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August 2010



Register Now for Fall/Winter Professional Development Seminars!

Fall Executive Programs

Online Training - How to Use Your Blackberry Wireless Device

Online CPD Log - A New Tracking Tool Available to Members

Browse our new Fall / Winter seminar series.
You can also view the full listing of Executive Programs offered this year.

Order your Fall/Winter 2010-11 Catalogue today!

Register Now for Fall/Winter Professional Development Seminars!

The online version of the 2010-11 Fall/Winter PD Catalogue is available at www.icao.on.ca/PD and online registrations are now open.

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive program of seminars on a wide array of subjects, including new titles in the areas of accounting and financial reporting, corporate finance, IFRS, tax, not-for-profit, organizational effectiveness, and personal productivity. Here are some of our new titles:

Accounting and Financial Reporting

  • Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) – A Survey of Standards
  • Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) – The Basics: If You Are Not Using the Standards but Want to Be Informed
  • Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) – An Introduction
  • IFRS – Interim Reporting

Corporate Finance

  • Finance Strategies
  • Financial Modeling – Building an LBO Model
  • Financial Modeling – DCF Valuation

Not-For-Profit and Taxation

  • Charity Fundraising & Receipting Rules – A Primer for Accountants
  • Recent Legal Developments Affecting Registered Charities
  • Top Compliance Issues for Registered Charities, their Directors & CAs
  • Personal Income Tax Course
  • Corporate Income Tax Course

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Building Enterprise Performance Dashboards
  • Buying, Selling or Merging Your Practice – A Guide to Getting the Best Deal Possible
  • Continuous Improvement – Stepping it Up!
  • Improving Financial Performance for Controllers & CFOs
  • Marketing Your Firm in the 21st Century
  • Social Media for Accountants – How to Use Online Networking Tools to Boost your Practice

Personal Productivity

  • Advanced Internet Research Techniques for Accountants
  • Google Productivity Tools for Accountants
  • Microsoft Access for Accountants
  • Moving to Office 2007/2010 – A Road Map for Success
  • PDF Forms – What Accountants Need to Know
  • Secure Your Small Business Data
  • What's Next? – Moving Towards a Purposeful Retirement

You can view descriptions of all of our new seminars, or search through our entire suite of offerings by subject matter or location online. With over 500 presentations in 28 locations around Ontario, there is a great deal to choose from.

Those who have already ordered their printed catalogues should receive their copy in the mail in a few days. If you would still like to receive a printed copy of the PD Catalogue, you can order one online, by phone at 416-969-4321 or toll free at 1-800-387-0735 ext.321, or by e-mail at recordspd@icao.on.ca. A PDF version of the catalogue is also available for download.

Please note that 2009-10 PD Passports were valid for courses taken prior to July 31, 2010 and so cannot be used for courses in the 2010-11 Fall/Winter PD Program. Information on ordering 2010-11 PD Passports is available here.

For registration information and course inquiries, contact recordspd@icao.on.ca.

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Fall Executive Programs

The following executive programs are offered in October. In order to be guaranteed a space in any of these programs, you should register by August 20.

CFO Leadership Program – Operational Skills,  October 17 - 20

You will learn how to improve your performance as a strategic business partner to the key stakeholders in your organization and how to enhance your capabilities as a communicator and leader. You will also explore leading-edge thinking in leadership. Your organization will benefit from having a more self-assured finance team leader with enhanced abilities to contribute to organizational core values, and an ability to communicate effectively with your stakeholders.

Controllership Program – Management Competencies, October 24 - 27

In the Management Competencies component of the Controllership Program, you will learn to improve your coaching, supervisory, and team building skills. You will also develop negotiation strategies and presentation skills. In addition, you will have the opportunity to devote some time to the enhancement of your own individual career development. The program emphasizes practical approaches and the sharing of best practices in a setting that is stimulating and supportive.

Smart Leaders: Thinking & Innovation Skills, October 24 - 27

If you want to learn how to synthesize pertinent information, challenge conventional wisdom, reconcile paradoxes, focus on what really matters and create intelligent yet feasible solutions, this program was designed for you. What you will discover will likely contradict everything you’ve ever been taught about how to solve problems and make the right decisions. The ability to think better is the most significant competitive advantage you will ever possess. Your ultimate success lies not in what you know but rather in how you think, and therefore in what you do with what you know. Only when you can truly think for yourself can you discover your genius and ascend to places and new realities you never thought possible.

The complete 2010 Executive Professional Development Program schedule is as follows:

Finance Series:



The Controllership Program

Operational Skills

2010 completed/2011 - TBD


Management Competencies

October 24 - 27

The CFO Leadership Program

Operational Skills

October 17 - 20


Leadership Competencies

December 12 - 15

The CFO as Navigator   November 17 - 19
The Value Driven CFO   2010 completed/2011 - TBD

Leadership Series:



The Optimal Negotiator


November 28 - December 1

Smart Leaders: Thinking & Innovation Skills


October 24 - 27

The Master Strategist


November 14 - 17

Becoming CEO (and Staying There): The Leader's Edge   November 21 - 24

Commanding Presence: Advanced Communication & Presentation Skills


Numerous dates throughout the year

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Robert Gagnon, CA at 416-969-4326, or Lawrence Wong, CA at 416-969-4343.

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Online Training - How to Use Your Blackberry Wireless Device

We are pleased to partner with DCE Training to bring you a webcast featuring tricks, tips and shortcuts that will allow you to maximize the use of your BlackBerry Wireless Handheld.

Format: Webcast. Users will gain access to a module containing 45 short videos of 3-5 minutes each, which are available in both English and French.

Time Frame: You will have 60 days of access to the online content. Watch the videos all at once, or spread your learning over a period of 60 days.

Demo: You can view a demonstration of the online module before registration.

Cost: $40 (Please note that this course is not PD Passport eligible).

Registration: Register for this online webcast on our website.

Contact Jeff Charlesworth at 416-969-4206 or toll free at 1-800-387-0735, ext. 206 for more information.

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Online CPD Log – A New Tracking Tool Available to Members

Keeping track of your continuing professional development learning and hours has just become easier. Track your 2010 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities throughout the year using the new online CPD log! Access the CPD log by using your member ID and password to log in.

Courses completed through the Ontario Institute’s professional development program will be automatically displayed in your CPD log. You will have the ability to report new hours, edit previously reported hours, or print out a summary at any time. For verifiable CPD activities, you can provide the date, title/course name, the name of the course provider or sponsoring organizations, and the number of hours that you attended. For other unverifiable CPD activities, you can record the nature of the activities (for example, the research topic, the specific new competency acquired through on-the-job training), the source/provider, and the number of hours.

You will need to retain back-up documents (for example, the course description, outline or course materials) and records of enrolment for a total of seven years for possible review by the Institute.

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For more information on any of our seminars or Executive Programs and/or to register, please visit the ICAO Professional Development website at www.icao.on.ca/PD or contact recordspd@icao.on.ca.

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