided by a 7th generation Lunenburger. The historical knowledgeable and pure stories will keep you fully entertained. On the way to Lunenburg, you will stop at Peggy’s Cove, another iconic Nova Scotia treasure.
Saturday, June 16
8:15 am departure from downtown Halifax and return around 5:00 pm same day
Transportation, refreshments on the bus, lunch in Lunenburg, heritage food tasting and Ironworks Distillery tasting and tours of Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg.
$230 + HST per person
FOX HARB’R EXCURSION
The dream comes true of Tim Hortons chain billionaire cofounder and philanthropist Ron Joyce: 1,100-acre Fox Harb’r Resort was founded to give something lasting back to his nearby Nova Scotia hometown by offering visitors, “luxury without pretension in one of the most unspoiled destinations on earth.” That vision came to life in 2001, when Golf Digest designated Fox Harb’r’s Graham Cooke designed championship golf course the “Best New Golf Course in Canada.” Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, hockey legends Bobby Orr & Wayne Gretzky and NBA star Charles Barkley are just a few of the headline names that have come to play at Fox Harb’r, often arriving by private plane at the resort’s own fully equipped Jetport airstrip. The Fox Harb’r course record was set by none other than Tiger Woods. Today, Fox Harb’r has grown into a complete spring-throughautumn resort retreat with another 9-hole executive golf course, a spa, two restaurants and all-suite accommodations for. Unique facilities range from a top, NSCA certified sporting clays sport shooting course, to trout fishing ponds, three on-site greenhouses that grow flowers and produce for the resort, and even a lighthouse. You can spoil yourself in the beautiful spa or enjoy the pool with a view. Come stay for a night or stay and enjoy the weekend!
Friday, June 15 and/or Saturday, June 16
Cost: $1,100 one-night package inclusive of taxes for double occupancy.
• 1-night Studio Room (add an additional night for $225 + HST) executive suite upgrade+ $50 (+HST) • Breakfast for 2 with gratuity incl. • $200 dinner credit • $400 spa or golf credit
Cost: $650.00 one-night package inclusive of taxes single occupancy
• 1-night Studio Room (add an additional night for $225 + HST) executive suite upgrade + $50+HST Reservations are based on availability at the time of booking and must be booked no later than April 1, 2018 to ensure special FEI Canada rate. Book directly with Fox Harb’r at 1-866-257-1801 and indicate you are with FEI Canada. Guests provide their own transportation to Fox Harb’r.
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SOLDIER ON AT CITADEL HILL 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Thursday, June 14 It’s obvious why this strategic hilltop location with a commanding view of the Halifax harbour was chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the city. The Halifax Citadel’s star shaped architecture is equally as impressive from the inside and out. Step back in time with the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery to learn what it was like for the soldiers and their families to live and work in this historic fort. Join us for our gala evening under the stars on the top of the hill. Sponsored by:
AFTER PARTY - ALEXANDER KEITH’S NOVA SCOTIA BREWERY 10:00 pm -1:00 am Thursday, June 14 You are invited to FEI Atlantic’s Gala Kitchen Party at the Historic Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery. Keep the gala dinner celebration going with an evening of drinks and live east coast music. Sponsored by:
Complimentary. RSVP on the registration page. Join your colleagues for that “last call”
To purchase additional tickets click here.
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REGISTRATION INFORMATION Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Special FEI Canada rates apply at the Prince George Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel and the Delta Halifax Hotel.
Prince George Hotel
$229/night and up 1725 MarketOSt. OUT S LDHalifax 1-800- 565-1567 For on-line bookings please click here
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Prince George Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax, Delta Halifax Hotel and the Delta Barrington Hotel. Cut off dates for booking your reservation at the conference rate is May 11, 2018.
Cambridge Suites Hotel
When making your reservations, please request the FEIC 2018 room block.
$219/night and up 1900 Barrington St. Halifax 1-800- 268-1133 For on-line bookings please click here
$189/night and up UT SOLDSt.OHalifax 1583 Brunswick 1-800- 565-1263 For on-line bookings please click here
Delta Halifax Hotel
Delta Barrington Hotel
$219.00/night 1875 Barrington St, Halifax 1-800-268-1133 For on-line bookings please click here
Delegates must identify themselves as attending the FEI Canada Conference when making a reservation.
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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
Bulk until April 30 3 + from same company
Individual until April 30
May 1 to conference dates
Academic, charitable organizations, entrepreneurs
REGISTER BY THE EARLY-BIRD DATE TO BE ENTERED INTO A DRAW FOR A SPECIAL PRIZE. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DISCOUNT.
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS Substitutions may be made at
Closing luncheon ticket
Extra “Soldier On” gala ticket
Intended for a spouse or companion. Includes all meals, the Closing Luncheon and the Gala dinner event, but no access to programs.
any time by emailing a written request to the attention of Pat Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by May 18, 2018. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 18, 2018. Applicable taxes will be added to all registration fees. Registration fees include all meals, access to the sessions, speakers and exhibit hall as well as a ticket to the Thursday evening gala and the closing luncheon.
*Become a new Executive Member of FEI Canada and receive a complimentary registration to attend this conference!* For details call: Liz Bowell at (416) 366-3007 x 5105 1-866-677-3007 x 5105 email@example.com
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COMPLETE SPEAKER BIOS
MARK J. BARRENECHEA
Fayeanne Beattie is the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer for Aon Risk Solutions within Aon in Canada. As a member of Aon’s executive committee, Fayeanne provides strategic council and advice on investments related to the growth strategy and innovation for operational efficiency. Utilizing her progressive and diverse accounting and finance skills, Fayeanne identifies business opportunities for Aon. With more than 20 years in the insurance industry, she helps determine the company’s strategic direction, using her breadth of experience and deep understanding of the insurance brokerage business to best position Aon for success. Fayeanne holds a Chartered Accountancy designation, and prior to her time with Aon, spent 12 years with a leading P&C insurance carrier, and five years with a private mortgage insurance company.
Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board. In January 2016, Mark took on the role of Chief Technology Officer. As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mark oversees the strategic direction of the organization and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, the Company has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $1.9 billion technology company. Mark’s unwavering commitment to innovation and results, combined with a dedication to customers’ needs, led him to successfully realign the company’s products, transforming OpenText into an Enterprise Information Management leader. A prominent thought leader, Mark‘s extensive experience in information technology affords him a unique insight into the technological changes ushering in the fourth industrial revolution.
Bill graduated from Dalhousie University (B.A., B.Sc. 1970) and completed his actuarial training (FSA, FCIA) in 1974. He worked with Maritime Life for 34 years, rising to the office of President and CEO in 1995. In his nine years as President, the Company grew organically and through four successful acquisitions. Maritime gained a strong reputation for employee relations – appearing every year among the leaders in the Report on Business list of top 50 employers in Canada. Bill’s has served on many boards including appointments as Chair of the Halifax Board of Trade, the IWK, Symphony Nova Scotia; Vice Chair of Dalhousie; Deputy Chair of Standard Life of Canada; Lead Director of the Bank of Canada. He is currently Chair of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization which seeks to bring together the securities regulators in Canada. He writes a public policy opinion column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald. He conducts semi-annual leadership seminars for executives. In 2015, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
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It is engaged primarily in the sustainable harvesting of wild seaweeds and in the cultivation of unique marine plants for the development of products for people, animals and plants. Acadian Seaplants exports to over 80 countries, operates six processing facilities in Atlantic Canada, Ireland and Scotland, employs 400 people in 12 countries, including 30 scientists 13 with PhDs.
Greg Blunden is the Chief Financial Officer of Emera, a publicly traded power and utilities company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Emera has almost $30 billion in assets, annual revenues greater than $4 billion, a market capitalization of over $10 billion, operates in six countries and has 7400 employees. Greg joined Emera in 2000 and is responsible for all of Emera’s global financial activities including financial reporting, risk management, investor relations, capital markets financing, banking relationships, taxation, economic analysis in support of M&A transactions and pension fund investment.
KATHRYN BROHMAN, PH.D.
Associate professor at Smith School of Business, Dr. Brohman is one of the most recognized thought leaders in project leadership and strategy execution in Canada. She is the co-author of Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization and forthcoming book entitled SHIFT: A New Mindset for Sustainable Execution. Dr. Brohman’s leading edge work combines practice with theory to explore ways organizations can leverage digital technology to establish more productive and sustainable management solutions.
Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Mount Allison University. He is also the Past Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada).
Jean-Paul Deveau is the President and CEO of Acadian Seaplants Limited, a biotech company and the largest independent manufacturer of marine plant products of its type in the world.
Acadian Seaplants has received significant government and industry recognition for its innovation, accomplishments in science & technology, management, environmental stewardship, business ethics, safety, export excellence and community service. His company has been one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 16 consecutive years. Jean-Paul Deveau is a past chair of BioNova (the Nova Scotia Life Sciences Industry Association). He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Nova Scotia Chapter), is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture, and is a member of Council of the International Seaweed Association. He was Chair of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and served as a member of the oneNS Coalition. Jean-Paul Deveau was inducted in the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, has received two Honourary Doctorate Degrees, awarded the inaugural Spirit of Halifax Award from Destination Halifax and named the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’s National Citation for Eco and Social Excellence and named an Atlantic Region’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Health Sciences Sector.
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DR. RICHARD FLORIZONE
Dr. Richard Florizone began his term as Dalhousie’s 11th president in July of 2013, bringing a unique mix of academic and professional skills developed through extensive experience with universities, companies and government in Canada and abroad. Previously, Dr. Florizone was vice-president, finance and resources at the University of Saskatchewan, where he was also a Policy Fellow in the JohnsonShoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He earned his PhD in physics from MIT and has been a senior adviser to the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C., as well as serving in roles with Bombardier Aerospace, Cambridge University and the Boston Consulting Group. In addition to being the chief executive of Atlantic Canada’s leading researchintensive university, Dr. Florizone currently serves on the boards of the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Innovacorp, a crown corporation that invests in early stage Nova Scotia start-up companies. He also serves as a director on the board of Universities Canada and was inducted as fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June 2015. You can find Dr. Florizone on Twitter @dalpres.
Martin is a native Torontonian that spent 10 years recruiting accounting professionals for opportunities across Ireland, the UK and the Middle East for the Robert Walters group before relocating home in 2016 to establish their Toronto office. He has successfully managed the careers of hundreds of accountants, many of whom now operate at Controller/ CFO level and repeatedly come back to Robert Walters to recruit for their teams. As Country Manager he is responsible for establishing the brand in Canada and driving the growth of the business across the vast Canadian market. Martin graduated from McGill University a BA in Political Science.
Ejaz Ghani, an Indian national, is Lead Economist at The World Bank. He has worked on Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Corporate Strategy, and Independent Evaluation Unit. He has written on economic growth, macroeconomic policies, employment, entrepreneurship, urbanization, gender, trade, and spatial development. He has been a Consultant at ILO, UNCTAD, and UNICEF. He has edited several books including Reshaping Tomorrow--Is South Asia Ready for the Big Leap; The Poor Half Billion in South Asia; The Service Revolution; Accelerating Growth and Job Creation ; Promoting Economic Cooperation; and Growth and Regional Integration. Prior to joining The World Bank, he taught Economics at St. Anne’s College (Oxford University) and Shri Ram College of Commerce (Delhi University). He obtained an M. Phil. & D. Phil in Economics from Oxford University.. He is an Inlaks scholar.
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DAVID HOFFMAN, FCPA, FCA
David is Co-CEO of the Bragg Group of Companies. Included is Oxford Frozen Foods, a vertically integrated farming and food processing company specializing in wild blueberries; Eastlink, Canada’s largest independently and privatelyowned full service communications provider; Inland Technologies, specializing in aircraft de-icing, cargo handling, and in the recovery and recycling of spent aircraft de-icing fluid; and South Canoe Wind Farm, containing 34 wind turbines. David is a Director of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, serves on the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation, is Board Chair of the Halifax Seed Company, Director of The Shaw Group Ltd. and of LED Roadway Lighting, President of the Oxford & Area Trails Association, and serves on the Oxford Syrian Immigration Steering Committee.
Senior Innovation Executive, IBM Canada Inc. Limited Director, IBM Canada Research & Development Centre Allen Lalonde is IBM Canada’s
Senior Innovation Executive and Director of IBM Canada’s Research & Development Centre, a role he has held since May 2013. In directing IBM’s investments and participation in strategic innovation initiatives across Canada, Allen and his team are focused on driving social and economic growth in Canada through IBM’s leadership, participation and support of collaborative innovation initiatives and models, and especially through IBM’s support for big data, analytics and cognitive research projects that leverage high performance computing and advanced analytic approaches and capabilities. In this role, Allen collaborates with Municipal, Federal and Provincial governments, academic institutions and researchers, and industry associations and partners to establish, progress and execute such initiatives.
He leads a team of research, project management, business development and operations leaders who are dedicated to exciting research and innovation projects to answer Canada’s most pressing challenges, including challenges focused on health, energy and natural resources, water, cities. IBM supports these efforts by working together and very closely with numerous research and development consortiums across the country. Allen also contributes to the innovation agenda in Canada by participating on multiple advisory boards, councils and committees, and working with government, industry and academic working groups to establish new priority pursuits. Prior to IBM, Allen spent 15 years in increasingly senior capacities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, in roles which included leadership responsibility for product development, research, consumer and government affairs, sales, marketing and ultimately general management. Allen holds two degrees in Chemistry and Integrated Science Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa. Based in Ottawa, Allen is married with two children.
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Stephen Liptrap is President and CEO of Morneau Shepell. His previous roles with the Company include: EVP and General Manager of Morneau Shepell’s largest business unit, Employee Support Solutions, and most recently Chief Operating Officer for the Company. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada, and the National Committee for CAMH’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health. He has served on the HR Committee for the 2015 PanAm Games, the Canadian Board of Directors for NCR and the Pension Board for Europe for a large technology company. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on HR issues facing organizations today.
Senior Vice President, Global Transaction Banking, Products & Services
As Senior Vice President, Rania oversees the development and execution of all Cash Management, Payments and Trade Finance products and services for Scotiabank’s business customers, including Financial Institutions. Rania joined Scotiabank in 1994 where she has held progressively senior roles across Commercial Banking, Roynat Capital, Retail Banking and Corporate Banking, and most recently as Senior Vice President Commercial Banking. In 2014, Rania was chosen by The Institute of International Finance for their inaugural Future Leaders Group, which recognizes young leaders within the financial industry and fosters ties between rising stars from different regions and backgrounds. Rania holds a Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and honorary doctorate from Saint Mary’s University.
Travis McDonough is the Founder and CEO of Kinduct, a leading sport, health and wellness software company. Travis is responsible for charting the overall vision and mission of Kinduct, leading high profile business development and partnership efforts as well as growing the company’s voice and value in various market sectors. Travis has spent more than 20 years in the human performance, health and wellness industries, split between Europe and North America. A chiropractor by trade and former elite boxer, tennis and basketball player, Travis has dedicated his entire career to his passion for sparking innovation and driving constant improvement in the sport, health and wellness sectors.
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Prior to Joining HBC in 2001, he held senior executive financial positions at other large, international corporations, including Moore Corporation in Chicago, Silcorp Limited and the UCS Group (a division of Imasco Limited). Michael holds a BBA degree from York University and has been a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1983. He was named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2017 by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half.
Michael Rousseau was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October, 2007. In this role, he is responsible for Air Canada’s overall financial strategic direction, including all aspects of financial reporting and planning, investor relations, treasury and controller’s operations, taxation, pension administration and internal audit, as well as procurement and corporate real estate. Michael brings to Air Canada extensive senior executive experience from the consumer business sector. He most recently held executive positions including those of President, and before that Executive Vice-President and CFO with Canada’s largest diversified general merchandise retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). While at HBC, he developed a comprehensive investor relations program, introduced an enhanced external and internal financial reporting process and improved the cost-effectiveness of the organization.
Patricia Towler is President and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. She is a lawyer by training, having practised in leading law firms in Halifax and Vancouver before moving to in house counsel roles. She has been recognized as a leader in her field through a Lexpert Zenith award as well as achieving the designation of Certified In House Counsel from Rotman School of Business and the Canadian Bar Association. She currently sits on the national executive of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
Hayley Wickenheiser OC (born August 12, 1978) is a Canadian former women’s ice hockeyplayer. She was the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a position other than goalie. Wickenheiser was a member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, and is the team’s career points leader with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games. She represented Canada at the Winter Olympics five times, capturing four gold and one silver medal and twice being named tournament MVP, and one time at the Summer Olympics in softball. She is tied with teammates Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford for the record for the most gold medals of any Canadian Olympian, and is widely considered the greatest female ice hockey player in the world. On February 20, 2014, Wickenheiser was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.
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