The Five-Day
Agenda
at-a-Glance

Below is the virtual PDWeek 2021 agenda. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

PDWeek begins with Envision Kick Off Monday and is followed by four themed days. All sessions are specifically designed for public sector financial management professionals at all levels. PDWeek’s themes benefited from valuable input from an extensive network of volunteers that include financial management professionals, CFOs, CAEs, senior leaders, and various thought leaders.

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Morning

Afternoon

MONDAY
NOVEMBER 22, 2021

ENVISION KICK OFF MONDAY

Morning

time-icon 9:45 AM – 10:50 AM

Executive Session PART 1:

Intrapreneurial Mindset

Speaker:

Dr. Chitra Anand , Intrapreneurship Expert

time-icon 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Executive Session PART 2:

DM Panel on Executive Leadership

Moderator

Sandra Hassan, Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development

Panel Speakers:

Christine Donaghue , Chief Human Resources Officer, Government of Canada

Graham Flack , Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada

Daniel Quan-Watson , Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs

time-icon 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Accrual Budgeting Project: The 3 C’s: Culture, Collaboration and Change

Panel speakers:

Serge Campeau , (CPA, CA), Director, Accrual Budgeting and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Nancy Gauthier , Public Services and Procurement Canada

Alain Lagacé , Director General, Budget, Cost and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Concurrent Session 2

The Times, they are Changing!

Speakers:

Alvin Gardiner , MBA, MAPM, Practice Lead - Programme Management & MSP® Consultant, The Right Door Consulting & Solutions Inc

Bertrand Lalonde , Senior Director, Investment and Performance Management (IPM), Chief Financial Officer Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

Afternoon

time-icon 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Optimizing Resources and Operational Planning by Applying Lean and Business Process Analysis & Costing (BPAC) Techniques

Speakers:

Jennifer Thompson , CEO, Nova Scotia Crown Lending Agency

Mike Haley , President, Landmark Decisions Inc.

Concurrent Session 2

Role of Leaders in Organizational Change

Speaker:

Ron Stewart , Executive Director, Prosci Canada

time-icon 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Whistleblowing: Supporting a “speak up” culture

Speaker:

Sandy Boucher , Principal | Risk and Forensics, Grant Thornton LLP

Concurrent Session 2

Building ESG into Public Sector decision frameworks

Speaker:

Bill Kessels , EY West Advisory Leader

TUESDAY
NOVEMBER 23, 2021

HOT TOPICS

Morning

time-icon 10:05 AM - 10:55 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Data Is The Key to Transformation

Speaker:

Anil Arora , Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Concurrent Session 2

Economorphics: The Economic Trends Changing Today into Tomorrow

Speaker:

Linda Nazareth , Economist, Author, Blogger, Broadcaster and Speaker

Concurrent Session 3

Emerging Topics in the Post-Pandemic World

Part 1: Ted Talk:

Irene Henriques , Professor of Management, York University

Part 2: Panel

Moderator:
David Weitzner
, Assistant Professor of Management, York University

Lisa Taylor

Arie Fisher

time-icon 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Canada Coast to Coast

Speaker:

Rick Mercer , Canadian Comedian, Political Satirist and Author

Afternoon

time-icon 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

An Engagement with DM Matthews

Speaker:

Bill Matthews , Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Concurrent Session 2

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic – thoughts on risk and leadership

Speaker:

Paul Glover , President, Shared Services Canada

Concurrent Session 3

Lean Process Improvement

Speaker:

Craig Szelestowski , Lean Knowledge Work Expert, Lean Agility Inc.

time-icon 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Transformation of Post-COVID Financial Processes: Managing Risks, Opportunities and Leveraging Technology

Speakers:

Brian Bost , Partner, Risk Consulting, KPMG

Dale Schattenkirk , Partner, Audit, KPMG

Concurrent Session 2

Future of Work - CFO Fireside Chat

Panelists:

Anick Ouellette , Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Corporate Planning, Finance and Information Technology, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Karen Robertson , Chief Financial Officer, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada

Doug McConnachie

WEDNESDAY
NOVEMBER 24, 2021

LEADING PRACTICES IN COMPTROLLERSHIP

Morning

time-icon 10:05 AM – 10:55 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Future of Comptrollership

Speaker:

Roch Huppé , Comptroller General, Government of Canada

time-icon 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Global Accounting Standards Update

Speakers:

Diane Peressini , Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting, Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board

Alex Metcalfe , Head of Public Sector, ACCA

Concurrent Session 2

The Fraud Trends and Forecast: Are Your Prepared?

Speaker:

Corey Bloom , Partner and Eastern Canada Service Line Lead, Forensics, Fraud Risk Management and Litigation Support Services, MNP

Concurrent Session 3

Resource Management

Speakers:

Lola Paulin , Senior Director, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

Glen Rodger , Senior Financial Analyst, Expenditure Strategies and Estimates division, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada

Afternoon

time-icon 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Building A Renewed Vision for Internal Audit in the Government of Canada

Speaker:

Mike Milito , Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector (IAS)

Concurrent Session 2

Speaker:

Maureen Buckley , Assistant Deputy Minister and Provincial Controller, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Government of Canada

Concurrent Session 3

Macroeconomic and Financial Outlook

Speaker:

Jimmy Jean , Vice President, Chief Economist and Strategist, Desjardins

time-icon 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Preparing to Adopt the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures – A Practical Approach

Speakers:

Bailey Church , Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG

James D. Barr , Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG

Concurrent Session 2

The World of Work has Changed Forever. Now What?

Speakers:

Sonia Powell , Director General, Accommodation Management and Workplace Solutions Service Line, Real Property Service, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Susan Sharp , Partner, Digital Experience Consulting, PwC Canada

Stefanie Couture , Director, Workforce of the Future, Federal Government, PwC Canada

Concurrent Session 3

Analytical Therapy: Get A Custom Prescription to Your Data Analytics Challenges

Speaker:

Lenny Block , Internal Audit and Data Analytics Expert and Former VP Internal Audit, Nasdaq

THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 25, 2021

TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTATION

Morning

time-icon 10:05 AM – 10:55AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The CFO and CIO: Partners in Success

Speaker:

Mark Schwartz , AWS Enterprise Strategist

time-icon 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

S/4Hana

Speakers:

Christine Walker , Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management Transformation (FMT) Sector, Office of the Comptroller General

Silvio Bessa , SVP, GM NA Services Canada, SAP Customer Success, SAP Canada Inc

Ryan Wires , Global Account Director, Strategic Customers, SAP Canada Inc.

Concurrent Session 2

Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding Crypto Typologies

Speaker:

Amanda Wick , Chief of Legal Affairs, Chainalysis, Inc.

Concurrent Session 3

Experimentation in the public service: lessons learned and plans ahead

Speakers:

Nicholas Chesterley , Director Strategic Policy, Treasury Board

Pierre-Olivier Bédard , Experimental Design Expert, Treasury Board

Katie McGregor , Advisor, Experimentation Works, Treasury Board

Afternoon

time-icon 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Ransomware: Building a Playbook to Survice A Ransomware Attack

Speaker:

Peter Morin , Partner, National Cybersecurity Leader, Grant Thornton LLP

Concurrent Session 2

Data to Decision Making Intelligence: Improving Government Program Integrity by Tackling Waste, Abuse and Payment Inaccuracies

Speaker:

Wesley Girdharry , Senior Solutions Specialist, SAS Customer Advisory, Fraud & Security Intelligence Division, SAS

Concurrent Session 3

Leveraging digital transformation to drive efficiency, enable data-driven decision making and reduce organizational risk

Speakers:

Alida Meghji , Associate Partner, Digital & Emerging Technologies, EY Canada

Mike Miller , Advisory Partner, EY

time-icon 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM

Concurrent Session 1

AI Ethics

Speaker:

Narayanan Vaidyanathan , Head of Business Insights, ACCA

Concurrent Session 2

Intelligent Planning and Budgeting: Leveraging Automation and AI

Speaker:

Kelly Makway , Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting, CFO and Enterprise Value Lead, Canada, Accenture

Robert Phillips , Senior Manager, CFO & EV Canada, Accenture

FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 26, 2021

MOBILIZING PEOPLE

Morning

time-icon 10:05 AM – 10:55 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Fueling Success Through Inclusivity and Diversity

Speaker:

Dr. Ivan Joseph , Award-winning Performance Coach, Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert

time-icon 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

How to Stay Connected to your Network in a Virtual World

Speaker:

Michelle Schafer , ICF-Certified Career and Leadership Coach

Concurrent Session 2

Leadership Through Change

Speaker:

Geneviève Desautels , Leadership Development Expert, Amplio Strategies Inc.

Concurrent Session 3

Productivity

Speaker:

Dr. Lisa Bélanger , Behavioural Change Expert, Researcher

Afternoon

time-icon 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Secrets of Modern Professional Communication Mastery

Speaker:

Dan O’Connor , Tactical Communication Thought Leader

Concurrent Session 2

Systemic Racism

Moderator

Kami Ramcharan, President, KVR Management Support Services Inc.

Panelists:

Paule-Anny Pierre , Assistance Deputy Minister, Centre on Diversity and Inclusion, Treasury Board

Valérie Gidéon , Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

Concurrent Session 3

The Art of Reinventing Yourself… in a Few Days!

Speakers:

Nicolas Duvernois , Duvernois Creatives Spirits

Pier-Alexandre Corriveau-Larochelle , Director of Finance and Operations, Duvernois Creatives Spirits

time-icon 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM

Concurrent Session 1

Stress Management: An Essential Skill for Working in Tomorrow’s World

Speaker:

Dr. Nicolas Chevrier

Concurrent Session 2

LinkedIn for Financial Professionals: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building your Community on the World's Largest Networking Platform

Speaker:

Michaela Alexis , LinkedIn Trainer and LinkedIn Learning Instructor

Concurrent Session 3

Nutrition and Physical Wellness

Speakers:

Dr. Isabelle Huot , PHD, Nutrition

Dr. Anne-Sophie Germain

time-icon 3:15 PM – 4:05 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

EVERYDAY RESILIENCY IN EVER-CHANGING TIMES

Speaker:

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe , Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

For detailed information on sessions, click here.

For detailed information on speakers, click here.

To register now, click here.

Clicking on any of these links will take you to the PDWeek virtual event platform, a separate, all-Canadian database driven site.

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