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PD Week 2017 Recap

If PD Week's theme was InterAction, then, friends, we had a minga.

In what can only be described as the most uplifting fmi*igf PD Week to date, more than 4,700 people coursed through the Hilton Lac-Leamy to take part in the 2017 edition.

With riveting keynote speakers and stellar streams, the financial management community was treated to a week like no other.

From Chopin to Mozart and on up to the Theatre, the buzz was sprinkled with Christmas-like excitement in anticipation of the day's speakers and streams.

Where else could those in the public sector see the likes of WE Day's Marc Kielburger, military groundbreaker Sandra Perron and environmentalist David Suzuki under the same roof over five days? Nowhere, of course.

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Their theme was team … as in InterAction … and it is how we move forward in our working lives.

From Kielburger's Ecuadorian minga to Perron's esprit de corps to Suzuki's steadfast resolve to stand up for the environment in a collaborative way, it was an eye-opening and thought-provoking experience for anyone who attended PD Week.

The other eight keynote speakers also offered their own unique perspectives, including the international flavour of New Zealander health and wellbeing specialist Lauren Parsons (What did you write down as your goal?) and U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, who teamed with Kevin Page - Canada's first parliamentary budget officer - under the watchful eye of FMI president and moderator Martha Okot Thomas to deliver an engaging debate on the world of finance.

From water to banks to old, public-sector cranks, we got the scoop from Ryan Hreljac, Filipe Dinis and Linda Duxbury, respectively, in their areas of expertise.

We also had the retired spy in JJ Brun and a world-renowned body language expert in Mark Bowden, who taught us that asking the right questions and where we hold our hands (for the record, it's palms up by the midsection) affects our daily InterAction with those around us.

And speaking of InterAction, how about the Aspiring Leaders Network and its World Cafe?

Not only did the ALN's guest speaker Robert Beeraj knock it out of the park with his hilarious comparisons of generational differences in the workplace, the brainstorming session put on by Wendy Shih and Jean Farley - and refereed by president Okot Thomas - was a hit as it helped shrink the gap between generations and create a solid exchange of information, along with the opportunity for people to network with those that they don't usually have access to.

Thanks to our sponsors, the fun didn't end there, as they made our Friday night evening of celebration a Roaring (Twenties) success.

At fmi*igf, we would like to thank all the volunteers who made PD Week the immense success it was, especially the organizing committee of Sylvie Tanguay and Gerry Matthews, the board of directors and the onsite event volunteers (you couldn't miss them in their red attire).

And mark this down in your calendar: Nov. 19-23, Hilton Lac-Leamy, PD Week 2018. Be there!

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