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Halifax Chapter


2016 - 2017


Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS


A fmi*igf Halifax Chapter Professional Learning Session


Join your FMI colleagues on June 7th for our last event of the 2016-2017 season. This morning workshop will hear from various speakers on how innovative approaches for improving business planning and reporting are enhancing decision-making across the public sector. There will also be a panel discussion to address common issues in applying new approaches and tools/technology. The workshop will be followed by the annual closing luncheon and Halifax Chapter AGM.

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Annual General Meeting
COST $75 Members
$115 Non-members


It's Not Complicated:  The Art and Science of Complexity for Business

Why does it seem that sometimes the most meticulously developed strategic plans mysteriously go totally awry?  The reasons may be found in new developments from practical research in the science of systems thinking and complexity theory.  Complexity theory explains why the introduction of "New Coke" was such a disaster in the 1970's; why everyone was learning to dance Gangnam style just five years ago; and how social media has us addicted.  Complexity techniques have been consciously exploited by groups as diverse as the Obama election, the U.S. military, and yes, even a certain Donald Trump.

This presentation will highlight:

  • the basics of Systems Thinking and its relevance to the public sector;
  • the difference between issues that are "complicated" versus issues that are "complex";
  • why complexity needs to be managed very differently and often counterintuitively;
  • structural issues that arise when dealing with complexity;
  • strategies and tactics for dealing with complexity; and,
  • how to learn to exploit complexity rather than fear it.

R Nason

Dr. Rick Nason

Dalhousie's School of Business award‐winning professor and International consultant/ founding partner with RSD Solutions Inc., Dr. Rick Nason has advised and developed programs for major global corporations, international financial institutions, government agencies and several academic institutions with global reach. Dr. Nason's research interests are in risk management, complexity, and financial education.  His new book is titled "It's Not Complicated:  The Art and Science of Complexity for Business".

The Role of Integrated Planning and Performance in a "Results and Delivery" World

The federal government has recently increased its emphasis on achieving and reporting results. New policies and directives in addition to the application of "Deliverology concepts" for the execution of the government's mandate commitments and priorities, are re-focusing federal departments and agencies on the need for more robust and truly integrated strategic, operational, and financial planning.

Mike Haley, of Landmark Decisions' Inc., will speak to the current challenges in aligning the various aspects of planning with performance monitoring/reporting to achieve results. Mike's presentation will provide insights into:

  • how new federal requirements link to the importance of organizational planning;
  • an overview of the key concepts for a "Made in Canada" Deliverology approach;
  • the fundamentals of integrated business planning (IBP);
  • the importance of understanding core business processes and resource requirements/capacity for managing output and service levels;
  • the significance of good data governance and management practices; and,
  • the role of enabling technology for increased user adoption and improved decision-making.

The presentation will draw on real-life examples of work within both the public and private sector including illustrations/demos of technologies that are currently in play within the federal government for strengthening the integration of planning and reporting.

M HaleyMike Haley

Mike Haley is President and Founder of Landmark Decisions Inc., a Halifax-based niche consulting practice providing worldwide "performance alignment" consulting & facilitation, training, and implementation services to both public and private sector clients.

For over 20 years, the prime focus of the company has been to supply guidance on the development of both strategic and operational plans and models which help organizations improve their business decision making capacity. Landmark also partners with leading technology vendors to help clients realize the value of enterprise-wide technology solutions that support planning, performance reporting, and process/cost management.

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Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment at www.fmi-igf.ca. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 2, 2017.

Questions?, contact at (902) 897-8920.

Looking forward to seeing you on the the
June 7th!

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