Accounting for the Future: A BDO Canada Podcast

September 15, 2022

Finance leaders of mid-market firms are invited to listen to experts talk about today's pressing issues and how to succeed now, and into the future.

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Businesses are facing new opportunities and challenges that could help or hurt their finances. Learn how to factor them into your strategies from experienced finance leaders.

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From accounting in the age of corporate social responsibility to understanding the financial expectations of a changing business landscape, you'll find answers to all your questions—and the questions you should be asking.

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BDO's bench of experts in these areas is deep and diverse. Perspectives are informed by experience in many industries and sectors across the economy.
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Armand Capisciolto doesn't scratch surfaces. He digs into the risks and opportunities of an issue, and frames them simply and clearly for you, the financial leaders looking for an edge.
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Length: 33 mins

Summary

This week, we welcome Anne-Marie Henson, BDO partner from our Montreal Office. Anne-Marie works with public companies, as well as many technology companies in both the start-up and scale-up stages. We discuss the difference between a scale-up and a start-up, why taking time to think over investment decisions matters, and a few success stories of companies who understood the benefits of investing time in accounting and finance upfront.


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Anne-Marie Henson, BDO Canada, Partner, Assurance & Accounting

Anne-Marie Henson is a partner at BDO's downtown Montreal office with over 15 years of professional experience. She has managed complex domestic and international client engagements and has extensive experience serving public and private companies that report in accordance with ASPE, IFRS and US GAAP. She routinely offers advice and ideas on accounting and reporting issues as well as internal controls and operating efficiencies. She has also advised and assisted companies in financing, expansion and going public transactions in both Canada and the US.

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Length: 23 mins

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Sustainability reporting is gaining momentum - and fast! Businesses that aren't already thinking about their ESG strategy are at risk of falling behind their competitors. To unravel some of the details regarding sustainability reporting around the world, in this two-part conversation we welcome BDO partners Andrew Buchanan, BDO Global's Head of IFRS and Corporate Reporting, and Christopher Tower, BDO USA's ESG Strategy and Services Leader. Together they address how sustainability reporting is impacting businesses in Canada, the USA, and Europe.


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Andrew Buchanan, BDO Global, Global Head of IFRS and Corporate Reporting

Christopher Tower, BDO USA, ESG Strategy and Services Leader

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Length: 32 mins

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With compliance conversations heating up, sustainability reporting and options for meeting requirements continue to be top priorities for proactive businesses. This is the second part of our conversation with Andrew Buchanan, BDO's Global Head of IFRS and Corporate Reporting, and Christopher Tower, BDO USA's ESG Strategy and Services Leader. Together they explore key sustainability requirements proposed by the Canadian Securities Administrators, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.


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Andrew Buchanan, BDO Global, Global Head of IFRS and Corporate Reporting

Christopher Tower, BDO USA, ESG Strategy and Services Leader

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Length: 34 mins

Summary

This week we welcome Barbara Palmegiani, Partner and CFO Services Leader with BDO Canada, to talk about the significant impact The Great Resignation is having on the already lean finance profession. There is no formula to guarantee employment, but through transformation businesses can keep up with the future of the finance function. Spoiler alert: it's about more than technology.


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Barbara Palmegiani, BDO Canada, Partner and CFO Services Leader

Barbara is a BDO's CFO Services Leader and Assurance and Accounting Partner based in the GTA. Working closely with many CFOs and controller's from a variety of sectors, company sizes and industries, Barbara has maintained a part-time learning focus, where she teaches CPAs to develop their leadership abilities, human centric skills, and core values that will differentiate the “accountant of the future.”

Barbara has a wide range of business expertise earned over the last 30 years in diverse areas such as management consulting, training and education, retail, CPG, private equity, manufacturing, not-for-profit, real estate, as well as successfully leading finance and operations teams in various public and private companies.

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Length: 28 mins

Summary

Forward-thinking companies are working toward sustainability and increasing their focus on environment, social, and governance practices. Environmental and social issues are now business issues, but what is the impact of these efforts on financial reporting? In this episode, host Armand Capisciolto and his guest discuss the link between sustainability and financial reporting.


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Kyle Hulme, Chief Operating Officer, Pulis Investments

Kyle is a BDO Alumni, having worked as a Partner leading BDO's Strategy, Operations & Sustainability practice. With over 15 years of experience, Kyle lead a team of strategy, operations, and sustainability professionals who assisted clients with achieving their growth, performance, and sustainability ambitions. Delivering strategic business planning, operational transformations and ESG programs, Kyle worked across a wide variety of industries, focusing on private sector organizations.

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Length: 22 mins

Summary

With inflation rates at their highest since the 1980s and unprecedented interest rate increases, companies are left wondering what steps they can take to mitigate the impact of the current economic environment. In this episode, host Armand Capisciolto, BDO's National Accounting Standards Partner and leader of accounting advisory services, is joined by Kevin Meyler, national leader of BDO's Business Restructuring and Turnaround Services for a discussion about managing the current economic environment.


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Kevin Meyler, BDO Canada, Partner and Business Restructuring and Turnaround Services Leader

Kevin is a partner in BDO's Calgary office. He has more than 15 years of experience providing restructuring, insolvency, and transaction advisory services to both private and public companies on behalf of banks, financial institutions, alternative lenders, and shareholders of businesses.

Throughout his career, Kevin has provided services to clients in a wide range of industries, including real estate, restaurant and hospitality, oil field services, manufacturing, printing, agriculture, technology, and retail.

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Length: 29 mins

Summary

An impressive number of companies have gone public in recent years, but the benefits of being a public company are not always available to certain companies during a period of economic uncertainty. Does it make more sense to take a public company private? In this episode of Accounting for the Future, host Armand Capisciolto, BDO’s National Accounting Standards Partner and leader of Accounting Advisory Services, is joined by Georges Dubé, Partner at McMillan, Capital Markets & Securities team. Together they discuss the benefits, mechanisms, and considerations of taking a public company private.


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Georges Dubé, McMillan, Partner, Capital Markets & Securities

Georges Dubé is recognized as a leading corporate finance and securities lawyer with a business law practice focused on capital markets and corporate governance. He has extensive experience in public and private securities offerings, as well as takeover bids and mergers and acquisitions, both in the Canadian and cross-border context.

With extensive transactional experience in industries including mining, technology, cannabis and life sciences, Georges helps startups and established companies achieve their goals while safeguarding their interests in the marketplace.

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Length: 18 mins

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Despite the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 were extremely busy years in the active capital markets with a host of companies going public and successful funds raised. So far, 2022 has presented a slowdown in the public markets, but what does that mean for early-stage companies that are looking to raise money now? In this episode of Accounting for the Future, host Armand Capisciolto, BDO's National Accounting Standards Partner and Accounting Advisory Services Leader, sits down with Jeffrey Stanger, President of ITB Solutions, Inc. Jeffrey shares his insights into what it takes to raise money in today's tough market.


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Jeffrey Stanger, President, ITB Solutions Incorporated

ITB Solutions Incorporated is a Toronto based management consulting firm that is focused specifically on the capital markets ecosystem. Their focus, for the past 18 years as Going Public Management Consultants, is on creating and managing the going public plan and deal team with C-level management for a successful listing.

The President, Jeffrey Stanger, has worked in the capital markets for 28 years, with 16 of them in listings development positions for two recognized Canadian stock exchanges.

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