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Posted: January 23, 2018

Strategic Financial Leadership

Government Finance Officers Association of BC

Strategic Financial Leadership

July 17-20, 2018
UBC-Okanagan, Engineering, Management and Education Building (EME)
1137 Alumni Ave
Kelowna, BC


How can you adapt to the ever-changing role of the Local Government Finance Officer, and become an effective leader in your organization?

Strengthen your leadership skills in this highly interactive and engaging program designed exclusively for finance professionals in local government. A combination of presentations on best practices and techniques, and individual and small group exercises will exemplify how to master the leadership competencies necessary to address emerging issues facing local government. Gain the insights, knowledge and skills to help you become a more effective and strategic leader.

Be prepared for an intensive, engaging and inspiring program that starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, July 17th and finishes at noon on Friday, July 20th. All sessions will be held at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be included Wednesday and Thursday with Breakfast and Lunch-to-Go offered on Friday.

Program Objectives:
Advanced Financial Leadership will introduce participants to a set of comprehensive leadership competencies needed to navigate the changing role of local government finance leaders, while addressing the current issues facing local government in BC today. Recognized experts in the field of local government finance, leadership, strategic planning and communications will facilitate group exercises which have been developed to introduce and apply key leadership skill sets and competencies that can be used in your organization.

It is intended to give finance leaders in local government the skills they need to help enhance and transform their organizations to become more strategically focused on long term financial sustainability. Participants will be expected to come prepared to discuss current local government issues and best practices in the areas of:
  • Strategic thinking for developing practical priorities.
  • Effective communications to influence policy development and decisions.
  • Problem solving techniques to address organizational challenges.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Financial Leadership has been designed for finance leaders in local government who want to take their career to that next level, and help their organization make effective use of current resources through a more strategic and long-term focus throughout the organization. While this program has a focus on the long term financial issues facing local government, it will also be relevant for all current and emerging leaders in local government finance.

Benefits of Attending:
Participants will gain an understanding of and learn to apply the core leadership competencies required to become a leader in their organization and gain a seat at the leadership table through demonstrated use of these skills. Participants can expect to learn about, discuss and practice responding to questions such as:
  • How to build consensus and influence others in decision making.
  • How to facilitate group discussion in your organization and build effective teams.
  • How to make effective presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • How to apply long term financial planning to real workplace issues to build a sustainable organization.
  • How to employ current best practices in financial planning and financial reporting.
  • How to show financial results and be accountable to stakeholders.
Content/Presentation Outline:
This educational session will be a combination of short presentations on emerging local government issues followed by practical examples and facilitated group work which will serve to apply the leadership skills required to resolve conflict and build trust with all stakeholders, while moving the organization to a long term strategic and results focused position. This includes:
  • Identifying the current issues driving the changing role of the finance leader in local government.
  • Becoming familiar with your own leadership style, including building personal credibility and trust.
  • Working with others and dealing with real workplace conflicts while facilitating resolution.
  • Learning the latest in local government best practices in financial planning and reporting and accountability.
  • Exploring long term financial sustainability in asset management.

About the Program Faculty:
This high interactive learning opportunity will be facilitated by:

Jan Enns: Jan is a communications expert who brings 25 years leadership and experience to her work with local governments, public and private companies. With a passion for communications, Jan specializes in providing tailor-made training to help her clients better inform and engage their communities. She’s a co-founder of the BC Local Government Management Association’s E-learning webinars, has taught citizen engagement for the University of Alberta and holds a Masters in Communications.

Graham Fane: Graham is a Business Case Expert who offers his services to local government across Canada. He joined Capilano University in 1979 in the School of Business, recently retiring as Dean of the faculty. During his 37-year career he taught a variety of Accounting subjects, Strategic Management, and Business Planning. Graham has authored two textbooks on strategic planning used in undergraduate courses across Canada.

Gordon McIntosh: Gordon has over 34 years of management, educator and consultancy roles in the local government sector. He provides governance development, strategic facilitation and leadership training services for local government throughout BC and Canada. Gordon’s research work focuses on local government leadership competency modeling and development.

 Erica Christie
 Phone: 250-382-6871
 Email: office@gfoabc.ca
Erica Christie

Date: July 17 - 20, 2018
Event Type: Course
Location: Kelowna, BC
Region: Okanagan Valley / Similkameen
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