A 5-day
Transformational Event

PDWeek celebrates 45 years

Our theme this year was Envision 2021: Together We Can, and this past week allowed our community to experience just that, “ envisioning an exciting future – together!”   Our unique virtual environment, allowed for some exceptional content from thought leaders across the country as well as the opportunity to once again network with like minded financial professionals!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make PDWeek 2021 a success and we look forward to seeing you again in 2022!

The most important, forward-looking event in our 59 year history

The past 18 months have been unprecedented for everyone. Nowhere is that more true than within the public sector. Financial management professionals have quickly embraced new ways of working and managing. Everything has changed and continues to rapidly evolve in a fast, dynamic, and unpredictable environment. Important lessons have been learned. Adaptation, innovation and creativity has thrived.

PDWeek 2021 is about sharing and celebrating these successes while moving forward with confidence into a dramatically different future. Envisioning that future is what this year’s PDWeek is all about.

Plan to join us for five days of transformational learning – a unique interactive virtual opportunity to connect with, network, and learn from visionary presenters and other financial management professionals from across Canada. Now is the time to renew your connections, learn from the best, see what’s working in the trenches, and envision an exciting future – together.



Hear from our 2021 Honourary Chair, Roch Huppe Comptroller General, Government of Canada

Four major

A mix of ‘must attend’ practical and inspiring content

Speakers and sessions are organized around four themes that are shaping the public sector around the globe. These themes have been identified through extensive input from a wide network of volunteers including CFOs, CAEs, senior leaders, and various thought leaders.

The overriding goal is to bring you practical information that is immediately useful, and insights on powerful trends that are transforming how we think, how we function, how we leverage, and how we bring productivity to the highest levels possible. Choose practical and inspiring sessions in these four areas:

  • Hot Topics –
    what lies ahead

    Find out how governments around the world are adapting to seismic, ever accelerating change, climate upheavals, pandemics, IT revolutions, and more. See what’s being done to embrace change and prepare for the future.

  • Leading Practices in

    Hear distinguished presenters share their real-life experiences and expertise on how they’re helping to elevate and modernize the profession of Comptrollership and what you can do too.

  • Technology, Innovation,
    and Experimentation

    See how emerging digital technologies, innovation, and experimentation of new ideas, methods and activities are rapidly shaping the future of the public sector.

  • Mobilizing People –
    practical tips and tools

    Learn how to grow in your career and become the best version of yourself – someone who is mentally and physically able to tackle the many personal and professional challenges created by an increasingly unpredictable world.

See details on all themes

“ This year’s event brings together an amazing group of thought leaders and global practitioners who will help public sector professionals see extraordinary new possibilities, overcome uncertainty, and blaze a path to an exciting future. I encourage you to seriously consider being a part of this can’t miss learning event!”

Marty Muldoon, CEO, FMI

Who Should

Plan to join us if you are a public sector professional

PDWeek 2021 will be invaluable if you are involved with financial management, audit, or you have budget responsibilities. Specifically:

  • Public Sector CFOs and DCFOs
  • Public Sector CIOs
  • Comptrollers
  • Financial Managers/Officers
  • Treasurers
  • HR Managers
  • CPA or CIA designation holders
  • Fraud Examiners
  • Accountants / Auditors
  • Program Managers / Directors
  • Policy Analysts / Managers / Directors
  • Those involved in financial IT transformation projects
  • Public Sector managers with budgetary responsibilities
  • Those with financial, accounting, procurement or audit responsibility in the public sector

All Virtual

Participate from anywhere in Canada…or from around the world!

PDWeek 2021 will be a fully virtual event featuring a flexible learn-at-your-own-pace conference package. For the first time, you can easily participate from any location in the country. Take advantage of a time zone friendly agenda to maximize your participation in keynote presentations and education sessions.

Plus, recorded sessions will be available for 3 months post event. It has never been easier to take advantage of the full breadth and depth that PDWeek has to offer.

Kick Off Monday

Starts with a bang

Whether you sign up for the full five-day event with an All Access Pass or opt for a single Day Pass to participate in one themed day, you also automatically get access to all concurrent sessions on Envision Kick Off Monday. This first day sets the stage for the entire event and features:

  • Practical education sessions available to all attendees throughout the afternoon from top drawer speakers addressing a gamut of topics including: Accrual Budgeting, “Whistleblowing” to support a speak up culture, how to optimize resources and business processes, and change management.
  • Speed mentoring – an important opportunity to schedule a one-on-one, 15 minute coaching session with a CFO or CAE career mentor
  • Exclusive executive sessions including Intrapreneurship and the Future Public Sector Leader Intrapreneurial Mindset, and a DM Panel on Executive Leadership, and more. (This session is available to all executives of the public service, CFOs, DCFOs, CAEs, and their entire executive teams)

CPD Eligible

The easiest and fastest way to earn your CPD hours

All Access Pass holders can earn up to 47 hours towards CPD certification, Day Pass holders, at least 16 hours – the most for the least investment we’ve ever been able to offer. All recorded sessions will be available on demand until February 28, 2022 – which means you can learn at your own pace and spread your CPD hours over two calendar years.

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Come be inspired…engaged...challenged

This event brings together an impressive and diverse line-up of keynote speakers and session presenters from across Canada and around the world representing all levels of the public sector – federal, provincial, and municipal. These individuals have been carefully chosen to inform, inspire, and challenge you to grow both personally and professionally.

Dynamic keynote presenters include:

  • Rick Mercer, celebrated comedian, political satirist, host of the Rick Mercer Report for 15 years, author of Rick Mercer Final Report
  • Roch Huppé, Comptroller General of Canada
  • Mark Schwartz, Enterprise Strategist, Amazon Web Services Canada
  • Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, expert on resiliency and workplace wellness
  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, award-winning performance coach, leadership, and cultural transformation expert

Big Benefits

Something for everyone to stretch and grow

This five day event provides unprecedented virtual networking and learning opportunities. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

  • Diversity of learning material with “tips and tricks” you can apply immediately, in addition to strategic content to inspire you to be a future leader
  • A ton of educational content and information to help you build better strategies and deliver results
  • Themed days ensure a laser focus for sessions and
  • See what skills you need to add to your personal wheelhouse for the foreseeable future
  • Time zone friendly agenda – regardless which side of the country you are joining from you’ll find it easy to participate
  • Network (virtually) with like-minded financial management professionals at all stages in their career and from across the country
  • Learn from the most outstanding lineup of keynote speakers and workshop presenters ever delivered by PDWeek in over half a century of providing educational content to public sector financial managers
  • Take advantage of on-on-one 15 minute mentoring with our unique speed mentoring to get important, personal career building insights
  • Earn up to 47 hours of CPD credits with our All Access Pass and enjoy a five day agenda like no other
  • Extend your learning post event with access to recorded sessions available on demand for up to 3 months
  • Content for this event is geared to professionals at all levels from junior to the most senior and experienced roles – across federal, provincial and municipal, and First Nation sectors – ensuring you’ll find something relevant no matter where you are in your career arc

Virtual Expo

Leading industry partners showcase impressive products and services

See virtual exhibits with the opportunity to book a consult with representatives for more information. Our growing list of exhibitors includes:

  • ACCA
  • Accenture
  • Amazon Web Services Canada
  • Barrington OPS
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada School of Public Service
  • CaseWare IDEA
  • Chainalysis
  • Collaborative Business Planning
  • CPA Canada
  • Deloitte
  • Desjardins
  • Department of National Defence
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Indigenous Services Canada – CFRDO Sector
  • Professional Development Institute of the University of Ottawa
  • KPMG
  • Landmark Decisions
  • Lean Agility Inc.
  • Michelle Schafer Coaching
  • MNP
  • National Bank
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada
  • PwC Canada
  • Prosci Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • QMR Consulting & Professional Staffing
  • Quebec CPA Order
  • Samson
  • SAP Canada Inc.
  • SAS Institute (Canada) Inc.
  • The Right Door Consulting & Solutions Inc.
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat  – Your Public Service Pension and Benefits
  • UiPath
  • Workday


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See your options and pricing

PDWeek 2021 provides two compelling options for participating: a great value Day Pass, or the best value five day All Access Pass. Both passes include Envision Kick Off Monday concurrent sessions.

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