The Regional Tune Up series will resume for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from previous events, this fall’s FI-exclusive Atlantic Tune Up will be another free full-day event of informative and inspiring speakers, updates on ACFO initiatives and enjoying meals with your colleagues.

Sessions and speakers

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 10, at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (1919 Upper Water St) in Halifax, NS and feature an engaging half-day workshop with emotional intelligence expert Carolyn Stern. Carolyn specializes in helping professionals maximize their potential and has helped thousands of people, including nearly 300 FIs, increase their self-confidence, make decisions and solve problems under pressure. Carolyn will apply her insight into the strengths and struggles of the FI Community to help each FI enhance their emotional intelligence and apply their newfound knowledge to improve both their professional and personal lives.

It will also feature an interactive presentation from Tova Sherman, inclusion advocate and CEO/co-founder of reachAbility, on the critical importance of maximizing workplace happiness.

Finally, the day will include a presentation from the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) on developing the FI competencies and a town-hall-style lunch from ACFO. Since the town hall discussion will be shorter this year, we are pleased to continue any discussions into the evening at a nearby pub, where appetizers and two free drinks per person will be provided.

Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 Registration and continental breakfast buffet open
8:50 Opening Remarks – Dany Richard
9:00 Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Carolyn Stern
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Carolyn Stern
12:15 Lunch is served and ACFO Town Hall
1:15 Community Development and FI Competencies – OCG
2:15 Coffee Break
2:30 Win, Win, Win: Achieving the Ultimate in Workplace Satisfaction – Tova Sherman
4:00 Closing Remarks – Dany Richard
4:30 Optional – Pub chat (location TBD)


To ensure maximum participation and that all ACFO members of the FI Community across the Atlantic Region get a chance to attend, accommodations for one night will be reimbursed for ACFO members travelling from outside of the Halifax area (more than 100 km driving distance from your home/work location)

Costs related to travel, food, etc. will not be reimbursed, so we encourage you to ask your employer to cover these costs. Only a limited number of rooms are available and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay in registering!


Attendance is free and open to all ACFO members. To register, please contact us at indicating you would like to register for the Atlantic Tune Up. Please also mention your full name, department, whether you require a hotel room and if you have any dietary restrictions, as a continental breakfast and three-course lunch will be served.

In addition, ACFO events are classified as training for FIs, so please contact us should you have any questions or concerns about getting approval from your employer to attend.

This year’s Regional Tune Up events are funded through the Joint Career Development Program (JCDP) managed by ACFO and the OCG.