Conferences & Speakers

MMPA Annual Conference

Each year, MMPA hosts a one-day MMPA conference on topics that are particularly important and timely for business and/or the accounting profession.


2019 Conference Details


Past topics have included:

  • Big Data Analytics and Blockchain Technology
  • International Accounting and Globalization
  • The Future of the Accounting Profession
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Non-Financial Reporting
  • Fair Value Accounting: Challenges and Implications for the Accounting Profession
  • Climate Change and Corporate Environmental Strategy: Accounting and Reporting Issues
  • Forensic Accounting, Internal Control and Corporate Governance: Implications for the Accounting Profession and Research Opportunities
  • Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility: Implications for the Accounting Profession & Research Opportunities
  • Fraud, White Collar Crime, and Forensic Accounting
  • Towards Global Convergence: International Harmonization of Accounting Standards
  • Risk Management - A New Paradigm for Business, the Accounting Profession & Academe
  • The Principles Versus Rules Debate for Determining GAAP
  • Greater Accountability in the Capital Marketplace


The leaders speaker series

Each term, we invite prominent business leaders to share their management experience with MMPA students. These events provide students with valuable opportunities to ask questions and gain insights into what has shaped the success of these leaders’ organizations and careers.


Past speakers have included:  

  • Barbara Stymiest, Chair, Blackberry
  • Alexandra Spinner, Partner, Crowe Soberman LLP
  • Jim Osler, Principal, Origin Merchant Partners
  • Allen Boston, Americas Director, Campus and Diversity Recruiting, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Ken Clarke, Chairman, Royal Lepage Inc.
  • Jim Beqaj, Vice-Chairman, Nesbitt Burns Inc.
  • Ken Dryden, President & General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Professor David Foot, author of Boom, Bust & Echo
  • Gordon Cheeseborough, President & CEO, Altamira Investment Services Inc.


Thought leadership videos

Allen Boston
Americas Director
Campus and Diversity Recruiting
Ernst & Young LLP

Allen Boston 2007

Allen Boston has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession and has served as the client service partner to corporations in various industries, including media and entertainment, energy, and defense contracting. Allen took the time to communicate Ernst & Young's vision for a global practice, what employees can expect, and how prospective recruits should develop themselves to become successful professional accountants.


Jim Fisher
Vice Dean
Rotman School of Management

Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher was the founder of The Canada Consulting Group, which was the country's largest Canadian-owned strategy firm before it merged with the Boston Consulting Group. He joined George Weston Limited in 1986 and served as Executive Vice President of Weston Foods, Chairman and President of William Neilson Limited, and President of George Weston North American Bakeries. Jim served as a Director on the Board of Canadian Tire Corporation. Voted “Teacher of the Year” by second-year MBA students, Jim teaches courses on strategy, leadership and organization design.