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2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show: Post-Conference Resources

2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show: Post-Conference Resources

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June 4-8, 2015
Shaw Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

The 2015 edition of FCM's Annual Conference and Trade Show, with a focus on the 2015 federal election, delivered informative and thought-provoking sessions designed to meet the unique professional development needs of municipal political leaders and senior staff. Under the theme Today's communities, tomorrow's Canada, the event was a huge success and brought together more than 1,700 municipal leaders from across the country.

New this year, this customizable PowerPoint presentation showcases key conference events and session highlights so you can share the Edmonton experience with your council, colleagues and community!

Please find below presentations of workshops and study tours and see how this information can benefit your community.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Friday, June 5, 2015 | Saturday, June 6, 2015 | Sunday, June 7, 2015 | Monday, June 8, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Delegate and Exhibitor Registration

4 - 5 p.m.

Regional Delegate Meetings

5 - 7 p.m.

Trade Show Official Opening and Reception

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Friday, June 5, 2015

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Delegate Registration

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

Sponsored by Yellow Pages

8:30 - 10 a.m.

President's Forum

Sponsored by Cement Association of Canada

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Trade Show

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Workshop: FCM Policy Marketplace

 

Ever wonder how FCM comes up with all our great policies and our advocacy strategies? How our Board of Directors collaborate and plan? Come and shop around our Policy Marketplace!

 

Through short, rotating information sessions you can meet and talk with all our FCM Committee Chairs and other Board members who will walk you through our processes and FCM plans and priorities for the coming year.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Workshop: Building a Culture of Civic and Political Engagement

Sponsored by CASL Cure

 

How can city councils do more to harness the energy, ideas and experiences of their citizens to enhance their decision-making processes and community well-being?

 

Join national and local citizen engagement experts as they share strategies, tools and insights on effective outreach and engagement.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Workshop: Fighting Urban Flooding — Partnerships, Prevention and Preparedness

Presented by Insurance Bureau of Canada

 

The cost of water damage from sewer back-up continues to rise. Our aging infrastructure deficit is now an estimated $55 billion. Insured losses as a result of water damage averaged almost $1 billion annually for the last five years and hit a staggering $3 billion in 2013.

 

Join our panel of experts as they review the latest tools in the fight against urban flooding and look at the consequences of flood risk. This workshop also examines best practices in other G7 countries, the importance of public and private-sector partnerships, and the need to raise awareness to help communities and homeowners prepare for the new reality. 

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Workshop: Smart Cities ― Don’t Get Left Behind

Presented by Cisco

 

Smart Cities are no longer a dream of the far future - they are a present-day reality that offers tangible benefits for governments and citizens. Yet many Canadian municipalities are still reluctant to adopt new technologies or are unsure how to begin the process. Hear from cities across Canada that are successfully making the transformation; including how and why they got started, results to date, and why you can't afford to wait any longer.

Speakers:

  • Shelley Rinehart, Deputy Mayor, City of Saint John
  • Barry Avis, Councillor, Town of Qualicum Beach
  • Bill Luchtmeijer, Councillor, Town of Qualicum Beach

Presentations:

12 - 12:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Trade Show Lunch

12:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Study Tours

Lunch provided

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Study Tours

Lunch provided

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Workshop: Asset Management ― What’s in it for my community?

All municipalities make difficult choices about how to direct limited funds and resources.  Learn how a robust asset management process can improve the defensibility and transparency of your council's decisions, while helping to prioritize investments that enhance your community's health and prosperity over the long term. Hear how other communities, large and small, are reaping the benefits from investing in asset management processes.

Presentations

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Workshop: Engaging Young Canadians in the 2015 Federal Election

Sponsored by Cisco

Students from across Canada will present the results of a "crowd-sourced" white paper entitled Our Communities, a Youth Agenda for Change. From innovative solutions to transit, jobs and climate change adaptation, young Canadians exchange their views on the issues that concern them - issues that will critical in coming elections. Join these young leaders, youth engagement organizations and FCM live and online to learn how your local government can support the next generation of Canadians.

Resources :

THE NATIONAL YOUTH WHITE PAPER: OUR COMMUNITIES A YOUTH AGENDA FOR CHANGE 

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Workshop: Leaders of Change – How can Municipalities Advance Global Democracy?

In Canada and around the world, municipalities are at the frontline in tackling development issues such as poverty reduction, economic prosperity, equality and security. This interactive session offers an opportunity to hear from organizations that are spearheading new approaches to advancing global democracy. Learn about the role municipalities can play and what global engagement of municipal leaders means.

Presentations

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Workshop: Finding New Monies without Increasing Taxes and User Fees

Presented by Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists

 

This session highlights revenue generation through municipal corporate sponsorships to fill the deficit void. It includes an update on the current landscape for municipalities and corporate sponsorship, and showcases several case studies from leading sponsorship programs in Canadian municipalities. The panel discussion offers an elected official's perspective, administration and industry consultant perspectives, with representation from large and small municipalities from the east and west.

Presentations:

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Policy Forum: Northern and Remote

 

Join us for a lively discussion led by members of FCM's Northern and Remote Forum on the key building blocks for sustainable communities in the territories and provincial north; including infrastructure, housing, the cost of living, and broadband connectivity.

10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Study Tour

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Delegate Registration

7:30 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Trade Show

8 - 9 a.m.

Resolutions Plenary

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Municipal First Responders ― Where We Are and Where We Are Headed

Presented by Motorola Solutions

 

In an era of limited budgets and rising costs for municipal first responder services, municipal leaders are faced with decreasing crime and fire rates, but increased calls for service.  Add to the mix the changing nature and complexity of crime - and the need to be prepared for large-scale natural and human-made emergencies - and the challenges reach unprecedented heights.

 

Panelists in this interactive session answer your questions on what, why and how our first responders do what they do and explore new approaches to delivering the services your community needs and expects.

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Advocacy, Strategy and Influence

 

Take part in a "Ted Talks" style strategy session that explores different methods of influencing decisions. Presenters take participants through proven advocacy techniques, paying particular attention to the local-federal context in light of the upcoming federal election. Ask questions and share your solutions in this unique behind-the-scenes look at advocacy actions that can lead to success for you and your organization.

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Nation Building from the Neighbourhood Up ― Digital Media and Mobilization

Presented by Yellow Pages

 

Nation building begins with dynamic neighbourhoods where people live and work; and healthy neighbourhoods are key to sustainable Canadian municipalities.

 

Municipalities, businesses, and non-profits all play a role in creating desirable neighbourhoods. It often starts with mobilization towards a common goal, and digital media can be a powerful tool in getting there. Hear examples from the municipal, business and non-profit sectors on using digital media to mobilize neighbourhoods and forge links between stakeholder groups.

Presentations:

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Go Global — Supporting Export Success

Sponsored by Port Metro Vancouver

 

Join International Trade Minister Ed Fast, trade policy experts on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement and representatives from the Government of Canada export support agencies for a one-stop workshop. Discover with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada how your municipality can work with businesses and all orders of government to build Canada's long-term economic competitiveness through increased access to the European Union's lucrative market and offer a competitive edge to all Canadians.

Presentation:

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Policy Forum: Increasing Women’s Participation in Local Government

 

FCM strives to ensure that women make up 30% of municipal councils - the minimum number to ensure that public policy reflects their needs. In Canada today, the number stands at 26%. Learn about FCM programming that aims to close this gap, hear success stories, discover tools and resources to bring these initiatives to your community, and discuss strategies with local champions from across the country.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Study Tours

Lunch provided

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Study Tours

Lunch provided

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Trade Show Lunch

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Workshop: Media 101 – Challenges and Opportunities

 

Learn how to get the attention you want, to handle the attention you don't want, and to get the messages you need into the media.

Presentation:

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Workshop: From Relationship Building to Mutual Prosperity ― The Future of First Nation–Municipal Collaboration

How do we grow mutually beneficial relationships and strong local economies between First Nations and municipalities? Learn from experienced panelists as they explore opportunities such as reconciliation dialogue, positive economic results from additions to reserve, practical collaboration on economic development, and land use planning.

Presentations:

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Workshop: Sustainable Urban Forests ― A Winning Plan

Presented by Tree Canada

 

Join Canada's leading urban forest resource and discover the benefits of developing an urban forest plan for communities of all sizes. Special guests share details on their best practices in dealing with a range of urban forest issues.

Presentations:

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Policy Forum: Rural

 

Learn more about FCM's Rural Forum and share your community's perspectives on the key policy issues that are critical to the future of rural Canada, including infrastructure, housing, and rural broadband.

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Investing in the Future ― Financing Municipal Infrastructure

Presented by The Canadian Union of Public Employees

 

Our cities and towns build and maintain the infrastructure that keeps us healthy, safe and strong.

 

With significant and growing responsibility for public infrastructure and services, municipalities need access to fair and sustainable revenue sources. This session explores the need for more and better revenues for municipalities of all sizes; assesses financing options for municipal infrastructure, including the viability of public-private partnerships; and explores progressive ways to harness local capital for community assets.

Presentations:

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Tom Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada

2:50 - 3:15 p.m.

Trade Show Coffee Break and Prize Draw

4 - 6 p.m.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015

Opening Ceremonies and Canada vs China game

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Mayor's Reception

Sponsored by Shaw Communications

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Delegate Registration

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Taking our Place at the Table ― FCM Scholarship Program Breakfast Fundraiser

Sponsored by Canadian Labour Congress

Presentation:

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9 a.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

9 - 11 a.m.

Annual General Meeting and Elections

11 - 11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Election of Board of Directors and Regional Chairs

Lunch provided

1:45 - 2 p.m.

Election Results

2 - 3 p.m.

Keynote: What Can Canadians Expect in the Upcoming Federal Election?

By Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Research  .

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Study Tours

3 - 5 p.m.

Study Tours

3 - 6 p.m.

Study Tours

6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.

City of Edmonton Festival Gala

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Monday, June 8, 2015

7 - 10 a.m.

Delegate Registration

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Farewell Breakfast

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Closing Plenary

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Study Tours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Study Tours

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