Redefining the Classroom

LSSU to host Superior Accounting Conference on May 3

Posted: March 25th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Students who are members of Lake Superior State University’s Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants are inviting accounting and business professionals, those who teach accounting, and students who are interested in learning more about it to their Superior Accounting Conference on Friday, May 3, on campus.

The conference offers 8 hours of continuing professional education credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, according to Prof. Jodi Hunter, who teaches accounting at LSSU and is advisor of the LSSU IMA chapter.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Stephen Pedneault, the principal of Forensic Accounting Services LLC in Glastonbury, Conn. His firm specializes in forensic accounting, fraud and litigation support matters. Hunter said his technical expertise and intuitive investigative awareness have garnered him the respect of the legal, accounting and law enforcement communities. As a result, he is called upon often as a litigation expert and is considered a highly regarded member of legal teams. Pedneault has worked in public accounting for more than 20 years and is a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, is certified in financial forensics and as a forensic certified public accountant.

“Mr. Pedneault is entertaining and interesting while providing valuable and useful information that will apply to all types of organizations,” Hunter said. “In times of tightening costs requiring managed budgets, we believe that that we have planned a conference that is timely, varied in topic, and economical to allow participants to receive the most value for their continuing education dollars. In addition, they’re helping to support a student organization of future business professionals.”

The conference itinerary includes Pedneault presenting “Ethics: Dilemmas and Consequences in Decision Making” throughout the morning, followed by lunch and a presentation of the plans to refurbish the campus building that will house LSSU’s School of Business.

Following lunch, Pedneault will present “Demystifying the World of Forensic Accounting,” while LSSU Prof. Gerald Root will instruct participants on how to help their clients set realistic goals and develop plans to achieve them in "Investing in Productive Assets is a Positive Sum Game, But Your Clients Can Still Lose.”

Later, participants may choose from “Employee Fraud Alert: Current Trends and Threats,” presented by Pedneault, and “What’s Hot in Accounting, Auditing and Taxation,” presented by LSSU alumnus Stephen M. Peacock CPA and Kerry J. Nelson CPA, of Rehmann Group.

Information on all of the speakers, their presentations, conference fees, registration and more is available here. Prospective participants may also contact Hunter at or 906-635-2424 for more information. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315;; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Jodi Hunter, or 906-635-2424