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Annual Global Conference – Toronto

September 29 - September 30

Registration is now open for our 2022 Annual Global Conference in Toronto. This event was originally planned for 2020 and was postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020. We are hugely excited to return to physical events and look forward to welcoming you to our first full length physical conference since 2019.

The event will run over the course of 2 days, with dinner and drinks on both nights included. The focus as always will be on maximising the interaction between delegates through the use of round table sessions and highly interactive guest speakers. More details on this will be released in due course, but we plan to host some experienced and inspirational speakers to offer real value to you and your firm’s alongside the ample networking opportunities that are already integral to our events.

An early bird discount of £100 for delegates and £50 for guests is available for BOKS International members until 1st March 2022. Furthermore, those firms who register delegates for an in-person event before 1st January 2022 will not be charged for their firm’s attendance to our final Virtual Members’ Meeting in December 2021.

Optional Extras

Friday Night Dinner: Dinner at the Canoe Restaurant, where you will dine on inspired dishes reflective of Canada’s diverse landscape and whose chefs work closely with farmers and suppliers to source the finest ingredients from across the nation.

Saturday Tour: As with all of our member events, an optional sightseeing tour on the Saturday is also available and can be chosen within the registration page on a per delegate basis. For this year’s event in Toronto, you will join your fellow BOKS members in a once in a lifetime day trip to the magnificent Niagara falls. The trip will include a boat tour where you will venture to the very mouth of the falls, before taking part in an additional tour behind the falls. After experiencing this monumental landmark you will stopping for a late lunch at a renowned local vineyard for food and wine-tasting before returning to the hotel.

Social Attendance: A social option is also available to spouses and partners of delegates; this includes all dinners and a day of activities throughout the Friday. This can be booked using the “Guest” option in the registration form with Saturday’s trip to Niagara Falls also available as an optional extra.

Keynote Speakers

Rick Dreher

Retired CEO at Wipfli, LLP

Rick Dreher served as managing partner and chairman of the board of Wipfli LLP from 2006-2019. During his tenure, he oversaw the vision, strategy, leadership, growth and overall performance of the entire firm. Rick led Wipfli’s evolution from an $87 million firm to a $360 million, top 20 accounting firm with advisory and consulting practices that have established it as a leader in the industry.

In 2013 and 2015, Rick was named one of INSIDE Public Accounting’s Most Admired Peers. He is also an accomplished speaker and has delivered presentations to Allinial Global, the Institute of Management Accountants, AICPA, PKF International, PKFNA, Wipfli client groups, and various civic and charitable organizations.

Graham Durgan

Entrepreneurial Chair & Strategic Advisor

Graham trained at what is now PwC and at INSEAD, more recently he became an accredited coach. He has spent the last thirty plus years creating and running businesses in sectors including advertising, public relations, recruitment, travel, motor dealerships and particularly in training, publishing and strategic consulting. He has run both fully listed public companies and smaller entrepreneurial entities. Today he is a senior advisor to Mazars and Audeliss/Involve. He is Chairman at Emile Woolf International, International Financial Publishing, and Durgan Monstein. His offices span the world and for 30 years he has operated internationally. He is also a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of their Technical Strategy Board, Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Association, a Fellow at the International Capital Markets Association and a member of WPO (World Presidents Organisation).

Graham’s presentation, The Firm of the Future, analyses the Professional Services market internationally and the major influences on it. It examines the choices all firms have to make and suggests how firms should address them.

Keith Warburton

Expert in Global Business Culture

Keith Warburton is the founder of Global Business Culture and the driving force behind our Global Business Compass tool.  He is an internationally recognised expert on the impact that cross-border cultural differences and global communication issues can have on global corporate effectiveness.  He works with many of the world’s great companies as well as professional service firms, governments and Higher Education establishments.

His practical application of this topic to the commerciality of any business comes from a career which saw him work in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for a twenty-year period. Having worked across the world at C-level he understands global business and has the ability to ally his vast cultural knowledge and communication skills to your business and your sector.

In addition to consulting, training and conference speaking, Keith is also often called on to act as mentor to senior leaders who value being able to tap into his vast reservoir of global knowledge and his ability to make that knowledge relevant to the commercial dilemmas faced in a cultural complex world.

Conference Fees

₤1299

per delegate

₤699

social attendance


*prices may be subject to taxes

Registration Details

Click the button below to register your attendance for the event.

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Our Hotel

Trendsetting and boundary-breaking, The St. Regis Toronto marks its Canadian debut at the city’s most coveted address in the heart of downtown. Soaring 65-stories above Canada’s international enclave for business and culture, The St. Regis Toronto offers a remarkably central location, steps from Toronto’s most preeminent landmarks including the CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, Toronto International Film Festival and the city’s premier shopping, theatre and entertainment. Modern elegance and bespoke butler service unite amongst 258 of the city’s largest luxury guestrooms and suites, defining the new standard for luxury in Canada.

A preferential rate for the duration of the event, which includes breakfast and extends for 3 days either side of the conference, has been arranged with the hotel. This rate will be held for our members until Friday 26th August and you can access it via the link below. If you have any issues booking your rooms, please contact [email protected] for assistance with your booking.

Agenda

Conference Agenda

Thursday 29th September
Introduction Updates
Speed Networking
Regional Meetings
The Firm of the Future
Dinner and drinks

Friday 30th September
Panel Sessions
Guest Speakers
Special Interest Group Meetings
Firm Growth by Acquisition with Rick Dreher
Dinner and drinks

Saturday 1st October
Optional Trip to Niagara Falls

Social Agenda

Thursday 29th September
CN Tower
St. Lawrence Market
Distillery District
Casa Loma
Dinner and drinks

Friday 30th September
AGO Art Gallery of Toronto
Kensington Market
Queen Street West and West Queen West
Dinner and drinks

Saturday 1st October
Optional Trip to Niagara Falls

Conference Fees

₤1299

per delegate

₤699

social attendance


*prices may be subject to taxes

Registration Details

Click the button below to register your attendance for the event.

Register

Our Hotel

Trendsetting and boundary-breaking, The St. Regis Toronto marks its Canadian debut at the city’s most coveted address in the heart of downtown. Soaring 65-stories above Canada’s international enclave for business and culture, The St. Regis Toronto offers a remarkably central location, steps from Toronto’s most preeminent landmarks including the CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, Toronto International Film Festival and the city’s premier shopping, theatre and entertainment. Modern elegance and bespoke butler service unite amongst 258 of the city’s largest luxury guestrooms and suites, defining the new standard for luxury in Canada.

A preferential rate for the duration of the event, which includes breakfast and extends for 3 days either side of the conference, has been arranged with the hotel. This rate will be held for our members until Friday 26th August and you can access it via the link below. If you have any issues booking your rooms, please contact [email protected]is.com for assistance with your booking.

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