Our speakers are experts at the cutting edge of their industry!

Opening Keynote Speaker - Shaun Boothe

Shaun Boothe is an award-winning hip-hop artist, TEDx speaker, and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’. The Unauthorized Biography Series is a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History through Hip-Hop. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in the series include Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Malala Yousafzai, Terry Fox, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and more.

After spending 10+ years in the music industry, sharing stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar, a search for a more purposeful path led Shaun to the lecture circuit. It was here where he discovered how his Unauthorized Biography Series, combined with his passion for speaking, could be used as a powerful tool to both entertain and inspire others to achieve their own greatness. A few short years later, this new direction has grown into a thriving international career as an inspirational speaker and performing artist in middle schools, high schools, college campuses, corporations, associations, and performing arts centers alike.
Shaun Boothe

Closing Keynote Speaker - Val Steed

Val Steed graduated from Utah State University where he received both his Bachelors of Science (BS) in Accounting and his Masters of Accounting (MA). Val was an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity where he served as Treasurer. After college, he worked for Deloitte Haskins and Sells of Salt Lake City, Utah, and then with Hansen, Steed, Bradshaw & Malmrose P.C. of Salt Lake City. Val was with Hansen, Steed, Bradshaw & Malmrose P.C. for twelve years and was a shareholder for six years before leaving to start K2 Enterprises. Currently, Val is the Director Accountants for Zoho Corporation. He has twelve years’ experience in public practice and has been involved with the accounting technology industry since 1985.
Val Steed
Steven Van Alstine
Steven Van Alstine
The Canadian Payroll Association
Vice-President, Professional Standards & Education
Demystifying Taxable Benefits
Payroll Issues and Updates 2023

Steven Van Alstine is the Vice-President, Professional Standards and Education at the National Payroll Institute and is considered one of Canada's foremost subject matter experts in Canadian payroll legislation, education and training.

Currently, Steven oversees the Institute’s Professional Accreditation and Learning and Professional Development teams. In his over 25 years with the Institute he has lead teams and initiatives that have resulted in highly respected professional development and innovative payroll designation learning through a state-of-the-art learning management platform and in-person, virtual and online program delivery.

Past contributions have included leading the Institute’s advocacy and government relations committees, supporting research leading to the redevelopment and ongoing augmentations to the payroll accreditation programs and participating in governance development and enhancements for the payroll profession.

Steven received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Wilfrid Laurier University, holds the Institute’s CPM certification, and the CAE certification from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Andrew Wall
Andrew Wall
Chartered Accountants for Information Technologists (CA4IT)
Vice President of Operations
The Evolution of Accounting: How AI is Transforming the Field

Andrew Wall is a Certified Management accountant with over 15 years in Accounting and IT development. He is currently operating as the Vice President of operations for Chartered Accountants for Information Technologists (CA4IT). Established in 1984, CA4IT has grown to become one of Canada’s largest network of accounting firms specializing in small service based business. They have served thousands of independent professionals across Canada. In 2001, Andrew and a team of developers applied for a patent on new accounting software that enabled accountants to work with offshore resources. As a result of his work on this software, Andrew has appeared on the CBC television show “Venture”, and was invited to speak at the International Trade Centers executive forum on global outsourcing. Most recently, Andrew has a renewed focus on the cloud and social media. This renewed focus has given him the opportunity to appear on Rogers television “Toronto Speaks: Entrepreneurship” and most recently has been featured in the CA Magazine article, “Like at first site”.

Kira Wegler
Kira Wegler
Senior Manager, Social Media
How to Attract and Delight Customers with Social Media

Kira Wegler is a Senior Manager of Social Media at RBC, supporting impactful social media campaigns across the bank's lines of business. Kira has worked in social media marketing for eight years across several verticals.

Luke Woods
Luke Woods
Meta Platforms
Client Partner
How to Attract and Delight Customers with Social Media

Luke Woods is a Client Partner for the Financial Services vertical at Meta. He has worked in media & advertising for 8 years.

Taunya Woods Richardson
Taunya Woods Richardson
Nail The Numbers, Inc.
Founder + CEO
The Cashflow Canvas 2.0 Bootcamp

Taunya Woods Richardson is a serial entrepreneur, financial strategist, and neuroeconomics expert who is applauded for her innovative and refreshingly pragmatic approach to inspiring money mastery among entrepreneurs. On stage, she’s a riveting, genuine, and unforgettable speaker, engaging audiences with a wide range of science-backed financial insights that offer a life-changing impact.

She's the creator and architect of the Cashflow Canvas and Money Mastery Matrix, and the founder and CEO of three fintech ventures, Epifany Financial Group, Nail the Numbers, and Champs of Change. Her 30+ years immersed in entrepreneurial finance has led her to work with federal banks, credit unions, NGOs, and universities to financially embolden thousands of entrepreneurs across North America. \

Her insights and expertise on the topic have been featured in numerous media outlets including the National Post, Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Profit, CBC, CTV, and Global Television.

Heather Young
Heather Young
Young Associates
So, You’re Interested in Bookkeeping for Nonprofits?

Heather Clara Young, CPB (Principal, Young Associates) has worked in the field of arts management for over thirty years and as a bookkeeper for most of that time. Her experience includes leadership roles with arts and heritage service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations. Young Associates, founded in 1993, provides full-service bookkeeping as well as financial planning strategic planning, HR and data management services to not-for-profits and charities, with a special focus on the arts and culture sector. Heather teaches accounting and financial management in Humber College’s Arts Management program, and has taught for Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management program and University of Toronto’s Arts Management program. She was the 2012 recipient of the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture, and a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution. Finance for the Arts in Canada (2005, 2022) is a unique self-study guide, reference source and textbook for the accounting and finance functions in cultural organizations.