Why You Should Attend!

Be an Agent for Change in Your Organization

CFO influence is greater than ever. Not only guiding the ship for organizations as they grow, financial decision makers now partner with other senior leadership to identify opportunities that can transform and grow the company.

Argyle Forum is proud to present our 2018 CFO Forum, bringing together the nation’s top forward-thinking CFOs, CAOs, Controllers and Treasurers for a day of thought-leader driven discussion.

Developed for financial decision makers, the agenda focuses on balancing strategic goals and operational requirements to devise smarter, more comprehensive plans for a company’s future.

Explore how leading CFOs in America’s most successful companies are seizing opportunities and changing their organizations. Join us for a day of cutting-edge content and insightful discussion including:

  • Establishing overarching performance goals and developing plans to achieve and exceed them
  • Extending influence beyond finance to establish partnerships across the company
  • Preparing the company for regulatory, economic, and political developments
  • Integrating human capital to support business goals in a digital paradigm

Join fellow executives for a day of insightful content, thought-leader driven panel sessions and networking opportunities.

Additionally, attendees of our Finance Channel Live Events Can Earn CPE Credits!

Participants of our live Finance Channel events have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits. CPE certificates will be awarded on a per request basis and according to NASBA standards.

Field of Study: Finance
Level: All Sessions are Advanced Level
Prerequisite: Senior Manager Level and above in Finance
Advanced Prep: None Needed
Delivery method: Group Live
Number of credits: Up to 6       
Refunds: Since there is no charge to attend this event, there are no refunds following registration 

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Lily Niska at lniska@argyleforum.com.

Jenny Alfandary, M.Sc., MBA CIO, Professor
Humber College
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Greg Allworth Enterprise Sales Director
Chrome River Technologies
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Yvan Breton Partner and Head of Fiduciary Management for Canada
Mercer Canada
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John Hugo Vice President of Financials Products and Go To Market
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Refat Jiwani Chief Financial Officer
Aga Khan Museum
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Cameron John Chief Financial Officer
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Aun Ali Khokhawala VP Enterprise Risk and Audit
IAMGOLD Corporation
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Alex Makrygiannis VP, Internal Audit, Capital Markets and Treasury
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Abhi Mukherjee Finance Director
University Health Network
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David Olsen Regional President, Principal Officer, Canada Branch
PNC Bank
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Jane Skoblo CFO Rogers Bank, VP Finance Emerging Business
Rogers Communications
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Sabrina Thring CFO, Vice President of Finance
Driven Brands
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:10am Opening Remarks by Argyle Host
  • 9:10am – 9:50am Roundtable Discussions: “Rebuilding a Not-For-Profit”
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    From the Board to the Balance Sheet:  How a few volunteer board members rebuilt a storied not-for profit cross-border trade organization from the ground up.

    David Olsen
    Regional President, Principal Officer – Canada Branch
    PNC Financial Services

  • 9:50am – 10:10am Thought Leadership Session
  • 10:10am – 10:35am Networking Break
  • 10:35am – 11:25am Panel Discussion: "What Is Saved When Companies Outsource Services?"
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    Session topics include (but are not limited to):

    • What benefit services are you currently outsourcing or delegating (HR, IT, pension planning, etc)?
    • Why did your organization decide to move from in-house departments to outsourcing?
    • What benefits have you seen in terms of costs cut, services improved, efficiencies, etc?
    • What are some of the shortcomings you have experienced as a result of outsourcing these services?
    • Would you consider bringing these services back in-house? Why/why not?

    Yvan Breton
    Partner and Head of Fiduciary Management for Canada
    Mercer Canada

    Sabrina Thring
    CFO, VP of Finance
    Driven Brands

  • 11:25am – 11:50am Networking Break
  • 11:50am – 12:30pm Roundtable Discussions: "Aligning ERM and Strategic Planning"
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    Join us for an interactive discussion as we hear from a finance leader on best practices for aligning ERM and strategic planning in an organization, and then get involved as the audience participates in roundtable discussions and presents their own experiences and solutions.

    Aun Ali Khokhawala
    VP Audit & Enterprise Risk Management
    IAMGOLD Corp.

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 2:20pm Panel Discussion: “Undergoing Digital Transformation in Finance”
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    Session topics include but are not limited to:

    • What benefits have you experienced when merging legacy technologies with modern technologies? What are some challenges and best practices?
    • What is the biggest advantage you have seen in transforming the finance function from a traditional paradigm to a digital paradigm?
    • What other key executive functions are you collaborating most closely with in order to successfully execute digital transformation? (Information Security, IT, Operations, etc.) 
    • What are some of the most important financial and strategic challenges that you are trying to solve through digital transformation?
    • How can the finance function ensure its organization is on the forefront of its competition in a climate of real-time data?
    • How is the finance function anticipating and understanding the risks that emerging technologies pose?
    • How can finance be more forward-focused and innovate to undergo digital transformations ahead of competition? How can CFOs prepare for the next wave(s) of digital transformation (like blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, etc)?

    Jenny Alfandary M.Sc., MBA
    CIO, Professor
    Humber College

    Greg Allworth
    Director Enterprise Sales, Canada
    Chrome River

    Abhi Mukherjee
    Director of Finance
    University Health Network

    Phillip Short
    CIO Mars Canada

  • 2:20pm – 2:45pm Networking Break
  • 2:45pm – 3:25pm Fireside Chat: "The CFO as an Innovative Business Partner"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • How is the finance executive’s influence expanding beyond just the finance, accounting, and reporting function (collaboration with CIO, CISO, etc.)?
    • How are you acting as the change agent for your organization and furthering the strategic value of cross-function partnerships?
    • How is the CFO creating smarter, efficient work patterns throughout the organization and within the finance team?
    • How is your finance department leveraging FinTech to gain competitive advantage and drive innovation?
    • How are major political, regulatory, and economic factors impacting the finance function in 2018? What do you anticipate for 2019?


    Refat Jiwani
    Chief Financial Officer
    Aga Khan Museum

    Jane Skoblo
    CFO Rogers Bank, VP Finance Emerging Business
    Rogers Communications

    Sabrina Thring
    CFO, VP of Finance
    Driven Brands

  • 3:25pm – 4:00pm Keynote Presentation: “Does Finance’s value discipline promote growth from within more than increasing luck that favors the bold? An M&A advisor-turned-CFO’s lessons learned on M&A, organic growth, and organizational effectiveness.”
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    Various constraints limit corporate growth through organic means.  Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures bring greater market share and more assets to bear but often fall short of expectations.  To successfully manage these and other challenges, CFOs are increasingly being called upon to deploy fundamental skills and respond as strategic partners, much deeper than just strategy and the ability to effectively communicate financial acumen and knowledge.

    Cameron John

  • 4:00pm – 4:05pm Closing Remarks by Argyle Host
  • 4:05pm – 5:05pm Closing Reception
  • *Schedule and timing is subject to change

What will be discussed? Explore finance hot topics and challenge areas such as:

Cross-Function Partnerships

Finance can be an engine for change, partnering across departments to identify opportunities, and spearhead innovation across the firm. Speaker topics include:

    • Extending influence beyond finance to partner with other executives
    • Navigating digital transformation through careful change management
    • Coordinating and collaborating with an international finance team

Finance Technology

FinTech enables CFOs to make smarter decisions faster, while coordinating business transformation efforts around previously unrealized opportunities. Speaker topics include:

    • Achieving greater visibility through AI and automation technologies
    • Obtaining actionable insights from diverse data sources
    • Embracing new technologies that expand the scope and reach of finance


Talent Management

CFO and HR collaboration is more important than ever. Discuss the key factors in this relationship and how talent management aligned with business goals can drive results. Speaker topics include:

    • Improving employee engagement to benefit from increased productivity
    • Aligning professional development and training with current and future business goals
    • Investing in human capital to leverage advantage in the digital space


Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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  • "I have found tremendous value in listening to real-world lessons from the outstanding speakers Argyle assembles."

    An SVP of Finance at AmerisourceBergen on the quality of content at Argyle CFO forums.

  • "Their events are excellent, encompassing a group of top-notch presenters, relevant and current topics, and a very senior level group of participants."

    A Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Nicor on access to networking at Argyle CFO forums.

  • "The meetings have given me actionable steps and new ideas which I've taken and run with."

    The CFO at SunWize Technologies on the value of information shared at Argyle CFO forums.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotels are recommended by Argyle. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada M5H 2M9
Telephone: (866) 716-8101


The Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street W
Toronto, ON, Canada M5J1E3
Telephone: (866) 540-4489


The Westin Harbour Castle

1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, Canada
Telephone: 1 416-869-1600