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2016 Recipients of FCM Awards of Excellence for International Programs Announced (11/02/2016)

OTTAWA – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced this year’s recipients of the Awards of Excellence for its international programs, in celebration of International Development Week (IDW).

Through its Awards of Excellence, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognizes Canadian municipal experts who have made an outstanding contribution to FCM’s international programs.

“On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and its members across Canada, I extend to you my most heartfelt thanks for your contribution to building inclusive and resilient communities around the world,” said Raymond Louie, acting Mayor for the City of Vancouver and FCM president.

Each year, more than 100 municipal experts from across Canada travel abroad to share their expertise with their counterparts in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. These partnerships promote economic development, gender equality and advance the myriad of opportunities that flow from effective democratic governance.

Through funding provided by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, FCM connects Canadian municipalities with local governments around the world, helping elected officials and municipal employees improve the lives of citizens and enrich their communities.

The following six Canadian municipal experts received a plaque recognizing their contribution to FCM’s international programs: 

  • Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development, County of Prince Edward, ON
  • Deborah Kulchiski, Executive Director, Tourism Langley, BC
  • Marilyn MacArthur, Manager, Business Development, Vulcan Business Development Society, Municipality of Vulcan, AB
  • David Milne, Local Economic Development Advisor, Osoyoos, BC
  • Jonathan Palardy, Agri-Food Development Officer , MRC D'Argenteuil, QC
  • Philip Powell, Manager Licensing, Permits & Markets, City of Ottawa, ON

International Development Week, held from February 7 – 13, is an initiative of Global Affairs Canada. Learn more about FCM International.


FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.

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