Annual General Meeting 2023



November 21st 2023 Election Process

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS to the fmi*igf National Board of Directors

The Call for Interest for the upcoming election to the National board of fmi*igf closed on October 20, 2023.

The following nominations were received:

Central Regional Director:

  • Nicole Zywicki

Director at Large:

  • Lawrence Wamariu
  • Athena Dinos
  • Derek Cockburn

Outgoing Directors:

  • Sherry Sharpe
  • Dan Maloley
All candidate packages were reviewed for completeness.
The successful nominees are posted for review in preparation for the upcoming election.
Directors will be elected by majority vote of fmi*igf members present at the AGM. Please note this is an in person event only.

FMI’s National AGM
Tuesday, November 21, 2023    11:45am-12:40pm
Room 102 – Shaw Centre
 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2
Meeting materials:
Agenda for 2023 AGM
Minutes from 2022 AGM
Audited Financial Statements for 2022-2023
Annual Report 2022-2023
BOD Election Policies and Procedures

The Governance and Nominations Committee has endorsed the following nominations and candidates:

Nicole Zywicki
Central Regional Director

Title: Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive (CAEE), Infrastructure Canada

Nicole Zywicki has been the Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive (CAEE) at Infrastructure Canada since September 2022. She started with the federal public service in 2011 by leading internal audits at Employment and Social Development Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada. Her initial introduction to audit started in 2005 when she worked at Ernst and Young LLP as an Audit and Assurance Professional.

Nicole has a passion for finance and audit functions. She also has experience at the municipal level as she was the Head of Finance for the Municipality of North Grenville from 2016 to 2018. And she worked at TBS (2018-2020) as the financial advisor on the team at the Office of the Comptroller General responsible for the Horizontal Fixed Asset Review that made recommendations towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral real property portfolio.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting from Carleton University. She is a Chartered Professional Account (CPA, CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Lawrence Wamariu
Director at Large


  • CPA Canada
  • ACCA United Kingdom
  • UAECA – United Arab Emirates


An experienced professional accountant chartered in Canada, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Have 18 years within Assurance and Financial Advisory Services, harnessing vast experience in external & internal audits and good accounting practices; having worked in various jurisdiction across the globe.


Currently spearheading the internal audit department at ‘SNB’ of the government of New Brunswick, Canada.


Enjoys almost all outdoors activities.

Athena Dinos
Director at Large

Having completed her CPA-CGA and MBA, Athena is currently the Regional Finance Manager for the Department of Canadian Heritage – Prairies and Northern Region.  A long time FMI member, Athena has served on her chapter board for over 10 years, hold various positions including Chapter President and Treasurer. At the National level, Athena served on the Finance and Audit Committee for two years before transitioning to the National Board of FMI where she served as Wester Liaison for four years.

Outside of the government and FMI, Athena has significant board experience working for numerous Not-For-Profit organizations. Although she has primarily been involved in the areas of finance, she has had significant experience in governance and policy development. In addition, she has over 20 years of experience in education and program development, serving as the Comptroller and Board member of a small independent school, as well as significant experience in small/medium sized business management as the proprietor of three separate business ventures.

Derek Cockburn
Director at Large

Derek Cockburn is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) working within the Province of BC as a Contract Manager supporting four Economy Sector Ministries, as well as many Crown Corporations, Agencies, Boards and Commissions.  For the past 29 years, Derek has been a leader, specializing in procurement/contract management, financial management, risk management, procurement and financial training, auditing, financial reporting, financial controls, and strategic planning.

Derek has also worked as a Sessional Accounting Instructor at Royal Roads University, University of Victoria and Camosun College in Victoria.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time in the greater outdoors, being involved in athletics, and volunteering with local non-profits.


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