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2018 AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show

Full Convention Agenda

AUMA Convention Registration will continue onsite in Red Deer

Come and see us at Westerner Park at our registration desk beginning at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 25th!

2018 AUMA Election Procedures Handbook

Nomination Forms - 2018 AUMA Election

Pre-Convention Sessions

*EXPERIENTIAL BLANKET EXERCISE* Pre-Convention, September 25 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This interactive session will allow participants to take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada and explore the history and experiences of Indigenous rights through the phases of pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, and resistance. The Blanket Exercise is highly regarded as an effective teaching tool for furthering the understanding Indigenous issues. This session is offered in conjunction with our Welcoming and Inclusive Communities initiative for the special price of $50.

Municipal Corporate Planning and Finance (EOEP):

This course provides elected officials with a solid understanding of the core concepts involved in municipal corporate planning, municipal financial management, accountability and reporting.

Community Development through Citizen Engagement (EOEP):

Citizen engagement in municipal governance provides a means for incorporating citizen values, interests, needs and desires into decisions that affect their lives and supports improved municipal decision-making by bringing all perspectives to the table. Focusing on the importance of meaningful citizen engagement, course participants will consider the role citizen engagement plans in building strong, vibrant communities. Topics will consider overcoming common barriers and risks associated with engagement, framework and policy development, why, who, how and when to engage, as well as steps to necessary components for the preparation, planning and implementation of citizen engagement initiatives. Course participants will also be given guidelines to evaluate the impact of citizen engagement initiatives on achieving municipal goals.

Legal Session, facilitated by Reynolds Mirth Richards and Farmer:

Morning Session: One of the challenges municipalities face as a result of various trade agreements and the law of tendering is that they do not have complete discretion when it comes to selecting contractors or service providers. There are many circumstances where a particular contractor has a history of problems, and the municipality would like to avoid ever working with them again in the future. However, when putting out a tender or request for proposals, the municipality faces a risk that the problematic contractor will come in as the low bidder, potentially forcing the municipality to work with them and go through the same problems yet again.

This session will discuss various ways of addressing that risk, by ensuring the municipality is protected from having to accept bids from those difficult contractors. It will explore policies the municipality can put in place to restrict or disqualify certain contractors from bidding on future work. It will also outline important considerations in tender documents to help minimize these risks and provide greater flexibility and control to municipalities when selecting their contractors or service providers in the future.

Afternoon Session: Cannabis: It’s Right around the Corner. A last minute refresher on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization at the municipal level, including planning and development, public consumption, employment and nuisance.

*All sessions are $340+tax each for the full day

Convention Opening Ceremonies Keynote Speaker - Melissa Arnot

Melissa has been a working mountain guide since 2004. She is a passionate seeker of shared adventures and perfecting the balance of learning and teaching. As an athlete, she is in competition with only herself, constantly pushing her own limits and trying to be the best mountain traveler she can be. 

Melissa is the first American woman to successfully summit and descend Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and has climbed the world’s highest peak six times. Known as a determined, hard-working and enthusiastic teacher, Melissa has devoted her life to learning from the mountains and sharing that knowledge with others.

In 2012 Melissa co-founded The Juniper Fund to provide financial support to families of local workers killed in the mountains of Nepal, and she continues to be actively involved with the fund. Melissa lives in the Methow Valley of Washington State with her husband, Tyler, where they spend their time playing in the mountains while running their respective guide services.

Convention Closing Entertainer - Adam Growe

For over 25 years, Adam has been performing on radio, television, stage, as well as at conferences and events. In addition to hosting Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab, Adam is an accomplished stand-up comedian starring in Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, COMICS!, CBS’s Star Search and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. His career portfolio includes an interactive video Web App for businesses and planners, a popculture podcast, keynote presentations, one-man shows and public speaking coaching. 

Adam brings energy and clean, intelligent comedy and trivia to the stage when entertaining. He delivers a fun and highly engaging performance to meet the interests and needs of his audience and many repeat clients. Adam is a foster parent with his wife and three kids in Toronto.

Welcome to Red Deer! Host City Facilities Tour  - Tuesday, September 25


As the host of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Red Deer has taken advantage of this opportunity by upgrading and constructing facilities that will host more than 20,000 visitors and athletes to our city.  Join Mayor Tara Veer and City Manager Craig Curtis on a behind the scenes tour of our newest state of the art facilities on Tuesday, September 25, including the new Servus Arena and the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris at Red Deer College . The tour, leaving from Westerner Park at 4:45 p.m. includes a reception at our new outdoor speed skating venue - Setters Place at Great Chief Park, and will return you to Westerner Park at approximately 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see these amenities, learn their secrets and experience some great food. Visit to see some of the facilities included on the tour.

*Please note, delegates are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Westerner Park for the Red Deer facilities tour.

Red Deer Host City Activities

Registration Fees (prices do not include GST)

Type Member Non-member
Early Bird (ends August 17) $550 $950
After Early Bird $700 $1100
On Site  $950 $1275
One Day Early Bird (ends August 17) $525 $850
One Day After Early Bird $675 $950
Pre-Convention Session $340 $340

Pre-Convention Experiential Blanket Exercise 
(Space limited, only 50 spots available)

$50 $50

Convention Sponsorship

Becoming a Convention sponsor is a great way to increase your visibility to potential clients. If you are interested, please review the sponsorship package below. Should you have any questions about a potential opportunity, or you would like to become a sponsor, please email


AMSC Trade Show Booth Registration SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to our waitlist for a booth, please click here.

To view the Trade Show floor plan and cost, review our Trade Show brochure

We appreciate your patience and look forward to making our 2018 AUMA Convention and AMSC Trade Show one of our best yet!

Book your hotel for AUMA’s 2018 Convention & Trade Show in Red Deer!

For the first time, The City of Red Deer will welcome delegates to the 2018 AUMA Convention and AMSC Trade Show, taking place September 26 – 28 at Westerner Park in Red Deer.

Due to the location of the Westerner Park, and its proximity to hotels in Red Deer, shuttle service will be offered to all partnering hotels throughout the event. Members will also have the option to drive their own vehicle to and from the venue, since parking at the Westerner will be free to registrants.

Members are encouraged to book their hotel accommodations early, as hotels can sell out quickly. Below you will find a list of hotels that are offering AUMA members a special rate. Please note, a two-night non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking.

*Members can book rooms by calling the reservation lines below and saying they are with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Convention.


Quality Inn & Conference Centre

7150 50 Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 6A5
(403) 343-8800


Howard Johnson Inn

71 Gasoline Alley East
Red Deer, AB, T4E 1B1
(403) 343-8444



Future Convention Dates

2019 - September 25 - 27, 2019 in Edmonton 

2020 - September 23 - 25, 2020 in Calgary

September 26 - 28, 2018
Red Deer
Westerner Park

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