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2nd Annual Rotman CPA Ontario Centre for Accounting Innovation Research Conference

8:00-8:59am registration check-in and refreshments; 9:00am sharp to 4:00pm sessions

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Speaker Series

Date: Monday October 21, 2019 | 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Speaker(s): Adam Massia, Lead, Audit and Assurance, MindBridge Ai
Alex Edwards, Associate Professor and Director, Rotman CPA Ontario Centre for Accounting Innovation Research
Benjamin Alarie, Professor & Osler Chair in Business Law, University of Toronto; co-founder & CEO, Blue J Legal
Dina Kamal, Partner, Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada
Eva Labro, Professor of Management Accounting & Michael W. Haley Distinguished Scholar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Franco Wong, Associate Professor, Accounting, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Gilles Hilary, Houston Term Professor of Accounting and Control & Coordinator of the Accounting and Business Law Area, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence, Accenture
Miklos Vasarhelyi, KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information Systems & Director of Rutgers Accounting Research Center (RARC) and Continuous Auditing Reporting Lab (CAR Lab), Rutgers Business School
Miyo Yamashita, Chief Strategy Officer, MindBridge Ai
Nils Rudi, Professor of Operations Management & Professor of Statistics and Data Science (by courtesy), Yale University
Shagufta Sayani, Manager, Blockchain Solution Architect, EY
Susan Christoffersen, William A. Downe BMO Chair in Finance, Vice Dean, Undergraduate and Specialized Programs, Co-Director, TD Management Data and Analytics Lab, and Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management
Tabish Gill, Senior Director, IT Audit - Global Cyber Security, Technology Infrastructure, Global Capital Markets IT, Royal Bank of Canada
Topic: Accounting Innovation
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
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Location: Toronto
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SUMMARY: The conference will include talks and panels from academics and practitioners on the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • Cyber Security

By attending this event, you will earn 7.0 CPD hours.

AGENDA (subject to change):

Time Session
8:30 AM  Registration Check-in and Refreshments
9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Alex Edwards
  • Carol Wilding
  • Susan Christoffersen
9:10 AM 

Topic: Artificial Intelligence I

  • Moderator: Aida Wahid

Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes in Tax Law

  • Ben Alarie

Predictive Analysis and the Changing Manufacturing Employment Relationship

  • Eva Labro

Machine Learning Improves Accounting Estimates

  • Miklos Vasarhelyi

An Introduction to AI in Financial Statement Audits

  • Miyo Yamashita and Adam Massia
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM

Topic: Artificial Intelligence II

Lots of Luck - Lessons from Soccer Analytics

  • Nils Rudi

Responsible AI: Considerations for Fairness, Explainability and Accountability

  • Jodie Wallis

Panel Discussion

  • Ben Alarie, Eva Labro, Miklos Vasarhelyi, Miyo Yamashita, Adam Massia, Nils Rudi, and Jodie Wallis
12:10 PM Lunch
1:10 PM

Topic: Blockchain

  • Moderator: Franco Wong

Blockchain, Recent Developments Beyond Cryptocurrencies

  • Gilles Hilary

Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies

  • Shagufta Sayani

Panel Discussion

  • Gilles Hilary and Shagufta Sayani
2:10 PM Break 
2:40 PM

Topic: Cyber Security

  • Moderator: Ramy Elitzur

Cyber and AI

  • Dina Kamal

Evolution of a CPA through Cyber Risk

  • Tabish Gill

Cyber Risk in Perspective

  • Gilles Hilary

Panel Discussion

  • Dina Kamal, Tabish Gill, and Gilles Hilary
4:00 PM Concluding Remarks


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QUESTIONS: Alex Edwards, Associate Professor and Director, Rotman CPA Ontario Centre for Accounting Innovation Research,; or Franco Wong, Associate Professor, Accounting, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Franco.Wong@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca


Benjamin Alarie, Professor & Osler Chair in Business Law, University of Toronto; co-founder & CEO, Blue J Legal

Benjamin Alarie researches and teaches in taxation law and judicial decision-making. Before joining the Faculty of Law, Professor Alarie was a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada (2003-2004). Over the years his publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Business Law Journal, the British Tax Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Canadian Tax Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and the University of Toronto Law Journal. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. He is coauthor of several editions of Canadian Income Tax Law (LexisNexis) and was awarded the Alan Mewett QC Prize for Excellence by the JD class of 2009. Professor Alarie's most recent book is on the institutional dimensions of Supreme Court decision-making, jointly authored with Prof. Andrew Green.

Beyond his academic career, Professor Alarie is co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal, a company creating next generation legal research tools that harness the power of artificial intelligence to provide answers in tax and employment law. Professor Alarie has given a TEDx talk on how artificial intelligence and machine-learning are likely to affect law and legal institutions in the coming decades.

Eli Fathi, Co-founder & CEO, MindBridge Ai

Eli Fathi is the co-founder and CEO of Ottawa-based MindBridge Ai. MindBridge provides advanced anomaly detection solutions based on easy to use human-centric ai, machine learning and big data to provide the fastest, most flexible and affordable way for organizations of all sizes to effectively find new insights. The company’s premier product is Ai Auditor, an audit tool that harnesses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help human auditors deliver a higher-quality, more accurate audit.

Eli Fathi is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits launching innovative technologies in North America that served a global customer base. By defining ambitious goals and empowering teams to take on the challenges and accomplish them, he has founded or co-founded companies that currently employs over 400 people and have generated over $500 Million in salaries and other benefits to the economy since their inception.

Tabish Gill, Senior Director & Head, Global Cyber Security, Technology Infrastructure, & Capital Markets IT Audit, RBC

Tabish is an experienced risk management professional with a deep focus in delivering governance, risk management, compliance, internal and external audit solutions. Tabish specializes in assisting consumer focused organizations particularly financial institutions and retailers through a broad range of operational, regulatory, information technology and cyber risk management and compliance solutions.

His areas of expertise include business process and internal controls transformation, IT and Cyber risk risk assessments, outsourced and co-sourced Internal audit, external financial statement audit, IT risk management advisory, SOX404 and NI 52–109 certifications, regulatory compliance, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, vendor risk assessment, individual projects resulting from major organizational changes, implementation of new and emerging technologies, or outsourcing and reliance on third-party service providers.

Gilles Hilary, Houston Term Professor of Accounting and Control & Coordinator of the Accounting and Business Law Area, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Gilles Hilary has taught in different capacity at Georgetown University, INSEAD, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, HEC Paris, HKUST, Tsinghua University and several other institutions. He regularly teaches courses on corporate governance, risk management, financial analysis, decision making processes and behavioral finance.

Hilary is a founding member of Cercle-K2, a French think-tank on risk management. He is a Research Fellow (Chercheur Associé) at the French Military Police Academy (CREOGN). He organizes the Hyperledger Meetups in Washington DC. He served on the Board of Directors of the French Chapter of the ACFE.

His research has been profiled in publications such as the Financial Times, Le Monde, Handelsblatt, BloombergBusinessweek, Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan News, Forbes India, The Economic Times, The Hindu, the South China Morning Post, The Hill, among others. It has been published in leading academic journals such as The Journal of Finance or Management Science, among many others. He regularly presents his research at places such as Harvard University, Yale University, Beijing University, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among many others.

Hilary has received multiple teaching and research awards such as the Deans’ Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (INSEAD), the Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence (HKUST) or the Prix Syntec (French Consulting Association award for best academic research).

He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and a French professional accounting degree (DESCF).

Dina Kamal, Partner & Risk AI leader, Deloitte Canada

Dina Kamal is the Risk AI leader of Omnia AI, Deloitte’s AI practice. She has almost 20 years of experience covering various aspects of risk related to technology, cybersecurity, financial crime, and enterprise risk management. While she focuses mainly on the banking sector in Canada, Dina has also served clients in the public sector and energy industries.

Dina also leads innovation for the risk advisory practice in Canada.

Eva Labro, Professor of Accounting & Michael W. Haley Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Eva Labro’s research and teaching interests in management accounting interface with other disciplines. She is specifically interested in costing system design, and the provision of management accounting information for both decisions making and performance measurement.

Labro is an award-winning teacher and researcher. She received the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award three times – in 2011, 2013 and 2014 – from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She also received the 2011 Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award and the 2007 Best Management Accounting paper award at the American Accounting Association conference. She received the 2017 Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching and the 2016 Core Faculty Champion in Sustainability Award at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and the 2006 London School of Economics Teaching Prize.

Labro is a senior editor at Production and Operations Management (POM) for its POM-Accounting Interface. She was the senior editor at the Journal of Management Accounting Research (2019-21). She also serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, European Accounting Review and Management Accounting Research. She has published extensively in top journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management.

Before she joined UNC Kenan-Flagler, Labro was a reader (associate professor) at the London School of Economics. She received her PhD, her masters in commercial and business economics engineering (summa cum laude), a degree in business engineering (cum laude), and a teaching qualification from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Nils Rudi, Professor of Operations Management, Yale School of Management; Professor of Statistics and Data Science, Yale University; Founder and CEO, analy7ics; Founder, Bravo Lucy As

Nils Rudi’s research focuses on supply chain management and sports analytics. He has done research in Supply Chain Management, Sports, Decision Theory and Technology. Journals where his research has appeared include Decision Analysis, Interfaces, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Operations Research and Production and Operations Management.

Rudi is the founder of analy7ics, a sports analytics company, and Bravo Lucy As, a supply chain analytics company. At age 21 Nils founded Minard, specializing in decision support systems for forecasting and inventory management. Minard did an IPO and went public on the Oslo Stock Exchange SMB (Norway) in 1996. Other work experience ranges from consulting for firms in a wide variety of industries to negotiating professional football contracts.

Nils studied part time for an undergraduate degree in computer science at Molde College (Norway), and holds a Ph.D. in operations management from Wharton.

Abhishek Sinha, 
Canada Partner, Technology Consulting & FSO Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP

Abhishek Sinha leads the EY Technology Strategy practices for Financial Services, including strategy development, portfolio management, agile transformation programs, digital transformation and innovation management.

He works with organizations as they undertake their transformation journeys from DevOps and agile adoption to re-architecting their operations and technology to embracing a culture of innovation and new business models.

In addition, he leads the national EY blockchain practices across the consumer, supply chain, health care, financial services, energy and public sectors as well as the development of EY public financial management platform globally.

Abhishek earned an MPIB in Finance from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Finance from the University of Lucknow, India.

Miklos Vasarhelyi, KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information Systems, Director of Rutgers Accounting Research Center (RARC), and Continuous Auditing Reporting Lab (CAR Lab), Rutgers Business School

Miklos Vasarhelyi is credited with developing the original continuous audit application and is the leading researcher in this field. At Rutgers Business School, Professor Vasarhelyi heads the Continuous Auditing and Reporting Laboratory, which works on projects for such leading companies as Siemens, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, AICPA, CA Technologies and Brazil’s Itau-Unibanco. Also, he leads the RADAR (Rutgers AICPA Data Analytics Research Initiative) project supported by the 8 leading CPA firms, AICPA, and CPA Canada.

Vasarhelyi was chosen as the Outstanding Accounting Educator by the AAA in 2015 and received ISACA’s Wasserman Award among many distinctions. He has published more than 200 journal articles, 20 books, and directed over 40 Ph.D. theses. He is the editor of the Artificial Intelligence in Accounting and Auditing series and the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting.

Vasarhelyi received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from UCLA, MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor’s of Science degree in economics and electrical engineering from the State University of Guanabara and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He taught at USC, Columbia and worked at the Bell Laboratories. He also has taught executive programs to many large international organizations, including GE, J&J, Eli Lilly, Baxter, ADL, Volvo, Siemens, Chase Bank, and AT&T.

Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence Accenture

Jodie Wallis is the managing director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Canada at Accenture. In her role, Jodie works with clients across all of Canada’s industries to develop AI strategies, discover sources of value and implement AI solutions. 

She also leads Accenture’s collaboration with business partners, government and academia and oversees Accenture’s investments in the Canadian AI ecosystem. With over 25 years at Accenture, Jodie has developed deep expertise in management consulting and technology consulting. She has served clients in several industries including, most recently, personal & commercial banking and life & health insurance. 

Jodie earned her Bachelor of Mathematics with Honours from the University of Waterloo where she majored in Operations Research and minored in Statistics and Computer Science. She actively volunteers in the Toronto community, serving as the Vice-Chair for the organizing committee of the Covenant House Guts + Glory Corporate Challenge which raises funds for Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth.

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