Archived Presentations

2020 Annual Conference Archived Presentations

Monday, September 14th

Learnings on Adversity from COVID 19: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated
Paul Martin, Comptroller, Government of New Brunswick
Komal Basatia, CPA, CGA, Acting GM, Finance & Corporate Services, City of Abbotsford

Cyber Threats – Real Life Examples from the Field
Drew Buhr, Lead, National Cyber Security Assessments, MNP
Wendy Gnenz, Senior Manager, Technology Consulting Practice, MNP

Employment Contracts
Andrew Carricato, Lawyer, Lidstone and Company Barristers & Solicitors

Tackling the Budget During Challenging Times
Andre Aberdeen, Senior Account Executive, Government & K-12, Questica
Tara Walker, Director, Sales, Enterprise, Questica
Wendy Wiebe, Manager of Finance, Lacombe County, AB

Managing Budget Volatility with Innovative Insurance Solutions
David Edgar , CDN National Public Sector leader, Aon
Katie Sabo, US Managing Director of Aon’s State and Local Leader, Aon

Asset Management Forum
Jude Pillainayagam, Asset Management Engineer, City of Coquitlam

Library Forum
Elrose Klause, Controller and Director, Financial Services, Calgary Public Library (retired)

Tuesday, September 15th

PBO and Lessons for Municipalities
Kevin Page, Founding President and CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa

Recognizing and Dealing with Economic Shifts
Tim Duhamel, Founder and President, Bloom Centre for Municipal Education

Financing Edmonton’s 50 Year Plan: An Example of Forward Thinking
Craig S. Binning, Partner, Hemson Consulting Ltd.
Julia Cziraky, Consultant, Hemson Consulting Ltd.
Emily Herd, Acting Senior Planner, Urban Growth and Open Space Strategy

Robots in the Finance Department: Freedom from Drudgery
Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated

Giving Ethics A Voice
Greg Draper, Senior Partner and Forensics Services team member, MNP

Budget Officers Forum
Facilitator: Jason Turnbull, Senior Financial Business Partner, City of Saskatoon

Police Finance Forum
Facilitator: Mark Wilson, Comptroller, New Westminster Police Department (NWPD)

Wednesday, September 16th

Update from the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB)
Mike Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards, Public Sector Accounting Board

Spend Analysis, Optimization in the Face of Budget Constraints
Adam Crutchfield, Partner, Consulting, Alberta Consulting Leader, PwC Canada
Venkat Somasundaram, Director, Advisory Digital Operations, PwC Canada
Carlie Persson, Partner, Risk Assurance Services, PwC
Owen Taylor, National Public Sector Leader, PwC

Innovations to Lower Costs: Rocky Mountain House Case Study
Franco (Frank) Saccucci, Faculty member, MacEwan
Brenda Christie, Finance Director (Recently Retired), Rocky Mountain House

Leadership in Difficult Times
Tim Duhamel, Founder and President, Bloom Centre for Municipal Education

PSAB 101
Mike Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards, Public Sector Accounting Board

Public Sector Accounting Board Forum
Facilitator: Lorrie Schmallenberg, Manager, Public Accounting & Reporting, City of Regina

Budgeting Best Practices: Communicating the Budget
Craig Lesner, Senior Manager, Research & Consulting Center, GFOA
Tanya Garost, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/CFO,
District of Lake Country

Thursday, September 17th

An Economic Outlook
James Marple, Senior Economist and Director with TD Bank Group

Rapporteur on the Professional Development Conference
Enid Slack, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto

Learning from the Conference: A Panel Discussion
Bill Reid, Provincial Leader (BC) – Public Sector, MNP

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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,

How Blockchain Technology can Provide Opportunities for MunicipalitiesBrian 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