The Lost Dutchman's
September 19, 2017
The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine: this FMI session was about
competition, collaboration, team building, and mining as much
'gold' as possible. As much as groups say they are a team and
collaborate, the fact is most groups compete for resources.
Facilitated by Randy Shuttleworth, participants were divided into
teams and engaged in a game where the object is to find the Lost
Dutchman's mine and mine as much gold as possible. The key to
winning was good planning and working together. Outcomes of the
event were learning to collaborate and breaking down information
Building a Healthy
May 17, 2017
Over the past 50 years we
have seen the move from the industrial revolution to the
information revolution. Increasingly, organizations handle
information as a commodity and as a result there has been the rise
of the knowledge worker. The other side of this change
is that employees rely on their brain to contribute value and to
provide for their families. What happens when their brain fails
them as a result of mental illness?
According to the Canadian
Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illness will impact 1 in 5
Canadians. Because of the impact on their families and
communities this number can rise to 1 in 3. CMHA's defines
disorder as health conditions that are characterized
by alternations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination
thereof) associated with distress
The last point is the reason
for this important conference. Impaired functioning results
in: disability claims, absenteeism, and low
productivity. Some questions this conference hopes to explore
- What is the role and some of the challenges mental health poses
in the workplace?
- How can managers create environments where business needs are
being met and employees flourish?
- How can we deal proactively with our staff who are going
through a challenging time and make sure they come out
- What happens if we or a member of family/social circle becomes
mentally ill? What resources are available?
This session examined the
facts of mental health and provided tools for leaders to help
manage the impact on the organization.
Speakers and Moderator:
- Georgette Reed, City of Edmonton, Health &
Wellness Coordinator, Fire Rescue Services: The stigma of mental
health and myth busters.
- Pamela Kollross, City of Edmonton,Health
Promotion Consultant, Corp. Safety & Disability Management: The
City of Edmonton's Psychological Health and Safety Pilot
- Robert Manolson, Creator & Facilitator
of Powerful Play
Experiences: How to Live with Mental Illness.
- Linda Shaw (and Flynn), NAIT Student
Counsellor and her therapy dog.
- Scott Aylwin, Senior Director, Addiction
and Mental Health, Covenant Health.
- Isabel Henderson (Moderator), Senior Operating
Officer Alberta Health Services, Glenrose Rehabilitation
- Laurel Kirchner, Wellness Advisor,
Occupational Health and Safety, Covenant Health.
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Morning's Presentation Deck.
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Marcia Nelson, Executive Council Deputy Minister.
Don Iverson, Mayor the City of Edmonton.
Links and Resources for this event
The Alberta Economy -
Between a Budget and a Hard Place
February 9, 2017
This is the second time the
Edmonton FMI Chapter has explored this issue. The last
time, September 11,
2014 West Texas Intermediate Crude was trading for about
$93 a barrel and then Alberta Finance Minister, Doug Horner was
still predicting a surplus despite increased spending. 30 months, 2
finance ministers and 1 government later - times have definitely
Our panel was composed of leading
economists who weighed in on what Albertans might expect in 2017
and beyond. Topics will included:
- Will the price of oil continue to recover or stay flat?
- Will employment prospects improve?
- How will the new carbon levy (tax) policies filter through the
economy between the net payers and the net beneficiaries?
- What will happen on the investment side? And how will other new
policies like a new tax credit for small business contribute to
economic recovery and diversification.
For outsiders looking in, public
civil servants are in an enviable position. Compared to the private
sector, pay and benefits have been relatively stable with no
dramatic cuts to positions and little in the way of salary
rollbacks. But while governments continue to hope for an economic
turnaround, what if the recovery takes longer than expected?
Speakers and panelist who helped us navigate this topic
- Cathy Rothrock, Alberta's Chief
- John Rose, City of Edmonton's Chief
Scholnick, Professor, University of
- Toby Schneider, Executive Director -
Alberta Economic Development & Trade
- Kevin Taft, Best-selling Author, Consultant,
Speaker and former Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
- Moderator Robert Ascah, Fellow, Institute
for Public Economics
notes and the Economics Presentation
After the Smoke
Clears: CPAs and the Public Service
November 17, 2016
On July 1, 2015, CPA Alberta
celebrated its first anniversary. Over the past 12+
months, considerable effort has gone into making the
merge of three legacy accounting bodies successful. Now that
the merger-smoke is clearing what has changed for public sector
financial professionals? The session asked and attempted to answer
the question, how can CPA Alberta help the members who work in the
This morning was highly interactive
with an opportunity to not only hear from government leaders but
also question and contribute to CPA Alberta. Topics were wide
ranging from how to train new CPAs, the public service voice in CPA
Alberta and the CPA Alberta voice in government. Senior leadership
contributing to this session included:
- Above presenters, plus:
Dan Stadlwieser, Acting Controller,
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance.
Larry Brownoff, Director, Professional
And Career Services (for Rachel Miller).
Glen Jarbeau: Chief Financial Officer,
City of Spruce Grove.
Laura Daniels: Partner, Assurance , PwC
Banks, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of
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at this conference. Read the
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to our sponsors: CPA
Alberta and Robert Half
International. Download the CPA-FMI Public Sector
Certificate brochure or access the Robert Half Salary Guide.
in the Public Service When Money is Tight
September 21, 2016
Public servants are expected to be
innovative while working in a risk adverse environment. This
inherent conundrum is compounded during times of fiscal restraint
when ideas are solicited but resources to execute few. This
session will investigate innovation in the public services from a
number of facets.
What is innovation, how do you get
it, how do you keep it and when should you ignore it? Next,
how to propose, implement and sustain an innovative idea or culture
in an environment that is less than ideal. Finally, thoughts
and strategies of making the case for innovation during times of
fiscal restraint; after all, never let a good crisis go to waste.
Speakers for this informative session are:
- Dr. Markus
Sharaput, Dalhousie University: the theory of innovation
and its practical challenges.
Dambrowitz, NAIT: Can Innovation Become Part of Your
- Karen Parker,
City of Edmonton: the History, Success and Challenges of Creating
an Open City.
Felske, Ph.D., P.Eng., City of Edmonton: Turning Your
Trash Into Treasure.
Moderator/Presenter; Jean McClellan,
Partner-PWC: the Catalyst-Café, Systematic Innovation from
Post-Conference Notes (unofficial version).
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University - Key Note Speaker.
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Innovation in the Canadian Public Sector.
Access the Global
Innovation Index Report.