PD Week 2018
Woohoo, PD Week. You
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
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
Also, we can't hide the fact that thanks to our sponsors our
Friday night Masquerade celebration was an overwhelming
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