The atmosphere was electric with excitement as industry professionals and enthusiasts gathered for the much-awaited debut of Accountex Canada’s inaugural event in November 2022. With a mix of curiosity and anticipation, the 60+ exhibitors and 650+ attendees descended upon the conference and trade show, eager to explore the untapped potential of this novel accounting and finance event entering the Canadian market.
Drawing on the triumphs of the Accountex brand globally, our team was ready to facilitate connections within the Canadian accounting and bookkeeping community, fostering face-to-face learning and networking experiences in a post-COVID world. The inaugural year exceeded expectations, with boundless energy fueling the two-day event and receiving praise from all corners.
As we step into 2023, Accountex Canada is pushing boundaries and embracing change. With the program nearing completion, our diverse topics will hit the notes the community wants to hear. As per Intuit QuickBooks survey released this year*, an overwhelming 91% of accountants and bookkeepers in Canada concur that technology holds the key to business growth and expansion. This highlights the importance of staying updated with the latest advancements in the field.
To aid delegates in discovering the ideal technology and tools to foster business growth, the trade show floor will be a hub of ideas, information, and connections. With over 75 exhibitors expected to participate, esteemed companies like Sage, Quickbooks, Xero, and Canadian Associations, start-ups, and other innovative companies will be present, offering their expertise and showcasing products that address the challenges of today’s dynamic landscape.
Laine Taylor, our newly appointed Account Manager, has been helping organizations secure their presence at Accountex 2023. According to Taylor, “Most of our exhibitors are enthusiastic about returning, as they believe their participation in last year’s launch played a crucial role in capturing quality leads and generating new sales.” She adds, “We’ve also received significant interest from existing Accountex London exhibitors looking to establish or expand their business in Canada.” With over 30 exhibitors confirmed and several others under negotiation, the trade show presents an exceptional opportunity for delegates to personally connect with leading experts in the accounting and finance community.
We are fortunate to have prominent speakers returning, including Jennifer Bauldic, delving into remote worker considerations, and Teresa Slack, shedding light on E-commerce payment gateways. We are delighted to welcome Jamie Golombek, who will address crucial tax issues relevant to accountants, and Randy Johnson, presenting sessions on technology trends and Practice Management platforms. Additionally, other timely topics include AI implementation and strategies to prevent burnout.
Based on the feedback we received last year, the Flash Meetings were incredibly successful, providing exhibitors with a platform to host product demonstrations. To further improve accessibility this year, we have streamlined the format, scheduling them between sessions.
The Networking Reception returns this year on November 15th where attendees and exhibitors can once again look forward to an opportunity to share experiences, discuss the day’s topics, engage with peers, and make new connections. Based on last year’s well-attended gathering, it promises to be an enjoyable experience for all.
A new addition this year will be the Cyber Zone. With cyber criminals targeting accountants and bookkeepers at an increasing rate, Accountex Canada will provide this new feature area on the show floor where delegates can interact and learn about the latest cyber threats and, most importantly, the solutions to protect themselves and their clients.