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Cayman Islands’ 2014 Govt. Professional Development Week has a wealth of speakers

DI GOVT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK_PROGRAM_FINAL_REVISED_2014 (3)_Page_01Registration begins for Cayman Islands’ 2014 Govt. Professional Development Week

Public and private sector financial management professionals can get current with best practices in managing public sector resources and network within their field, at an upcoming conference organized by the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.

Registration has just begun for the third Government Professional Development Week, which takes place 11-14 November 2014, at the Marriott Beach Resort.

Among various topics, the week of discussions will focus on change management, with a session dedicated to Government’s response to the Ernst and Young report. A visiting former senior Canadian civil servant is also expected to outline that government’s experience with managing for results.

Other sessions will include ethical decision-making, implementing risk management, managing information technology security risks, developing assurance frameworks, human resources and personal development.

Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, and Finance Minister Marco Archer are on the list of presenters. Also on the roster are Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson, Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick and Complaints Commissioner Nicola Williams.

DI GOVT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK_PROGRAM_FINAL_REVISED_2014 (3)_Page_12There is a minimal registration fee of $100 a day. The Civil Service College has sponsored 120 days of attendance by civil servants.

Copies of the programme and registration information are available on and



From Hon. Marco Archer, MLA

Minister of Finance & Economic Development

Honourary Chair


For the last three years, government managers have gathered to share insights on current developments, technologies and trends in the Cayman Islands Government. Government Professional Development Week 2014 once again offers the opportunity to learn about upcoming challenges and opportunities for the community as a whole.

I am pleased to be your Honourary Chair for this important event and encourage you to attend as many sessions as you can to take full advantage of the knowledge, insight and experience that will be shared. I am confident that the program being developed will advance individual skills and knowledge in an environment where strong management and a commitment to an excellent public service continue to be a priority.

This year’s theme, Managing for Results, aligns with the priority of all managers across the government to deliver quality services to the country in a manner which is not only efficient and cost-effective, but deliver results to the people we serve. By rethinking how we do our jobs and continually pushing the limits to develop innovative methods to do our tasks better, we CAN provide our country with improved services and better outcomes.

There are challenges ahead, but it’s a very exciting time. We all have the ability to shape the future of government and the public service.

Come out….learn…..and share your ideas for making our public service the best it can be.

Why You Should Attend

The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants (CISPA) is proud to be one of the title sponsors of the third annual professional development conference focused on government. CISPA has been assisted by officials in the Civil Service College of the Cayman Islands and in government finance and audit to organise this event. CISPA is a not for profit organisation that regulates and is dedicated to promoting the accounting profession in the Cayman Islands.

With a target audience of over 1000 private and public sector financial management professionals, Government Professional Development Week 2014 is your opportunity to keep current with best practices in managing public sector resources and to network with people working in your field. Participants will have a unique low cost opportunity to hear and meet the people who can help them acquire the skills, training and experience to meet the increased demands being placed on them.

All public servants should consider attending this conference. If you are starting out in your career, this event can provide you with insights of what you need to consider as you look ahead. If you are a seasoned manager responsible for making decisions and ensuring the efficient operations of your department, you can find out how you

can do your job better. If you have done something special to deliver your program, you should come out and share that experience. There are excellent sessions for members of the private sector to attend to hear about improving our public sector and how they can play their part to support those efforts. Examples of who should attend:

  1. SAGC board members
  2. Chief officers and chief executive officers
  3. Public and private sector finance, procurement, human resources and administration officers d. Program managers at all levels
  4. Public accounting firms
  5. Key suppliers to public sector

There will be an exhibitor hall where you can learn more from local experts and suppliers. Participants at this event will be given ample opportunity to learn about the services from this group of exhibitors.


The program for this event has been designed to inform people on matters that are important to them. Keynote speakers include the Minister of Finance, Deputy Governor, Financial Secretary and many more who will discuss the issues that matter to you. Session speakers are from from Canada, the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom, and the United States and will speak on today’s finance and management topics. Every day, participants will have two or three options for sessions to attend. Included in the four day program is an update on what managers at all levels and financial officers in core government and in statutory authorities and government companies need to know about changes in IFRS/IPSAS accounting standards, risk management, reporting, governance and values and ethics. The speakers and topics are listed in the program.

Message from Organising Committee

Government employees and individuals supporting and supplying to the public sector in the Cayman Islands are going to be going through some very exhilarating times in the coming months. The political government has signaled that they want government to operate in a different way and are encouraging everyone to deliver government services more innovatively and effectively. The organising committee for CISPA’s Government Professional Development Week 2014 is very excited about this year’s program. The speakers and topics identified this year should provide government managers an excellent opportunity to get up to date on a number of key areas affecting their day to day management and administrative responsibilities. This year, we have added a stream for human resource interests and are providing sessions on developing your own talents and leadership. Come for one, two, three or all four days. The topics were

also picked to interest those in position of governance, the members of boards and organisations that provide oversight of public sector entities. The program has something for everyone!

Everyone who signs up for at least one day can attend the reception with the Premier at the conclusion of the third day. Join the CISPA executive and the organising committee in welcoming the Premier, Hon. Alden M. McLaughlin as the special guest.

We hope you enjoy the program! Andrea Fa’amoe

Deloris Gordon

Garnet Harrison

Lori Halldorson (CISPA) Martin Ruben

Michael Nixon Paul Tibbetts Rennie Khan Ronnie Dunn Sandra Stephens Vinton Chinsee

How To Register


The cost to attend per registrant is CI$ 100 per day.

Registration Process

All interested attendees should register online via the Training & Events page at


Once you have completed the online registration process, you will receive a confirmation email indicating the amount due. Please coordinate payment either online via Bank of Butterfield or by cheque made payable to CISPA.

If paying online via Bank of Butterfield, please use account number #02101-037797 and reference: “PD Week 11-14”.

Cheque payments should be payable to “Cayman Islands Society of Professional

Accountants” and delivered to:

c/o HSM Chambers, 3rd floor, Buckingham Square, West Bay Road

PO Box 1577, Grand Cayman KY1 1110

If paying with USD cheque, please convert using 0.82.


Important Information

  • Please note, the registration process is not complete until payment has been received.
  • For any issues with registering please contact Lauren Parsons (345) 749-3363.
  • Sign-in will commence each programme day at 8:15 AM. CPD certificates will be issued

only to those attendees who sign-in. If you do not sign-in, you will not receive a certificate.

  • Program starts every day at 9:00am.
  • In the interest of keeping our costs to a minimum, no breakfast will be offered. However, there will be morning and afternoon break refreshments provided, in addition to a buffet lunch each day.
  • No refunds will be issued. If you are unable to attend and wish to send a replacement, please contact Lauren Parsons at (345) 749-3363.






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