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Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA is the President and Founder of Practical PD, Seminars for Accountants.

Stephen is the Vice-President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of SureWx Inc. based in Pointe-Claire Quebec.  SureWx is a global aviation company, an industry leader in the area of assisting airlines optimizing winter operations.

An engaging and experienced speaker, Stephen Priddle weaves practical tips together with stories from his business experience and input from participants. Seasoning the mix with a dose of accounting humour, he serves up useful and dynamic seminars. 

Stephen’s teaching experience includes presenting accounting seminars for over 40 accounting bodies and organizations in Canada and abroad.  Stephen is a prolific author. His published business, accounting and finance cases are used by organizations across Canada.

Stephen has over 35 years of varied business experience. After working with KPMG for five years, he moved into industry, where he has worked for public and private companies. He has gained a wide range of experience in financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other business matters.

Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.

The seminar is being held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Dorval, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, on May 30, 2019. 

The seminar is being offered by Practical PD Seminars for Accountants in Partnership with CPA Quebec.  Quebec CPAs should register the through the CPA Quebec site here.  The cost is $399 plus taxes, but is cheaper for holders of a PD passport.  All others can register for $399 plus taxes by sending an email with subject "Registration May 30, 2019 PTFCC" to contact@practicalpd.com

Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs is a practical, high-level seminar provides more than 400 tips to help you at work, and is great for business people, not just accountants. You won’t find these tips in most courses or text books, but you’ll be able to use many of them. Share experiences and practices with other participants. Bench-mark your practices with those of your peers. This seminar “grows” continuously with new tips from past participants. To date, more than 7,000 have attended Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs.  Participants may also want to attend the companion course, Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs - The Case Course.

What you’ll learn

  • Great tips on key indicator reporting

  • Getting the most out of your bank

  • Cash flow crisis: what to do when it happens

  • Cost-cutting tips

  • M&A: the good, the bad and the ugly

  • More creative thinking for accountants

  • The fast close

  • Auditors & lawyers: working better together

  • Specific tips to improve your internal reporting

  • And more

Who will benefit


Business owners, controllers, CFOs, directors of finance, treasurers and accounting managers and their advisors. Accountants from governments and not-for-profits also find the course useful. In addition, it is helpful for people moving toward these roles.
 

Seminar Feedback

  • Several “light bulb” moments (both new and reminders)

  • It is appealing in that it’s based on actual CFO experience

  • Stephen's style of presentation and ability to keep my interest is not common amongst presenters

  • Excellent use of examples to illustrate content/drive relevant points

  • Fast paced but not hurried

  • Totally practical and Steve made the course interesting

  • Instructor has broad, diverse experiences

  • Fill in the blank method, good to keep engaged

  • I liked the energy of the “course presenter” and his ability to interject personal experiences into the course

  • Real world examples enhance the content/material

  • Wide ranging, goes into non-financial areas I didn’t expect it to go into that were very useful

  • Course presenter’s style (clarity, examples, humour)

  • Totally practical and Steve made the course interesting

  • Enjoyed the jokes and stories

  • My Controller and I really enjoyed your humour and the course you gave

  • I liked the sharing of knowledge of unconventional tips, and practical ones as well

  • I found the sharing of ideas with your peers to get fresh ideas appealing

  • Great opportunity to hear how to become a good CFO

  • Usually PD seminars are dull - this lecturer was a refreshing change and stimulates interest