May 17-19, 2017
More than 350 accounting and business professionals from across BC attended CPABC’s 2017 Spring Pacific Summit, which was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from May 17-19. The sold-out event included dynamic networking events, a popular tradeshow, and a program of 23 professional development sessions.
The theme of the Summit was “Navigating Change,” and to that end, it featured specialized learning streams that addressed change management in regards to technology, leadership, the workplace, and economic issues. This diverse program also included sessions on wellness, real estate updates, tax, and technical updates, providing relevant and practical learning opportunities for CPAs at every career level.
CPABC board chair David Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA, addressed the important role CPAs can play in navigating change, noting, “While change can be a disruptive force, it also presents great opportunity for people who have the skills and expertise to analyze complex situations, make informed decisions, and implement strategies to address it.”
The Summit’s three keynote sessions also addressed the topic of change management. Best-selling author and financial expert Bruce Sellery inspired delegates to change their thinking about managing personal finances in order to better realize goals and aspirations, while BodyBreak wellness champions Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod provided strategies for making unexpected changes in life result in positive outcomes. And entrepreneur and Nurse Next Door co-founder John DeHart explored how changing company culture can invigorate employees and build an organization’s brand.
In addition, delegates had the opportunity to attend a member update from the CPABC Board Executive. The session included discussion on current areas of focus for the CPA profession, as well as upcoming CPABC initiatives.
Networking events were also a Summit highlight and included the always-popular welcome reception which was hosted at the Terminal City Club, the exhibitors’ reception, plus multiple networking breaks. All provided the opportunity for delegates to meet new colleagues from different industries and different parts of the province, as well as to exchange ideas and business cards. Delegates also had the opportunity to visit a leading accounting tradeshow, which featured the latest business solutions and products.