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Annual Conference

Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence and Building Network Strength

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, Red Deer, Alberta, APRIL 3-5 2019

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
Red Deer, Alberta

April 3-5, 2019 

Agenda Overview

Speaker Schedule and Session Descriptions

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8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20 am  | Official Welcome & Greetings from President

9:20 - 9:30 am | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by Trinus 

9:30 - 10:30 am | Ask More, Not Less: How to Fix Burnout and Unlock Performance | Presented by Brady Wilson, Juice Inc.

Are you burning out superstars? When you need to get stuff done fast- and right- who do you go to? Your go-to people. 
But this has a shelf-life. Your superstars end up overwhelmed and everybody else underutilized. The solution is surprising: ask for more...but the right kind of more. It'll get you results and leave your employees both engaged and energized. You will learn how to keep people from acting out, checking out, and burning out. 

10:30 - 11:00 am | Networking Break  

11:00 - 11:10 am | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by our Diamond Partner AUMA

11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Session | Top Ten Promising Practices of How Municipalities Can Create More Inclusive Communities | Presented by Darren Reedy from AUMA

There are numerous examples across Canada of how municipal governments are taking steps to be more inclusive employers, service providers, and leaders to overcome issues of social exclusion. This session will explore the value of inclusive organizations and highlight the most unique, practical and cost-efficient examples of how municipal governments can take action.

12:00 - 1:00 pm | AGM Lunch 
Attention members! Join us at the AGM and listen to the latest news from LGAA. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM), and the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators' Association (ARMAA) will also be on hand to bring greetings and highlight their work. 

1:00 - 2:30 pm | Caucus Session  | Brownlee LLP

Join municipal staff (from communities similar in size to yours) in a discussion about issues, best practices and more! 
New this year: Lawyers from Brownlee LLP will be present at each session for a bear-pit style question period.

2:30 - 2:50 pm | Networking Break 

2:50 - 3:00 pm | Sponsor Spotlight | Presented by Brownlee LLP

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Unleashing Your Disruptive Behaviour | Presented by Graham Sherman, Tool Shed Brewing Company

The concept of “Disruptive Marketing” has become so buzz-wordy that we often mistake simply being “innovative” with being disrupting. Truly standing out in a tough economy, against monster-sized competition requires the use of part of our brains we don’t often access. In fact, we’ve been taught to suppress our disruptive behaviour since childhood - but now it’s time to harness those powers of disruption for the benefit of successes. After hearing Graham’s stories and insights, you’ll walk away incredibly inspired and with a clear path to unleashing your own disruptive behaviour to transform your approach to business.

4:00 - 5:30 pm | Super Session | Beer Tasting | Tool Shed Brewing Company

5:30 - 9:00 pm | Hospitality Suite | Presented by our Diamond Partner AUMA


8:00 - 10:00 am | Breakfast in Tradeshow Area
Network with vendors from across the Province during breakfast.  

10:00 - 10:05 am | Greetings 

10:05 - 10:15 am | Sponsor Spotlight

10:15 - 11:30 am | Session | Flexing Your Vocal Muscle: Powerful Public Speaking Techniques | Presented by Nicola Crosbie

The voice is the most powerful instrument you have to communicate your message. Your choice of words, inflection, and volume contribute to how deeply you connect to the hearts of your audience. This session provides you with tools and techniques to energize and spark your confidence to speak to a group of five or a crowd of one thousand. 

11:30 am - 1:15 pm | Lunch in Tradeshow Area

Network and chat with vendors one last time. Stick around for some great prizes! 

1:15-1:20 pm | Sponsor Spotlight

1:20 - 2:30 pm | Peer Panel | Leadership in Turbulent Times w/ Kelly Kloss, Stephane Labonne, & Joyce Tustian | Moderated by Tom Goulden

This session will include leadership lessons learned through experience.  Hear from seasoned municipal leaders as they discuss insights gained from leading Council, staff and their communities.  Challenging times require inspired leadership; this interactive session will give you a chance to listen and ask questions of those who have been through numerous challenges.

2:30-2:45 pm | Networking Break

2:45-2:50 pm | Sponsor Spotlight

2:50 - 3:00 pm | Mini Session | Western Canada Municipal Innovation Survey | Presented by Chris Lavin, MNP Consulting Services
How do we keep up? What can we do differently? What are our peers doing, and can we do the same? These are questions on the minds of many municipal executives and seemingly never enough time to explore as deeply as we want. There is a lot of value in gathering and sharing insights into what Western Canadian municipalities are doing. MNP's Innovation Survey will dive into these questions.

3:00 - 4:00 pm |  Legal Session | Municipalities Under Attack - Ransomware and Privacy Breaches | Presented by Brownlee LLP 

Canadian municipalities have become the next target of ransomware attacks. This along with privacy breaches means you must be vigilant and proactive in securing electronic networks to protect from such attacks. This session will discuss the legal implications of ransomware attacks and privacy breaches and the obligations of municipalities to secure data. 

6:00 pm | Cocktails & Banquet | Recognitions for Years of Service | Entertainment (Casino Royale)   

Celebrate our Diamond Anniversary, James Bond style! Join us for a Vegas experience that will challenge experienced players and teach the new without "breaking the bank." All conference delegates will be provided with fun money to play the night away. Dealer-manned tables include Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Craps. 

If, gambling isn't for you, enjoy a cocktail or two in the GLOW LOUNGE. The LED light cubes provide the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle all night long.


8:00 - 9:00 am | Breakfast 

9:00 - 9:05 am | Greetings

9:05 - 9:10 am | Sponsor Spotlight

9:10 - 10:10 am | Navigating the #metoo movement in a modern workplace and world | Presented by Nicole Dyer and Cara Casey-O'Loughlin

The Me Too movement continues to impact work place culture and has created a need to evolve policies and communications strategies. Work place harassment strategies impact your operations but now also fall under Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta. Hear from a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Communications Consultant on key legislation to be aware of, the requirements of investigations and tips on how and what to communicate to your team.

10:10 - 10:20 am | Networking Break

10:20 - 10:30 am | Sponsor Spotlight

10:30 - 11:45 am | Session | The Lost Art of Critical Thinking | Presented by W. Brett Wilson
Through demonstrating that 'words have meaning', Brett will share his frustration with our frequent lack of "critical thinking" over key issues facing Canada.  He takes simple concepts and challenges why we accept them to be true and encourage the audience to keep the conversation going.  Through this critical thinking analysis, he will share stories about this successes, mistakes, and how he found a work/life balance to prove that it is possible to success in business (and life) without losing principles.

11:45 am | Prize Draws  & Closing Remarks

2019 Conference Registration Rates

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Registration

  • Members - $485 + GST (Please note, your 2019 membership must be paid to register as a member)
  • Non-Members - $585 + GST
  • Additional Banquet Tickets - $60 + GST

  • Wednesday registration includes breakfast and lunch.
  • Thursday registration includes breakfast, lunch and banquet.
  • Friday registration includes breakfast.

Notice of Annual General Meeting


This to give notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Local Government Administration of Alberta pursuant to Article IV, Subsection (2) of the Bylaws of the Local Government Administration of Alberta.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 12 noon Wednesday April 3, 2019at the Sheraton Hotel, 3310-50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta.

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the Association to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the undersigned by Monday March 4, 2019 pursuant to Article XI, Subsection (1) of the Bylaws.

Carol Revega, Executive Director, Local Government Administration Association Box 565, Thorhild, Alberta T0A 3J0  email: info@lgaa.ab.ca

Nominations Open for LGAA 2019 Executive

Nominations are being received for the positions of President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice President.  A brief overview of each position follows.


Term:  one year

Role:  CEO and official LGAA spokesperson.

Responsibilities (not limited to)

  • To provide leadership and direction to the LGAA Board and Executive.


Term:  one year

Role: Represent the President and is the LGAA’s official spokesperson in the President’s absence

Responsibilities: (not limited to)

  • Chairperson of the Conference,
  • Is a member of the Executive
  • Chair standing committees and ad hoc committees as required.


Term:  one year

Role:  Represents the First Vice-President in the First Vice-President’s absence.

Responsibilities: (not limited to)

  • Chairperson of the Membership and Marketing Committee,
  • Chairperson of the Bylaw and Legislative Committee,
  • Is member of the Executive
  • Chair standing committees and ad hoc committees as required.

Please address inquiries and nominations to:

Michelle White, Past President
Phone: 403-747-2495
Email: cao@villageofalix.ca

Download the nomination form


Sheraton Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre | HOST HOTEL
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer
Online Reservations

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel Room Block Information:

  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • End Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Last Day to Book: Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • Sheraton Red Deer Hotel special group rate: 169 CAD - 599 CAD per night

When calling to book a room, please let the reservation agent know that you are attending the LGAA conference and trade show.  Reserve room.

Sandman Hotel
2818 Gaetz Avenue, Red Deer
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Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly the Red Deer Lodge)

4311-49 Avenue, Red Deer

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Conference Registration Policies

  • Registration will not be processed until full payment is received.
  • Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A $52.50 (inc. GST) cancellation fee will be applied. After March 15, 2019, no refunds will be issued.
  • In the event that the LGAA Conference fails to take place as scheduled, or is interrupted/or discontinued, or access is prevented or interfered with, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Association, the delegates release the Association from all damages and claims for damages, and agrees that the sole liability of the Association shall be to return each delegate's registration fees less a prorated share of the costs committed by the Association at that time and date.
  • Conference registration information is collected for the purposes of processing your registration. This information is not sold and is maintained in a confidential and secure manner.

Questions regarding LGAA Conferences?  Please email info@lgaa.ab.ca.

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