2018 LGLA Leadership Forum

2018 LGLA Leadership Forum – Leading to the Finish: Reflections on a Term in Office

January 31-February 2, 2018 – Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond

The 2018 Leadership Forum took place January 31-February 2 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond. Our theme for this final Forum of the 2014-18 electoral term was Leading to the Finish: Reflections on a Term in Office. Concurrent sessions were held on the main day of the Forum under the streams Overcoming Challenges, Moving Forward, and Celebrating Achievements. Over 140 elected officials and senior administrators from local governments and First Nations communities from all over the province attended. We welcomed an incredible array of speakers and panelists and sessions were held on everything from social media, to cannabis legalization, to wildfire recovery, to local government-First Nations partnerships, to women in local government, and more.

Our thanks to everyone who made the Forum such a success and we look forward to reconnecting with our local government family at the 2019 Elected Officials Seminar (EOS) Series — eight events held around the province for newly elected and returning elected officials after the October 2018 local government election.


2018 Leadership Forum Photo Album



Forum Program

Forum Announcements

Wednesday, January 31 Sessions

* Keynote Address: Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute

* Sponsor Remarks, Joslyn Young, Public Affairs BC, CN

* Responsible Conduct: Codes of Conduct, from Principles to Action! Facilitator: Reece Harding, Panelists:Mayor Andy Adams, Director Wendy Booth, Mayor Jonathan Cote

Thursday, February 1 Sessions

* UBCM Clinic – Building Housing Affordability, Director Wendy Booth, Josh van Loon, Mayor Greg Moore

* Social Media Survival Strategies, Jan Enns

Women in Local Government, Facilitator: Mayor Josie Osborne, Panelists: Mayor Sharon Gaetz, MP Sheila Malcolmson, Sonia Theroux, Director Aimee Watson

* BC Ideas Exchange: Community Economic Development Showcase, Facilitator: Colleen McCormick, Panelists: Mayor Mike Clay, Kevin Cormack, Sagar Saxena, Terry Van Horn

* Learning from the Summer 2017 Forest Fires, Facilitator: Director Al Richmond, Panelists: Kevin Boon, Krista Dunleavey, Mayor Lyn Hall, Chief Ann Louie, Milo Macdonald, Stephanie Masun, Inspector Jeff Pelley

* Dam it! Channeling Negative Pressure into Positive Change, Janice Otremba

* Local Government-First Nations Partnership Stories, Facilitator: Joel McKay, Panelists: Chair John Jack, Councillor Murry Krause, Councillor Peter Newbery

* Open Discussion Forum on Governance Issues, Councillor Arjun Singh & Peter Urbanc

Friday, February 2 Sessions

BC Assessment Clinic – BC Assessment: Past, Present & Future, Michael Spatharakis

MIABC Clinic – You’re Canadian! How hard can it be to say I’m sorry? Tom Barnes & Sherman Chow

Legalizing Cannabis: The Role of Local Governments, Bill Bullhozer

Why Should Local Governments Care about Global Capital Markets? Peter Urbanc

Preparing for the 2018 General Local Election, Michell Dann & Louise Sawdon

New Economic Development Opportunities & Alternative Revenue Sources, Don Lidstone

Thank you to our 2018 LGLA Leadership Forum Sponsors:

BC Assessment



Lidstone & Company Local Government Lawyers

Local Government Management Association

Municipal Finance Authority of BC

Municipal Insurance Association of BC

Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

Union of BC Municipalities

Young Anderson Barristers & Solicitors

For more information contact LGLA at info@lgla.ca.

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