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Hot Topics

Wednesday, November 22nd

Day 3



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The public sector is currently undergoing rapid change, transformation and a renewed focus on innovation and collaboration. The Hot Topics Stream will provide participants with an increased awareness of significant government-wide initiatives supporting this change management journey, as well as, exploring any associated challenges and/or opportunities. Innovative solutions, best practices, practical strategies and lessons learned will be shared to help the financial community adjust to their own change management initiatives/projects. 

As per PD Week 2017's theme "InterAction," speakers will share "hot off the press" information relating to changes in how policies and programs are delivered, together with, implementation updates and the progress towards achieving these initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • To improve participants' understanding of significant government-wide initiatives supporting change management.
  • To gain knowledge of how these government-wide initiatives will impact a participant's work environment and how they may adapt to those changes.
  • To learn about new techniques and approaches to be applied to public sector management and how they will benefit a participant's day-to-day work.

These learning objectives will further support the Financial Officer (FI) Competencies, both Behavioral and Functional, as well as the Key Leadership Competencies established by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

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Marc Lemieux, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Accounting, Banking and Compensation Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada implemented Phoenix, a new pay system, in February 2016 as part of the Transformation of Pay Administration Initiative. This presentation will i) provide an update on pay stabilization, and ii) highlight new features of the pay system.


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Language of presentation: French
Simultaneous interpretation available.



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Brian Pagan, Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government of Canada is currently in the midst of fundamentally changing the Estimates process, including the change in timing of Main Estimates, approved through Standing Orders of the House of Commons in June 2017.

This presentation describes the Government of Canada's vision for Estimates reform, including its four-pillar approach, achievements to date to better align the Budget and the Estimates, and key events anticipated over the next two supply cycles.


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Language of presentation: English
Simultaneous interpretation available.



EM CLSpeakers:

Emilie Wilcox, MBA, CIA, CCSA, CRMA AND Claire Lake, MBA, CPA CA, CPA, CRMA, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Representatives, North America

Are you really providing the financial services your clients require?

Financial management is a key component to the delivery of programs and services across the public sector. Canadians expect that the financial resources of their public services are well managed, safeguarded and effectively used. Understanding the financial management abilities of public sector organizations is of vital importance to ensuring that money is well spent, achieving results, and ensuring financial resilience.

But how do you go about doing this? By understanding and bridging the gaps between client (budget holder) expectations and finance's service. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has developed an FM Model that helps public sector organizations assess the health of their financial management practices and services. To ensure that all aspects of financial management are considered, it is essential to look further than simply the accounts and controls in place. This session will identify those aspects, how do you assess them, and what are the key indicators that organizations should be looking at.

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Language of presentation: English
Simultaneous interpretation available.

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