Public sector conference 2018

If you’re a financial professional in the public sector or work for a not-for-profit that follows PSAB standards, this annual event in the nation’s capital is the place to be.

Event Details

Location and date:
Ottawa October 22-23, 2018

The role of public sector financial professionals is continually evolving. At this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to upgrade your skills and enhance the value you bring to your work with a variety of innovative sessions, captivating keynote speakers and thought-provoking panels.

Connect with peers, hear about some of the top challenges facing today’s public sector finance professionals, and stay up to date on emerging trends as you explore the leadership and accounting topics that matter most to you.

New this year, the event features half-day post-conference workshops on:

  • enhancing data management and analysis with Excel
  • effective operational planning and cost modeling
  • HST/GST for public sector bodies

Please note: Workshops will not be live streamed.

Conference fees:

  • in-person attendees: $1095 plus applicable taxesr
  • virtual attendees: $895 plus applicable taxes
  • post-conference workshops: $395 plus applicable taxes per workshop

View the agenda

Recap

The 2017 public sector conference included:

  • a special address by Roch Huppe, comptroller general of Canada
  • a highly anticipated CFO panel discussion with personal experiences and viewpoints
  • two engaging keynotes who shared insights on how transformative leadership can help people and organizations thrive

Special offers/promotions

Group discount (virtual conference only) available. Please contact our customer service team to book groups.

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.



In-person: $1,095.00; Virtual: $895.00

17 CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

Topics include:

  • important Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) updates
  • innovative best practices
  • public sector accounting
  • government financial management and reporting
  • technology trends for the public sector
  • leadership development

Virtual conference option

Can’t make it to Ottawa? Attend virtually. Listen to speakers and see the conference, follow PowerPoint presentations and ask questions live in real time. All you need is a desktop computer, laptop or tablet, plus speakers and high-speed internet.

Who should attend?

  • senior financial professionals with controller, treasury or budget functions
  • public accountants, auditors and other professionals
  • financial analysts and other financial statement users

More Details:

Session Descriptions

Opening Keynote
Speaker: John Ibbitson, Award Winning Political Journalist and Writer-at-large, The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson

Concurrent Sessions:

Cannabis Legislation: Ready or Not, Here It Comes
Speaker: Dale Tesarowski, Executive Director, Corporate Initiatives, Performance and Planning, Saskatchewan Department of Justice

With cannabis legalization coming into effect October 17, 2018, we are seeing social transformation in virtually live time. This session will concentrate on what is meant by legalization and how the federal, provincial and territorial governments are implementing it. Age limits, possession amounts, retail and online sales, taxation, production and processing are amongst the areas where changes are being made. How these changes may impact workplaces, communities and society will also be discussed.

A Proposed New Conceptual Framework and Reporting Model for the Canadian Public Sector
Speakers: Clyde MacLellan, Assistant Auditor General of Canada and Nicola Young, Professor, St. Mary’s University

On May 28, 2018 the Public Sector Accounting Board published proposals (link below) for a revised conceptual framework and reporting model for the Canadian public sector that would significantly affect the future of public sector financial reporting and standard setting. For those involved in public sector accounting and financial reporting they represent a once in a generation chance to influence the future of public sector financial reporting in Canada.
You still have time to provide your input and this session can help. Responses to the proposals are due to PSAB on November 28, 2018.
Find out about some of the key proposals for a revised conceptual framework and reporting model and how they might impact you!
Link to proposals: http://www.frascanada.ca/standards-for-public-sector-entities/item85740.aspx

Beyond the CFO
Moderator: Suzanne Gignac, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Panelists:
Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister, Infrastructure Canada
Mary Wilson Trider, President & CEO, Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place District Memorial Hospital
Michel Tremblay, CMHC SVP, Policy, Research and Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

The skills required as a CFO in the Public Sector are evolving. The CFO is no longer seen as a traditional accountant but a well-rounded individual with a varied business skillset. To be effective leaders, CFO’s are increasingly having to develop proficiencies and think critically beyond just accounting performance in areas such as strategy, risk, operations, IT and overall leadership skills to grow and sustain their organization. This session will provide insight from CPAs who have moved beyond the role of the CFO to Deputy Minister/President/Senior VP roles.
What do they wish they had done differently? What information do they seek from their Finance functions? How can the CFO be a better strategic partner? What guidance would you give to those in finance roles who want to diversify their experience outside the finance function?
Our panel of senior leaders will discuss their perspectives as they have moved beyond the finance function. They will share common challenges and solutions that will provide participants with the insight needed to better serve their senior management teams and personal insight on competencies to develop for those wanting to reach beyond the CFO role.

Concurrent Sessions:

Driving social impact: The enhanced opportunity for the public sector and not for profit organizations
Moderator and Panelists to be confirmed

Concurrent Sessions:

Let's talk diversity: Women in leadership
Moderator: to be confirmed
Panelists:
Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO, City of Mississauga
Clare Isman, President and CEO of Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Kami Ramcharan, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner, Finance and Administration, Canada Revenue Agency

The women on this panel are seasoned senior leaders in their organizations. These women will share their insights and answer questions on a number of topics such as:
• The impact of having women in key leadership roles
• How as leaders they have an effect on their organization
• How they identify talent in younger women

Cost Estimate of the National Shipbuilding Strategy
Speaker: Michael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing and Transfer Payments, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Auditor-General Panel: Guarding the Public Trust and Auditing for Integrity
Moderator: Carol Devenny, Office Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Panelists:
Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada
Carol Bellringer, Auditor General of British Columbia
Ken Hughes, Auditor General of City of Ottawa

This panel will look at the role auditors play in guarding the public trust and the types issues they see today that create challenges to ensuring government and public administration is accountable, transparent, ethical and of high integrity.

Closing Plenary
Speaker: Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Peter Wallace

Next generation of CPAs
Moderators:
Claude Rochette, CFO Department of National Defense
Juliet Woodfield, Vice-President, Finance & HR, and CFO, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Panelists to date:
Ryan Kelso, Acting Controller, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
David Lao, Financial Analyst, Department of National Defense
Aman Srivastava, title TBA, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada

This session will feature 3 professional accountants who are within their first five years of their career within the public sector or not for profit sector. Why not join us for an Early Bird Session on October 23, 2018 to hear from them on a number of topics including: what they are looking for from their leader, the type of work they are hoping to do, and their ideas on how the public sector and not for profit employers can continue to recruit and retain new early career talent.

Claude Rochette ; Juliet Woodfield, CPA, CA

Keynote Address
Speaker: Shawn Kanungo, Strategist and General Partner, Queen and Rook
Shawn Kanungo

Financial Executives Panel: Challenges, Change and the Future
Moderator: Roxanne Anderson, CEO, March Advisory Inc.
Panelists:
Roch Huppé, Comptroller General of Canada
Jennifer Camelon, Interim President and CEO, Royal Canadian Mint
Cindy Veinot, Assistant Deputy Minister and Provincial Controller, Government of Ontario

Our seasoned finance executives including the Comptroller General of Canada, and others from different levels of government will share their thoughts around the big issues and ideas they are facing in today's ever-changing environment. The panel will discuss how leaders are managing emerging initiatives as they strive to advance and mature their respective operations.

Cybersecurity (title to be finalised)
Coming soon

International Public Sector Accounting Standards - an Update
Moderator: John Stanford, Director International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board
Panelists: Rod Monette, Board Member and Paul Mason, Principal, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board

Big data and data analytics: Relationship between the Chief Financial and Data Officers

International Financial Reporting Standards Update
Speaker: Linda Mezon, Chair Canadian Accounting Standards Board

Enabling more effective public financial management: Application of Blockchain solutions
Moderator: Abhishek Sinha, Partner, Toronto, Ernst & Young LLP
Panelists to date:
Mark MacDonald, Partner - Government & Public Sector, Ernst & Young LLP
Elena Simelnikova, CEO and Founder, CryptoChicks

Blockchain is taking centre stage and is moving out of the R&D phase and into real-world applications! We have assembled a panel of experts who will explain how Blockchain will enable a more decentralized economy, eliminating the need for centralized institutions such as banks or governments to facilitate trade. It promises to radically speed up transactions and cut costs by establishing trust and the transfer of value without the involvement of traditional intermediaries. Learn about real-world examples of how organizations are using Blockchain to enable a distributed, transparent, autonomous system to exchange value.

PSAB Update
Speaker: Michael Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting, CPA Canada

Building a Board Career
Speaker: Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director and Founder and CEO, Women Get On Board

Interested in building a career on a board of directors? Be sure to join Deborah Rosati as she walks us through how to build a board career, focusing how we can leverage our CPA public sector and not for profit experience.

Transparency in financial reporting - and impact of open data
Speaker: Melanie Robert, Executive Director, Open Government & Services, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Closing Plenary
Coming soon

Thank you to our 2018 advisory committee members
Sandra Anselmo, Principal Professional Programs (Public Sector), CPA Canada
Kelly Barr, Senior Advisor, Secretariat of the Canadian Council of Comptrollers
Jane Borland, Director, Financial Management, Provincial Comptroller’s Office, Saskatchewan Finance
Sonia Brennan, Deputy Auditor General, City of Ottawa
Suzanne Gignac, Partner, Ernst and Young LLP
Paula Jesty, Partner, Deloitte LLP
Michael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing and Transfer Payments, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Diane Peressini, Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting from the Office of the Comptroller General
Michael Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting, CPA Canada
Claude Rochette, Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance) / Chief Financial Officer, Department of National Defence
Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Chair, Public Sector Accounting Board
Juliet Woodfield, VP Finance &HR and CFO, Defence Construction Canada
Gary Wuschnakowski, Director, Financial Management and Control Policy Branch, Treasury Board Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Finance
Sandra Anselmo ; Kelly Barr ; Jane Borland ; Sonia Brennan ; Suzanne Gignac ; Paula Jesty ; Michael Lionais, CPA, CMA ; Diane Peressini, CPA, CA ; Michael Puskaric, MBA, CPA, CMA ; Claude Rochette ; Charles-Antoine St-Jean ; Juliet Woodfield, CPA, CA ; Gary Wuschnakowski

Effective Operational Planning and Cost Modelling
Facilitator: Mike Haley, Performance Architect, Landmark Decisions Inc.

Effective operational planning and budgeting continues to be one of the biggest management obstacles facing today’s public sector. In addition, accurate program and service costing to support decision-making also remains a challenge for most organizations. This half-day workshop presents tips and techniques for enhanced operational and financial planning and improved resource management in the public sector by guiding you through a case study and group discussions on the right tools and strategies to use when planning, budgeting, and/or costing business operations. This workshop will help you increase the long-term sustainability of your organization’s programs and services while improving your overall planning skills.
Key Learning Objectives:
• Develop “hands-on” experience in building meaningful resource management and operational planning and costing models
• Understand the role and value of Excel and other innovative business process modeling technology to support effective scenario playing to forecast operational impacts on meeting program or organizational outcomes
• Gain insights into “Performance Budgeting” by recognizing key linkages between the performance objectives of strategic plans and operational and financial planning

Mike Haley

Enhancing Data Management with Excel - Tips and Tricks
Facilitator: Carlo Lisi, Senior Audit Manager, TD Canada Trust

Workshop details coming soon
Carlo Lisi

HST/GST Issues for Public Sector Bodies
Facilitators: Michael Matthews, Partner, and Trevor Pope, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Workshop details coming soon

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]

Venue[s]:

Ottawa Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2
t.:1-800-450-0077


Accommodation[s]:

The Novotel Hotel
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
t.:613-230-3033


Frequently asked questions:

What equipment do I need to join the virtual conference?

For a smooth virtual conference experience, ensure that you have: • the most current operating system and browser on the device you will use to connect to the virtual conference platform • access to high speed/broadband Internet (or 4G/LTE services for mobile/tablet devices); if you are not on high-speed Internet, your video may become patchy at times • speakers/headphones to hear the conference speakers, and keyboard to submit any questions to the speakers.

How do I use the available discounts?

Group discounts are available for virtual conference attendees, if you wish to host a local group in your area, or attend with other colleagues. Once registration is open, contact CPA Canada for your group discount options.

Booking accommodations at the Novotel:

A block of guestrooms has been reserved at the Novotel Ottawa Hotel at a guaranteed rate of $189 plus applicable taxes. This rate is available until October 1, 2018, or until our room block is filled.

Contact the hotel to book (refer to CPA Canada's Public Sector Conference to get the conference rate), or reserve your room online.


The Novotel Ottawa Hotel
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON
t. 613-230-3033

Note, the hotel has a 48 hour cancellation policy, should you wish to cancel your reservation.

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Contacts

Please contact:

Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-800-268-3793
Email: customerservice@cpacanada.ca