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Message from the fmi*igf President - November 2017

Past President's Farewell Message

What an incredibly eventful and prodcutive year it has been for the Financial Management Institute of Canada (fmi*igf).

Final President Update Pic 3Being president through Canada's 150th birthday has made this even more special for me.

I am more than grateful to have been able to lead this organization as it grows and expands its impact on the Canadian public sector.

To cap 2017, fmi*igf once again outdid itself with an incredible PD Week. Each year gets bigger and better and this year was no exception. The keynote speakers were fantastic, and the streams were specifically designed to meet the needs of our community.

It is an event I am proud and honoured to have been a part of.

Prior to PD Week, the fmi*igf National Board met in Vancouver to reconfirm the priorities of its strategic plan for the next year. During that session, many accomplishments were identified. I would like to take the opportunity to list some of those:

  • Another successful PSMW, this year in Winnipeg.
  • National Office welcomed Christopher Egan as its new Chief Executive Officer after bidding adieu to Mathieu Langelier.
  • The Governance Structure is now in its final stages of implementation (it has been three-year process).
  • The National Office created a micro-website for PD Week 2017.
  • Continually building strong relations with CPA Canada, ACFO and fmi*igf's partner to the South, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), as well as with many key senior executives in government (both federal and provincial).
  • The finishing touches on the e-course are nearly done. The first module, on leadership, will expand fmi*igf's impact across the public service (keep your eye out for it!).
  • The Board Orientation and Chapter President Orientation packages are now available to all Chapters and National Board members.
  • Improvements to corporate reporting processes.
  • The Chapter Advisory Committee has been working diligently on Volunteer Engagement this year.

This is an organization that I have been proud to serve as president. fmi*igf is supported by a vast number of dedicated people, in Ottawa and across the country, who volunteer their time to provide cost-effective professional development to public servants. Everyone should be proud of that.

And finally, I need to acknowledge the efforts of our National Office staff without whom we couldn't be the organization we are.

Thanks to everyone for a very successful year.


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Martha Okot Thomas, CPA CA

fmi*igf National President 2016-2017

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