CIPFA established 'boots on the ground' in Ottawa, Canada in 2016, employing local resources Baiame Consulting Ltd to help further its international presence in North America and the Caribbean.
The aim of CIPFA’s work in North America is to deliver CIPFA’s professional services, products and thought leadership to finance professionals working in the public sector. The strategic plan is to build CIPFA's credentials and policy voice across the region and therefore we are very active in promoting the services CIPFA offers and leveraging and solidifying relationships with a range of organisations. This is with the view to cement CIPFA’s position as the leading public sector financial management organisation.
Since beginning our work in late 2016, we have successfully delivered or have been engaged to provide the following services:
All of these undertakings have set the stage for 2018 and beyond, where our focus will consist of four parts: deepening our relationships at the federal level with both the US and Canadian Treasuries; turning our attention to the provincial and state levels of government; working with higher education to include CIPFA content in post-grad programmes; and continuing to support international organisations.
This year is proving to be a busy one, as highlighted above, but we are also developing a white paper on innovation in financial management; working with the Government of Canada on developing a White Paper on talent management; discussing with the Ontario Treasury Board ways to pilot the FM model in the province; collaborating with Rutgers University in New York to determine how best to support its Masters in Accountancy programme and the potential for certification upon graduation; providing ongoing support to the United Nations bodies and other international organisation; as well as working with several other organisations to provide financial management training.
This article first appeared in The Accountant.