Convention Information

Below are links to more detailed information for the 2014 Convention.

Convention Program [PDF - 5.2 MB]
General Registration Information
Resolutions
Nominations & Elections
Theme
Venues
Accommodations
Transportation
Special Assistance
Keynote: Rex Murphy
Monday Pre-Convention Sessions/Tours
Tuesday Forums
Provincial Participation
Additional Functions
Partners Program
Convention Clinics & Workshops
Preliminary Program in Brief

General Registration Information

The following are included with the delegate registration fee:

  • Welcome Reception (Tuesday)
  • Coffee Services (Wednesday - Friday)
  • Continental Breakfast (Wednesday - Friday)
  • Workshops (Thursday)
  • Convention Clinics (Tuesday - Thursday)

The following events have additional fees:

  • Pre-Convention Sessions / Tours (Monday)
  • Forums and Forum Lunches (Tuesday)
  • Partners and Guests attending Welcome Reception (Tuesday)
  • Area Association Lunches (Wednesday)
  • Delegates Lunch (Thursday)
  • Annual Banquet (Thursday)
  • Partners Program (Wednesday - Thursday)

Registration Policies

Registration Changes and Cancellations

Please fax 604.270.9116 or email convention@ubcm.ca written notice of changes and/or cancellations.

Full refund if cancelling by September 5, 50% refund between September 6-12.

No refund after 4:30 pm on September 12.

Online registration closes September 12. Registration after this date must be done on-site with payment.

Substitutions are permitted. Please notify UBCM at your earliest opportunity.

On-site Registration Information

Lobby, Whistler Conference Centre

Convention Registration Services

Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Partners Program Registration

Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Venues

Whistler Conference Centre (WCC)

All UBCM Convention Plenary sessions
Registration, Delegate Services, and Sponsor Exhibits

Monday

Provincial Government Staff Appointments Desk
Study Sessions and tour departures

Please note: Monday's Study Session: Reconciliation in Action will be held at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC). Bus transportation will be available from the WCC to the SLCC.

Tuesday
Welcome Reception
Forums: Electoral Area Directors, Small Talk, Large Urban Communities
Small Talk and Large Urban Communities Lunches

Wednesday
CUPE Reception
Policy Sessions
Cabinet Panel Sessions

Thursday
Workshops
UBCM Reception and Annual Banquet

Westin Whistler Resort

Meetings with Cabinet Ministers

Tuesday
Mid-Sized Communities Forum and Lunch
Municipal Insurance Association of BC AGM and Reception

Wednesday
Area Association Lunches: AVICC, LMLGA, SILGA
BC Government Reception

Thursday
Excellence Awards Breakfast 

Hilton Whistler Resort

Tuesday
Electoral Area Directors Forum Lunch
Provincial Government Staff Appointments Desk
Provincial Government Staff Meetings
Municipal Finance Authority Semi-Annual AGM

Wednesday
Provincial Government Staff Appointments Desk
Provincial Government Staff Meetings
Area Association Lunch: NCLGA
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver Reception

Thursday
Provincial Government Staff Appointments Desk
Tuesday to Thursday, Provincial Government Staff Meetings

Araxi Restaurant

Wednesday
Area Association Lunch: AKBLG


Transportation

Tourism Whistler, in partnership with UBCM, has secured preferred rates for your transportation to and from Whistler. Click here to book your travel arrangements.


Special Assistance

UBCM staff will do their best to assist with any special needs that delegates may have during Convention week. Please send requests via e-mail to: convention@ubcm.ca. Our main Convention venues are wheelchair accessible.


Keynote: Rex Murphy

Social Commentator and Editorialist, Distinct Canadian Voice

The one and only Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice across Canadian media. His intellect and biting humour strike through the heart of profound political and social issues. Currently he writes and reports for CBC’s The National and hosts Cross Country Checkup in addition to his role as a columnist in the National Post.

Rex Murphy will be addressing the UBCM delegates on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:25 am.


Monday Pre-Convention Sessions/Tours

Overview

Monday, September 22

Locations and times subject to change.

Full-Day Sessions

Agricultural Study Tour (bus leaves at 8:15 am, returns at 5:00 pm)
Reconciliation in Action (bus leaves at 8:30 am, session runs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Morning Sessions 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are You Ready for the Big One? Managing a Catastrophic Event
LNG in BC: Opportunities and Challenges

Afternoon Sessions 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Improving Health for Remote and Rural Communities

Descriptions

Full-Day Sessions

Agricultural Study Tour
8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Join the BC Ministry of Agriculture on a trip to the Pemberton Valley for a tour showcasing the diversity, resilience and evolution of its agricultural operations. You'll learn about how farmers are adapting to shifting markets and how your local government can ensure their success by planning for agriculture. We will visit a variety of innovative farm operations and meet producers of all ages. Examples may include:

  • A beef ranch whose cattle are raised to maturity on pasture
  • A seed potato farm with a long history in the Pemberton Valley
  • An organic vegetable farm
  • A vodka distillery that utilizes Pemberton potatoes to create is award winning product (tasting available for a fee)

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunities to purchase local farm products. Please dress for the weather and wear farm-appropriate footwear. Partners / spouses are welcome and must formally register for the tour.

Please note: The Agricultural Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Reconciliation in Action
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
(Bus leaves WCC at 8:30 am)

During the 2013 UBCM Convention, the assembly endorsed a resolution calling for a Year of Reconciliation with First Nations across British Columbia. But what does reconciliation really mean, and what does it look like at the local level?

This unique full-day session will be held at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, and will provide several opportunities to explore reconciliation and local government-First Nation relationship-building. Representatives from Reconciliation Canada will provide historical context, and lead participants in discussion of reconciliation and the New Way Forward. A panel of local, community and corporate leaders will also share stories of reconciliation in action at the community level, and provincial initiatives with a focus on reconciliation will be explored.

Participants will also experience the art, history and culture of the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations through a tour of the cultural centre. A lunch inspired by First Nations traditional ingredients and preparation methods, and transportation to and from the Whistler Conference Centre, are also included.

Morning Sessions

Are You Ready for the Big One? Managing a Catastrophic Event
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

British Columbia is subject to a number of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami, wildfires, and floods. A report by the Insurance Bureau of Canada estimated that if a major earthquake occurred off the south coast of the province it could result in nearly $75 billion in damages and losses. How we respond and the measures we take to deal with such an emergency will determine how quickly we recover from a catastrophic event. This session will look at how well prepared we are to meet a catastrophic event, what actions we need to take to be better prepared, and how to work with the public in preparing for and in dealing with a catastrophic event, should it happen.

LNG in BC: Opportunities and Challenges
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Natural resources have always provided the foundation of BC's economy. Today our province is embarking on an aggressive plan to include liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a key pillar in its economic platform. Under BC's Jobs Plan, the Province has committed to having the first LNG plant up and running by 2015, with a total of three LNG facilities in operation by 2020.

This half-day session will outline the elements of BC's LNG strategy and explore how global market conditions impact development of the LNG sector and its export potential. Delegates will hear from the Province, industry, local governments, First Nations, labour and the education/skills training sector to discuss how each is responding to, and preparing for, the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as BC embarks down this new economic path.

Afternoon Sessions

Improving Health for Remote and Rural Communities
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One of the common challenges for leaders in rural and remote communities is attracting and retaining doctors and medical practitioners for their residents. The Ministry of Health, provincial health authorities, local governments and non-profit health organizations are all looking for innovative ways to improve the health of rural and remote communities. This session will highlight some of these innovative tactics, such as Remote and Rural Health Strategies, community health profiles, work camp wellness and other emerging health approaches.


Tuesday Forums

The primary purpose of UBCM is to serve the common interests of all local governments. However, we also recognize the diversity within our membership and have set aside the Tuesday forums as an opportunity to bring similar-sized communities together to promote problem-solving.

Choose to attend one of the following:

Electoral Area Directors Forum
A general-interest session based on interests of Electoral Area directors.

Small Talk Forum
Designed to interest small communities under 5,000 population.

Mid-Sized Communities Forum
This is for communities in the 5,000 to 20,000 population range. Bring your ideas and make this a great session.

Large Urban Communities Forum
This session is designed for larger municipalities with particular urban issues.


Provincial Participation

For local government elected officials or senior staff who wish to request a meeting with provincial government staff at Convention, visit the Provincial Appointments Desk at the following locations listed.

Provincial Appointments Desk:

Monday, September 22, 2014
Grand Foyer, Whistler Conference Centre
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 23 to Thursday, September 25, 2014
Lobby, Cheakamus Room, Hilton Whistler Hotel
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The provincial meeting process is coordinated directly by provincial staff. For more information, please contact: Danielle Woodcock at 1-250-387-9108, or Cristina Scott at 1-250-387-4013 or via email at CSCD.UBCM.MeetingRequests@gov.bc.ca.


Additional Functions

All events are subject to additional fees for Delegates, Partners and Guests.

Tuesday, September 23

Welcome Reception
Whistler Conference Centre
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please note: There is no additional fee for registered Delegates to attend the Welcome Reception.

Wednesday, September 24

Area Association Lunches
12:00 pm

All five Area Associations (below) will be hosting a luncheon during the 2014 UBCM Convention:

  • AKBLG
  • AVICC
  • LMLGA
  • NCLGA
  • SILGA

Thursday, September 25

Delegates' Lunch
The Roundhouse Lodge
12:00 pm

Please note: Partners and Guests may attend the Delegates' Lunch. Onsite ticket sales will only be available 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday September 22.

The Roundhouse Lodge is accessed by a 25 minutes ride on the Whistler Village Gondola. The Gondola and Lodge are fully wheelchair accessible.The gondola cost is built into the Delegates' Lunch fee. The last gondola leaves the Roundhouse Lodge at 2:00 pm.

Annual Banquet
Whistler Conference Centre
6:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm Dinner


Partners Program

Participants in the following events are required to check-in at the Partners Program Desk to receive specific instructions and updated information. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registrations will be accepted on-site, space permitting only. All programs meet 30 minutes prior to departure in the Lobby of Whistler Conference Centre.

Wednesday, September 24

Treetrek
8:45 am - 10:45 am

Explore the forest through a network of bridges, boardwalks and platforms suspended in the trees. Experience a guided tour that enables you to discover the beauty and complexity of the ancient rainforest.

ATV Tour
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the spectacular Callaghan Valley, with its unique geographical setting and phenomenal scenery. Come try the 4km of single track and tackle the rugged natural terrain. View the old growth forest and the NorthAir historical gold mine site and discover why the Callaghan is Whistler's most inspirational setting for an adventure.

Restrictions: Max weight 160 kg. Guests must be at least 16 and fully licensed to drive an ATV.

Whistler Tasting Tours
12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

There's no better way to spend an afternoon in Whistler than exploring the eclectic culinary scene. You will enjoy a delicious multi-course lunch while visiting some of the best local lunch spots. Tantalize your taste buds and finish by indulging your sweet tooth, multiple amazing stops in one delightful and casual afternoon.

Zipline Tour
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Take flight with the Eagle tour on our five longest and fastest ziplines! This tour features five different ziplines, including a monster 2400ft zipline with a 30-storey descent, perfect for anyone who wants a heart-pounding adventure! Experience spectacular panoramic views of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains as you cross treetop suspension bridges and sky high viewing platforms that connect the ziplines. This tour takes you right back to Whistler Village via zipline.

Restrictions: Max weight 125 kg. No recently sustained injuries or pregnant women permitted.

Green Lake Voyageur Canoe Tour
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy floating on a glacier fed lake while a naturalist guide steers you and your friends in a Voyageur canoe around Green Lake. Take in the surrounding views of Rainbow Glacier and Wedge Mountain.

Thursday, September 25th

Zipline Tour
8:00 am - 11:00 am

Take flight with the Eagle tour on our five longest and fastest ziplines! This tour features five different ziplines, including a monster 2400ft zipline with a 30-storey descent, perfect for anyone who wants a heart-pounding adventure! Experience spectacular panoramic views of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains as you cross treetop suspension bridges and sky high viewing platforms that connect the ziplines. This tour takes you right back to Whistler Village via zipline.

Restrictions: Max weight 125 kg. No recently sustained injuries or pregnant women permitted.

Photo Walk
8:00 am - 11:00 am

The Great Canadian Photo Walk is a walking or light hiking tour with an educational component on tips for shooting better photos with any camera. A professional photographer guides you to local natural scenic areas near Whistler Village, stopping often to discuss how you can shoot better portraits and scenic image, regardless of camera type. Bring your own camera or share with a friend.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Located in Whistler, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is the authentic cultural activity. The Centre showcases First Nations cultures through Native art, museum space, exhibits, food and film. The 15 minute film provides a spectacular visual portrayal of Squamish and Lil'wat traditional practices and contemporary cultures. Touch screens and interactive panels showcase First Nations languages, artifacts and seasonal use of land and resources.

Blackcomb Glacier Jeep Safari
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Take a closer look at Blackcomb Mountain on Canadian's Jeep Safari! Ascend from Whistler Valley past glacier fed rivers. Opportunities to view bear and other mountain wildlife on the way to the snow-capped Horstman Glacier. Highlight your vacation with Whistler's ultimate 4x4 adventure. Enjoy spectacular views of the Whistler Village and the Coast Mountain Range, as your professional driver navigates Blackcomb's winding trail system.


Convention Clinics & Workshops

Pre-registration is not required for these sessions.

The early-morning clinics are always popular stops for those attending UBCM Convention who want information on more specific topics. This year clinics will be held as follows:

Tuesday: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:15 am

To find out how clinic and workshop topics are selected, visit the Session Proposal Process section.


Preliminary Program in Brief

The final detailed agenda will be contained in the Convention Program.

Monday, September 22
  7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8:15 am - 5:30 pm
  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration
Study Sessions / Tours
Electoral Area Directors Meet & Greet
Tuesday, September 23
  7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  7:00 am - 8:30 am
  7:30 am - 8:30 am
  9:00 am - 12:00 pm




12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
  3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration
Continental Breakfast (for clinic attendees only)
Clinics
Forums:
Electoral Area Directors Forum
Small Talk Forum
Mid-Sized Communities Forum
Large Urban Forum

Forum Lunches
Plenary Session
Provincial Policy Sessions

Municipal Insurance Association of BC AGM
Municipal Finance Authority of BC Semi-Annual Meeting
Municipal Insurance Association of BC Reception
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 24
  7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  7:00 am - 8:30 am
  7:30 am - 8:15 am
  8:30 am



  9:00 am








  9:20 am
  9:25 am - 10:25 am
10:30 am - 11:55 am
11:55 am
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
  2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
  2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
  4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Registration
Continental Breakfast
Clinics
Convention Opening Session
O Canada
Invocation
Welcome from the Host Community

Annual Meeting
President's Opening Address
Adoption of Conference Rules and Procedures
Adoption of Minutes of 2013 Convention
Annual Report
Question-and-Answer Period
Adoption of Financial Statements
Appointment of Auditors
Appointment of Convention Committees

First Report of the Nominating Committee for the Positions of Table Officers
Keynote Address:
Rex Murphy
Principal Policy Session: Resolutions
Nominations from the floor for Table Officer positions
Area Association Lunches (optional)
Address by FCM President
Address by the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Candidate speeches (as necessary)
Election of Table Officers (opens as necessary)
Provincial Cabinet Panels
Presentation of 2014 Climate & Energy Action Awards
FCM - Election 2015 Session
BC Government Reception
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver Reception
CUPE BC Reception
Thursday, September 25
  7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  7:00 am - 8:30 am

  7:30 am - 8:15 am
  8:00 am - 9:00 am
  8:30 am - 8:35 am
  8:35 am - 8:55 am
  8:55 am - 11:25 am
11:25 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 11:55 am
11:55 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6:30 pm
  7:30 pm
Registration
Continental Breakfast
Community Excellence Awards Breakfast
Clinics
Election of Table Officers continues (as necessary)
Second Report of the Nominating Committee for Executive positions
Address by Leader of the Opposition
Resolutions Session Continues
Nominations from the Floor for Executive Positions
Candidate speeches (as necessary)
Address by Leader of the Green Party
Delegates' Lunch
Workshops
Election of Remaining Executive Positions (as necessary)
UBCM Annual Reception
UBCM Annual Banquet
Presentation of Long-Service Awards and Life Memberships
Friday, September 26
  7:00 am - 8:30 am
  7:30 am - 8:30 am
  8:00 am - 9:00 am



  9:00 am - 9:30 am
  9:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Continental Breakfast
Election for Executive Positions continues (as necessary)
Resolutions Session Continues
Consideration of:
Report on Resolutions Received after the Deadline
Remaining Section "B" Resolutions
Federal Address
Resolutions Session Continue
Installation of President Elect
Address by the Premier
Adjourn

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