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Navigating the Grey: The Political Administrative Interface

  • 13 Oct 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online Workshop


  • To qualify for the member rate, register using the same email as your membership profile.

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Strengthen your relationship with council

The relationship between municipal elected officials and staff is critical to the success of local government. Unfortunately, this relationship can be vulnerable to confusion over roles, poor communication, strategic misalignment, or lack of confidence. Municipal leaders overwhelmingly indicate that being skilled in political acuity – the ability to positively navigate the political/administrative interface – is key to personal leadership success.

LGAA is pleased to offer an in-depth virtual workshop where you and/or your staff will learn preventative and remedial strategies to enhance your relationship with council and lead to success in achieving your operational goals. Join municipal administrative leaders from across Alberta in this interactive, online workshop to learn and apply techniques and tools to ‘real time’ challenges.

What are the benefits of attending?

The workshop will include contemporary concepts, examples and ‘hands on’ activities to:

  • Utilize the diagnostic Core Functions Framework
  • Clarify elected official roles in the political realm
  • Determine responsibilities in the administrative realm
  • Utilize a political/administrative interface checklist
  • Develop preventive and remedial strategies for positive relationships
  • Enhance your capabilities to navigate the personal interface with elected officials
Who should attend?

Current or aspiring chief administrative officers, department managers, or supervisors who deal with municipal elected officials or officials that are appointed to local or regional boards, commissions, or agencies


The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Gordon McIntosh, CLGM who has 40 years of management, educator, and consultancy experience within local government. Gordon has conducted over 1,400 training sessions involving more than 150,000 elected/appointed officials and staff from regional, local, and Indigenous governments throughout Canada and overseas. Past session participants affirm that his dynamic and practical sessions enable them to make an immediate leadership difference. He will be joined by:

  • Norm McInnis - CAO for the District of Sooke, BC and former CAO of Fernie, BC and Olds, Alberta and former LGAA President. 
  • Pam Mood, Mayor of the Town of Yarmouth, NS and former President of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities
  • Jeff Gushue, CAO for the Town of Yarmouth, NS

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