The Fall 2012 Convention is only days away. With activities starting on Monday, November 12, AAMDC is working hard to finish last minute details for what we hope will be another fantastic event.

Monday will centre around the Reeves’/Mayors’ Meeting taking place in Salon 4 at the Shaw Conference Centre and separate hospitality suites hosted by Brandt Tractor Ltd. and Strongco at the Westin Edmonton.

Opening ceremonies will take place Tuesday morning, followed by a series of addresses from various Government of Alberta Ministers and the Capital Region Board. Immediately after lunch, workshops will be offered and include:

Striking a Balance: Water Allocation, Access and Issues

Water allocation and management is a growing issue in Alberta and municipalities across the province have expressed concerns ranging from funding for raw water lines to accessing available water licenses. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development will be on hand to provide an update on water issues in the province and help municipalities understand the state of water moving forward.

Have Your Say: Municipal Affairs and the MGA

Alberta Municipal Affairs is excited to be embarking upon a comprehensive review of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). This workshop will be an opportunity to hear from department staff on the MGA review work plan, learn how municipalities can expect to be engaged in the process, and participate in a dialogue about establishing a framework for the review through the development of common principles.

What is Black and White and Grey All Over? Political/Administrative Relationships
by Gordon McIntosh

Success in local government is not so much about dealing with the ‘black and white’, but dealing with the ‘grey’ aspects of the political/administrative interface. Dr. Gordon McIntosh will share nation-wide insights to the shifting landscape for local government leadership. Participants will leave with a local government checklist to gauge success, proactive strategies that maximize effectiveness and reactive tactics when things go wrong.

Jubilee Insurance: Why Self Insure?
Think You Know it All? RFPs and Tenders by Brownlee LLP

Tony Wadsworth, Manager of Jubilee Insurance Agencies, will open this informative workshop with the history behind Jubilee Insurance and why members made the decision to insure their own property and liability risks back in 1986 and 2002, respectively. Expiry dates on insurance policies will also be addressed.

Brownlee LLP will take the stage in the second half, and highlight the legal distinctions between RFPs and Tenders. This is an evolving topic that members must be informed on.

Too Many Assets…Not Enough Time–Maintenance vs. Management

Struggling to manage your municipal assets? Want to improve asset management in your community? In this workshop, Opus International Consultants will guide you through the basic elements of asset management that you can use to support the development of long term plans and funding needs to manage existing assets.

Day two of convention will end with the Alberta Municipal Affairs Open House–taking place in the foyer of Hall D immediately after workshops. The evening will close with separate hospitality suites offered by Brownlee LLP, GENIVAR and Central Alberta, Lakeland, North Parkland Power & South Alta REAs at Westin Edmonton. FortisAlberta will also host a hospitality suite at Hotel Macdonald, as well as Finning Canada in Hall D.

Wednesday, November 14 is Business Day at Convention. The first half of the day will feature the annual General Meeting, a plenary address from Federal Minister of State (Transport) the Honourable Steven John Fletcher, nominations for AAMDC President and the Resolution Session. We are pleased to welcome bestselling author Linda Edgecombe to the stage as our keynote speaker on Wednesday afternoon, which precedes elections for District 1, District 4 and the AAMDC Banquet taking place in Hall D–featuring music from Domino and a comedic performance from Ol’ Ugly.

Convention will wrap-up Thursday, November 15 with Government Day. Provincial Perspectives: Alberta’s Opposition Parties will kick-off the morning, followed by the Ministerial Forum, an address from Premier Alison Redford and the MLA luncheon.

A complete convention agenda can be found here or refer to the attached file.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Cindy Carstairs
Convention & Administrative Coordinator

Kim Heyman
Director of Advocacy & Communications



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