Free webinar

Achieving Equity – How Finance Professionals Can Drive Change in D&I

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Finance Professionals recognize the strong link between inclusion and organizational success. As leaders in our organizations, we are well positioned to influence corporate culture and people’s behaviour… So why aren’t we doing it?

According to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ (ACCA) latest research in Leading Inclusion, most do not know where to start.

Please join the author of the Leading Inclusion report, Clive Webb, Senior Professional Insights Manager at ACCA, as ACCA will discuss the valuable role we can play in advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

During this one-hour session, they will:

  • Define diversity, inclusion, and equity, and how the profession embraces these values, as we understand it today.
  • Examine the impact of the pandemic and the opportunities and challenges that are emerging as a result.
  • Learn what we as finance professionals can do, including recommended actions that can be taken at the organizational level, and individually.

To help illustrate the role we can play, ACCA will be joined by ACCA Members, Alex Alifa, Manager, PwC Canada, and Lisa Maenpaa, Financial Officer, Library Office, University of Waterloo, who will be providing their insights and experiences.

Join them for this complimentary webinar, download the “Leading Inclusion” report, and consider the action that you could take for diversity and inclusion.


Clive Webb

Chief Financial Officer, ACCA

Clive leads on ACCA’s research on business and technology-related matters from the perspective of chief financial officer. His research interests include the application of digital technologies to the finance function, and how they impact on the people and processes they support. He has a particular interest in the personal developmental aspects of an organization. Clive is the author of ACCA’s latest report Leading inclusion. The report is based upon a survey of ACCA members, affiliates and future members that was conducted in October 2020 and elicited 10,049 responses from our community.

Lisa Maenpaa

Financial Officer, University of Waterloo Library

Lisa Maenpaa is currently the Financial Officer at the University of Waterloo Library, with responsibility for financial reporting and analysis, budgets, and oversight of fiscal processes and practices within the Library.

Lisa previously spent several years working for an international development NGO and has extensive experience in not-for-profit accounting and program audits.

Lisa is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). She holds a Master of Environment and Business degree from the University of Waterloo.

Alex Alifa

Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada

Alex is a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada, working out of the Halifax office. He manages the Internal Audit, Risk Assurance practice across Atlantic Canada, providing services to clients across Canada and the United States.

He possesses over 10 years experience in Internal Audit & Controls, Risk Management & Assurance, IT Audit and Revenue Assurance across diverse industries.

Alex began his career with PwC's Advisory practice, before moving into Risk Assurance and then Internal Audit. He then joined the largest Telecommunications Infrastructure provider in EMEA as the Revenue Assurance (RA) Manager, setting up the RA practice to optimize the company's revenue and minimize losses.

Alex then joined Ernst & Young (EY) as a Manager in the Risk Advisory practice, providing guidance to the team and setting up the Service Delivery Center, before moving to PwC. At EY, he was instrumental in training less experienced team members and facilitated training of campus recruits across North America.

He is an ACCA, CIA and CISA.