2022 MMPA Conference

 Sustainability Metrics and Value Creation: Action in Motion

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MMPA and BIGDataAIHUB Director Irene Wiecek speaking at the MMPA 2019 Conference

Each year, the Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) program hosts a one-day MMPA conference on topics that deal with the forces that are shaping our changing landscape in the accounting profession. Given that we are part of the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI), the MMPA conferences focus on innovations (technological and otherwise) and opportunities afforded by ongoing change. We explore how accountants apply their human skills/values and professional competencies to continually create value.

 

 

 

The MMPA program, which provides a unique combination of the MBA curriculum combined with the CPA pathway, hosts the conference series as part of the student curriculum, inviting academics, members of the accounting profession and practitioners from different disciplines to share their experiences and research to spark new ideas and ways of thinking. We are thankful for our partnerships with CPA Canada and the IMI BIGDataAIHUB (which acts as a sandbox, allowing stakeholders to gather, share idea and learn about big data and artificial intelligence).

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Associate Director of the MMPA Program Yue Li speaking at the 2019 MMPA Conference

 

About the 2022 MMPA Conference


Embracing sustainability requires that organizations create value while meeting stakeholder expectations along three dimensions, environmental, social, and governance (ESG). But not only must organizations consider the impact of these factors on the organization’s value, they need to consider the impact that the organization has on surrounding communities, economies and the planet. The accounting profession must play a critical role in helping organizations become more sustainable and in enhancing the quality of sustainability measures and disclosures. The lack of an enforceable sustainability reporting framework and reliable and established metrics presents significant difficulties. Organizations and the investment community still face the challenge of integrating sustainability metrics into strategy development and investment decisions. 

 

This conference invites a group of world-renowned scholars, prominent accounting standard setters, accounting industry leaders, and sustainability reporting and assurance experts, to explore a wide range of sustainability measurement and disclosure issues. For example, should sustainability reporting be voluntary or mandated? What is the role of accounting standard setters?  How can sustainability-based performance measures be used to enhance value creation?  How should climate change risk be assessed in investment portfolios? How can assurance enhance the reliability of disclosures?  The goal of the conference is to identify mechanisms as well as steps the accounting profession can take to make sustainability a foundation of our economy.

 

Note: Members of CPA Canada may claim CPD credits for the number of hours they attend the conference.

Conference Details


Topic: Sustainability metrics and value creation: action in motion

 

When: November 18, 2022

8 am breakfast (In person attendees)

8:30 am to 3:30 pm Conference

 

Where: Mississauga and virtual via Zoom

 

On-demand Recordings Available. Click to Watch the Conference

 

 

 Keynote and Featured Speakers

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Keynote: Professor Hans Christenson

Chookaszian Family Professor of Accounting, David G. Booth Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Keynote: JingDong Hua

Vice-Chair of ISSB, Vice President and Treasurer of the World Banks
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Professor Khrystyna Bochkay

Associate Professor of Accounting, the University of Miami, Academic Fellow at SASB and ISSB.
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Nura Taef

CPA, CA, Partner, Co-lead, ESG Reporting Advisory, Deloitte Canada.
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Scott Morrison

CPA, CA, Director, ESG and Sustainability, PwC Canada.
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Professor Aneesh Raghunandan Headshot

Professor Aneesh Raghunandan

Assistant Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics.
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Professor Kelsey Leonard

Assistant Professor, the Faculty of Environment, the University of Waterloo.
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Professor Irene Wiecek Headshot

Professor Irene Wiecek

Professor of Accounting, Director of the MMPA Program, Director of BIGDataAIHUB.
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Conference Agenda

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8:00 AM

Breakfast (please arrive early)

 
8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks

      Professor Irene Wiecek
     
      Director, MMPA Program

      Professor Shashi Kant
            Interim Director, IMI

    Karen Jones
            Academic Liaison, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada

    Professor Yue Li,
            Associate Director, MMPA Program

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8:45 AM

Keynote Speech: Current CSR Reporting and Issues to Consider before Mandating CSR Reporting

      Professor Hans B. Christensen
           
Chookaszian Family Professor of Accounting, and
            David G. Booth Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 

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9:45 AM

Recent Developments in Sustainability Reporting

      Professor Khrystyna Bochkay
            Associate Professor of Accounting, the University of Miami, Academic Fellow at SASB and ISSB

 

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10:30 - 10:45 AM Coffee Break  
10:45 AM

ESG Metrics and the Future of Corporate Reporting – Building Trust and Enhancing Value

      Nura Taef
            CPA, CA, Partner, Co-lead, ESG Reporting Advisory, Deloitte Canada

 

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11:30 AM

Assurance of Sustainability Reports

      Scott Morrison
            CPA, CA, Director, ESG and Sustainability, PwC Canada

 

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12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break and Keynote Speech  
12:45 PM

Keynote Speech: Sustainability Metrics and ISSB’s Mission

      JingDong Hua
            Vice-Chair of ISSB, Vice President and Treasurer of the World Banks

 

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1:30 - 1:45 PM Break  
1:45 PM

Sustainability Metrics and ESG Investment

      Professor Aneesh Raghunandan
            Assistant Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics

 

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2:30 PM

Indigenous perspectives on ESG Metrics

      Professor Kelsey Leonard
                  Assistant Professor, the Faculty of Environment, the University of Waterloo

 

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3:15 PM

Concluding Remarks and Sustainability:  The Way Forward

      Professor Irene Wiecek
            Professor of Accounting, Director of the MMPA Program, Director of BIGDataAIHUB

 

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