Increasing accountability and transparency in government operations - Upcoming FMI Conference

    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Changes in politics, communications and
information systems has put pressure on Canada's government financial
management structure to improve and evolve. To address these changes, The
Financial Management Institute of Canada (FMI) will host its annual
professional development (PD) week at the Ottawa Congress Centre on November
27th to 30th, 2007.
    In response to former allegations of financial improprieties, dozens of
new financial management acts and detailed action plans have been implemented
by all levels of government. These new measures aimed at strengthening
transparency, accountability and ethics have increased the complexity of the
government environment; the demands on the financial management personnel are
greater than ever.
    Over 4,000 finance and treasury professionals ranging from entry-level
officers to the Auditor General of Canada will address the many challenges and
opportunities on the horizon for the public service spotlighting the dozens of
new financial management measures, modern comptrollership and best practices
in managing public sector resources.
    This year's theme On the Horizon "provides an unmatched one-stop learning
experience and ensures that the finance community acquires the skills,
training and experience to meet the increased demands placed on them", states
PD week planning committee Chair, Monique Arnold.
    Delegates will participate in four days of interactive hands-on
workshops, discussion panels and nearly fifty seminars led by distinguished
keynote speakers and presenters featuring:

    - Margaret Bloodworth, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister
    - Terry Kelly, Motivational Speaker, Singer-Songwriter and Entertainer,
      T.K. Productions Ltd.
    - Ezra Levant, Columnist and Conservative Party insider
    - David Mulroney, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign
    - Hon. Hugh Segal, Senator, Senate of Canada
    - Richard Worzel, Leading Forecaster and Futurist

    The FMI is a 2,000-member national not-for-profit association dedicated
to sharing best practices in managing public sector resources and to providing
professional development opportunities to financial officers, managers and
directors at all levels of government. For more information about this event
or FMI, call 613-569-1158 or visit our website at

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For further information: Media: Nancy Coelho, Marketing and
Communications, (613) 569-1158,

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