SUMMARY OF AWARD SUBMISSION In 2003, 14 visionary deputy chief financial officers (DCFOs) gathered to create the DCFO Council. Their objective was to strengthen financial management across the federal government by: building capacity in the finance community providing community-based feedback to the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) on current and new policies developing community-based solutions to issues and promoting best practices Over the past 12 years the council has fully achieved the vision of its founders. It is well known for its work to improve capacity in the finance community, such as its “Financial Officer to CFO Career Path” program, and its ongoing work with Central Agencies to refine policies and initiatives to enhance public sector financial management. Through its leadership and innovation, the council has made the finance community not only the most highly organized group, but also the most clearly dedicated to actively improving the delivery of its public responsibilities. TEAM MEMBERS: (in alphabetical order) Helen Bélanger Director General, Financial Operations Directorate, Health Canada Robert Bertrand, DCFO, Department of National Defence Denis Bombardier DCFO and DG Resource Management, Correctional Services Canada Julie Charron Director General Financial Operations, Public Works and Government Services Canada Grace Chennette Vice Chair, Executive Director, Financial Management Directorate, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Francine de Léséleuc DCFO and Director General, Corporate Accounting Policy & Control, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Andrew Francis Chair, DCFO, Chief Financial Officer, Heritage Canada Geofredo Garay DCFO, Canada School of Public Service Lyne Gélinas DCFO, Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Canada André Joannette DCFO and Resource Management Directorate, Canada Border Services Agency Colette Lagacé Director, Finance and Procurement, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages Michael Lionais Chair, Finance Community Council Emer Mullan Director Finance, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Anick Ouellette Director General Financial Operations, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Denis Pelchat Director, Financial and Administrative Services Division, Canadian Human Rights Commission Jason Won DG, Financial Management and Advisory Services and DCFO, Employment and Social Development Canada In addition to these team members, there are 12 additional members of the Finance Community Council, a standing working group formed by the DCFO Council.