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2019 Annual Conference

Sheraton Hotel | Red Deer, Alberta - April 3-5, 2019

2019 Speakers and Schedule

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8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20 am  | Official Welcome & Greetings from President

9:20 - 9:30 am | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by Trinus 

9:30 - 10:30 am | Ask More, Not Less: How to Fix Burnout and Unlock Performance | Presented by Brady Wilson, Juice Inc.

Are you burning out superstars? When you need to get stuff done fast- and right- who do you go to? Your go-to people. 
But this has a shelf-life. Your superstars end up overwhelmed and everybody else underutilized. The solution is surprising: ask for more...but the right kind of more. It'll get you results and leave your employees both engaged and energized. You will learn how to keep people from acting out, checking out, and burning out. 

10:30 - 11:00 am | Networking Break  

11:00 - 11:10 am | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by our Diamond Partner AUMA

11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Session | Top Ten Promising Practices of How Municipalities Can Create More Inclusive Communities | Presented by Darren Reedy from AUMA

There are numerous examples across Canada of how municipal governments are taking steps to be more inclusive employers, service providers, and leaders to overcome issues of social exclusion. This session will explore the value of inclusive organizations and highlight the most unique, practical and cost-efficient examples of how municipal governments can take action.

12:00 - 1:00 pm | AGM Lunch 
Attention members! Join us at the AGM and listen to the latest news from LGAA. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM), and the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators' Association (ARMAA) will also be on hand to bring greetings and highlight their work. 

1:00 - 2:30 pm | Caucus Session  | Brownlee LLP

Join municipal staff (from communities similar in size to yours) in a discussion about issues, best practices and more! 
New this year: Lawyers from Brownlee LLP will be present at each session for a bear-pit style question period.

2:30 - 2:50 pm | Networking Break 

2:50 - 3:00 pm | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by Brownlee LLP

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Unleashing Your Disruptive Behaviour | Presented by Graham Sherman, Tool Shed Brewing Company

The concept of “Disruptive Marketing” has become so buzz-wordy that we often mistake simply being “innovative” with being disrupting. Truly standing out in a tough economy, against monster-sized competition requires the use of part of our brains we don’t often access. In fact, we’ve been taught to suppress our disruptive behaviour since childhood - but now it’s time to harness those powers of disruption for the benefit of successes. After hearing Graham’s stories and insights, you’ll walk away incredibly inspired and with a clear path to unleashing your own disruptive behaviour to transform your approach to business.

4:00 - 5:30 pm | Super Session | Beer Tasting | Tool Shed Brewing Company

5:30 - 9:00 pm | Hospitality Suite | Presented by our Diamond Partner AUMA


8:00 - 10:00 am | Breakfast in Tradeshow Area
Network with vendors from across the Province during breakfast.  

10:00 - 10:05 am | Greetings 

10:05 - 10:15 am | Sponsor Spotlight

10:15 - 11:30 am | Session | Flexing Your Vocal Muscle: Powerful Public Speaking Techniques | Presented by Nicola Crosbie

The voice is the most powerful instrument you have to communicate your message. Your choice of words, inflection, and volume contribute to how deeply you connect to the hearts of your audience. This session provides you with tools and techniques to energize and spark your confidence to speak to a group of five or a crowd of one thousand. 

11:30 am - 1:15 pm | Lunch in Tradeshow Area

Network and chat with vendors one last time. Stick around for some great prizes! 

1:15-1:20 pm | Sponsor Spotlight

1:20 - 2:30 pm | Peer Panel | Leadership in Turbulent Times w/ Kelly Kloss, Stephane Labonne, & Joyce Tustian | Moderated by Tom Goulden

This session will include leadership lessons learned through experience.  Hear from seasoned municipal leaders as they discuss insights gained from leading Council, staff and their communities.  Challenging times require inspired leadership; this interactive session will give you a chance to listen and ask questions of those who have been through numerous challenges.

2:30-2:45 pm | Networking Break

2:45-2:50 pm | Sponsor Spotlight

2:50 - 3:00 pm | Mini Session | Western Canada Municipal Innovation Survey | Presented by Chris Lavin, MNP Consulting Services
How do we keep up? What can we do differently? What are our peers doing, and can we do the same? These are questions on the minds of many municipal executives and seemingly never enough time to explore as deeply as we want. There is a lot of value in gathering and sharing insights into what Western Canadian municipalities are doing. MNP's Innovation Survey will dive into these questions.

3:00 - 4:00 pm |  Legal Session | Municipalities Under Attack - Ransomware and Privacy Breaches | Presented by Brownlee LLP 

Canadian municipalities have become the next target of ransomware attacks. This along with privacy breaches means you must be vigilant and proactive in securing electronic networks to protect from such attacks. This session will discuss the legal implications of ransomware attacks and privacy breaches and the obligations of municipalities to secure data. 

6:00 pm | Cocktails & Banquet | Recognitions for Years of Service | Entertainment (Casino Royale)   

Celebrate our Diamond Anniversary, James Bond style! Join us for a Vegas experience that will challenge experienced players and teach the new without "breaking the bank." All conference delegates will be provided with fun money to play the night away. Dealer-manned tables include Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Craps. 

If, gambling isn't for you, enjoy a cocktail or two in the GLOW LOUNGE. The LED light cubes provide the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle all night long.


8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast 

9:00 - 9:05 am | Greetings

9:05 - 9:10 am | Sponsor Spotlight

9:10 - 10:10 am | Navigating the #metoo movement in a modern workplace and world | Presented by Nicole Dyer and Cara Casey-O'Loughlin

The Me Too movement continues to impact work place culture and has created a need to evolve policies and communications strategies. Work place harassment strategies impact your operations but now also fall under Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta. Hear from a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Communications Consultant on key legislation to be aware of, the requirements of investigations and tips on how and what to communicate to your team.

10:10 - 10:20 am | Networking Break

10:20 - 10:30 am | Sponsor Spotlight

10:30 - 11:45 am | Session | The Lost Art of Critical Thinking | Presented by W. Brett Wilson
Through demonstrating that 'words have meaning', Brett will share his frustration with our frequent lack of "critical thinking" over key issues facing Canada.  He takes simple concepts and challenges why we accept them to be true and encourage the audience to keep the conversation going.  Through this critical thinking analysis, he will share stories about this successes, mistakes, and how he found a work/life balance to prove that it is possible to success in business (and life) without losing principles.

11:45 am | Prize Draws  & Closing Remarks

2018 Annual Conference

Sheraton Hotel | Red Deer, Alberta - April 4-6, 2018

2018 Speakers

Click on any of the speaker names to visit their website. 
Full presentations can be found in the Members' section

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Margot Ross Graham - Be the Leader Your Employees Expect
It can be hard to find and keep great employees. Imagine the kind of leader you could be if you thought less about what you expect from your employees and more about what they should expect from you.

Jaycen Kuehn - The New Normal - Cyber Security Awareness
Risks to organizational data have never been greater than today. In an evolving, online, interconnected workplace the threat of ransomware and social engineering is increasing exponentially. This session will highlight real world examples and recommendations to help protect you, your team and your organization's digital assets.

Donald Lidstone - Bylaw Drafting
Attendees will learn how to capture council policy in bylaws, draft effective definitions, help to ensure validity and discourage attacks in court. This session will also highlight how to adopt user-friendly language, make regulatory bylaws enforceable, and share best practices from across Canada and the US.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dave Howlett - Suffering from EDD (Empathy Deficit Disorder)
This enjoyable and interactive workshop employs ‘the Empathy Toy’. This interactive puzzle game will teach you how to communicate better and to develop empathy skills. Be prepared to laugh, listen and learn!

Peer Panel: Inter-Municipal Collaboration and Partnerships
Municipalities have distinct characteristics according to geographical location, land base, population and services. Join us as we hear from several municipalities that are working towards a successful inter-municipal collaborative relationship. 

Michael Solowan - Brownlee LLP Legal Session
Michael Solowan from Brownlee LLP will explore some of today’s most pressing legal issues affecting local government. This session will provide attendees with the information they need to keep on top of today’s legal trends.

Terry Rock - Alberta's Small Brewers Association | A look at Alberta's Growing Craft Brewing Industry
Join us as we celebrate one of Alberta’s newest industries – Craft Beer! Terry Rock from the Alberta Small Brewers Association will be on hand to talk about craft brewing in Alberta and to educate attendees on how they can bring this new industry (and revenue) to their municipalities.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Marie Paturel, Senior Investigator - Alberta's Ombudsman: The Benefits of an Impartial Third Party
The Alberta Ombudsman presently provides oversight of the provincial government to ensure fair treatment through independent investigations, recommendations and education. This session will highlight how Alberta’s Ombudsman can influence local government.

Dialogue with Municipal Affairs
This interactive session will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from various Municipal Affairs staff on current activities.

Dave Howlett | How to Connect (like a Real Human Being)
This fast-paced and humorous session will show you an easy 3-step method to increase your self-awareness. You can use the RHB method to collaborate with others, become a servant leader, deal with stress and even reduce road rage!


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