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People Who Have Shaped fmi*igf

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On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the fmi*igf recognizes 50 of its members who have contributed to shaping the fmi*igf either at the National or Chapter level.

RECIPIENTS:

St. John's

Dick Hyslop

Terry Paddon

Halifax

Kathryn Burlton

Frederick Donaldson

Bryn Weadon

Prince Edward Island

Derwin Banks  

Al Green

Fredericton

Christine Robichaud

Peter Wolters

South-East New Brunswick

Carole Gaudet

Denise Shean

Québec

Serge Boisseau

Roland Letarte

Pierre-André Paré

Jean-Claude Savard

Montreal

Jean Coutu

Mario Roy

Capital

Nicole Campeau

Guy Cousineau (posthumously)

Raymond Dubois

Paul Gauvin

Peter Hall  

Bruce Hirst

Mark Huard

Mary Joab

Jean L. Laporte

Gerry Leus

Andy Macdonald

Bruce Meredith

Cheryl Munro

Pat Nephin

Richard Neville

Jim Quinn

Tom Ritchie

Alan G. Ross

Germain Tremblay

Ontario

Rob Siddall

Richard Slee

Manitoba

Wolf Boehm

Ronald S. Smith

Regina

Mike Pestill

Rachel Ratch

Alberta

Lucia Stachurski

Edwin Witzke

Vancouver

Karen Hall

Arthur MacKenzie

Claudia Roberts (posthumously)

Victoria

Paul Cumberland

Gordon Gunn

Brian Marson 

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St. John's

Terry Paddon

Terry Paddon has been a strong supporter of the St. John's chapter since the chapter hosted PSMW in 2006. Terry was honorary co-chair of that event and actively encouraged provincial government employees to participate, resulting in the St. John's PSMW being one of the most successful events held by fmi*igf. Since then, Terry, as provincial Deputy Minister of Finance, has been a presenter at an annual chapter event that provides attendees with an economic update for the province.

Dick Hyslop

As CFO for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Dick Hyslop has been a steadfast supporter of the St. John's chapter from its inception. Dick has encouraged his staff to attend not just local chapter events but PSMW and PD Week. This has resulted in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans having the largest membership and attendance at the chapter of any federal government department.

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Halifax

Frederick Donaldson

Fred Donaldson is a charter member of the Halifax chapter, serving as president from 1994 to 1998. Fred co-chaired Halifax's first PSFMW in 1998 which was both a critical and financial success, and was part of the team that delivered another successful PSMW in 2010. Fred has been the glue that kept the chapter going through the tough years; at one stage he was one of only four members of the chapter. Fred served on the national board as eastern liaison from 2001 to 2005. Fred is now, once again, the president of the chapter.

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Halifax Chapter's Past President, Stu Jamieson with Fred Donaldson, June 2013.

Kathryn Burlton

Kathryn Burlton joined the Halifax chapter in 2001 when the chapter was struggling and for a few years she was part of a group of four held the organization together. She served as president from 2003-2007, increasing the membership each year. Kathryn co-chaired, Halifax's second successful PSMW in 2010 and as a result was recognized by the province of Nova Scotia with the Ambassador's Award for promoting Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia. Kathryn continues to serve on both the chapter and national boards of directors.

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Former Halifax Chapter President, Phil Green with Kathryn Burlton, June 2013.

Bryn Weadon

Bryn Weadon was assistant managing editor and subsequently managing editor of the fmi*igf Journal. Also, he served as national co-chair for PSMW 2006. In 2009, Bryn received the Financial Management of Institute Award in recognition of his leadership and outstanding contribution to the public sector financial community. Bryn was actively involved in the Capital chapter and now resides in Nova Scotia.

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Prince Edward Island

Al Green

Al Green was actively involved in the efforts to revive the PEI chapter in 2003 and helped organize a very successful PSMW PEI in 2004 as local co-chair. Al continued his active involvement by playing various roles in the chapter throughout his career. Although he is now a retired financial officer from Veterans Affairs Canada, Al still serves as a dedicated fmi*igf PEI volunteer and he is assisting the PEI chapter with organizing PSMW PEI 2014.

Derwin Banks

Derwin Banks was a key contributor in the efforts to revive the PEI Chapter in 2003 and helped to organize a very successful PSMW PEI in 2004; Derwin was president of the chapter at the time. Over the years, Derwin has continued in his interest and support of fmi*igf and continues to do so today as the national co-chair for PSMW PEI 2014 and a dedicated member of the fmi*igf national board. Derwin is also an active member of the fmi*igf 50th anniversary committee.

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Brenda Powell, PEI Chapter President, with Derwin Banks, June 2013.

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Fredericton

Christine Robichaud

On the Fredericton chapter board of directors since 2002, Christine Robichaud has been immersed over the years in the planning and delivery of the professional development events. During her term as president, Christine notably established the ongoing solid partnerships with CMA and CGA New Brunswick. As co-chair with Yvonne Samson hosting a very successful PSMW 2012, Christine and her team's efforts returned financial benefits to the Fredericton chapter that will allow programs to be offered to members at preferred rates as well as other benefits for years to come.

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Christine Robichaud with Shawn Johnson, Fredericton Chapter President, June 2013.

Peter Wolters

Peter Wolters served on the Fredericton fmi*igf chapter board of directors from 1996 to 2005, including two years from as chapter president. Peter was the local co-chair of the 15th annual PSMW hosted in Fredericton in 2002 where 240 participants attended the very successful conference which featured well-known public sector officials from various levels of government across Canada. Peter was elected to the fmi*igf national board of directors from 2005 to 2010, including terms as vice-president, president and past president.

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Peter Wolters with Shawn Johnson, Fredericton Chapter President, June 2013.

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South-East New Brunswick

Denise Shean

Denise Shean was nominated as the membership and liaison coordinator when the chapter was first created in 2010 and has been instrumental in building the roots of the new chapter. From the establishment of the constitution and the website to making affiliation with other chapters and national, Denise has played a leadership role and was able to keep the chapter president and board members "together and on their toes".

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Denise Shean, June 2013.

Carole Gaudet

Carole Gaudet has been on the board of directors as secretary since the creation of the chapter in September 2010. Her involvement in fmi*igf over the last 3 years has resulted in the Southeast New-Brunswick chapter being created with a new board of directors, a new constitution, and many new members. Carole's excellent communication and planning skills allowed the chapter to have many successful events attract various new members and grow to where it is at today.

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Québec

Pierre-André Paré

In 1988, Pierre-André Paré, deputy minister in the Controller's office, launched the Quebec chapter of the fmi*igf. Quickly the Quebec chapter distinguishes itself and sees significant progress growing from about one hundred members from 2 or 3 departments to more than 430 members in 2003 representing more than 50 departments and agencies, the federal government and other institutions. Since 1993, Pierre-André has been a governor of igf-Quebec and he continues to participate actively in the programming work and to attend events

Serge Boisseau

Serge Boisseau has been a member of the Québec City chapter board for 15 years, including three years as chapter president. Under his leadership as local co-chair of PSMW 2008, this event attracted over 700 participants the highest PSMW attendance ever achieved. More recently, Serge was involved as a regional representative on the fmi*igf 50th anniversary committee

Roland Letarte

In 1988, Roland Letarte, director in the Controller's office, participated at all levels of the creation of the Quebec chapter. As co-chair, he organized the national workshops held in Quebec in 1990. He was responsible for different committees for the 2000 and 2008 workshops held in Quebec.  Until 2008, he was the chapter's vice-president for public relations. At the national level, he was a member of the national board of directors from 1997 to 2006 where he held the position of liaison director responsible for the development of chapters. In this capacity he was one of the main architects who contributed to the creation of the Ontario chapter

Jean-Claude Savard

In 1990-91, Jean-Claude Savard served as the first fmi*igf national president from outside of the National Capital Region. That year, fmi*igf national office was opened and the first executive director was hired under Jean-Claude, marking a significant evolution in the development of our organization

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Montreal

Mario Roy

Mario Roy joined the Montreal chapter in 1999 and remained until 2010. He was chapter president from 2002 to 2007 and past president from 2007 to 2010. He was a very active president and administrator for the chapter during these 11 years. He was truly devoted to the chapter in order to give it credibility, to ensure its longevity and to ensure that all its members felt proud about their chapter

Jean Coutu

Jean Coutu joined the Montreal chapter at the end of the 90's and today he remains a member and administrator of the chapter. During all these years, he has been a member of the board of directors and since 2009 he has occupied the treasurer position. He has been a constant worker on an on-going basis. Jean is a tireless worker who works in the background but he is very effective and focussed on the success of the Montreal chapter

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Capital

Germain Tremblay

From 1994-2000, Germain Tremblay held a variety of positions on the fmi*igf Capital chapter board of directors, including the role of chapter president. Germain was instrumental in strengthening the relationship with the Comptroller General and in actively engaging him in fmi*igf events. Germain co-chaired three PSMW and the fmi*igf PD Week for two years. He also served on the national board of directors, including one year as national president.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Germain Tremblay, June 2013.

Gerry Leus

In 1993, when fmi*igf Capital chapter was desperate for an administrator, Gerry was handed a box of files, a database, and little else.  For 16 years to the day, she served the chapter well, completing tasks manually, producing the membership cards, calendar of events, name tags, etc, and never missing an event or deadline.  Gerry provided the software developer all the needed criteria to produce the successful online registration and membership system currently used by all chapters across Canada.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Gerry Leus, June 2013.

Guy Cousineau (posthumously)

Guy Cousineau was the first president of the fmi*igf national organization from 1962 to 1965. Under his leadership, a small group of senior financial officers met for lunch at the Gloucester Mess to hear speakers and discuss common issues and challenges. This small group became the Federal Financial Officer's Institute, later to be renamed the fmi*igf.

Alan G. Ross

In 1975 the fmi*igf took off in a new direction broadening the membership from a small number of senior financial officers to the entire financial management community in government. Alan served as president of the fmi*igf in 1976-77. The first issue of the Bulletin was announced and a major recruiting drive was held during that year.  Alan was also chair of the committee that created the first fmi*igf awards program. The Alan G. Ross Award for Writing Excellence is now awarded to recognize the author of the best article published in the fmi*igf journal each fiscal year.

Paul Gauvin

Paul Gauvin was one of the early supporters of the fmi*igf. He was involved in various roles within the fmi*igf national board of directors and served as national president in 1972-73. Under Paul's leadership, the first PD Week was organized and membership reached the 1,000 mark. Paul continued to be an active fmi*igf supporter by promoting the organization and participating as a speaker at numerous events throughout his career.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Paul Gauvin, June 2013.

Peter Hall

Peter Hall was the fmi*igf national president who led the official incorporation of our organization in 1982. Under his leadership, the fmi*igf solidified its structure and formalized its operations.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Peter Hall, June 2013.

Richard Neville

Richard Neville was actively engaged in the fmi*igf national board of directors and served as national president in 1983-84. During his tenure as national president Richard recognized the need for the organization to reach out beyond Ottawa and he organized the first regional meeting in Montreal which led to the creation of the first fmi*igf chapter. Throughout his career, including his time as the Deputy Comptroller General of Canada, Richard has been extremely supportive of the fmi*igf and helped to promote the organization extensively. Richard has also appeared frequently as a speaker at events.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Richard Neville, June 2013.

Pat Nephin

In 1987, after co-chairing PD Week in 1986, Pat Nephin took over as chair of the event and oversaw the transition from a joint event with the CMAs to an fmi*igf only event. Pat also brought in the CAs and CGAs to PD Week.  Pat was fmi*igf national president in 1987-88 where he led the organization through numerous changes and in May 1988, when the fmi*igf held the first Government Directors of Finance Workshop in Montreal, Pat was one of the two co-chairs for the event. The first issue of the fmi*igf Journal was also published during Pat's tenure.

Mary Joab

In 1991, the fmi*igf hired an executive director and opened up its own office. Mary Joab was the first executive director and consequently the first employee of fmi*igf. Mary played a key role in supporting a very active national board of directors during a period of organizational growth that saw the creation of a number of new chapters across the country.

Cheryl Munro

Cheryl Munro made an exceptional contribution to fmi*igf, serving five times as chair/co-chair of PD Week, national co-chair for PSMW 2002, and various positions on the fmi*igf national board of directors, including  national president in 1999-2000.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Cheryl Munro, June 2013.

Bruce Hirst

Bruce Hirst served four times as co-chair of PSMW. He played various roles on the fmi*igf Capital chapter, including serving as its president.  Bruce assisted chapters in arranging for speakers from Ottawa and frequently spoke at various fmi*igf events.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Bruce Hirst, June 2013.

Raymond Dubois

Raymond Dubois was Deputy Auditor General of Canada and was made one of the first fmi*igf honorary life members in 2002. Raymond was instrumental in the organization of the initial fledgling group that led to establishment of the fmi*igf.

Andy Macdonald

Andy Macdonald served as the first Comptroller General of Canada. He was a strong supporter of the fmi*igf in its early years and actively promoted it through his own personal involvement in numerous events. Andy was made one of the first fmi*igf honorary life members in 2002.

Jean L. Laporte

As national president in 2005, Jean L. Laporte realigned the fmi*igf structure and its priorities to better support its regional chapters and oversaw the creation of the chapter investment fund. He also introduced the first formal annual report. In 2007, he contributed to the expansion of the PD Week program with the introduction of the community leaders' stream and the integration of the FORD/IARD graduation ceremony. Jean's contribution includes 17 years as member of PD Week committee, ten years as a member of the national board of directors in various roles, national co-chair for PSMW 2008 and 2009, and speaker at numerous chapter events.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Jean Laporte, June 2013.

Mark Huard

Following four years as the Chair of PD Week, Mark Huard served as fmi*igf national president in 2007-2008. During his tenure, he introduced the board members log-in portal on the web site, developed the Community Report, and established a contract with an outside marketing agency to grow the revenues from partners and sponsors. Following his stint on the national board of directors, Mark was the national co-chair for the Halifax PSMW in 2010.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Mark Huard, June 2013.

Nicole Campeau

Nicole Campeau served for over 15 years as a member of the PD Week committee, including as three years as co-chair of the event. Nicole also served on the fmi*igf national board of directors, including the position of national president in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Nicole Campeau, June 2013.

Bruce Meredith

Bruce Meredith served as an active member of the PD Week committee for a period of about 20 years. Bruce played a key behind the scene role in coordinating numerous catering and logistical details essential to the success of this major event. Bruce also served on the fmi*igf national board of directors for a few years. He was actively involved in the planning of the 40th anniversary celebrations and a member of the fmi*igf 50th anniversary committee.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Bruce Meredith, June 2013.

Tom Ritchie

Tom Ritchie was actively involved in the fmi*igf Capital chapter. Tom participated in the PD Week committee for a number of years and acted as its sponsorship coordinator. Tom was the official fmi*igf photographer for many years, helping to capture important memories for the organization. He was also a regular contributor to the fmi*igf Journal.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Tom Ritchie, June 2013.

Jim Quinn

Jim Quinn participated for over 20 years on the PD Week committee and served on the fmi*igf national board of directors. He contributed a number of articles for publication in the fmi*igf Journal. He acted as a liaison between the fmi*igf and the Treasury Board Secretariat, helping to open doors and to engage speakers for events.  Jim has also been involved in the Capital chapter. More recently, Jim was an active member of the fmi*igf 50th anniversary committee.

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fmi*igf National Vice-President, Marcel Boulianne with Jim Quinn, June 2013.

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Ontario

Richard Slee

Richard Slee was the founding president of the fmi*igf Ontario chapter at its inception in 2006. It was Richard who lobbied for, and won approval from, the Ontario government to sponsor the creation of the Ontario chapter. The chapter successfully delivers three highly interactive and stimulating professional workshops each year, well-attended by members in person in Toronto and via web-cast to ten provincial cities.  Richard has held various positions on the fmi*igf Ontario board of directors and was the first to broadcast live webcasts of chapter PD events in 2006.

Rob Siddall

Rob Siddall was a key contributor to the start-up and success of fmi*igf Ontario.  As the provincial controller in 2006, he was an active advocate for fmi*igf Ontario, and ensured its success with his approval for this learning organization.  He strongly encouraged his staff, and those from other ministries, to attend fmi*igf Ontario PD events, and was often a popular speaker at these events. Rob continues to be a strong promoter of fmi*igf Ontario and is always available to speak on a wide variety of relevant and fascinating topics.

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Manitoba

Ronald S. Smith

Ronald S. Smith was one of several financial professionals who, together in 1982, formed an fmi*igf chapter in Manitoba. He was elected as vice-president of the inaugural board of directors and served many years on the local board of directors in various positions, including chapter president. Ronald also served on the fmi*igf national board of directors, including a term as western liaison director.

Wolf Boehm

Wolf Boehm has been a strong supporter of the fmi*igf in a number of capacities. As an active member of fmi*igf Manitoba chapter for many years, he also served as Manitoba chapter president in 1993. Wolf also held various positions on the fmi*igf national board of directors from 1993 to 2004 and actively participated on the organizing committee of the last two very successful PSMW workshops held in Winnipeg.

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Regina

Rachel Ratch

Rachel Ratch is a longstanding member of the fmi*igf Regina chapter board of directors.  Her involvement with the Regina chapter started in 1998 and carried on until 2010.  For a number of years, Rachel was vice-president of the chapter and was fundamental to hosting PSMW in Regina in 2001 and 2009. 

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Barb Kelly, Regina Chapter President, with Rachel Ratch, May 2013.

Mike Pestill

Mike was a longstanding member of the fmi*igf Regina chapter board of directors - starting in 1999 and carrying on until his appointment as fmi*igf national vice-president in 2008.  Mike was president of the Regina chapter for seven years. Mike has played various roles on the national board of directors, including being president. Mike was also instrumental in reviewing and modernizing the fmi*igf national branding. 

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Barb Kelly, Regina Chapter President, with Mike Pestill, June 2013.

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Alberta

Edwin Witzke

Edwin Witzke was one of the founding members and presidents of the fmi*igf Alberta chapter in 1989. He was actively involved for over 10 years and helped to originate and operate the Alberta chapter.

Lucia Stachurski

Lucia Stachurski has been an fmi*igf Alberta chapter board member and president and served as local chair of PSMW 2011. She has been actively involved for over 10 years and has been instrumental in growing and maintaining the Alberta chapter. She has served on the national board of directors and is currently the fmi*igf national president.

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Vancouver

Arthur MacKenzie

Arthur MacKenzie first joined the fmi*igf Vancouver chapter board of directors in 2003 and served two terms as vice president, then president, and past president. During Arthur's term, Vancouver hosted PSMW 2005 which was huge success financially. Arthur has served as the western liaison and a director at the national level. From 2003 to present, Arthur has also worked to promote quality PD events for members at the chapter level.

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Arthur MacKenzie, May 2013

Karen Hall

Karen Hall joined the fmi*igf Vancouver Chapter Board in 2003 and has remained on it continuously since then. Karen has served as membership director, program director, vice-president (twice), president (twice) and past president. Karen continues to actively promote the Vancouver chapter in order to provide quality speakers and topics and to recruit volunteers. Karen has also been instrumental in getting an international speaker from CIPFA for the western Canada international tour in the spring of 2013.

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Claudia Roberts (posthumously)

In January 1988, the very first edition of the fmi*igf Journal was published by volunteer editor Claudia Roberts. This new publication quickly became a timely, relevant and professional publication for anyone involved in public sector financial management. Claudia also served as fmi*igf national president in 1993-94.

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Victoria

Paul Cumberland

Paul Cumberland is a long time representative at the local chapter level and has held multiple board positions over the years.  This year, Paul has taken on the communications director role, which has focused on ensuring that existing and perspective members, and the local government at large, are aware of the benefits offered by fmi*igf.  Paul has also been the driving force being bringing the local chapter up to speed to be ready to use the newly developed on-line registration system. 

Gordon Gunn

Gordon joined the chapter board for the first time in early 2000 and has the distinction of having sat through two terms of presidency. Gordon has been involved in many national initiatives and has been instrumental in the development of the chapter's strategic plan.  For the past few years, Gordon has played a pivotal role in the development of the speakers and sponsors for the annual professional development session that the chapter hosts with the local CGA and CMA chapters. Gordon has also taken on a mentor role for the new Board members who have joined the local chapter.

Brian Marson

Brian Marson was actively involved in the early days of the fmi*igf. After moving to Victoria, and in his role as Comptroller General for the province of British Columbia, Brian was instrumental in getting the fmi*igf Victoria chapter up and running. His contribution was significant as this marked the first major provincial government involvement in the fmi*igf.