Wednesday, March 9,
Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Under the Microscope: Exploring Government's Use of Social
Media in Communicating Science
Lori Harrop, Public Servant in Residence, School of Public
Administration, Dalhousie University
The fmi*igf Halifax Chapter's next learning session will be held
on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, from 9:00 - 11:30
am. Registration will begin at 8:30AM. Come and join us at
the Brightwood Golf and Country Club, 227 School St., Dartmouth for
an informative professional development session entitled "Under the
Microscope: Exploring Government's Use of Social Media in
Communicating Science" with LORI
HARROP, Public Servant in
Residence, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie
Canada is one of the most wired countries in the world with
approximately 87 percent of households connected to the Internet
and almost seventy percent of those "connected Canadians" accessing
social media each month. (Canadian Internet Registration Authority
Fact Book/ Canada Media Fund, 2015).
Given Canadians' penchant for online communication and
connection, governments cannot ignore the power of social media as
a way of informing and engaging the public. Science-based
government departments in particular, due to the nature of their
content that lends itself to visually creative online treatments
and open and transparent sharing (think Canadian space missions),
have a heightened opportunity and responsibility to use social
media to inform Canadians of issues that affect their daily lives.
And it follows that a more informed public, with access to a wide
range of resources and information, can better contribute to policy
and program discussions through a variety of social media and other
In her talk, Lori will look at government's usage of social
media to communicate science and some of the creative social media
initiatives undertaken by governments worldwide to connect with
their citizenry. Lori will explore the challenges governments face
in embracing social media as part of their daily communications
planning and she will argue that despite the seemingly
uncomfortable fit social media presents for governments; the power
of social media to connect with Canadians in a meaningful way is
well worth the effort it takes to harness it.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
9:00 am - 11:00 am
fmi*igf Halifax Chapter's presents
with Hugh Avery, CP, CA IFA,
Do you know what fraud is? Could a fraud take place within your
organization? Is fraud occurring within your organization? Would
you know what to do if you heard fraud was occurring? Have you
taken steps to prevent fraud?
If you answered "no" to any of the above questions you will
benefit from this talk. While you will not become an expert in
fraud by the end of this talk you will increase your understanding
of fraud, you will get some tips on how to reduce your fraud risk,
and will know enough not to panic when you encounter fraud.
We are pleased to welcome Hugh
Avery, CPA, CA IFA, CAMS. For the past 13 years Hugh
has worked in the field of forensic accounting. He has worked on
numerous criminal investigations for the Integrated Proceeds of
Crime Unit of the RCMP as well as other police and government
agencies, having testified as an expert before the court on several
occasions. He has been leading seminars on Fraud Awareness for the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia since 2007.
Hugh obtained his CA designation in 1998, his Certified
Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation in 2005 and received
his IFA designation in 2010. He is a graduate of both Saint Francis
Xavier University and the University of Toronto.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Brightwood Golf Club
227 School Street
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
fmi*igf Halifax Chapter's Annual Learning Session and Christmas
Nova Scotia Auditor General
Appointed as Auditor General of Nova Scotia on April 29, 2014 by
the Nova Scotia Legislature, Mr. Pickup began his
10-year-term as Auditor General on July 2, 2014.
Prior to this, he worked for the Auditor General of Canada
during the past 25 years, including the last 15 years in Ottawa. He
obtained his CA designation with the Auditor General of Canada in
the Halifax, Nova Scotia Office. During his time with that Office,
he led a variety of financial and performance audits across various
Government departments, agencies and crown corporations.
Mr. Pickup has also contributed to the profession through
participation on a Task Force of the Public Sector Accounting Board
and teaching audit at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton
University. He was also a key member of the Norwegian-led
international peer review of the Government Accountability Office
of the United States which was conducted in 2011.
He received a Bachelor's degree from Acadia University with
concentrations in Canadian economics prior to obtaining his CA
designation. Mr. Pickup was born and raised in Cape Breton and
graduated from Sydney Academy high school in 1984.
He also has taken extensive language training over the past 15
years in order to enhance his abilities in French. As well, he
attended Ivey Executive training at Western University.
Anne-Marie Gammon, MBA, FCPA, FCMA,
President & Chief Executive Officer of CPA Atlantic School of
Bringing over 25 years of senior financial management experience
within diverse industries including education, real estate,
automotive, aerospace and oil, Anne-Marie is the past Director,
Education Services with the Chartered Professional Accountants of
Canada, Vice President, Program Development for CMA Canada, and was
previously Vice-President, Financial Reporting for ING Real Estate
Canada. An experienced educator, Anne-Marie has been a moderator in
CMA's professional education program for 20 years. She served as
past co-Chair of the national CPA Certification Steering Committee
established to develop the new accounting education program.
Actively involved in her community as a volunteer, Anne-Marie is
currently the Chair and President of Financial Executives
International Canada - Atlantic Chapter. She is also Past President
of CMA Nova Scotia, past Chair of the CMA Canada Research
Foundation and past Vice President, At Large with the Canadian
Academic Accounting Association.
Anne-Marie has a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and
subsequently received her CMA designation in New Brunswick in
1990. She was awarded the prestigious nationally recognized
Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants' designation in
2003, received her Master of Business Administration from
Heriot-Watt University in 2012 and became a Fellow Chartered
Professional Accountant in 2015.
Anne-Marie resides in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
Patricia Towler, CEO of CPA Nova
Patricia Towler was named the inaugural CEO of CPA Nova Scotia
in September 2015. A native of Halifax, she brings over 25 years of
experience in managing complex and cross-functional strategic
initiatives, while successfully managing diverse stakeholder
groups. A strategic, big picture thinker, she has led senior
management teams through numerous challenging projects, most
recently, as Vice President (External) and General Counsel for
Regent College. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, she began her
career in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales
and is a trained mediator, published author and frequent speaker