September 17, 2019 Full Day Event

There will be seven topics covered during this event and in addition to hearing great speakers and topics, you will earn 8.5 PD hours. Registration for the full day includes dinner and attendance at the evening event. Please click the above link to see the complete schedule for the day.

17 Sep 2019, 8:30 AM

8.5 CPD hours


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Course Description

Please note that this is a full day event and will be held at the Donalda Club. The structure of the event is as follows:

  • Registration – 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

1. Shedding Light on the Perceived Intimidating Topic of Life Insurance for Estate and Tax Planning Purposes (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)

    Speakers: Richard Weber, CPA, CA of Osprey Insurance Limited and Jordan Matters, CPA, CA of Leyland Insurance Solutions

2. Get Out of Your Head – Overcoming Behavioural Biases (10:05 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.)

This presentation is about unconscious behavioural biases that can impact our decision making and financial results. Stephanie will address why these biases matter and ways to deal with them.

    Speaker: Stephanie Hickmott, MBA, CFA of Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. 

3. Assurance Update (11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.)

    Speaker: Marcus Guenther, MBA, CPA, CA of FocusROI Inc. 

Lunch & Networking (12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

4. TBA (1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)

    Speaker: Richard Williams, CFE, CIRP, LIT of James Williams & Associates Inc. 

5. TBA (2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.)

6. TBA (3:25 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.)

    Speaker: Bruce Ball, FCPA, FCA, CFP of CPA Canada

7. Wealth Navigation Strategy (4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.)

     Speakers: Chris Annett, CHS and Ryan Stover of Whitewater Financial 

The cost of the seminar and lunch is $225 (+tax), which you can pay by any credit card. You will earn 8.5 hours of PD credits when you attend a session. We are pleased to offer an easy, inexpensive and enjoyable way to meet your PD requirements. 

If you can't make the event, your registration fee entitles you to unlimited access to the event webinar that will be posted shortly after the event and, of course, the PD certificate from listening to the webinar.  If you prefer a refund, please ensure that you give us at least 48 hours notice. 

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Should you have any ideas for topics, speakers, or anything else, feel free to contact Melanie Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CIM, CFE, CFF, ABV at 416-488-9590 x 225. 

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About the Instructor(s)

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Chris Annett
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Bruce Ball

Vice President, Taxation 

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Acting on the interest of the public, CPA Canada’s Tax group influences the development of an equitable, effective and efficient tax system in Canada, as well as delivers practical information and fresh perspectives on tax to members and the broader tax community. As such, Bruce leads a team of tax professionals who aim to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and recognition of CPA Canada’s work in the tax sector.  Bruce also aims to increase CPA Canada’s reputation as the preeminent provider of core tax education in Canada.  

Bruce was formerly National Tax Partner for BDO Canada LLP, and the head of the firm’s National Tax Department. As National Tax Partner, Bruce oversaw the firm’s tax practice, providing support and leadership to the tax practice across the country.  

Professional Designations & Education:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Estate and Trust Practitioner
  • Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Professional Affiliations:
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation’s Board of Governors
  • Past Chair (CPA) of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Former member, Canada Revenue Agency’s Action Task Force on Small Business Issues, CPA Canada Tax  Education Task Force and CPA Canada Tax Courses Committee
  • Former lecturer and Course Coordinator, CPA Canada's Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner‐Manager  Business course
  • 2011 Recipient of the CPA Canada Award of Excellence for Tax Practice and Education

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Marcus Guenther

Marcus Guenther a Vice-President of FocusROI Inc., a company that authors accounting and auditing publications and provides accounting and assurance training. Marcus is also a partner in FocusHGK LLP, which provides quality assurance, monitoring, EQCR and other consulting services.

Prior to joining FocusROI, Marcus was a Senior Manager at BDO Dunwoody LLP, where he was responsible for audit, tax and accounting engagements for clients ranging from municipal government, manufacturing and high-tech to distribution. He also spent several years working for a large multinational automotive parts manufacturer, Tesma Inc., as their Manager of Financial Reporting.

Relevant experience:

Marcus an accomplished trainer in accounting and auditing, author and consultant. In particular he:

  • assists many accounting firms in monitoring their quality control systems,
  • authors and presents training courses on accounting and auditing topics, and
  • assists with interpreting and applying professional standards on complex accounting and auditing issues.

Marcus is an accomplished author, trainer and consultant on accounting and assurance matters.


Marcus has prepared and presented many accounting and assurance courses for CPA Canada, CPA Ontario, commercial training firms and individual firms over the years.


He is the co-author of the CPA Canada Professional Engagement Manual (CPEM), the Professional Engagement Guide (PEG) and the Quality Assurance Manual (QAM) and has authored other technical publications, such as the Guidance for Auditors - First-Time Reporting on Financial Statements— adopting accounting standards for Private enterprises.

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Stephanie Hickmott

Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in financial services, including banking, wealth management, risk management and finance. She joined Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel in 2016 as a discretionary portfolio manager after spending eight years at BNY Mellon Wealth Management Advisory Services.  Stephanie has been working with high net worth families, foundations and institutional investors throughout her career. She has in-depth knowledge of the various products and services available in investment industry. She focuses on managing successful, long-term investment strategies for her clients based on a thorough understanding of their needs and financial objectives. Stephanie obtained her CFA designation in 2002, her MBA from the Schulilch School of Business in 1998 and she holds a BA Economics from McGill University. Stephanie is an active member of 100 Women in Finance and a Finance Committee member for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

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Jordan Matters

Jordan entered the securities industry after working at a mid-sized public accounting firm where he focused on accounting and taxation of owner managed companies. He obtained his designation as a Chartered Accountant after earning an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University. 

Outside of the office, Jordan enjoys playing hockey, golfing, and attending live music and sporting events.

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Ryan Stover
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Richard Weber

Richard is a CPA, CA who has been practicing tax throughout his career spanning more than 20 years in accounting firms and as a Tax Partner.  More recently, Richard also obtained his life insurance agent license and commenced Osprey Insurance Limited with a view to focusing his practice more closely on estate planning for business owners and high net worth individuals.

He helps coach his son’s hockey, and is an avid hockey, golf and music enthusiast.

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Richard Williams

Richard Williams CFE, CIRP, LIT

Richard Williams is a Vice President at James Williams & Associates Inc. Richard’s practice focuses on mid-market corporate insolvency and advisory services across a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction, information technology and film & media.

Richard is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has acted as a court-appointed receiver, monitor, and bankruptcy trustee, and advises both companies and secured creditors.  He is a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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