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Membership

Member Benefits

The Value of fmi*igf Membership

Access to people, access to knowledge
Resource management is complex - especially in the public sector, where the challenges of accountability are in many ways unique. Today, more than ever, resource management professionals in the public sector need regular access to new information, expertise and ideas.

Both members and non-members want to know the tangible and intangible value of their memberships. Hopefully, the following will help you decide to join a fmi*igf chapter, renew your membership and/or sponsor a new member.

Tangible Benefits of fmi*igf Membership

The fmi*igf chapters are public section financial management leaders for delivering extensive, cost-effective education and training programs. This year, our fourteen chapters are offering approximately 100 events at significantly reduced cost for members. The cumulative savings to members from registering for these programs far exceed the cost of membership. fmi*igf also offers members opportunity to learn from and electronically interact with world class speakers through our no-extra cost webinar series. Furthermore, based on program evaluations from the participants, the excellent quality of these events explains why our attendance continues at high levels despite these tough financial times.

In addition, your membership includes subscription to the three issues of the fmi*igf journal annually plus e-mails with details about events and a user-friendly website offering timely information about all activities across the country.

Intangible Benefits of fmi*igf Membership

In addition to providing quality education at a reasonable cost, our chapter serves persons interested in the government financial community by promoting professional interaction, recognizing professional and academic achievement and serving the local community. Specifically:

  • Networking

fmi*igf, as a national organization of accountants, auditors, budget and finance professionals, IT experts, CFOs and other financial accountability managers, and the chapters thrive on professional interaction at all of its events. A national survey of members in 2008 found that networking was the number one reason for being a fmi*igf member. These professionals recognize that such interaction provides valuable information about topics, issues, solutions, resources and at times, employment opportunities that one may not have been aware of prior to meeting and talking to others. And beyond the professional aspect of networking, personal friendships often evolve from these encounters.

  • Recognition

fmi*igf has an outstanding reputation for recognizing the efforts of its volunteers who manage the 14 chapters throughout Canada as well as the government financial community. Many of our individual members have earned national honours for their dedication and efforts. At the Chapter level, we have our own award structure to recognize individual achievements. Further, recognition is more than individual and chapter awards; it is knowing that fmi*igf is considered a leader on a national level and is continually sought after to assist governments at all levels achieve their missions.

  • Leadership Opportunities

The chapters give an equal opportunity for all our members to serve in a leadership position, whether it is as an officer, board member or as a committee member. Voluntarily serving as a leader in the chapter provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to lead others or improve upon one's skills. It is also an effective way to demonstrate to prospective employers your skills as a leader.

  • Communication Skills

Good communication skills are a necessity in your personal and business life. Some people are naturally good communicators. For everyone else, communication is a skill that must be nurtured. Improving poor communication skills can make a huge difference in the way that you relate to others and the resultant relationship that you share. All of us can continue to improve upon our communication skills whether it is leading a team, speaking to a large group, or building networking relationships. Our chapters offer several opportunities to improve your skills by leading others, managing a project, or networking to make new friends or business relationships. You can learn by leading and/or being a team member listening and observing others as to how they use their communication skills.

  • Selling Yourself

You have heard the expression it is not what you know, but who you know. There is a lot of truth in this expression. Of course, you must have the requisite skills and abilities the perspective employer needs. But there is one factor that is important that will give you the advantage that you need to be competitive. That factor is exposure. Engaging in a fmi*igf chapter, PD Week or PSMW offers you opportunities to effectively build advocacy relationships and to demonstrate your leadership and communication skills. What does it take to gain this important advantage? There are a number of opportunities. You can learn how to effectively network. You can learn how to become an effective leader and communicator. Through your voluntary service you will show your perspective employer(s) that you are always looking for ways to increase your professional and personal development.

  • Professional Development

Through your active participation in a chapter you are taking your professional and personal development into your own hands. You can take pride that you are always looking to improve upon your professional and personal development by staying current on issues to know who is doing what and how. You can take pride in that you are not comfortable with the status quo, but you want more. You want to improve your technical and personal skills to be the best you can be.