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Manitoba Chapter

Past Events



February 23, 2017

Feb 23 2017 Risk Mngt

Speaker Luncheon: Risk Management, A comprehensive approach to recognizing and minimizing risk in business.

Chris Scott works as the Manager of Security and Loss Prevention with the IKEA Canada Group, where he has been for twenty years.

Chris spoke about risk in business and provided a tool to identify, analyze, and utimately accept or deny possible risks that any business may face. He reminded us that there are multiple high risk items that are not immediately obvious - like internal communication for example.

A copy of the presentation and risk analysis tool can be found here.

 November 8, 2016

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Speaker Luncheon: Winnipeg Harvest, Creating a community that no longer needs food banks.

David Northcott has been the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank since 1984, is actively involved in the community, and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks.

David gave heartfelt speech detailing Winnipeg Harvest past successes, and efforts in our communities.

September 29, 2016

Annual General Meeting Luncheon

Click here for minutes, by-laws, and financial statements.

 June 2, 2016

PD Luncheon Event: New Manitoba is out there:  A Review of Province's Economic, Demographic, Labour Market and Social Indicators

Wilf Falk, Chief Statistician of Mantioba gave a presentation highlighting how our province has evolved in a number of areas including economic performance, labour markets, population growth and social indicators.  The presentation concluded with a window into the future. 

 April 6, 2016

PD Luncheon Event: Big Data Analytics

Rodger Guinn's prentation on Big Data Analytics focused on how governments hold incredible amounts of data within thier various systems and how advanced statistics and new computing capabilities offers the opportunity to capture new insights and value from these latent resouces.   


March 10, 2016  PD Luncheon Event:

Balancing the Discussion on Recovery and Wellness: Expanding our Knowledge of Mental Health Continuum

Katie Thom, Psychology Graduate Student at the University of Manitoba provided a brief overview of the face of mental illness in Canada, the continuum model of mental health, evidence-based strategies for recovery and wellness promotion, and accessible resources for inviduduals, families and work groups.   


January 28, 2016    


PD Luncheon Event:
Change in the North End: The Merchants Corner

Jim Silver, Professor of Urban and Inner Studies, University of Winnipeg.

Jim Silver shared the story of the redevelopment of the old Merchants Hotel on Selkirk Avenue into Merchants Corner.   

To learn more about this project visit: http://www.themerch.ca/?page_id=5

November 17, 2015

PD Luncheon Event:
Artistry in Coaching

Sharon O'Leary, Integral Professional Coach™, PM, Organizational Change Management Specialist

Sharon O'Leary shared her experience and knowledge of how change impacts people and all areas of business. She incorporated the learnings of the Integral Coaching® Canada method which combines heart, intuition, rigor, and deep personal development. She shared how this coaching method creates and embodies sustainable change and a spirited calling to creating something new, in clients, in our communities, in ourselves.

 June 11, 2015  PD Luncheon Event:
Public Sector World of Opportunities

Roberta Marsh, Manager of Human Resources Services, Research & Systems Corporate Support Services, City of Winnipeg
Aurel Tess, Assistance Deputy Minister of Administration, Finance and Justice Innovation, Manitoba Justice

This presentation focused on the non-traditional financial positions within the Public Sector, for example many designated accountants work in non-traditional roles such as Information Technology, Human Resources, Project Management and more.

February 26, 2015 PD Luncheon Event:
A Healthy Workplace

Presentation by Mr. Joel Hershfield, Manager of Finance & Technology, Healthy Workplace Advisor - MDA

 A Healthy Workplace:
  • What is it?
  • Is it a Myth?
  • Can it occur?
  • Can it occur in government?
  • Why is it important
Presentation Slides
 December 3, 2014 PD Luncheon Event

Mr. Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer Habitat for Humanity Manitoba

Topics Presented: An overview of the organization including the four distinct operating businesses that the organization functions in and a discussion on Habitat's impact in the community, which goes far beyond the help they provide to individual families.

Thank-you letter
October 17, 2014

PD Breakfast Event:
Connecting the Dots Between Leadership and Good Governance

John Wilkins, Associate Director of the Public Management Program with the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Topics presented: How leadership roles, values, competencies, and development in the public service can contribute towards good governance

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June 19, 2014 

PD Luncheon Event - "A Demographic Overivew of Winnipeg" a presentation by Georges Chartier, City of Winnipeg's Manager of Infrastructure Planning and City Economist

Topics presented:

Our city has changed, but what does the future hold? 

  • how has the population changed?
  • who is coming to Winnipeg?
  • where are they from?
  • what impact does this have?
  • where do they live?
  • what can we expect in the future?
May 21, 2014

PD Luncheon Event - "Forensic Services" by Kyla Kramps and Dave Johnson, PwC

Topics presented include:

  • What is Fraud?
  • Who we are and what we can do
  • Hot Topic: Cybercrime
March 17, 2014

PD Luncheon Event - "Millenials at Work" by Robert Reimer, Kyla Kramps and Travis Abas, PwC

If managers are to find ways to motivate teams or improve productivity, understanding the workforce matters.

Join us to hear the results of PwC's Millenials at Work Study, a global survey engaging over 4,000 participants from 75 countries.

You will hear from presenters Robert Reimer (Baby Boomer), Kyla Kramps (Generation X) and Travis Abas (Generation Y, Millenial) on the characteristics of these different generations - What is the focus when it comes to work? What is the preferred communication style?  What comes first?

Presenters will also take a deeper dive to look at the Millenials - those born between 1982 and 2000. What do they expect? and What motivates them?

December 3, 2013

PD Breakfast Event - Presentation on the Merger of the Accounting Bodies by Ron Stoesz and Gary Hannaford

October 30, 2013

PD Luncheon Event - "Evolution of Citizen Centred Service Delivery" by Guy Gordon, Executive Director of Institute for Citizen‐Centred Service (ICCS).

The expectations of Canadians for public services is rising dramatically. Governments, many of whom are under tremendous fiscal pressure, are looking at a wider range of dramatic options to transform their internal and public facing services. Guy will discuss these trends drawing from work the ICCS is doing with Canadian and International partners.

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September 25, 2013 Luncheon - Annual General Meeting
May 9, 2013

PD Luncheon Event - International guest speaker Sir Tony Redmond, President, CIPFA speaking on "Public Financial Management (PFM) - Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?"

February 7, 2013  PD Luncheon Event - `Psychology of a Fraudster`by Jennifer Hibbert, CMA, CFE
January 24, 2013 PD Morning Event - Webcast Presentation on `Budget 2012, Its Impacts on the Financial Community`by Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada
December 12, 2012 Evening - Free Holiday Mixer event open to members only. Complementary beverages and hors d'oeuvres were served.
October 25, 2012

PD Morning Event - Developments in Financial Management by Juliet Woodfield, Senior Director, Capacity Building and Community Development, Treasury Board Secretariat

Topics included: Current Developments in Financial Management, Financial Officer Competencies, Career Roadmap and Professional Development, Resume Preparation and Interview Skills

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September 12, 2012

Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

May 3, 2012 PD Luncheon Event - Patrick Hoger, Province of Manitoba, speaking about "Emerging Threats in Technology and their Impacts."
February 28, 2012

PD Morning Event - Bruce Manion B. Comm, CMA, FCMA, faculty member at the Canada School of Public Service, speaking about "Allocating Resources to Results: Facts or Myths."

January 17, 2012

PD Luncheon Event - Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Library of Parliament, speaking about "Economic and Fiscal Challenges in Canada."

December 7, 2011 Evening - Holiday Mixer event open to members only and was Free. Complementary beverages and hors d'oeuvres were served.
October 18, 2011 PD Afternoon Session - Anita Caputo, CMA, speaking about "Learn to Bounce - Surviving & Thriving during Changing Times."

This event was sponsored by the Manitoba Federal Council and ACFO.

September 26, 2011 Luncheon - Annual General Meeting


1. Call to Order
2. Presidents Report
3. Treasurers Report
4. Changes to By-Laws
5. Nominations and Confirmation of board members - elect directors
6. Introduce Board Members for 2011/12
7. PD Week draw

April 28, 2011

PD Luncheon Session - Jennifer Hibbert, CMA, CFE, DIFA, Director of Financial Services at Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism and Healthy Living, Youth & Seniors, speaking about "Behind the Scenes of a Forensic Accounting Investigation."

  • This lunch session looked inside the world of forensic accounting. Through real case examples, what is involved in conducting a forensic engagement from gathering information to testifying as an expert witness were explored. The session also included a discussion of the different tools and techniques that can be used to conduct the investigation and the various parties that are involved in successfully completing the investigation.
February 17, 2011 Doug _Lloyd _180_pix _2PD Morning or Afternoon Sessions -   Doug Lloyd, Executive Director, Financial Systems Authority, Office of the Comptroller General, speaking on the financial management transformation initiative presently underway at the Office of the Comptroller General.
  • overview of the duties and purpose of the Financial System Authority;
  • various policies, directives and initiatives which collectively make up the transformation effort;
  • the policy and directive on the stewardship of financial management systems;
  • the financial interoperability and stewardship initiative;
  • how these are related to the renewal of our financial management business processes, creation of standard and common system configurations, and creation of common financial information in the government of Canada;
  • how this is related to accountability;
  • question and answer period.

Download the English Presentation
and/or the  French Presentation

January 27, 2011

PD Lunch Session   Betty-Anne Pratt, Provincial Comptroller, Manitoba Finance, speaking on the topic "Comptrollership - Why strong comptrollership practices are important to an organization". 

November 25, 2010

PD Lunch Session - Diane Gray, President and CEO, CentrePort Canada, speaking on the topic "Why CentrePort Canada".

This presentation outlined why Canada's Centre for Global Trade is in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the economic impact of the hub on Manitoba and its citizens.

October 20, 2010

PD Morning Session - Richard Olfert, FCA, CMC, partner with Deloitte, speaking on the topic "Moving Beyond Bookkeeping:  Building Finance Competence in Today's Government".

This presentation outlined the role that finance can play in transforming government. Finance people need to contribute beyond the basic bookkeeping that has been traditionally expected of them in order to manage the financial pressures and challenges of government policy decisions. What kind of contributions are these?  What skills need to be developed?  What is the potential for impact by finance personnel on government policy?

View the publication at:  www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-Canada/Local%20Assets/Documents/ca_en_government_finance_july08.pdf

September 29, 2010

Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

Helen Hasiuk


  1. Call to Order and Presidents Report  
  2. Treasurers Report, including Approval of June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2010 Audited Financial Statements
  3. Changes to By-Laws
  4. Nominations and Confirmation of board members - elect directors
  5. Introduce Board Members for 2010/11
  6. Update on PSAB by Helen Hasiuk
  7. Draw for PD Week
June 2, 2010

PD Morning Session - Barb Dryden, Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat, Province of Manitoba (responsible for developing fiscal strategy and planning options for the Government of Manitoba) speaking on the topic "Consolidated Budgeting - The Manitoba Experience".

This presentation outlined the steps that led to the adoption of a summary budget in Manitoba, the issues and challenges of implementation, the introduction of an annual financial management strategy and the impact on financial reporting.

April 14, 2010
From left to right: Monique Clairoux and Lynn Cowley

PD Morning Session - Monique Clairoux, Senior Director, Internal Audit Capacity Building and Community Development at the Office of the Comptroller General, speaking on the topic "Becoming a Tri-athlete in Leadership."

Participants learned how to leverage their speciality sport and build upon three key leadership aspects: In-depth departmental strategic knowledge, Technical skills, and Leadership skills.

February 23, 2010

PD Half Day - Dan Perrins, Executive in Residence and Senior Policy Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina, ***image13*** and Jim Marshall, Executive in Residence at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina, speaking on the topic "Presenting Financial Information to Senior Government Officials".

Participants learned the role of technical information in government management and decision-making; the roles of senior officials and politicians in these processes; the roles of technical advisors in these processes and how to ensure informed management in areas requiring advanced technical expertise.

December 16, 2009 Holiday Mixer - FREE event open to members only, Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, Lots of prizes.  Event Notice
November 25, 2009
From left to right: Mike McGinn, Bill Matthews, and Richard Decka
PD Morning Session - Bill Matthews, Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management and Analysis Sector, Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) of Canada, speaking on the topic "Financial Reporting Best Practices".

Updates were provided on the following topics:

  1. Departmental Financial Statements,
  2. Policy on Financial Reporting,
  3. Accrual Appropriations,
  4. International Financial Reporting Standards.
September 24, 2009

PD Half-Day - Scott Siemens, Mediator & Conflict Resolution Advisor, speaking on the topic "Conflict in the Workplace: Navigating Troubled Waters".

Key points of Scott's presentation are:

  1. Understanding the nature & impact of conflict in the workplace
  2. Discovering personal conflict resolution styles
  3. Exploring methods and mechanisms to aid supervisors in addressing workplace conflict
Scott Siemens
June 17, 2009

Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

May 14, 2009 Luncheon - Sue Kathler, Vice President, People First HR Services Ltd., speaking on the topic "Systematic Succession Planning and Talent Management in a Changing Environment". Event Notice 

From left to right: Mike McGinn, Iding Sanchez, Sue Kathler, Richard Decka, and Lynn Cowley
January 27, 2009
From left to right: Ray Hutton and Lynn Cowley
Professional Development Day - Ray Hutton, CA, CFE, CFI, CAMS, CPIM, speaking on various Forensic and Investigative Accounting topics throughout the day. Event Notice 


December 11, 2008 Holiday Mixer - FREE event open to members only, Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, Lots of prizes. Event Notice
November 20, 2008
Reg Alcock
Luncheon - Honourable Reg Alcock, professor and Associate Dean (External) of the I. H. Asper School of Business, speaking on the topic "Accountability Then and Now". Event Notice
September 25, 2008
From left to right: Barbara Bowes and Lynn Cowley, MB Chapter President
Luncheon - Barbara Bowes, FCHRP, CMC, M.Ed., President of Legacy Bowes Group, speaking on the topic of Organizational Effectiveness. Event Notice


June 19, 2008

Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

June 8-10, 2008

Public Sector Management Workshoop 2008 in Quebec City

May 14, 2008

Luncheon- Joanne Thibault, MPA, Senior Strategy and Planning Consultant; and Jill Vogan, MNRM, Executive Director, Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Secretariat, MB Infrastructure and Transportation; speaking on the topic "Public - Private Partnerships".

April 15, 2008
From left to right: Don- and Richard Olfert
Luncheon - Richard Olfert, FCA, Managing Partner, Winnipeg Office, Deloitte, speaking on the topic "A Business Perspective on Climate Change & the Environment".
February 13, 2008
From left to right:Lynn Cowley, MB Chapter Vice-President; Bill Cessford; and Don Baril-Bissett
Luncheon - Bill Cessford, FCMA, CMA, speaking on the topic
January 17, 2008

Professional Development Day - David Hancox, CIA, CGFM, Director of State Audits in the NYS Comptroller's Office, speaking on various "It Is All About Control" topics throughout the day. The four presentations are as follows:

  1. Strong Controls But Wrong Controls
  2. Finding Fraud: The Devil's in the Data
  3. Re-Imagining the Organization
  4. Fighting Fat after 30: Going the Extra Degree

 January 17, 2008  Professional Development Day

Img _8744 From left to right: Joyce Bateman, Director, Manitoba Federal Council Secretariat; David Hancox; and Don Baril-Bissett.
December 4, 2007 Holiday Mixer
November 20, 2007

Luncheon - Gordon Gunn, Associate Partner - Risk and Resilience Advisor, KPMG speaking on the topic "Director Liability: What You Don't Know Can Cost You"

November 20, 2007 Luncheon

From left to right: Gordon Gunn and Don Baril-Bissett.
September 6, 2007

Gail Stephens, Chief Executive Officer for the BC Pension Corporation speaking on the topic "Transforming an Organization from the Inside Out"

From left to right: Don Baril-Bissett, MB Chapter President, and Gail Stephens


June 13, 2007

Annual General Meeting

May 27 to 29, 2007

PSMW - Taking Care of Business
"Meet in the centre of Canada…you belong here"

  1. New Faces for the Business of Government
  2. Reporting to Citizens
  3. Green Business is Good Business
May 3, 2007 Bill Williams, Contract Training Consultant, Franklin Covey Canada, Ltd. speaking on the topic "The 8th Habit - from Effectiveness to Greatness"
April 17, 2007 Larry Bredesen, Regional Coordinator, Public Health Agency of Canada Speaking on "Canadian Pandemic Planning" 
March 15, 2007 Detective Sergeant Bonnie Emerson, Winnipeg Police Service Crime Unit speaking on the topic "What IS and ISN'T Identity Theft"
February 12, 2007 Emer Mullen, Director, Resource Management and Operations/Senior Financial Officer, Finance and Administration Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada speaking on the topic "The FI to CFO Career Path" See also FI to CFO Career Path Presentation 
June 13, 2006 (Annual General Meeting) - Ron Smith, Co-Chair 2007 PSMW Organizing Committee speaking on the topic "Winnipeg's plan for hosting Public Sector Management Workshop 2007 ... a meeting of the Public Sector financial community from Coast to Coast!"
May 16, 2006 Mr. Sunjay Nath speaking on the topic "10-80-10 Principle"
April 20, 2006 

Michael Eastman, Executive Director, Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation speaking on CCAF's Business Lines including Research Programs for Public Performance Reporting, Accountability and Audit, Shared Governance, Education and Capacity Building, Reflections on Accountability and the Role of Internal Audit.

Jon W. Singleton, Auditor General, Province of Manitoba speaking on the role of the Auditor General's Office, Province of Manitoba.

February 15, 2006 Dena Palamedes, Senior Director, Internal Audit, Capacity Building and Community Development, Treasury Board Secretariat speaking on the topic "The Modern Management Agenda - The Role of the Chief Financial Officer/Strengthening of the Finance Community in the Federal Government"
January 19, 2006 Minister Greg Selinger, Minister of Finance, Province of Manitoba speaking on the topic  "Competiveness - A Manitoba Perspective, Manitoba's Economic Growth Plan".
November 10, 2005 The Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board speaking on the topic "Strengthening Accountability in Government".
October 25, 2005 Mr. James Ludlow, President and Chief Executive Officer, True North Sports & Entertainment Limited speaking on the topic "Downtown Development and Revitalization".
June 8, 2005 (Annual General Meeting) - Ken Bishop, CEO of Winnipeg's Habitat for Humanity speaking on the topic "There's No Place like Home……Especially If You Don't Have One".
April 7, 2005

- Pierre Laflamme, Senior Financial Policy Analyst, Treasury Board Secretariat speaking on the topic"Grants and Contributions".

November 19, 2004 Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Comptroller General of Canada speaking on the topic "Strengthening Financial and Management Controls".
October 27, 2004 Joanne Thibault, Province of Manitoba speaking on the topic "Preparing Business Cases".
 September 23, 2004 Annitta Stenning, CAO City of Winnipeg speaking on the topic "Why Should Cities have Access to Growth Revenues?"