PD Week 2017
20 - 24
Canada's 150th birthday approaching, Canucks are keeping a close
eye on how celebrations will affect their wallets. A poll from
Ipsos Public Affairs shows that most Canadians feel $500 million is
too much cash to throw down on special events and infrastructural
investments that are coming with the country's
sesquicentennial. Read more
debate over the establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank
seems to be more about politics and ideology than about securing
Canada's economic future through renewed infrastructure.
Infrastructure is the foundation of a strong economy.
income mobility is so much more than your kids doing a little bit
better than you did. The expectation that each generation will be
more prosperous than the one that came before helps to erode class
barriers, persuades the struggling immigrant that her sacrifices...
Low interest rates have 'done their job,' Bank of Canada governor
comments fed speculation about a Bank of Canada rate hike as early
as its next scheduled announcement in two weeks. Statements in
recent weeks by Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada,
above, and the bank's senior deputy governor, Carolyn Wilkins, have
suggested the bank is moving closer to its first rate increase in
nearly seven years. Read
June 30, 2017
Should Cyber Security Risk Management Matter?
only have to look at recent events to see what damaging impact a
cyber attack can have on organizations globally. Most recently a
global cyber attack crippled the National Health Service (NHS) in
the United Kingdom, hit international shipper FedEx and infected
computers in 150 countries. Read
TED* - A Tale of Empowerment
Perhaps we all have a Vicki-the-Victim in our lives or have acted
as one ourselves, but there are proven ways to escape a life devoid
of the optimism and joy that every person deserves. For those who
want to commit to change, or suggest change to a friend, reading
The Power of TED* is a great place to start.
was a busy Winter and Spring for the FMI St. John's Chapter. Its
well-attended session in February featured a provincial update from
Terry Paddon, the Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador. A
half-day session, "PSAB Update", followed in March with Michael
Puskaric and Dave Warren from the Public Sector Accounting Board
March 22nd, the FMI Halifax Chapter hosted a morning session titled
"Which Comes First, the Program or the Program Evaluation? - The
Cost and Accountability of Program Delivery". The Chapter welcomed
speakers Nancy Carter, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society
Scotia Chapter), and Dr. Marcus Sharaput, Assistant
Professor, School of Public Administration at Dalhousie
Fredericton Chapter was pleased to host a breakfast event on April
27, 2017 with guest speaker Mr. Gordon Gilman, Deputy Minister of
Treasury Board, Province of New Brunswick. Mr. Gilman's
presentation focused on the priorities that the Government of New
Brunswick established over the last year.
April 5th, IGF-Québec welcomed Pierre Fortin, PhD, who shared his
expertise in economics with his presentation « Les finances du
Québec d'ici 2030 : Comment garder le cap malgré les vents de
face » (Quebec's Financial Situation by 2030: How to Stay the
Course in Spite of Facing Winds, in English).
summer finally closing in, the FMI-Capital Chapter (FMI-CC) Board
of Directors invites you to celebrate the Chapter's accomplishments
over the past year. On May 11th, FMI-CC hosted its third PD Day
learning event of the program year, exploring the emerging
requirements in financial, human resources, and procurement
systems, and discovering how risk-based internal controls have
become a key success indicator for government departments.
It was a busy spring for the FMI Manitoba Chapter! With over 200
delegates gathering in Winnipeg from the Province and across Canada
for PSMW 2017, planning for the event became a priority. And what
an event it was! Not only was it an excellent opportunity to
network with fmi*igf members from across Canada, it was also a
unique hands-on learning opportunity.
On March 24th, certified executive coach, Kellie Garrett,
facilitated a half-day workshop "Leadership and Employee
Engagement - How to Inspire Employees in Challenging Times".
The workshop provided participants with practical information and
tools to enhance employee engagement in their organizations, such
as what drives engagement...
May 17th, 176 attendees learned about mental health in the work
place at FMI-Edmonton's session "Building a Healthy Workplace". The
morning started with a hearty breakfast, followed by speakers Scott
Alywin from Covenant Health, Georgette Reed and Pamela Kollrosshe
from the City of Edmonton.
March, the Victoria Chapter hosted a breakfast session on "The
Future of Finance" presented by Chris Kiode, Senior Advisor,
Bambora (formerly BeanStream). Following the presentation was a
dynamic panel discussion on industry perspectives on bitcoins. On
May 24-25, the Chapter joined forces with the CPA BC
Victoria/Southern Vancouver Island Chapter to host a 2-day
financial management workshop.
May 24th, FMI presented its latest webinar "Canada's New
Infrastructure Program - Following the Money" with Peter Weltman
from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Broadcast from the 2017 21st Annual PPX Symposium in Ottawa, the
webinar provided a deconstruction of the New Infrastructure Program
(NIP), the challenges of linking budget measures to
program/project results, and the risks of planned policy