The Spring 2013 Convention is scheduled for March 18-20 and AAMDC is busy with preparations for another great event. 

The trade show will kick things off on March 18 with 130 booths featuring approved suppliers, government agencies, and additional companies and organizations.  AAMDC will have booths for our Trade Division, Advocacy, Jubilee Insurance and PFA.

The program is packed on Tuesday, March 19 with keynote speakers Richard Worzel and Donna Tona, and plenary addresses from the Ministers of Municipal Affairs, Health and Aboriginal Relations.

The resolution session will run in the afternoon followed by workshops, they include:   

Emergency Management Planning – When Disaster Strikes

Municipalities have emergency management plans, that’s a given, but they don’t always address the necessary skills and logistics often needed when a disaster hits. If the unexpected happens and your municipality is faced with evacuations, coordinating reception centres and external aide agencies, while trusting that staff are properly prepared for the inevitable responsibilities.

Take a walk with Donna Tona, Certified Trauma Specialist, as she introduces you through experience, stories, and a plan that makes sense so that you and your allied agencies can successfully get through the “human part” of a disaster. Learn what makes a good disaster social services plan, how to develop one and how to get energized within your community and get those helping agencies rallying around your municipality to achieve success.

Fragmenting and Converting Alberta’s Agricultural Land – A Balancing Act

The rate of fragmentation and conversion of agricultural lands has steadily increased, and this loss tends to be on Alberta’s high quality cultivated farmland along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway between Edmonton and Calgary. Under the Land-use Framework (LUF), it is expected that future provincial direction on fragmentation and conversion of agricultural lands may be included in the implementation of regional plans, as was done in the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.  As such, local governments and decision bodies will have to consider this direction in their decision making process moving forward.  Staff from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development will be on-hand to discuss aspects to consider regarding agricultural land fragmentation and monitoring as future regional plans under the LUF are developed.

Green Acreages Guide – Rural Living with Urban Expectations

Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is a non-profit organization with a fundamental approach to developing and delivering stewardship programs, resources and services that focuses on engaging, enabling and informing individuals and organizations who own, have a vested interest in, or who use and are responsible for managing land and its associated natural resources. LSC develops the tools and information resources that land owners and land managers need to become better stewards.

There are an increasing number of acreage developments in our rural areas. People are moving to these properties often without fully understanding the challenges of owning and maintaining a rural property, the importance of stewardship or the services available to support this lifestyle. Recently, LSC developed the Green Acreages Guide as a means of educating property owners on the basics of owning and managing rural property. The comprehensive Guide helps rural property owners develop and implement stewardship practices that conserve and protect air, land, water and wildlife associated with their properties. Delegates will learn how this valuable resource can benefit municipal planning and enhance conversation efforts.

Convention will wrap-up Wednesday, March 20 with plenaries from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Battle River Railway, the Ministerial Forum, an address from Premier Alison Redford followed by the MLA luncheon.

There are a number of social events taking place during convention which provide valuable networking opportunities for convention delegates.  On Monday, March 18 visit the Aggregated Business Services Open House to network with approved suppliers. The Municipal Affairs open house, Brownlee LLP and FortisAlberta hospitality suites will be on Tuesday, March 20 as well as the GENIVAR social evening. 

Enquiries may be directed to:

Cindy Carstairs
Convention & Administrative Coordinator
780.955.4095

Kim Heyman
Director of Advocacy & Communications
780.955.4079

 

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To enhance the buying power of all members and associate members by ensuring the availability of quality, competitively-priced goods and services on a province wide basis.
 

Jubilee Insurance

Jubilee Insurance Agencies Ltd. has been helping make organizations safer for over 50 years.
 

PFA Canada

PFA Canada helps create mutually beneficial relationships between fuel suppliers and our AAMDC member municipalities and associations.
 

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