CIMA holds Conference on Innovation
CIMA Canada hosted a conference on innovation at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Central Library, Toronto, on 30 October 2014. The event examined how organizations and individuals can nurture a culture of innovation, and how innovation can transform markets in the 21st century.
CIMA President Keith Luck, FCMA CGMA and Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA (SVP – Management Accounting & Global Markets at AICPA) joined business leaders and other VIPs for this discussion of one of the central challenges of the 21st century.
This year's keynote speaker was Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent for CBC News. As well as being the host of CBC TV's "The Exchange with Amanda Lang" Amanda is the author of the best-seller, The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success.
The keynote speaker was followed by a round-table discussion, chaired by Paul Waldle, Editor of the Globe & Mail's Report on Business.
Confirmed panelists include Terry Stuart, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte, Hossein Rahnama, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Flybiits, Ken Kelly, Senior Vice President and Controller, Mc Cormick and Co (retired), Sumit Luthra, VP, George Weston Bakeries and Marrouane Nabih, CFO, Randstad Canada.
The conference considered not only how organizations can promote “innovation”, but importantly, how they can incorporate it into their operations. The panel also discussed answers to some of the most challenging issues in management accounting such as:
- Is Innovation organic, or can it be built into the organizational culture?
- Can the finance team overcome their reputation for stifling Innovation and become champions of creativity?
- Does our education system, from kindergarten to business school, do enough to develop an instinct for Innovation in the business leaders of tomorrow?
The session was followed by a cocktail reception from 5.30pm - 7pm.
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Imran Khan Media Officer, CIMA
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Images from the CIMA Canada 2014 Conference