2019 Annual Conference - PRESENTATIONS

Wednesday, October 2nd

Concurrent Sessions:

Smart Cities: Funding a More Livable Future – Chris Sainsbury, KPMG

Circular Procurement – Jo-Anne St. Godard, Recycling Council of Ontario

Workforce of the Future and Impact on Finance Personnel – Laura Benson, PwC

Improving Local Government Emergency Management – Gordon Ruth, AGLG

Annual PSAB Update – Mike Puskaric, PSAB

National Perspective on Asset Management – Anissia Nasr, Ben Kocwarski & Jude Pillainayagam, FCM

Getting Prepared for the Future of Finance – Jamie Black, FH Black and Co

Modernizing your Legacy Systems: Best Practices for Transformational Implementations – Lee Traill, Ceridian

Transforming Municipal Government Operations – ERP in the Cloud – Valerie Kelly, Oracle Corporation

Maximizing Own Source Revenue – Emily Harris, The Policy Shop



Thursday, October 3rd

Concurrent Sessions:

Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations – Brian Szabo, BDO

PSAB 101 – An Introduction for New Users – Mike Puskaric, PSAB

Dealing with a Ransomware Attack – Mark Wilson and Kenny Fung, NWPD

Mobility Technology and the Impacts on Operating Revenue – Chun Man, Urban systems

Police Funding – Challenges and Opportunities – Mary Collins, BC Association of Police Boards

GFOA without Borders – Volunteering with First Nations – Stacia Kean, CESO

Budget Transparency and Citizen Engagement – Max Parkinson & Chris Adams, Questica

Grants: Formulating Funding Strategies to Increasing Municipal Needs – Stewart Bruce, City of Edmonton

Horn-Rimmed Glasses Not Required: Tips for Recruiting & Retaining CFOs – Todd Pugh, Civicjobs.ca

How Blockchain Technology can Provide Opportunities for Municipalities – Brian Beveridge, MNP

Budgeting Strategies for a Complex World – Tim Duhamel, Bloom CME Inc

 Friday, October 4th

Disruption Panel – Bill Cox, BDO

CAGFO Annual General Meeting – Noreen Kassam (President & Chair)

Canadian Economic Update – Jean-François Perrault, Chief Economist at Scotiabank

Disruptions Continue Throughout Life – Mobina Jaffer, Canadian Senate

Important Info

2019 Speakers

Jean-François Perrault

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank

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Michael Puskaric

Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards for the Public Sector Accounting Board.

“PSAB Annual Update”

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Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer

Canadian Senate

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Ted Graham

Head of Open Innovation of General Motor, Author of “The Uber of Everything”

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Mark Wilson

City of New Westminster Police Department

Shayne Kavanagh

GFOA International

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Jamie Black

President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated

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Jude Pillainayagam

Asset Management Engineer, City of Coquitlam

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Chun Man

Urban Systems

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Chris Sainsbury

National Lead for Smart Cities, KPMG

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Gordon Ruth

Municipal AG

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Brian Beveridge


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