UWAC 2010 | Setting the Stage

In its fifth annual conference, UWAC partnered with China Light and Power (CLP), one of the largest global and vertically-integrated electricity generation companies, to showcase the value and role of accounting in corporate strategy decision making. The theme, “Setting the Stage”, further discussed the importance of strategic management as it takes into account three major processes – planning, implementation, and evaluation. Essentially, the unity of these processes describes how strategic management helps ‘set the stage’ for a company’s future endeavours, and how accounting is key in driving these decisions.

Keynote Speakers

Colleen Johnston

Colleen Johnston

Group Head Finance and CFO, TD Bank Financial Group

Colleen Johnston is the Group Head Finance and Chief Financial Officer of TD Bank Financial Group. She plays a key role in external and regulatory financial reporting, risk management, tax management, and performance measurement and optimization. Colleen also oversees the Audit function of the organization. Colleen graduated from York University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 1984 and was elected as a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) by the institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2006, in recognition of her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas

CEO and Senior Partner, KPMG LLP

As the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of KPMG, Bill Thomas is responsible for providing company direction and leadership across Canada. Since beginning his career with KPMG in Vancouver in 1990, Bill has delivered audit services to some of the firm’s largest clients in many industries. He also served as Audit Leader for the firm’s Greater Vancouver practice. Bill was the recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Forty-under-Forty award in 2002 in recognition of his outstanding young career achievements. In addition to his Chartered Accountant designation, he holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. Complementing Bill’s career advancement is his initiative within the community. Bill currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Toronto Board of Trade and the Canadian Council for Chief Executives.

Rozanne Reszel

Rozanne Reszel

President and CEO, Canadian Investor Protection Fund

Rozanne Reszel is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). In her current role at the CIPF, Rozanne ensures that in the event of investment dealer insolvency, client assets are protected and are turned to them. Prior to joining the CIPF, she served as the Vice President of Client Services at Nesbitt Thomson. Rozanne was elected as a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. Moreover, she is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as a graduate of the Harvard Business School where she obtained her MBA.

Peter Greenwood

Peter Greenwood

Group Executive Director – Strategy, CLP Holdings

As the Group Executive Director for Strategy at CLP Holdings, Peter Greenwood’s principal focus is to work on matters of a strategic nature impacting the overall direction of the CLP Group. He is also responsible for the oversight of CLP Group’s corporate secretarial and legal affairs. Peter obtained a MA degree in law from the University of Cambridge and a diploma in German law and legal system from the University of Tuebingen and the Justice Ministry of North Rhine-Westerphalia. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries in England & Hong Kong.