2018 Conference

Winnipeg, MB September 12th-14th


“Building on Diversity”

Winnipeg is the perfect location, in the heart of Canada and home to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, for our conference this year.

Focus Areas:

  • Risk Management

  • Accounting and Budgeting

  • Financial Leadership



Registration for our 2018 Conference

The Earlybird price will be available until July 15

The conference will be held at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

We have a block of rooms available  for $159/night.

Preconference Sessions: September 11th 2018

  • Long-Range Financial Planning

  • Internal Controls to Help Manage Risk

  • Capital Budgeting and Planning

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2018 Speakers


Janice Baker

Janice is the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Mississauga, Ontario and also serves as the President for CAMA this year. With a BComm and a CPA designation, she brings to the table an extensive municipal finance background in both the private and public sector in Ontario and Newfoundland. Along with a long history of community volunteer service, she really knows what it takes to get to the top through responsible leadership. At our conference, she will provide insight on ‘how to work with your CAO’.

Gail Stephens

Gail is currently the General Manager for Bayview Place, a 20 acre master-planned waterfront development in Victoria, BC. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Winnipeg. She has extensive background in government at the CAO level, including at the City of Victoria, City of Winnipeg and BC Pension Corporation. She has a CPA designation and is named as one of Canada’s top 100 CGAs. At our conference, we are looking forward to hearing Gail discuss ‘Going against the Trend – how to survive in Local government’.

Tim Beauchamp

Tim is the former director of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) of Canada and has been directly involved in standard-setting since 1989. During his career, he was a big part of GFOA – as a long time presenter at Western Canada conferences and also the Technical Advisor to GFOA’s Standing Committee on Canadian Issues. He is currently serving as special advisor to the Auditor General of Ontario. At our conference, he will share his ‘musings on a career focused on PSAB’ and how there is a life afterwards.

Michael Puskaric

Michael is the Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards for the Public Sector Accounting Board. His role is to be the champion for improving public sector accounting practices across Canada by sharing knowledge, encouraging collaboration and leading the development of standards. Michael has a broad base of experience based on more than 15 years working in public, private and not-for-profit sector organizations. Michael is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto Canada.

Bob Eichem

Bob Eichem is the internal financial advisor in the city manager’s office for the City of Boulder, Colorado.  He was the CFO for the city from 2005–2016 before moving into his current role. Bob has over 39 years of experience as a finance officer in local government.  He is a past member of the GFOA Board of Directors, served as GFOA president in 2014-15, and is currently a member of the standing committee on debt. His work in the areas of leadership, long range financial planning, financial policies, financial resilience and sustainability are ongoing and a passion he continues to pursue and enjoys sharing with his peers.


Charles-Antoine St-Jean

Charles-Antoine is the Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada, since July 1, 2017 for a 5-year mandate.  He joined the Board after retiring as the EY national managing partner for public sector.

During his career, Charles-Antoine served as Comptroller General of Canada for three years and also as vice-president at Cap Gemini, a global technology company.

He has practiced extensively in Canada and abroad during his career, with all levels of governments and has served on not-for-profit organizations boards and also lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Craig Binning

Craig is a partner with Hemson Consulting and directs its Municipal Finance practice. The Toronto-based firm specializes in providing planning and finance advice to public sector clients in Ontario and increasingly across Canada.

Craig has over 25 years of experience and holds an M. Phil degree in Political Economics from the University of Glasgow and a B.A. in Economics from Queen’s University.  His areas of expertise include economic and financial impact modeling and analysis, local government policy and asset management plans.  He is also a lecturer at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.

Bob Dugan

Bob assumed the role of Chief Economist for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in April 2003.  He leads a team of national and regional economists responsible for analyzing and forecasting activity in national and provincial housing markets.

Prior to joining CMHC, Bob held a number of positions in the private sector and federal government where he was responsible for economic forecasting and policy analysis.

Bob has an Honours B.S.Sc Economics degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Jamie Black

Jamie is President of F.H. Black & Company Incorporated. For the last 20 years, he has consulted and trained finance officers, auditors & accountants in government, higher education, and corporations throughout Canada and the U.S. His work focuses on increasing finance department efficiency & effectiveness through the implementation of technology & best practices.  He began his professional career in public practice where he was responsible for compilation, review, audit, personal & corporate tax engagements.

Catherine Schinkel

Catherine is a leader in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice, specializing in Human Resources Transformation. Prior to joining Deloitte, she spent over 20 years working in human resources for a variety of Winnipeg-based organizations, including Ceridian, MTS, and most recently, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where she was the first Director of HR.
Today, Catherine works with Deloitte’s clients to develop and implement HR strategies. A big part of her role is staying ahead of current trends in HR so that she can help clients prepare and adapt, and manage talent risks within organizations.

Mike Goodfellow

Michael is the National Leader of Finance Assurance at Deloitte Canada. He has over 17 years of experience primarily in the Canadian marketplace with a wide variety of small to large market companies in various industries, including organizations that are private, public and public sector.

Mike has worked closely with many leading companies helping in selection, governance, strategy and implementation approaches as it relates to ERP, analytics and financial reporting solutions. His key focus is on CFO alignment and effectiveness strategies, finance effectiveness, and the people, process and technology enhancements required to modernize finance.

2017 Conference Presentations

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2017 Conference