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September 23 - 25, 2015
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Day 1 - Tuesday, September 22

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Time Session Speaker
9:00 am-12:00 pm Building Smart and Innovative Communities

The world’s communities are becoming increasingly urbanized, digital and connected. At the same time, citizen expectations, infrastructure needs, and cost pressures continue to rise. Municipalities have a tremendous opportunity in responding with smarter approaches—leveraging innovation, technology, and data to support efficiency and quality of life.

The Alberta Smart City Alliance is pleased to offer a unique session for AUMA delegates focused on supporting Alberta’s Smart communities. Leading Canadian Smart City experts will offer their insights, specific Alberta projects will be highlighted, and an interactive discussion will explore just how to deliver real results.

Brian Purcell

Brian Purcell is IBM Canada’s Smarter Cities Executive with national responsibility for the strategy and execution of IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative. This program is aimed at helping municipalities of all sizes, as well as other Public Sector organizations, capitalize on new technologies and insights to transform their systems, operations and service delivery. Brian collaborates with various specialists, IBM line-of business teams, and IBM Business Partners to deliver solutions that create new value for forward-thinking clients and help turn challenges into opportunities.

Ron Gordon

Ron Gordon is Cisco Canada’s Senior Advisor for Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC), responsible for assisting municipalities use information and communications technology (ICT) and the Internet to address urban challenges.
Gordon has over 30 years’ experience working in the technology industry including roles in business development, planning, solution sales, sales management and product management. He joined Cisco in 2007 and has worked on several S+CC projects focused on addressing a variety of challenges faced by urban centres including job creation, economic growth, environmental sustainability and social engagement.
Prior to Cisco, he served as a product and marketing manager at Avaya and held positions at Bell Canada and TTS Meridian Systems. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Toronto.

9:00 am-4:00 pm Engaging citizens, leading communities

Is public input common in your community? Do citizens have a voice in establishing the direction of your council’s decisions? While municipal governments are closest to the people, engaging citizens is both a privilege and a challenge for municipal leaders. This course will offer advice on how to remove common barriers to community engagement and how to create a culture of collaboration amongst municipal leaders and citizens.

This newly redeveloped curriculum will examine the role citizen participation plays in building strong, vibrant communities. It is designed based on the brand new citizen engagement resource developed by the AUMA and AAMDC. Participants will discuss methods to empower community groups and tools to support the relationship between council, administration, the public and media.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to work with community groups, organizations and other governments to develop services and solutions.
  • Consider the benefits of improved two-way communication with citizens.
  • Develop effective approaches to managing change.
  • Harness the power of social media to connect with citizens.
  • Understand the impact that municipal governments have on communities and stakeholder groups.

Maria deBruijn, MA

Maria is the primary architect of the AUMA/AAMDC Citizen Engagement Toolkit and EOEP course and founder of Emerge Solutions, Inc., a consultancy that partners with municipalities and not-for-profit organizations seeking better ways to communicate, engage with and make decisions in concert with their colleagues and the public. She has created and delivers content for four University of Alberta graduate courses, including the elective Civic Engagement in the Digital Age, and two University of Alberta Social Media Citation courses. She is also an instructor with the U of A’s National Advance Certificate in Local Authority Administration.

Before founding Emerge Solutions, Inc. in 2010, Maria spent 10 years leading communications, engagement and organizational planning in the public sector.  She also completed her Master of Arts in Communications and Technology, with a capstone research project focused on digital engagement in the public sector.

9:00 am-4:00 pm The good, the bad, and the ugly: Ethics and municipal politics

Elected officials are public figures. They are watched, critiqued, and often judged harshly. Citizens expect their leaders to behave ethically, but what does ethical mean?

This course will discuss important and challenging concepts, providing answers to complex questions such as…How do you balance transparency with confidentiality? How do morals inform decision-making? What ethical expectations do citizens have of their elected officials?

Understanding your ethical obligations and appreciating how important ethical principles can inform your service to the public will make you a more confident, effective, and accountable municipal leader.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what constitutes ethical behaviour and decision making.
  • Consider common public expectations of ethical behaviour.
  • Discuss how to navigate ethical challenges.
  • Create codes of ethics and values.
  • Reflect on current municipal ethical issues.
  • Understand the fiduciary responsibilities of an elected official.
1:00-4:00 pm The times, they are a changing…What you need to know about the amendments to the MGA

This session will discuss the amendments to the Municipal Government Act introduced in March 2015, and highlight potential issues arising from the changes with a focus on what municipalities can do to bring their policies and practices into compliance with the new legislation.

Topics will include the roles and responsibilities of council and administration, governance issues, public participation in municipal governance, and planning and development matters.

Shauna Finlay

1995 – B.A., University of Alberta (with Honours)
1999 – LL.B., University of Alberta
2000 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar
2001 – Admitted to the Ontario Bar
2007 – Admitted to the British Columbia Bar

Practice Areas
Administrative, Municipal, Media & Defamation

Shauna articled at a national firm in Calgary and then worked at a major mergers and acquisitions firm in
Toronto. She then returned to Edmonton in 2003 to work at the Alberta Court of Appeal before working
and then becoming a partner at an international firm between 2004 and 2014. Shauna joined RMRF in

Shauna’s practice focuses on the areas of municipal taxation and assessment, professional and
regulatory compliance, environment, and municipal law.

Associations & Memberships
· Law Society of Alberta
· Canadian Bar Association

Educational Leadership
· Visiting speaker, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law – environmental law classes
· Visiting speaker, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – photojournalism course

Sean Ward

2003 – B.A., University of Alberta
2006 – LL.B., University of Alberta
2007 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar

Practice Areas
Municipal, Administrative, Constitutional & Chart of Rights, Construction, Employment, Media &

Sean currently carries on a general practice with an emphasis on municipal, administrative and media
law. Sean is also a member of the firm’s Construction Law Team and provides advice to both owners and
contractors on various contracting issues and construction disputes.

Associations & Memberships
· Law Society of Alberta
· Canadian Bar Association
· Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association

Educational Leadership
· Lecturer, Grant MacEwan University: “Legal Issues for Writers”

Community Involvement
· Past Chair, Candora Society of Edmonton

Daina Young

2005 – B.A, University of Alberta (with Distinction)
2008 – LL.B., University of Alberta (with Distinction)
2009 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar

Practice Areas
Municipal, Litigation, Construction, Administrative, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Collections & Foreclosures

Prior to articling, Daina worked at the Centre for Constitutional Studies. She then articled at the Alberta Court of Appeal before joining RMRF. Daina carries on a general practice of law with an emphasis on municipal law and civil litigation. She has appeared before all levels of Alberta Courts and has acted as counsel for administrative tribunals including subdivision and appeal boards.

Associations & Memberships
 Law Society of Alberta
 Canadian Bar Association
 Canadian Bar Association, Co-Chair of Municipal Law Section

Awards & Achievements
 Master L. D. Hyndman Memorial Prize in Professional Responsibility

Educational Leadership
Daina regularly writes on municipal law issues and has given presentations at a number of municipal association conferences including:
 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

Community Involvement
 Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project

Day 2 - Wednesday, September 23

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Time Session Speaker
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast

Join delegates for a hot buffet breakfast before heading out to the committee report sessions.

8:30-9:45 am Energy in Alberta - What does the future hold?
Alberta’s energy sector plays a crucial role in the province’s economic performance. Municipalities are directly and indirectly impacted by the energy economy through the ups and the downs; dealing with industry-related infrastructure, environmental and social impacts. In this presentation, the Infrastructure and Energy Committee will explore the impact of energy prices on Alberta’s economy and explain the state of the sector in relation to electricity, oil, gas and renewables.

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. For over 20 years he’s worked as an economist at Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012. Todd provides economic commentary for several Canadian media outlets and is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail. He currently serves on the Alberta Economic Development Authority, the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Premier's Council on Culture. The federal government honoured Todd for his contribution to the community with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also writes an economic update called The Owl that is sent to thousands of subscribers around the world every day.

Jeff Gaulin

Jeff Gaulin is the Vice President, Communications at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He is responsible for enhancing public confidence in Canada’s oil and gas industry to enable both production and  export growth.

Prior to CAPP, Mr. Gaulin was Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Government Relations at Tervita Corporation. Over his tenure he successfully led an internal cultural reorganization and spearheaded partnerships with the Calgary Stampede and Government of Alberta for Tervita to provide emergency response services during the Alberta floods in 2013.

8:30-9:45 am Keep up to date with changes to retirement services
The APEX Board of Directors was established to provide oversight and direction for the APEX Defined Benefit Plan and has now expanded its oversight to include all retirement service plans. In light of the significant governance changes over the last year—to include all retirement service offerings – Roy Stuart of AON will talk about governance of retirement services and highlight the important work that has been undertaken to elevate the governance of our retirement services portfolio.

Roy Stuart

Roy Stuart leads Aon Hewitt’s pension and benefits Governance practice in Canada and consults with clients in the public and private sectors. He is a frequent speaker on pension, benefits and related public policy issues. And he teaches the Humber College pension administrator’s certificate course and trustee development courses and conducts retirement and financial planning seminars.

Roy has been providing advice on pensions, benefits and related financial matters for over 36 years and has worked for Treasury Board Canada as a senior advisor on pensions and human resources issues. 

8:30-9:45 am Inspire those around you; be an effective mentor
In a survey of AUMA’s elected officials, enabling peer mentorships was identified as a key action item for achieving results. In response to this information, the Elected Officials Professional Development Committee created session in which participants can learn from experienced mentors how to be an effective mentor for your peers, colleagues and staff; helping to guide, inspire, and encourage them in achieving their goals.

Evelyn Main

Evelyn has over three decades’ business experience where she has worked with individuals / teams / departments in setting their vision, deciding on action steps and realizing the change they want. She is a professionally trained coach and team facilitator. Her experience includes the successful design and implementation of a formal mentoring program Calgary Heath Region (now Alberta Health Services). Ev believes that people make real changes when they find the solutions within themselves. Evelyn has worked in a number of industries including real estate, academics, health care and oil and gas. She is a Principal of Elevate, a coaching and consulting organization based in Calgary, Alberta

Roxanne Carr

Roxanne Carr is serving her first term as Mayor of Strathcona County. Previous to her role as mayor, she served as the Councillor for Ward 2 for two terms starting in 2007. Mayor Carr is a community leader, a team builder and passionate that the residents of Strathcona County experience the highest quality of life.

Mayor Carr holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario. Prior to serving on council, she was the Economic Development Office for Lamont County. She comes to the table with a diverse career background that helped prepare her to be the Mayor of a specialized municipality with a unique blend of urban and rural life.

8:30-9:45 am Be the change; municipal leadership in mitigating and adapting to climate change
Municipalities large and small are tackling climate change head on, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building communities that are more resilient to extreme weather. The Sustainability and Environment Committee has created a session in which municipal leaders will share how they are championing practical initiatives that will reduce the impact of climate change on their communities and help save money over the long term. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will explain how its new funding program can help improve energy efficiency in municipal facilities.

Greg Krischke

Mayor Greg Krischke is serving his fourth term as Mayor of Leduc. Prior to becoming Mayor in 2004, he served three terms as Alderman. Before entering local politics, Greg held several senior management positions with Air Canada. He is the owner/operator of a local retail business and a strong advocate of the community and is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Award for Active Communities.

Sharlene Brown

Mayor Sharlene Brown is serving as her third term as Mayor of Black Diamond. Prior to becoming Mayor in 2008, Sharlene served three terms as a councillor in the Town of Black Diamond. Sharlene has had a strong commitment to community sustainability and viability as being the co-writer of the Black Diamond Sustainability Plan in 2006, an active member of the community garden and a residential solar user.

8:30-9:45 am Cybercrime and its impacts on the municipal world and MUNIX AGM

The media have been reporting on incidents of cybercrime-from online bullying to identity and information theft. Listen as industry expert Mark Linton of TripleCheck Consulting explains how municipal information and systems could be at risk and learn some of the mitigation strategies for your municipality. The session will open with the AMSC Chair report and Munix AGM where Deputy Mayor and AMSC Board of Governor Barry Morishita will highlight some of the key challenges and successes of AMSC and Munix over the last year and share with you the important initiatives underway for 2016.

Mark Linton

Mark Linton founded TripleCheck Consulting in June 2006 and today is the Director of Consulting. In this role, Mark is responsible for TripleCheck's security business including business development and delivery.

Prior to founding TripleCheck, he served as Senior Manager within PwC’s global security team and held a security manager role at ATB Financial.  Mark holds several industry certifications, has presented for local and national audiences on various security topics.

10:00-11:30am Creating a culture of accountability

Accountability is demonstrated when people take action and accept the consequences. Personal accountability is an admirable trait, one that everyone should be encouraged to attain; as a leader it is essential to create a culture of accountability for people—as individuals and as part of a team.

Research indicates that holding people accountable for their actions generates positive effects: greater accuracy of work, better response to role obligations, more vigilant problem solving, better decision making, more cooperation with co-workers, and higher team satisfaction. As leaders it is our responsibility to create an environment where people strive to be accountable.

This presentation will provide you with a framework to ensure your people are inspired to take responsibility and accept accountability, ultimately achieving success:

  • Clarity of expectations: in low performing organizations there is typically a lack of clarity related to desired outcomes and behaviours.
  • Capability to perform: without sufficient capability people can’t perform adequately even if they want to.
  • A supportive culture: culture is about basic values and beliefs and these are hard to change, but leaders can change behaviour.
  • An inspirational environment: if people are not inspired, their contribution will be marginal. High performance comes from people who are inspired to greatness.

Also at this session:

GST issues facing Alberta municipalities

Municipalities need to be prepared for a GST audit by the CRA. Danny Crawford from KPMG will provide a high level overview of GST issues relating to: P-3 arrangements, changes to pension plans, the status of various revenue streams, and self-assessments. Other areas to be highlighted will include: policy changes municipal determinations or designations to entities, agreements with third parties, government grants, cost-sharing, GST recoveries and input tax credits.  

Rob Cooke

As a leadership advisor and coach, Rob helps executives enhance leadership and organizational performance. His work integrates leadership assessment, advice, coaching and development with team performance enhancement and creating clarity of direction.

Rob is known for his ability to effectively move between individual leaders and their teams, ensuring all are aligned and engaged. He has the ability and courage to challenge in a direct but positive manner, with the tenacity to get reality on the table. He understands the complexities of executive’s relationships with boards, staff and customers and how these need to be managed. He also has a deep awareness of how organizations operate, how cultures support or hinder change, and how to best achieve transformation when it is required.

Rob is a Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University), has an Associate Certified Coach accreditation from the International Coaching Federation and holds a Master’s Degree in Business from York University.  He is also certified to utilize Myers Briggs and FIRO Element B instruments as vehicles for helping people develop a deeper understanding of their behaviour. 

Danny Crawford

Danny is a Senior Manager with KPMG’s Indirect Tax practice located in Edmonton and holds a CPA, CMA designation and a BA degree. Prior to joining KPMG in 1998, Danny worked in the Appeals Directorate and in GST Technical Interpretations for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Danny provides a range of indirect tax advisory and planning services to private and public companies, charitable organizations, First Nation entities and various public sector entities in the municipal, educational and health care sectors and provides technical analysis and support for complex issues that arise.

10:15-11:30 am Case studies: the new face of crime prevention
Citizens and municipal leaders agree that public safety is the cornerstone of thriving communities; and our communities are threatened by an undercurrent of criminal activity. Across the province, the increased presence of drug traffickers, gangs, human traffickers, and cyber-criminals is changing the nature of policing in Alberta. This session, led by the Safe and Healthy Communities Committee, will highlight recent successes in crime prevention, emerging threats, policing trends and opportunities to influence outcomes.

Maryann Chichak

AUMA Executive VP for Towns, AUMA Towns West Board Director, and Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak is a long term resident of northern Alberta. She has a wealth of experience in the realm of municipal government, business management, and the banking industry. Maryann proudly holds the position as the first woman to be elected Mayor of Whitecourt, a role that she has taken on with great enthusiasm, interest, and heart.

Karen Gariepy

Karen Gariepy has always had a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions which affect their lives.

Since 1988, Karen has worked for various municipal governments in northern Alberta.  Her experience in municipal government ranges vastly; she has worked in a number of areas such as Taxation and Assessment, Agricultural Services, Planning and Development, Finance, Family & Community Support Services and Crime Prevention.

Karen is dedicated to reducing the rate of crime through proactive, preventative measures and continues to mobilize community in taking a role and responsibility in identifying local issues, coming up with solutions and being part of the implementation process.

Charmaine Bulger

Supt. Charmaine Bulger was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) in November 2013.

As CEO of ALERT, Bulger oversees nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs who work for ALERT. ALERT is established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime.

Bulger grew up in Morinville and was amongst the first group of women to enter the Royal Military College, before deciding on a career in policing. She joined the RCMP in 1982 and spent time in four divisions, including posts in Sarnia, Ont., Dawson Creek North Vancouver, Whitehorse, and Edmonton.

Bulger returned to her home province of Alberta in 2006 and has been a member of Project KARE, the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, and most recently as Officer in Charge of Covert Operations.

10:15-11:30 am Provincial-Municipal revenue models; What is right for Alberta?
Municipalities in Alberta face an array of fiscal pressures - most notably population growth, infrastructure deficits, and conditional grant funding that is insufficient to meet municipal needs and is often unpredictable. It is increasingly apparent that a new model addressing the transfer of revenue from the province to municipalities is necessary. The Municipal Governance Standing Committee invites participants to explore different approaches to revenue sharing followed by other provinces and engage in a discussion of the benefits and pitfalls.

Chris Goertzen

Chris’s political career began in 2002 when he was elected as a Councillor for the City of Steinbach. Since becoming the eighth mayor of Steinbach in 2006 he has been a champion of the community and its vital role in the southeast region.

He and his brother Robert developed a new independent business in 1997, Main Bread and Butter. This specialty grocery store and cafe has risen to become a successful home-grown operation and a favourite among the citizens of Steinbach.

Chris successfully balances his busy political life with his store ownership and his family, wife Annalee Schellenberg and their two children.

Chris was elected to serve on the AMM Board of Directors in November, 2010, and elected Vice-President in November, 2014. He assumed the role of President of AMM on July 6, 2015.

Debra Button

SUMA President Debra Button was first elected into municipal politics in 1997 as a councillor for the City of Weyburn and feels very fortunate to be in into her third-term as mayor for that great city. Debra has served on a wide variety of committees and projects and has appreciated the many and varied opportunities she has been given to work with some incredible individuals. 

Debra has been active with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and was recently reappointed to a second term as Vice-Chair of FCM’s Standing Committee on International Relations and serves as the Gender Government Representative for Ukraine. In 2013 she was elected as the first female president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.

10:15-11:30 am Responsible financial oversight; ensuring member confidence
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 an 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.
10:15-11:30 am Advocacy efforts; voice your priorities to federal and provincial governments

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.
10:15-11:30 am The upside of promoting tourism in small communities

Did you know that in 2012, tourist spending in Alberta totalled $7.41 billion? While leaders in many of Alberta’s small communities recognize that tourism can be an important contributor to their economic development, they often do not know how to effectively harness it.

To guide and strengthen small communities’ capacity to increase tourism in their areas, the Small Communities Committee has developed a toolkit called Tourism Vitality Alberta. Lean how you can leverage this resource to measure and improve the impact of tourism in your community.

Mike Stolte

Mike Stolte is the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative & Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL – ).  He is the originator and co-creator of the Business Vitality Initiative, the Community Vitality Initiative, the Communities Matrix, the Community Check-up, and the Green Light Check-Up, all tools and processes to assess and strengthen communities.

Mike has spent many years working in the field of community, economic & business/ entrepreneurial development. He has facilitated several national conferences and think-tanks, and has written many articles and publications in the field.

12:30 pm Opening ceremonies and keynote

Join us for the Opening Ceremonies and special keynote speaker Alvin Law.

Alvin Law

Alvin’s mission is to spark a worldwide Attitude Revolution. A professional speaker for over 30 years, he uses his story to challenge and inspire people to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves about themselves; to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive; to stop making excuses and start making choices. Over 7,500 corporations, organizations and groups on five continents have used Alvin to ignite, engage and transform their people.

1:45-3:30 pm Resolutions

Elected officials review, debate and vote on member resolutions-

3:00-5:30 pm Trade show opening

Trade show dessert reception sponsored by Sun Life

3:45-4:45 pm A New Entrepreneurial Approach to Recreation

A review of the service delivery approach that has led to a significant increase in community engagement, program participation and financial sustainability in the Town of Canmore.

Traditional methods of fostering participation and providing recreation services may not be generating desired outcomes. The Town of Canmore has partnered with Health Systems Group to tailor a service delivery model for Recreation Services that has doubled community participation from what is traditionally seen in a community of its size. In addition the model has increased its cost recovery significantly compared to benchmarks seen in its population category. Learn more about what has led to this success; the innovative approach to increasing community engagement; how it has evolved to balance the needs of private business and the lessons learned from the people who were the facilitators of this process.

4:30-6:30 pm MA Reception

To end the first day of the convention, join Minister Deron Bilous for the Municipal Affairs afternoon reception. Convention delegates can stop by and say hello to the Minister and other caucus colleagues in attendance, or take the opportunity to network with their municipal neighbors, all while enjoying a menu of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

Day 3 - Thursday, September 24

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Time Session Speaker
7:00–7:30 am Government breakfast

Hot buffet breakfast sponsored by the Government of Alberta

7:40-8:15 am Minister's Awards

Minister Deron Bilous will present the 2015 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence. Presented annually since 2001 at the AUMA convention, these awards recognize the outstanding practices shared through the Municipal Excellence Network.  Excellence is recognized in six categories: Innovation, Partnership, Safe Communities, Smaller Municipalities, Large Cities, and Outstanding Achievement.

8:30-10:45 am Dialogue with Ministers

8:30 - 9:30
Macleod Hall

Name Ministry
Honourable Deron Bilous Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta
Honourable Oneil Carlier Agriculture and Forestry
Honourable Lori Sigurdson Innovation and Advanced Education and Job, Skills, Training and Labor

8:30 - 9:30
Glen 201-204

Name Ministry
Honourable Joe Ceci President of Treasury Board and Finance
Honourable Marg McCuaig-Boyd Energy
Honourable Shannon Phillips Environment and Parks and Status of Women

9:45 - 10:45
Glen 201-204

Name Ministry
Honourable Deron Bilous Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta
Honourable David Eggen Education and Culture and Tourism
Honourable Irfan Sabir Human Services

9:45 - 10:45
Glen 201-204

Name Ministry
Honourable Kathleen Ganley Justice and Solicitor General and Aboriginal Relations
Honourable Sarah Hoffman Health and Seniors
Honourable Brian Mason Infrastructure and Transportation


11:00-11:30 am Premier's address

Premier Rachel Notley to address event delegates.

11:30-1:30 pm Trade show lunch

Join delegates in for the AMSC Trade Show luncheon to connect with exhibitors and be on hand for prize draws.

1:45 - 4:00 pm Resolving conflicts within council so you can get back to business

Citizens have a right to expect that their Municipal Government fulfills its roles and responsibilities with integrity and in a professional manner; with a council and administration that is committed to achieving the outcomes associated with thriving, sustainable communities. While the Municipal Government Act provides that councils exercise the powers of the municipal corporation in the proper form, either by bylaw or resolution, it also offers a framework identifying the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and a specific code of conduct. Guest speaker Robert Noce will highlight these parameters for delegates.

With an appreciation for the expectations placed upon elected officials, Lea Brovedani will explore the importance of trust as a fundamental element in building productive relationships. The key to success is the ability to persuade someone you have no power over to work and collaborate with you in achieving a common goal; requiring a deep level of trust.

JJ Brun, a retired spy and interpersonal skills expert, will explain just how to get the buy-in needed to move forward when conflict and dissention arise. Participants will learn how to elicit important information; how to use words and phrases that will convince and persuade others to agree; often getting others to buy in when progress has been stalled.

Lea Brovedani

Lea Brovedani is an expert on trust, a Professional Speaker, trainer and coach who shifts individuals and organizations to higher productivity and better relationships by showing them how to increase and grow trust. She is the author of two books, “TRUSTED – A Leader’s Lesson” and “Rebuilding Trust”. As well her books, Lea writes articles for business magazines around the world.

Lea has worked with companies and individuals in North America, Europe, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Africa delivering keynotes and workshops on both emotional intelligence and trust. Her background includes being the HR Director for an international call center, President of a Recruitment firm, developer of a Trust Assessment and various management positions. She is a contributing member of Six Seconds, the largest Emotional Intelligence Network in the world, as well as a contributor/member of “Trust Across America – Trust Around the world”.

Her first regular job was at the age of 12 delivering the daily paper in her hometown. She learned early on that you build trust by delivering what the customer wants, where and when they want it. She also learned you could achieve anything if you were willing to get up early in spite of the weather, work hard and keep on smiling.

Her kids will tell you that Lea can always be trusted to cry when she is picking them up or driving them to the airport. Her husband would tell you that she can’t be trusted with the last piece of chocolate. 

Robert Noce

Robert Noce is a lawyer and Partner in the Edmonton and Calgary offices of Miller Thomson. His practice includes municipal law, real estate development, condominium and corporate/commercial matters. Robert currently acts for a number of municipalities, developers and condominium corporations throughout Alberta.

Robert has appeared as legal counsel before municipal councils, boards and tribunals, including the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and the Municipal Government Board, and all levels of Court in Alberta.

Robert teaches at the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Canadian Condominium Institute.  Robert also writes a bi-monthly column in the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald on condominium related matters.  In the past, Robert has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, teaching Municipal & Planning Law.

Robert is a former City of Edmonton Councillor (1995 - 2001) and has been a member of numerous boards and associations with the City of Edmonton and related bodies.

1:45-2:45 pm Understanding the implications of alternative forms of governance

Most of our municipal governance structures have been in place for a century but the world in which we live is nothing like it was 25 years ago, let alone 100. With unpredictable revenue streams, the everchanging needs of citizens, restrictive policies and procedures and outdated legislation, perhaps the biggest roadblock to progress is the governance structure itself. In this session, delegates will explore various approaches to governance—options being considered and/or implemented by municipalities across Canada. Case studies documenting real-life experiences will be discussed, illustrating the impact and implications of each.

Joyce Tustian

Joyce Tustian is a Director in the Edmonton Office of WMC (Western Management Consultants) and National Managing Director of the company.  She joined WMC in 2011 after a lengthy career in municipal government.  Joyce spent 35 years with the City of Edmonton, retiring as Deputy City Manager, and served as General Manager of five different Departments. 

Joyce’s practice at WMC focuses on bringing quality and timely insight, as well as strategic support to senior municipal leaders and public sector managers.  Her direct experience in developing governance frameworks and practices, strategic planning, leadership change or new business practice development for large organizations provides a solid framework for assisting in complex municipal problem solving.  

1:45-2:45 pm Representing your citizens; Inter-municipal development plans

Inter-municipal Development Plans (IDPs) provide a foundation for collaboration between adjoining municipalities. However, their effectiveness is only as good as the councils respecting their implementation. The intent of an IDP is to provide a clear framework for the future use of land and any other matter relating to physical, social or economic development as well as for developing clear policy on resolving conflict between the respective councils.

Nick Pryce

Nick has over 20 years of planning experience in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom and is currently the Planning Lead for Western Canada with WSP. His work experience has been in both the private and public sectors with experience in sustainable development, alternative energy, transportation, governance, municipal planning, mixed land use development, climate change, and commercial and residential development. Nick specializes in the area of policy and regulatory development working for both the government agencies and developers. 

1:45-2:45 pm Engaging social media; Understanding the benefits and avoiding the pitfalls

Is social media a challenge for your municipality? Do you want to know
how to authentically connect with your citizens? Not sure what social
media tools are the best ones to use? If you answered yes to any of these
questions, our session on our new social media and citizen engagement
resource is for you.
The session will provide an overview of our new tool and will cover:
• The history of social media
• Determining if social media is right for you
• Understanding social media tools
• Managing negativity and risk

Maria deBruijn

Maria is the primary architect of the AUMA/AAMDC Social Media Resource Guide and founder of Emerge Solutions, Inc., a consultancy that partners with municipalities and not-for-profit organizations seeking better ways to communicate, engage with and make decisions in concert with their colleagues and the public. She has created and delivers content for four University of Alberta graduate courses, including the elective Civic Engagement in the Digital Age, and two University of Alberta Social Media Citation courses.

Before founding Emerge Solutions, Inc. in 2010, Maria spent 10 years leading communications, engagement and organizational planning in the public sector.  She also completed her Master of Arts in Communications and Technology, with a capstone research project focused on digital engagement in the public sector.

1:45-2:45 pm Effectively representing your municipality to the Alberta Energy Regulator & the National Energy Board

Municipal governments are responsible energy stewards; effectively and efficiently managing the environmental, infrastructure, social, and financial impacts of energy development and energy consumption in their communities. With this responsibility come many challenges.

Delegates are invited to participate in this interactive session where Jim Ellis (Chief Executive Officer, AER) and Robert Steedman (Chief Environment Officer, NEB) will share the mandates and key activities of their respective organizations. Discussion topics will include matters of particular interest to municipalities including first response and emergency management, and guidance for actively engaging public participation.

Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, including seven years with the Government of Alberta.

He joined the Alberta Public Service in 2006 as the Executive Director of the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team. In 2007, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for environmental regulatory affairs in Alberta.

Mr. Ellis was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment in 2008 and held that position until 2011 when he was named Deputy Minister of Energy. During his tenure with the Department of Environment, he led the development of numerous major environmental policy initiatives including the environmental frameworks for the Oil Sands Region within the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan; numerous climate change initiatives; and improvements to the environmental regulatory process for the oil and gas sector.

As the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Ellis led the development and implementation of the Oil Market Diversification Strategy, was the lead provincial official for the Canadian Energy Strategy and oversaw implementation of the Regulatory Enhancement Project.

Dr. Robert Steedman

Professional Leader / Chief Environment Officer - Dr. Robert Steedman was a Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Thunder Bay before joining the Board in 2003. In Ontario, he led a long-term, interdisciplinary research program investigating watershed ecosystem response to forest management, and provided science-based policy advice to the Province of Ontario. He has broad experience in communicating environmental science and assessment concepts to industry, public, government, and academic stakeholders, and has published extensively on these topics.

Dr. Steedman received a Ph.D. (Zoology) from the University of Toronto in 1987, an M.S. (Entomology) from Oregon State University in 1984, and a B.Sc. (Environmental Biology) from the University of Calgary in 1980. As a student he worked in the Alberta seismic and oilsands industries.

1:45-2:45 pm Effective Annexation requires a plan and a process

The Municipal Government Act outlines the legislative requirements municipalities must satisfy for an annexation application to be considered. However, there are some additional steps municipalities can take to help ensure their success before the Municipal Government Board.

Consider actions that should be undertaken prior to initiating an annexation application and how to best support municipal representatives throughout the process. Learn how to create a foundation that fosters accountability and affirms the credibility of council, engage the public consultation process and if required, participate effectively in public hearing proceedings.

Drew Hyndman

Drew has 15 years of planning experience in the Calgary Region and comprehensive understanding of the challenges associated with the rapid growth recently experienced by communities throughout the Province. During his career, he has been provided a broad range of opportunities focused on community development, including area structure plans, municipal land use planning, and stakeholder engagement. He has also had the unique opportunity to work on a number of intermunicpal applications, including proposed annexations and intermunicipal development plans.

Drew is currently the Senior Manager of Development Services at the Town of Cochrane, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Alberta. Prior to joining the Town, Drew worked for Rocky View County, most recently as the Senior Planner responsible for the intermunicipal planning matters with the County’s numerous intermunicipal neighbours. Drew has a BA (Geography) from the University of Victoria, an Applied Land Use Planning Certificate and the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Local Government Manager.

Lorelle (Lorie) Pesowski

Lorie is a practicing land use planner for over twenty-five years in the Calgary Region. Her municipal and regional planning experience in strategic and policy planning as well as bylaw implementation have provided a solid background for local, regional and provincial issues. Throughout her career, Lorie has been a strong proponent for establishing inter-municipal relationships and open lines of communication. In her capacity as a planner, she has participated in many capacities of the annexation process representing jurisdictional positions at annexation public hearings as well as a member of annexation negotiating teams.

Most recently, Lorie was a member of the Recovery Operations Centre for The City of Calgary who managed the flood recovery and resiliency efforts as a result of the 2013 Flood. Her previous work experience includes a variety of planning and leadership roles at The City of Calgary, Rocky View County and the Calgary Regional Planning Commission. Lorie has an Honours BA (Recreation) from the University of Waterloo, an Environmental Management Certificate from University of Calgary, and has completed course work in both the Leadership Development program at the Banff Centre and Conflict Resolution program from Justice Institute of British Columbia.

1:45-2:45 pm Understanding Alberta's new provincial government

This session will provide delegates with an overview of the post 2015 political environment—how our new provincial government makes decisions, the impact on policy and what that means for municipalities. The discussion will be led by Paul McLoughlin, a keen observer and analyst of Alberta politics since 1983 when he became a member of the Alberta Legislature Press Gallery. Today, he operates at the centre of a broad-based political monitoring network of organizations, keeping
interested Albertans up to date on relevant political developments.

Paul McLoughlin

Paul McLoughlin has been a keen observer and analyst of Alberta politics since 1983 when he became a member of the Alberta Legislature Press Gallery.

In 1993 he created Word of Mouth Communications which publishes Alberta Scan, a weekly newsletter about Alberta politics.

Word of Mouth is at the centre of a broad-based political monitoring network of organizations, keeping subscribers up to date on relevant Alberta political developments.

Paul can be heard Thursday mornings on CBC Radio in both Calgary and Edmonton talking about Alberta politics.

He has made speeches and presentations on Alberta politics to a wide variety of groups.

3:00-4:00 pm Recreation and Parks; Pathways to community well-being and vitality

Is your community a place where people want to live, work, learn and play? Does it offer a good quality of life and support well-being? How do you know? There are many challenges to communities today, like an aging population, infrastructure deficits, chronic disease, social disconnection, and climate change. Young people are also thinking more than ever about where they want to live before choosing a job. Welcoming communities with opportunities for positive social interaction and attractive spaces make people more attached to their communities and support economic vitality. Recreation and parks are essential to address these challenges, support well-being and help make your community a place people want to be. This session will highlight economic, social and environmental benefits of recreation and parks and key opportunities for action from the national Framework for Recreation in Canada. Participants will hear about innovative examples of how Alberta municipalities are investing in the well-being of their communities through recreation and parks, and will learn about resources that support local decision-making and enhance quality of life, wellness and community vitality.

Bill Wells

Bill Wells is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA). ARPA is a provincial, not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of volunteers, professionals, practitioners, academics, business people and locally elected officials committed to building healthy citizens, communities, and environments in Alberta through recreation and parks. Bill’s background includes a city councillor for 6 successive terms (18 years) with a demonstrated emphasis on recreation, arts and culture, the environment and the introduction of preventative public health  programs.

Janet Naclia

Janet Naclia is a Programs Manager with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA). She has worked on ARPA's community developmental programs as well as with both Aboriginal and diverse communities. Janet's current focus is managing ARPA's Excellence Series but also works extensively with ARPA's Communities ChooseWell initiative. Janet has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and is a devoted player for the Calgary Rage - the city's only women's full tackle football team.

3:00-4:00 pm Charting a course to financial sustainability

It’s a tough question that needs asking…if your municipality did not issue a single new building permit, would you be able to provide service delivery at current standards?

This is a problem that municipal administrators across Canada struggle with today. Sadly the answer to that question is often “no.” For many, sustainability seems impossibly out of reach.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Whether you are an administrator or an elected decision maker, you can improve your municipality’s bottomline, resulting in reliable revenue generation and better support for municipal infrastructure and community services.

Ray Essiambre

Ray Essiambre is President and Founder of InfraCycle Software.  Ray has 40 years’ experience in land use planning, community design. He has designed and obtained approvals for more than 300 residential, commercial and industrial developments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the United States. 22 years ago Ray developed an interest in the process of Fiscal Impact Analysis.

Ray is an expert in the field of fiscal impact analysis and he has made more than 300 presentations to municipalities and groups interested in learning more about the link between land use planning and fiscal outcomes. These include organizations such as:

  • The Urban Development Institute
  • City of Greater Sudbury, Home Builders Association
  • Governor Bush’s Commission on Growth Management in Florida
  • The State of New Mexico Economic Development Summit
  • The Government Financial Officers Association Conference
  • The Planning Directors Conference in Nova Scotia
  • The Canadian Institute of Planners Annual Conferences
  • The Manitoba Planning Conference
  • And many other conferences that focus on Sustainable communities

3:00-4:00 pm Talk less, say more: Media Relations

Does your heart race at the thought of commenting on camera? Do you break out in a sweat when a recording device is extended in your direction?

Being approached by media can be daunting for many, however, with proper foresight, planning and preparation you can engage the media with ease. In this session, award-winning communicator Annette Bidniak will share her philosophy of:

This seasoned speaker and media relations trainer will share her experiences, helping you feel comfortable and confident in high-pressure media situations.

Annette Bidniak


That’s the philosophy of award-winning communicator Annette Bidniak. Annette has made numerous appearances as a guest speaker and media relations trainer across Canada and the United States.

During her 16 years as a public information officer with the Edmonton Police Service, Annette gained extensive experience in media relations and crisis communications.

She was honoured for Outstanding Public Service by the Edmonton Police Service, and received the Mark of Excellence in Media Relations from the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada and the President’s Award from the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators’ Association.

Early in her career, while working with Alberta Correctional Services as a staff trainer, Annette was trained as a hostage negotiator and learned the value of clear, concise communications in high-risk situations.

In 2005, the Solicitor General recruited Annette to the Alberta government where she served as a Communications Director for several years.

With more than 20 years of experience as a communications specialist, Annette will help you feel comfortable and confident in high-pressure media situations.

3:00-4:00pm Feet on the pedals: the power of perseverance

In this fast-paced, upbeat session, Canadian speaker and author Helen Wilkie uses cycling as a metaphor for life, and as a vehicle for a powerful lesson on getting what you want in life through perseverance. Have you ever felt your life was spiralling out of control? That you have so many things on your plate you just don’t know where to start? That your job occupies so much of your time, your thoughts and your energy that you have no time left for you? Well, maybe you’ve taken your feet off the pedals—or maybe you feel as if you’ve fallen off the bike altogether. In this session, both through Helen’s inspiring stories and her interactive exercises, you will learn how to take control of your life, climb back on the bike and keep pedalling on the road to where you want to go.


Helen Wilkie

Helen Wilkie is passionate about communication. When she speaks—in a keynote, concurrent session, in-house workshop or one-on-one coaching—her audience is captivated by that passion. She strongly believes that in business, communication directly affects the bottom line, and her mission is to help business people get their message across so that the effect will be positive.

Educated at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, Helen taught commerce and economics for two years, before moving to Canada and into the world of business.

Blending her teaching skills with her business knowledge and communication talent, Helen speaks on all aspects of communication at work. Her content-rich programs are presented with humour and knowledge, offering a lively, enjoyable learning experience. Her unique Communication Contract™ is the core from which all her messages spring.

3:00-4:00pm The Coffee Shop Toolkit: presented by LGAA

This session will address some of the issues councillors face as part of their daily interactions; distinguishing between public and personal perspectives. The discussion will explore the protections afforded to elected officials for statements made within or outside of council chambers and address some of the risks associated with defamation and FOIP. These issues will be examined in relation to personal conversations in the community and in the “online coffee shop” that social media has created. Facilitated by Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP with Sean Ward presenting.

Sean Ward

2003 – B.A., University of Alberta
2006 – LL.B., University of Alberta
2007 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar

Practice Areas
Municipal, Administrative, Constitutional & Chart of Rights, Construction, Employment, Media &

Sean currently carries on a general practice with an emphasis on municipal, administrative and media
law. Sean is also a member of the firm’s Construction Law Team and provides advice to both owners and
contractors on various contracting issues and construction disputes.

Associations & Memberships
· Law Society of Alberta
· Canadian Bar Association
· Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association

Educational Leadership
· Lecturer, Grant MacEwan University: “Legal Issues for Writers”

Community Involvement
· Past Chair, Candora Society of Edmonton

3:00-4:00pm University of Alberta - Internship Opportunities with Graduate Students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta is looking to partner with AUMA members and arrange internship placements where graduate students can contribute to regional communities. While municipalities have impactful projects in community development and require resources, U of A’s graduate students are looking for opportunities to translate their academic competencies to workplace experiences. Our students possess skills in project management, research and analysis, communications, critical thinking and problem resolution, among others.

Join Mary Sturgeon, Assistant Dean (Administration) from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research to learn more about the internship program and to explore a partnership opportunity with the University of Alberta.

4:30-6:30 pm NEW! Meet your new MLAs

All event delegates have the opportunity to meet with Alberta's new MLA team.

Join us in the Exhibition Hall Foyer of the north building.

Day 4 - Friday, September 25

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Time Session Speaker
8:00-8:45 am Opposition parties

Join delegates to hear Alberta's opposition party leaders.

8:45-9:15 am AGM

The annual general meeting of the AUMA.

9:15-9:45 am Resolutions

Elected officials review, debate and vote on member resolutions.

9:45-10:15 am Elections

Election of President and Directors to the AUMA 2015-16 Board of Directors.

10:15-10:30 am FCM President

FCM President Raymond Louie addresses delegates.

10:30-11:00 am Elections

Election of Vice President(s)

11:00-11:15 am Minister of Municipal Affairs

Minister Deron Bilous

11:15-12:00pm Closing

Prize draws and closing. Pick up your lunch to go.

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