March 2017

Diversity Day - Recognizing New Canadian Talent

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West, Toronto

New Canadians are critical to Ontario’s long-term prosperity and to the future of in-demand professions like accounting, which play a fundamental role in navigating a fast-changing global economy.

Canada has purposefully sought to recruit educated professionals as new immigrants, but just offering a fast-track to citizenship isn’t good enough. New Canadians need to be able to put their skills to use, and there is a role to play for credentialed professions like Chartered Professional Accountants in leveraging one of Canada’s greatest competitive advantages.

CPA Ontario is proud to host this important discussion about the many benefits and opportunities that recognizing new Canadian talent provides to our professions and economy.

The event will be chaired by TVO’s Steve Paikin, who will be joined by Carol Wilding, President and CEO of CPA Ontario; Raj Kothari, Managing Partner of PwC; Wendy Cukier, Founder and Director of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University; and Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, Director of Accounting at Toronto International Film Festival.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email peters@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to peters@economicclub.ca at least 48h before the event.

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

President & CEO
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

Carol Wilding was appointed as President & CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in October 2014. In this role, Ms. Wilding leads CPA Ontario, which protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards for integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 85,000 members and 23,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe.

For seven years, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Ms. Wilding led Canada’s largest urban chamber of commerce and its 12,000 members. She has also served as President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and President of Plan Canada.
Ms. Wilding holds an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She became a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) in 2009.

Ms. Wilding currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Luminato Festival, and sits on the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

For her leadership, Ms. Wilding was named to the Top 100™ list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2010 and as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence™ in 2014. She is a recipient of the Schulich Business School’s Outstanding Public Contribution Alumni Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C.

A Professor of Information Technology Management and coauthor the best seller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”, Wendy Cukier has led strategies to drive social and economic transformation.

As Vice President Research and Innovation at Ryerson University she helped increase research funding by 60% and enhanced the innovation ecosystem. She founded the Diversity Institute to promote evidence based strategies to advance diversity and inclusion. Working for more than 50 partners, DiversityLeads which examines the representation of women, racialized minorities, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ in leadership roles and the media. Other projects have examined immigrants in entrepreneurship, social mobility of immigrants and the diversity in particular contexts such as the legal profession, policing, and financial services as well as the experiences of specific groups including women in technology, Muslim women in leadership roles, the Somali community in Toronto and more.

She serves on many startup and nonprofit boards including ReMAP, Women’s College Hospital. In 2010 she was named one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail. She is a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Top 25 Women of Influence and most recently received the Black Business Professional Association’s (BBPA) Harry Jerome Diversity Award. She received the Governor General's Meritorious Cross and in 1999 was named one of the University of Toronto's 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century.

Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA

Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA

Raj Kothari is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and National Practice Leader for the Asset & Wealth Management Industry in Canada.

Raj graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from the City University Business School, London, England. He also qualified as a chartered accountant from the UK and from Canada. Raj’s professional and business experience spans India, UK and Canada in the areas of business assurance and advisory services, transaction support services, valuation and related services to small and large clients in a variety of businesses.

Raj has served on various industry associations and committees as well as high profile boards in the community. Raj currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation as chair of its finance committee, the Toronto Region Board of Trade and Soulpepper Theatre Company. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and a member of the President’s Advisory Council, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). Raj held positions for a number of years at Stratford Festival Theatre as Chair of the Endowment Board and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA

Director of Accounting
Toronto International Film Festival

Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA

Sharon is a Finance and Accounting Professional with many years’ experience in both the ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ sectors. She holds the Canadian CPA-CGA designation and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) UK. In addition, Sharon has an MBA from Manchester Business School (University of Wales) London UK. Her experiences span the shipping/transportation industry; government and entertainment sectors.

Sharon currently holds the position of Director, Accounting at the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF delivers programming 365 days a year, in addition to the well-known 10-day film festival that takes place every September. She also held previous positions as Senior Accountant at Maersk Canada Inc. and Senior Financial Analyst at The Region of Peel.

An avid volunteer who strongly believes in giving back to her community, Sharon has held volunteer roles with Circle K International (College) and Kiwanis International and more recently with the United Achievers Community Services Inc. as well as PACE Canada and CPA Ontario.

She is also a Natural Health enthusiast and so in her limited spare time she carves out some time to do a blog on ‘Natural Remedies to Keep Healthy’.

Steve Paikin

Host of The Agenda on TVO

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the gold standard for in-depth analysis and thoughtful debate in Canadian media.

In more than 30 years in the business, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates. Earlier in his career, Steve worked at CBC News as an anchor and correspondent, a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI radio, as well as radio and television stations in Boston.

Steve has authored seven books including his latest, Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All, has produced several feature-length documentaries, and reported from two different war zones. In October 2013, Steve became an educational ambassador beginning a five-year term as Chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Steve also has honorary degrees from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, McMaster University in Hamilton, and an honorary diploma from Humber College.

In December of 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist who engages, informs and educates viewers on a broad range of public policy issues, and was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2014.

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