LGLA 2022 Leadership Forum

Welcome To Forum 2022

In February of 2020, when LGLA held the annual Forum at the Radisson, no one could have possibly known that it would be precisely two years before we had the opportunity to meet again in person.

After two years, with a  very successful virtual 2021 Forum and other on-line engagements under our belt, and having learned a multitude of new skills, the LGLA is ready to welcome you  back to learn and share in person.

The theme for this year’s Forum tells it all: “Leadership Under Pressure…Reflections on an Extraordinary Term”.

Whether you are a Councillor, Mayor, Electoral Area Director,  CAO or First Nation leader in a rural, small, medium sized or large metropolitan community,  you have faced and stood up to pressures that really tested your leadership skills. Often there was no script; we all wrote history as we stood together while staying apart, and collaborated to come through the events of 2020-2021.

The leaders of this term have extraordinary stories and  skills to share – and we all have so much we can still gain from others.  Please register for the Forum and bring what you have learned – and still want to learn – to this much-anticipated annual event in the Local Government calendar!

Day 1 Highlights – Wednesday February 9


Main Foyer, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Opening Ceremonies

Join Laurey-Anne Roodenburg President of the Union of BC Municipalities and the Local Government Leadership Academy, plus special guests as she welcomes delegates to the 2022 LGLA Leadership Forum.

Keynote Address – Dr. Bonnie Henry

If anyone is well positioned to reflect on what they learned personally as a leader operating under pressure, it is BC’s own Dr. Bonnie Henry. LGLA is proud to present Dr. Henry as the 2022 Forum keynote. 

Elections Education – the Campaign Ahead

Join representatives from key partner organizations, for a session related to campaign financing and other  new rules  impacting those that are seeking local elected office in 2022

Indigenous Realities in British Columbia

Getting a better understanding of the realities that Indigenous neighbours face can create a stronger foundation for positive local government-Indigenous relationships. Join Councillor John Jack, Huu-ay-aht First Nation and Alberni Clayquot Regional District Director, as he moderates a panel of Indigenous leaders speaking about the various diverse realities for Indigenous people in BC today.

Networking Reception

Join presenters, organizers and delegates for the traditional Networking Reception to end Day 1.


Day 2 Highlights – Thursday, February 10


Grab some coffee, and get ready for Day 2.  Breakfast to be served in the main Foyer starting 7am!

Early Morning Roundtable on Mitigating Risk

LGLA Partners: MFA (Municipal Finance Authority); MIA (Municipal Insurance Association) and BCAA (BC Assessment Authority), describe trends ahead from their own unique perspectives and the risks that local governments can face.

Navigating Social Media Conversations in a Tense Climate: Stories and Solutions

There’s no question people are on edge, and rising anxiety and tensions are being played out in sharp conversations online.  As high-profile local government leaders, your social media presence often bears the brunt of attacks. Jan Enns,  Jan Enns Communications, and an esteemed panel of leaders – who have been actively and successfully navigating the stormy waters – tell their stories and offer solutions for grabbing control of your vessel and staying the course.

Refreshment Break

To be served in the main Foyer

LGMA Plenary – Forging a Path to Responsible Conduct

Codes of conduct are becoming increasingly common in BC, but for many it remains challenging to know where to start to decide on developing a code of conduct and how to start the conversation about creating a code of conduct around your council or board table.  What do you need to know first?  When is a good time to start? What would a good code of conduct look like? What do you do when the conversation gets hard?  These are all good questions that should be asked along the journey of creating a comprehensive code of conduct that can reflect the commitment of a council or board to responsible conduct. Led by Alison Habkirk, Local Government Management Association (LGMA), the plenary will focus on how to start and continue the conversation with your elected colleagues about creating a new, or revising an existing, code of conduct.  Hear from elected leaders and staff from local governments that have had this conversation, and bring your questions!

Address by The Minister for Municipal Affairs

A familiar face over the years at LGLA Forums, as the former Mayor of Tofino, The Honourable Josie Osborne, BC’s Minister for Municipal Affairs is expected to address the forum. 


MLA for Penticton and Municipal Affairs Critic, Dan Ashton,  to address the delegation.

Economic Recovery – Large and Small Communities Under Pressure

The need for economic recovery and transformation is a reality for all communities, large and small.  How to adapt, attract new businesses and workers, keep vibrant centres are universal challenges and  keys to economic resilience.  In part I, George P. Richard Benson, Manager, Economic Transformation, Vancouver Economic Commission will be introducing some new trends and key elements to implementing and sustaining a new economic vision for a community.    In part II, LGLA Board members Laurey-Anne Roodenburg (Councillor City of Quesnel) and Curtis Helgesen  (CAO of Bulkley Nechako) will call on real life examples, introducing case studies from small/mid-sized communities that have executed successful transformations with a new approach to their economic development.

Impacts of Climate Change – What Is an Emergency?

Heat domes, air quality, flooding and unprecedented wild fires… BC was faced with all of these emergencies.  Climate change is impacting what emergencies look like now and in the future – so local governments may need to change their  definition of emergency preparedness. Communities that are pro-active and are taking steps to adapt their approach to issues such as flooding and wildfires share their experiences.  

Refreshment Break

A representative of   BCGreen Party is expected to  address the delegation just before we break for some refreshments.

Asset Management – What’s Your Legacy?

Asset management provides critical information on the costs, service levels and risks associated with delivering infrastructure services. What do we want and more importantly, what are we willing to pay for?  Join Christina Benty, the former-Mayor of the Town of Golden, as she hosts this powerful and entertaining account of why Asset Management is so important for local governments today.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion = Belonging, Dignity and Justice;

Racism and discrimination are fundamental issues facing organizations of all kinds and society as a whole.  Local governments that don’t proactively tackle racism and discrimination could also expose themselves to potential legal action, for example, in relation to their workplace policies, procurement policies, and services they provide to the public.

Lidstone & Company lawyers introduce their free model Anti- Racial Discrimination and Anti-Racism Policy  which has served as a starting point for some communities to build their first anti-racism policy. Panel discussion will feature leaders invited from some of these communities.

What Did I Learn in This Term of Office to Make Me a Better Leader

City of Kamloops Councillor Arjun Singh  hosts an interactive session for members of the audience to share with a panel of leaders their thoughts on this question… and to generally reflect on their terms of office!

Networking Reception…and some Surprise Entertainment – End of Day 2

Join presenters, organizers and delegates 5:00pm-6:00pm for a second networking reception to end Day 2.  Light refreshments will be served in the Foyer, as co-hosts Jan Enns and Christina Benty bring to stage some hidden musical talents from your fellow delegates.

Day 3 Highlights – Friday, February 11


Breakfast to be served in the main Foyer starting 7am on final day of Forum 2022.

Cyber Security

Join Young Anderson’s team of Lawyers for a presentation on a new reality topic: legalities and risks associated with CyberSecurity.

Decision-Making Under Financial Pressure – Municipal Finance Authority

Local governments have to deal with financial pressures to continue to fund infrastructure and services while having to face various pressures  that can erode conventional sources of income. Peter Urbanc, the CAO of the Municipal Finance Authority, and invited guests will explore what tools are at the disposal of local government for more stability and long term investment.

Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) – This Hour Has 60 Minutes

UBCM Executive representatives and staff explore a number of issues, including the different elements of effective advocacy; it is not just about writing up a Resolution, but also about being prepared, reaching out to the provincial government, monitoring and following up on your issue

Mental Health and Personal Resilience

Leadership is difficult in the best of times.  In this last term however, we have all had to deal with issues that were without precedent. How can leaders enhance their own personal resilience, especially at a time when the pressure was to sprint all the time even though the “race” was actually a marathon…

Forum Closing Remarks – Grand Prize Draw – Cathy Watson Award Presentation

LGLA President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg closes the Leadership Forum, announces the winner of the Grand Prize Draw and presents the Cathy Watson Award.

LGLA Forum Ends Friday February 11th at 11:30 AM

Registration Information

Cost: $395 + GST

Registration Deadline: Friday February 4th, 2022

Cancellation Deadline: Full Refund up to and including January 28, 2022

Register via the CivicInfo link


Hotel Information

Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond

Complimentary shuttle  to and from Vancouver International Airport

Location  in the heart of Richmond, steps away from the Canada Line, providing  easy access to Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport

Complimentary parking  for overnight guests

Complimentary use of fitness facilities and indoor pool

24 Hour Business Centre

100% non-smoking  facility

Hotel Website

Rates: $169 + Taxes Single/Double Occupancy

Please mention special LGLA Forum Delegate Rate when you reserve directly with the hotel at:  reservations@radissonvancouver.com

Provincial Health Regulations

Local Government Leadership Academy in conjunction with the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel will be adhering to up to date Provincial Health Regulations, including requiring proof of full vaccination status.

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