February 2019

Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: Natural language processing

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King St W, Toronto

Natural language processing—the technology that powers Siri and Alexa—is expected to revolutionize the professional world. Join CPA Ontario for the second installment of its three-part panel discussion series.

Discussion will focus on:
• How business leaders can leverage natural language processing for critical business functions
• The impact of natural language processing tools on the preparation of financial statements and how they are disseminated, and analyzed
• Harnessing the power of natural language processing to measure environmental, social, and governance metrics to evaluate company performance

CPA Ontario is excited to lead an in-depth conversation with industry leaders about how artificial intelligence is impacting the professional landscape. In this three-part series, expert panelists will share their perspectives on how business leaders can evolve as artificial intelligence - such as natural language processing and machine learning – continue to permeate organizations. How can today’s leaders best leverage this technology? How can professionals work with AI technologies?

- 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

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to rachelle@economicclub.ca by Thursday, February 14, 2019.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

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Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: Natural language processing

Amber Mac

President, Ambermac Media

Amber Mac

Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. Mac asks, “if it’s so easy to disrupt, the question we need to ask ourselves is why isn’t everyone doing it?” No matter how confident and established the company, everyone needs a blueprint—and Mac’s talks provide you with just that.

Disruption means to interrupt the normal course of things, and Amber Mac is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. Mac started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. What others thought was a trend, she recognized as an explosion. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Mac eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach Tony Robbins. Since then, her client list also includes Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.

An insatiable media adopter, Mac is currently host of the top-rated podcast, The AI Effect, now in its second season. The AI effect explores the Canadian AI ecosystem and the extraordinary pace of its technological growth, focusing on the rewards and perils for individuals, businesses, and society. With her co-host, Jodie Wallis of Accenture, Mac interviews guests like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joelle Pineau of the Facebook AI Research Lab, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and many others about the challenges and benefits of AI adoption in Canada.

Mac is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Mac has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including an event this spring where she interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital. Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. In 2018, DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio and has more than two million social media followers online.

Anthony Scilipoti, FCPA, FCA, CPA (Illinois)

President & CEO
Veritas Investment Research

Anthony Scilipoti, FCPA, FCA, CPA (Illinois)

Anthony and his partners founded Veritas Investment Research in 2000. He is a Fellow Chartered Public Accountant, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a licensed portfolio manager. Anthony also serves as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee since 2006.

Anthony has been very active in accounting standard since 2003. He is a former member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board, the CICA's Emerging Issues Committee, and was the Chair of CPA Canada's Users Advisory Committee.

Anthony began teaching in 1997 as a part-time accounting instructor at York University's Schulich School of Business in the MBA and BBA Programs. He was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award in 1997 and 2003. Several of Anthony's cases have been published in Cases in Financial Accounting: A Principles Based Approach, First Edition, 2006. While he no longer teaches full courses, he does guest lectures at the undergraduate and graduate levels and runs custom training programs on financial statement analysis and business valuation for the CFA societies in Canada and the U.S., CPA Canada, as well as Canadian and U.S. analysts and portfolio managers.

Anthony is an advocate for investor rights. He is frequent media commentator and public speaker on issues related to financial accounting and disclosure and is considered an industry expert in special situations related to accounting. In 2006, Anthony was awarded the Award of Distinction by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario for his impact and leadership in the accounting profession among those under 40.

Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA

President & CEO
Advanced Symbolics Inc.

Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA

Erin Kelly is President and CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc. (ASI), a company that uses Artificial Intelligence to improve market research and polling accuracy.

Erin has over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of a large advertising firm. Today, she is a pioneer in the new world of marketing research using Artificial Intelligence (AI). A veteran practitioner of traditional market research techniques such as focus groups, telephone surveys, qualitative and qualitative research, Erin is anstrong advocate of using AI for much more accurate and cost-effective market research.

She is a regular contributor to TVO, CBC news, The Globe and Mail, iPolitics, The Hill Times, Policy Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine, educating marketers on the latest technologies and how they can benefit from them. Erin is a published author of two books on technology and marketing, a past recipient of the Forty Under 40 award for business leaders, and a sought-after speaker on marketing technology.

Erin’s career highlights include:
• 20+ years of marketing and analytics experience including as COO of a large marketing firm with experience in tourism marketing
• Masters in Business Administration
• Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA)
• Extensive background in market research, statistical analysis
• Published author of two business books
• A former consultant to the government on tourism related issues
• Fluently bilingual (English / French)

Steve McCaughey, CPA, CMA

Managing Partner
DSpace at Deloitte, Kitchener-Waterloo

Steve McCaughey, CPA, CMA

Steve McCaughey is a Senior Consulting Partner with Deloitte. He is a leader in Deloitte's Financial Transformational practice and CFO Program and has extensive experience in governance, process, technology, organization design and performance management. Steve is a frequent speaker on Finance Transformation, Digital Finances, and the Future of Work. He holds MBA and Management Information Systems (MIS) degrees, a CFA designation, and the ICD.D (Chartered Director) certification.

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