Keynote Speakers to Highlight GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference in Toronto

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) 110th Annual Conference, Sharing Solutions and Strategies, will be held May 22─25, 2016, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The keynote speakers will be Bruce Tulgan, who will speak during the opening general session, and Richard Florida, who will address delegates during the general session.

Bruce Tulgan, the Founder of RainmakerThinking, a research, training, and consulting firm, will deliver a speech to conference delegates during the opening general session on Monday, May 23. He is internationally recognized as one of the foremost experts on leadership and performance management in the workplace. Bruce has written 20 books, including It’s Okay to Be the BossManaging Generation XNot Everyone Gets a TrophyHow to Manage the Millennials, and The 27 Challenges Managers FaceStep-by-step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems. His most recent book is Bridging the Soft Skills GapHow to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent. Bruce’s work has been the subject of thousands of news stories worldwide and he has written for the New York Times, USA Today, Training MagazineHR Magazine, and the Harvard Business Review.

On Tuesday, May 24, Richard Florida, the world’s leading urbanist, will address GFOA’s general session. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, global research professor at New York University, and co-founder and senior editor of the Atlantic City Lab. He is a writer and journalist, having written several global best sellers, including the award winning The Rise of the Creative Class, and served as senior editor for the Atlantic. Florida is also an entrepreneur, founding the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide. A 2013 study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology named him the world’s most influential thought leader, and Time magazine recognized Florida’s Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

GFOA’s Annual Conference unites thousands of public finance professionals to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, view new products, and network with peers. Participants can select from preconference training seminars, concurrent sessions, and networking sessions to customize their own educational curriculum. Sessions cover the following areas: accounting, auditing, and financial reporting; budgeting; capital planning and economic development; debt management; financial management; pension and benefit administration; and treasury and investment management.

For more information about GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference, or for information about joining GFOA, please visit, e-mail, or call 312/977-9700.

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