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Message from the Comptroller General of Canada

James Ralston, Comptroller General of Canada

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On behalf of my colleagues at the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the Financial Management Institute of Canada and all of its members, past and present, for contributing to fifty years of financial management excellence in the public sector across Canada.

The Financial Management Institute is a unique not-for-profit organization that brings together thousands of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated financial professionals from all public sector domains across Canada - municipal, provincial, or federal public service bodies. It is this rich diversity of membership, striving towards a common objective, which has contributed to its
long-term success and reputation. Local chapters have responded to the training needs of their communities whereas the national organization has ensured excellence through its annual conferences, professional journal, and webinars.

The financial management community within the Government of Canada has had a close partnership with the Financial Management Institute for many
years. My team and I rely on the Institute's input, expertise, and support of key initiatives such as the implementation of the recent Policy on Internal Control. The Financial Management Institute assists my office greatly by reaching a broad audience, including people from all levels of the public and private sectors, and its events give us all an opportunity to network, share ideas and learn. It serves as an extremely important partner for us in building the financial management capacity of the Government of Canada and developing our community.

During the past fifty years, the volunteer members behind the Financial Management Institute have been recognized as leaders in the domain of
financial management. Whether leading wide-scale public sector change initiatives or providing financial advice for public sector programs, its members have worked selflessly and tirelessly towards financial management excellence,
undaunted by the work or challenges encountered. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and your significant achievements throughout the past fifty years!

I wish you a memorable fiftieth anniversary celebration at Professional Development Week in November 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, and continued success during the next fifty years!


James Ralston
September 2012
Ottawa, Ontario