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CFO Panel Event

CFO 3.0 Breakthrough Finance

Join us for a dedicated panel discussion for Senior Finance Leaders to learn how to drive forward digital transformation.

Why attend ?

This must attend event brings together senior finance professionals to discuss and learn more about how the responsibilities of the CFO and the office of finance have evolved in Canada.

CFOs are integral for driving change
As mid-size organizations are forced to rethink and reimagine how to survive in this new digital era, the CFO is uniquely positioned to drive digital transformation. In Canada, 7 in 10 financial decision-makers are responsible for driving digital transformation in their business.
CFOs are the new knowledge leaders
Thanks to the disruptive and ever-shifting landscape of digital technology, it has never been more important for CFOs and C-level executives to stay informed with the latest trends impacting their respective industries.  97% of Canadian CFOs have said that their role has significantly changed in the last 5 years.

Financial management is the pulse of an organization 
With a clear need to professionalize processes and gain greater insights that drive business outcomes, often the first major technology investment an organization undertakes is in financial management. Often, the CFO and their respective team lead the charge to drive change. 94% of Canadian CFOs recognize financial management technologies have uncovered efficiencies and helped to optimize operations.

Join us on February 19th for an afternoon event that will see a spectrum of perspectives shared, from the rear-view reporters to real-time analysts, equipping tomorrow’s Chief Financial Technologists with actionable insights that inspire the future direction of their organizations.


Discover how like-minded CFOs are setting the pace for the digitalisation of their industry.


Discuss the concerns that are top of mind and keeping Finance Leaders up at night.


Debate what visionary CFOs are doing to future proof their technology decisions today.

Our Speakers

The best and brightest business experts will join us to inspire future business growth and transformation through their knowledge, insights, and experiences.

Jason Bremner

Research Vice President – Industry and Business Solutions, IDC Canada

Jason Bremner is Research Vice President of the Industry and Business Solutions analyst team at IDC Canada. His team researches the application software and business services markets in Canada, with specific focus on how different industries are investing in cloud, analytics, mobility and social technologies to accelerate digital transformation. The analyst team that Mr. Bremner leads helps technology vendors, IT professionals and business executives make insight-driven, strategic decisions on technology marketing, sales and deployments. He has worked with many leading technology vendors as a consultant and employee. Mr. Bremner is also the lead analyst for the Canadian Managed Cloud Services program, providing research insights and thought leadership on the key issues and trends affecting the outsourcing markets. Primary focus areas include outsourcing contract analysis, vendor positioning in the areas of infrastructure outsourcing. Mr. Bremner has an MBA from Queen's University and a BBA from Simon Fraser University.


Jason Bremner

Gordon Beal, CPA, CA, M.Ed. 

Vice-President, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada 

Gord leads a team of senior professionals who conduct research, produce technical guidance and develop thought leadership in a broad range of areas shaping the future of the CPA profession. Areas of focus include strategic financial management, financial reporting, reporting and disclosure beyond generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), auditing and other assurance, board governance and organizational oversight, risk, sustainability, performance management, information management and technology, and contemporary professional issues.


Gordon Beal

Aaron Harris

Chief Technology Officer, Sage

A founding member of the Sage Intacct team, Aaron is now CTO of Sage, thanks to his 20+ years of high-tech engineering experience in business applications and software development strategies. From Sage Intacct's earliest days, Aaron has led the company's product vision and technology direction. A pioneer in cloud computing, Aaron helped Intacct build the world's first cloud architecture delivering on-demand financial applications.


Aaron Harris

Sharon Deaves

CFO, ALS Society of Canada

Sharon is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 40 years’ experience working across multiple industries at a very senior level. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of the Ostomy Canada Society. Furthermore, she sits on the Board of Directors for Georgetown Foundation Hospital Toronto where she is also head of audit and finance matters.


Paul Struthers

Executive Vice President, Sage 
Paul Struthers is responsible for Sage’s overall business in Canada, working alongside Sage’s cherished network of customers, partners, and accountants. Before working at Sage, Paul spent 15 years at global software solutions company Amdocs, and prior to this managed the ERP consulting practice at RSA companies, where he also led and supported over 20 projects for small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada.


Paul Struthers


What's Happening

2.00 – 2.30pm Registration/ Networking Stop by the registration desk to say hello before grabbing some light refreshments while you network with peers and industry experts
2.30 – 3.00pm Keynote Introduction Sage executive/ Keynote Influencer
3.00 – 3.15pm Panel Introductions Moderator to introduce all panel members
3:15 – 4:15PM Panel Discussion | Panel Objectives: - Uncover the gap between the perceptions and reality of digitizing the functions that power decision making
- Explore how CFO’s role has evolved – from analyst of past performance to tomorrow’s visionary that can predict future business direction
- Discuss merits of current and emerging technology, particularly cloud financial management solution
4:15 – 4:30PM Audience Q&A All
4:30 – 6PM Networking & Social All

Event Details

February 19, 2020

2 - 6 PM

Royal Ontario Museum

Peter F. Bronfman Hall

100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6