PDWeek 2021 brings together a “who’s who” of experts for a broad range of subjects. This is a rare opportunity to discover new approaches, find out what’s working and what’s not, expand your thinking and make better decisions.
Director, Accrual Budgeting and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Serge joined PSPC in November 2012 as manager of Financial Statements and Quarterly Reporting. Throughout the years, Serge has held many key roles within the Finance and Administration branch including Director, Corporate Financial Management and Reporting and Director of Estimates.
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Nancy Gauthier is the Senior Director of the Accrual Budgeting Project in the Finance Branch at Public Services and Procurement Canada and is responsible for the project management and change management offices.
Director General, Cost and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Alain is currently the Director General, Budget, Cost and Investment Management in the Finance Branch at PSPC. His sector is responsible for departmental budget, cost, revenue and investment management functions.
Practice Lead, Programme Management & MSP Consultant, The Right Door Consulting & Solutions Inc.
Alvin is an international portfolio/programme and project management consultant and trainer with over 30 years of experience in the Public Sector including 15 years as a Senior Executive working for Registers of Scotland Executive Agency.
Senior Director, Investment and Performance Management (IPM), Chief Financial
Bertrand has 20 years’ experience with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), mainly in the field of finance. He began his career in corporate accounting, and then managed many other programs in the fields of financial systems, reporting, financial management, enterprise project management and investment planning.
CEP, Nova Scotia Crown Lending Agency, Landmark Decisions Inc.
Jen Thompson is CEO of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Crown Lending Agencies. Working with an industry led board of directors, Jennifer is responsible for providing overall strategic direction for the Farm Loan Board and Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board with the objective of growing the rural economy.
President, Landmark Decisions Inc.
Mike Haley is President of Landmark Decisions Inc., a Halifax-based niche training and consulting firm. Mike has over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering professional training on strategic and operational planning and modeling techniques which help publi
Executive Director, Prosci Canada
Seasoned executive and board member with more than 15 years in C-level roles. Thirty years of experience guiding transformational changes while driving corporate performance. Entrepreneurial leader responsible for market development and expansion in emerging, highgrowth and high-risk industries.
Principal, Risk and Forensics, Grant Thornton LLP
Sandy leads our investigations and cybersecurity practices and is a specialist in leading and managing investigations in a wide range of scenarios including; fraud and corruption, background due diligence, asset tracing and recovery, and cybersecurity breaches.
EY West Advisory Leader
Bill is the Advisory leader for the Western market segment and risk leader for the government and public sector market segment in Canada. He specializes in providing risk, internal audit and IT risk services to clients in the public and private sector and currently manages several internal audit co-sourcing arrangements.
Dr. Chitra Anand is an award-winning communications & marketing executive passionate about innovation and intrapreneurship. With over 20 years in the technology industry her roles have included head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Government of Canada
Christine Donoghue was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2021. Christine arrived from the Canada Revenue Agency, where she had been Deputy Commissioner of Revenue since August 2018. She was previously Associate Deputy Minister at Health Canada from 2017 to 2018.
Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada
Graham Flack became Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada in October of 2018. He began his career in the Privy Council Office and worked on the Quebec referendum campaign, the Quebec Secession Reference and Clarity Act.
Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs
Daniel Quan-Watson is a proud public servant who is passionate about the role that public institutions play in shaping Canada and the lives of Canadians. His appointment at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs is his fifth appointment as a Deputy Minister, having been Deputy Minister (and previously Associate Deputy Minister) of Western Economic Diversification, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada.
Canadian Comedian, Political Satirist and Author
Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. A #1 bestselling author, Governor General’s Award-winner for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic; a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.
Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada
Anil Arora is an experienced senior public official, having worked at Statistics Canada for over 25 years leading significant programs and transformations. He was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September, 2016.
Economist, Author, Blogger, Broadcaster and Speaker
Linda Nazareth is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and the way that they will shape our future.
Professor of Management, York University
Irene Henriques is a Professor of Sustainability and Economics and Area Coordinator of Economics at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, and former Co-Editor of Business & Society.
Lisa Taylor (MBA) is a sought-after expert, speaker, and columnist on today’s changing world of work. As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers invaluable leadership and insights about the Future of Work—with a focus on how talent equity, demographics, the freelance economy, and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic workforce and career advantage.
Assistant Professor of Management, York University
David Weitzner (PhD, MBA) is an assistant professor of management at York University. He is, at heart, a philosopher who briefly became a music industry executive and has since spent nearly two decades in business schools, evolving into a professor of management who advocates for co-creation, not management.
Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
On January 15, 2019, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Bill Matthews to the position of Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement. Previously, Bill held the position of Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence since October 2017, and from July 2014 to October 2017, he served as the Comptroller General of Canada.
President, Shared Services Canada
Mr. Paul Glover was appointed to the role of President Shared Services Canada effective January 7, 2019. Shared Services Canada is responsible for delivering digital services to Government of Canada organizations. He also serves as the Deputy Minister Champion for Brock University.
Lean Knowledge Work Expert, Lean Agility Inc.
Craig is a Lean / Agile / Design Thinking and transformation specialist with over two decades of experience implementing dramatic turnarounds in the public sector. He started Lean Agility Inc. in 2010 to apply Lean exclusively to public sector organizations. With his coaching, his clients have reduced lead times by up to 80%, increased capacity by up to 200% and created outstanding levels of employee engagement.
Partner, Risk Consulting, KPMG
As the Partner-in-charge of KPMG Ottawa’s Risk Consulting practice, Brian Bost has over 31 years of experience focused on the provision of risk management, internal audit, internal contols and other advisory services. Brian specializes in the provision of advisory services to the Canadian federal government, Crown corporations and other not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Brian obtained his Fellowship from CPA Ontario in 2016.
Comptroller General, Government of Canada
Roch Huppé was appointed Comptroller General of Canada effective October 23, 2017. As Comptroller General, he is responsible for government-wide direction and leadership for financial management, internal audit, federal assets and acquired services (project management).
Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting, Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board
Diane Peressini is the Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy and Reporting at the Office of the Comptroller General within the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).
Head of Public Sector, ACCA
Alex Metcalfe is the head of public sector at ACCA. He leads ACCA’s global public sector approach and oversees its public sector research and thought leadership. Alex represents ACCA with key contacts in the public sector, including policymakers within government and international organisations, to share good practices and insights in public financial management and to work together in the public interest.
Partner and Eastern Canada Service Line Lead, Forensics, Fraud Risk Management and Litigation Support Services, MNP
Corey Anne Bloom is MNP’s Eastern Canada service line leader and Partner, Forensics and Litigation Support group. A leader in her field, Corey Anne brings her clients in-depth expertise gleaned from working on hundreds of engagements in numerous industries, including gaming, lottery, real estate, shipping and transportation, construction, natural resources, education, healthcare, medical, chemical and public companies.
Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector (IAS)
Mike Milito has been Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector (IAS) since December 11, 2017. In this role, Mike is responsible for conducting government-wide audits and audits of small departments; leading and championing the internal audit function in the Federal Public Service, which includes monitoring and assessing policy implementation; providing oversight and support; and developing policy advice and standards.
Assistant Deputy Minister and Provincial Controller, Treasury Board Secretariat
Maureen Buckley is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Provincial Controller, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Treasury Board Secretariat. In this role, Maureen is responsible for maintaining Ontario’s Public Accounts, preparing the Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for the Province, providing accounting and financial management advice to the government and ensuring effective financial systems, control policies and practices are in place.
Vice President, Chief Economist and Strategist, Desjardins
Jimmy Jean is Vice-President, Chief Economist and Strategist for the Desjardins Group. He directs research, analysis and forecasting and makes positioning recommendations on a variety of issues, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments and the outlook for interest rates.
Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG
Bailey Church leads the National Public Sector Accounting Advisory service line at KPMG. He has an extensive background serving the Government of Canada, provincial governments, crown corporations, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and for-profit entities pursuing significant transactions with public sector entities.
Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG
James Barr, FCPA, FCA, CIA, CRMA, is a partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice with over 25 years of professional service experience providing risk-based advisory and assurance services. James provides ongoing internal audit and risk management services to dozens of clients in Western Canada, and provides special assurance services using a variety of different frameworks and standards.
Director General, Accommodation Management and Workplace Solutions Service Line, Real Property Service, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Sonia Powell, Director General, Accommodation Management and Workplace Solutions Service Line, Real Property Service, Public Services and Procurement Canada.
Partner, Digital Experience Consulting, PwC Canada
Susan is a Partner in Digital Experience Consulting at PwC Canada, where she leads Strategic Design and Digital Customer Experience engagements. She is a versatile, performance-driven professional with over 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing and sales in financial services, government and technology. Her background in design thinking guides clients through the process of enhancing customer and employee experiences, delivering results that are valuable, desirable and feasible.
Internal Audit and Data Analytics Expert and Former VP Internal Audit, Nasdaq
Lenny Block, the former Vice President of Internal Audit at Nasdaq, has over 40 years of professional experience in internal audit, business process reengineering, database design and project management. With extensive practical experience managing all phases of an internal audit, ensuring regulatory compliance, operational effectiveness, and financial reporting integrity for Nasdaq-owned entities world-wide, Lenny led the Nasdaq Internal Audit‘s Data Analytics Program that included utilizing his expertise to the Corporate Ethics team on Foreign Corrupt Practices Compliance.
Enterprise Strategist, Amazon Web Services Canada
Mark is a sought-after technology leader, prolific writer, and frequent speaker. He has held C-suite positions at several organizations, large and small, where over time he earned a reputation for challenging the status quo in business, processes, and technology.
Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management Transformation (FMT) Sector, Office of the Comptroller General
Christine Walker is the Assistant Comptroller General of the Financial Management Transformation (FMT) Sector within the Office of the Comptroller General. As Assistant Comptroller General, Christine provides executive leadership in the development of the Financial Management Transformation roadmap which will define the future of the financial management landscape in the Government of Canada.
SVP, GM NA Services Canada, SAP Customer Success, SAP Canada Inc
Silvio Bessa is the General Manager of North America Services Canada within the SAP Customer Success organization. He is responsible for Services Sales and Delivery providing Customer Success Plans that enable customers to accelerate Digital Transformations and Innovations to their journey to the Intelligent Enterprise.
Global Account Director, Strategic Customers, SAP Canada Inc.
Ryan Wires is a self-professed techno geek who is fascinated by information technology and how it evolves and transforms our cities, public institutions, and the entire world. As the Global Account Director for Strategic Customers at SAP Canada, Ryan is driven by a passion to enable digital government transformation. He oversees the SAP relationship with the Government of Canada and enterprise-wide engagements, orchestrating and leading SAP to deliver on his customers’ strategic objectives.
Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding Crypto Typologies
Amanda Wick is the Chief of Legal Affairs at Chainalysis, Inc. Previously, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where she advised on issues involving cryptocurrency, money laundering, and human trafficking. Before that, she served for nearly ten years as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice where she specialized in cryptocurrency money laundering, asset recovery, and BSA/AML issues. Chainalysis is a blockchain analysis company that provides data, software, services, and research to government agencies, exchanges, financial institutions, and insurance and cybersecurity companies in over 50 countries. Its data platform powers investigation, compliance, and risk management tools that have been used to solve some of the world’s most high-profile cyber-criminal cases and grow consumer access to cryptocurrency safely.
Director Strategic Policy, Treasury Board
Nick is the Director of Strategic Policy at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He oversees TBS’ experimentation team, as well as medium-term planning, international, and other files. He previously led an innovation unit at the Labour Program, looking at ways to improve Labour Program policies and operations, and worked at TBS’ Results Division helping write the Policy on Results. In a former life, he did his PhD in behavioural economics.
Experimental Design Expert, Treasury Board
Pierre-Olivier Bédard is part of the GC Experimentation team at the Treasury Board Secretariat, working as an experimental design expert. He joined TBS from the National Research Council Canada, where he worked at the International Innovation Office, supporting NRC’s international engagements and advised executives in their international endeavors. Prior to this, he worked at Global Affairs Canada for a year, as part of the inaugural cohort of Mitacs’ Canadian Science Policy Fellowship.
Advisor, Experimentation Works, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada
Katie (Katherine) McGregor joined the Experimentation team at TBS in September 2021. She is a researcher and evaluator who brings over 10 years of expertise in the humanitarian and international trade sectors. Katherine previously worked with Save the Children, where she led evaluations of child rights programs in health, education, gender equality and ending child marriage. She most recently supported emergency responses in the DRC, Mali, Yemen, and Venezuela/Colombia border and led a G7 learning agenda for girls’ education in crisis. Katherine has previously worked on export development, youth employment, and the campaign to ban landmines with organizations including the Mastercard Foundation, International Labour Organization, and trade associations in Canada and across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and a Bachelor in International Development from the University of Ottawa.
Partner, National Cybersecurity Leader, Grant Thornton LLP
As the leader of the Grant Thornton Cybersecurity practice, I leverage over 25 years of experience to help clients develop robust Cybersecurity program strategies. This includes advising organizations in areas ranging from industrial and control system (ICS) security, network security architecture, threat hunting and red-teaming to cloud security, incident response, computer forensics and beyond.
Senior Solutions Specialist, SAS Customer Advisory, Fraud & Security Intelligence Division, SAS
With over 15 years in the industry, Wesley’s focus is on leveraging technology to solve problems that plague organizations particularly in the fields of fraud, compliance, and continuous monitoring. He works primarily with customers in Government with a focus on Public Safety, Intelligence, Finance, and Healthcare. He also works with Financial Services, Retail, and Manufacturing.
Associate Partner, Digital & Emerging Technologies, EY Canada
Alida Meghji is an Associate Partner in the Digital & Emerging Technologies practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She has extensive public sector experience and has supported clients across many countries, including Canada, United States, New Zealand, Australia, South Sudan and Afghanistan. She assists public sector clients across the country in driving significant benefits in terms of revenue, cost and capacity through Intelligent Automation, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learnings, Chatbots and Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Advisory Partner, EY
Mike is an Advisory Partner at EY and leads our Western Canadian Intelligent Automation and Advanced Analytics Practice. He’s also the Digital Lead for the Energy Sector in Canada. Mike’s been involved in the design, development and deployment of enterprise class technology solutions for the past 20 years with most of the time focused on process automation, analytics, business intelligence and reporting applications. He brings a practical and hands-on approach to help organizations innovate and extract value from their information technology investments, complementing his deep technical background with strategic insights.
Head of Business Insights, ACCA
Narayanan comments on issues pertinent to emerging technologies, and technology policy. He led on ACCA’s report on blockchain, machine learning (where he also developed training for finance professionals) and digital ethics. He’s presented extensively around the world, written on a range of topics in his areas, contributed to policy such as via all-party parliamentary groups and collaborated with standard setters such as IESBA. He also oversees a team of policy specialists in areas including sustainability, economics, and the public sector.
Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting, CFO and Enterprise Value Lead, Canada, Accenture
With 20 years of experience across industry and consulting roles, Kelly is committed to helping Finance organizations challenge ‘the way we have always done it’. As a CPA in Canada and in the US, her fundamentals of design are grounded in efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining compliance. Her passion is to assist strategic CFOs to expand the scope and buy-in for a future-ready finance department – including the tools, analytics and readiness of employees to deliver finance as a service.
Senior Manager, CFO & EV Canada, Accenture
Robert is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s CFO/EV consulting team and has a passion for leading public sector finance transformation. After starting his career in the Ontario Public Service, he spent a number of years consulting for federal public sector organizations, both in Canada and Australia. In 2016 he led Canadian Blood Services through the transformation of their multi-function integrated HR, Payroll, and Finance Shared Services team. In 2018 he took on a new role as Associate Vice President, Continuous Improvement at Canadian Tire, leading transformation and automation activities across the Finance function. Robert is also a proud former national board member of fmi*igf, having served as Ontario Chapter President, Director Social Media, and Special Director, Strategic Planning.
Award-winning Performance Coach, Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert
Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires people and teams to achieve more than they dreamed. An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Joseph has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. He speaks about self-confidence, embracing the “grit” to persevere despite setbacks, and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he's learned from a life in sport. D
Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies, that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.
ICF-Certified Career and Leadership Coach
Michelle Schafer is an ICF-certified coach and facilitator, specializing in career transition and leadership. She is the owner of Michelle Schafer Coaching, empowering people to achieve career fulfillment and was recognized as one of Ottawa's Top 20 career coaches in 2020. Michelle works with clients at all levels within government, tech, not-for-profit, healthcare and financial services and offers coaching 1:1, in groups and with teams.
Leadership Development Expert, Amplio Strategies Inc.
A renowned expert in her field, Geneviève Desautels, MBA, CRHA, MCC worked for 16 years in human resources in SMEs and large private and public companies. In 2010, she left Hydro-Québec to start her own professional practice which would focus mainly on the development of authentic and conscious leadership skills and abilities.
Behavioural Change Expert, Researcher
An organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from behavioural science research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of leaders and teams. She helps close the gap between intention and action resulting in long-term change and a competitive advantage.
Tactical Communication Thought Leader
Internationally acclaimed author, trainer, and keynote speaker Dan O’Connor has been leading the communication training industry for more than 20 years.
President, KVR Management Support Services Inc.
Kami Ramcharan retired from the public service with 35 years with a mix of both regional and headquarters experience. She started her career in Winnipeg, where she is from, and during her career, she obtained her CPA and also has her Masters, Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Assistance Deputy Minister, Centre on Diversity and Inclusion, Treasury Board
Paule-Anny is the assistant deputy minister responsible for the Centre on Diversity and Inclusion at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada. She works closely with employee networks, enabling organisations and various change agents to accelerate progress on diversity and inclusion within the federal public service.
Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada
Dr. Valérie Gideon is a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation of Gesgapegiag, Quebec and a proud mother of two young girls. She currently holds the position of Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada.
Duvernois Creatives Spirits
An entrepreneur at heart, Nicolas Duvernois has always had a head full of ideas. In 2006, after a disastrous first business experience, he decided to create PUR Vodka.
Nicolas Chevrier, psychologist, holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in work and organizational psychology in which he studied the impact of organizational factors on burnout in workers.
Would you believe that as a little girl, I didn't consume sodas or Vachon cakes that we had at home? When my mother wanted to have pizza delivered, I would say, "Order me a salad!"
Anne-Sophie is the founder of the Académie de santé globale. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology, a doctorate in naturopathy, and over 10 years’ experience in research and teaching. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the research and teaching university field, then in the field of helping relationships. Through the various services she offers, she has helped thousands of people in transforming their health in a sustainable way according to a unique and holistic approach to health, which focuses on the relationship between psychology, lifestyle (diet, physical activity, sleep), health and the feeling of well-being.
LinkedIn Trainer and LinkedIn Learning Instructor
Hailing from Ottawa, Michaela Alexis is currently one of North America’s most in-demand speakers on topics related to LinkedIn. Her journey started in March 2016 when an article she wrote about landing her dream job went viral on LinkedIn. Since then, she has replicated that success, with dozens of articles receiving millions of reads, featured on the likes of CNBC, Success.com, Buzzfeed, Inc. and more. Over the past decade, Michaela has managed the online presence of more than 100 businesses worldwide, partnered on and starred in brand campaigns with Crowne Plaza hotels and K-Swiss, built her community to over 160,000 followers on LinkedIn, has starred in an Amazon Prime reality TV show called “The Social Movement” and co-wrote a book called Think Video: Smart Video Marketing and #Influencing. More recently, Michaela became an official LinkedIn Learning instructor and author of "Grow your Business with LinkedIn Pages", the first official course on LinkedIn Pages.
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