Message from the Co-Chairs

As Co-Chairs of PSMW 2019 in Vancouver, we welcome the chance to connect with our fellow public sector professionals while learning from a diverse group of speakers and panelists.

On May 13-14 at the River Rock Hotel in Richmond, BC, you will hear the latest perspectives on a variety of current topics from experts spanning multiple levels of government and the private sector. You will also have the chance to meet and exchange ideas with your public sector peers, and perhaps see some familiar faces.

Located next to the Fraser River, the River Rock has stunning waterfront and city views of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. With the Canada Line train right at the hotel’s doorstep, getting to downtown Vancouver is only 18 minutes away while the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a quick, 7-minute ride.

We hope you choose to attend what will likely be a highlight on your professional development calendar for 2019. Please come ready to learn, interact and have fun.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond on May 13-14!

Co-Chairs Alain Bisson and Carlton Gee

Organizing Committee


Alain Bisson

Alain Bisson works as the Regional Manager, Financial Services for Canadian Heritage in the Western Region. In his current position, Alain leads a small Finance team based in Vancouver that serves the Western Region of BC, Alberta and the Yukon for Canadian Heritage, providing a full range of financial advisory services for both operating budget and Grants & Contributions. He has been with his department for more than 7 years of his 23 years working for the Government of Canada. His public service career has also included service with Citizenship & Immigration and the RCMP, all in Vancouver. Alain grew up in Québec and graduated from the Université du Québec a Trois-Rivières in 1996. He moved to Vancouver after graduating.

Alain has been a member of the FMI Vancouver Chapter for many years and has been a Board member for a few years now, as the Secretary.

When he is not at work, Alain loves to swim outdoors in the summer, in the beautiful setting of Kitsilano pool, or head to the gym for a workout. He also loves to garden at home, along with participating in a few wine tastings. In addition, Alain loves to travel and discover the world, along with just relaxing on a beach or in a tropical setting.

Carlton Gee

Carlton Gee is currently the Regional Manager, Financial Management for Transport Canada, Pacific Region. He manages a team of 6 financial analysts, who assist the region in managing and reporting on their finances. He has worked with Transport Canada since 2001 and has also worked for what was then known as Citizenship, Employment, and Immigration Canada (CEIC), the Canada Customs Revenue Agency (CCRA) and Parks Canada during his public service career.

A lifelong Vancouverite, Carlton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of B.C. and a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University. A board member for the FMI Vancouver Chapter since 2013, he has served as Communications Director and Vice-President, prior to taking on his current role of Chapter President. In addition to his work with FMI, Carlton currently volunteers with the YMCA, the Arts Club Theatre Company and as an area leader for the CPA Financial Literacy Program.

Sarah Tobun

Sarah Tobun works as a Financial Management Advisor for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Corporate Services and Finance Branch. In her current position, she leads a virtual team of 7 people based in Vancouver, Gatineau and Quebec City, providing a full range of financial advisory services to 6 national clients. She has been with her department for 17 years of her 28 years working for the Government of Canada. Her public service career has also included service with Fisheries & Oceans, the RCMP, the Canada Revenue Agency and Statistics Canada in Vancouver as well as in Ottawa. Prior to that, Sarah worked in private sector as an investment advisor for a large financial institution. Sarah grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Though she has been living in Vancouver for 25 years, she is still a proud “Newfie” at heart.

Sarah has been a dedicated member of the FMI Vancouver Chapter for the past 17 years. She has filled the roles of program director, Vice-President and President and is has been serving as Treasurer since 2015.

When she is not at work, Sarah loves to run with friends in the beautiful fresh air of the lower mainland of BC or head to a yoga class at the gym or a swim at a local pool. Whenever possible, Sarah loves to pack a bag and go travel to all parts of the world with family and friends – taking part in a destination races or sampling the local cuisine and wines. She has a long list of destinations on her bucket list and is usually planning her next big adventure.