Detailed Program

DAY 1, Monday November 20

07:30
Registration Opens
Grand Salon
07:30 - 08:30
Coffee / Tea & Continental Breakfast
Foyer
08:30 - 10:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:30 - 11:45
Competencies:
Negotiation and Persuasion
Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
Keynote: Solving the People Puzzle
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Jean (JJ) Brun , aka The Retired Spy, Author, President & CEO of JJ Communications Inc., Certified Human Behaviour Specialist
If you have ever had a great idea rejected, you will appreciate the importance of how JJ Brun can influence results. For anyone trying to build interaction, trust and collaboration with others and organizations, JJ has the key to make it happen. He spent 15 years in the intelligence branch of the military, building networks of contacts in conflict zones such as the Middle East, Bosnia and Croatia. Whether dealing with Generals or scoundrels, he became an expert at getting locals to buy-in, provide him with information and recruit others to do the same. JJ will show attendees that they can read people, understand the clues to "what makes them tick" and to present ideas that get buy-in. Educational and fun, attendees learn as much about themselves as they do about others.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch & Networking Break
Ballroom & Grand Salon
13:00 - 14:00
Competencies:
Mobilize People
Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
Keynote: Changing Lives
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Ryan Hreljac , Global Youth Leader, Canadian Activist, Founder of the Ryan's Well Foundation
Ryan Hreljac has a wonderful, inspiring story for people who are scratching their heads about the "younger generation". Sure, young adults are texting instead of talking and they are playing their video games, but they are doers and they are motivated. They are just not motivated by the same things that motivate their parents. Get the perspective from this 26-year-old who will inspire you with his sense of youth, understanding and hope.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
14:30 - 16:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
16:30 - 17:30
fmi*igf Annual General Meeting

DAY 2, Tuesday November 21

07:30
Registration Opens
Grand Salon
07:30 - 08:30
Coffee / Tea & Continental Breakfast
Foyer
08:30 - 10:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:30 - 11:45
Competencies:
Accounting Operations
Financial Systems
Keynote Presentation
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Gene L. Dodaro , Comptroller General of the United States, Head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
CHALLENGES FOR GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN A DYNAMIC GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
The Comptroller General of the United States, Gene Dodaro, will speak about major developments in financial accountability and the U.S. federal government's finances, including a focus on new government accountability tools, the challenge of improper payments, and the importance of international cooperation among the global audit accountability community.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch & Networking Break
Ballroom & Grand Salon
13:00 - 14:00
Competencies:
Communications
Keynote: Winning Body Language to Stand Out, Win Trust and Gain Credibility
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Mark Bowden , Human Behaviour and Body Language Expert, Performance Trainer, Creator of TRUTHPLANE®
With billions of people competing on the planet right now, how will YOU ever confidently stand out, and get what you want and need? In this inspirational and highly entertaining keynote presentation, Mark Bowden shows us how to put our best selves forward through superior communication skills. Learn the techniques that inspire, and build trust and credibility with those around you every time you speak.

On an exciting journey to understand how "It's not often what you say - but how you say it that gets results!", Mark will demonstrate how perceptions can be completely altered by a simple gesture or action. He will then share simple techniques, invaluable for life and business, that create ideal communication in most crucial situations.

Mark gives you tools to confidently convey a powerful presence through world class communication skills that capitalize on instinctual processes of the brain. By demonstrating his TRUTHPLANE® GesturePlane System™, Mark teaches you the most effective skills to win your listeners over to you and your message.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
14:30 - 16:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
16:30 - 18:30
ALN World Café
Salle Chopin
Speaker(s)
Robert Berraj , Director, Corporate HR Planning, Programs and Systems, Human Resources Branch, Department of Justice Canada
Martha Okot Thomas , fmi*igf National President 2016-2017 & Manager, Internal Audit, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)

DAY 3, Wednesday November 22

07:30
Registration Opens
Grand Salon
07:30 - 08:30
Coffee / Tea & Continental Breakfast
Foyer
08:30 - 10:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:30 - 11:45
Competencies:
Promote Innovation and Guide Change
Uphold Integrity and Respect
Communications
Keynote: Building on Leadership and Diversity
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Sandra Perron , Major (Retired), Senior Partner, A New Dynamic Enterprise Inc., Author
Translating Diversity-Informed Principles into Practice

This energetic and thought-provoking keynote will share what organizations can do to embrace diversity at the organizational level. Hear what men and women can specifically do to support one another. Through anecdotes about leadership, group cohesion, and operational effectiveness, the following will be explored:

What makes women strong in their work environment?
Why and what women aren't doing to help themselves and each other?
How can men be agents of change and champions of diversity?
What are the best employers doing that should be mirrored to create a more inclusive organization, one welcoming diversity?

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch & Networking Break
Ballroom & Grand Salon
13:00 - 14:00
Competencies:
Create Vision and Strategy
Mobilize People
Uphold Integrity and Respect
Promote Innovation and Guide Change
Keynote: Setting the Bottom Line in the Anthropocene
Theatre
Speaker(s)
David Suzuki , Broadcaster, Author, Scientist, Environmentalist
In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet. It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing.

Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious. Computers and telecommunications fragment information so that we can no longer recognize the interconnectivity of everything in the world. Globalization of the economy renders the entire planet a source of resources and all people a market for products, while local communities and local ecosystems are negatively impacted (for example, large scale pig farms are raised in Canada for an Asian market while the water, air and soil surrounding the hog farms are negatively impacted).

Traditional people refer to the Earth as their "Mother" and tell us we are made of the four sacred elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Today's science is verifying this ancient wisdom and defines a different set of priorities that should become our bottom line for the 21st century:
We are biological beings with an absolute dependence on clean air, water, soil and sunlight for our well-being and survival.
The web of all life on Earth (biodiversity) is responsible for cleansing, replenishing and creating air, water, soil and captured sunlight.
Diversity at the genetic, species, ecosystem and cultural level is critical for long-term resilience and adaptability.
We are social animals with an absolute need for love to realize our full human potential; maximal opportunity for love is ensured with strong families, communities, full employment, justice, equity, freedom from terror and war.
We are spiritual beings who need to know that there are forces that impinge on our lives that lie outside our understanding or control; that nature, that gave us birth, will persist after we die; that there are sacred places where humans come with respect and reverence.

Human beings are one species among perhaps 10 to 15 million other species on whom we are ultimately dependent for our well-being. Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish. The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. Perspective is shaped by our values, beliefs and experiences.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
14:30 - 16:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
16:30 - 19:30
fmi*igf 's President Reception
Room TBC

DAY 4, Thursday November 23

07:30
Registration Opens
Grand Salon
07:30 - 08:30
Coffee / Tea & Continental Breakfast
Foyer
08:30 - 10:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:30 - 11:45
Competencies:
Planning and Resource Managemnt
Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
Keynote: Innovation at the Bank of Canada
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Filipe Dinis , Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Canada
HOW DOES A CENTRAL BANK INNOVATE?
One of the core functions of the Bank of Canada is to respond to the temperature of the economy. Because its decisions affect the finances of every household and every business in Canada, the Bank deliberates and acts with the caution of a surgeon. So how does an institution whose operations are so intensely scrutinized by the public embrace innovation? In an era marked by disruptive technologies and shifting demographics, how does it inspire its staff and effect change? Chief Operating Officer, Filipe Dinis discusses how an institution that is conservative by nature is reinventing central banking, renewing how it does business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch & Networking Break
Ballroom & Grand Salon
13:00 - 14:00
Keynote: The Power of WE
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Marc Kielburger , Co-Founder of the WE Movement, Social Entrepreneur, Author
Description to come.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
14:30 - 16:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
16:30 - 19:30
ACFO Annual General Meeting
Salle Chopin

DAY 5, Friday November 24

07:30
Registration Opens
Grand Salon
07:30 - 08:30
Coffee / Tea & Continental Breakfast
Foyer
08:30 - 10:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:30 - 11:45
Competencies:
Mobilize People
Promote Innovation and Guide Change
Keynote: Managing a Changing Workplace
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Linda Duxbury , Change Management Expert, Professor, Faculty of Management, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
The upcoming century will see a fundamental shift in the change in the nature of the employer-employee relationship as organizations seek to attract and retain good employees in a declining labour market. This labour force shortage will arise as the massive baby boomer generation retires and companies compete to hire the small pool of “baby – bust” employees. Other factors that contribute to these changes include the following: i) declining birth rates throughout the world, ii) the aging population, iv) the age at which people are taking retirement has fallen, v) people are staying in school longer (or returning to school), and vi) the increasing skill-intensity of employment.

These demographic changes will have profound impacts on employers as they enter a “sellers” market where there are fewer employees with the necessary skills than there are good jobs. Human resource management will become a critical success factor in the new millennium as companies have to focus on recruitment, retention of employees of all ages, succession planning, work-life balance and career development.

We are currently in an unusual position in Canada in that we have four generations in the workforce at the same time: the Veterans (59 +), the Baby Boomers (1947 to 1964), the Baby Bust "Generation X " (1964 to 1972), and the Echo Boomers "Nexus" (1972 to 1990). Each of these generations have different attitudes and values with respect to work and life. Managers in organizations today need to understand key generational differences in order to both attract, motivate and retain good employees.

Dr. Duxbury’s talk will address these following issues. She will look at the formative influences shaping the different generations and look at possible sources of generational conflict within the workforce. She will also give employers information on how to adapt to meet the needs of these different groups of employees?

Changing How We Manage
As a follow-up talk on "Managing a Changing Workforce", Dr. Duxbury will provide a critical overview analysis of key disconnects that may be contributing to a disengaged workforce, and difficulties with respect to recruitment and retention. Issues covered in this talk include work-life balance, reward and recognition, respect, trust, communication, performance management, and talent management/succession planning and will offer suggestions on how organizations can make positive changes in each of these areas. The talk ends with a summary of how different generational colleagues view each of these issues, as well as, a number of suggestions on how employers and managers can use the information covered in the this keynote presentation to adapt to meet the needs of employees today.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch & Networking Break
Ballroom & Grand Salon
13:00 - 14:00
Competencies:
Mobilize People
Achieve Results
Keynote: Harness the Power of Thought
Theatre
Speaker(s)
Lauren Parsons , International Health & Wellbeing Specialist, Life Coach, Author
Learn to take control of your thoughts, have positive self-talk and transform your life! Harness the power of your thoughts and shift them to focus on what you want. Learn how to overcome any limiting beliefs that may have held you back in the past and be empowered to live life to the fullest.

Positive psychology shows us that happier people are smarter, healthier and more productive. Learn the best ways to enhance individual happiness and create a positive team culture that significantly increases success.

Language of presentation: English | Simultaneous Interpretation available.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
14:30 - 16:00
Concurrent Sessions (Streams)
by stream
19:30 - 01:00
Evening of Celebration
Ballroom