15 - 18 November, 2022




Concurrent Sessions



About This Virtual Event

The 2022 Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO) National Conference "Value Beyond Numbers" virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15 - Friday, November 18, 2022. Your virtual conference of choice will offer timely and topical presentations, discussions, and social networking opportunities.


Ron Tite, Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

11/16/2022 from 10:45am - 12:00pm ET

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s an award winning advertising writer and creative director. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding leadership, strategy, motivation, and creativity, Tite’s presentations are not only information packed but also infused with his unique humour.

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and President of Howatt HR

11/18/2022 from 4:00pm - 4:45pm ET

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and CEO of Howatt HR, refers to himself as a behavioural scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is on the CSA OHS Standards Steering Committee and the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance-Related Impairment in the Workplace. He is the co-creator of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards.


Check back for updates!

Michael Puskaric

Jude Pillainayagam

Jamie Black

Jessica McKeon

Molly Boyle

Todd Pugh

Earl Warwick

Hakim Bismel

Rob Philpotts

Steve M. Brown

Andrew Grantham

Neeru Prashar

Barb Deneka

Imran Zia

Jayrani Devi Bungsy

Doug Spindler

Alex Metcalfe

Bailey Church

Bob Courtland

Jill Inget

Lana Whittaker

Jeff Channel


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November 15, 2022 14:15

Sponsor Demo: FH Black and Company Incorporated

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the Public Sector

Join ERM expert Ed McCaulley for expert insight into Enterprise Risk Management in the Public Sector.

November 15, 2022 14:30

Sponsor Demo: BDO


Fraud and employee misconduct impact organizations of all types and sizes, and the public sector is no exception!  The costs extend far beyond financial, including reputational risk which is particularly important given the accountability for public monies.  With inflation rates hitting a 40-year high earlier this year and a looming economic downturn, employees are feeling more financial pressure than they have in decades.  All of this is a perfect storm for fraud.  Suzanne Schulz, Partner – Forensic Dispute and Investigations at BDO Canada will speak about the risks and steps that can be taken to protect against losses due to fraud and misconduct.

November 15, 2022 15:00

Financial Modeling Best Practices

Dave Thomas, Principal & Co-Head of Training
The Marquee Group

Financial Modeling is a discipline. A good model needs to tell a story and create confidence for the users and decision makers. Unfortunately, many financial models are a mess. Financial modelers are often self-taught and left to figure things out on their own, often wondering if “there’s a better way”.

In this live webinar, Ian Schnoor will review a better way. During the session, he will present and discuss some critical tools and skills required to build a best-in-class financial model that inspires confidence and leads to optimal decision making.

Structure and Other:

Specific topics will include:

  • The Discipline of Financial Modeling
  • Top 10 Modeling Best Practices
  • Key Modeling Tips
  • Great Modeling Technical Skills

For course materials, please click below:

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November 15, 2022 17:00

Sponsor Demo: KPMG


Using cost of service to inform pricing and identify financial vulnerabilities for municipal services.

There are substantial costs to deliver municipal services. In many cases these costs are increasing due to pressures associated with:

  • A demand for increased service levels from residents,
  • greater regulatory requirements,
  • inflationary impacts, etc.

While the total costs are known to municipal leaders, what is often NOT known, if the true cost of service delivery – e.g. what does it cost to maintain one km of road, or the cost to review and approve one development permit. Understanding a true cost of service is a prudent step to identify vulnerabilities in pricing and business models used.

Join Ricky Soni, a Director with KPMG’s Government Solutions consulting practice, on November 15 at 2pm PST where he showcases a cost of service model for planning and development services, and how it is an important data point when making pricing decisions for municipal services. 

November 15, 2022 17:15

Sponsor Demo: ACCA Careers - Hire future ready global finance talent today!


et ACCA help you recruit future-ready global talent – for free! Join us to learn more about ACCA Careers, our job board and talent community where you can post jobs, search our extensive CV database, and reach highly sought-after passive candidates.

ACCA can connect you with our vast network of members working in the public sector, so if you're looking to add to your finance team look for the four letters that stand for global expertise and whose members are at the forefront of public sector finance.

November 15, 2022 17:35

Sponsor Demo: CPA Canada

CPA Canada

The public sector is a complex work environment where accounting and financial professionals make significant contributions to the success of their clients or organization.  Increase your knowledge of public sector finance, deepen your expertise in financial management and keep your career moving forward with the CPA Canada Public Sector Certificate Program.  This signature program offers a two-stage curriculum that combines academic rigour with flexible online study and facilitated group sessions. Explore practical real-life applications that bridge theory and practice to produce highly skilled and confident public sector financial professionals.

November 15, 2022 17:45

Sponsor Demo: Visual Lease

Visual Lease

Visual Lease is a SaaS company that empowers organizations to leverage their leases – one of the largest balance sheet items – as a strategic asset. In just ten minutes, our team will present a systematic way of looking at your lease administration software – including expiration date tracking and user actions - to help you discover an easier way to manage your portfolio.

November 15, 2022 18:00

Sponsor Demo: Questica

Please join us for a quick overview of the Questica Budget Platform, which allows organizations to simplify and modernize their budgeting practices.  Questica’s modular and scalable platform allows for our customers to streamline approvals, conduct scenario analysis and forecast all revenues and expenses related to their Operating, Capital and Personnel Budgets. 

November 15, 2022 18:15

Sponsor Demo: One Stream Software

November 15, 2022 18:30

Sponsor Demo: Caseware

November 15, 2022 19:00

Opening Reception - Timeline Trivia

Step into the Outback Time Machine and take a trip through time, from pre-pandemic 21st century, through the decades all the way to the 60’s. This exciting, fast-paced virtual trivia game, packed with nostalgia and good vibes is guaranteed to produce big laughs, friendly competition, and maybe even some chair-dancing. A virtual game show host will warm up guests with a couple of “table hopper rounds” (breakout room mixers) and split you out into teams. Within minutes, your home or office will be transformed into a game show stage with your very own game show buzzers!

For more info, click here.

Registration no longer required! Just join the session at 7:00pm EST. 

November 16, 2022 09:45

Yoga Session

Barb Deneka
Iyengar Yoga Studio

There is no better way to start the day than with yoga!  Yoga helps you work out the kinks and lubricates the joints after a nighttime of immobility, re-oxygenates and re-vitalizes all the body's systems, increases your mobility, gets the blood and lymph moving, and prepares your body for a great day ahead.  When you start your day with yoga, you will probably find that you feel more alive, work more efficiently, retain what you’re learning, have better focus and concentration, think more clearly, and come up with better solutions to problems.  It feels great to do and leaves you feeling better overall.

November 16, 2022 10:30

Conference Welcome & Opening

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

November 16, 2022 10:45

Keynote: Your Stories Are More Powerful Than Your Data

Ron Tite, Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

Your Stories Are More Powerful Than Your Data: Once upon a time, business was interesting. Then we discovered metrics and spreadsheets. Before you know it, the left brainers took over and we became a legion of data evangelists who let the numbers speak for themselves.

Data can help you make important decisions but it should never speak for you. The stories of your customers, the stories of your brand’s promise, the stories of your experiences, heck, even the stories of your stories are far more interesting than any graph or table. Normally, interesting trumps boring. Emotional beats rational.

Ron’s humorous and interesting sessions will help you and your team collect, curate, tell and share the stories you already have.

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (12:00 - 12:30)

November 16, 2022 12:30

Concurrent 1A: Budgeting in a time of High Inflation

Bob Courtland, Senior Solutions Engineer
Lana Whittaker, Senior Solutions Engineer
Charlie Francis, Government Finance Consultant

Cecilia McCorkell, Consultant, Budgeting and Implementation

Inflation is at a 40-year high, meaning the cost for local government routine service delivery and capital projects is going up. The tight labor market means provinces and cities are having to increase salaries, which in turn puts upward pressures on pension costs. Inflation causes pain but it also leads to increases in sales tax revenues. The hot housing market will also pay dividends in increased property taxes, although policymakers will be under a lot of pressure to offer property tax relief as values surge. With all of these uncertainties, how do local governments anticipate inflation and recessions in their annual budgeting process? Questica’s Senior Solutions Engineers will participate in a round table discussion with municipal finance consultants Cecilia McCorkell and Charlie Francis.


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November 16, 2022 12:30

Concurrent 1B: Ethical Leadership for Finance Leaders

Jill Inget, PhD Director, Corporate Ethics, Policy and Research Branch | Policy, Innovation and Engagement Division
BC Public Service Agency

As a senior leader, your teams look to you for guidance, support and to model ethical behaviour. In this session, through discussions and case studies, you will explore ethical leadership and consider how to have ongoing conversations on ethics with your team.

This session will consider:

  • Acting as a Role Model - how a leader shows up in the world, revealing their character and values to others can enhance or detract from an ethical culture.
  • Creating Community / Culture - ethical leaders invest in creating community /culture by using the BCPS’s corporate values and Standards of Conduct as the cornerstone.
  • Encouraging Ethical Conduct- leaders focus on intent and action, actively encouraging and promoting awareness of ethical conduct at work with one conversation at a time.



November 16, 2022 14:15

Concurrent 2A. The ESG Implementation Journey for Governments

Bailey Church, Partner, Accounting Advisory Services & Leader, Public Sector ESG and Climate Reporting Centre of Expertise
KPMG Canada

ESG reporting is fast becoming a reality for all levels of government in Canada. The Government of Canada has mandated TCFD reporting for federal Crown corporations as well as federally regulated industries. The International Sustainability Standards Board is hard at work on reporting standards for general sustainability related disclosures and climate related disclosures. The International Public Sector Accounting Board is working on comparable guidance for the public sector. What does all this mean for Canadian governments? How does the development of this guidance impact many of the emerging practices for TCFD and natural asset reporting at the municipal level? This session will explore this rapidly shifting landscape, and look at some of the emerging practices in ESG reporting at all levels of government.

November 16, 2022 14:15

Concurrent 2B: Impact of inflation on Sustainable Service Delivery – Tale of Two Cities

Jude Pillainayagam, MBA, P. Eng., MIAM, ISP
City of Coquitlam
Hakim Bismel, CFP, CPA, CGA, Infrastructure Asset Manager
Township of Langley

The inflation over the past few years has created challenges directly and in-directly in Cities delivering services sustainably.  While the impacts to both Capital and Operating budgets due to material and labour cost increases are direct, the spin-off erosion of purchasing power is indirect and significant.  This presentation discusses how this impact may affect the levels of service to residents and Citys’ sustainable service deliveries over long term.


November 16, 2022 14:15

Concurrent 2C: Recruiting Finance Staff in the 2020's

Sam Weller, CPA, CA, MBA, Recruitment Manager, KTH Management

Todd Pugh, Executive Director, CivicInfo BC and Instructor, School of Public Administration, Capilano University

Chris Paine, Director of Finance and Asset Management
District of Oak Bay

 Many local governments are finding it difficult in 2022 to find competent qualified staff to fill key positions in their Finance Departments. The traditional recruitment methods don’t seem to work as well any more. Three panelists will discuss different aspects of the recruitment process and share ideas that may help.


VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (15:30 - 16:00)

November 16, 2022 16:00

Concurrent 3A: Assessing and Selecting Reporting Automation Solutions for Government Finance

Jamie Black, President
FH Black & Company Inc.

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 Annual Financial Reports/PSAB and other financial reports increases, so does the difficulty 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 session will run through a checklist of 8 of the most important criteria to consider when selecting a financial reporting automation solution for your organization.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Desktop vs. Cloud
  • Flexibility (support for other standard reports)
  • Data source (Database-driven vs. Spreadsheets)
  • Collaboration
  • Security
  • Graphic design and formatting
  • Provincially mandated requirements (understanding and meeting legal obligations)
  • Vendor stability


November 16, 2022 16:00

Concurrent 3B: Asset Management Forum

Jude Pillainayagam, MBA, P. Eng., MIAM, ISP
City of Coquitlam

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and participate in discussions.

This will be an asset management forum discussing the current status of asset management practices and the involvement of accountants in asset management.  Also to be discussed is the asset management training needs of accountants, the various training opportunities and funding available and their suitability. 

November 16, 2022 16:00

Concurrent 3C: Police Finance Forum

Earl Warwick, CPA, CMA, CTAJ, Director of Finance and Asset Management
Saskatoon Police Service
Jeffrey Channell, CPA, CGA, BA, CMM III, Executive Director, Financial Services & Administration #5460
York Regional Police Financial Services
Tara Holowka, CPA, CGA, Director of Finance
Winnipeg Police Service

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and participate in discussions.

The Police Finance forum will provide an opportunity in a Q&A format for participants to discuss and share experiences on budget/fiscal challenges that Police services across the nation are facing. Some of the topics may include firearm replacement, space and facility planning and funding/budget sustainability.

November 17, 2022 09:45

Yoga Session

Neeru Prashar

There is no better way to start the day than with yoga!  Yoga helps you work out the kinks and lubricates the joints after a nighttime of immobility, re-oxygenates and re-vitalizes all the body's systems, increases your mobility, gets the blood and lymph moving, and prepares your body for a great day ahead.  When you start your day with yoga, you will probably find that you feel more alive, work more efficiently, retain what you’re learning, have better focus and concentration, think more clearly, and come up with better solutions to problems.  It feels great to do and leaves you feeling better overall.

November 17, 2022 10:30

Annual General Meeting

Lorrie Schmalenberg
CAGFO President

Join the CAGFO Board to review the past year and highlight priorities for the coming year.


Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Cox. 


2022 Agenda

2021 AGM Minutes 

November 17, 2022 11:00

Panel: Value Beyond Numbers

Bill Cox, Partner, BDO Dunwoody (retired)
BDO Dunwoody
Heather Taylor, FCPA, FCA, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
City of Toronto
Catherine Kloepfer, FCPA, CGA, FCA, ICD.D, Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Finance
City of Winnipeg
Julie Bastarache, Chief Audit Executive
Office of the Auditor General of Canada

In this session, a panel of powerful and well-respected leaders will share their perspectives on the role of the Finance Officer in getting beyond the financial numbers, including key leadership qualities and practices.

From the challenges to the lessons learned throughout their careers, these speakers will share their insights on the importance of disseminating information and key concepts behind a set of numbers to politicians, colleagues and the community. 

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (12:15 - 12:45)

November 17, 2022 12:45

Concurrent 4A: PSAB Update

Michael Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards, Public Sector Accounting Board


The Annual PSAB update provides up-to-date information to keep members current with recent releases of PSAB and the upcoming proposals.  Participates will come away with the knowledge and skills they need to assess new standards and be aware of emerging issues in public sector financial reporting.

November 17, 2022 12:45

Concurrent 4B: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Lessons in Leadership

Jayrani Bungsy, FCCA (UK), CIA, Senior Internal Auditor- Internal Audit Division
Region of Peel
Imran Zia, MSc, CPA, CA, FCCA (UK), CIA, CISA, CFE, CRMA, Director, Risk Management and Assurance
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Alex Metcalfe, Head of Public Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a significant test of public-sector organizations and the finance professionals working within them. In many cases it required organizations to make decisions at lightning speed and adapt to new ways of working.

This will not be the last crisis the sector will have to face, and finance leaders will need to be innovative and creative as they navigate the challenges that have built up since 2020, as well as new and emerging risks. 

Please join our panel of experts as they discuss this evolution of the public sector finance role. Informed by ACCA’s Leading Recovery report, our panel will take us through:

The lessons learned from the pandemic, including transforming systems, rethinking leadership, and adapting to new ways of working,
The challenges ahead, including recruitment and retention, spending constraints, and challenges for society; and
The skills needed to navigate these challenges and build sustainable organization’s, fit for the future. 


VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (14:00 - 14:30)

November 17, 2022 14:30

Concurrent 5A: Today’s Must-Have Skills for Tomorrow’s Growth

Jessica McKeon, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager
Molly Boyle, Head of Solution and Strategic Marketing

Amid fierce competition and ongoing disruption, accounting and finance leaders play an increasingly critical role—providing vital consultancy, analysis, planning, and due diligence to ensure sound decision-making.

However, just 14% of CFOs are confident they currently have the skills they need within the finance function.

With a growing skills gap and talent acquisition quickly rising to the top of the CFO’s agenda, BlackLine worked with independent research firm Censuswide to survey C-level executives and accounting and finance professionals in organizations around the world. Join us as Molly Boyle of BlackLine discusses the survey findings, ways to stay ahead of the curve, and how to attract and retain the best talent for your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the technological and other skills accounting and finance professionals need today to ensure growth for tomorrow.
  • Recognize the biggest barriers for recruiting and retaining accounting and finance’s future leaders.
  • Describe what makes companies attractive for talented accounting and finance candidates.
November 17, 2022 14:30

Concurrent 5B: PSAB: The Impact of International Standards on Local Government

Clyde MacLellan, Chair, Public Sector Accounting Board

Renée Pichard, CPA, Partner, National Public Sector Assurance

The past year has seen considerable activity with respect to the development of international accounting and sustainability standards.

This session will help local governments understand the approach of the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board to these developments including activities related to the implementation of its recently approved international strategy. The session will also include a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) who will provide an update on IPSASB key projects and priorities.

November 17, 2022 14:30

Concurrent 5C: Library Forum

Chae Jun, Controller, Financial Services
Calgary Public Library

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and participate in discussions.

This Forum is an opportunity for Library Finance officers to discuss any issues of common interest. 

Among this year’s discussions will be the Finance functioning on a remote basis and digital transformation.

Please click here to be aded to the Library Finance Officers Contact list. 

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (15:45 - 16:15)

November 17, 2022 16:15

Concurrent 6A. The Pragmatic Approach: Strategic Financial Planning for Municipalities

Jeff Dyck, CFO
Parkland County
Wendy Gnenz, Partner
MNP Digital
James Richardson, National Municipal Leader
MNP Consulting

Join a panel of practitioners including Jeff Dyck, CFO for Parkland County Alberta, Wendy Gnenz, MNP Digital Partner and National Municipal Leader, and James Richardson, MNP Consulting Partner and National Municipal Leader who will talk about key considerations, and leading practices with a few ‘tales from the trenches’ woven in.

November 17, 2022 16:15

Concurrent 6B: PSA Forum

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

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation  from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and  discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your  cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and  participate in discussions.

The public sector accounting (PSA) forum is an opportunity to discuss issues around reporting information in public sector financial statements. While it typically engages in topics related to emerging issues and standards (public sector accounting standards) that are upcoming, out for comment and/or being implemented, any related topics are open for discussion. The director of the Public Sector Accounting Board will attend with some experts in related topics. Expected topics for this year are around International Strategy - Natural Assets, IPSASB consultation paper and PSAB response; IPSASB sustainability consultation paper; technical advisory group employee benefits; conceptual framework reporting model; and future workplan consultation. If attendees wish to discuss existing issues such as ARO, that's also up for discussion. This is intended to be an open forum with participation from the attendees. If you prefer to send in comments or questions ahead of time, please send them to Lorrie Schmalenberg -

November 17, 2022 16:15

Concurrent 6C: Budget Forum

Helen Hasiuk, CPA, Manager of Capital Budget Review
City of Winnipeg

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and participate in discussions.

Topics discussed could include:

  • Public Engagement on the Budget: Discussion will provide an opportunity to participants to share how their organizations facilitate public engagement on the budget.
  • Priority Based Budgeting (PBB): Discussion will provide an opportunity to participants to share their experience with priority based budgeting. Participants may also discuss the benefits of the PBB and also the challenges and complexities of PBB in the public sector environment.
  • Performance measurement: Discussion will provide an opportunity to participants to share their experience in how performance measurement results are used within the budget process
  • Technology: Discussion will provide an opportunity to participants to share their experience on how technology is changing how they communicate during the budget process with Elected Officials and how they present their budget to the public.
  • Permanent impacts of COVID-19 on City Budgets: Discussion will provide an opportunity for participants to share how COVID-19 as impacted future budgeting for their Municipalities.
  • Other budget issues of common interest.
November 18, 2022 10:30


November 18, 2022 10:45

2022 Economic Update

Andrew Grantham, Executive Director and Senior Economist, Economics, Capital Markets

CIBC Senior Economist Andrew Grantham provides an economic overview for 2022-2023, including key trends that will impact public sector organizations.


VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (12:00 - 12:30)

November 18, 2022 12:30

Concurrent 7A: Managing Physical Climate Change & Natural Disaster Risks in the Public Sector

Jay Pacious, Managing Director, Public Sector Partnership
Megan Hart, Managing Director, AON Reinsurance Solutions
Dustin Harvey, Senior Vice President, National Public Sector Broking Leader

Hear from public sector experts on the newest modeling and data solutions available to public entities looking to better understand their exposure to natural disasters and climate change.

November 18, 2022 12:30

Concurrent 7B: Data Beyond Numbers

Roy Nader, Productivity Strategist & Culture Change Expert

So you spent hours collecting data, analyzing information, building a dashboard, then preparing your presentation and yet, you did not get the impact you are looking for.  Why?

Presenting data is an art that could be mastered by learning a few techniques that could captivate the decision makers in a short period of time.

Join Roy Nader, productivity and strategy expert, where he will share several effective techniques to make your presentation favorite by decision makers.

Some of the items that will be covered:

  • What storytelling can do for your career
  • How to use emotional investment for impactful data storytelling
  • What is the Power of 3
  • How the four personality types can shape your presentation
  • Which tools can take your data presentation to the next level
November 18, 2022 12:30

Concurrent 7C: Investment Forum

Doug Spindler, CTP, Director Treasury Services
City of Burnaby

Forums are intended to be interactive sessions with full participation  from attendees. It is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss current issues amongst themselves. Please turn on your  cameras and take the opportunity to learn from your peers and  participate in discussions.

The Investment Forum will be an interactive session with facilitated discussions on related topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Investment Policy Statements
  • Cash Flow forecasting – the importance of starting with a cash flow projection
  • Current Environment Investing Strategies (inverted curve)
  • Short-Term and Long Term Investment Strategies
  • Provincial or Private funds

Handouts from session:


VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (13:45 - 14:15)

November 18, 2022 14:15

Concurrent 8A: Cybersecurity and Finance - Common Threats, Risks and Mitigation Strategies

Steve Brown, Manager, Program Management
Rob Philpotts, Director, Cyber Threat Management & Response


The proliferation of cyber threats has us scrambling to find ways to protect ourselves and our data. In our attempt to better protect ourselves, we sometimes lose sight of what is important by getting lost in the thousands of blogs and articles, having no idea where to start. This session will help you distill all that noise and help you focus on the basics.

Join Rob Philpotts, Director, Cyber Threat Management & Response and Steve Brown, Manager, Cybersecurity at BDO where they will discuss the fundamentals of cybersecurity, what you should focus on, and where you need to invest to get the most value from your security investments.

November 18, 2022 14:15

Concurrent 8B: Valuing Natural Assets

Erin Stephen, CPA, CA, Head of Risk Strategy and Enterprise Risk Management
ATB Financial

Many assets owned and managed by governments are clearly of great “value”; but defy the concepts of accounting “valuation”. Drainage systems, water sources, parks etc are critical to serving citizens; but are often not adequately identified in accounting records, asset management plans and risk management plans.

A panel to discuss the importance of natural assets, how governments can treat them for planning purposes and what accounting standards are needed in the future.


VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL (15:30 - 16:00)

November 18, 2022 16:00

Keynote: Leading with Mental Health in Mind

Bill Howatt
Founder and President of Howatt HR

Leading with Mental Health in Mind: Since the pandemic, workplace mental health has been top-of-mind for more boards, CEOs, and senior leaders. This is happening because of the growing understanding that workers’ mental (behavioral) health is related to retention, attraction, disability costs, productivity, sustainability, and quality of life. This understanding has increased the focus on psychological safety and health (PSH). PSH goals are to drive out fear and create inclusive, welcoming cultures where employees feel a sense of belonging, value, and purpose. Employers are discovering leaders’ critical role in protecting workers from mental harm and promoting mental health. This presentation introduces leaders to five competencies and key performance behaviors (KPBs) for becoming psychologically safe leaders. Dr. Howatt is a leading international expert in workplace mental health with an extensive background in leadership development and executive and team coaching for leaders to create psychologically safe workplaces.

November 18, 2022 16:45

Closing Remarks

Prize winner announcements

2023 CAGFO Annual Conference announcement


November 18, 2022 17:00

Indigenous Art Tutorial and Culture Session

Lance Cardinal

Lance Cardinal (ᐊᐧᒐᐢᐠ), 2-Spirit First Nations member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory.

His artist name (ᐊᐧᒐᐢᐠ) means wacask (Wa-chusk) or muskrat.


Introductory virtual art tutorial that will have Indigenous teachings, ideals and language. This will be a fun project for the whole family to do together or for individual participants to create at home. *Supply list will be provided ahead of time to all participants in case they want to follow along LIVE, but the session will be available to watch again after the conference is over for those who just want to watch!







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