PD Week 2017 Recap
If PD Week's theme was InterAction, then, friends, we had a
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
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.
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
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
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
Thanks to our sponsors, the fun didn't end there, as they made
our Friday night evening of celebration a Roaring (Twenties)
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!