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Employment Contracts for CAOs

  • 10 Mar 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Zoom


  • To access this event for free, your 2023 membership fees must be paid and you must register using the same email as your LGAA account.


What do CAOs and professional sports coaches have in common? They are often asked to leave the team.

Some may find this funny, but the truth is the CAO position can be an incredibly unstable role due to its closeness to the political activities and interests of council. When things are not going as council envisions, the CAO is often left to blame, resulting in their termination. This is why CAOs should be prepared to negotiate a contract that protects their personal interests.

On March 10, LGAA will host a webinar to talk about design and negotiations for CAO employment agreements. This 75-minute webinar will cover topics on:

  • What questions you should be asking council in your interview,
  • How to approach negotiations of your compensation package,
  • What types of protections should be in a CAO’s employment contract, and
  • What to do if you see some red flags before accepting the agreement.


Members            Free

Non-Members  $75 + GST

Who should attend?

Current or aspiring chief administrative officers. 


This panel discussion will be moderated by LGAA President Jason Wallsmith and will feature expertise and insights from:

Michael Aasen, Lawyer

Michael is a Partner with McLennan Ross LLP where he specializes in employment law advising and representing employers and executives on all aspects of the employee-employer relationship. Michael is an experienced advocate with extensive trial, tribunal and administrative hearing experience.

Rudy Friesen, CAO

After an extensive career in agriculture and exhibition management, Rudy joined the municipal sector in 2021 as the CAO for the Village of Cremona and now serves as the CAO for the Town of Bowden.

Ryan Leuzinger, CAO and LGAA 2nd Vice President

Ryan has 15 years’ experience in the municipal sector in a range of leadership roles. This includes experience as the CAO for the Town of Sundre and Town of Milk River, and now as the CAO for the Town of Three Hills.

Laura Swain, CAO

After four years with the Government of Alberta, Laura joined Parkland County in 2016 where she has held leadership roles in corporate and strategic planning, corporate services, and has now been the CAO for the County since 2020.

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