LGLA 2022 Leadership Forum

The 2022 LGLA Forum, “Leadership Under Pressure…Reflections on an Extraordinary Term”, was an upbeat, reenergizing wave of positivity that swept the delegation.   Thank you for being there, thank you for joining us.  Please enjoy the legacy material and pictures from the event posted here…

2022 Program brochure and program at a glance

LGLA is grateful to the following sponsors and program partners:

Day 1 – Wednesday April 6

Opening Ceremonies

Laurey-Anne Roodenburg President of the Union of BC Municipalities and the Local Government Leadership Academy, along with Acting Mayor Linda McPhail from the city of Richmond and Councillor Rosalind Campbell from the Musqueam Nation, welcomed the delegates!

Keynote Address – Dr. Bonnie Henry

BC’s own Dr. Bonnie Henry, delivered the 2022 Forum keynote address, reflecting on personal experiences, the evolution of pandemic response, plus other significant issues such as mental health and the opioid crisis. The keynote was delivered in an interview format with LGLA Board Member, Mayor of the District of Sooke, Maja Tait, posing the interview questions.

Elections Education – the Campaign Ahead

Ministry of Municipal Affairs Staff  presented an informative session related to campaign financing and other new rules impacting those seeking local elected office in 2022:

Arielle Guetta -Senior Planning Analyst, Local Government Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Samantha Kolb – Program Analyst, Local Government Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Jodi Cooke – Executive Director, Electoral Finance, Elections BC

Mark Thompson – Team Lead, Compliance Services, Elections BC

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. Councillor John Jack, Huu-ay-aht First Nation and Alberni Clayquot Regional District, welcomes a panel of leaders speaking about the various diverse realities for Indigenous people in BC today.  


Crystal Smith, Elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation

Wahmeesh(Ken Watts),Tseshaht First Nation – Elected Chief Councillor 

Networking Reception Day 1

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

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Day 2 Highlights – Thursday, April 7


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.

Social Media Conversations – New Horizons: Stars, Stories, Solutions

Main Ballroom, 9:00am-10:15am

As high-profile local government leaders, your social media presence is a crucial element of your communication with your public. Even more so in these tumultuous times. Join Jan Enns (Jan Enns Communications) in an interactive session featuring esteemed leaders – who have been actively and successfully navigating the sometimes stormy waters – as they tell their stories and offer solutions for grabbing control of your vessel, staying the course, and exploring new horizons.


Mayor Lori Ackerman – City of Fort St. John

Mayor Richard Stewart – City of Coquitlam

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 Candace Witkowskyj, Executive Director, 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.  


WGRC presenter: Michelle Dann, Executive Director MMA Governance and Structure

Mayor Al Siebring, District of North Cowichan

Ted Swabey, CAO, District of North Cowichan

Mayor Henry Braun, City of Abbotsford

Peter Sparanese, City Manager, City of Abbotsford



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.  Mayor Maja Taitleads the session on how 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. experiences.Communities that are pro-active and are taking steps to adapt their approach to issues such as flooding and wildfires share their experiences. Special Guests: Marijke Edmondson, Strategic Advisor, Local Government, and Heather Brazier, Executive Director, Policy and Legislation, EMBC, who will be highlighting EMBC’s working relationship with the UBCM Flood and Wildfire Advisory Committee, and speaking about EPA modernization.

Refreshment Break

Asset Management – What’s Your Legacy? …“The Antidote to Asset Management Apathy”

Main Ballroom, 3:45pm-5:00pm

Asset management provides critical information on the costs, service levels and risks associated with delivering infrastructure services. It is about good decision making in a structural, systematic, and strategic way. It helps you make logical, rational, evidence-based decisions that target your limited resources and prioritize your infrastructure investments. It is the planning tool that helps you organize the future you want for your community and makes good business sense. This begs the questions:

What could possibly get in the way of evidence-based decision making?  Why do we ignore the things we should not ignore? Why do we not attend to the things we should attend to?

This session will illuminate the condition assessments of a different kind and explore the antidote to asset management apathy: Psychological Safety. Participants will leave with tools to conduct an organizational self assessment and help a healthy, safe, and brave organizational culture.

Presenter: Christina Benty, the former-Mayor of the Town of Golden.

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.

Networking Reception Day Two

Main Foyer, 6:00pm-7:00pm


Bonus…by Candle Light with Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg and Councillor Arjun Singh

Main Ballroom, 7:00pm-8:30 pm

Candid Conversations with City of Quesnel Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg and City of Kamloops Councillor Arjun Singh.  An interactive, dybnamic session for members of the audience to share their thoughts on leadership, and to reflect on their terms in office.

Day 3 Highlights – Friday, April 8

Breakfast of Champions

Main Foyer, 7:00am-8:30am

Cyber Security

Main Ball Room, 8:00am-8:45am

Join Sukh Manhas, Young Anderson Lawyers for a presentation on a new reality topic: legalities and risks associated with Cyber Security. Failure to maintain cyber security infrastructure can have significant impacts on a local government.  Cyber security breaches give rise to a number of privacy issues, and trigger various obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  In addition, where a third party suffers a reasonably foreseeable loss as a result of a cyber security breach, the actions of the local government involved may be the subject of a claim in negligence.  This session will canvas the privacy issues raised by a cyber security breach in the context of local government obligations to safeguard personal information, then canvas the liability issues raised by such a breach.

Address by Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley, Leader of the BC Green Party

Main Ball Room, 8:45am-9:00am 

Decision-Making Under Financial Pressure – MFA – Municipal Finance Authority

Main Ball Room, 9:00am-10:00am

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. 

Join Mayor of Fernie, Ange Qualizza and special guest Michael Moore, MA. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at Town of Creston, talking about real live experiences with lessons to pass on to elected officials.


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

Main Ball Room, 10:00am-11:00am (approximate)

We are all thrilled to be meeting again in person. So let’s put down our cell phones, iPads and laptops and have a conversation. Let’s spend a few minutes together talking, listening and lifting each other up. Join us in this upbeat session and discuss what we have learned as leaders and what we can build on as we move forward.  Let’s ditch the PowerPoint and just…talk!

Session Leaders:

Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, UBCM President

Mayor Maja Tait, Past President of UBCM

Gary MacIsaac, UBCM Executive Director


***Address by Nathan Cullen, Minister for Municipal Affairs***

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 April 8th at 11:30 AM


Registration Information

Cost: $395 + GST

Registration Deadline: Friday April 1st, 2022

Cancellation Deadline: Full Refund up to and including March 25, 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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