The Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO), formerly the Government Finance Officers Association of Western Canada (WCGFOA), is one of the oldest organizations representing government finance officers in Canada. It has been operating since the 1970′s. We are a professional association representing Government Finance Officers and our members represent over 1,000 local governments across Canada.
CAGFO’s mission is to promote excellence in government finance and our strategic plan to focus on regional and national issues while broadening our appeal across the country. We produce a major annual conference for local and provincial government finance officers in Canada to assist in their training and development. We also provide networking opportunities and the chance for our members to view new products and services. View the Vision and Mandate of CAGFO
Relationship to the GFOA Family
We see ourselves as a part of the “GFOA family” which comes under the umbrella of the GFOA of the US and Canada and includes the GFOA of BC, the GFOA of Alberta, the MFOA in Ontario, and the GFOA of Saskatchewan. For more information on GFOA organizations, we have prepared this explanation; GFOA Organizations
Annual General Meetings
Our annual meetings are held in conjunction with our annual conference.
2020 – AGM will be held virtually on September 16, 2020 as part of the 2020 CAGFO National Conference.
Please click here for draft agenda
Please click here for 2020 financials statements.
Please click here for 2019 AGM Minutes.
2019 – AGM will be held in Vancouver BC at the National Conference.
Please click here for draft agenda
Please click here for 2019 financials statements.
Kelly Lemoine, CPA, CA, Manager, Finance and Administrative Services, City of Winnipeg
A CPA since 1994, Kelly Lemoine joined the City of Winnipeg in 2006 progressing through various Finance positions. Since 2015 she has held the position of Manager of Finance and Administrative Services for the Community Services Department. In this role, Kelly provides strategic financial leadership and direction to a number of public services areas including recreation and aquatics, libraries, community development and community bylaw and enforcement. Before moving to the public sector, Kelly’s experience included progressive financial leadership roles in both the retail and media sectors. In 2016 she joined the then named Western Canada Government Finance Association, rebranded as the Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO) in 2017, as a Board member, and in 2018 was elected to the position of Vice President.
CAGFO Vice – President
Karen Grommada, City of Port Coquitlam, Director of Finance, Port Coquitlam, BC
Karen Grommada is a CPA, CMA and has over 24 years of experience in BC Local Government and First Nations Finance including City of Port Coquitlam, District of Sechelt, Mount Currie Indian Band, Village of Pemberton, Resort Municipality of Whistler. Karen has been with the City of Port Coquitlam for over 12 years and as the Director of Finance for the past 6 years, she has the statutory responsibility of Finance Officer and oversees the Accounting Services, Financial Planning and Systems, Revenue and Collections, Payroll, Purchasing and Risk Management functions of the City. The City of Port Coquitlam is a community of 61,000 with a strategic location in Metro Vancouver, a healthy base of businesses, new commercial and industrial areas, 271 hectares of parkland, well established neighbourhoods, and a strong sense of community spirit known as PoCo Pride.
Karen has also served in the role of Executive Director of the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation since 2013. The Port Coquitlam Community Foundation is a registered charity with a sole purpose to make the community a better place to live.
CAGFO Past President
Noreen Kassam CPA, CGA, Director Finance, City of Burnaby | Finance Department
Noreen Kassam is currently the Director Finance at the City of Burnaby. She has over 25 years of experience in public sector finance, having worked in the past for the City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver and the Auditor General of Canada. The Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Burnaby Municipal Benefits Society and the Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers are the boards that she is actively involved with.
Noreen enjoys traveling with her husband and her two children. She is an avid soccer player with the Women’s Metro Soccer Legue and also enjoys skiing, golf and kayaking.
Jason Turnbull, Director of Business Admin., City of Saskatoon, SK
Having worked in various industry jobs in Alberta during the early years of his CPA, CMA designation, Jason found himself moving to the City of Saskatoon in 2004 where his career in municipal government began. Working with such a diverse corporation such as the City has allowed Jason to be exposed to all levels of budgeting and dealing with various committee’s and City Council. The budget forum is intended to initiate conversation and share experiences among participants in order to make meaningful connections to bring new perspectives back to the workplace.
Katherine Macdonald CPA, CA, Director of Finance and Administration, Government of the Northwest Territories (Department of Lands)
Katherine Macdonald is currently the Director Finance and Administration for the Department of Lands at the Government of the Northwest Territories. She has over 12 years of experience in public sector finance, having worked in the past for the City of Yellowknife as the Manager of Finance, and with Crowe MacKay LLP auditing public sector clients. Katherine also worked as a Senior Accountant at the Tlicho Investment Corporation for three years.
Katherine is currently on the boards of the United Way NWT and the Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers. Previously, she was the Treasurer for the Yellowknife Curling Club, acting as Finance Chair for the 2014 National Seniors Curling Championship.
Katherine can often be found travelling or out camping or hiking with her dog Boone.
Wes Anderson, Manager, Financial and Treasury Services, Mississauga, ON
Wes Anderson is the Manager of Financial and Treasury Services at the City, where he oversees the banking, cash management, payroll, payables, investment portfolio and accounting needs for Canada’s 6th largest City. Wes is accountable for the City’s financial accounting and reporting needs, financial controls, overseeing all payments to employees and vendors, commodity and income tax compliance, and management of treasury services including debt, banking and investments.
Previously, Wes was the Lean Program Manager at the City, where he led the largest Lean transformation in Canadian municipal government, solving complex problems, working across multiple industries, and engaging staff from the front line to executives in building a culture of continuous improvement. The thousands of improvements through the City of Mississauga’s Lean Program have saved and avoided over $10 million in Wes’ time building the Lean Program. Prior to that, Wes managed the Operational Planning team for the City’s Parks and Forestry Division, overseeing financial and business analysis; he also started his full time career as a Business Advisor.
Wes has a degree in Economics and Finance from York University, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, certified in Project Management (PMP) and Programme Management (MSP), and is currently completing his CPA designation.
Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated
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.
Ed Kaemingh, CPA, CMA, Manager, Finance and Administration, Municipal District of Greenview AB
Ed Kaemingh started his municipal experience in 2007 with the City of St. Albert as Manager of Financial Operations and Reporting and served a period as interim CFO. From St. Albert he joined Sturgeon County as Manager Financial Services, transitioning to Director of Financial and Strategic Services, CFO.
Ed’s work history includes Senior Auditor and Senior Accountant roles at Alberta Blue Cross, and worked with accounting firms advising corporate clients on tax planning, review engagement and audit files early in his career.
Ed has been an active volunteer serving Government Finance since 2010, in addition to serving on the CAGFO Board, he serves on the GFOA Alberta Board as Past President, and prior served as Vice-President, Director at Large, and Chair of the Professional Development Task Force. Ed also served on the board for the Alberta Capital Finance Authority (ACFA), and as Vice-Chair of the ACFA Audit Committee.
Ed has other extensive volunteer experience at the executive level with various commitees, church groups, student executive council, and boards, and volunteered as a coach for hockey, baseball, and soccer.
At home, Ed enjoys life on a small acreage (8 acres) with his wife Jennifer and two children, Kristen and Carter. As a family they are active, playing hockey, sking and snowboarding in the winter, camping and boating in the summer. Life on the acreage is busy looking after chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and fish
Lorrie Schmalenberg , Manager, Corporate Accounting, City of Regina, SK
After several years of working in the private sector, Lorrie made the switch to the Public Sector and has been working for the City of Regina since 1995. Her first experience with PSAB was being co-lead of a very small team that moved the City to PSAB compliance back in 1998 and she’s been hooked ever since. (She has even been known to say she loves PSAB).
She has held numerous positions over the years but always manages to keep Public Sector Accounting as part of her portfolio. Even though Finance has often been seen as a supporting area or “in the background” she believes the changing role of the finance officer means that finance officers can be, and need to be, taking a lead role in shaping the future of their public sector organizations.
Lorrie has been involved with accounting boards since 1997 starting with her legacy designation as a CGA, then with the SK Government Officers group, with the CAGFO board since 2010 and now is a member of the recently formed Public Financial Management Advisory Committee.
Paul Wills, CPA, CMA, Chief Executive Officer/Treasurer, Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation
On December 1, 2014, Paul became the CEO of the Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation. Prior to this, he was a Municipal Advisor with Municipal Affairs with the Province of Nova Scotia and was in this roll since September 2008. Prior to this he was the Manager, Municipal Finance with the same department. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1987 and obtained his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 1994.Paul spent the first ten years of his career working in the private sector at various organizations ranging from small family run organizations up to international corporations before moving into municipal government. His first experience with municipal government was with the County of Kings where he was employed as the Chief Accountant for eight years. From there, he moved to the Town of New Glasgow in the role of Director of Corporate Services for two years before accepting the Manager’s position with the Province.
Paul is the past chair of the Tangible Capital Asset Committee for Nova Scotia, as well, represented the Province on the National Tangible Capital Asset Committee. He is also the past chair of the Financial Reporting and Accounting Manual Committee.
Penny Bruin (non-voting)
Sam Weller (non-voting)
Sheila McFadyen, Executive Director
Sheila joins CAGFO with a background in Professional Association Management with CGA Alberta, Alberta Accountants Unification Agency and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accountants. She brings experience in Strategic & Business Planning and Implementation, Education (Post-secondary & Continuing Professional Development, Marketing, Communications, Advocacy, Governance, Volunteer Programs, Event Management, Programming & Member offerings and Career Services. Sheila looks forward to supporting the current and future careers of CAGFO members across Canada.