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Demystifying Finance: Finance for Supply Chain Management Professionals

Date:   Jan 29, 2018 - Jan 30, 2018
Time:   8:30 AM
Location:   Hilton Garden Inn - Calgary Airport
2335 Pegasus Rd NE
Calgary, AB

CPD: 10 Points

Price: $795 Member, $895 Non-member

Pre-requisites: None

Course Description:

Finance is a core pillar of knowledge for individuals in purchasing and supply chain management roles. Knowledge of finance and profitability enables employees to make better decisions on supply base capabilities and enhance their organization’s returns. In addition, financial acumen helps individuals improve the performance of their area, showcase their accomplishments in words senior management appreciates, and enhance their careers.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Read and understand financial reports
  • Interpret the financial health of a supplier or another organization
  • Apply various financial terms to describe performance in supply chain activities
  • Evaluate how Executives may analyze financial information to assess performance
  • Identify the quantitative analysis behind many decisions
  • Communicate more effectively with the Finance department and key decision-makers
  • Use financial analysis to support decisions and obtain buy-in on key proposals
  • Participate in the budgeting/forecasting process more effectively

As a result of the above learning outcomes, participants should find that their financial knowledge provides them with additional insight which ultimately will increase their career growth and potential.

This workshop is highly interactive. Participants will learn through performing various exercises. It is highly recommended that participants bring a calculator with them to obtain maximum benefit.

Who should attend?

Finance is often a confusing area to those who do not use it on a daily basis. This workshop is geared toward busy non-financial professionals working within Supply Chain Management who are looking to enhance their financial knowledge and effectively integrate it into their day-to-day activities.



Instructor: Karine Benzacar, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, CPA (Del.), CFA

Karine Benzacar is Managing Director of Knowledge Plus Corp., an organization which specializes both in business training and in providing financial, accounting, and management information services. As a professional accountant, certified both in Canada and in the U.S., Karine’s practice has involved organizations all across North America. Her clients include many companies - large companies, such as the Bank of Nova Scotia, Magna, and IBM, start-up firms and the public sector, such as various departments of the Government of Canada.

Karine is a seasoned industry professional with over 25 years of solid industry experience. After beginning her career in the finance departments of Kraft Foods and Avon Products, she held senior financial management positions at three major Canadian Banks and has worked with numerous non-financial professionals, helping enhance their financial expertise.

In addition to her industry experience, Karine has been teaching undergraduate, MBA, and Masters of Finance courses at several leading universities which include University of Toronto, Queens University, Concordia University, and Ryerson University. She is a highly acclaimed industry expert, has presented at national industry conferences, and has been facilitating certification programs for accountants. She has published numerous articles in leading journals such as the National Post, Financial Post, CMA Management Magazine, HR Reporter, HRPA Magazine, Bottom Line and the RMA Journal and has been quoted as an industry expert in industry publications. She was awarded the FCPA, FCMA designation an honorary designation where she was selected by her industry peers for her outstanding contributions to the industry, profession, and the community; this designation is held by less than 1% of CPAs in Canada.  



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