Professional Development Committee

To assist MFOA in identifying the training and education needs of the membership and act as a focus group for MFOA when developing and updating training programs and conferences. MFOA is committed to offering high quality, relevant and timely training programs and events.

Goals and Responsibilities
The responsibilities required by the committee include;
  • Assisting in the design of MFOA’s Annual Conference program
  • Identify the training needs of the membership – current and upcoming topics
  • Suggest services, products or approaches to meet the training needs of the membership
  • Review the success of prior education and training initiatives
  • Advise and/or prepare a list of potential training initiatives to cover a three year planning period
  • Undertake other education and training initiatives or projects that the Committee considers appropriate

Committee Membership: 12 total members, with representation from:
  • Municipal finance members, one MFOA board member, one provincial representative and one sponsor (chosen in rotation of the platinum sponsors).
  • The Executive Director of MFOA and the Manager of Conferences & Training are members of the Committee.
  • At its first meeting of the year, the Committee will choose a person to act as chair for the calendar year.
  • Membership on the Committee shall last no less than 1 year, and no more than 4 consecutive years, based on the calendar year (as of November 25, 2015).
  • MFOA appoints the committee members, as required, and will strive to have the committee to be representative of the MFOA membership (north/south, urban/rural, two tier/single tier, large/small, experienced manager/young professional)

  • The committee shall schedule 1 meeting every two months (more often as required)
  • Most meetings will be held via conference call
  • Members are expected to attend 80% of meetings in a year. Members who are unable to make this commitment will be asked to make room for others to contribute

  • MFOA acts as the secretariat of the committee
  • The committee will be responsible to report items and/or documents back to the Board, as required


  • Keshwer Patel, City of Waterloo, will chair the committee


Keshwer Patel
Commissioner of Corporate Services,
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
City of Waterloo

Tiffany Farrell

Director of Corporate Services
Municipality of Middlesex Centre

Elizabeth Ozga
Accounting Supervisor
County of Simcoe

Karyn Smithard-Costanzo
Supervisor Financial Reporting
Regional Municipality of Halton

Raquel Gurr
Financial Analyst
City of Guelph

Jeff Schmidt
Director of Finance
Township of Springwater

Shelley Stedall
Treasurer/Director of Corporate Services
Township of North Dumfries

David Baxter
Director of Finance/Treasurer
Municipality of Port Hope

Alison Gallant
Supervisor of Development Charges
City of Barrie

Sandy O'Reilly 
Controller & Manager of Financial Services
City of Burlington

Suzanna Dieleman
Director of Finance/Treasurer
Township of Malahide

Edward Henley
Director of Finance/Treasurer
Township of Clearview

Krista Klesch
Manager, Learning & Development

Dan Cowin
Executive Director


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