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, mainly in Western 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.

2018 –  AGM was held in Winnipeg on Friday September 14th at 9:30am.  View the 2018 Financial Statements or the 2018 AGM Minutes


CAGFO 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.


CAGFO Vice-President

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 Treasurer

Jason Turnbull, Director of Business Admin., City of Saskatoon, SK

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.

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.

Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and CFO, Mississauga, ON

Gary is the Commissioner of Corporate Services and CFO for Canada’s 6th largest City, Mississauga, leading a team of seven Directors who provide innovative, strategic and integrated services.  He is also the CEO of Enersource Corporation, a strategic partnership between the City and Borealis Inc.

Graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management, UofT, he is a professional accountant with the ACCA and a CPA, CGA.

His experience includes engaging 100,000 citizens in the City’s Strategic Plan and developing  a continuous improvement program based on the Lean methodology.

Gary previously worked in the UK as Finance Manager for a large private sector transit company experiencing deregulation, privatization, flotation and mergers.

He volunteers on ACCA’s Public Sector Global Forum, the Professional Advisory Committee for Sheridan College, and Boards of the Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO) and One Investment. He has volunteered and lived with his family in Mississauga all his Canadian life.

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, Director Financial and Strategic Services, CFO, Sturgeon County, AB

Katherine Macdonald, Manager, Financial Services, City of Yellowknife, NT

Lorrie Schmalenberg , Manager, Corporate Accounting, City of Regina, SK

Penny Bruin (non-voting)