As part of the ACFO-OCG Joint Career Development Program (JCDP), 20 FIs have successfully completed a unique and much sought-after uOttawa course, IFSD 360: Leadership & Strategic Thinking on Public Financial Management, offered by the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD).

During this course that run from November 27 to December 1, participants got an insider’s guide to the key facets of the financial cycle such as economic and fiscal forecasting, budgets, estimates and public accounts.

Participants also got a chance to hear from guest speakers with inside knowledge of government financial management processes. Speakers including the Deputy Parliamentary Budget Officer, political strategists and members of parliament offered their insights on the intersection between a financial cycle and politics and institutions.

Led by Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer and his team of experienced economists, the IFSD 360 course consisted of interactive and real-life examples similar to situations FIs face on a daily basis.

Participants appreciated the five-day course created exclusively for FIs and look forward to using what they learned to improve their work.

“This course was probably the most relevant and useful course I have taken yet in my career with the Government of Canada. I really appreciated that they were teaching from a practical standpoint as opposed to just all theoretical talk,” Connie Fung, FI-03 at DND said.

The just-completed IFSD 360 course is the first cohort of the JCDP. Participants were randomly selected among 400 applicants.

2017-2018 cohort

  1. André Madrid – ESDC
  2. Andrew Burt – ESDC
  3. Anne Longpre – NRCan
  4. Christine Morin-Payette – ISED
  5. Connie Fung – DND
  6. Daniel Payment – NRCan
  7. Fady Shamsoun – FedDev Ontario
  8. Ismar Fejzic – ISED
  9. Jacques Loignon – CSC
  10. Marcus Wong – CBSA
  11. Nathalie Mentor – Justice
  12. Nicholas Houde – GAC
  13. Pascal Musacchio – Transport
  14. Raffie Stepanian – DND
  15. Rose di Palma – ESDC
  16. Shafiqul (Shafiq) Islam – CSC
  17. Sherri Wu – TBS
  18. Thierry Rubashamuheto – PSPC
  19. Yanan Yin – Agriculture
  20. Yves Charette – Health

The full course syllabus is available here.

We hope to bring this course back for 2018-2019 and a call for applications will be sent out in the New Year. For any questions about the program, please contact