Plenary Speaker

Michael Argast

Michael Argast

Michael Argast is cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of industry experience. He is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Kobalt Security Inc., a startup providing cybersecurity monitoring-as-a-service to small and mid-sized organizations. Prior to co-founding Kobalt, Michael ran several security functions at large firms such as TELUS and Sophos.

Sofia Arisheh

Sofia Arisheh

Sofia Arisheh is passionate about helping companies think, act, and operate in a people-first culture. She is the principal and lead consultant of Upskill Consulting, a human resources consulting firm. Sofia comes with over 14 years of HR experience, working in both provincially and federally regulated companies in industries including public practice accounting, law, and engineering. Focusing on professional services, Sofia helps firms drive business results by strengthening their HR and people processes and practices. She holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.

Derek Belyea

Derek Belyea

Derek Belyea, CPA, CA, is the founder of Analytix Studio, a consulting services firm specialized in supporting organizations on the path to becoming truly data driven. With more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant and project leader Derek assists clients to successfully implement integrated software systems and manage the many associated challenges of disruptive change. His current interests include managing data as an asset and data monetization.

Nick Bontis

Nick Bontis

The knowledge era is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations navigate the new world of digital technology, disruption, and information bombardment. His presentations empower audiences to maximize performance and secure a sustainable competitive advantage in today’s ever-changing world.

Nick is the director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic management consulting firm, and an award-winning professor of strategic management at McMaster University. His services are sought out by organizations including the United Nations, Microsoft, and TELUS.

Geordie Cree

Geordie Cree

Geordie Cree has over 20 years of experience leading a risk-based information security program for one of Canada’s largest credit unions where he held various senior IT and risk leadership roles including chief information security officer, director, enterprise compliance and security, and chief privacy officer. He excels at taking the fear out of what can be a very complex and technical subject. Geordie also serves on the board of the Neil Squire Society and is currently board chair.

Tammy Dewar

Tammy Dewar

Tammy Dewar combines a Ph.D. in adult learning and a professional coaching certification with 20 years of practical leadership and team development experience. She is a “pracademic”, serving as a teacher at Royal Roads University in their master's and executive leadership programs, as well as a facilitator and coach who helps organizations develop their leadership capacity. She provides engaging, creative, and practical training programs, facilitates strategic planning and innovation processes, provides workplace restoration programs, and coaches teams and executives.

Brian Friedrich

Brian Friedrich

Brian Friedrich, FCPA, FCGA, is a principal of friedrich & friedrich corp, a professional research, standards, and education consultancy firm. The firm’s clients include the World Bank, IFAC, global accounting bodies, post-secondary institutions, and government regulators and agencies. Brian’s position has allowed him to gain considerable Canadian and international experience in areas including developing strategic, policy, program, governance and ethics guidance for numerous professional and regulatory organizations. He currently serves on the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and CPA Canada's Public Trust Committee.

Laura Friedrich

Laura Friedrich

Laura Friedrich, FCPA, FCGA, is a principal of friedrich & friedrich corp, a professional research, standards, and education consultancy firm. The firm has over 20 years of experience conducting projects focusing on organizational structure, program construction, and evaluating, designing and advising on best practice in competency-based education and experience assessment. Laura has led professional development sessions on topics including ethics, governance, and information systems. Laura currently serves on CPABC’s Bylaws Committee and on the Audit Advisory Committee for BC’s Public Guardian and Trustee.

Carrie Gallant

Carrie Gallant

Carrie Gallant is a dynamic speaker, facilitator and pay equity advocate. She brings her experience as an executive, former practicing lawyer, and adjunct law professor to her work in helping clients master the art and science of negotiation and influence, conflict resolution and Conversational Intelligence®. She is founder of The Gallant Leader™ Institute and the EARN Your Worth™ Leaders Lab. She inspires and empowers her clients to think bigger, negotiate more powerfully, and step up into greater influence and impact.

Adel Gamar

Adel Gamar

Adel Gamar is CEO and co-founder of Gamar Leadership Group Ltd., a firm specializing in adaptive leadership, organizational strategy, and change management. He has advised and trained senior leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and governments worldwide. He served as Education Specialist at UNESCO and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School, and currently serves on the board of Douglas College and teaches adaptive leadership at UBC Sauder Executive Education.

Paul Krismer

Paul Krismer

Paul Krismer is a noted public speaker and trainer. He is the best-selling author of Whole Person Happiness: How to be Well in Body, Mind and Spirit. Paul has a proven track record as an inspirational leader. For twenty years, he has served in senior management roles, overseeing hundreds of employees, multi-million dollar projects, and cheerfully growing future leaders.

As a certified executive coach, Paul is appreciated for his kind-hearted, yet relentless pursuit of the client’s best life. Helping individuals and organizations reach greater success is his trademark promise.

Ed Kroft, Q.C., CPA (Hon.)

Ed Kroft

Ed Kroft, Q.C., CPA (HON), is a partner of Bennett Jones LLP. He resolves tax disputes and conducts tax litigation and is recognized as a top tax advisor in international guides and directories. Ed was the recipient of Canadian Tax Foundation’s first annual Lifetime Contribution Award and was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize contributions to the Canadian Tax Foundation. He was also recognized with the CICA Award for Excellence in Income Tax Practice and Education.

Michael Leung

Michael Leung

Michael Leung is an experienced leader of governance and risk management in cyber/information security. He is the founder of Canadian Cybersecurity Inc., and a management consultant helping businesses identify, prepare for, and mitigate cyber risks by providing counsel and expertise in risk management, strategy, and tactics.

Sophie Mas

Sophie Mas

Sophie Mas has over 20 years’ experience leading high-profile and complex projects for the Province of British Columbia, such as the development of the BC cannabis regulatory framework and the creation of the BC Independent Investigations Office. Sophie currently leads BC Hydro’s supply chain program management office. She has a master’s degree in public administration and is a certified Project Manager Professional. She has her own consulting company (Somas Consulting Inc.) and is an instructor with BCIT, the BC Justice Institute, and the Project Management Institute.

Daniel Marquez

Daniel Marquez

Daniel Marquez is a leader in the digital strategy and transformation practice at Accenture, a professional services company. A career consultant, he has served as a strategic advisor to many of Canada’s most prominent companies, where he specializes in helping organizations reshape themselves to survive and thrive in a turbulent digital age. He also runs Accenture’s AI strategy business in Canada. Outside of work, Daniel is the board chair for the University Consulting Group, an organization that provides pro-bono strategic advisory services to Canadian charities.

Lori Mathison

Lori Mathison

Lori Mathison, FCPA, FCGA, LLB, is the president and CEO of CPABC. She leads the organization’s executive management committee and represents the province on the national Council of Chief Executives for the Canadian CPA profession. Previously, she was the managing partner of the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. Lori serves as a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and has written and presented for many organizations, including CPA Canada and UBC. She is the immediate past chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Casey Miller

Casey Miller

Casey Miller is president of 6 1/2 Consulting and has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles and leadership training across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. During his career, Casey has served as a facilitator and trainer in domestic and international enterprises, helping organizations reach their potential through research-based organizational psychology. Casey holds a master’s degree in public administration and another in theological studies from Harvard University.

Shane Onufrechuk

Shane Onufrechuk

Shane Onufrechuk, FCPA, FCA, is a tax partner at KPMG LLP. His focus is Canadian corporate tax with an emphasis on public-private partnership project finance structuring, corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, and providing tax advisory services to other professionals. Shane speaks at CPABC PD events, plays an active role in CPABC professional development, and had been involved in teaching and course development for the CPA Western School of Business as well as the Sauder School of Business.

Dragana Panic

Dragana Panic

Dragana Panic has over 10 years of experience with financial and retail risk and security management, specializing in cybersecurity, loss prevention, anti-money laundering, and privacy. She is the manager of the information security team at Mountain Equipment Co-op. Dragana serves as a board member for the ISACA Vancouver Chapter and is the associate director of the SheLeadsTech Vancouver program, which is designed to engage, develop, and advance women in technology-related careers.

Ken Peacock

Ken Peacock

Ken Peacock is chief economist and vice president of the Business Council of British Columbia, contributing to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. Previously, he was an economist with Central 1 Credit Union. Ken has a master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the provincial government’s Economic Forecast Council and is the business and industry representative on the Fair Wages Commission and is a past president of the Association of Professional Economists of BC.

Fiona Prince

Fiona Prince

Fiona Prince has over 25 years of experience delivering training in the public and private sectors. She focuses on building communication skills to minimize and manage misunderstandings in verbal, non-verbal, and written communications, especially in the workplace. Fiona has a bachelor’s degree in theatre, a master’s degree in applied communication, and a graduate diploma in technology-enhanced learning and design. She is the 2017 recipient of the Kelly Award for Outstanding Workshop Facilitation.

Karen Sandhu

Karen Sandhu

Karen Sandhu is the director, cybersecurity, technology and data privacy risk for Absolute, a company that provides IT and cybersecurity solutions. She brings 15 years of risk management experience and her expertise on information security, data privacy, emerging technology risk, and cloud security, among others. Her designations include Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Karen built and led the SheLeadsTech Vancouver program for the ISACA Vancouver Chapter, and was awarded the 2020 ISACA Innovative Chapter Program Award.

Daniel Speirs

Daniel Speirs

Daniel Speirs is the chief compliance and ethics officer at BC Investment Management Corporation. He has over 18 years of hands-on experience in the offshore and onshore financial services industry implementing optimal risk management and compliance programs to meet obligations around anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations and other regulations impacting the financial services industry. Daniel has a master’s degree in compliance and bachelor’s degree in law and justice.

Kimberley St. Pierre

Kimberley St. Pierre

Kimberley St. Pierre has over 23 years of successful business development experience and has worked in IT for almost 20 years, focusing the last three on cybersecurity. Kimberley's work experience has primarily been in male-dominated industries and she learned very early on about the importance of business allies to achieve inclusion. She volunteers on the ISACA Vancouver board of directors, currently serving as vice president and has been very active on the BC AWARE Campaign as well as the SheLeadsTech team.

Coro Strandberg

Coro Strandberg

Coro Strandberg is the president of Strandberg Consulting and a nationally recognized corporate sustainability thought leader and strategist. She advises companies, governments, and associations on strategies to embed social, environmental, and stakeholder considerations in business and industry. She is a faculty member with Directors College and Governance Professionals of Canada. Coro has over 20 years experience as a corporate director and is currently a director of BC Lotteries Corporation.

Vishwanath Thanalapatti

Vishwanath Thanalapatti

Vishwanath (Vishwa) Thanalapatti has global experience in the banking and financial services industries, with a focus on technology. He has worked in information system audit for close to two decades. His current focus is on analytics for corporate banking with Temenos Software, Canada. He is a regular speaker and an active blogger on banking and related technology. He is also a mentor to young people starting out in their careers.

Martha Thomas

Martha Thomas

Martha Thomas, CPA, CA, currently works at BC Investment Management Corporation in the internal audit department. She has over 19 years of experience working in the public sector, including serving as the CFO for the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the director of Financial Planning and Reporting for the Ministry of Finance, as well as having worked in the Ministries of Advanced Education, Environment and Agriculture and Lands in various positions. Martha currently sits on the CPABC board of directors.

Yvonne Thompson

Yvonne Thompson

Yvonne Thompson is an expert in the field of leadership and organizational culture and is the president of Change Innovators Inc®, a provider of leadership services and programs. She is known for her progressive approach to learning and development interventions that underpin long-term sustainable change. With a focus on developing a culture of personal accountability, she works to energize organizations and teams. Yvonne has worked with organizations across North America and Europe, building alignment and shifting culture.

Tammy Towill

Tammy Towill

Tammy Towill, FCPA, FCMA, is a partner in the Cordura Group and faculty with Capilano University, providing business advisory services and related education and training programs to organizations and communities seeking growth or change. For over 25 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe, providing education, training, and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning, and curriculum development and implementation. She has served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the US.

Alex Trisoglio

Alex Trisoglio

Alex Trisoglio is adjunct professor of leadership at UBC Sauder School of Business. He has two decades of global experience as a leadership adviser and executive coach, including 20 years advising senior leaders at McKinsey & Co. and four years working with the CEO and management team at IFC/The World Bank. He also advises startup CEOs and their executive teams, leaders of charitable foundations, and international organizations including the Ford Foundation and the United Nations.

Tina Varughese

Tina Varughese

Named to Canada’s Top 10 Notable Speakers by Ignite Magazine, Tina is a professional speaker and trainer who specializes in diversity and inclusion, inclusive leadership, and work-life balance. She has previously worked with the Government of Alberta where she spearheaded international recruitment missions as well as ran her own successful relocation and settlement firm. Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity.

Venetia Verdicchio

Venetia Verdicchio

Venetia Verdicchio is an information security professional in the market research industry. She leads security, compliance, and privacy efforts for the Rival Technologies insight platform. Previously, she was senior manager of IT security and compliance at Hyperwallet, a Vancouver-based fintech company. Her specialization is governance, risk, and compliance with a focus on data protection and audits.

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