My bags are packed, I’m ready to go…

… and I solemnly swear that I will never, EVER quote John Denver on this blog again.

But, for the four people outside of my immediate family who may find such developments interesting, I have lined up my next gig in the wide world of communications.

As of April 7, I will be spinning for the Association of Canadian Financial Officers – the professional association and bargaining agent that represents the approximately 3,000 Financial Officers (FIs) in the federal public service.  I used to do work for them when I worked with Flagship Solutions and they recently decided to bring their communications function in house.

I will be their first ever in-house communications officer so if anyone has tips on setting up a one-man communications shop, let me know.


  1. Congratulations on the new gig, Joe. It should be interesting.

    Do you think they’ll give you the opportunity to develop a social media plan as part of the communications program?

  2. I hope so, Joe. It sounds like they want me to develop a brand new corporate comm plan from scratch and they definately want to make the website a more dynamic tool so that is a good start.

    It is a small shop and I will be reporting directly to the senior people there – something that Colin MacKay cited as an important factor in his success in implementing social media tools in an ostensibly conservative-minded, risk-averse environment. Hopefully I can have the same sort of success!

  3. Hey Joe –
    Congrats! We should chat. I’m seven months into creating a one-man shop over here at Edmonton EMS. It’s definitely a challenge but I am lucky to have a management team that buys into the value communications can bring and supports me in creating new processes. (wow, am I a bureaucrat or what?!) Send me an e-mail or let’s set up a phone date.

  4. I’m late into the chat on this one, but I would ensure that you can establish strong and positive ties with your CEO, and that you sit at the management table at every opportunity. Good for them, good for you.

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