Media Advisory - Best-selling author and urban theorist Richard Florida featured at the 11th annual CMA Alberta Accountability Summit

    CALGARY, May 21 /CNW/ - The CMA Alberta Accountability Summit is one of
the province's premier business conferences, featuring renowned experts who
will share their insights into how left-brain thinking and right-brain
creativity impact global business channels.

    Who:   Richard Florida, best-selling author of The Rise of the Creative
           Class, The Flight of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?

    What:  Presentation about the essential role creativity has in business
           decisions and in overcoming the current economic situation facing
           Canada today.

    When:  Friday, May 22, 2009

           -  Presentation: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
           -  Round-table discussion with post-secondary students:
              10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

    Where: TELUS Convention Centre
           120-9 Avenue SW
           Calgary, Alberta

    Other speakers include:
        -  Brian Thwaits, an engaging and immensely entertaining 'brain
           trainer' 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

        -  Deirdre McMurdy, editor and columnist for Maclean's magazine and
           columnist for Canadian Business magazine
           3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Interview information:
        -  Steven Pedigo, Director of Research for the Creative Class Group,
           will be available to speak on Richard Florida's behalf on May 21
           and May 22, 2009. He can be reached via phone at (503) 853-6586 or
           email at Due to time constraints,
           Richard Florida will be unavailable for comment.

    Complete information about the conference is available on the CMA Alberta

    About CMA Alberta

    As an integral partner of CMA Canada, CMA Alberta is the self-governing
professional organization responsible for the training, accreditation and
continuing professional development of CMAs in Alberta. Of CMA Canada's 47,000
members across Canada and around the world, more than 6,600 CMAs are
accredited in Alberta.

    Certified Management Accountants are strategic financial management
professionals who have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to provide
leadership, innovation and an integrating perspective to organizational
decision-making in the global marketplace. Our accreditation process is
rigorous, but richly rewarding. It leads to the most respected and highly
sought-after designation in business: the CMA.

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Pestun, Director, Marketing and
Communications, Certified Management Accountants of Alberta, (403) 269-5341,
(403) 560-4885 (cell),

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