Conference Highlights

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018


6:30 PM onwards: Dine-Around (optional)

Enjoy your first night at the 2018 Conference with delicious food, plenty of fun and good company. We’ve made blocks of reservations at a number of local restaurants where you can join your payroll colleagues for dinner and experience Ottawa. Menus are available on your conference app. Sign up on your phone to select your restaurant and confirm your participation! Attendance is optional and associated costs are the responsibility of the individual participants.




6:30 AM: Early Risers’ Club 

Start your day off with a brisk walk or run in Ottawa. The Early Risers’ Club meets in the lobby of the Westin Hotel for a 6:30 am departure.

8:20 AM – 10:20 AM: Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Address
Ballroom, Level 4, Westin Ottawa

Enjoy a continental breakfast (beginning at 7:30 am), followed by the official opening ceremonies of the 2018 Conference. We’ll pay tribute to some of our Conference sponsors, recognize the 2018 Conference Committee, enjoy some entertainment, a great keynote presentation from Dr. Roberta Bondar, and officially open the CPA’s 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show.

10:30 AM – 5:00 PM: 36th Annual Trade Show 
Hall 3, Level 3, Shaw Centre

Be part of the largest payroll trade show in Canada! The Trade Show officially opens at 10:30 AM and runs until 5:00 PM. The latest payroll, HR, finance and related products, services and trends will be on display! This is your opportunity to network with knowledgeable representatives from key product and service providers. The Show will wrap up with prize draws from 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM. The Trade Show will be open all day with lunch served on the show floor.

5:00 PM onwards:  Evening at leisure

Here is your opportunity to network with new friends and renew friendships with existing peers. Enjoy the many restaurants in Ottawa to network and build lasting relationships.






6:30 AM Early Risers’ Club

Kick start your day an invigorating walk or run. Meet in the Westin Hotel lobby to head out with the “CPA Group.”

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM: AGM Breakfast
Ballroom, Level 4, Westin Ottawa

Attend the CPA’s annual business meeting and review the Association’s successes in 2017. The meeting and breakfast occur prior to the start of the concurrent education sessions.

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Education Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address
Ballroom, Level 4, Westin Ottawa

Sponsored by ADP

Join your colleagues for a delicious lunch while networking with your colleagues. Following lunch, you will hear from our second keynote speaker, The Honourable Rona Ambrose, who will give us some great insights on leadership.

6:30 PM: Fun Night Dinner & Entertainment
Ballroom, Level 4, Westin Ottawa

Sponsored by Ceridian

Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun as we generate our momentum at FUN NIGHT! An evening filled with great networking, fabulous food, and entertainment that will have you smiling ear to ear!


FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018


6:30 AM Early Risers’ Club

Start your day off with a brisk walk or run in Ottawa. 

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM: Continental Breakfast and 2018 NPW Preview

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Closing Luncheon, 2018 National Conference Preview and Keynote Address

Enjoy the final lunch of the 2018 Conference. Keynote speaker Paul Wells will share his funny and inspirational insights on the human side of leaders.