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Hone Your Leadership Skills at 2012 AFP of Canada Treasury Management Forum

  • By Andrew Deichler
  • Published: 2012-04-05

In today’s high-risk, turbulent business environment, senior executives around the globe have turned to their treasury teams to help them make some of their toughest decisions. Treasurers have answered the call and guided their organizations through major regulatory changes, capricious currency markets and massive shifts in global trade.

At the AFP of Canada Treasury Management Forum in Toronto, June 12, 14, Canadian treasurers can attend a variety of sessions to help them thrive and flourish in their expanded roles. Corporates also will be able to network with their peers, trading best practices and offering tips on how to navigate the road ahead.

General Sessions and Keynotes

The 2012 AFPC Treasury Management Forum consists of a pre-forum workshop, followed by two days of roundtable discussions and Keynote addresses. Topics include bank relationship management, counterparty risk, FX hedging strategies, and managing treasury in an uncertain world.

The pre-forum workshop focuses on electronic payments and runs from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 12. In this complimentary seminar, instructor Larry De Palma, CTP, president of TDG-Phenix Inc., provides attendees with a review of electronic payment options from consumer-to-business (C2B) perspective and business-to-business (B2B) perspectives.

In an interview with AFP, De Palma explained that companies have been slower to adopt B2B electronic payments system as opposed to C2B, largely because C2B is so much simpler. That dynamic is changing however; there are many more options for B2B electronic payments than there are for C2B. “You can do an ACH payment to a trading partner and have some kind of electronic remittance attached to it,” he said. “You could do a wire transfer with some newly introduced remittance that could be included with it. You could pay your vendor with a purchasing card that gives money back to the payor organization simply for using it.”

De Palma will also discuss CAD and USD payment options, as well as comparing and contrasting Canadian and U.S. payment systems. He told AFP that while Canada might lag behind the U.S. in implementing mobile and reducing check usage, the country actually is ahead of its North American neighbor in PIN debit.“Canadians were a bit slow to implement other payment methods because they had the luxury of having the number one PIN debit network in the world, Interac,” he said. “The other methods did not need to come to market so quickly. They were in a good spot where they could see how [those methods] took hold in the U.S. Interac Direct Payment is a very sophisticated PIN debit network that frankly, we looked to emulate in the U.S. So, Canadians might have been slower to adopt certain payments systems but the U.S. had been slower to adopt other things, from a PIN debit side.”

The forum officially begins June 13 with the opening keynote session, The Global Economy and Capital Markets-An Update: Where do we go from here, from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. In this session, François Trahan, former Chief Investment Strategist of Bear Stearns and author of The Era of Uncertainty, will discuss new ways of thinking about investing in today’s dynamic, macro-driven world.

As Trahan examines the importance of macroeconomic perspectives in the current global economy, attendees will better understand how to incorporate those macro strategies into their investment portfolios.

Fans of the hit TV shows Dragon's Den and Shark Tank won't want to miss Wednesday's keynote luncheon address, Lessons from a Dragon/Shark, from noon to 1 p.m. Entrepreneur and TV star Kevin O’Leary will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at his popular shows, sharing entertaining and insightful outtakes that you won't see anywhere else. He will also discuss the current economic overview, and provide insights into how your industry is performing and where innovation is coming from.

The underlying theme of the AFPC Treasury Management Forum takes center stage in Wednesday’s final panel discussion, Managing Treasury in an Uncertain and Volatile World. What challenges and opportunities does treasury’s added responsibility present? How are treasurers rising to the occasion? Robert G. Stanley, CMA, Vice President, Treasurer, Samuel Son & Co., Limited, will moderate as panelists Colin Gruending, Vice President, Treasury & Tax, Enbridge Inc., Alberto Nunez, CTP, Treasurer, IAMGOLD Corp., and James Salem, Senior Vice President & Treasurer, Royal Bank of Canada provide insights.

The closing keynote address takes place on Thursday June 14, from 11:15 p.m. to 12:15 p.m., as Stephen R. Brooks, CA, Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, weighs in on the MLB approach to financial management. Is managing operations and financial performance of a major league baseball team all that different from managing those entities in the corporate environment? Brooks will discuss all of the financial complexities that a sports franchise has to handle on a daily basis.

To learn more and register, go here. Deadline is April 30.

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