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02 – 05 June 2024
GFOA Alberta

Conference Schedule

Sunday  |  02 June 2024

11:00 AM
Devon Golf Course
Devon, AB

GFOA Alberta Golf Tournament

Join us on Sunday, June 02 for a great day of golf at the Devon Golf Club and start your Conference off with fresh air, exercise and maybe bragging rights! Dinner follows and a shuttle to the golf club is available to all golfers.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballroom Foyer
Fantasyland Hotel

Early Registration Opens

Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere of Sunday evening to get your registration out of the way, and be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast Monday morning.

6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ballroom Foyer
Fantasyland Hotel

Welcome Reception | Hobson & Chahal - CIBC Wood Gundy

Whether you arrive for golf or come in later in the day, be sure to come to the Welcome Reception Sunday evening in the ballroom foyer at the Fantasyland Hotel. Enjoy a cocktail, relax and say hello!

9:00 PM – Midnight PM
Conference Room 14/15
Fantasyland Hotel

GFOA Alberta Hospitality Suite

Don’t forget to pop in and have a nightcap at the GFOA AB Hospitality suite before calling it a day!

Monday  |  03 June 2024

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Conference 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Exhibitor Displays

We have a full hall of great exhibits for you to browse this year, including financial institutions, software and Cybersecurity offerings, insurance and tech, so be sure to check it out!

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Breakfast and Registration

Didn’t get in to Edmonton in time to register Sunday? That’s fine, you have time for breakfast, fresh coffee and to get registered Monday morning, so rise and shine!

8:00 – 8:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Emcee: Pauline Perreault
Update From Gary Sandberg, Assistant Deputy Minister at Government of Alberta

8:45 – 9:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

GFOA Annual Organizational Meeting

9:30 – 10:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Opening Keynote Speaker

Carolyn Stern  | President and CEO, EI Experience

10:30 – 11:00 AM
Conference 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Networking Break

Take 30 to visit the Trade Show in Conference Hall 6&7. Fill up on some refreshements, chat with the awesome vendors and get your passport scanned for a chance to win a $1,000 Westjet Voucher!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

We’re excited to offer a number of breakout sessions during the Conference for  you to choose from, so take a look through the program and see what peaks your interest.

Session Rooms

Conference Room 5

Conference Room 10

Conference Room 9

11:00 – 12:00 Noon
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Jeff Simpson, AB Munis

The True Cost of Ignoring Employee Mental Health

Gerry Grant, Sylogist

Navigating the Cloud: Cloud ERP Solutions for Local Government Finance

Ed McCaulley, F. H. Black

Fundamentals of Managing Public Sector Risk

12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

LUNCH

Enjoy the networking lunch in the Beverly Hills Ballroom.

12:45 – 1:45 PM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Sarah Hobbs, Townsuite

Future Proof Your
Municipality

Randy Nicholls & Larry Brownoff, CPA

Ethics Case Studies

Tantus Solutions

The Promise and Challenges of Municipal Service Management

1:45 – 2:15 PM
Conference 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Networking Break

Take 30 to visit the Trade Show in Conference Hall 6&7. Fill up on some refreshements, chat with the awesome vendors and get your passport scanned for a chance to win a $1,000 Westjet Voucher!

2:15 – 3:15 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Keynote Speaker

Facing Climate Risks in a Local and Regional Context
Speaker: Don Iveson | Civic Good
Served as Edmonton’s Mayor from 2013 until 2021

3:20 – 4:20 PM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Will ZoBell & Suzanne Schulz , BDO

Enhancing Fraud Awareness: Insights from a Forensic Accountant

Jeff Young, National Bank

Estate and Financial Planning

Jessica Szewczuk, Art of Change

Sketch-noting for Leaders

After Hours Networking

After a busy first day of the Conference, take a breather and head up to the CIBC Meet & Greet to network and relax, and don’t miss the Comedy Show later!.

6:00 PM
The Comic Strip
Bourbon Street

Title Sponsor Hobson & Chahal CIBC - Meet and Greet

Enjoy some laughter and entertainment at Hobson & Chahal’s exclusive Meet & Greet. Come for cocktails, appetizers and networking and get ready for an awesome comedy show! Let’s laugh and unwind at this one-of-a-kind event! 

8:00 PM
The Comic Strip
Bourbon Street

The Comedy Show

Sponsored by GFOA Alberta’s Title Sponsor Hobson & Chahal – CIBC Wood Gundy.
Everyone is Welcome!

9:00 PM – Midnight
Hospitality Suite
Conference Room 14/15

GFOA Alberta Hospitality Suite

Be sure to stop by the GFOA Alberta Hospitality Suite Monday night for some late fun, refreshments and networking!

Tuesday  |  04 June 2024

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Conference Rooms 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Exhibitor Displays

We have a full hall of great exhibits for you to browse this year, including financial institutions, software and Cybersecurity offerings, insurance and tech, so be sure to check it out!

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Breakfast and Emcee Remarks

Enjoy your breakfast and coffee while catching up on the latest conference news and updates with our Emcee Pauline Perreault, then it’s off to another great day!

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Keynote Speaker

Ian McCormack, CMC | President, Strategic Steps

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Conference 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Networking Break

Take 30 to visit the Trade Show in Conference Hall 6&7. Fill up on some refreshements, chat with the awesome vendors and get your passport scanned for a chance to win a $1,000 Westjet Voucher!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

We’re excited to offer a number of breakout sessions during the Conference for  you to choose from, so take a look through the program and see what peaks your interest.

Session Rooms

Conference Room 5

Conference Room 10

Conference Room 9

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Valentin Beranek, TEC

Navigating the ERP Evolution: From Monoliths to Best-of-Breed

Ben Prouxl, Catalyst Communications

Communicating Municipal Finances Effectively to the Public

Dan Mikita & Michel Charlebois CIBC Commercial

Long-Term Financing via Interest Rate Derivatives

11:15 – 12:00 Noon
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

CIBC Economic Update

Andrew Grantham, CIBC Economist

12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

LUNCH

Enjoy the networking lunch in the Beverly Hills Ballroom.

 

12:45 – 1:45 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

 

Cyber Fraud Panel

Panelists:
Kelly Gibson, Town of Banff CAO
Kevin White, Trinus, CAO
Declan Friel, Cyber Security Specialist from Marsh Canada Ltd 
Moderator: Adam Scharmann,
Manager, Technical Services at Town of Stony Plain

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Stephane Bussiere, CPA, Deloitte

Financial Instruments

Wendy Gnenz, MNP

Innovating for Impact: How Local Governments Across Canada Focus on Service Delivery

Gibson Ingram, GrantMatch

Maximizing Grant Funding For Your Community

2:50 – 3:20 PM
Conference Rooms 6/7
Fantasyland Hotel

Coffee Break

Take 30 to visit the Trade Show in Conference Hall 6&7. Fill up on some refreshements, chat with the awesome vendors and get your passport scanned for a chance to win a $1,000 Westjet Voucher!

3:20 – 4:20 PM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

 

Scott Jorgensen, Endeavour Solutions

Tips for Digital Transformation Without Changing your Current ERP

Rod Miller, Deville Group

The Mindset of Effective Leadership

Kash Zaidi, ATB Ventures

Safeguarding Consumer Identity and Mitigating Data Fraud in Financial Services

5:00 – 6:00 PM
L1 Lounge
Fantasyland Hotel

Sponsor Appreciation | By Invitation Only

Hosted by GFOA Alberta
L1 Lounge 

6:00 – 6:30 PM
Beverly Hills Foyer
Fantasyland Hotel

Cocktails

Join us for cocktails in the Ballroom Foyer.

6:30 – 11:45 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

GFOA Alberta Gala Dinner

Entertainment by Dueling Piano Kings

10:30 PM – Midnight
Conference Room 14/15
Fantasyland Hotel

GFOA AB Hospitality Suite

Come enjoy an after dinner drink in the GFOA Alberta Hospitality Suite before the night ends!

Wednesday  |  05 June 2024

8:00 – 8:30 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Breakfast and Checkout

Enjoy your breakfast and coffee, get checked out so you’re free to enjoy the rest of the Conference, and be sure to stay till the end!

8:15 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Welcome & Recap

Emcee, Pauline Perreault

BREAKOUT SESSIONS & MUNICIPAL FINANCE OFFICER FORUMS

Today, both Breakout Sessions and Municipal Forums are offered

Session Rooms

Conference Room 5

Conference Room 10

Conference Room 9

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Fantasyland Hotel

Andrew Skeith , RMRF

Employment Law

Tim Duhamel, BLOOM

Best Practices: Budgeting

Jason Steele, VC3

Cybercrime And How to Protect Yourself Against It

9:30 – 9:45 AM
Check-Out
Fantasyland Hotel

Comfort Break

Check out of your room – you can drop your bags at the front desk for secure storage.

9:45 – 10:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Conference Rooms

Municipal Finance Officers Forum

RURALS

Municipal Finance Officers Forum

CITIES

Municipal Finance Officers Forum

TOWNS 

 

10:40 – 11:50 AM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

 

Edson: Fires to Floods Panel

Panelists:
Mayor Kevin Zahara, Town of Edson
Christine Beveridge, Town of Edson CAO
Caryn Bouchard, Town of Hinton, FCSS Manager
Moderator:
Benjamin Proulx, President Catalyst Communications

11:50 – 12:00 Noon
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

Closing Remarks & Prizes!

Emcee, Pauline Perreault
Executive Director, Rick Wojtkiw

12:15 – 2:30 PM
Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fantasyland Hotel

PSAS 3280 Asset Retirement Obligations

Lessons Learned in Year One
Speaker: Darren Liviniuk, Deloitte

Pre-Registered Event

 

About Us

GFOA Alberta is a professional organization whose purpose is to enhance the practice of governmental finance in the Province of Alberta. Our objectives include:

  • Promote networking opportunities for all government finance officials within all levels of government
  • Support and promotion of Provincial, Canadian and International GFOA Conferences and training programs
  • Communication with membership on financial issues
  • Liaison with Municipal Affairs
  • Enhance the profile of GFOA Alberta.

Our Association is affiliated with the International Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and maintains contact with its staff to promote training opportunities and participation in annual international GFOA conferences.

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Quick Connect to GFOA Alberta

About Us

GFOA Alberta is a professional organization whose purpose is to enhance the practice of governmental finance in the Province of Alberta. Our objectives include:

  • Promote networking opportunities for all government finance officials within all levels of government
  • Support and promotion of Provincial, Canadian and International GFOA Conferences and training programs
  • Communication with membership on financial issues
  • Liaison with Municipal Affairs
  • Enhance the profile of GFOA Alberta.

Our Association is affiliated with the International Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and maintains contact with its staff to promote training opportunities and participation in annual international GFOA conferences.

Contact Us

We're always happy to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly.

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