Public and private sector managers who don’t have a basic understanding of accounting and finance are taking a big risk. It’s simply not good enough to hope some expert will keep you out of trouble. While the jargon may be intimidating, there is no reason why those with limited background and training can’t understand and work in the numbers world. This workshop will improve your effectiveness by covering what every manager needs to know about accounting and finance. We go beyond terminology and prepare participants for decision-making wherever numbers are involved.
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Bob Plamondon FCPA, FCA is a consultant, board member, author, historian.
As a consultant with expertise in the fields of strategic planning, organizational transformation, performance management, finance, and public policy Bob's recent projects include developing a conceptual plan for a school of government at the University of Ottawa. He has also been a leader in a multi-year transformation in campus management and the university-wide resource optimization initiative that delivered $33 million in annual savings while also improving the staff and student experience.
In a senior strategic advisory role at the City of Ottawa Bob developed and implemented a suite of financial and management reforms including a fiscal framework, budget challenge process, performance management system, and innovations in the transparency of financial reporting practices.
His current board work includes the National Capital Commission, where he is the chair of the audit committee and is a member of the executive committee. He also sits on the board of Sportstats, the world’s largest running and triathlon timing company. He was one of the longest-serving board members of the Sierra Club of Canada. Bob’s extensive experience in public policy and public sector management includes leading governance evaluations of the board of directors of VIA Rail and EDC. He also conducted an evaluation of the governance regime for Canada's national debt under the shared authority of the Bank of Canada and Finance Canada. Bob is the author of Ten Steps to a governance Checkup for the Boards of Crown Corporations and Government Agencies.