The Institute of Financial Operations Announces Expansion of Educational Programming into Western Canada

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Membership association for professionals in accounts payable and accounts receivable holds its first conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Institute of Financial Operations is preparing for CDN360, its first conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, showing its commitment to expanding educational offerings into new parts of Canada.

A nonprofit membership association, the IFO serves as the premier source of education, certification, and networking for professionals in accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the related fields of information management and data capture. The organization has held a conference in Toronto, Ontario, for the previous three years titled the Canadian Financial Operations Symposium.

“It was time for us to expand to the West Coast to reach more of our constituents,” said Ken Brown, interim executive director of the IFO. “CDN360 is the perfect way for those who couldn’t get to our annual international conference in Dallas, Texas, in May to still receive in-person educational benefits.”

CDN360 2014 takes place Sept. 14-16 at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. Among highlights of the announced schedule:

  •     Keynote speakers — Business advisor and author Ed Robinson will talk about “Change Management: From Fighting the Storm to Dancing in the Rain.” Dominique Vincenti, vice president of internal audit at Nordstrom, will present “Have You Thought About Your Personal Brand Lately? A Snapshot of Emotional Intelligence and its Contribution to Professional Success for Finance Leaders.”
  •     Panel discussions — Financial operations leaders will interactive discussions on “Today’s Top Fraud Challenges in Financial Operations” and “What Lies Ahead: A Look into the Future.”
  •     Educational sessions — Topics include automating the invoice-to-payment cycle, reducing procure-to-pay costs, using e-bill for payments, identifying global trends in e-invoicing, complying with Canadian tax laws, business-to-business networks, vendor file best practices, and more.
  •     Exhibitors — About a dozen booths will showcase products and services that help financial operations departments function more optimally.

“We’ve found the right blend of thought leadership, modern best practices, and networking opportunities to make this conference an excellent way to learn in a relaxing setting,” said Fidel Coutou, an IFO members who serves as chair of CDN360 2014. “We look forward to meeting more financial operations professionals in Vancouver and the surrounding areas.”

Registration for the conference is available on the IFO website at For information, contact The Institute at 407-351-3322 or info(at)financialops(dot)org.

About The Institute of Financial Operations

The Institute of Financial Operations is a membership-based professional association serving the entire financial operations ecosystem, with a particular focus on the accounts payable and accounts receivable disciplines and the related fields of information management and data capture. The Institute grew out of the merger of four associations: International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing and Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI).

Based in Orlando, Fla., with affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, The Institute serves as a global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator for people in financial operations. The Institute has a community of nearly 70,000, which includes 9,000 members and customers, and an additional 61,000 financial operations professionals.

The Institute’s members have access to benefits and leading edge resources such as the award-winning Financial Ops magazine, a dynamic content-rich website, educational and networking events, online educational offerings, certification and certificate programs, career resources, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit

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