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2021 AUMA Convention


The 2021 AUMA Convention is right around the corner, taking place November 17 – 19, 2021 at the Edmonton Convention Centre. While we are excited to report that we are continuing to plan for an in-person event, we will adjusting our health and safety protocols to meet provincial restrictions that are in place.

In order to continue with an in-person event, the Edmonton Convention Centre, along other partnering Sponsors’ Networking Event venues, must adhere to the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. This means that all delegates, speakers, contractors, government partners and trade show vendors will be required to show one of the following each time they enter a facility:

  • Proof of full vaccination (both vaccination doses must be administered 14-days prior),
  • Proof of negative, privately-paid test result within 72-hours of the time and day you are entering the facility, or
  • An original medical exemption letter.

Please note, as per the REP requirements copies of medical exemption letters will not be accepted - it must be the original letter. Results from Alberta Health Services tests are not permissible.

If your privately-paid testing is completed after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, those test results will permit your attendance for the remaining 72-hours of Convention - so, until the event closes on Friday, November 19. However, if your test is completed prior to Tuesday, November 16, those test results will not be valid for admission into the Edmonton Convention Centre on Friday as the 72-hour will have lapsed. You will require a new, privately-paid test prior to Friday’s session.

We will also be following the current mask bylaws in place, which require attendees to be masked at all times unless consuming food or beverage at a table. Please note, eating and drinking are only permitted while at a table, either seated or standing.  We thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.


DATES: November 17 - 19, 2021

LOCATION: Edmonton Convention Centre

DETAILS: Join us for the 2021 AUMA Convention & Trade Show, taking place November 17 - 19 at the Edmonton Convention Centre. At this time, we are planning for an in-person event, but we will be closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and following all public health orders that are in place at that time.


TRADE SHOW: Registration for Trade Show is now open, register today! If you have any questions, please email

SPONSORSHIP: If you are interested in becoming a 2021 AUMA Convention sponsor, email to receive a package. We are always looking for new and exciting partners, and can work with you to customize a package that best suits your needs. 


We know many municipalities are eager to register but won’t know who is attending due to the upcoming municipal election. Not a problem! Administrators can register ‘Guest’ attendees and won’t be required to have a unique email address for each attendee.

Once the election is complete and you know who will be attending, you can either modify the registration on your own using the modification button on the registration website, or you can simply contact and we would be happy to help. We do ask that you make those changes as soon as possible following the election to allow our team enough time to produce accurate name badges and set-up voting credential for eligible attendees.

Call for Nominations – AUMA Board of Directors

AUMA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

Positions up for election in 2021

The following positions are scheduled for election in 2021:

  • President
  • Director, Cities up to 500,000 for a two-year term (two to be elected)
  • Director, Towns East for a two-year term
  • Director, Villages South for a two-year term
  • Director, Summer Villages for a two-year term
  • Vice-President and Director, Cities up to 500,000
  • Vice-President, Towns
  • Vice-President, Villages and Summer Villages

Elections will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021, during the annual AUMA Convention.

The deadline for ALL nominations for the 2021 AUMA Board elections is 11:59 p.m.Friday, November 12, 2021.  AUMA requests that elected officials and Chief Administrative Officers ensure that all council members are aware of the 2021 nomination deadline.

Information and Nomination Package

Download the candidate nomination package and the Elections Procedure Handbook to get started.


A virtual option will be made available for those who would like to attend for their office or home. Virtual attendees will have access to all plenary offerings, including opening ceremonies, keynotes/entertainment, Premier's address, Official Opposition address, Minister dialogue sessions, resolutions and elections. All registered eligible elected officials representing regular members will also have the ability to vote virtually for elections and resolutions. 

Please note, virtual attendees will not have live access to education breakout sessions. 

All eligible voters will require a device for voting - this can be your phone, tablet or laptop.


Type Early-bird & Virtual Price In-person Price (After October 25)
AUMA Member $600 $750
RMA Member $700 $850
Non-Member $975 $1125
Municipal Intern Complimentary Complimentary
Pre-Convention $375 $375

Please note - the cost to attend virtually is the same as the early-bird pricing, unless the criteria below is met. Special pricing is only available to AUMA regular members (urban municipalities). Pre-Convention sessions are only available to AUMA regular members and RMA members. 

*Registration payment by credit card will be the only accepted form of payment. If you have any questions, please email


In order to support our members who are unable to attend due to financial constraints or health concerns, we are offering virtual registration at a discounted rate to AUMA urban municipal members who have registered for Convention.

Summer Village and Village members who register at least one (1) in-person attendee for Convention will have the option to register one attendee virtually for the reduced price of $200. For every additional participant in-person, they will have the option to register a virtual attendee at the reduced rate.

Towns, Cities and Specialized Municipality members who register five (5) in-person attendees will have the option to register one attendee virtually for the reduced price of $200. For every additional five (5), they will have the option to register a virtual attendee at the reduced rate.

*Once a municipality has registered their in-person attendees, the AUMA Registrar will reach out with a discount code for your virtual attendees.


We are pleased to offer two pre-convention session for Convention attendees. The cost for per session is $375. These sessions are only available for AUMA Regular Members and RMA Members. Non-members, affiliate members, or associate members are not eligible to attend. 


Taking place Monday, November 15 & Tuesday, November 16

PLEASE NOTE: Munis 101 is being offered regionally across Alberta in November and December. Check the EOEP website for dates and details. 

Munis 101: The Essentials of Municipal Governance delivers the key information and strategies that you need to excel in your role. Munis 101 is completely updated to reflect recent changes made to the Municipal Government Act and includes best practices in everything from public participation to considering how to set tax rates.

Munis 101 will not only prepare you to excel in your role, but it also meets all Alberta Municipal Affairs requirements for mandatory post-election training by providing the fundamental strategies and concepts that new and returning elected officials can apply to learning about their own local municipal functions, plans, and financial information. In fact, the course has been endorsed by Alberta Municipal Affairs, so you can be confident that you have the baseline skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Munis 101 is a 4-session course and is divided into four sections as follows: Basics of Municipal Governance and Legislation in Alberta, The Elected Official’s Role in Municipal Leadership, Explore the Role of Municipal Planning and Development and Effective Collaboration and Navigate the World of Municipal Finance.


Taking place Tuesday, November 16

This full-day course will explore four distinct topics:

  • A deep dive into the Pecuniary Interest provisions – when pecuniary interest arises, how to recognize it and what to do;
  • Council’s Role in Planning and Development – a review of the different roles Councillors can play in not only developing municipal planning instruments, but also participating in decision-making on individual applications;
  • Codes of Conduct were intended to assist Councils to function ethically and harmoniously – a detailed review of Codes of Conduct dos and don’ts; and
  • Municipal Corporations – you have big ideas, what is the best vehicle to get you there?  


Please use the links, phone numbers or codes that are provided to book your rooms to ensure you are receiving the best rates. To ensure that rooms are accurately booked, a two-night deposit for each room may be required. This ensures that blocks are not cancelled last minutes. Please note, it is the responsibility of the booking party to understand deposit and cancellation agreements with the hotels.

Hotel Rate Booking
Chateau Lacombe* Starting at $109/night + tax Call 780-428-6611 (Mon - Fri)
Please quote: AUMA Conference 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton* Starting at $159/night + tax Reservation booking link - DoubleTree
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Starting at $249/night + tax Reservation booking link - Hotel Macdonald
Sandman Signature*
(formerly The Sutton Place)
Starting at $179/night + tax Reservation booking link - Sandman Signature
Westin Starting at $210/night + tax Reservation booking link - Westin

* Indicates hotels that will have complimentary shuttle service to the Edmonton Convention Centre


AUMA is committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and harassment-free environment for all persons attending the Convention (“Convention Participants”), regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristic.
The following guidelines apply to all facets of the Convention including sponsor hosted events, workshops, plenaries, political meetings and social gatherings where Convention Participants are in attendance.
Behaviours that are not acceptable at the Convention include:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristic.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Shouting down or threatening Convention Participants.

Any Convention Participant found violating these rules may have their registration revoked and be asked to leave the Convention, without a refund, at the discretion of the CEO or designate.

AUMA Awards

Nominations for AUMA Awards are currently open. You can find all details and applications forms on the awards page. Deadline for submissions has been extended to August 13, 2021. 

Future Convention Dates

September 21 - 23, 2022
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

September 27 - 29, 2023
Edmonton Convention Centre


November 17 - 19, 2021


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