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Disruption: Storm proofing your future

CIMA Canada

Thursday, 19 October 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

Disruption:  Storm proofing your future

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Admission 19 Oct 2017 $250.00 $15.60

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After last year’s successful conference on Diversity & Inclusion, this year the CIMA Conference will focus on Disruption. We will discuss the different types of disruption facing today’s businesses; from digital disruption, black swans, exponential technologies, workforce/demographic shifts and the increasingly VUCA nature of the world, and what you can do to protect against these.


Keynote Speaker 


David McLean
Founder of the McLean Group and former Chair of CN Rail

One of the most distinguished Canadian business leaders of his time, David has been the driving force behind highly successful businesses in aviation, film studios, real estate development, and communications.
David was the one to lead the privatization of CN at the request of the Canadian government, a controversial and bold move at the time.  The $2.26 billion CDN initial public offering was at the time the largest ever in Canadian history. Since 1995, the stock has appreciated in value approximately 1400%. CN is also the most profitable freight railway in North America.
Alongside the CN management team and the Board of Directors, David transformed the company from a traditional “Canada only” railway company into a leader in innovation in transportation across North America. 
Following the speaker, a panel of leading business figures will discuss how organizations can identify, address and even leverage disruption to achieve their strategy and continue to be relevant in a changing landscape.
The conference will take place on Thursday October 19th, 2017, from 1:00pm – 5:15pm, followed by a cocktail reception. In keeping with our commitment to professional development and community engagement, the conference will be held at the Toronto Public Library, a unique cultural space standing proudly in the heart of Toronto.   

Order of events  

Registration and networking


Welcome address


Opening remarks - David Stanford, FCMA, CGMA, President of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


Key note speech and Q&A - David McLean, Leadership Expert, Chairman of the Board at CN Railway




Round table discussion, chaired by Derek DeCloet, Executive Editor and Business Editor, The Globe & Mail


Cocktail reception

Round Table Participants

Derek DeCloet, Executive Editor and Business Editor, The Globe and Mail
Prof. Dr. Martha-Marie Kleinhans
, Executive Consultant & Adviser in International Higher Education, University of London
Dianne Hunnam-JonesDistrict President, Eastern Canada, Robert Half


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Toronto Public Library
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Thursday, 19 October 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

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CIMA Canada

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. CIMA's mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors.

CIMA has over 227,000 members and students in 179 countries across the world. In 2012 CIMA created the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA) designation in a joint venture with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The AICPA and CIMA are committed to making CGMA the leading global designation for business and there are over 55,000 CGMA's in North America.

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