Thursday, June 14, 2018
Calgary Zoo

 Join us for either the morning or for the full-day of great networking opportunities and education sessions.

  • CONNECT: Network with experts and peers to generate new ideas for your department and organization.
  • LEARN: Innovate your approach to budgeting, performance and transparency to drive broader benefits across your organization.
  • COLLABORATE: Hear about the successes and challenges of your peers. Plus discuss and exchange best practices and new learnings.

Why attend?

It’s an opportunity for you and your organization to find out how Questica can help transform your budgeting process to:

  • ensure greater accuracy and efficiency
  • achieve greater usage and collaboration
  • deliver better results through strategic reporting and performance management

 

Plus, its an opportunity to empower our Questica users to get the most out of our budget, performance and transparency solutions.

 

 

Agenda

Morning Program

These sessions are designed to provide customers and qualified individuals with information on budgeting, performance and transparency trends and best practices, how their peers are achieving results at their organizations, and how Questica helps and fits into those plans. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A. 

 

  • 8:30 – 9:15 am: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:15 – 9:30 am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Keynote Session

Transparency – Making Complex Data User Friendly
There is an increasing push for open data and transparency for public sector organizations. It’s coming from a growing interest and expectation of government (at all levels), citizens, community or other stakeholder groups and media outlets. Explore the trends, examples and discover the three key ways to demystify complex data for your stakeholders.

Taki Stewart

Speaker: Taki Stewart, Manager, Development, Questica Inc.

 

  • 10:30 – 10:45 am: Break
  • 10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote Panel Session

Better Budgeting – it’s a Journey
Hear from our customer panel about their budgeting journeys – their successes and challenges. Plus, how working with Questica has helped them increase accuracy, efficiency and better meet their organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

Speakers: City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools

 

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch and Presentation

Questica Budget – What’s New
We’ll cover all the new features available in the latest release(s), new features and functionality of the Questica Budget Suite.

Speaker: Taki Stewart, Manager, Development, Questica Inc.

 

 

Afternoon Program

These sessions* are designed to provide customers with an overview and highlight examples, as well as encourage questions and interactive roundtable sharing and discussion.

*Topics subject to change depending on attendee registration.

 

  • 1:15 – 2:15 pm: Education Session 1

Topic A – Performance-based Budgeting

We’ll learn how your organization can benefit by and become both more efficient and effective using a performance-based budgeting approach. By using a performance approach to budgeting, organizations emphasize the relationship between spending and results. Performance data is used to make decisions throughout the budget process. By understanding the link between funding and delivery of programs and services, organization can better plan for service levels today and in the future. Plus, we’ll have a roundtable discussion on where your organization is now, what’s planned and what you’d like to see from Questica.

Speaker: Gerry McDonald, Senior Account Executive, Government/K-12,  Questica

 

Topic B – Questica OpenBook – Tips and Tools

We’ll explore how easy it is to set up your own OpenBook portal for internal and/or external use. We’ll also highlight how some customers are using Questica OpenBook for transparency and open data projects. Plus, we’ll take a tour of the new features and functions.

Speaker: Taki Stewart, Manager, Development, Questica Inc.

 

  • 2:15 – 2:30 pm: Break
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Education Session 2

Let’s Talk about Projections & Forecasting

Bring your questions and ideas – this is an meant to be an interactive session. Since we know customers need to adjust annual budgets throughout the year, we’ll discuss how Questica Budget users can better utilize the features within the system to ask the “what if, why, when, and how much” when building and running projections and forecasts. We’ll take a look at how to: set-up projections and forecasts using one or more assumptions; compare against actuals; and determine what formulas to use and when to use them. Plus, we’ll cover steps needed to initiate a change request.

                 Rick Stanhope

Speaker: Rick Stanhope, Project Manager, Questica

 

  • 3:30 – 3:45 pm: Break
  • 3:45 – 4:45 pm: Education Session 3

Questica Budget Roundtable Session

We’re asking users to bring their questions, advice, tips and ideas to this interactive session about Questica Budget Suite. We’ll touch on areas such as salaries, reporting, sharing information within your organizations, and what on coming soon. But mostly we’d like to know from you: What are you currently doing? What’s working? what’s not optimal? And of course, what would you like to see?

Facilitators: Taki Stewart, Manager, Development, Questica Inc.

 

  • 4:45 – 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

 

Registration Information 

[via Eventbrite.com]

Morning program – complimentary for Questica customers and qualified individuals*.

*Public sector organizations such as local/state governments and agencies, colleges and universities, hospitals and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools and districts, and non-profit organizations.

Afternoon program – registration rates:

  • Early-bird rate: $149 plus applicable taxes (register by/before May 25, 2018)
  • Early-bird multiple rate: $100 plus applicable taxes (register two or more individuals from the same organization by/before May 25, 2018)
  • Regular rate: $249 plus applicable taxes (after May 25, 2018)
  • Regular multiple rate: $200 plus applicable taxes (register two or more individuals from the same organization after May 25, 2018).

 

Venue

Calgary Zoo – ENMAX Conservatory
201 St. George’s Drive NE
Calgary AB T2E 7V6

 

Questions?
If you have questions about the event, please contact Questica’s Marketing Team.