Generation Next - WCOA Sydney 2018 | The Best Accounting Conference

International Convention Centre, Sydney Australia  |  5-8 November 2018

Generation Next

You’re invited to gain unprecedented access to the global profession. Hear from some of the most influential speakers from across the world on the topics you need to know now.

Global Challenges; Global Leaders – our congress theme – is one that speaks to the innovative way our profession turns challenges into opportunities. With massive social, political and technological changes sweeping the globe, the need for decisive, impactful skills and leadership is more apparent than ever.

This profession must be grounded in values like integrity, trust and honesty, and must embrace diversity, new technologies and innovation to succeed.

As accounting professionals, we are perfectly positioned to lead and make a difference.

The one day Generation Next program has been designed to align with the theme of the final day of WCOA 2018, the future of the profession. It has been specifically created for those aspiring professionals and graduates and early career accountants who are Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand provisional members (currently enrolled in The CA Program) or CPA Australia associate members (currently enrolled in the CPA program) and those who have recently completed their designation with up to 5 years tenure as a member of either organisation.

Cost: $295.00 per person

CPD: 7.25 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Convey the expectation of a millennial and how you envision your future within the future economy
  • Understand how your employers may perceive you and develop strategies to manage and meet your employer expectations
  • Engage with the global profession to sustain your passion towards a career built on accounting and finance skillsets
  • Understand what it takes to succeed as an accounting practitioner and identify new career pathways
  • Learn how you can use accounting to make a difference
  • Build your network – meet future employers, mentors and colleagues


0945 - 1030 | Registration and Introductory Activities

The introduction to your day will comprise of a series of activities and opportunities to become fully engaged in the WCOA experience prior to the commencement of the first session.

Business Connect – Generation Next Session
Build your network and identify opportunities through the Business Connect program. Knowledgeable connectors will create a relaxed environment facilitating organic conversations and connections. Join micro meetings hosted by high profile speakers and industry influencers to learn, share and engage.

Collect your satchel
Collect your satchel and learn how you can support indigenous accountants.

Book signing and complimentary book ‘A Matter of Trust’ collection
Receive a complimentary copy and meet the author, Clare Payne, Chief of Global Strategy, Tobacco Free Portfolios; Founder, Ethics Partners; EY Fellow for Trust and Ethics

Photo booth for LinkedIn Photo
Update your professional digital presence with a new photo taken for your LinkedIn profile.

1030 - 1145 | Session: Young accountants changing the world

Meet the young accountants making a difference in the world, and having a positive impact on people and communities. Hear the inspirational story from Shelley Cable who is following her dream, passionate about improving financial literacy and promoting indigenous businesses.

Charlotte Hayes who is currently the CFO for the Invictus Games, will share her inspirational story of changing the way societies view disability and embracing those wounded, injured and ill, current and former servicemen and women.

Priya Singh works directly for the CFO of Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest company. Originally from Fiji, her passion for mentoring the disadvantaged led to her first social enterprise Mentor Me Fiji, a mentoring program for orphan girls to reach university education. More recently she launched Karma Collective to support young entrepreneurs in the third world by matching them with business mentors.

Shelley Cable ASA, Senior Consultant, Indigenous Consulting, PwC Australia
Charlotte Hayes CPA, CFO, Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Priya Singh CA, Commercial Associate to the Chief Financial Officer at Fonterra; Founder at Karma Collective and Mentor me Fiji; Ambassador Pacific @ Airbnb

1145 - 1300 | Exhibition Lunch

Participate in multiple learning and networking opportunities.

Our Generation Next ticket holders will also have exclusive access to the WCOA Amazing Race via the WCOA2018 app. Race around the exhibition area to find the answer a series of questions and collect your complimentary items along the way. You could visit exhibition booths, attend the Think or Tech Tank, spot a celebrity or more just to name a few.

1300 - 1445 | Keynote: Global risks and ‘future shocks’

How do businesses overlay global risks with business risks in a world where both are continuously shifting?

Recognising, measuring and mitigating large scale complex global risks, such as those outlined in the Global Risks Report 2018 – environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions – will shape a more resilient tomorrow.

The panel will consider the top five risks from the Global Risks Report 2018 and discuss the most effective long-term prevention strategies all governments and business should be considering.

Tony Jones, Australian Journalist, ABC

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

Alison Martin, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group; Member, Steering Board, WEF Global Risks Report

Keren Elazar, Analyst, Author and Senior Researcher / Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University

Yanis Varoufakis, Former Finance Minister / Greece

1445 - 1505 | Afternoon Break

Complimentary catering will be provided within the session room.

1505 - 1720 | Final Keynote: Future-proof your career - trends, skills, mindsets and behaviours

There has been much debate about the future of accounting as a profession. Role automation is leading to employer demand shifting from job title to skill set, but what exactly will the future look like?

CA ANZ and CPA Australia will partner with LinkedIn, using the power of data to produce an Economic Graph of the profession which will identify the in-demand skills by region.

In this revealing session you will discover the skill gaps starting to appear, across each region, between professional qualifications and employer needs. To remain relevant, the profession as a whole must expand its focus into these new areas to understand:

  • Whether country visions are important
  • How the profession contributes
  • The future skills shaping the profession for next 30 years
  • How to future proof your own career
  • What types of skillsets are needed to survive in the new economy

Melissa Murray Bailey, Senior Director Asia Pacific, LinkedIn

More speakers to be announced

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Speaker James Evans Associate Director / Bell Shakespeare

MC6: The Power of Power BI

Speaker Cecile Nguyen Analyst / SumProduct

Win a weekend away!

WCOA airline partner QANTAS wants to reward Generation Next Amazing Race participants with the opportunity to relax and unwind in sunny Cairns.

The prize includes:

  • Return flights for two people from Sydney to Cairns
  • Two night’s stay at the Hilton, Cairns
  • A day trip for two to Green Island

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