The 47th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Rebooting in a post-COVID economy

19 - 20 Oct 2020Auckland
14 - 15 Oct 2020Wharewaka, Wellington
12 - 13 Oct 2020Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
Event Details
  • Conference - Auckland
  • Super saver price $1799 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 21 Aug
  • Last minute price $2399 + GST
  • 19 - 20 Oct 2020
  • Auckland
  • Conference - Wellington
  • Super saver price $1699 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 21 Aug
  • Last minute price $2299 + GST
  • 14 - 15 Oct 2020
  • Conference - Christchurch
  • Super saver price $1699 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 21 Aug
  • Last minute price $2299 + GST
  • 12 - 13 Oct 2020

Auckland

8.30
REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
8.50
OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
Rod Oram, Business Journalist, Newsroom
9.00
Global economic update: Trends and shifts and the impact it is having on New Zealand’s business landscape

The COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on the global economy. This session provides a picture of the global economic downturn and what this has resulted for New Zealand trade.

  • Shifting epicentres and instant lockdowns in countries that experienced vast (community) transmission quickly – what were the long-term and short-term effects this has had on local economies?
  • Discussing the shock to the global supply chain and its subsequent effect on supply
  • Understanding how reduced to no travel has impacted the contribution tourism has to an economy and GDP – what are the short-term solutions to mitigate this?
Rod Oram, Business Journalist, Newsroom
9.40
Local economic update: The New Zealand business and trade outlook in overcoming a recession
  • Analysing our economic environment – discussing the significant changes that have occurred in the last two quarters and what can be expected in the remaining financial year?
  • One month on from the general election – the challenge that lies ahead for the Government
    • How can the Government help rebuild the economy whilst tending to the needs of the workforce?
  • Providing insight into what can be expected for the New Zealand business landscape in the remainder of the financial year
Tony Alexander, Independent Economist
10.20
Business resilience and risk management in New Zealand | Lessons learnt from an unprecedented time – the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Shaping business models and operations to survive a crisis – Are New Zealand businesses better prepared for a similar situation in the future? What will this do to risk appetite?
  • Diving deeper to establish a stronger business continuity planning model
    • Discussing some of the new elements that businesses now need to consider as part of their business continuity planning, which they were not aware of before
  • Understanding the roles different stakeholders and business partners in a business play during an unforeseen situation
    • The impact this has on the business supply chain
Yong Han, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC
10.50
Morning break
11.20
One Stop Employment Law Update: Keeping on top of Employment Law changes and obligations
  • Key employment law issues arising from the COVID 19 crisis – what are they and how do they differ from business as usual conditions in comparison to the context of this crisis
  • Understanding employee rights and entitlements under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015)
  • Modifying or terminating employment agreements due to unforeseen events and crises in the workplace
  • Supporting employees unable to perform due to medical incapacity, bereavement leave, domestic violence leave and/or are at risk individuals
  • Keeping on top of leave allocations – what do accounting and finance professionals need to know?
  • Shifting towards contract work opportunities within organisations, what are they?
Jessie Lapthorne, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
12.10
One Stop Tax Update: Preparing for the remaining financial year and end of year tax reporting requirements

This session is designed to provide an overview of the tax changes that have come into play due to the pandemic and what this might mean for businesses when it comes to tax reporting, including:

  • Explaining the key practical issues to be aware of arising from the latest Inland Revenue rulings, determinations and discretions granted
  • Learning about tax issues and changes that businesses need to be aware as a result of the COVID-19 tax relief measures introduced by the Government
  • Touching on aspects of Business Transformation and Inland Revenue’s compliance approach
  • Reviewing progress on the Government’s tax policy proposals (e.g. land issues, feasibility expenditure and R&D) and looking ahead to what is on the short-term horizon
  • What can be expected on this front from the (newly) elected Government
Annamaria Maclean, Partner, Deloitte
Sam Hornbrook, Associate Director, Deloitte
1.00
Lunch break
2.00
Cashflow management and working capital | The role accountants play in helping the organisation optimise their money
  • Creating short-term projections to keep on top of cash flow for organisations – understanding the detail required working in the ‘new normal’ and how this differs from previous projections
  • Branching out and innovating using assets on hand to keep revenue flowing to combat lost revenue from non-paying customers
    • Keeping on top of renewed demand for products and services
    • Redeploying assets and using them to create ‘out of the box’ products and services to create a new stream of revenue
  • Staying up to date with relief provided by Inland Revenue
    • Is late payment, without a penalty on payment or no interest accrued still an option for your business?
  • Stepping into the unknown – is collaborating with your competitors an option to keep cash flow rolling?
2.30
One Stop Technology Update: Showcasing the digital transformation that has occurred in the last 6-months and what can be expected in the (near) future for NZ businesses

New Zealand’s lockdown pushed New Zealand businesses to adopt technological solutions as necessary to stay connected and operate from their new work environments. This has allowed businesses to not only see the value in investing in technology for their operations but has allowed teams a new mode to collaborate and deliver KPIs.

  • Automating tasks and operations where possible – highlighting the key takeaways from the lockdown
  • Learning how to adequately balance human and technological resources in the business
  • Re-thinking the business model with technology adoption
James Dickinson, Director and CIO, Unisphere Solutions
3.10
Afternoon break
3.40
Embedding a transparent and collaborative culture that helps your team succeed
  • Helping your team keep a positive mindset through uncertain times
    • Tips for leaders in making their team feel at ease
  • Highlighting the role, a collaborative culture mindset can play when working with other teams
  • Driving a transformative culture in your team that aligns with the business brand
  • Illustrating what success looks like for your wider team – how can teams collaborate and deliver to ensure the business comes out strong
  • Encouraging teamwork and behaviour that adhere to the company-wide culture
Paul McElwee, Chief Financial Officer, Tamaki Regeneration Company
4.20
Wellbeing keynote: A guide to fostering a work environment that works for you and your mental well-being
  • The art of fostering a continuous improvement mindset in your day-to-day job
    • The key challenges people leaders have faced in helping with their staff’s wellbeing during lockdown – tips to better prepare for the future
  • Strategising to keep calm during uncertain times – how can you stay positive and productive in such circumstances
  • Cultivating wellbeing and resilience as an individual to prevent burnout in the workplace
  • Learning how to effectively manage work-life balance
  • Working with your manager to look into options available to you, that helps you achieve the most out of your day – for example the ability to work flexible hours
Tuihana Ohia, Founder and Director , Woo Wellbeing Ltd
5.00
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking drinks
Rod Oram, Business Journalist, Newsroom
9.00
Welcome back from the Chairs
Dr Angela Liew, Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher in The Future of Accounting Work, University of Auckland
Dr. Hedy Huang, Senior Lecturer of Accountancy, School of Accountancy, Massey University
Angela Cameron, Managing Director, Consult Recruitment
9.10
One Stop XRB update: Financial reporting in a post COVID-19 environment
  • The response from accounting standard-setters in New Zealand and internationally
  • Spotlight on concern disclosures
  • Other important disclosures during periods of increased uncertainty
  • Current accounting standards in development
Lisa Kelsey, Senior Project Manager - Accounting Standards , External Reporting Board
The role of sustainable finance in New Zealand’s economic bounce back

There has been increased public attention on climate action and sustainability. As a result, responsible investing is growing and deepening in NZ and internationally. This session will dive into the scope of broadening towards a framework for sustainable finance. It will also discuss the impact sustainable finance will have on the regrowth of New Zealand’s economy in the foreseeable future.

Barry Coates, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mindful Money
Effectively communicating to relevant stakeholders
  • Setting guidelines in clearly identifying the audience when communicating the financial position
  • Understanding the interests of the audience
  • Connecting the dots – what are non-financial employees interested in knowing?
  • Keeping the information succinct whilst conveying the necessary information?
Jamie Rosemergy, Coach and Facilitator, Ripple Coaching and Facilitation
9.50
Exploring the implications of adopting IFRS16 Leases
  • Examining IFRS16 transition methods and their impact on business processes
  • Addressing the negativity around IFRS16
  • Leveraging IFRS16 to enhance transparency and coherency in financial reporting
  • Looking into the impact of IFRS16 on business processes for lessees and lessors
  • Reviewing the key business requirements for adopting IFRS16
Murray Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Nomos One
Cybersecurity – Protecting your data in an era of information sharing
  • Protecting data and information from malware attacks
  • Solutions to allow distribution and access to sensitive documents when working remotely
  • Reviewing financial statements to expose an organisation’s cybersecurity liability
Campbell McKenzie, Director, Incident Response Solutions
Driving high performance Agile teams
  • Learning about why the agility mindset is more important than ever
    • Equipping your teams with the framework for a new way of working
  • Boosting efficiency through better data management
  • Increasing productivity and prioritisation
  • Setting organisation wide KPIs to track success on deliverables
10.30
Morning break
11.00
Collaborating on financial data to deliver on the organisation’s financial position
  • Sharing data with relevant stakeholders to provide input on
  • Focusing on key financial insights to assist with the sustainability of the business and prepare for an evolving business landscape
    • Working with key stakeholders to provide essential data to form business decisions
  • Keeping sensitive data protected – what are the tools available to mitigate data breach?
Gary Connolly, Chief Financial Officer, St John New Zealand
Roundtable discussions

These roundtables are facilitated by topic matter experts. The roundtables are designed for delegates to take part in a facilitated discussion on topics most important to them. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in two roundtables as they will be run for 40-minutes each. Topics may include:

  • Contracts and procurement
  • IFRS16 - Discussing the proposed changes to the leases
  • Employment law updates - Facilitated by: Alastair Espie, Senior Associate, Duncan Cotterill
  • Holiday pay remediation - navigating through the blurred lines of the changes that impact accountants - Facilitated by: Jim Roberts, Partner, Hesketh Henry
  • Data transparency - collaborating on and sharing financial reports with the wider organisation
  • Cybersecurity and keeping sensitive data safe - Facilitated by: Campbell McKenzie, Director, Incident Response Solutions
  • Tax updates
  • Attracting and retaining talent in the finance sector - Facilitated by: Angela Cameron, Managing Director, Consult Recruitment
11.40
Minimising and managing stress | A guide to keeping your mental health and well-being in check
  • Understanding and recognising the factors that lead to stress
    • Teaching approaches to move away from a negative thinking mindset caused due to low interaction during the lockdown
  • Investing in well-being practices
  • Implementing tools to keep your mental well-being in check
Lisa Ducat, Health Promotion/Community Engagement, Mental Health Foundation
Roundtable discussions round 2

These roundtables are facilitated by topic matter experts. The roundtables are designed for delegates to take part in a facilitated discussion on topics most important to them. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in two roundtables as they will be run for 40-minutes each. Topics may include:

  • Contracts and procurement
  • IFRS16 - Discussing the proposed changes to the leases
  • Employment law updates - Facilitated by: Alastair Espie, Senior Associate, Duncan Cotterill
  • Holiday pay remediation - navigating through the blurred lines of the changes that impact accountants - Facilitated by: Jim Roberts, Partner, Hesketh Henry
  • Data transparency - collaborating on and sharing financial reports with the wider organisation
  • Cybersecurity and keeping sensitive data safe - Facilitated by: Campbell McKenzie, Director, Incident Response Solutions
  • Tax updates
  • Attracting and retaining talent in the finance sector - Facilitated by: Angela Cameron, Managing Director, Consult Recruitment
12.20
Lunch break
1.20
Looking into a new frontier of customer centricity | Serving your customers post COVID-19
  • Providing insight into what the customer landscape could look like
    • How can businesses be prepared to serve current and incoming customers through different avenues whilst keeping their safety in check
    • Keeping customers engaged with current and relevant updates
  • Understanding how measuring customer engagement is now different
    • Metrics that businesses now need to consider ensuring their customers are engaged with their business
  • Identifying and segmenting your high value customers and delivering tailored solutions
  • Tips and tricks to keep innovating on this front
Stuart Wilkinson, Regional Business Manager, RightWay
Risk assessment in a highly volatile business landscape | An insight into how accountants can prepare
  • Conducting a thorough risk assessment of business operations within the sector locally (and globally)
  • Identifying immediate measures to mitigate potential impacts
Ken Gibb, Partner Operational Advisory, Grant Thornton
Analysing and visualising data with PowerBI and Excel | BYOD

This PowerBI session is aimed at the intermediate level.

  • Designing an effective dashboard – implementing the reports crucial to all stakeholders involved
    • Streamlining reports that are more necessary than ever in a post-covid landscape
  • Sharing tips on effective modelling – insights on how accountants can create real-time short-term projections
  • Integrating PowerBI with other Microsoft tools
  • Protecting your data on PowerBI whilst allowing collaboration – how can this be achieved?
Allison Kennedy, Trainer, Ace Training
2.00
Deep dive session: Holidays Act – common issues and complexities
  • Breaking down the critical components that need to be taken into consideration in relation to the Holidays Act
  • The Holidays Act review – current status and possible implications
  • Engaging with the Labour Inspectorate – dos and don’ts
Renee Yoon, Senior Solicitor, Bell Gully
Advanced PowerBI and Excel update | BYOD
  • Implementing a streamlined report on PowerBI
  • Digging into the granularities of data visualisation – how to effectively model the smaller data?
    • Insights into effective modelling to access projections and form immediate business decisions
  • Integrating PowerBI with other Microsoft tools – without compromising on data
Allison Kennedy, Trainer, Ace Training
2.40
Afternoon break
3.10
Panel: Defining the ‘modern accountant’ | Future-proofing your accounting and finance team
  • Defining the characteristics and (creative) skillset for the modern accountant – what are organisations looking for in their accounting and finance team?
  • Building a ‘personal brand’ for young accounting and finance professionals
    • Tips on becoming a resilient accountant – what characteristics count in times of crisis
  • Balancing the soft skills and technical skills – a look at upskilling and professional development for young accountants
  • Providing growth opportunities for the younger accountants – information on how accountants can upskill, grow, and contribute in other areas of the business to prepare for uncertain times
Luke Kemeys, Director, nextAdvisory
Angela Cameron, Managing Director, Consult Recruitment
Jason Bull, Chief Financial Officer, Vital Ltd
Moderated by: Dr. Angela Liew, Senior Lecturer & Lead Researcher in The Future of Accounting Work, University of Auckland

3.40
Cultural evolution | Mars NZ
  • Significance of culture in our strategic journey
  • How did Mars NZ’s culture allow their workforce to operate as an essential business during New Zealand’s alert level 4?
  • The impact of level 4 lockdown on Mars NZ’s cost to business
    • How did their internal culture help them through an unprecedented time?
    • The short-term and long-term internal response to business processes
  • Rebooting the business in a new business landscape
  • Finance’s contribution to culture leadership
Bahman Masani, Financial Controller, Mars NZ
Grant Wyatt, P&O Director, Mars NZ
4.20
Financial innovation: business transformation post a pandemic recession
  • Assessing a company’s financial position – identifying immediate actions to keep the company afloat
    • Using innovation as a strategy to overcome the financial stress businesses are feeling in a post covid-19 landscape
  • Discussing investment strategies that can be implemented
  • Taking charge as a leader to help the company and its employees succeed in times of crisis
Jason Bull, Chief Financial Officer, Vital Ltd
5.00
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Conference
Dr Angela Liew, Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher in The Future of Accounting Work, University of Auckland
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