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2013 Convention Message
Greetings to you - the most dedicated of elected officials; those who directly serve their communities.
We’d like to extend an invitation for you to join us at the 2013 AUMA Convention and AMSC Trade Show. This year’s convention will serve as a kick-off to an even bigger event for Alberta’s municipal elected officials—working every day to support the people who choose our communities in which to live, work and play.
This is an exciting time for all of us as local government is embarking on a new term and a new era of respect and recognition. Yes, there are lots of challenges ahead for Albertans and as you know, from challenges come opportunities. We in municipal government are fortunate in that we are positioned in the best place, able to take advantage of such opportunities—because we deal with real issues that affect real people every day in our communities.
This year has been one in which many Alberta communities have had to dig deep as they faced, and continue to face, the impacts of nature, industry, financial cutbacks, environmental concerns and societal pressures. With that in mind, we really do need to come together for some knowledge and experience sharing and some much needed fun!
What could be more fun than a chance to hear first-hand the adventures of an astronaut?
Thank you to the City of Calgary, as our host city, and to the communities of southern Alberta who will be joining us, demonstrating the power and resilience of Albertans.
Enjoy this time together—no one else understands you quite like a colleague, no matter what size municipality they’re from.
Learn during this time together—great experience is reflected from the podium of every session but remember, there is also great wisdom on the floor.
Celebrate this time together—relish the enthusiasm and camaraderie that lingers from our campaigns—it will carry you through to next year’s convention in Edmonton.
Until then, let’s make it happen in Alberta!
Sincerely, AUMA Board of Directors & staff
2013 CONVENTION PROGRAM
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EOEP Sessions
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
9:00 am - 4:00pm Pre-Convention Sessions
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7:00 am - 8:00 am Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements
8:30 am - 9:45 am Committee Reports
10:00 am - 11:30 am CAO/CFO Session
10:15 am - 11:30 am Committee Reports
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Opening Ceremonies & Keynote
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm AUMA Annual General Meeting
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Resolutions
3:00 pm- 5:30 pm Trade Show Dessert Reception
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Supplementary Sessions
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Municipal Affairs Reception
After 6 pm Sponsor's Networking Evening
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
7:00 am - 7:30 am Government Hot Buffet Breakfast
7:30 am - 7:35 am Announcements
7:40 am - 8:15 am Municipal Excellence Awards
8:30 am - 9:30 am Dialogue with Ministers
9:45 am - 10:45 am Dialogue with Ministers
10:00am Trade Show Opens
11:00 am - 11:30 am Premier's Address
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Trade Show Luncheon including Prize Draws
2:00 pm Trade Show Closes
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Education Sessions
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Education Sessions
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm City of Calgary Reception
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
7:00 am - 8:00 am Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:00 am Priorities Survey & Announcements
8:15 am - 9:00 am Opposition Parties
9:00 am - 10:00 am Election of President and Directors
10:00 am - 10:15 am FCM President
10:15 am - 10:30 am Resolutions
10:30 am - 11:00 am Election of Vice President(s)
Introduce new board members
11:00 am - 11:25 am Minister of Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths
11:35 am - 12 noon Federal Minister Jason Kenney
12 noon Closing
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
"Good morning, Earth!"
That’s how Colonel Chris Hadfield— on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station.
Hadfield became a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into the collective consciousness not felt since man first walked on the moon
He is also responsible for many “firsts” in Canadian space history. In 1992, he was among the first chosen as Canada’s second class of astronauts. Three years later, he became the first Canadian to use the Canadarm and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft during his mission to the Russian space station. In 2001, he performed two spacewalks as a mission specialist on STS-100 and in 2010 the Canadian Space Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Hadfield’s third mission: commanding the International Space Station—again, a first for a Canadian.
PRE CONVENTION SESSIONS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
These sessions are available at an additional cost ($340 + GST) - see the registration website for details.
Addressing Local Infrastructure Issues
Municipal governments face the daunting task of maintaining aging municipal infrastructure while at the same time addressing increasing demands for new infrastructure. This course will provide elected officials with the tools to effectively respond to these challenges. Participants will learn how to assess existing resources and how to determine the best approach to building and maintaining a sustainable infrastructure base.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Effective leadership in public service requires an appreciation for the context within which decisions are made, and furthermore, how stakeholders are engaged through those decisions. Good governance practice is an expectation at all levels of government, as elected officials are key enablers of impact for a wide array of citizens.
Based on the theories introduced, attendees will have an opportunity to develop and practice their skills. The focus of the session will be to ensure the practicable utilization in the elected officials’ various roles.
By the end of this session, participants will have an enhanced understanding of three main modalities (Fiduciary, Strategic and Generative) that enable governance effectiveness in public roles..
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Asset Management: Optimizing Your Investment
Municipal infrastructure provides a foundation for healthy, vibrant communities by connecting people and products, providing access to markets, and enabling the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. Many Alberta communities are struggling to keep pace with the requirements of infrastructure maintenance, renewal and the demands of new growth. Participants at the Infrastructure & Energy Standing Committee report will discover how effective asset management can ensure that every dollar invested in infrastructure is optimized. Additionally, they will receive important information necessary to making sound decisions about municipal infrastructure needs.
Come Hell or High Water: Municipal Resilience to a Changing Climate
The floods that struck Alberta this spring are a reminder that extreme weather events can be expected more often in a changing climate. What can we expect in the future and how should we prepare? Join us at the Sustainability & Environment Standing Committee report session to learn about the nature, causes and consequences of climatic variability and consider how this information may be integrated into policy and planning, increasing resilience to extreme weather. Member municipalities impacted by the flood will share their experiences in navigating through the storm and travelling the long road to recovery.
Member Services Meeting the Needs of Municipalities
Grounded in four key values: we are economies of scale; the support you need; experts in municipalities; and we are your advocate, the AMSC Board of Governors provides guidance, direction and oversight to a diverse portfolio of services. As such, members derive benefit from aggregated pricing for various service programs including: Energy, Risk Management, Insurance, Employee Benefits, Retirement Services, Consulting and Investment. Find out how these programs have performed and learn about both the opportunities and the challenges AMSC anticipates in the upcoming year.
Defined Benefit Plan Performance and Trends
The APEX Board of Directors was established to provide oversight and direction for the APEX Defined Benefit Plan. The Board is comprised of industry experts and is chaired by a member of the AUMA Board of Directors. Attend this session to find out how well the plan has done and to learn more about the Government of Alberta’s Local Authorities Pension Plan reforms.
Overcoming Barriers: Working in Predominantly Male Environments
The United Nations states that 30% is the minimum percentage of women in government required to reflect women’s concerns and to have balance around the decision-making table. Alberta has been making slow, but steady progress in moving to that 30 % target since it was established in 2005. Attend the Women in Municipal Government Committee report to learn about some of the challenges women face while working in predominantly male environments and how some organizations have successfully overcome the barriers by addressing communication challenges and creating positive work environments.
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
The Economics of Policing
Citizens want to be assured that their tax dollars are being used effectively, ensuring that their property and communities are safe. As such, the economics of policing is becoming an increasingly important topic. Municipalities and police forces face a significant challenge in meeting the needs of increasing demand for service with limited resources. The Safe & Healthy Communities Standing Committee session will host a panel of experts to demonstrate how to maximize your return on investment for policing while meeting the needs of keeping your community safe.
Municipal Government Act: Guiding Change
This session provides an opportunity for members to learn about the principles that AUMA has developed to guide changes to the Municipal Government Act. To enable effective governance, the Act must provide clear and appropriate roles and responsibilities, adequate revenue sources and authorities for funding municipal core services. The Municipal Governance Standing Committee report will include a summary of the member input regarding required legislative changes as well as future opportunities for municipal councils to share their views with AUMA and the provincial government.
Leading Advocacy Initiatives
AUMA’s Executive Committee is a catalyst for change across Alberta’s municipal landscape. Responsible for driving both provincial and federal advocacy initiatives, the Executive Committee represents Alberta’s communities on a wide array of issues. In this session, members will become more knowledgeable about the activities on both the provincial and federal fronts, reviewing the status of initiatives undertaken over the course of the past year as well as those ahead. An update about recent progress on the MGA Review will also be provided.
Financial Performance: AUMA Strategies and Results
AUMA adheres to a thorough and stringent process in managing its own finances and those of its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation. In this session, the Audit & Finance Committee will deliver a review of the financial statements and present its approach to investment. AUMA’s CFO will provide a detailed overview, to ensure that members are well versed in how membership dues are managed and how they provide a financial foundation to deliver effective advocacy and valued services.
Maximizing Economic Development Activity in Small Communities
Economic development is a demanding and complex undertaking for all municipalities, particularly small communities. As such, one must be in-tune to the requirements for being able to attract, retain and sustain local businesses. If your community is facing challenges in increasing economic development activity, this is a must-attend session for you. Join us at the Small Communities Committee session and learn how to make your community friendlier to local business–identify economic development gaps, develop new or improved economic development processes and expand capacity.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is currently under review. This legislation is the framework in which all municipalities and municipal entities across the Alberta operate. The review of the MGA will consider all areas of the Act and will include a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process for municipal officials, municipal administration, stakeholder organizations, private businesses and industry, as well as members of the public. This presentation will provide details about the upcoming stakeholder engagement, including:
Leaders from the Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force will be making a presentation on the Alberta Floods of 2013. The presentation will provide an update on all flood recovery efforts throughout the Province. The presentation will also outline some of the flood mitigation measures being implemented and planned for the immediate and long term future, in an effort to reduce the risks of flooding to all Albertans.
Public Access to Defibrillation
With a goal of saving lives, the Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Project Brock supports the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all public facilities where people gather.
An AED is a device used when a person has suffered a cardiac arrest by delivering an electrical shook at the right energy and timing in order to restart the heart. The use of an AED with CPR (chest compressions) at the moment of an arrest greatly improves the likelihood of survival.
Having an AED for public use means providing the procedure in under 3 minutes – often the difference between life and death.
Join us at this special session to learn how to empower the public to:
Recognize the signs and symptoms of a cardiac emergency
Call 911 – Emergency Medical Services for help
Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and ensure device readiness
FCM's National Housing Campaign: Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch
Find out how FCM and other stakeholders plan to engage the Federal Government and all parties working towards a long-term plan for housing in Canada.
Alberta Fire Chiefs Association and the Health Quality Council Report
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Infrastructure Asset Management Simplified
Facing the need to balance the requirements of infrastructure maintenance and demands of new growth, participants will learn how to effectively manage assets and maximize the benefits of infrastructure expenditures. The Village of Boyle and the Town of Elk Point will share their experiences in infrastructure asset management and discuss a combined engineering-financial approach to managing such assets. This session will be of particular interest to new and experienced councillors from communities of less than 10,000 with topics including: asset inventory, valuation, assessing asset condition & deficiencies, as well as repair, replacement and sustainability planning. With the knowledge gained in this session, participants can be confident in future infrastructure decisions.
Create, Attract and Maintain a Strong and Thriving Business Community
As Elected Officials - how do you effectively keep the businesses you have; attract new investment, new jobs and identify new opportunities to diversity your local tax base? Which is a better strategy for economic growth - business investment attraction or business retention? Economic developers can help by providing a basic understanding of what successful business retention and expansion programs look like and how they link to investment attraction. In this session, representatives from the Economic Developers Alberta will share examples of effective programs and experiences from communities using BR&E strategies. Panelists will provide a better understanding of how you can identify who’s in your back yard and how you can use that knowledge to better position your community for economic prosperity.
Aging in Place – Trends, Community Best Practices and Useful Tools
“Aging in Place” is defined as supporting seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they wish and are safely able to do so.
Municipalities are acutely aware of the importance of creating age-friendly communities and, as a Leading Local Matter, AUMA believes that it is important for all orders of government to work together to address the resulting challenges and opportunities presented by an aging population.
In this session, participants hear about aging and the impact of social policies on older adults and their caregivers. A panel will examine trends in Alberta and some aging-in-community projects across the province.
If you want to provide a better foundation of support for seniors in your community, plan to attend this session where community leaders and seniors’ care experts will discuss the many facets of successfully aging in place, highlighting the resources and tools available to assist you.
Balancing the Municipal Books
A municipal expert will share experiences and expertise in navigating municipal accounting. Municipal budgets are all about choices; join us to get answers to the questions you may have about them: • how does the budget link to the plans and hopes for your community? • how do you prioritize fiscal wants and needs with a limited revenue source? • how do you ensure results from budgeting? • how do citizens have input into effective budgeting? • how do you ensure budgets are sustainable? If you are a newly elected municipal official with plans in mind for the next four years, how do you put your plan into action?
Managing to Have Fun: Laughing Matters!
Do you remember the days before email, facebook and photo radar? It was a kinder, gentler time. Managing the stresses of work and life is challenging for many, impacting how we look, feel and interact with others. If you are seeking tips to creating a more light-hearted approach to living, or need a break from the serious topics of convention, this session is for you. Carol Ann Fried will present four principles of wellness, incorporating fun at work, and corresponding to mind, body, heart and spirit. Don’t we all love it when those endorphins race through our system? (or should we call them endolphins?) Laughter guaranteed!
The AUMA & AMSC Business Services: a Foundation for Strong Municipalities
Serving the advocacy needs of members for more than 100 years, the Association evolved as the business responsibilities of municipal leaders grew and became more complex as solutions were explored to help municipalities and not-for-profits face service demands. More than 40 years ago AUMA harnessed the power of aggregation, offering members preferred rates and flexibility in fulfilling the employee benefit and general insurance needs of their communities. Today, AUMA’s wholly owned business subsidiary the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation, or AMSC, delivers a wide range of business services to meet the unique needs of members. Learn how the AUMA/AMSC model benefits members, leveraging AUMA’s reputation in advocacy as a competitive advantage in doing business on behalf of members.
LGAA Session: The Brand: Harmonizing Identity and Destiny in Communities
The concept of branding is increasingly important to municipal sustainability where it is no longer enough to be a champion in your own region. Learn about the elements contributing to an excellent brand and how municipalities can create a brand that reflects their unique position. Additionally, understand how to promote a brand across a wide range of media (both traditional and social) while leveraging brand ambassadors to connect with various target audiences. The Town of Nanton will be used as a case study to show how the brand must resonate with the internal market in order for people to get on side and deliver the brand message consistently.
Council Obligations: CAO
The role of the CAO is critical in driving effective leadership in the public sector. As such, it is important for municipal councils to gain an appreciation for the context within which decisions are made, and furthermore, how to engage stakeholders in the decision-making process. The goal of this session is for administrators to become familiar with the various tools available to the CAO as they fulfill that role. Through this session, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what effective governance looks like and the different administrative engagement models that enable it: governing, collaborating, intervening.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Connecting with Your Community: Leveraging New Media
Communications is rapidly changing. No longer is a simple news release or a call to the local paper’s editor sufficient to communicate with people in your community. Furthermore, the people in a “community” are no longer geographically defined. Rather, in the new socially connected world, everyone with a smartphone is considered to be media and “community” is anyone who decides to follow you on Facebook. Bridging the gap between old and new communications is a must for political leadership and media alike, requiring careful navigation. Don Martin, former national newspaper columnist and current host of CTV’s political program Power Play, talks about his experiences and what he’s learned about engagement on the journey from pen-and-paper reporting to broadcasting in the age of Twitter.
Participating in Canada’s Political Landscape
Municipal elected officials are not lobbyists. Rather, they represent a third order of government, an important and viable order of government, critical to the success of our country. When dealing with federal and provincial counterparts they speak and act for the same constituents, just with differing authorities. To be effective it is important for municipally elected officials to understand the basic divisions of responsibilities among the three orders, and then how to navigate the politics associated with them. Attend this informative and practical session to get some background and tips for dealing with the other orders of government from experts in the field.
Building Consensus, Achieving Results
Building consensus is challenging at the best of times. However, it becomes more important and more complex when it is undertaken by a governing body whose members are elected by a diverse group of constituents with a diverse set of needs—the premise of municipal government.
In this fast-paced and interactive session, David Brown, one of Canada’s leading practitioners in corporate governance and board/council effectiveness will lead delegates in developing a better understanding of the underlying causes of divergent thinking and dissent and in clarifying the different roles of “voice” and “vote” on a council. Breaking out into smaller groups, participants will have the chance to develop practical strategies and steps for achieving consensus and will leave with practical tools to build consensus on council.
Advancing Sustainability in Your Community
The transition to a sustainable society begins by increasing awareness, commitment and competence in individuals to understand what sustainability means and to integrate sustainability principles into all of their decision-making and actions. As organizations advance on their sustainability journeys, they face many challenges that are systemic in nature, requiring them to collaborate with other organizations. In this session, Poon Leung from The Natural Step organization will discuss the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, a comprehensive model for planning in complex systems and tools for translating high-level, aspirational community sustainability goals to implementation practices at the organizational, and neighbourhood level. The discussion will highlight municipal initiatives and lessons learned from helping organizations around the world integrate sustainable development into their strategic planning, creating long lasting transformative change.
Addressing the Affordable Housing Challenge
Alberta municipalities across the province are facing increasingly significant affordable housing challenges. At the same time that funding from higher levels of government has declined, existing affordable housing units are in great need of modernization and the demand for affordable housing is higher than it has ever been. In this session, a cross-disciplinary panel will provide information about provincial and federal initiatives available to assist communities in dealing with a variety of housing challenges. Specifically, participants will learn about the province’s Lodge Program Renewal Advisory Committee, a grassroots initiative that is bringing together non-profit housing providers in Alberta. Additionally, resources and funding that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation makes available to municipalities will be discussed. Don’t miss out on this most informative session!
Meeting Transportation Needs in Your Community
Changes in demographics, population, the economy, and environment continue to strain many publicly funded services—transportation and public transit among them. From the consumer perspective, quality of life will be improved through changes in mode use from private automobiles to public transit, active travel, shared use services and more. This session will explore how sustainable transportation choices are key to human and ecosystem health, economic growth, transportation efficiency and community vibrancy, from across North America, to a case study of one of the leading cities in Canada, and concluding with work currently underway in Alberta. Learn how your community can leverage international and Canadian best practices to help your citizens choose healthy sustainable travel options! Improve existing infrastructure efficiency, and community health for your residents.
Special Extended Session
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM
The Future of Municipal Government: Inspiring the Evolution
This session is particularly timely with the review of the Municipal Government Act now underway and a slate of newly elected municipal officials entering the fray. With this in mind, delegates are invited to join in a frank, open discussion about the future of municipal government in Alberta. A starting point for the discussion will include a look at the trends, challenges and opportunities facing Alberta municipalities, administrators and elected officials as they head into a new term. Understanding the issues affecting communities will provide a foundation for making good decisions, setting priorities and taking appropriate action. A panel of seasoned municipal leaders including: the Chairs of the Capital Region Board and the Calgary Regional Partnership, the Mayor of Cold Lake and the Mayor of Grande Prairie.
CITY OF CALGARY RECEPTION
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM