Kevin O'Leary and Neil Pasricha to speak at CMA Ontario Strategic Management Accounting Conference

TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Certified Management Accountants of Ontario will welcome its members to its annual Strategic Management Accounting Conference with addresses from Kevin O'Leary and Neil Pasricha. On June 16, Kevin O'Leary, entrepreneur on CBC's Dragon's Den and ABC's Shark Tank, will open the conference with his latest insight on finance, economics and business. Neil Pasricha, author of the blog and book 1000 Awesome Things, will close the conference on June 17 with a reminder of the little moments we often overlook but can brighten our day and change our perspective on life.

On the evening of June 16 at the Conference, CMA Ontario will recognize innovative thinking at the 2011 CMA Creative Leadership Award gala. The Award recognizes the creative, holistic thinking of a CMA business leader who has created success for their organization through the use of imagination, innovation, intuition, and/or big ideas.

"In today's evolving economy, many of us are facing career challenges and opportunities. Conference attendees will learn how to be better prepared to overcome obstacles to career growth and how to take advantage of new possibilities," says Merv Hillier, FCMA, MBA, C.Dir., CMC, President and CEO, CMA Ontario. "The Strategic Management Accounting Conference brings together the cornerstone programs of the Professional Development Institute (PDI), which support Members throughout their career: Career Services, Continuing Education, and Networking."

Additional sessions include:

Strategy Management Workshop - Conference delegates will understand where their organization is today, where it needs to and be and how to develop the vision to get there using a strategy map.

Negotiation Skills for Business Leaders - Delegates will learn the skills required to become a powerful negotiator and how to avoid falling into destructive patterns that could damage key relationships.

Managing Transfer Pricing - Due to increased awareness and enforcement activities related to transfer pricing, companies need to comply with the requirements of multiple tax administrations. This workshop will focus on the complexities of documenting inter-company transactions and will also investigate strategies to optimize your company's global tax position.

The Role of Finance as Strategic Business Partner - Delegates will learn how financial rigor and strategic insight are tightly linked and the role a financial executive plays. Delegates will learn how the integration of these distinct but associated functions can yield remarkable increases in productivity and profitability while strengthening management control and oversight.

For more information, please visit www.pdi-cma.com/conference.

About the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMA Ontario):

The Certified Management Accountants of Ontario is a self-governing professional organization that awards the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation to qualified candidates in Ontario. With some 25,000 members, CMA Ontario is an integral part of a profession that is 50,000 members strong across Canada and around the world. CMA Ontario maintains rigorous standards of accreditation and professionalism in management accounting to protect the public interest.

The 2011 CMA Strategic Management Accounting Conference is sponsored by:

Canadian Business
TD Meloche Monnex
Resources Global Professionals
Richard Ivey School of Business
Robert Half
The Mason Group
CCH
Lannick Recruitment

For further information:

Media contact:
Corinne Radake
Senior Manager, Communications
CMA Ontario
cradake@cmaontario.org
T: 416-204-3141
C: 416-722-3900