About the Annual Conference

Thousands of public finance professionals gather each year for this three-day conference to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, view new products, and network with peers. The 110th Annual GFOA Conference will be held May 22-25 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of this year's conference is Sharing Solutions and Strategies.


The annual conference presents general sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings that feature keynote speeches by nationally recognized speakers of special interest to public finance professionals. Concurrent sessions that address topical issues in government finance and networking sessions that allow delegates an opportunity to meet peers and share their experiences occur throughout the conference. Our conference attracts attendees from all different types of organizations who strive to learn from each other, take ideas back home, and contribute to a high performance government.

Conference Schedule

  • Saturday, May 21

9:00am - 5:00pm - Standing Committee Meetings
11:00am - 5:00pm - Conference Registration

  • Sunday, May 22

9:00am - 5:00pm - Conference Registration
9:00am - 1:00pm - Canada Day Luncheon
10:00am - 1:30pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm - Exhibit Hall
1:30 - 4:40pm - Concurrent Sessions
5:00 - 6:30pm - Welcome Reception (complimentary to all registered attendees and guests)

  • Monday, May 23

8:00am - 4:00pm - Conference Registration
8:30 - 10:10am - Opening General Session
10:30am - 5:30pm - Concurrent Sessions
11:30am - 5:30pm - Exhibit Hall
12:10 - 1:10pm - Delegate Luncheon

  • Tuesday, May 24

8;30am - 4:00pm - Conference Registration
10:00am - 2:30pm - Exhibit Hall
10:20am - 4:50pm - Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:40pm - Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
7:00 - 10:30pm - Conference Finale Closing Event (tickets required)

  • Wednesday, May 25

8:00am - 12:00pm - Conference Registration
8:30am - 12:10pm - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions

Create your own curriculum from among concurrent sessions over three days. Sessions cover the following fields of study:

  • Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Capital Planning and Economic Development
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Management
  • Pension and Benefit Administration
  • Treasury and Investment Management

Networking and Discussion Sessions

In addition to GFOA’s standard concurrent sessions, the below networking sessions will take place for delegates to meet peers and discuss topics relevant to specific types of organizations. GFOA had asked attendees to submit an RSVP for all networking sessions before the start of the annual conference

Sunday, May 22

  • Canada Day, 9:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m., room 701 B (lunch in room 713 at 12:20 p.m.) 
    • Following the morning’s program, GFOA’s concurrent sessions for conference attendees will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude at 4:40 p.m. and will include Canadian topics. 
  • First-Timers Brunch, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., room 801 

Monday, May 23 

  • Smarter School Spending Lunch, 12:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., room 701 A 
  • Next Generation of Finance, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., room 701 A 
  • Small Government Discussion, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., room 718 B 

Tuesday, May 24 

  • Utility Finance Forum, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., room 718 B 
  • Urban Forum, 3:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m., room 718 B

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Participants can earn over 20 CPE credits during the GFOA annual conference and over 30 if delegates attend GFOA pre-conference seminars.

Exhibit Hall

The GFOA'’s exhibit hall is open Sunday through Tuesday with dedicated hours on Sunday morning for attendees to stroll through the hall. See the latest innovations from exhibitors offering management- and finance-related products and services to local, state, and provincial governments. Take advantage of face-to-face interaction with exhibiting companies and view products, ask questions, and see live demonstrations of the products and services that will save your government time and money.

All U.S. citizens are required to have a current passport to enter Canada.