2020 Annual Conference


“Leading through Adversity”

September 16 – 18, 2020

Pre-Conference Training Sessions: September 15, 2020

Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton AB


The Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO), formerly the Government Finance Officers Association of Western Canada (WCGFOA), is holding their annual conference at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton from September 16 – 18, 2020. This is a professional development conference providing the highest quality educational programming for Finance Officers working in the public sector. Each year, this event attracts up to 300 government finance workers from across the country!

Our 2020 Conference theme is “Leading Through Adversity”. As financial officers, we like to plan and budget for the future. We try to anticipate future events and project future trends. However, things don’t always go the way we want them to. Other forces are at play. Political changes, Economic factors and even Natural disasters can have a huge impact on our plans.

Adversity is defined as a difficult or unfavourable situation or event. We can manage adversity and mitigate its impact; but the real challenge is to lead the people in our organization through the situation and emerge stronger on the other side.

Our 2020 conference in Edmonton will explore this challenge.

Book Your Hotel Now!

Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, 10235 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3E9

Group Name: CAGFO 2020

Group Code: ED200914CAN

Call to book: 1 866 378 8866

Email to book: rescoordinatoredm@suttonplace.com

Sponsors and Exhibitors

CAGFO is currently inviting exhibitors to confirm their participation in our 2-day trade show that will allow our exhibitors to connect directly with our delegates. All exhibit booths are 48 square feet but they are available in two configurations to best suit your needs: 6’ x 8’ or 4’ x 12’. The Sponsor & Exhibitor Proposal and the 2020 Trade Show Floor Plan are attached for your review. Please note that Conference sponsors are given first choice of booth, with the remainder allocated by indicated preference on a first come – first served basis. Exhibit space is limited and will sell out!

As a CAGFO Exhibitor, you will have direct contact with almost 300 conference attendees as well as being included in our mailings to approximately 3,800 people working in the government finance field. Most of these delegates are senior decision makers in local and provincial government, who collectively have final spending authority on billions of dollars annually.

What is the cost?

The cost per booth is $2,400 and includes 2 full registrations for all events, meals and socials.

Sponsors receive a discount on exhibit booths.

Gold Sponsors pay $600 (includes 1 full registration)

Silver Sponsors pay $1,200 (includes 1 full registration)

Bronze Sponsors pay $1,800 (includes 1 full registration)

2020 CAGFO Sponsor & Exhibitor Package


Kevin Page is a Canadian economist and first ever Parliamentary Budget Officer for Canada. He was appointed to the position on March 25, 2008,and his term was completed on March 22, 2013. He now teaches at the University of Ottawa. In 2013, Page was named as the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair on Canadian Government. In 2016, Page became the head of the newly created Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD), a think tank with a focus on public finance and policy at the University of Ottawa.

Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. IMFG focuses exclusively on the fiscal health and governance challenges faced by large cities and city-regions. Enid has written extensively on property taxes, municipal fiscal health, intergovernmental transfers, development charges, financing municipal infrastructure, metropolitan governance, and municipal boundary restructuring. Recent co-edited books include Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay and Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health. Enid consults on municipal finance and governance issues with governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, IMF, UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Growth Centre. She has consulted in Canada as well as Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Jordan, Mongolia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Enid is a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI).  In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on cities.


James Marple is a Senior Economist and Director with TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists to provide economic analysis and forecasts to TD clients and stakeholders. The team delivers on a wide scope of research, covering the Canadian, U.S., and global economies.As a respected commentator, James travels across North America speaking on economic and financial trends and has been quoted by media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail and the Associated Press. He is frequently interviewed on the radio and television. James received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto in 2005 and his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Alberta in 2004. In October 2018, he celebrated his eleven year anniversary with TD Bank Group.


Franco (Frank) Saccucci, MBA (’86) B. Comm (’83) holds an academic position as a continuing faculty member at MacEwan University as well as an adjunct lecturer position with Executive Education at the University of Alberta. Prior to being an educator, his professional experience included public auditing, management consulting with a national company and commercial banking with a major Canadian bank. He has authored four published articles as well as made presentations in the U.S., Europe and throughout Canada.


Jamie Black 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 efficiency & effectiveness through the implementation of technology & best practices to ensure that finance departments do more with less, do it better than it was done before and do it in less time.



Michael Puskaric 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. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He holds a B.Comm from Ryerson University and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.



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