British MP to Headline Global Speakers for 36th ICAC Annual Conference

DLammyThe Rt. Hon. David Lammy, MP in the British Parliament, who recently led the charge in the House of Commons on the Windrush Generation issue, will deliver the keynote address at the ICAC’s 36th Annual Conference in Nassau, Bahamas over the period June 21-23, 2018. The conference is being hosted by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.

A former Minister of Higher Education, Culture and Health in the previous Labour Government, the Rt. Hon. David Lammy will address the topic, “Caribbean Sustainability in the Present Global Geo-Political Climate,” during the opening session of the conference on June 22.

The Rt. Hon David Lammy, was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham and became the ‘Baby’ of the House of Commons, London at the age of 27 in June 2000. He served for eight years (2002-2010) as a Minister in the Labour government, including as Culture Minister and Higher Education Minister, and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2008. Since 2010, he has been an active backbench MP and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Race and Community, Fatherhood and Crossrail 2. In January 2016, the then Prime Minister David Cameron asked Mr. Lammy to lead an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system. The Lammy Review was published in September 2017 and included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for Government and the criminal justice sector.

President of ICAC, Anthony Pierre said, “we are truly honoured to have the Rt. Honourable David Lammy participate in this year’s conference. David Lammy has a keen interest in Britain’s policies that affect people from the Caribbean and the wider Commonwealth; as demonstrated by his recent contributions on the floor of the British Parliament in defense of the Windrush Generation.”

Also included in the line-up of regional and international speakers are the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, who will deliver the opening address on June 22 and Ms. Tommye Barie, Board Member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) who will speak on the topic, Global Accounting Profession Trends and Opportunities for Success,” at the opening session of the conference.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • James Collins, Performance Management Strategy Executive and Business Analytics – North America IOT, IBM;
  • Andrew Burns, President, CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy);
  • Datuk Alexandra Chin, former President, ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants);
  • Tashia Batstone, Senior Vice President for External Relations and Business Development, CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada);
  • Kimberly Ellison Taylor, Chairman, Board of Directors, AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants);
  • Leighton McKnight, Territory Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Jamaica);
  • Lisa Padmore, Partner, Ernst & Young (Barbados); • Myra Lundy-Mortimer, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Bahamas);
  • Kenrick Christie, Partner, Grant Thornton (Bahamas);
  • oug Williamson, Regional Chief Financial Officer, CIBC FCIB;
  • Tanya McCarthney, CEO, Bahamas Financial Services Board.

This year’s conference theme is Regional and Global Opportunities: Preparing for Success.” It draws attention to the need to not only examine the challenges of today’s rapidly changing global environment and identify and explore the opportunities to survive these challenges.

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