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Conference & TRADE SHOW

Back by Popular Demand!

LGAA invites municipal administrative leaders and professionals of all levels and backgrounds to attend our 2024 Conference and Trade Show on June 19-21 in the beautiful mountain setting of Canmore, Alberta. Last year, members told us they loved the change in location and we heard you! Building off of the momentum of last year’s conference, we are excited to continue to offer delegates a robust educational program and plenty of opportunities to build relationships, grow your network, and learn from your municipal colleagues from around Alberta.

The Pre-Conference (June 18) will feature your choice of:

  • Golf Tournament 
  • Hiking 
  • Rafting Tour 

Conference Session Line up includes the following Topics: 

  • Leadership & Crisis Communication
  • CAO Employment Agreements
  • Break The Chain of Negative Engagements – Strategies for Engaging A Positive Community
  • Transformative Power of “AI” Artificial Intelligence in Local Government . A glimpse into Efficiency and Decision Making
  • Leading Engaged Workplaces – The impact of teams on employee engagement
  • Engineering Your Grants

Conference Events include :

  • Live Entertainment
  • Energized Breakout Sessions
  • Superb Keynote Speakers x 2
  • Interactive Networking Opportunities
  • Company Showcase

June 18-20, 2025 

 Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre

511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB (view map link)

View Conference Program Here

Keynote Speakers

Pamela Barnum

Calgary, Alberta

Former Undercover Police Officer | Trust Strategist | Non-verbal Communication Expert

Pamela Barnum is a former undercover police officer and federal prosecutor turned non-verbal communication expert and trust strategist. When you take decades of experience, including her unique background of working deep undercover in the drug enforcement section, followed by a rewarding legal career, you get real-world strategies that help audiences crack the code on trust using proven field-tested techniques.

Juggling diverse stakeholder groups with distinct interests and roles leads to an inevitable clash of words and actions. What if you had a strategy to communicate trust quickly and easily without investing more time or money? Increasing trust solidifies relationships and increases profits.

Building on her experience in the criminal justice system, Pamela Barnum studied corporate negotiations in graduate school and now shares her experience, research, and expertise with candor, energy, and humor blending actionable strategies with memorable stories.

Deri Latimer

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Neuro-Leadership | Positive Psychology | Mindfulness | Resilience, Change Health & Wellness Expert

Deri Latimer is an organizational consultant, author, and TEDx speaker who uses research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and human performance to inspire people to create healthy and happy workplaces and communities. Deri draws from her personal experience of turning tragedy into purpose to deliver practical applications for maintaining a healthy brain.

Deri has a business degree and over 20 years of experience engaging audiences from various sectors. She is among the 17% of speakers worldwide who hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation. Deri inspires individuals and organizations to connect within themselves and with one another, manage radical change and find true purpose.

Offering cutting-edge educational experiences for organizations, Deri is certified in emotional intelligence, psychometric assessment, and neuro-linguistic programming. As a previous university instructor, she has designed and delivered full-credit courses and seminars in resilience, positive psychology, team building, and leadership development.

Deri is the author of three books: "Not Crazy, Just Human," "Wake Up To Your Habits," and "What's Your Story? You Decide." Her books provide a rich resource of strategies and tools to shift emotions, adjust thinking, and positively impact results.

Call out for Session Speakers - Thank you Everyone for your submissions  

The Local Government Administration Association of Alberta (LGAA) is accepting proposals for presentations at our upcoming annual Conference & Trade Show in Canmore on June 19-21, 2024. This opportunity is available to anyone – consultants, service providers, government representatives, municipal administrators, and anyone with an interest in sharing knowledge with Alberta’s municipal administrative professionals.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Speaker  Proposal - Submissions are now CLOSED until 2025 

Registration Fees

Member $625 + GST
Non-Member $800 + GST
Municipal Intern* $130 + GST

The registration fee gives you access to all sessions, the tradeshow, hospitality suites, and includes refreshment snacks, breakfast (3), lunch (2), and dinner (1). 

Note 1: To receive the member rate, your membership fee must be paid for the current year and you must sign up using the email address that is linked with your membership. 
Note 2: If you work for a municipality and have never been a member, you can sign up for a membership for as little as $112.50 under our First-Time Member promotion.
Note 3: Members that have a remaining balance from a First-Time Member event voucher may claim the credit during registration by following these instructions


The Conference & Trade Show will be held at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre at 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore.   Accommodations for the discounted Conference Rate are now SOLD OUT at the Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre. For alternative hotels, please book early as rates will increase significantly for May & June.  

Alternative Accommodations include the following

Mountain View Inn 4-minute walk

Basecamp Lodge Canmore 6-minute walk

Basecamp Resorts Canmore 6-minute walk

Grande Canadian Rockies Resort 6-minute walk

Blackstone Mountain Lodge 10-minute walk

Falcon Crest Lodge 10-minute walk

Lamphouse by Basecamp 11-minute walk

Canmore Inn & Suites 12-minute walk

Super 8 by Wyndham 15-minute walk

5 Reasons You Should Attend LGAA's 2024 Conference

  1. Networking --- Connect face-to-face with other municipal administrative professionals from around Alberta.
  2. Professional development --- Each session will explore critical skills and knowledge that you can apply when you return to the office.
  3. Be inspired --- Our keynote speakers will help you reflect on life, shape your thoughts, and strategize for your personal and professional future.
  4. Gather knowledge and support your peers --- Invest in yourself and help better the administrative community by sharing your expertise with your peers at the Conference.
  5. The Canmore experience --- Join other delegates to golf, hike, tour downtown, take a rafting tour, dog cart tour, or enjoy a morning walk or run through Canmore’s expansive trail system.

Pre-Conference Activities 

Guided Rafting Tour of the Bow River

LGAA is pleased to partner with Canmore River Adventures to offer a guided scenic raft tour as one of our pre-conference activities the day before our 2024 Conference & Trade Show.

When: June 18, 2024 3:00 PM, MDT
Where: Canmore Public Boat Launch, Canmore, AB
Cost: $49

Golf Tournament - SOLD OUT 

As part of our pre-conference activities, LGAA is pleased to be hosting a scramble format (AKA "best ball") 18-hole golf tournament at the scenic Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta on the morning of June 18, 2024.  Golf Details HERE

This event IS SOLD OUT  Register here 

The primary goal of this event is the opportunity to network with other municipal administrators and sponsor vendors. As such, we encourage players of all skill levels to sign up whether you golf every weekend or once every decade.

Join us for a fun day on the tees with free food and a chance to win some prizes.   

Trade Show is SOLD OUT  

We are pleased to once again host a Trade Show as part of our 2024 Conference. The Trade Show will be held on June 20, 2024 at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre. Click here to view the Trade Show package.


We are offering a variety of sponsorship options for our 2024 Conference, the golf tournament, and other events this year. For details, please visit our Partners page. If you would like to be a Sponsor check out our  Sponsorship Package 

Thank You to the Volunteer Conference Committee

Thank you to our LGAA Members  for helping to organize our 2024 Conference : 

Melanie Samson - Chair 

Richard Binnendyk

Rudy Friesen

Rachel Wueschner

Crystal Letwin 

Jaye Parrent 

Ryan Leuzinger

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