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e-Journal January 2017


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The once-dead Keystone XL pipeline was revived Tuesday after U.S. president Donald Trump filed an executive order to move ahead with the proposal. Read more


Canada's media industry needs a major shake-up to survive in the digital era, starting with the creation of a federally funded agency that would distribute up to $400-million a year to news organizations that can no longer afford to fulfill their civic duties,  Read more

As Britain starts the process of leaving the European Union, the U.K.'s top trade negotiator tried to assure Canadian businesses that robust trade between the two nations would not be disrupted.  Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order has thrown citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries into confusion about who can travel to the U.S., and when - and that has broad consequences for Canada and the world.  Read more
Resilience 2017
January 31, 2017

Feature Articles

SharePoint as a Documentation Tool; Life Beyond the "Big Honkin' Binder"
Frank Potter

Procedure writing often results in the "Big Honkin Binder" that is not read, referenced or revised. Microsoft SharePoint offers an alternative medium to create procedures through its wiki functionality. Alberta's Ministry of Advanced Education, has developed a wiki-based eProcedure Manual that documents how IT contract resources are engaged by using 'out-of-the-box' Microsoft SharePoint technologies.  Read more

Connected Government and the Internet of Things
David Rubal
Oracle Internet Of Things
Poised to create the next industrial revolution, the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping government agencies utilize data more effectively to create better outcomes. IoT is a technology tipping point influencing capabilities in all levels of government. Further, IoT can help agencies cut costs and accelerate IT modernization efforts.   Read more


Chapter News From

St. John's
2016 has been an exciting year for the St. John's Chapter. We started the year with PSMW 2016 in June. Appropriately titled "Winds of Change" the theme for the PSMW 2016 focused on the changing environments of government; changing demographics, expectations, technologies, economics and workforce.   Read more
The PEI Chapter opened the 2016-2017 season on October 6th with guest speaker Bill Matthews, Comptroller General of Canada. His presentation on "Transformation in the Federal Public Service" reminded attendees that it is critical for government services to invest in the replacement of aging systems within the back office,...   Read more
On November 2, 2016, FMI Halifax presented "A Discussion of Accountability in the Public Sector" with Bruce Hennebury, Senior Director, Nova Scotia Communities Culture and Heritage. Bruce discussed the basic concept of spending money: what is it and who cares!  Read more
South-East New Brunswick
As of January 1st, 2017, the SENB Chapter welcomed its newly appointed President, Valmond Bourque, who is replacing long-serving (now Past) President, Diane Robichaud-Cormier.   Read more
The Fredericton Chapter hosted their Annual General Meeting on October 4, 2016 that also featured a presentation on transformation in the Federal Public Service by Bill Matthews, Comptroller General of Canada. This event was free to members in good standing and was well attended.    Read more
On October 12th, 2016, Mr. Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO of the Québec Employers Council, spoke before 208 attendees on the extraordinary potential and essential contribution of economic immigration for the prosperity of Québec.   Read more
The FMI Capital Chapter is filled with excitement as the Board of Directors welcomes in the New Year with warm wishes and a line-up of professional development activities!  Read more
FMI Ontario had a busy Fall 2016 organizing two successful professional development events. October 25th's Kick-Off was attended by over 150 people in Toronto and 9 webcast locations across Ontario. FMI Ontario was fortunate to have 3 guest speakers...  Read more
On September 23th, the Manitoba Chapter hosted their annual AGM luncheon. This was an opportunity to review 2015-2016 accomplishments and financial position, as well as, to introduce the new Board of Directors and its program offering for 2016-2017.  Read more
The FMI Regina's 2016-2017 program kicked off on November 23rd "Saskatchewan Economic Outlook" with Doug Elliott, Publisher of SaskTrends Monitor. Mr. Elliott examined the current state of the Saskatchewan economy and how it compares with other provinces.   Read more
On September 21st, 2016, FMI Edmonton hosted its 2016-2017 professional development kick-off event on "Fostering Innovation in the Public Service When Money is Tight" and welcomed 106 attendees. During this session, the audience learned not only the theory of innovation but also some of the practical aspects.  Read more
In December 2016, the Vancouver Chapter held a PD event featuring Terry Small, "The Brain Guy". The presentation was called "Wire Your Brain for High Impact Leadership". Although attendance was low, the feedback received was all overwhelmingly positive.   Read more
On September 28th, the Victoria Chapter kicked off their AGM with a breakfast session on change management "No $mall Change", presented by Bev McPhee, MBA, Organizational Strategy & Transformation Advisor and associate faculty member, Royal Roads University.  Read more

News From National Office 2
As the freezing rain is pelting us yet again, FMI National is looking forward to spring. With upcoming Canada 150 celebrations all the talk, Ottawa/Gatineau is prepping for Winterlude 2017, February 3rd - 20th. New this year is the Ice Dragon Boat Festival…  Read more
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