Breakfast Talk

The monthly Breakfast Talk Series continues to provide informative and concise sessions for busy professionals to upgrade themselves and keep in touch with industry trends and standards.

Upcoming Breakfast Talk

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5 May 2021

BT2105 : ISCA Breakfast Talk – Facilitating Asia Economies’ Shift to a More Sustainable Future with Green Financing (Live Webinar)

In this session, Mr Lawrence Wu, President & Executive Director, Sunseap Group will be sharing some of Sunseap Group’s efforts in driving green financing to support Singapore and the region’s transition to a more sustainable future, as well as how accounting and finance trained professionals can play a role.

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Past Breakfast Talks 2020

ISCA Breakfast Talk – On the Legislative Trail of the Missing Trader (Fraud) (Live Webinar)

This session, by ISCA and the Singapore Chartered Tax Professionals, seeks to help you and your clients understand the wide implications of the new legislative rules, and the due diligence and record-keeping requirements which are required to protect your business from potential denial of input tax claims, surcharges and penalties if the business “should have known” that its transactions have a connection with a MTF arrangement.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk – Case Studies on Cybersecurity: The Human Factor (Live Webinar)

With more processes and companies embarking on their digitalisation journeys, risk management strategies and polices that focus on cybersecurity must evolve in tandem. Join us in this talk as our speakers examine two case studies of lapses in cybersecurity. They will share how these lapses were detected, the damages suffered, what the responses were and how the relevant organisations recovered from these setbacks.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - Finance Disrupted: Industry Preparedness Index and Looking Ahead (Live Webinar)

“How well prepared are you and your company in managing significant business disruptions?” Mr Tan Lee Thong gave participants of the "ISCA Breakfast Talk - Finance Disrupted: Industry Preparedness Index and Looking Ahead (Live Webinar)” much food for thought with his insightful sharing on the changing world of finance and results from Workday’s study on the Industry Preparedness Index. 

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ISCA Breakfast Talk- Managing Risk in a Digital World (Live Webinar)

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the likelihood and impact of digital threats - cyber security, data security and the risk in an organisation's transformation agenda are not things that are 'good to' consider anymore, but a 'must' consider. Join us in this session with Vandit Bhatia from PwC Singapore to learn more about how organisations can secure their digital risks,  and leverage cybersecurity and data security for growth in a post-COVID landscape.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk- Fighting Fraud in Post COVID-19 World - Is Technology the Solution? (Live Webinar)

Diversity is not just a metric to be strived for. In fact, it is an integral part of a successful corporation and is ever more pertinent amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as companies are challenged to innovate in this uncertain business environment. Join us in this talk as our speakers share the business case for promoting diversity and practical tips on how to promote diversity in the workplace and on Boards.

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ISCA-SMU Breakfast Talk- Governance Matters: Delivering Business Innovation and Growth through Diversity (Live Webinar)

Diversity is not just a metric to be strived for. In fact, it is an integral part of a successful corporation and is ever more pertinent amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as companies are challenged to innovate in this uncertain business environment. Join us in this talk as our speakers share the business case for promoting diversity and practical tips on how to promote diversity in the workplace and on Boards.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk – Setting the Next Generation of Sustainability Goals (Live Webinar)

Over the course of the past years, external sustainability reporting has gone from a compliance requirement to a business norm. The process of sustainability reporting disclosures has not only provided greater transparency on corporate behavior, but has integrated sustainability as part of business strategy. The session aims to provide best practices for companies in Singapore to define the material issues, define their goals and set meaningful targets.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk – Prepare, Respond and Emerge Stronger from the Evolving Fraud Risk Landscape (Live Webinar)

Fraud and economic crime rates remain at record high, impacting companies in more ways than ever. Covid-19 has also triggered fast changes in the way organisations are doing business, organising their workforce and managing their supply chains. The current crisis has the potential to further exacerbate fraud incidents as businesses try their best to manage the disruption and stay afloat.

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ISCA-SMU Breakfast Talk – Governance Matters: Managing Governance and Sustainable Value Creation in Uncertain Times (Live Webinar)

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there is heightened awareness of the need to anticipate and manage risks in an ever more dynamic and uncertain environment. Boards of Directors, Audit and Risk Management Committees, C-suite executives and employees need to keep abreast of the global trends in governance and its implications on businesses, in order to better understand the risks and opportunities to creating sustainable businesses.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk – Lease Accounting Implementation and Post-Compliance Insights (Live Webinar)

When IFRS16 (Leases) came into effect on 1 January 2019, a significant hurdle has been overcome in getting to IFRS 16 transition and compliance. Now it’s time to address “day 2” challenges by optimising lease management and reporting processes, and leveraging emerging technologies and the treasure trove of data now available to inform decision making, reduce costs and better manage risks from leasing.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk  How to Manage Tax Dispute and Stay atop on the Benefits of a Good Tax Corporate Governance Framework (Live Webinar)

Businesses today must understand how controversy trends will affect them and think ahead by putting in place a sound system of risk management to prevent, manage and resolve tax dispute. At our first Breakfast Talk Live Webinar, our speakers shared the approaches to manage tax dispute and how to implement a robust tax corporate governance framework within your organisation.

ISCA Breakfast Talk - An Illustrative Explanation of Changes in Ownership Interests

In this session, our speaker explained why FRS 110 Consolidated Financial Statements and FRS 103 Business Combinations require special accounting treatment for changes in ownership interests with or without change in control and presented a snapshot of the application of the principles to four scenarios.

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Past Breakfast Talks 2019

ISCA Breakfast Talk –Sustainability Reporting

In this session, Mr Mohit Grover from Deloitte explained the importance of sustainability reporting and ESG disclosures is increasing across the globe. Investors, NGOs and other key stakeholders are requesting greater transparency and disclosure on both current and future impacts.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk –Leveraging Fintech Partnerships to Fuel SME Growth

In this session, Mr Anand Periwal from Validus Capital explained how FinTech has transformed the SME lending landscape, what digital banking licenses could mean for SMEs, and how accountants could be part of the driving force for SME financial inclusion.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - How Finance can Become Better Business Partner 

In this session, Mr Erik Saito from Workiva explains methods of developing successful business partnerships and how to uncover the true value of the accounting and finance functions. Participants were enlightened on how to take active steps to elevate the strategic value of their work and activities.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - Risk Management in Today's Evolving Electronic Payments World 

In this session, Mr Foo Chit Leong and Mr David Ng from OCBC Bank illustrated the risks and lapses with real-life cases and shared the best risk management practices in today’s evolving electronic payments world. The speakers also emphasised the need for individuals to be aware of the risks and comply with the organisation’s controls, as often humans are the weakest link.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - City-Shaping and Nation-Building—How Infrastructure will Drive Prosperity and Opportunity for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is facing unprecedented demands for new projects to improve living standards and create opportunities for the hundreds of millions of people in the region. In this session, our speaker from EY explained what this demand means for regional development in terms of future projects, and how cooperation between governments and industry will be critical to delivering them.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - Beyond the Boardroom: Why Strong Internal Controls are Important for Businesses Today

In this talk, our speaker from Nexia discussed on the key areas and processes that are useful in setting up new or enhancing existing internal controls,  some common areas of improvement that can be undertaken by the finance team, as well as practical challenges faced when implementing internal controls, particularly for smaller companies.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - Lessons Learnt from the COI findings on the SingHealth Cyber Attacks

A summary of key takeaways from the COI Report were presented in this session with our speaker from PwC sharing their perspectives and recommendations on the immediate actions that organisations should take to level up their cyber defence based on the lessons learnt from the SingHealth incident. 

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ISCA Breakfast Talk  - Investment Positioning – Proven Strategies to Attract Investors

The speaker from Light Bulb Advisory shared on how businesses can position themselves differently from others and communicate its value to attract potential investors to invest.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk  - Keeping your data secure for your day to day business   

Cybersecurity has always been important. But the growing stream of recent large-scale attacks in the past year driven more urgency around this topic today. This session looks at ways to improve defence against the Cyber Threats and reduce risk for the business.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk  - Alternative Financing

In this session, speaker from Funding Societies deep dived into Peer-to-Peer Lending aka Debt Crowdfunding, and how it can aid SMEs during various tight cash flow situations. This allowed participants to learn more about the concept of crowdfunding and how it can possibly help to increase their client's working capital to further scale their business.

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ISCA Breakfast Talk - Tax Snapshot – Tax impact on businesses from the adoption of various accounting standards

A general overview of the tax treatment arising from the adoption of various accounting standards and how the tax treatment could have a potential impact in terms of the tax costs and compliance burden for businesses.

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