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PD Week 2018

Woohoo, PD Week. You rock!

From Laraine Kaminsky on Day 1 to Dr. Janet Lapp on Day 5, participants - more than 5,200 of them - were treated to 10 thought-provoking keynotes and 20 engaging streams during the five-day event at the Hilton Lac-Leamy from Nov. 19-23. That's how you go about Empowering People.

It began with Laraine Kaminsky, in her own formidable way, telling us that diversity isn't inclusion, while warning and challenging us at the same time: "We're too comfortable being too comfortable." Laraine pointed out that diversity is the mix, while inclusion is making the mix work. Up next was Carol Ring, an accountant who spoke the language of our community. Her Ring resonated with delegates as she presented the three P's with her: Perspective, Personal Values and How to Think Positively Big.

On Day 2, David Coletto brought his Youthquake to PD Week and shook up how we perceive millennials; they want to work with you, not for you - let's call it inclusion! That afternoon, millennial, trans model and activist Geena Rocero spoke of her harrowing trek, not only as an immigrant moving from the Philippines to the U.S. but how making it big also had its drawbacks, especially when the fear of acceptance and inclusion were part of the equation. Geena shared the economic and social benefits of inclusion for all communities.

On the third day, we were treated to an arresting session from master and poignant storyteller, Senator Beverley Busson. Beverley, one of the first female police officers in the RCMP and the first woman to be named RCMP Commissioner, regaled us with hilarious tales. Highlighting what it takes to be a caring and inclusive leader. That afternoon, Woohoo Inc.'s Chief Happiness Officer Alexander Kjerulf brought with him from Denmark the most obvious but often ignored aspect of the workplace: A happy worker is a more productive worker. Job satisfaction is what you think about your job and happiness at work is what you feel about your job.

Day 4 was a song straight into our hearts. Susan Aglukark shared her Inuk self-journey. Through her beautiful songs and stories about her people and her family, she shared how we can reconcile the past and move to a positive future in an inclusive fashion. In the afternoon, former NHL player Doug Smith took us through his career-ending injury and his triumph return to life itself. Doug showed that the affliction of trauma affects every single one of us. He also shared with us that some forms of trauma are visible while others are invisible but just as debilitating. We learned how our minds work and what we can do to heal ourselves.

On Day 5, our executive panel struck a chord with delegates. With IBM's Michele Lajeunesse moderating, Yves Bacon (Assistant Comptroller General, Treasury Board Canada) and John Walsh (Chief Data Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada) brought energy, humour and humility in an engaging, forward-thinking session, as Yves asked why taxi chits still exist. We closed our keynotes with the brilliantly funny Dr. Janet Lapp, who told us that inclusion comes in many different forms, but to get there we need to "find our start line."

After all that, we needed a hit from the oxygen bar.

But we were far from done. With 20 streams to choose from, our community was exposed to a variety of speakers and panelists like never before. In fact, there were 68 speakers covering those streams, which included nine panels. The streams covered Women and Diversity, Forecasting and AI, just to name a few.

At the President's Reception, our PD Week Honorary Chair and Comptroller General of Canada Roch Huppé presented Alain Seguin with the FMI Lifetime Membership Award for his outstanding and humble work in the financial management community.

At FMI, we would like to thank all the volunteers who made PD Week the awesome success it was, especially the organizing committee headed by Chair Gerry Matthews and Vice-Chair Jennifer Sward, the board of directors and all the onsite event volunteers.

Also, we can't hide the fact that thanks to our sponsors our Friday night Masquerade celebration was an overwhelming success. 

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