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Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 8:00 to 11:00 am

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Speakers & Topics:

Foreign Bribery Investigations

Presented by:

Corporal Kevin Duggan
Member, RCMP

Kevin Duggan is a member of the RCMP's "E" Division Federal Serious & Organized Crime Financial Integrity Team, with over 17 years in the RCMP, including specialized experience in the Integrated Proceeds of Crime program, and Federal Drug Enforcement. From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of the RCMP's International Anti-Corruption Unit, conducting investigations of Canadian individuals and companies involved in the bribing of foreign public officials. He was the Primary Investigator in the landmark Niko Resources case, and the File Coordinator for the Griffiths Energy case. 

In 2013, he provided training support to Japan's corruption investigators as part of the OECD Technical Delegation on Combatting Bribery. He has delivered lectures on Foreign Bribery investigations to academic, business, legal, and law enforcement audiences in Canada, the US, and Hong Kong.





Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Speakers & Topics:

Lac Mégantic: A Case Study on Risk Management in Transportation Safety

Presented by:

JLaporteJean L. Laporte, FCPA, FCGA
Chief Operating Officer
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Mr. Laporte will share his experience from a public sector management perspective. How does a small organization such as the TSB effectively respond to a major disaster? How do you deal with the challenges and complexities of such a tragedy, as well as with the public and political expectations, while under the national and international media spotlights? Our guest speaker will describe how the TSB used strategic relationships to get its job done alongside the multiple other government agencies who responded. He will also share best practices and lessons learned that can be applied to the management of any projects, big or small.

Jean L. Laporte is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. He is the most senior official responsible for running this federal government agency which conducts independent accident investigations into selected accidents and incidents in the marine, rail, air and pipeline modes of transportation. Prior to being appointed as COO, Jean worked a total of 25 years in a variety of positions with progressively more responsibilities, including the Chief Financial Officer position which he occupied for a period of 9 years. Jean has also worked at the Treasury Board Secretariat and at Revenue Canada - Customs and Excise. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and a Certified Professional Accountant. In 2007, Jean was awarded a Fellowship by the CGA Association of Canada for his contribution to the accounting profession. Jean is very active in various professional networks both inside and outside government. He is a member of the Financial Management Institute of Canada and served as its National President. He is also actively involved in the CPA Association of Quebec and the CPA Association of Ontario. He is a frequent speaker in various professional development forums across the country.

Personal Resilience

Presented by:

Marilyn IssavianMarilyn Issavian
Finance Director, Retired
Environment Canada




Links to additional materials:

Self assessment questionnaire, resilience worksheet and Learner-Judger questions

Are you undergoing a lot of changes at your work?  Are there things happening that you don't like?  Are there challenges happening at home that are affecting your work, or vice versa?  Individuals who are resilient are able to handle these types of life events and can even come out of such experiences stronger, better, and wiser.

How resilient are you?  This session will help you understand the factors that build resilience and will equip you to strengthen your own resilience in handling the road ahead.

Marilyn Issavian and Terra Nova National Park (TNNP) were created in the same year and just two miles apart, on the east coast of NL. She put herself through university by working summers as the bilingual information attendant at TNNP.

She was hired into a Parks Canada Management Trainee program in 1981 and worked in Ottawa, Fort Chambly National Park, Quebec City and Fundy National Park.

She worked in the Deputy's office for 5 years- preparing and briefing the Minister for Question Period every day.

She moved to Vancouver and in 1990 became the Manager of Finance and Administration and subsequently, a member of the Vancouver Chapter of FMI! Environment Canada's keen appetite to work with others on both the scientific and financial components of projects led Marilyn to become entrenched in Grants and Contributions (G&C) and other financial arrangements.  In 2008 Marilyn became the national Manager responsible for G&C and other financial arrangements.     

Marilyn is the recipient of three different awards for her work in Official Languages (OL).  In 2011 she, along with the G&C team she co-led, was the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence. Marilyn retired in October 2012 after 31 years of service. In 2013 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in G&C and OL.

Marilyn holds a BA (hon) in French from Université Laval, an MBA from SFU and, in anticipation of another life after retirement, a diploma in Interior Design from VCC!

Leadership and Teamwork

Presented by Darren Frew, Director of Planning and Communication, BC Bioenergy Network

Darren Frew has led business development, mentorship and communication in BC's technology sector for over 20 years. He is regularly invited to speak about leadership, communications and business development to a number of varied organizations, including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, The Council of Forest industries, Biotech Annecto and the Human Resources Management Association. Darren holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Calgary (1982).

Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

 FMI Vancouver Chapter Leadership Presentation




FI Competencies and Talent Management

Presented by Sylvie Séguin A/Senior Director of the Financial Management Community Development Division, Office of the Comptroller General

Sylvie is a CGA with over 20 years of experience in the Federal Government. As the Acting Senior Director within the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, Sylvie is responsible for the FORD/IARD and CA Student Training Program, the design and implementation of the FI Core Curriculum, and the development and implementation of the new FI Competency Profiles.

Date: Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Key Competencies Deck

2014 FMI PD Event


2013 FMI PD Event

2010 PD Event

Achieving Value for Money

Presented by Basia Ruta
BC's Auditor General for Local Government

Basia Ruta is BC's first Auditor General for Local Government. A Chartered Accountant, she was educated at the University of Ottawa, is a member of the Ontario and BC Institutes of Chartered Accountants, and has more than 30 years of notable experience in business and the public sector.
Ms. Ruta's previous position was Chief Financial Officer, Environment Canada, a position she held from 2006 to 2011. She also worked on interchange in public sector standard setting at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, she was Interim Assistant Deputy Minister, Canada Customs Revenue Agency/Canada Border Services Agency, and Assistant Comptroller General- Internal Audit for the federal government. In this latter role she developed a policy on internal audit that contributed to the transformation of internal audit across government, and was considered on the leading edge of this field among governments world-wide.

Risk Management

Presented by Mark Bernard

Mark Bernard has 24 years of proven experience within the domain of Information Security, Privacy, Governance, Compliance. Mark has led teams of 30 or more as a Director and Project Manager and managed budgets of $5 Million +. Mark has also provided oversight to 250 contractors and 230 regular fulltime employees as a senior manager during government outsourcing contract valued at $300 million..
As a volunteer, Mark has assisted numerous post-secondary graduates with Masters Degree and PHd Thesis projects. Mark has been published in trade magazines and on the Internet in addition to being sought after as an expert by local radio, newspapers and television. Mark taught as a Professor of a third-year Systems Engineering course and led many workshops and keynote speeches. Mark's expertise has been applied in a number of verticals including Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Technology, Legal, Aviation, Manufacturing and Academia.

Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Moxie's - Sandman Hotel, Georgia-Pacific Room, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

AGLG Presentation

AGLG website: www.aglg.ca

Risk Management Presentation  

2013 Government of Canada Financial Management Update

Presented by Sharon Smith,
Director of Internal Control and Financial Policy,
Financial Management Policy Directorate,
Office of the Comptroller General

Ms. Smith has for many years provided financial and expenditure management expertise in support of the Treasury Board. She has been instrumental in the renewal of the Financial Management Policy Suite for the Office of the Comptroller General. In particular Ms. Smith developed the Policy on Internal Control as a foundational element and has been working closely with departments to support its implementation and on other policy matters. In addition, Ms. Smith continues to play an important role in advancing government interests as they relate to the Financial Management Policy Suite, for example, through the recently issued CFO Attestation on Cabinet Submissions Guideline.

FMI Vancouver 2013-14 Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

 Financial Management in Canada presentation  


2013 FMI PD Event2013 FMI PD Day


  1. "Public Financial Management - Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?" - Presented by Sir Tony Redmond, President CIPFA's Institute Council
  2. "The Changing Role of the Regional Finance Offices" - Presented by Daniel Schnob, CFO Department of Justice
  3. "CPA Designation in BC" - Presented by Vinetta Peek, President & CEO, CMA BC and Gordon Ruth, CEO, CGA-BC * Sponsored by CMA BC and CGA-BC *
  4. "A Journey to Engagement" & "Bring About What You Think About" - Presented by Eddie Lemoine, International Keynote Speaker *Sponsored by ACFO *

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Shangri-La Hotel, 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

"Financial Management Standardization Update and Financial Management Transformation"

Marcel Boulianne, PMP

This topic addresses the necessary changes and actual progress in the area of Common Business Processes and Common Enterprise Data required for improving financial management. The Financial System Authority (FSA), in cooperation with over 60 departments and agencies, is leading federal departments and agencies to converge and transform how financial management will be delivered in the changing environment within the Government of Canada. The FSA initiative was created to develop common financial information, data, business processes, and financial management systems across the federal government. Well over 300 people involved in federal financial management are contributing to this.

In response to the June 2012 promulgation of the Chief Information Officer's Branch (CIOB) Standard on ERP Systems, the OCG is preparing the roadmap to convergence in the Departmental Financial Management Systems (DFMS) in order to support the Financial Management Transformation. Our speaker will share some of the preliminary information on this multi-year program which is currently in planning stages. 

As Senior Policy Analyst for the Financial System Authority, Marcel has been supporting the Financial Management Transformation effort led by the Office of the Comptroller General by delivering on the Policy and the Directive on the Stewardship of Financial Management Systems. More recently, he assumed responsibility for Stakeholder Engagement and Communication in the FM Transformation with the Assistant Comptroller General responsible for leading the Financial Management Transformation.

Prior to completing a certificate of Management from McGill University in 1989 and a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University in 1991, he worked as a commercial diver and underwater inspector and photographer in the offshore oil industry in the North Sea and Middle-East, with additional qualifications for industrial pipefitting and gas fitting.

Since 2003, Marcel has actively been involved as a volunteer with the Financial Management Institute starting as PD Week volunteer, Chair of PD Week 2006, Special Director of Affiliations, and is currently the National Vice President and will become National President on July 1, 2013. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP)

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

 Financial Management Transformation Slides

"Giving Back"

ARC Initiative, a partnership of UBC students, alumni and faculty and the business community. ARC facilitates the exchange of business knowledge, in particular entrepreneurship, with local communities in Africa who have limited access, or opportunities, to learn business concepts.

Aklilu Mulat, Executive Director, Hope International BA, BSc, CMA, FCMA


Aklilu has held a number of roles in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Currently he is the Executive Director of HOPE International Development Agency - an organization dedicated to helping the developing world, by teaching income generating skills and building community infrastructure. The Agency currently has projects in 18 countries and has an annual budget of $23 million. In addition to his work with HOPE International, Aklilu was Executive Vice President and CFO with Arrow Leadership International, and has lectured at the Sauder School of Business at UBC and at Trinity Western University.

Stephen Lee, CFO, Musqueam First Nation CMA, FCMA

Stephen is currently the Chief Financial Officer, Musqueam Nation and Principal, SL8 Consulting Inc.

Stephen is also actively involved in the CMA BC Board of Directors, a role in which he is responsible to govern the CMA profession in B.C. and the Yukon, and to develop policy supporting the Society's mandate on professional education, regulation, member service and protection of the public interest. Stephen has just completed his term as Chair, CMA BC, a role in which he played an integral part in the merging of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC) and the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia (CMABC) to become the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC).

Webcast of FMI PD Week Events:

  • PD Week session on Resource Management with Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration & PD Week keynote speech by James Ralston

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC


"Shared Systems, Truth and Myth"

Bruce Manion
Former Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service
Presentation Overview

Public sector organizations are facing serious resource challenges over the coming years. As their private sector counterparts have been doing for decades, public organizations all around the world are looking for ways to reduce the cost of their operations while maintaining the quality of services and the need to withstand public scrutiny of all that they do.

Join Bruce Manion FCMA, a senior federal finance executive and former CFO in two federal departments as well as someone who has managed and been a strong proponent for shared services/systems within the federal government. Bruce will discuss what shared systems and services are all about, the recent past for public sector initiatives in this area, the requirements and pitfalls for successful implementation and operation of shared service/system delivery and some of what looms ahead for the public sector in this exciting and somewhat daunting endeavor.

Up until recently, Bruce Manion was on assignment as a faculty member with the Canada School of the Public Service. Prior to that, Bruce was the CFO at both HRSDC and Canadian Heritage. In over 29 years since joining the federal public service through the FORD/IARD Program of the OCG, he has held many different positions in audit, administration and financial management in numerous other federal organizations such as DND, OSFI, NRCAN and PWGSC.

Throughout his career, Bruce has maintained a strong interest in modernizing management practices and the strengthening of functional communities. Bruce is married and has two children. When he is not working, he is an avid tool guy and home renovation maniac. In past lives, he has been a professional musician, actor, stand-up comic and gravedigger. He is certainly not your average accountant.

Shared Systems & Services Powerpoint Presentation Workbook Level 1.1

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Sandman Vancouver City Centre, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Humbled Decisions in an Uncertain World

Hana Carbert, B. Comm., MA, CMA, FCMA Scorecard Consultant

Hana Carbert, B.Comm., MA, CMA, FCMA is the Principal of Scorecard Consulting, a management consulting company, focused on identifying and realizing business improvements within client organizations. Her clients have included leading organizations in both private and public sector, from multi-nationals to smaller companies. Prior to establishing her own firm, Hana held senior financial management positions in industry.

Hana holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a MA, and was the CMA National Gold Medal winner. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious Fellowship award by CMA Canada. Her keen interest in work-based learning led to a Master's degree in Adult Education, with thesis research focused on the pivotal learning experiences in the workplace.

Hana has served as moderator and facilitator of CMABC's Strategic Leadership program for over 15 years. She has developed and delivered numerous workshops and presentations for organizations such as Accenture, BC Hydro, the Vancouver Board of Trade and has been a speaker at several conferences, including a FMI conference in Victoria some years ago.

She brings to the session a practical perspective based on over 30 years of experience.

Click below for handouts for the event:

Workshop Workbook Speaker Presentation
Humble Decision Making Speaker Topics

Date: March 7, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square (Room 400), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Transformation Initiative

Doug Lloyd, Executive Director

Financial System Authority Doug Lloyd, CMC, PMP, CMA is the Financial System Authority for the government of Canada. He is responsible for developing and setting financial business processes and common financial information standards for the government, as well as establishing policies on the stewardship of the financial management system (both automated and manual). His team is also responsible for a community building and capacity development regime for finance personnel in the government, as well as operating a centre of expertise for aspects of finance.

Prior to this, Doug was on exchange from the private sector and was responsible for managing and troubleshooting major crown projects for Treasury Board Secretariat, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Human Resources Development Canada. He won two distinction awards from the industry for project management at this time.

From 1983, when he left the military, until 2005, Doug was the President and CEO of a private sector niche management consulting company offering strategic advice, major crown project management, and international consulting. The company enjoyed steady year-over-year growth in revenues, profits and employees.

Doug is the chair of the board of the National Institute on Biomass, Renewable and Clean Technologies, and was until recently both a trustee on the Ottawa Board of Education, and the President and Chair of the Board of the provincial crown agency responsible for education transportation in the national capital/eastern Ontario region.

Doug has an MBA from the University of Ottawa, holds a CMA, a CMC and a PMP designation. He is in process of completing a PhD in Public Administration specializing in building high performing teams using intergenerational techniques. A subject he lectures on frequently to universities, colleges and professional associations.

Date: February 2, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square (Room 400), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Personal Financial Management

December 7, 2011
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC (1325 Axa Pacific Conference Room)

Lorenzo Pederzani, CFP, FCSI, FMA is an Investment Advisor, Certified Financial Planner with Dundee Wealth Inc. With over 10 years of financial service experience, Lorenzo has built a planning practice by sharing his knowledge and passion for financial education with his clients.

Seven years ago, Lorenzo and his colleague created a series of courses designed to improve financial literacy by bringing financial education into the workplace. Now in its eighth year, Lorenzo is proud that this program has delivered more than 200 courses in 65 companies across the Lower Mainland.

Prior to becoming a financial planner, Lorenzo gained valuable experience growing and restructuring a $7 million company in his role as VP Finance & Operation.

Lorenzo then moved on to accept a position in New York City with Mellon Investor Services as a Business Analyst in the financial services division of this prestigious US bank. After living through the events of September 11th, Lorenzo returned to his native Vancouver to launch a private wealth management practice.

Andrew Chowne, BA is an Investment Advisor with Dundee Wealth Inc. Andrew deeply values the connection he shares with his clients. Working with his clients to help them determine their financial and life goals, which then become the basis for creating and maintaining an effective financial plan is what really excites him about his line of work.

After graduating from UBC, Andrew worked with a variety of small and large local businesses before deciding to turn his interest in financial planning into a career. He joined Great Pacific Management, which ultimately became part of DundeeWealth, in 1994.

Andrew has completed the Professional Financial Planning Course through CSI (Canadian Securities Institute) and is a Level 2 licensed Life Insurance Agent with Dundee Insurance Agengy Ltd.

Capacity Building & Community Development

October 20, 2011
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
UBC Robson Square HSBC Hall (Room 680)

Juliet Woodfield,CA is the Senior Director of the Office of Controller General at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She has recently moved over from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Canada. She brings many years of experience as a financial manager and auditor. Most recently, her roles and responsibilities at the OAG included the oversight of the financial audits of several federal government departments, agencies, and crown corporations. In addition, she has been a member of the Professional Practices Group at the OAG, having team lead responsibility for the transition of the OAG to the new Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS). She has participated in the community development of the over 500 financial and provincial legislative auditors across Canada by developing and providing training on the conversions to CAS and on the transition to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Juliet has held various financial controllership roles including the Deputy Financial Officer of the NATO Security Investment Program in Brussels, Belgium; Director of Finance for a mid-sized hospital in Cold Lake, Alberta; and Controller for an oil and gas company in Calgary.

Juliet grew up in Calgary, Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and her Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. She very much enjoys living in the NCR with her family.


A Discussion of Current Initiatives Facing the Financial Management Community & An Inside Perspective of the Property Assessment System in BC

May 4, 2011
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
USB Robson Square HSBC Hall (Room 680)

Jean Laporte is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, thefederal government agency which conducts independent accident investigations into selectedaccidents and incidents in the marine, rail, air and pipeline modes of transportation. Prior to beingappointed as COO, Jean worked a total of 25 years in a variety of positions with progressively moreresponsibilities, including the Chief Financial Officer position which he occupied for a period of 9years. Jean has also worked at the Treasury Board Secretariat and at Revenue Canada - Customsand Excise. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and a Certified General Accountant.

In 2007, Jean was awarded a Fellowship by the CGA Association of Canada for his contribution to theaccounting profession.Jean is a member of the Financial Management Institute of Canada and served as its NationalPresident. He is also actively involved in the CGA Association of Ontario. He is a frequent speakerin various professional development forums and offers a unique and candid presentation stylesomewhat uncommon for a senior public service official.

Jean discussed current initiatives facing the Financial Management Community in Ottawa.

What's New in Ottawa …

Rick McMahon, currently works for BC Assessment in Victoria and is DeputyAssessor of the Capital Region. In addition to managing the residential and institutional property portfolio in Greater Victoria, over the past two years Rick hasbeen spearheading Corporate green initiatives to coincide with the Province of BritishColumbia's Climate Action plan to reduce green house emissions and be Carbon Neutral.

Rick provided us with an overview of the Property Assessment system in British Columbia. Rick highlighted the role BC Assessment plays within the real property taxation system in British Columbia. A brief comparison to other taxing jurisdictions was also presented.

Triple Your Reading Speed

February 23, 2011
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
SFU Harbour Center, Room 1700 Labatt Hall

Speaker: Terry Small

You can read fast!...and you can remember more!

Do you have enough time to read? Are you tired of feeling info-whelmed? Too many emails? Have you ever finished a page and asked yourself, "What did I just read?"

Chances are, you are reading far below your capabilities. In the upcoming FMI session, Terry Small will help you quickly, easily, and dramatically improve speed and comprehension. Using the latest discoveries about the brain and learning, Terry has trained over 150,000 people. In addition, vocabulary enrichment will be stressed. Invest in yourself! Knowledge is power! Learning has never been more important.

Even if you consider yourself a hopelessly 'slow reader', this time tested seminar will work for you. At last, a speed reading program that works!

SMART: Saving Money Advancing Retirement Transition

January 26, 2011
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
SFU Harbour Center, Room 2945 McLean Management Studies Lab

Speaker: Gary Krogfoss, CMA

Would you like to improve your financial situation?

Topics discussed at the upcoming FMI event will include the following:

  • General Retirement - facts and stats
  • Your Pension - basic overview
  • The Retirement Payment Cycle
  • Opening your eyes to wiser Investing
  • Tax Tips - simple money savers
  • Consumer Tips
  • Estate planning - do's and don'ts
  • Your Retirement Reality - crunching your own numbers

By the end of the seminar you will come out with a number of ideas on how to improve your current financial situation. Money saving tips/ideas will undoubtedly help you transition into retirement with more confidence and vision. You will also have started your solid financial plan to get you there.

Personal Emergency Preparedness

November 16, 2010
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
SFU Harbour Center, Room 2945 McLean Management Studies Lab

Speaker: DJ Lawrence, Regional Security Officer, DFO

Emergencies and disasters can happen with little or no warning. Being prepared could save your life or the lives of others and significantly improve your quality of living in the aftermath. DJ Lawrence will join us to teach you to be prepared for any type of emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a "home hazard hunt", what infrastructure will still be operational, and how to reconnect with family after an event.

Cambodian Relief Work

A Government of Canada employee working in Cambodia doing relief work decided she could do more without the bureaucracy, fancy travel, hotels and so on. She started the Tabitha Foundation, (www.tabitha.ca) and recruits team from all over the world. The teams fundraise to purchase building materials, pay their own way to Cambodia, and work with the residents to build homes and wells. DJ Lawrence joined one of these teams in November 2008, and has been working to help a team going in November 2010. He is willing to share stories about his trip to Cambodia where he joined a group of VPD, family and friends to build houses and assist with humanitarian efforts. If you've ever been interested in doing or supporting developing nations relief work, or want to learn a bit about this fascinating part of the world, this session is not to be missed. Please note that some of the story and photo's are not for the faint of heart.

2010 PD EventPassing the Torch - Going For Gold

September 28 - 29, 2010
River Rock Resort and Conference Centre, Richmond

The Financial Management Institute (fmi*igf) has been providing educational opportunities, information exchange platforms and incomparable chances to network with colleagues, industry leaders and corporate suppliers for over 20 years.

The Vancouver Chapter would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our 2010 2-day Professional Development Event. The theme of the event is excellence - not just in what we do but in who we are as well. This focus on excellence can make a difference between thriving and surviving in challenging times such as these. In putting together the agenda, we worked hard to provide access to high profile, informative speakers and have some great choices in topics.

During the two days of this workshop experts in public sector management will be able to gain valuable knowledge as well as focus on excellence in their professional and personal lives. There will be an opportunity to network with colleagues, share successes, and celebrate excellence.

Day 1

Theme: High Performing Workplaces

08:40 - 10:00 Keynote: Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page
10:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions
Stream A: The Future is Open: Technology, Open Data and the Future of Government
Speaker: David Eaves

Stream B: Personal Excellence: Work-Life Balance
Speaker: Dimitri de Morea
13:15 - 14:30 Concurrent Sessions
Stream A: High Performing Teams: Generational Issues: Thriving in a Multi-generational Workplace
Speaker: Doug Lloyd, TBS

Stream B: High Performing Organizations: The Changing Face of Internal Audit
Speaker: David Coderre, TBS
15:00 - 16:30

Concurrent Sessions
Stream A: High Performing Teams: Coaching & Constructive Feedback
Speaker: Louanne Ralston

Stream B: High Performing Organizations: Financial System Authority
Speaker: Doug Lloyd, TBS

Stream C: Values & Ethics (Qualifies for CGA PD): Ethics After Enron
Speaker: Chuck Campbell

Day 2

Theme: High Performing High Performing Individuals

08:40 - 10:00 Key Note: Matt Hallat, Paralympian
10:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions
Stream A: The Future is Open: Technology, Open Data and the Future of Government
Speaker: David Eaves

Stream B: Personal Excellence: Work-Life Balance
Speaker: Dimitri de Morea
13:15 - 15:15 Concurrent Sessions
Stream A: Competency Based Professional Development
Speaker: Sylvie Seguin, TBS

Stream B: Transforming An Organization Through Leadership - What Makes You A Good Leader
Speaker: Gail Stephens


Becoming a Tri-Athlete in Leadership

Are you up for a challenge?

Speaker: Monique Clairoux

FMI*IGF would hereby like to invite you to our next session scheduled for Thursday April 15th, titled "Becoming a Tri-Athlete in Leadership" and presented by Monique Clairoux.

Monique will provide an overview of what her group at the Office of the Comptroller General has created to support the development of Chief Audit Executives within the Federal Government.

Her presentation will focus on the following three key challenges:

  • development and nurturing of relationships with senior officials,
  • provision of an oversight role and strategic advice, and
  • delivery of a robust audit plan and quality assurance program.

Date: April 15th, 2010

Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Location: UBC Robson Square Room C475

Your Brain At Work - "Making the Science of Cognitive Fitness Work for YOU!

Speaker: Terry Small

The next FMI session is titled "Your Brain at Work - Making The Science Of Cognitive Fitness Work For YOU! " and will be presented by Terry Small on Thursday January 14th, 2009 at SFU Harbour Center. This session will give you the tools to boost your brain power, improve your thinking, and improve your health. It is based on the latest cutting-edge neuroscience research and the session is packed with tips, stories, ideas, and strategies to help you improve your greatest asset...your brain!

Date: January 14, 2010

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: SFU Harbour Center, Room 1700 Labatt Hall

The World Healthy Living Pledge / Vancouver 2010: How are you getting to places?

Speakers: Annamay Pierse, Olympic Athlete & ActNow BC Ambassador Frankie Kirby, Program Manager, Translink

Our session will start off with "The World Healthy Living Pledge" presented by Annamay Pierse, an Olympic Medal winner and an ActNow BC Ambassador.

Frankie Kirby, Program Manager for Transportation Demand Management at Translink, will also join us to discuss the TravelSmart outreach program. TravelSmart's goal is to encourage behaviour change in Metro Vancouver by promoting programs that offer alternatives to driving alone.

Date: December 9, 2009

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square Room C680 HSBC Hall

Security Threats: Internet, Home & Workplace

Speaker: DJ Lawrence, BA, Regional Security Officer, DFO

Would you like to hear of some of the threats to your security in your home, workplace, and through the internet? Would you like to educate yourself on how to minimize these threats?

Topics discussed at this event will include the following:

  • Internet Based Threats - scams, identity theft, social networking, and protection of children and seniors.
  • Home Security and Safety - security hardware, neighbourhood watch, alarms, garage and yard security.
  • Workplace Security- I.D. cards, protecting information (storage, marking, transmitting), I.T. security, finance and real property security considerations.

Date: October 6, 2009

Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: SFU Harbour Center, Room 1700