Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

October 19, 2006 09:52 ET

Media Advisory: Top Execs Gather in Niagara on the Lake to Refine Leadership Skills

Ontario CA Institutes launches innovative optimal performance program

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) -

Attention: Assignment/Business Editors

An elite group of top executives from across Ontario will be gathering at Whites Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake to take Leading for Optimal Performance: A Program for Executive Management, a cutting-edge leadership course developed by the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and British Columbia. The program is designed to enhance the career paths of its target audience: chief financial officers, chief operating officers, vice-presidents, senior controllers and senior managers seeking effective business solutions.

"There are a wide range of business training options available, but Leading for Optimal Performance delivers greater value to executives who want proven best-practice strategies that allow them to manage change, conflict and innovation, while optimizing the performance of their teams, resources and overall organization," said Robert Gagnon, Associate Director, Professional Development at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "We chose to hold the conference at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake because it's a first-class facility that is close to Ontario's business centres while also providing the privacy we feel is necessary to help participants concentrate solely on the sessions."

Leading for Optimal Performance will help participants:

- Explore, acquire and refine the personal and organizational skills needed to be an outstanding leader

- Develop a powerful negotiating presence by discovering a process and the tactics necessary to influence others and create mutual profit improvement solutions

- Understand how people and organizations respond to change, how to overcome resistance and build high performance teams

- Define and implement ways to create a culture that nurtures creativity and innovation

- Adopt and adapt best practices performance measurement tools

- Learn techniques for identifying your organization's competitive weaknesses and strengths and identify strategies for enhancing productivity and performance

- Build a culture of accountability

- Link tactical action plans to an organization's overall strategic direction

- Become the "go-to person" for designing practical and innovative business solutions and in implementing needed change initiatives

- Identify, evaluate and select profitable business opportunities while managing risk

The weeklong sessions are intense, beginning on Sunday, October 22 and continuing until Friday, October 27 to give participants a focused and comprehensive curriculum.

To ensure the course's ambitious goals are met, outstanding faculty have been recruited for Leading for Optimal Performance, including:

- Dr. Jim Murray is CEO of optimal solutions international, a firm that specializes in helping people and organizations achieve their full potential. For over three decades, he has been teaching his courses to the accounting profession in several provinces. He is a best-selling author, a highly regarded change agent with an enviable track record of accomplishments, and has provided strategic counsel to over 600 organizations during his stellar career. He currently is training Canadian soldiers negotiation techniques for use in Afghanistan and other hot spots.

- Dr. Vijay Jog is Founder and President of Corporate Renaissance Group and a Chancellor Professor of Finance at Carleton University. He is a leading authority in shareholder value creation, activity-based costing and management, and organizational performance improvement. Vijay has been published extensively in national and international journals, and has over 100 articles, monographs, and books to his credit. He consults extensively with government and private sector organizations around the world and has received numerous awards for his research and publications, including the prestigious National Post "Leaders in Management Education" award for Ontario.

"Chartered Accountants have been leading the way in leadership training for financial professionals for many years," said Gagnon. "Leading for Optimal Performance builds on that experience to provide executives with the management tools, techniques and skills to handle both the increasing complexities of everyday demands and the moments of crisis when effective leadership is crucial to success."

WHAT: Leading for Optimal Performance: A Program for Executive Management

INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Jim Murray and Dr. Vijay Jog

WHEN AND WHERE: October 22-27 at White Oaks Resort & Spa, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 32,000 CAs and 4,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. The Institute website is:

Media interviews:

While the sessions are private, Robert Gagnon, Dr. Jim Murray and Dr. Vijay Jog are all available for media interviews to discuss Leading for Optimal Performance.

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    (416) 969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271
    (416) 962-8900 (FAX)