2022 Annual Conference - SPEAKERS


Ron Tite, Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s an awardwinning advertising writer and creative director. Addressing a variety of topics
surrounding leadership, strategy, motivation, and creativity, Tite’s presentations are not only information packed but also infused with his unique humour.

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and President of Howatt HR

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and CEO of Howatt HR, refers to himself as a behavioural scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is on the CSA OHS Standards Steering Committee and the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance-Related Impairment in the Workplace. He is the co-creator of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards.


Andrew Grantham, Executive Director and Senior Economist, CIBC Capital Markets

Andrew Grantham is an Executive Director and Senior Economist with CIBC, with a wide range of experience in different areas of economic and financial market forecasting. Joining in 2011, he initially focused on the U.S. and international outlook and its implications for foreign exchange and fixed income markets. More recently, he has taken over responsibility for the Canadian and provincial outlook. Since joining, he helped CIBC win MarketWatch’s monthly contest for U.S. forecasters five times and is regularly quoted by the print and electronic media. Prior to joining CIBC in 2011, Andrew worked in London, England, for one of the U.K.’s largest banks.

Michael A. Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards for the Public Sector Accounting Board

Michael’s role is to be the champion for improving public sector accounting practices across Canada by sharing knowledge, encouraging collaboration and leading the development of standards. Michael has a broad base of experience based on 20 years working in public, private and not-for-profit sector organizations.

His is a member of the special advisory committee to the Auditor General of Canada that provides advise and consultation on financial accounting and auditing matters. Michael is a part-time professor of public sector and not-for-profit-accounting at Ryerson University and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated

Jamie Black is President of F.H. Black & Company Incorporated. For over 25 years, he has consulted and trained finance officers, auditors & accountants in government, higher education, and corporations throughout Canada and the U.S. His work focuses on increasing finance department efficiency and effectiveness through the implementation of technology and improved business processes.

Jayrani Bungsy, FCCA (UK), CIA, Senior Internal Auditor- Internal Audit Division, Region of Peel


Jude Pillainayagam, MBA, P. Eng., MIAM, ISP, City of Coquitlam

Jude Pillainayagam is a senior engineer in municipal engineering sector and a Fellow of Engineers Canada. He is involved in Asset Management for nearly 20 years working at Metro Vancouver, City of Surrey and City of Coquitlam.

Jude possesses a diverse educational background and experience. He is also an accountant and a certified Information System Professional. He is a member of the Institute of Asset Management UK (IAM), and the Regional Director of Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) for BC and Alberta. Jude has carried out extensive work in the area of asset management and presented in many conferences.

Michael Shultz, Director of Strategic Accounting, BlackLine

Michael Shultz is an accounting and finance leader with over 20 years of experience in auditing, consulting, and financial reporting management. As BlackLine’s Director of Strategic Accounting, Michael guides companies on their path to modern Finance. 

To date, he’s traveled to four of the seven continents, speaking about the importance of digital finance transformation for cutting edge companies. He’s known for delivering powerful presentations that inspire innovative approaches, increased productivity, and an accelerated month-end close.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Purdue University.

When he’s not traveling, Michael enjoys smoking meat in his backyard and adding wine from his travels to his collection.

Imran Zia, MSc, CPA, CA, FCCA (UK), CIA, CISA, CFE, CRMA, Director, Risk Management and Assurance, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority