Follow Us A welcome note from Bill McFarland
Follow Us Welcome to the fall edition of PwC's national alumni newsletter A welcome note from Bill McFarland Welcome to this edition of PwC Connect. At our recent Partner Conference, I shared four aspirational goals included in our Vision 2020 strategy. These goals cover the market and accelerated growth; our people, by developing a diverse pool of talent with capabilities for the future; our business model, by transforming how we work while continuing to make investments in the long term sustainability of our business; and the PwC team becoming more innovative and at the centre of how technology disrupts us and our clients. I’m excited to tell you that we’ve integrated ‘Google for Work’ tools into the technology our teams use every day. We’ve had great feedback and are already seeing how these tools allow us to collaborate with our clients and people and be more agile. Our global alliance with Google also allows us to help clients with technology disruption. This is the last edition of PwC Connect for this year and I want to thank you for your support in 2015. Our alumni network continues to play an important role in how we make a difference to the success of our clients, people and in our communities. We look forward to seeing you in the new year and I wish you and your families a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Best regards, Bill McFarland CEO & Senior Partner Editor's pick PwC’s publication, Up front, includes insights from Canadian business leaders on opportunities, challenges and issues they see in their industries. We update our online version of Up front every month to bring you ongoing and timely insights from Canadian business leaders. Click below to check out some of the new articles and videos available online: - Thomas Riegler, CFO of the Lenzing Group, the world’s leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, talks about how each strategic decision made at Lenzing has a clear focus on sustainability and innovation; - Suzanne Labarge, Chancellor of McMaster University and Corporate Director of The Coca-Cola Company talks about the importance of gender diversity at the board level; - Watch Ted Graham, Innovation Leader at PwC Canada talk about the three things he learned as an Uber driver during his TEDx event at Queens University in Ontario. National news Congratulations to PwC Canada’s successful UFE writers Congratulations to PwC Canada’s 95 successful writers who wrote the final UFE (Uniform Evaluation) in June 2015. Going forward students working towards their CPA designation will write the CFE (Common Final Exam). The first offering of the CFE was in mid-September. Julien Le Goff from our Montreal office achieved the distinction of being a member of the Chartered Accountants of Canada National Honour Roll, we asked him a few questions about his writing experience, here. Julien Le Goff, PwC Montreal office Introducing PwC Law LLP The tax practice of Wilson & Partners LLP and the immigration practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP have combined forces and become PwC Law LLP. PwC Law LLP now offers tax law, advice and representation in all areas of Canadian taxation and immigration law, Canadian, American and global immigration legal services. Canada's CFO of the Year ™ 2016 award nominations are now open! Nominations are being accepted at www.cfoy.ca for the 2016 Canada's CFO of the Year Award. Candidates from any business sector may be nominated and an independent selection committee will select the winner. The recipient of Canada’s CFO of the Year Award will be honoured at a gala dinner in May 2016 in Toronto. Visit www.cfoy.ca for more information on the award, how to nominate, and previous winners. We want to hear from you! Have a story to share? Want to let your fellow alumni know what you’ve been up to since your time at PwC? Email us and let us know! We’ll share your story on our alumni website and in our next newsletter. How PwC Canada is reinventing digital sales & marketing On July 22 PwC and PeopleLinx hosted a webinar on how PwC Canada is innovating for success in today’s digital environment. Listen to Christine Robertson, Director of Sales & Marketing Transformation at PwC Canada, talk about what we’re doing to rethink Sales & Marketing in the context of the modern professional services firm. The Gender Agenda blog In our last alumni newsletter we told you about PwC’s partnership with the United Nations’ HeForShe initiative, a program that is accelerating global momentum toward gender equality. To continue the conversation about diversity we want to share The Gender Agenda blog from PwC UK. The blog is updated regularly and provides a discussion platform for the global issues and debates which relate to women in business. Raise the bar for yourself Nora Wu, PwC’s Global Human Capital Leader, came from humble beginnings. Growing up in China, her parent’s dream was for her to become a factory worker. She now leads PwC’s global people strategy and is the first woman from China to take this role. Watch her inspiring TEDx Talk where she talks about her journey to success. If you have a background in auditing, tax or support services, but still want to pursue other ambitions, consider PwC's Flexible Talent Network (FTN). Join us for our busy season from January to April, and what you do with the rest of the year - that's up to you! #tweetofthequarter Natalie Spooner, who won gold in the 2014 Olympics playing for Team Canada’s national ice hockey team, is a Team PwC athlete. Watch her Twitter video announcement here. Thought leadership You can access all PwC publications and thought leadership on our website at www.pwc.com/ca/publications. Emerging Trends in Real Estate What’s expected in real estate in 2016? What are the best bets for investors? Emerging Trends in Real Estate provides an outlook on Canadian and US investment and development trends real estate finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas and other real estate issues. Now in its 37th year, the publication, co-produced by PwC and Urban Land Institute reflects the views of real estate industry experts, including investors, developers, lenders, brokers and consultants. Total Retail Retail today is more complex than ever before. Consumers may engage with a retailer across multiple channels before they make a purchase – a purchase that can be influenced through a variety of ways including social media and other innovative technology. Visit our Total Retail page for resources on how your organization can operate to win in the digital world including, the 2015 Total Retail report, 3 Forces of retail disruption and an opportunity to sign up for the 2016 Total Retail survey results – launching in spring 2016. On the page you can also find out how your retail business translates to digital with our interactive binary code translator. Select a retail category, insert your company name and share your binary result! (That's binary for 'PwC alumni' in fresh food!) Worldwide Tax Summaries – Corporate Taxes 2015/16 Stay up-to-date, find the information you need and manage taxes around the world with PwC’s Worldwide Tax Summaries. This useful reference tool covers corporate tax systems in over 150 countries in an easy to read format. Written by local PwC tax specialists, it includes the latest changes in legislation, residency, gross income, deductions, tax credits and incentives, tax administration, other taxes and tax rates. Achieving excellence: Cybermetrics -- What directors need to know Making sure companies have adequate cybersecurity can be a challenging task for corporate directors. The topic is complex and technical jargon can be difficult to understand. In this edition we look at cybermetrics, the information and statistics about digital data and IT systems that are used to provide effective oversight of IT risks and strategy. A nation of innovators 2015 Canadian emerging technology companies’ survey In this survey we find that emerging companies’ are fighting talent wars by providing great workplaces and putting culture first. We also see that Canada’s startup founders plan to exit their business within six years, most often through sale or acquisition. Click here to find out more about how Canada’s emerging companies are turning their vision into reality. Insurance Banana Skins 2015 Regulation, cyber risk and low interest rates are just a few issues that are top of mind for Canada’s Insurers. We explore these issues and more in our biennial survey, Insurance Banana Skins. Alumni profiles We caught up with PwC alumnus, Yvon Roy, SVP, Investor Relations and Mergers and Acquisitions at Lumenpulse. Find out what he likes about his job, why he’d like to have dinner with Winston Churchill and the biggest lesson he learned at PwC. PwC alumnus Ainslie Muzzin left the firm in 2012 and now works at lululemon athletica. She talks to us about what she values in her coworkers, her last vacation (that ended with a surprise) and the product she thinks will reshape the world. Upcoming events For a complete list of PwC events, please visit www.pwc.com/ca/events. Canadian insights of The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 Cybersecurity attacks are here to stay. What is your organization doing to prevent cyber breaches and effectively manage their impact when they occur? Join us for a discussion about what you should be thinking about around cybersecurity and how to deal with these challenges. Register for a session in your region to join the discussion and use PwC’s “Game of Threats” tool that helps Boards and Management get a better understanding of the cyber-threat world and how to design and manage effective cybersecurity programs. Victoria: Date TBD Vancouver: Date TBD Calgary: Tuesday, January, 19, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:30 am Developments in Financial and Regulatory Reporting Events 2015 Join PwC's accounting and SEC consulting leaders as they provide expert insight on the latest developments from the IASB and FASB as well as Canadian and SEC regulatory developments. Events will be hosted across the country, to learn more about the session in your region click the link below to email the local contact. Halifax: Thursday, November 12 at the Courtyard Halifax Downtown Quebec (French): Thursday, November 12 at the Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec Montreal (French): Thursday, November 19 at the Marriott Chateau Champlain Regional News Learn, connect and keep up to date on all things PwC: www.pwc.com/ca/alumni Alberta Great seeing you at our Edmonton alumni patio mixer! Thank you for attending our Edmonton alumni mixer on June 25. It was a great time reconnecting on one of Edmonton’s nicest summer evenings. Check out some photos from the event, here. 2015 Calgary International Film Festival PwC was pleased to sponsor the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) again this year. This year, the PwC sponsored film was ‘Made in Japan' a documentary chronicling the career of Tomi Fujiyama, a Japanese country musician who reached the height of her success in 1964, performing in Nashville with Johnny Cash. Presented by PwC Women Upfront, clients and alumni enjoyed a great night watching the screening, hearing Tomi sing live and networking over cocktails at a reception afterwards. British Columbia Vancouver Business Transitions Forum Planning for a transition of business ownership? Don’t know where to start? PwC is the presenting sponsor for the upcoming Business Transitions Forum (BTF) on November 25 – 26 in Vancouver. This conference and networking event will provide you with an opportunity to plan for the future of your business. PwC partners Jim McGuigan and Jim Crooks, along with other industry experts will share information on the process. Where are they now? We caught up with some of our Vancouver alumni to see what they’re up to now. Golfing and travelling to managing an internal audit function are just a few things these alumni do now. Ontario & Greater Toronto Area PwC rocks! PwC rocked the house at the annual battle of the bands held at The Hoxton in downtown Toronto on September 17. Four bands made up of all lines of service, staff levels and alumni battled against each other for the chance to represent PwC at the annual Big 4 Battle of the Bands. Find out who won and more about the “rocking” night, here. An epic ride for a good cause: PwC Epic Tour Our third annual GranFondo cycling event, held September 13, was a success, raising $80,000 for Halton Region’s hospitals. 4,000 cyclists braved the rain to complete the Epic ride. Afterwards, many relaxed in the PwC VIP tent enjoying conversation over food and drinks. Read about the day here and make sure to mark your calendars early for next year – September 11, 2016. PwC alumnus Jana Paniccia after completing her 80km ride Quebec Family Inc. PwC’s Family Inc. is designed to help Quebec family businesses grow and develop. Through family dinners and conferences we meet with family business owners and their successors to share experiences and talk about issues they face. Family Inc. provides coaching, succession planning and estate planning, growth management and more. Interested in getting involved? Contact PwC’s Martine Collins at 514 205 5256, or Sonia Boisvert at 514 205 5312 to find out more. Sébastien Doyon is the new Consulting Leader for Quebec Congratulations to Sébastien Doyon who has taken over for Josée St-Onge as the new Consulting Leader for Quebec. Find out more about Sébastien and his career, here.