CAGFO President

Lorrie Schmalenberg, Manager, Public Accounting & Reporting, City of Regina

Lorrie has been working in the public sector for about 25 years and believes government finance officers play a crucial role in providing trust, credibility and transparency to our stakeholders through excellence in budgeting, reporting, financial management and through the assurance/audit functions. She has been with the board of GFOA of Western Canada, now CAGFO, since 2010. She has been on the Public Financial Management Advisory Committee and is currently vice-chair of the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group. With the upcoming changes and opportunities related to emerging PSAS and issues, she facilitates a committee to discuss these issues and to encourage members to have a voice in the future of the industry.

CAGFO Vice President

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.

CAGFO Secretary

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 Treasurer

Noreen Kassam CPA, CGA, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Financial Officer, City of Burnaby

Noreen Kassam is currently the Deputy CAO & CFO at the City of Burnaby. She has been with the City of Burnaby for 8 years and 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 League and also enjoys skiing and kayaking.

Director at Large

Jason Turnbull, CPA, CMA, Senior Financial Business Partner, 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.


Director at Large

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.

Director at Large

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.

Director at Large

Tanis Yanchishyn, CPA, CA, Manager of Taxation and Financial Services, Assessment and Taxation, City of Winnipeg

Tanis is currently the Manager of Taxation and Financial Services with the City of Winnipeg’s Assessment and Taxation Department. She has worked in public municipal finance for the past 17 years holding various financial roles at the City of Winnipeg.  She has worked in and/or supported multiple different departments in the Controllership role gaining experience in many different issues facing municipalities.  In addition to her new role at Assessment and Taxation, her experience includes supporting Winnipeg Transit, Corporate Finance, being the finance lead for the Emergency Operations Centre, among various other roles and projects. Tanis is also a volunteer reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.  Tanis is dedicated to mentoring junior financial professionals to prepare them for future leadership roles.

Director at Large

Erin Stephen, CPA, CA, Managing Director, Office of the Chief Risk Officer, Risk Management, ATB Financial

A former government finance officer, Erin is currently Chief of Staff to ATB Financial’s Chief Risk Officer. Erin is a CPA, CA who has held leadership roles in public practice, as well as in the government, banking, and mining industries. Since 2003, Erin has been involved in CPA Canada’s professional education and development programs. She was a key contributor to CPA Canada’s Public Sector Certification Capstone program, and has instructed several CPA Alberta Public Sector Accounting Standards courses. Erin currently serves as a public audit committee member of Elk Island Catholic Schools, is the youth services director for the Rotary Club of Sherwood Park, and is a financial advisor to the Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Communities program. In 2020, Erin was a recipient of CPA Alberta’s Distinguished Service Award.

Director at Large

Elana Wentzell, CPA, CMA, Director of Finance/Municipal Treasurer, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

Elana is currently the Director Finance for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL).  She has 22 years of experience in public sector finance, having worked as a Junior Accountant for MODL and both Accountant and Finance Director for the Town of Lunenburg.   As well, she had a six-year foray in the Lumber Industry serving as a Corporate Controller from 2000-2006.

She is a member of the Education Committee for the Association of Municipal Administrators -Nova Scotia and has also served on the Financial Reporting and Accounting Manual Committee for the Provincial Department of Municipal Affairs.

Elana has other volunteer experience as past Treasurer for her local church, teaching Sunday School, directing the Sunday School youth choir, and coaching her eldest daughter’s curling team.  She is currently a charter member and Treasurer for Seaside A Cappella, a chapter of Harmony Inc which an international organization of women singers who sing in the barbershop style.  As an empty-nester, singing and performing with the chorus has become more than just a hobby.

Director at Large

Shelley Rector, CPA, CMA, Director of Corporate Services with the Town of Cornwall

Shelley comes to the Board with more than 25 years of experience in various roles in a variety of Municipal, Provincial and Federal organization including CRA, the Province of PEI, PPP Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Town of Antigonish, and the Town of Amherst. She is currently the Deputy CAO and Director of Corporate Services for the Town of Cornwall in PEI where she manages Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Freedom of Information.

Shelley can often be found out enjoying the gifts of nature through hiking, biking, beach walking, kayaking, and snow shoeing.

Penny Bruin – Board Contributor

Richard McCoy, Executive Director

Richard McCoy CAE is an innovative and strategic professional with over twenty-five years’ experience working with health-related not-for-profit associations and foundations which includes fifteen years as Executive Director.  His major focus was to manage conferences and professional development programs for specialists in the field of infectious disease, medical microbiology and respirology.   Richard also has experience as a small business owner. His volunteer board experience includes organizations in meeting planning (ie. Meetings Professionals International) and HIV (ie. Bruce House) as well as the Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary and the Canadian Council on Aging of Ottawa. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.