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Halifax Chapter

Past Events

2016 - 2017


December 6, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS




Stephen _HarringtonStephen Harrington

National Lead for Talent Strategy consulting, Deloitte

The Future of Work discourse is currently dominated by automation disruption predictions. While interesting, these predictions leave us wanting more - what does the Future of Work really mean? How do I understand the fundamentals? How can I prepare myself, my business, my family for the future?

It's time to make a complex topic accessible - awareness is the first step to action.

Over the next decade, the future of work will be shaped by a completely new force:  the "Intelligence Revolution".  It will be driven not by incremental automation in manufacturing processes but by exponential change based on machine learning, virtually free data storage and communication, and ever-increasing computational power that rivals some human capabilities. These developments will change what a job means, affecting the work we do and how we do it.  We are in need of a national dialogue including business executives, government leaders, and workers themselves regarding the capabilities we need for the future, and how we can start to prepare now, to put Canada on the path to success.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:30 am - 11:30 am


Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS




M GMichelle Greencorn, M. Ed. (Lifelong Learning)

CMHA NS Education & Training Lead, Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division

A workshop that brings awareness to issues surrounding mental health in the workplace. It provides both employees and employers the resources to create a better mental health environment while at work. Topics covered include the difference between mental health and mental illness, how to recognize when someone is struggling, strategies for stress management, and resources available in the community.

Michelle has spent the last ten years working in the disability community, from personal care to classroom support, adult education and post-secondary advising.  She holds a Master of Education in Lifelong Learning as well as a BA in Child and Youth & Statistics and a diploma in Human Services.  Michelle joined CMHA NS Division in September 2016 and is passionate about making mental health a priority for everyone.

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

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS


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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS



Mark E.S. Bernard

A fmi*igf Halifax Chapter

Professional Learning Session

with Mark Bernard, a leader/expert in Cyber Security.




eFraud - There are many types of information available to fraudsters, some are more attractive than others due to their economic value, ease of access and limited ability of organizations to detect a breach and respond to that breach in a timely manner.  At one point in time banking records were prized but in recent years' medical records were valued.

Cloud Security - Cloud security has come a long way and its getting better and better with the increased visibility and use by governments and commercial enterprise.  SAP HANA is one example of this level of improvement, but there is still a lot of work to do as Microsoft, CISCO, Oracle, IBM, Apple are continuing to struggle with defective Product manufacturing.

Recent Interesting Facts and Figures

  • Sixty-nine percent of enterprise security executives reported experiencing an attempted theft or corruption of data by insiders during the last 12 months, according to Accenture and HfS Research.
  • Sixty-two percent of business users report that they have access to company data that they probably should not see, according to the Ponemon Institute.
  • Ponemon also reported that 43% of businesses need a month or longer to detect employees accessing files or emails they're not authorized to see.
  • Nearly a third of all organizations still have no capability to prevent or deter an insider incident or attack, according to the SANS Institute.
  • Forty-five percent of IT executives say malicious insider attacks is one of the email security risks they are most ill-prepared to cope with, according to a study by Mimecast.
  • 60% of small companies are unable to sustain their businesses over six months after a Cybercrime attack.

Mark E.S. Bernard

Cybersecurity Thought Leader and Author of NIST Cybersecurity Courses

Key Past Experiences

  • Associate Director & NTT DATA Security Program Manager for Morgan Stanley Account
  • Security Consultant, ISO 27001/ISO 9001/ISO 22301 Virtustream Cloud SAP HANA
  • IMIT Security Specialist, Healthcare, Enterprise Threat Risk Management, CERT
  • Director Technology Operations, Government Corp Accounting; ISO 27001, ITIL Integration
  • Manager, Government, Information Security Branch Compliance an Reporting
  • Information Security Officer, McCain Foods Limited
  • Security Officer, Zürich Insurance HRIS

Key Achievements  

  • Published NIST Cybersecurity Foundation course
  • Led 1st Canadian Government ISO/IEC 27001 Registration /Certification
  • Led BC Government Corporate Accounting Services IMIT during $25M N-RFP
  • Led 1st Canadian bank, Trade /Wholesale Service to ISO 27001 Registration /Certification
  • Founded Atlantic Canada High Tech Crime Association

Key Professional Designations

  • ISACA - Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • ISACA - Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • ISACA - Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS

9:00 - 11:30 am



A fmi*igf Halifax Chapter Professional Learning Session

with Deborah Kiceniuk, Ph.D., Senior Educational Developer (Research and Evaluation), Centre for Learning and Teaching and Adjunct Professor with the Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University

and Markus Sharaput, Ph.D., Assistant Profressor, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University

Program delivery is supported by evaluation evidence, and when implemented appropriately can strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of a program. Without a solid evaluation framework and defined benchmarks in place to measure the effectiveness, efficiency, and value of a program, the methods and theoretical underpinnings would be subjective and lack the basis to assess program quality or improvement. In this session the key components of program evaluation will be presented, including budgeting and resource allocation, and based on their experience, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own evaluation framework.

Deborah _KDeborah Kiceniuk, Ph.D.

Senior Educational Developer (Research and Evaluation)

As a Senior Educational Developer, Research and Evaluation, at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT), and Adjunct Professor with the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University, Dr. Kiceniuk's role includes: facilitating university-wide initiatives for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); working collaboratively with the university community to facilitate course and program evaluation; and, leading the SoTL portfolio within CLT. Her research interests include social, political, and economic factors surrounding institutional change, while her teaching interests include research methods and statistics, curriculum studies, and the philosophy of education. Her interest in SoTL, is juxta positioned between her academic interest in research, the evaluation of higher education programs to facilitate change, and processes to promote excellence in teaching and learning in higher education. She is currently a reviewer for several educational journals.

Markus Sharaput, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration
Dr. Sharaput, an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University, has held teaching positions at Memorial, Lakehead, York, and Ryerson Universities, and has delivered a number of workshops to both Canadian and international client groups. His research has focussed on the task of strategic economic intervention by governments at both the federal and provincial levels, along with aspects of institutional culture and policy capacity. Professor Sharaput's work and interests include evaluation, policy learning and capacity building in government organizations, innovation in government, innovative industrial policy, and regional economic and community development.

Dr. Kiceniuk and Dr. Sharaput are co-facilitators of the NS Public Service commission Program Evaluation workshop for Managers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS



A fmi*igf Halifax Chapter Professional Learning Session

with Michel Brazeau, Partner, Ontario Region Marketplace Consulting Leader and the National Public Sector Leader, Deloitte Canada

Joining us for our February session is Michel Brazeau, Partner in Deloitte's Canada's Technology Consulting practice. Our world is changing at a dizzying speed, and to keep pace with its citizen's needs, government too is evolving in unprecedented ways. It is deviating from tradition and creating an environment where innovators thrive and technology-equipped citizens can serve themselves. Technologies and trends including advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, networks, augmented reality, additive manufacturing and collaborative connected platforms create new possibilities for smart, customized and data-driven government services.

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Michel Brazeau, CMC

Michel Brazeau is a Partner in Deloitte Canada's Technology Consulting practice. He is the Ontario Region Marketplace Consulting Leader and the National Public Sector Leader. Michel is also the consulting leader on the Deloitte Innovation Council and a core member of the firm's Global Innovation Network. In his Innovation leadership role, Michel is responsible for helping Deloitte create new solutions and offerings across their core services, and assist clients in creating, assessing and optimizing their Innovation Programs. Michel applies this passion for innovation and the experience gained from his 25-year consulting career working across a number of industries, including public sector, health, high tech and manufacturing. Michel truly believes that Innovation matters and that Canadian leaders have an opportunity to embrace it to propel Canada's productivity forward and to help future generations be more successful.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS

8:30 am - 11:30 am


Discussion on Accountability in the
Public Sector

with Bruce Hennebury, Senior Director, Communities Culture and Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia

and Senator Elizabeth Warren describes, government as is simply a collection of things that we the people have decided to do together - what that means for accountability? What does that mean for Nova Scotia?

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Senior Director, Communities Culture and Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia

Bruce Hennebury is a public servant with over 30 years' experience. He has held a number of senior positions throughout the Nova Scotia government in Finance, Treasury and Policy Board, Economic and Rural Development and Communities Culture and Heritage.  He has extensive experience in policy, finance, budgeting, economic development, accountability, governance and administration.  He is currently a Senior Director at the department of Communities Culture and Heritage with the Province of Nova Scotia with responsibility for policy as well as the provincial gaming strategy.  A Chartered Professional Accountant, Bruce also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary's University. He has been teaching public sector comptrollership and accountability at Dalhousie in the MPA and MPA(M) programs since 2002.  He enjoys fly fishing and curling and is actively involved in the local ringette community as a Level 3 referee.  He has also served on volunteer boards.  A native Nova Scotian, Bruce lives in the Halifax area with his wife and has two grown children.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
Dartmouth, NS

8:30 am - 11:30 am


JOIN the FMI-Halifax Chapter for the kick-off of its 2016-2017 professional development season.


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Bill Matthews, Comptroller General of Canada


speaker bio



If you attend this session, your membership to the FMI-Halifax Chapter.

Following the learning session there will be a brief AGM of the FMI-Halifax Chapter and election of its 2016-2017 officers.

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