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  • 1 Mar 2018 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year's program offers an exciting speaker line-up and a dynamic trade show experience. Delegates can now register online for the conference. 

    Click here to register

    Speaker Schedule

    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!

  • 16 Feb 2018 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAMDC, in partnership with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and Alberta Municipal Affairs, is pleased to announce the release of two separate tools for municipalities to assist in the implementation of the recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The two tools are:

    The revised MGA requires all municipalities to develop a council code of conduct; however, the province has left the details of each municipality’s code of conduct to be determined locally. The MGA also requires that municipalities to develop a public participation policy and a public notification bylaw if they choose to use notification methods beyond the methods that are currently used. These tools provide both background and templates for these important changes.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Policy Analyst, Matt Dow at matt.dow@aamdc.com.

  • 16 Feb 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alberta Municipal Affairs is hosting workshops on Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) in in various locations throughout Alberta over the next few months.  The following dates and locations have been confirmed, with venues and RSVP information to be updated regularly:

    The workshops are designed to provide the opportunity for representatives of bordering municipalities to work directly together and jointly assess what work and strategic approach is needed to complete their ICFs and IDPs by April 1, 2020. 

    Mayors/Reeves and CAOs from each municipality are invited to attend, along with the Mayors and CAOs of bordering municipality/municipalities, to ensure you attend the same workshop and start this important work together. 

    Please coordinate and mark your calendars with the date and location you will be attending with your municipal neighbour(s). Visit auma.ca/events for details on each workshop.

  • 16 Feb 2018 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting will be held at 12 noon Wednesday April 4, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, 3310-50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta.

    To view the AGM Notice, click here!

  • 12 Feb 2018 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUMA is pleased to share a resource on amending municipal bylaws in advance of the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. This resource was developed by Brownlee LLP at the request of Aurora Cannabis to assist municipalities in amending their land-use bylaws to regulate cannabis retail sales.

    For more specific information or advice on this topic, please contact Brownlee LLP. Additional municipal resources on cannabis, including information on AUMA’s related advocacy, in available on the AUMA website.

  • 12 Feb 2018 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the Larry Majeski Bursary fund, where recipients will receive $1,200 to offset the registration and accommodation fees for the Mountain Refresher Administration Leadership Workshop (May 15 ‐18, 2018).  

    Deadline to apply for the Larry Majeski Bursary is Feb 28, 2018. 

    Funded and managed by the SLGM, this year, up to eight applicants may be selected to receive the Bursary, and even though the SLGM oversees the Bursary, applicants are not required to be members. The SLGM Board will review applications and select the winning recipients by March 30, 2018.

    The Mountain Refresher Administration Leadership Workshop is a 2 ½ ‐day educational event, with the Kananaskis Mountains as its backdrop. The courses are designed to meet the needs of municipal government professionals, who are looking for an educational experience that provides practical skills for dealing with contemporary issues. 

    Larry Majeski, former CAO of Leduc County, who suddenly lost his life after a tragic accident in 2011, was a long‐standing member of the SLGM, and a strong advocate of the Mountain Refresher Administration Leadership Workshop – believing that we should never stop learning and always keep improving.  


  • 12 Feb 2018 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) boasts over 900 members and serves a pivotal role in ensuring the financial well being of local government in our province.

    This spring, the GFOA has a number of workshops and seminars designed to deepen attendees' understanding of municipal finance which can contribute to financial health for their communities. These opportunities include:
    • Stakeholder relations
    • Capital planning
    • Municipal Fundamentals
    • Leadership
    • Long-term planning
    • Budget analyst academy
    • Preparing audit working papers (webinar)
  • 31 Jan 2018 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 31 Jan 2018 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention: Chief Administrative Officers, Municipal Clerks and Census Coordinators

    Alberta Municipal Affairs will be delivering training sessions on how to conduct a municipal census based on the updated Determination of Population Regulation, and the 2015 Municipal Census Training manual. The session is designed to help census coordinators effectively plan and carry out a census.

    The sessions are offered at no cost to municipalities and Métis Settlements. However, participants are responsible for all associated travel costs. Lunch will be provided at both of the sessions.

    The Municipal Census Training Sessions are scheduled on the following dates and locations:

    Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: City Hall - Council Chambers, 400 Main Street SE, Airdrie, AB T4B 3C3

    Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Boardrooms 1704 and 1705, 17th Floor, Commerce Place, 10155 - 102nd Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 4G8

    Registration deadline is February 9, 2018. Registration will be capped at 35 participants per session.

    To register, please go to our online registration system at:


    If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the Municipal Census Training Sessions, please contact Kim Moore, Municipal Information Advisor by email at lgs.update@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-422-8303.

  • 25 Jan 2018 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In December 2016, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled that access to broadband internet is a basic telecommunications service. The decision set new targets for broadband internet access services including 90 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses having access to fixed broadband services by 2021, with download speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps.

    Service levels and quality of broadband service range throughout the province. Therefore, following the CRTC decision, the Government of Alberta decided to work towards a future where every Albertan has access to a good quality internet connection.

    To help achieve this, this survey will gather information that will help inform the development of recommendations for a Provincial Broadband Strategy.

    Click here to access the survey. 

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