The role of public sector professionals can be challenging as financial resources are decreasing while the expectations to deliver are increasing. To be financially sustainable, you not only need the resources to sustain, but the expertise to prosper when faced with the latest external pressures and mandates. Join us on January 29, 2019 at the InterContinental Centre in Toronto and learn how to overcome the top challenges facing today’s public sector professionals.

Leading this one-day conference is an oversight of financial sustainability by an Auditor General chat with Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario and Beverly Romeo-Beehler, City of Toronto Auditor General.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
(Sessions may be subject to change)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Opening Keynote Fireside Chat

Raising the Bar and Enhancing Accountability in the Public Sector


Jean L. Laporte, FCPA, FCGA
Chief Operating Officer, Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Keynote panelists:

Bonnie Lysyk, FCPA, FCA
Auditor General of Ontario
Beverly Romeo-Beehler, CPA, CMA
City of Toronto Auditor General

Jean Laporte of Transportation Safety Board of Canada sits down for a fireside chat with the Auditor General of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, and the Auditor General of Toronto, Beverly Romeo-Beehler, to discuss the key trends and themes from the 2018 Auditor General reports, including:

  • What are the key takeaways from the 2018 reports?
  • What improvements need to be made in 2019 and beyond?
  • How can finance professionals help raise the bar and enhance accountability in the public sector?

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Please select one)

Visualizing Data - Ideas for Business Communication

Scott Cuthbertson, Data Scientist

When analyzing data, it is often simpler to interpret patterns by studying a visual picture rather than reading a table of values. And yet, the vast majority of business professionals continue to use the latter. Choosing the correct type of visualization and fine-tuning the visual elements allows you to report and display data simply, clearly and compellingly.

In this session, Data Scientist Scott Cuthbertson will explore the various ways to visually represent data, resulting in improved business communications. Walk away with:

  • An understanding of the many types of visualizations
  • Tips for choosing and customizing visualizations
  • Common pitfalls to avoid

Panel: How Can Public Sector Organizations Attract and Retain Top Talent


Anne Bloom
HR Leader


Shannon Jackson
Associate Director, Education & Skills Knowledge Group, Conference Board of Canada
Susan Sinclair
Manager, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning, Grand River Hospital
Indira Ramdhan
Manager, Office of the Provincial Controller, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Budgetary constraints and hiring freezes dramatically impact public sectors organizations that already struggle with attracting and retaining talent within the industry. Join our panel of HR and business leaders as they discuss practical strategies for navigating complex people-related challenges, including:

  • How to address skill shortages and skill mismatches predicted in the coming years
  • How public sector organizations can attract and retain key employees in the current political and economic climate
  • How finance and HR departments can work together to fulfill expectations during times of constraint
  • What is the role of finance managers in helping solve talent-related challenges?

Why Accountability to the Public and Beyond is Key for Public Sector Leaders of the Future

Michel Bilodeau
VP, Public Governance International

We live in an age that is being reshaped by the rise of social networking, modern information and communication technologies. The ability to anticipate, intervene, innovate and adapt is now seen as essential for governments.
Join Michel Bilodeau of Public Governance International as he prepares public sector leaders for the future and governing in uncertain times. This session will demonstrate why turning attention to societal results, rather than the results of your organization alone, is key to future public sector leadership and accountability. You will learn:

  • Why cooperation is hampered by accountability measures and performance pay that focus solely on organizational results
  • What conditions make cooperation possible?
  • What is the New Synthesis of Public Administration theoretical framework, and why is it important to public sector leaders?
  • What new models of accountability are emerging in the public sector?

10:25 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One)

So Long Future of Work… Hello New World of Work

Naomi Titleman Colla
Founder, Collaborativity Leadership Advisory

Future of work or FoW has become a daring catch-all term that triggers all sorts of images, from millennials working at coffee shops to robots taking over the planet. It can be a daunting topic, especially for business leaders who don’t know where to start or how to “do” future of work. While technology is a significant enabler, the FoW is more about your workforce.
In this session, Naomi Titleman will attempt to demystify FoW, because, let’s get real… you cannot afford to continue working the way you always have. Walk away with a better understanding of:

  • The implications of macro trends on our workforce and the case for change
  • Why we need to think differently about this new world of work
  • The various options to getting work done (the “who”, “how” and “where / when”)

How to Ensure Operational Sustainability When Corporate Reporting Continues to Evolve

Matthew Colley, CPA, CA
Partner and National Public Sector Leader, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte LLP

It’s no secret that corporate reporting is continuously evolving. In order to ensure operational sustainability, organizations need to be better prepared for change. And considering Public Sector organizations must adopt six recently approved standards by the established deadlines, the need to adapt holds more importance than ever.

In this session, Matthew Colley of Deloitte will provide guidance on how to drive greater value in corporate reporting and ensure your organization is ready to apply the standard changes in time. You will learn:

  • The evolution of corporate reporting, including the results of Deloitte’s review of the corporate reporting framework
  • New standards and projects under PSAS, and what to expect moving forward
  • How organizations can put together effective plans for implementation
  • What to watch out for as you implement these new standards and how advisors/specialists can help

11:55 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Enhancing Indigenous Engagement and Partnerships

Alicia Dubois
Market VP, Indigenous Markets, CIBC
Co-chair, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace starts with cultural awareness. But it doesn’t stop there. Organizations must commit to actively engaging and partnering with minority groups, like their Indigenous counterparts.

In this session, Alicia Dubois will explore the role of organizational Indigenous strategies and engagement policies, and how certain public sector entities can make these initiatives more effective. To help guide the discussion, Alicia will refer to relevant Indigenous-focused frameworks and case studies. Walk away with a better understanding of:

  • What makes an Indigenous engagement or Indigenous affairs policy effective
  • Which methods will enhance employee cultural awareness
  • Available forms of Indigenous cultural and history training
  • How to bring an organization’s responses to the TRC Calls to Action to life in a cost-effective way

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One)

Public Infrastructure Renewal and Capital Funding: When the Need Outweighs the Resources

Ron Saporta
COO, Property Services & Sustainability, University of Toronto

Publicly funded institutions in Ontario provide residents with invaluable services whose delivery relies on the development of relevant facilities and other physical infrastructures. One common pressure all Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations face is the maintenance and renewal of these critical assets, where the capital funding need far outweighs the available resources. As such, leaders must make allocation decisions, such as which investments to make first, and which can be postponed.

In this session, Ron Saporta examines two prevalent models that decision makers can utilize to make evidence-based decisions when prioritizing renewals. You will learn:

  • The challenges faced by the BPS with respect to infrastructure renewal needs and funding
  • Two methods for establishing renewal priorities when the need far outweighs the available resources

Panel: How to Effectively Measure the Financial Health of a Public Sector Organization


Colin Goodfellow
Senior Assocate, Laridae Consulting


Anthony Battista, CPA, CA
CFO, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
Shesh Maharaj
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Superintendent of Corporate Services, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Claire Lake
Baiame Consulting

Join our panel of finance experts as they discuss best practices and latest innovations in measuring the financial health of a public sector organization, including:

  • What to look out for and what to consider when measuring the financial health of an organization
  • How do these criteria differ for public sector organizations vs. private sector companies?
  • Are there any other criteria that need be considered that are currently not being used?
  • How does the current political climate impact financial health projections and standards?
  • What is the role of finance leaders in sustaining healthy public sector organizations?

How Public Sector Can Stay Relevant and Govern in the Age of Disruption

Sunil Johal
Director, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto

It’s no secret that governments that do not embrace new technologies face disruption by the private sector and social discontent. To survive in the modern age, organizations ranging from the core civil service to health care to education, must fundamentally transform how they operate. Whether and how quickly Canada’s public sector can leverage technological advancements to radically increase the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services will be perhaps its greatest challenge in the years to come.

Join Sunil Johal of Mowat Centre as he discusses the impact of technology and its disruption on the public sector, and what he believes it has to do in order to stay relevant in the digital world. This session includes:

  • An overview of the latest technology trends and advances that are disrupting the business landscape in Canada and worldwide
  • Ways the public sector can develop a more efficient workforce and adopt more agile structures and strategies
  • The role of finance leaders in transforming government organizations

3:00 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:35 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote

How to Build Strong Governments and Ensure Financial Sustainability in the Public Sector

Gordon Campbell
Former Premier of BC, former Mayor of Vancouver, former Canadian High Commissioner to the UK; Chair of Ontario’s Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry

A public servant of the highest order, Gordon Campbell spent three terms as the mayor of Vancouver — and three terms as BC’s 34th Premier — transforming the province into one of the most spectacular and livable places in the country. In addition, he was also recently appointed as the Chair of Ontario’s Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry. Join Campbell for a closing keynote speech as he discusses his innovative ideas on several key topics, including:

  • How can various levels of public sector work together to ensure Ontario’s vibrant economy?
  • How can government and business collaborate to spark creativity and build world-class cities?
  • What are best practices in financial sustainability for finance and public sector leaders?
  • An update on Ontario’s Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry including key 2018 report findings

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception