Keynotes &

Connect virtually with an extraordinary line-up of keynotes and session speakers

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.

Kickoff Monday

November 22nd

Session speakers include:

  • Serge Campeau (CPA, CA), Director, Accrual Budgeting and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Nancy Gauthier, [TBC], Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Alain Lagacé, Director General, Cost and Investment Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • 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
  • Jennifer Thompson, CEP, Nova Scotia Crown Lending Agency
  • Mike Haley, President, Landmark Decisions Inc.
  • Ron Stewart, Executive Director, Prosci Canada
  • Sandy Boucher, Principal, Risk and Forensics, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Bill Kessels, EY West Advisory Leader

Executive Session speakers:

  • Chitra Anand, Intrapreneurship Expert
  • 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

Hot Topics
Tuesday, November 23rd


  • Rick Mercer, Canadian Comedian, Political Satirist and Author

Session speakers include:

  • Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada
  • Linda Nazareth, Economist, Author, Blogger, Broadcaster and Speaker
  • Dr. Irene Henriques, Professor of Management, York University
  • Dr. Lisa Taylor
  • Dr. David Weitzner, Assistant Professor of Management, York University
  • Bill Matthews, Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Paul Glover, President, Shared Services Canada
  • Craig Szelestowski, Lean Knowledge Work Expert, Lean Agility Inc.
  • Brian Bost, Partner, Risk Consulting, KPMG
  • Dale Schattenkirk, Partner, Audit, KPMG

Practices in

Wednesday, November 24th


  • Roch Huppé, Comptroller General, Government of Canada

Session speakers include:

  • Diane Peressini, Executive Director, Government Accounting Policy & Reporting, Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board
  • Alex Metcalfe, Head of Public Sector, ACCA
  • Corey Bloom, Partner and Eastern Canada Service Line Lead, Forensics, Fraud Risk Management and Litigation Support Services, MNP
  • Mike Milito, Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector (IAS)
  • Maureen Buckley, Assistant Deputy Minister and Provincial Controller, Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Jimmy Jean, Vice President, Chief Economist and Strategist, Desjardins
  • Bailey Church, Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG
  • James D. Barr, Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG
  • 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
  • Lenny Block, Internal Audit and Data Analytics Expert and Former VP Internal Audit, Nasdaq

Innovation and

Thursday, November 25th


  • Mark Schwartz, Enterprise Strategist, Amazon Web Services Canada

Session speakers include:

  • 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.
  • Amanda Wick, Chief of Legal Affairs, Chainalysis, Inc.
  • Nicholas Chesterley, Director Strategic Policy, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada
  • Pierre-Olivier Bédard, Experimental Design Expert, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada
  • Katie McGregor, Advisor, Experimentation Works, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada
  • Peter Morin, Partner, National Cybersecurity Leader, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Wesley Girdharry, Senior Solutions Specialist, SAS Customer Advisory, Fraud & Security Intelligence Division, SAS
  • Alida Meghji, Associate Partner, Digital & Emerging Technologies, EY Canada
  • Mike Miller, Advisory Partner, EY
  • Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head of Business Insights, ACCA
  • Kelly Makway, Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting, CFO and Enterprise Value Lead, Canada, Accenture
  • Robert Phillips, Senior Manager, CFO & EV Canada, Accenture


Friday, November 26th


  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Award-winning Performance Coach, Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert
  • Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Session speakers include:

  • Michelle Schafer, ICF-Certified Career and Leadership Coach
  • Geneviève Desautels, Leadership Development Expert, Amplio Strategies Inc.
  • Dr. Lisa Bélanger, Behavioural Change Expert, Researcher
  • Dan O’Connor, Tactical Communication Thought Leader
  • Kami Ramcharan, President, KVR Management Support Services Inc.
  • Paule-Anny Pierre, Assistance Deputy Minister, Centre on Diversity and Inclusion, Treasury Board
  • Valérie Gidéon, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Nocolas Duvernois, Duvernois Creatives Spirits
  • Pier-Alexandre Corriveau-Larochelle, Director of Finance and Operations, Duvernois Creatives Spirits
  • Dr. Nicolas Chevrier
  • Michaela Alexis, LinkedIn Trainer and LinkedIn Learning Instructor
  • Dr. Isabelle Huot, PHD, Nutrition
  • Dr. Anne-Sophie Germain

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