FCMI Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Programs (Institutional)
The Town of Truro, Nova Scotia
Since 2011, the Town of Truro has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping local governments Bolivia, Belize, Jamaica, and Guyana. As part of the Municipal Partners for Economic Development Program, municipal experts in Truro worked with their regional development agency, the University of Calgary and university students from Bolivia to provide water management expertise and training for agricultural producers in Cliza, Bolivia.
More recently, Truro contributed to the Caribbean Local Economic Development program, helping local governments tackle urban planning issues, develop traffic flow solutions and enhance service delivery to citizens.
The Municipality of Red Lake, Ontario
The Municipality of Red Lake is a great example of how local governments can engage the whole community in international development. Mayor Phillip Vinet has been a champion of the Sustainable and Inclusive Municipalities in Latin America program since its launch in 2015. He brings first-hand knowledge of the important role the local government plays in establishing a constructive relationship between mining companies and the community.
While in Antioquia, Colombia, Red Lake's Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer visited municipal staff and also spent time with youth, seniors and mining company representatives, to foster a better understanding of the needs of all community stakeholders. Red Lake's commitment to this project was most evident when the entire community pitched in to welcome partners from Colombia: they were treated to a traditional pow wow at Red Lake's City Hall, toured the underground mine, local museum and medical facility and enjoyed local tourist attractions.
Mike Badham Award — Outstanding individual contribution to FCMI programs
Karim Charef, Urban Planner, City of Montreal, Quebec
Karim Charef has been involved in the Haiti-Canada Municipal Cooperation Program since 2011. His expertise in urban planning has been put to good use in the training and mentoring of Port-au-Prince's urban planning technical staff, project managers and IT specialists. He helped his Haitian counterparts create databases to map out the city's assets and tax base, in order to increase tax revenues. This work will also help inform the city's future development and land management plan.