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March 11, 2015


Welcome to "The fmi*igf Connection," fmi*igf's latest resource for financial management professionals. fmi*igf members will receive this new publication full of top-notch original content, the latest fmi*igf news, and important updates for public sector financial management professionals. We're keeping you connected to the financial management community!


Feature Articles

How to Avoid the Lost Assignment and Task Epidemic
Frank Potter, CMA, MBA


The boss is at the door asking where that thing is you discussed a month ago. The panic begins to rise because you barely remember the assignment! Wait, you gave it to Bob, but he just left on a 6-week vacation to the Himalayas and forgot to email you his files from his hard drive. It looks like you will be recreating Bob's analysis - better phone home because you are working late, again. Read more


Consultant's Corner: Why Some Consultants Don't Respond to Government RFPs
Chris F. Jones, MBA, FCMC


Photodune -3810507-man -refusing -an -offer -s Some management consultants respond regularly to government RFPs. Many don't. Why don't they? What is there about the competitive RFP process that scares many consultants and consulting firms from using them to increase their business? Read more


Is High Public Sector Unionization a Problem for the Labour Movement?
Bryce Swerhun


Photodune -7795883 Public sector unionization is often discussed in terms of its consequences for the general public, for example, the loss of public services during work stoppages. Relatively little is said about the impact of public sector unionization on the labour movement itself. Read more

Chapter News From

PEI's season opener kicked off at its AGM with the introduction of its new Board of Directors.... Read more

On December 3rd, the Halifax Chapter hosted their festive Christmas Luncheon.... Read more

South-East New Brunswick
2014-2015 was kicked-off with a morning session featuring Mark Black and Milt Isaacs.... Read more

On December 4th, 2014, the Fredericton Chapter hosted a professional learning lunch.... Read more

IGF-Québec held its annual half-day thematic event on Governance and Risk Management.... Read more

IGF-Montréal launched its 2014-2015 season with a session on leadership dashboards.... Read more

FMI-Capital Chapter (Ottawa) has had an exciting 2014-2015 program to date.... Read more

As usual, the 2014-2015 program year "Going Beyond the Numbers," began with its AGM.... Read more

On January 21st, the Regina Chapter held a successful breakfast session with Jean Laporte.... Read more

Since September 2014, the Edmonton Chapter has hosted three events, all well attended.... Read more

Last fall, the Vancouver Chapter hosted an event featuring Darren Frew, Director.... Read more

On November 25th and 26th, FMI Victoria co-organized a Joint FMI/CPA/PSA Workshop.... Read more

News From National Office 2
The fmi*igf National Office has been a buzz of activity. With the induction of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors at PD Week 2014 last November, there has not been a shortage of key objectives to meet. At the Annual General Meeting in Ottawa ... Read more