Virtual Webinars

These CAGFO webinars are 1-hour presentations hosted by our partners and related organizations offering new products and programs that are directly related to your profession.


May 18, 2022

GFOA Distinguished Budget Book Award Criteria Changes

Speaker: Joy Richardson, Prinicipal Consultant, F.H. Black & Company Inc.
Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Effective for budgets with a fiscal year beginning on January 1st, 2021 or later (July 1st, 2021 or later for schools), the GFOA has changed the criteria by which budget books are evaluated for the Distinguished Presentation Award.

Learn what has changed and how to ensure your organization receives the GFOA award this year and beyond.

May 25, 2022

The Costing Mindset in Collective Bargaining

Charlie Francis, Government Finance Executive Consultant
James Orr, Director of Product
Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

In Canada, there are approximately 200-300 municipal corporations with a population of 10,000 or more. Most of the public sector workers employed by these municipal governments are covered by a collective bargaining agreement. When it comes to labour negotiations, costing labour contracts is critical. Long gone are the days of generalized estimates related to labour costs. In today’s contract negotiations, labour groups are analyzing public agency resources and expenses to determine the ability of an agency to increase compensation and benefit costs during the meet and confer process. In addition to labour groups, elected officials are expecting greater transparency and more detailed information regarding costing. The impacts of Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) provisions on current and future costs (including unfunded liabilities for items such as leave cash outs) are part of the conversation by elected officials in closed sessions. Providing accurate information enables better decision making for both short-term and long-term financial impacts.

June 15, 2022

Public Sector & Economic Recovery: The Role of Internal Audit Post Pandemic

Carlie Persson, Partner, Risk and Assurance, PwC Canada
Ross Wilson, Director Internal Audit, Risk Assurance Services – PwC Canada
Date: June 15, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

The presentation is specifically targeted at public sector entities, recognizing that economic recovery strategies will largely be delivered via government programs. Organizational preparedness through economic scenario planning, funding scenario planning, and mandate delivery model evaluations will be tools used in evaluating potential tactics. This discussion will focus on internal audit’s value creation role by providing real-time assurance.  Assurance on the impacts of management’s plans for changes including assessing scenario planning, transformational assurance during organizational change to the assessment of benefits realization, demonstrate how Internal Audit can deliver value by supporting the leadership agenda and economic recovery initiatives in a changed world.

August 3, 2022

Assessing & Selecting Reporting Automation Solutions for Government Finance

Speaker: Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Inc.
Date: August 3, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Manually preparing government financial reports is extremely time-consuming and error-prone.  Most organizations recognize the need for advanced solutions in order to keep pace with the ever-shifting landscape of government standards. As the number of solutions that claim to support and enhance the preparation of the PSAB/Annual Financial Statements and other financial reports increases, so does the difficultly for finance professionals to choose between them. While many leading solutions have made giant strides in improving report preparation through automation, collaboration, and enhanced business processes, many others can best be described as ‘lipstick on a pig.’ These solutions make the same claims, but fail to deliver.

This webinar will run through a checklist of 8 of the most important criteria to consider when selecting a financial reporting automation solution for your organization.