Government Finance Officers
Association of British Columbia

2017 Annual Conference & AGM - June 14-16, 2017 

Fairmont Empress Victoria & Victoria Conference Centre

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         Welcome Reception  

GFOABC welcomes all guests to kick-off the 2017 Annual Conference at Bartholomews's Pub for a night of networking with friends old and new. Enjoy pub food and drink - English style!  

Tuesday June 13th •   6:00 - 9:00pm 

Bartholomew's Pub •  777 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

Less than a 5 minute walk from the Fairmont Empress.


               Gala Dinner

GFOABC delegates are invited to the Thursday night Gala Dinner held in the beautiful Crystal Ball Room at the elegant Fairmont Empress Hotel June 15th. Dinner and wine are provided and a cash bar will be available.

Cocktails at 6:00pm in the Palm Court

Dinner will be served at 7:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom

Live musical performance by Super Sauce. Get readySuperSauce to rock with songs from the 80’s to the present.


Additional Gala Dinner tickets are available for sale for $100+gst online before June 5th, and at the registration desk during the conference.



June 14— Richard Durrans 

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Richard will speak to macroeconomic uncertainty, touching on such Trump-related topics as populism, fiscal stimulus and the risks of rising inflation, and what this means for BC, Canada and the global economies.

Richard Durrans is a senior fixed income portfolio manager with Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (PH&N). He has expertise in managing a range of portfolio structures including Universe and long bond portfolios, and portfolios for Insurance accounts. His clients include pension plans, foundations, insurance companies and corporate accounts. Richard has written research reports about various fixed income themes and is a member of PH&N’s  Canadian Institutional Management Committee (CIMC). Before joining PH&N in 1990, he worked for six years as an economist, in international finance and in fixed income portfolio management in London, England.  Richard holds an MA in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a BA from Oxford University. He became a CFA charterholder in 1994.


June 15—Julie Kothlow

What's Happening to the Skills gap and how are public sector organizations able to respond?

Picture1Julie is a Director in the Vancouver office KPMG in the Strategy & Operations practice with a focus on People and Change.  With over 20 years’ experience working in industry, through independent consulting and working with the big 4 firms, Julie has developed a deep understanding of business and how to bring the best thinking, methods and tools to affect positive change.

Julie’s career started out in the technology industry where quick thinking and agility were key.  She has applied that same sense of urgency to her clients in evolving new strategies, designing new business models or disrupting old ones.   Key to any transformation effort is enabling and motivating people to move in new directions.  Julie has led large scale transformation efforts, building leadership capabilities and influence strategies to affect change.  


June 16 - Paul Huschilt

It’s the end of the conference.  It’s the closing session.  And it’s the one you can’t miss.

Paul Hurschilt

At this year’s GFOABC Conference we’re offering something completely different. This one session is a summary of everything you’ve seen and heard over the last 2 days.  But it’s not your average recap of facts.

Paul Huschilt brings you “The Ultimate Ending / Paul’s World Famous Conference Ending Summary”.  Created specifically for GFOABC, Paul gathers material as the program unfolds. He weaves his notes into a one-of-a-kind comic summary.  With his razor-sharp wit, pizzazz, and a sense of fun, all of the key learnings and events are presented as an insightful and hilarious outsider’s take on what we experienced at the conference.

Paul believes strongly that laughter helps people remember. His mission is to send you home thinking about everything that happened at the conference, and laughing.  A lot.

It’s one of the highlight events of the conference.  Yes, it’s at the end, so book your travel calendars accordingly. 

Paul Huschilt is presented by Speakers Group:

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Early Bird

After March 31, 2017







GFOABC Board Member

Half Price




Requests for refunds/cancellations will be accepted up to May 15, 2017. No refunds after May 15, 2017. Program attendance is transferable.  

Hotel Accommodations

Fairmont Empress - Direct Reservation Link

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC

Standard Room $229.00, Deluxe $279.00

Please quote "GFOABC-2017" to receive the group rate.

Book before March 31st to ensure you receive the negotiated rate.


WestJet Flight Deal

We are happy to confirm that, for the upcoming GFOABC Annual Conference, we are able to offer 10% off the base fare* for travel into or out of  Victoria to anywhere WestJet flies in North America. To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need the discount codes listed below. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit Please use the Promo and Coupon code if booking with a Travel Agent.

Book by: June 23, 2017

Travel from: June 7, 2017 to June 23, 2017

Standard Web Coupon Code:   IWQMWWF  

Travel Agent Coupon Code: YYJ01

Changes/cancellations: You can change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of booking at no charge. Further changes or cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the flight; please note additional fees or charges may apply for each guest depending on fare class booked and differences in fare. Check out our service fees page for more information. 

Local Attractions

Springtide High Res Logo 2017     Image result for ska fest      Image result for discover the past

SpringTide Whale Watching Discount for GFOABC Attendees 2017 

Ska Fest w/ free shows on June 14th & 18th in the inner harbour

Discover the Past Walking Tours