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Annual Conference

April 4-6, 2018 | Red Deer, Alberta

Speaker Schedule and Session Descriptions

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Margot Ross Graham - Be the Leader Your Employees Expect
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

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 Keuhen - The New Normal - Cyber Security Awareness
11:00 - Noon

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
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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)
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

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
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

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
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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

Marianne Ryan - Alberta's Ombudsman: The Benefits of an Impartial Third Party
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

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)
11:45 - 1:00 p.m.

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!

Signature Events

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AUMA Hospitality Night | 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Join the AUMA for a night of fun, food and networking.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Hour | 6:00 p.m.
Please join us as the Alberta Small Brewers Association takes us on a tasting adventure of some of Alberta’s newest craft breweries. Beers will be supplied from Siding 14, Blindman and Troubled Monk.

LGAA Banquet: Denim & Diamonds | 7:00 p.m.
This year, our banquet night will feature two amazing acts that will keep you entertained all night long. Feel free to dress up in your finest diamonds or dress down in your favourite denim!

SHINE is a semi-professional song & dance ensemble comprised of dynamic and energetic young adults. SHINE will capture your imagination and bring you on a journey of spell-binding song and dance.

Outlaw Country provides some high energy entertainment which showcases their love for country swing. Outlaw Country provides introductory lessons for the audience so you may want to wear your cowboy boots and stetsons!


Looking to connect with decision makers from across the province? LGAA members are influential in both advocacy and municipal spending. The LGAA Conference & Trade Show is a great way to connect with new and current clients and to build your network of municipal professionals. 

For more information, please contact Kurtis Pratt.

DIAMOND | $3,000 +
  • Special signage indicating your sponsorship
  • Opportunity to deliver a brief message to delegates
  • Four (4) complimentary passes for representatives to attend the banquet
  • Two (2) complimentary passes for representatives to attend the conference
  • Opportunity to place marketing material into the delegate packages
  • Primary advertising space on the LGAA Website/e-newsletter
PLATINUM | $2,000
  • Inclusion on signage indicating your sponsorship
  • Opportunity to introduce sessions and deliver a brief message
  • Two (2) complimentary passes for representatives to attend  the conference
  • Opportunity to place marketing material into the delegate packages
  • Advertising on the LGAA Website/e-newsletter 
GOLD | $1000
  • Inclusion on signage indicating your sponsorship
  • One (1) complimentary pass for a representative to attend the conference
  • Opportunity to place marketing material into the delegate packages
  • Advertising on the LGAA Website/e-newsletter 
SILVER | $500
  • Inclusion on signage indicating your sponsorship
  • Opportunity to place marketing material into the delegate packages
  • Recognition on the LGAA Website
  • Inclusion on sponsor signage at conference


Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre | HOST HOTEL
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer
Online Reservations

When calling to book a room, please let the reservation agent know that you are attending the LGAA conference and trade show. 

Sandman Hotel
2818 Gaetz Avenue, Red Deer
Online Reservations
Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly the Red Deer Lodge)

4311-49 Avenue, Red Deer
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Exhibitor Information

Join us at our annual trade show and connect with one of the single largest purchasing groups within Alberta. Our trade show will help put your firm in front of potential clients and set the stage for networking with you and conference delegates. 

Click here to download the registration form. 

Set Up Schedule

April 4, 2018 | 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
April 5, 2018 | 6:30 am to 7:30 am

Show Schedule

April 5, 2018| 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

For more information, please contact Candace Hewko, Trade Show Coordinator at (780) 525-2855 or by email at tradeshow@lgaa.ab.ca


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