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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

Convention Shuttle Schedules

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Baymont

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Best Western Plus

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Black Knight Inn

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Hampton

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Holiday Inn Gasoline Alley

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Holiday Inn

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Howard Johnson

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Quality Inn

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Radisson

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Ramada

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Sandman

AUMA Shuttle Pick-up Times - Sheraton

Frequently Asked Questions

Is parking included?

Yes! Parking at the Westerner Park is FREE to all delegates for the duration of the event. The main parking lot is more than large enough to accommodate our attendees.

Highway 2 at the south end of Red Deer is currently under construction and detours may be in place in the northbound lanes. Please read the following construction detour notes for simple directions to Westerner Park (4847A 19 Street).

Coming from Edmonton; southbound Highway 2:

-           Access to 19 Street is available using exit 394 via Highway 2A (Taylor Drive). Follow signs for Red Deer.

-           Highway 11A, 67 Street and 32 Street exits are unaffected by construction.

Coming from Calgary; northbound Highway 2:

-           If northbound access to Gaetz Avenue/19 Street from Highway 2 is closed, continue to the 32 Street exit. Follow 32 Street to Gaetz Avenue: from Gaetz Avenue you can access hotels and Westerner Park (turn right on Gaetz to 19 Street, then left on 19 Street to arrive at Westerner Park).

-           If you’re staying at a hotel in Gasoline Alley, follow posted detours using Gasoline Alley East, Spruce Street and 49 Avenue for direct access to Westerner Park.

Leaving the City:

-           Access to Highway 2 from 32 Street, 67 Street and Highway 11A remains unchanged

-           For access to Highway 2 from 19 Street, follow the detour signs

Are there shuttle services available?

Absolutely! We are offering complimentary shuttles from all of our Convention hotels. Shuttles will start at 6:30 a.m. each morning and run approximately every 30 minutes. The last shuttle will leave the Westerner Park at approximately 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, and 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Our shuttles will also be running Wednesday and Thursday evening to the Sheraton for sponsor networking events and the Red Deer Affair host city night. 

The list of hotels on the shuttle route are:

Baymont Inn & Suites
4311 49 Ave

Best Western PLUS Red Deer Inn & Suites
6839 66 Street

Black Knight Inn
2929 50 Avenue

Hampton Inn & Suites
128 Leva Ave

Holiday Inn Express
2803 50 Ave

Holiday Inn & Suites South
37471 Highway 2 South

Howard Johnson Inn
71 Gasoline Alley E

Quality Inn & Suites
7150 50 Ave

Radisson Red Deer
6500 67 Street

Ramada Hotel & Suites
6853 66 Street

Sandman Hotel
2818 Gaetz Ave

3310 50 Ave

*Please note, shuttles are not available Tuesday. Anyone attending Pre-Convention sessions or the City Facilities Tour (separate registration required for both) are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Westerner Park.

When can I pick up my registration package?

Registration is located just inside the front entrance of the Westerner Park, between the Prairie and Stockmens Pavilions. Want to avoid the lines? Stop by and pick up your package on Tuesday before Convention opens, registration will be open until 6:00 p.m.

Other registration times are as follows:

Tuesday, September 25           7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26       7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 27          7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 28              7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*Come by and pick up your registration package Tuesday and join us for our opening networking reception afternoon between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attendees get one beverages and a selection of appetizers.

Is there an App for that?

Check your inbox! Registered delegates should have received an email on how to download the 2018 Convention App. The App will be your go-to source for all you Convention information.

Can’t find the email? No problem! Simply download the CrowdCompass Attendee Hub from the App Store or Google Play, and then search “2018 AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show” to get access. It is like having the Convention Guide at your fingertips. 

Am I required to wear my name tag?

Yes, your name tag gains you entrance into all Convention programs, including the AMSC Trade Show, so please wear it at all times. It also helps to remind you of the names of other members you haven’t seen in a while.

What does my registration get me?

Your registration gets you access to all committee and board reports, Open Ceremonies and Keynote address, dialogue sessions with provincial Ministers, education sessions, the AGM, and the AMSC Trade Show.

Your registration also includes shuttle service to and from select Convention hotels, full hot breakfast and lunch buffets from Wednesday to Friday, with a lunch-to-go on Friday, and refreshments throughout Convention breaks.

What is the dress code?

While there is no dress code for Convention, we recommend business casual attire.




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.

Thursday Keynote - Doug Griffith, Presented by the University of Alberta

Disruptions have impacted almost every industry, but our communities have remained relatively unchanged in the last 50 years. That will not be the case in the very near future, and simply catching up to today will not work. Technological and social changes will challenge communities, and those who are not prepared for what is coming will not prosper.  You must be prepared for tomorrow now, if you want to succeed.

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


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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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