Message from the fmi*igf President 2016-2017
Martha Okot Thomas
I have just returned from Ottawa
where I was fortunate enough to have attended the annual
Professional Development Week (PD Week 2016). It truly is a
remarkable event attended by over 4,100 attendees over four days. I
encourage anyone to search #PDWeek2016 or follow @FMI_IGF on
Twitter to see some of the comments made and pictures taken by our
attendees and to have a look at the program
and speakers. Truly amazing! The PD Week 2016 Organizing Committee
and the FMI National Office staff really did an outstanding job.
For those of you who may not know, the PD Week committee is made up
of 65 people who volunteer their time to make this event as
successful as it is. There is also a lot of extra effort put in by
our staff at the FMI National Office at this time of year. I really
want to congratulate each and every one of the people involved
including our sponsors, speakers and others who volunteered their
time (i.e. Speed Mentors). This event is the key to fmi*igf's
success and its year-round operations. Thank you!!!!
PD Week 2016 Organizing
Thomas and Mathieu Langlier
National Staff: Christopher Egan, Caroline Désilets, Lynn Carroll,
Cheryl Elliott and Nicolas Drolet.
Before I start on this year, I want
to take a moment to thank a few other people. Many of you know that
Mathieu Langelier, our CEO, has recently left us
to take on a position with the International Actuarial Association
(IAA). Mathieu has helped to facilitate a significant amount of
change to our organization that has really helped us grow. Not only
did he take part in the transition to our new governance structure,
but he has worked to develop and strengthen our relationships with
key stakeholders within the federal government, as well as, helping
us build a strong and collaborative relationship with CPA Canada.
If you didn't already know, fmi*igf is working in collaboration
with CPA Canada to help build an improved public sector curriculum.
Gary Wuschnakowski from our Ontario Chapter has also been a key
player in assisting CPA Canada with the content for their
In addition, Mathieu and Nicolas
Drolet from National Office (along with a few volunteers) were
instrumental in building and launching our first e-learning Leadership course. Together they have officially put the
"I" in fmi*igf. We can move ahead and be proud to call ourselves a
true learning institute. Thank you Mathieu. I know that your new
job is a great opportunity for you, but I will miss you.
Secondly, I want to take this
opportunity to thank our Past President, Jean Labelle, along with
our 2015-2016 Board Members. Jean was a major contributor not only
to the development but also to the implementation of our new Board
structure. Thank you for your leadership and dedication over the
past two years as we moved through this transition. And to the
Board Members without whom none of these changes would have been
possible. You are all tremendously dedicated and passionate people
who have helped us keep this fantastic momentum going.
fmi*igf National Board
Barb Kelly, Western Regional Director; Jonathon Hood, Central
Regional Director; Jean
Labelle, President; Martha Thomas, Vice-President; Shawn Johnson,
Secretary-Treasurer; Mathieu Langelier, Chief Executive Officer.
Front (l-r): Nicolas Delisle,
Director of Membership; Christine Robichaud, Eastern Regional
Director. Absent: Yvonne
Samson, Past President; and Mike Pestill, Director of National
I am proud to take on the role of
President at such an exciting time for fmi*igf. We are heading into
our 55th year and I believe our organization has never been better
positioned. Our three-year Strategic Plan has four main outcomes
- Volunteer Engagement
- fmi*igf has established an attractive and evolving value
proposition for our diverse and competent base of dedicated
volunteers in all levels.
- Chapter and National Product
Growth - fmi*igf is thriving sustainably through the
provision of relevant, high-quality product offerings that
experience increasing levels of involvement and participation.
- Public Sector Impact
- fmi*igf has a pulse on all emerging issues and trends and is the
"go-to" source for public sector financial management
- National Recognition
- There is increased awareness of fmi*igf as a national
organization among key current and future stakeholders.
As I begin my tenure, I want to let
you know how the new National Board and the National Office are
supporting these outcomes. As President, I have the ability to
appoint two positions on the Board. Shawn Johnson (Fredericton
Chapter) will be the Director of Organizational Development. He
will assist in the transition both to our new Secretary-Treasurer,
Derek Cockburn (Victoria Chapter) and to our new CEO. In addition,
he will assist with improving and streamlining corporate reporting.
Barb Kelly (Regina Chapter), will be the Director of Orientation
and Onboarding Design. In order to support our volunteers we need
to ensure they have access to the tools they need. Those volunteers
include Chapter volunteers, members of the National Board of
Directors, and PD Week and PSMW volunteers. The National Board will
continue to support the Chapters, as well as supporting the
initiatives of the national organization, through regular
conversations and meetings with the Chapter Advisory Council (CAC)
as well as attendance at their regional events where possible.
These conversations will assist us in finding ways to make,
maintain and strengthen our public sector impact and improve our
national recognition. We can't do that without the great work that
happens in each of our 14 Chapters, during PD Week or PSMW, our
annual Public Sector Management Workshop.
My two key focus areas this year
will be on the continuing development of our relationship with CPA
Canada and the development of fmi*igf's new website. I am honoured
to be working with the newly elected National Board and always
grateful for the staff at National Office who I know will keep this
incredible momentum going.
Please join me in welcoming the new National Board of Directors
and the members of our Chapter Advisory Council:
fmi*igf National Board
Kelly, Director of Orientation and Onboard Design; Derek Cockburn,
Secretary-Treasurer; Linda Dow, Eastern Regional Director; Jonathan Hood, Central Regional
Director; Jim Randall,
Vice-President; Martha Thomas, President; Jean Labelle, Past
President; Athena Dinos, Western Regional Director; and, Shawn Johnson, Director of
Back (l-r): Barb Kelly, Western Regional Director 2014-2016; Carlton Gee,
President, Vancouver Chapter; Veronica Gelowitz, President, Regina
Chapter; Jonathan Hood, Central Regional Director; Gary
Wuschnakowski, President, Ontario Chapter; Janet Mrenica,
President, Capital Chapter; Éric Maranda, President,
IGF-Québec; Derwin Banks, President, PEI Chapter; Valmond Bourque,
Vice-President, South-East New Brunswick Chapter; Sonya Keeping,
President, St. John's Chapter; Fred Donaldson, President, Halifax
Chapter and CAC Chair 2015-2016. Front (l-r): Jeanette Stead,
Vice-President, Edmonton Chapter; Athena Dinos, President, Manitoba
Chapter, Melinda Pedersen, President, Fredericton Chapter;
Christine Robichaud, Eastern Regional Director
2014-2016. Absent: Alexandre Cavuoti, President, IGF-Montréal; and
Jason Stevenson, President, Victoria Chapter.
Thank you to Fred Donaldson
(Halifax Chapter) for his contributions to our Chapter Advisory
Council and acting as Chair for 2015-2016. And welcome to Nicolas
Delisle (IGF-Québec) who was recently chosen as the new Chair for
2016-2017. Thanks to Christine Robichaud (Fredericton Chapter) for
all of her work with fmi*igf over the years.
Here's to a great year ahead. If you
have any questions or comments about helping us achieve our
outcomes or improve our product offerings, please connect with me
Martha Okot Thomas, CPA CA
fmi*igf National President