Week 2023

Four major

A mix of ‘must attend’ practical and inspiring content

PD Week is supported by four day themes that are shaping public sector priorities and best practices globally. 

Each day theme has been carefully chosen through input from an extensive volunteer organizing committee comprised of financial management professionals drawn from all levels of government – including senior leaders, and various thought leaders. 

This is how PD Week continues to be the most relevant and anticipated professional development and networking event of its kind in Canada: it is developed by financial management professionals, for financial management professionals. 

Each day theme delivers a potent mix of inspiring and practical sessions that are guaranteed to provide new insights on achieving excellence in your public sector financial management career.

Hot Topics Day – Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Governments at all levels around the world are undergoing unprecedented change, and it’s crucial to stay out in front! Join us on November 21, to tackle the hottest topics shaping the future of government. Dive into the world of AI and its risks; explore the future of hybrid work; demystify financial influencers and navigate emerging digital cons and frauds; gain insights into the latest approaches in diversity and inclusion; discover leading edge data management strategies; and, hear the most up to date economic forecast, fiscal impacts and how Canada is responding. Don’t miss the transformative Hot Topics day and the opportunity to equip yourself to lead in our rapidly evolving world.


Tuesday Keynote Speakers


The comptrollership function is adapting and undergoing profound transformation and technological advancements. As organizations strive for financial management excellence and ways to leverage this evolution, the comptrollership role has shifted well beyond traditional financial stewardship to that of “value-added strategic business partner” as well as key catalyst for organizational success. Whether you have budget accountabilities, are a seasoned comptroller, or are simply aspiring to excel in the field of financial management, the “Excellence & Evolution”-themed day promises to showcase the latest trends, practices and innovations, equipping attendees with new competencies, invaluable insights and practical guidance to help navigate the future of comptrollership with confidence. 


Wednesday Keynote Speakers:




Technology has transformed the finance profession by automating tasks, enhancing data analysis, enabling innovative financial services, improving security measures, and much more. Finance professionals need to embrace technological advancements and continuously update their skills to leverage the full potential of technology in their field. The Technology and Innovation Day will provide participants with an exceptional opportunity to explore a variety of trending topics, including ChatGPT, Ethics and AI, Storytelling with Data, Automation, and the impacts of technology on mental health. Join us to learn how you can help to shape the future of the public service.


Thursday Keynote Speakers:


  • Dr. Shimi Kang , Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur
  • Patrick Byrne, Partner, Finance Transformation, PwC Canada
  • Kalan Comba, CTO – North America, Workday


As the tides of change continue to surge, we invite you to seize the opportunity to equip yourself with the essential tools and resources to navigate this ever-evolving landscape. The Mobilizing People Day is dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge and insights needed to triumphantly face the challenges that lie ahead: Boost your self confidence; become an inclusive leader; improve your communication; get out of your comfort zone; discover the power of positivity; overcome labor shortage; explore the human ideals; and build a healthy relationship with money. Join us on November 24th to become the spark that ignites the flame of positive change!


Friday Keynote Speakers

  • Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas, Confidence Expert, 2021 Canadian Presenter of the Year, 8 times International Top Bestselling Author
  • Justin Kingsley, NYT Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Creative Strategist



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