Well who knew that “Leading through Adversity” would be such an appropriate theme for the 2020 CAGFO Conference?
Amidst the uncertainty and myriad of information hitting us during this time, plans for the 2020 CAGFO Conference are adapting to constantly changing restrictions and concerns. Although no final decision has been made, CAGFO’s main priority continues to be the continued health and well-being of government finance officers across Canada. Our second priority is to ensure that all government finance officers receive the tools and support they require to act as a source of stability, communication and hope for people across the country. CAGFO wants to ensure that you and your colleagues are supported in your vital roles as you address the immediate concerns of your communities and your employees at this time.
The CAGFO Board of Directors agree that converting the planned in-person conference to a virtual delivery is very likely at this point as it would maintain a safe environment for our members and yet still provide the educational resources they require during this difficult time. Should the conference be converted to a virtual delivery, CAGFO will still plan to offer the same valuable programming that an in person conference would offer including the following keynote presentations:
1. Kevin Page, Canadian economist & first ever Parliamentary Budget Officer for Canada
2. Enid Slack, 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
3. James Marple, Senior Economist and Director with TD Bank Group
Once again, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism that underscores your service to the public. Together as a professional community we see your humanity and the vulnerability inherent in that service and are here to support you through this journey. In summary, CAGFO members can expect a forthcoming announcement about the delivery method of the 2020 Annual Conference. Any decision will be based on an abundance of caution to keep our members and stakeholders safe.