Message from the fmi*igf President 2016-2017
I have just returned from Ottawa where I was fortunate enough to
have attended the annual Professional Development Week (PD Week
2016). It truly is a remarkable event attended by over 4,100
attendees over four days. I encourage anyone to search #PDWeek2016 or follow @FMI_IGF on
Twitter to see some of the comments made and pictures taken by our
attendees and to have a look at the program
and speakers. Truly amazing! The PD Week 2016 Organizing Committee
and the FMI National Office staff really did an outstanding job.
For those of you who may not know, the PD Week committee is made up
of 65 people who volunteer their time to make this event as
successful as it is. There is also a lot of extra effort put in by
our staff at the FMI National Office at this time of year. I really
want to congratulate each and every one of the people involved
including our sponsors, speakers and others who volunteered their
time (i.e. Speed Mentors). This event is the key to fmi*igf's
success and its year-round operations. Thank you!!!!
PD Week 2016 Organizing
Thomas and Mathieu Langlier
National Staff: Christopher Egan, Caroline Désilets, Lynn Carroll,
Cheryl Elliott and Nicolas Drolet.
Before I start on this year, I want to
take a moment to thank a few other people. Many of you know that
Mathieu Langelier, our CEO, has recently left us
to take on a position with the International Actuarial Association
(IAA). Mathieu has helped to facilitate a significant amount of
change to our organization that has really helped us grow. Not only
did he take part in the transition to our new governance structure,
but he has worked to develop and strengthen our relationships with
key stakeholders within the federal government, as well as, helping
us build a strong and collaborative relationship with CPA Canada.
If you didn't already know, fmi*igf is working in collaboration
with CPA Canada to help build an improved public sector curriculum.
Gary Wuschnakowski from our Ontario Chapter has also been a key
player in assisting CPA Canada with the content for their
In addition, Mathieu and Nicolas
Drolet from National Office (along with a few volunteers) were
instrumental in building and launching our first e-learning Leadership course. Together they have officially put the
"I" in fmi*igf. We can move ahead and be proud to call ourselves a
true learning institute. Thank you Mathieu. I know that your new
job is a great opportunity for you, but I will miss you.
Secondly, I want to take this opportunity to thank our Past
President, Jean Labelle, along with our 2015-2016 Board Members.
Jean was a major contributor not only to the development but also
to the implementation of our new Board structure. Thank you for
your leadership and dedication over the past two years as we moved
through this transition. And to the Board Members without whom none
of these changes would have been possible. You are all tremendously
dedicated and passionate people who have helped us keep this
fantastic momentum going.
fmi*igf National Board
Barb Kelly, Western Regional Director; Jonathon Hood, Central
Regional Director; Jean
Labelle, President; Martha Thomas, Vice-President; Shawn Johnson,
Secretary-Treasurer; Mathieu Langelier, Chief Executive Officer.
Front (l-r): Nicolas Delisle,
Director of Membership; Christine Robichaud, Eastern Regional
Director. Absent: Yvonne
Samson, Past President; and Mike Pestill, Director of National
I am proud to take on the role of President at such an exciting
time for fmi*igf. We are heading into our 55th year and I believe
our organization has never been better positioned. Our three-year
Strategic Plan has four main outcomes identified including:
- Volunteer Engagement - fmi*igf has established
an attractive and evolving value proposition for our diverse and
competent base of dedicated volunteers in all levels.
- Chapter and National Product Growth - fmi*igf
is thriving sustainably through the provision of relevant,
high-quality product offerings that experience increasing levels of
involvement and participation.
- Public Sector Impact - fmi*igf has a pulse on
all emerging issues and trends and is the "go-to" source for public
sector financial management information.
- National Recognition - There is increased
awareness of fmi*igf as a national organization among key current
and future stakeholders.
As I begin my tenure, I want to let you know how the new
National Board and the National Office are supporting these
outcomes. As President, I have the ability to appoint two positions
on the Board. Shawn Johnson (Fredericton Chapter) will be the
Director of Organizational Development. He will assist in the
transition both to our new Secretary-Treasurer, Derek Cockburn
(Victoria Chapter) and to our new CEO. In addition, he will assist
with improving and streamlining corporate reporting. Barb Kelly
(Regina Chapter), will be the Director of Orientation and
Onboarding Design. In order to support our volunteers we need to
ensure they have access to the tools they need. Those volunteers
include Chapter volunteers, members of the National Board of
Directors, and PD Week and PSMW volunteers. The National Board will
continue to support the Chapters, as well as supporting the
initiatives of the national organization, through regular
conversations and meetings with the Chapter Advisory Council (CAC)
as well as attendance at their regional events where possible.
These conversations will assist us in finding ways to make,
maintain and strengthen our public sector impact and improve our
national recognition. We can't do that without the great work that
happens in each of our 14 Chapters, during PD Week or PSMW, our
annual Public Sector Management Workshop.
My two key focus areas this year will be on the continuing
development of our relationship with CPA Canada and the development
of fmi*igf's new website. I am honoured to be working with the
newly elected National Board and always grateful for the staff at
National Office who I know will keep this incredible momentum
Please join me in welcoming the new National Board of Directors
and the members of our Chapter Advisory Council:
fmi*igf National Board
Kelly, Director of Orientation and Onboard Design; Derek Cockburn,
Secretary-Treasurer; Linda Dow, Eastern Regional Director; Jonathan Hood, Central Regional
Director; Jim Randall,
Vice-President; Martha Thomas, President; Jean Labelle, Past
President; Athena Dinos, Western Regional Director; and, Shawn Johnson, Director of
Back (l-r): Barb Kelly, Western Regional Director 2014-2016; Carlton Gee,
President, Vancouver Chapter; Veronica Gelowitz, President, Regina
Chapter; Jonathan Hood, Central Regional Director; Gary
Wuschnakowski, President, Ontario Chapter; Janet Mrenica,
President, Capital Chapter; Éric Maranda, President,
IGF-Québec; Derwin Banks, President, PEI Chapter; Valmond Bourque,
Vice-President, South-East New Brunswick Chapter; Sonya Keeping,
President, St. John's Chapter; Fred Donaldson, President, Halifax
Chapter and CAC Chair 2015-2016. Front (l-r): Jeanette Stead,
Vice-President, Edmonton Chapter; Athena Dinos, President, Manitoba
Chapter, Melinda Pedersen, President, Fredericton Chapter;
Christine Robichaud, Eastern Regional Director
2014-2016. Absent: Alexandre Cavuoti, President, IGF-Montréal; and
Jason Stevenson, President, Victoria Chapter.
Thank you to Fred Donaldson (Halifax Chapter) for his
contributions to our Chapter Advisory Council and acting as Chair
for 2015-2016. And welcome to Nicolas Delisle (IGF-Québec) who was
recently chosen as the new Chair for 2016-2017. Thanks to Christine
Robichaud (Fredericton Chapter) for all of her work with fmi*igf
over the years.
Here's to a great year ahead. If you have any questions or
comments about helping us achieve our outcomes or improve our
product offerings, please connect with me at
Martha Okot Thomas, CPA CA
fmi*igf National President