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Speakers - Resource Management

DAY 3 Maple Leaf With Blue Bkgd Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Claude Caron

CLAUDE CARON, CPA, CMA, Consultant, Former Vice-President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Claude Caron joined the federal public service in 1975. He has been an accomplished and influential member of the government's financial community with over 10 years of experience as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director General of Finance (DCFO), as well as extensive experience as Program Director in the Treasury Board Secretariat's Program Sector.

Mr. Caron retired from the federal public service in August 2008 at the assistant deputy minister level, as Vice-President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He is currently an active, independent consultant providing strategic services to federal departments and agencies.
Mr. Caron has held executive positions in the Federal Government in finance, policy analysis, governance, program design and review, change management and common services. He led the finance organizations at Canadian Heritage, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the RCMP and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

As a management consultant, he has been mandated to provide strategic advice to senior management, and to deliver significant change initiatives in 14 different federal departments and agencies.

Mr. Caron is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA, CMA). He is a founding member, and former vice chair and chair of the DCFO Council.


ANTOINE THIBODEAU, Senior Director, In-Service Support Organization, Chief Financial Officer Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

Antoine Thibodeau is a CPA/CMA and holds an MBA from the Université de Québec à Montréal. He joined the Federal Government in 1998. As the Director of the SAP In Service Support Organization with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Antoine is responsible for the stabilization and optimization of the system after its recent implementation on April 1st, 2014. Antoine worked on the SAP implementation as a business lead for the Chief Financial Officer Branch and has now moved over to the challenging world of managing an ERP in the Federal Government.

Over the past sixteen years, Antoine has worked in various areas of financial management and accounting. Prior to his work with ESDC, he was the Director of Corporate Accounting at the Public Service Commission.

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MARIA HOURANI, Director, Functional Development Team, Chief Financial Officer Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

Maria Hourani is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA/CMA) and also holds a Chartered Public Financial Accountant designation. She is the Director of the Functional Development Team for the SAP solution at ESDC. She has over 15 years of experience working in SAP both in the private sector and within multiple government departments including the Department of National Defense, Health Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

Her role at ESDC is to lead the team through the design, building and implementation phases of the SAP rollout, and support future enhancements. Maria's knowledge of industry-best practices, SAP methodologies and financial operations has contributed to the success of her departments SAP transformations.