Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program (FORD)

Past and present participants of the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) Program speak of their experience in the program which recruits eligible university graduates for full-time, entry-level positions throughout the federal government.

Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program (FORD) - Transcript

On a blue background the following text appears "The FORD Program recruits eligible university graduates for full-time, entry-level positions in a wide range of departments and agencies throughout the federal government. The program provides on-the-job training and supports participants in obtaining their professional accounting designations."

On a blue background at the centre of the screen appears the FORD circle icon which is a white circle, at the centre of which are three outlines of greyed out silhouettes. The circle rotates onto itself to show a video excerpt of Mrs. Dania Balaa. She shares her impression of the FORD program, saying how it allows new graduates to enter their professional field of work while working towards obtaining their accounting designation. While she speaks, the FORD circle icon appears at the bottom of the screen with superimposed text introducing Mrs. Dania Balaa, Financial Analyst, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2013 Recruit.  While she speaks, Dania sits at her desk, talking on the phone while reading a report.

A video excerpt of a man in an office setting appears onscreen. The man introduces himself as the FORD circle appears with superimposed text identifying the man as Patrick Amyot, CPA, CMA, Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 1995 Recruit. The man explains that the FORD program provides new financial officers with the opportunity to learn about accounting within the Government of Canada while creating a strong network of peers. While he speaks, video footage of the logo and visual designation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research appears on screen, followed by footage of Mr. Amyot walking in a hallway. Mr. Amyot reappears talking to the camera. That scene transitions to Mr. Amyot sitting behind his desk, typing, and checking and picking up his signature book before he stands and leaves. Mr. Amyot reappears talking on screen. While he speaks, video footage shows him walking in front of the waiting room and reception area of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Mrs. Dania Balaa appears onscreen. She explains how working for the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General ties in with her pride of being Canadian and serving as a public servant. She goes on to say that she chose to work for a small department because it would give her access to multiple facets of a financial officer's job and provide her with a thorough understanding of accounting operations in the Government. While she speaks, we see video footage of Mrs. Balaa standing arms wide open in front of the Governor General's residence in front of two Canadian flags floating at full mast. In the following video sequence, we see Mrs. Balaa knock on a conference room door, hand a file to someone, walk back to her desk, sit down and type.

The next scene shows a man standing in an interior garden. The FORD icon appears onscreen and identifies the man as Philippe Menard, Financial Analyst, Department of Justice, 2011 Recruit. On screen Mr. Menard explains that one of the benefits of working in the Government of Canada is the diversity of the positions found in the financial management community. He proceeds to give examples of these positions. While he speaks, video footage of the interior garden ceiling appears on screen. Mr. Menard talks onscreen which then transitions into a video footage of a staircase and then pauses on an inukshuk cairn. While this footage is onscreen, a female voice is heard, which transitions into a video footage of  her standing in front of a live leaf wall. The FORD icon appears with the superimposed text introducing the speaker as Marie-Ève Ruel, Financial Analyst, Office of the Comptroller of the Royal Canadian Navy, 2013 Recruit. Mrs. Ruel explains that she chose to work for the public sector because of the number of opportunities it presents and because of how easy it is to work in multiple departments. While she speaks, an outline of a map of Canada appears onscreen. Building blocks representing the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Canada Revenue Agency, and the departments of Justice, National Defence, Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources, and Public Works and Governmental Services appear all over the map.

In the next sequence, a woman appears onscreen. The FORD icon appears and identifies her as Cindy Servius, Project Leader, Canada Revenue Agency, 2008 Recruit. She explains that she always wanted to work for the public service as it was her opportunity to work for Canadians and have a direct impact on her community. Following this footage, Mr. Menard returns onscreen and concludes that the FORD program was a stepping stone in the financial community within the Government of Canada, and that the program has fully achieved its objectives.

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