Date: June 24, 2021 | Time: 2:00 pm

Join FMI and our valued partner Accenture as we review CFO trends in transformation; the response or transition impact of COVID, the shift of spending priorities, how to solve the technology deficit, and the impact on the public sector in Canada.

Specifically, we will highlight the role of the CFO today and the significance of the response to the current environment.  We will discuss the three main roles that CFOs manage within organizations:

  • Economic Guardian
  • Architect of Value
  • Catalyst of Digital Strategy

As part of the discourse, we will share the findings of the recent CFO Now Survey, which engaged over 1,300 senior finance executives across 15 industries and 14 geographies.  

This session aims to:

  • Understand the CFOs vision for transformation
  • Highlight different catalysts, barriers, and techniques to achieve the vision
  • Guidance from the CFOs on lessons learned
  • Action plan to move towards the finance of the future

Sponsored by:


Kelly Makway

Kelly Makway

With 20 years of experience across industry and consulting roles, Kelly is committed to helping Finance organizations challenge ‘the way we have always done it’. As a CPA in Canada and in the US, her fundamentals of design are grounded in efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining compliance. Her passion is to assist strategic CFOs to expand the scope and buy-in for a future-ready finance department – including the tools, analytics and readiness of employees to deliver finance as a service.

Kelly works with her clients to determine and deliver the Finance vision with technology as the enabler.

Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips

Robert is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s CFO/EV consulting team and has a passion for leading public sector finance transformation. After starting his career in the Ontario Public Service, he spent a number of years consulting for federal public sector organizations, both in Canada and Australia.

In 2016 he led Canadian Blood Services through the transformation of their multi-function integrated HR, Payroll, and Finance Shared Services team. In 2018 he took on a new role as Associate Vice President, Continuous Improvement at Canadian Tire, leading transformation and automation activities across the Finance function.

Robert is also a proud former national board member of fmi*igf, having served as Ontario Chapter President, Director Social Media, and Special Director, Strategic Planning.

Wojciech (Wojo) Zielonka

Wojciech (Wojo) Zielonka

Wojo Zielonka is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Before joining PSPC, Wojo was Special Advisor to the CFO at Shared Services Canada. Previously, he advised a number of organizations, including Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Conference Board of Canada. From 2009 to 2018, Wojo held a variety of roles with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, such as Chief Risk Officer, Senior Vice-President of Capital Markets and CFO. He spent 10 years with General Electric in senior management roles internationally and has held a number of different CFO and chief information officer roles in the private sector.

Wojo holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Carleton University and is a chartered professional accountant and a certified public accountant.

Ryan Pilgrim

Ryan Pilgrim

Ryan Pilgrim became Transport Canada’s Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services in June 2019. 

Ryan has extensive experience in accounting, budget management and financial policy development. He began his professional career as an accountant with Ernst and Young, where he worked both in Toronto and France. Ryan joined the Federal Public Service in 2002, where he held various positions in Finance and IM/IT at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). He subsequently moved to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), where held the position of Director General, Budget and Cost Management. Ryan has also worked at the Office of the Comptroller General within the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), where he developed a wide variety of financial policies and led the talent management of financial personnel across the Government of Canada. In 2018, he joined Transport Canada as the Director General, Financial Planning and Resource Management.

Ryan graduated from Queen’s Commerce with a specialization in Finance and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA).