LGLA Announces Exciting Speaker Line-up

Portland Metro President Tom Hughes will provide the keynote address to open the 2013 LGLA Forum.
 
Tom Hughes has a long record of local and regional accomplishments and he will share some of his experiences and the lessons he has learned. He will focus on the challenges and opportunities in:
•    Engaging a diversity of community interests and developing a balanced and commonly accepted vision
•    Balancing a range of economic, environmental and social objectives
•    Providing strong community leadership while achieving a balanced regional perspective
•    Engaging business, the private sector and other interests
•    Developing local political and administrative leadership

Mr. Hughes has close to 15 years experience as a local elected leader and is currently the President of Oregon Metro, the regional government for the Portland Metropolitan Area. 

Prior to taking on his current leadership role, Tom served on the City of Hillsboro council as a councillor and most recently as the Mayor. He played a major leadership role in building the economy of Hillsboro, making it a high technology centre and promoting a civic centre focused on the regional light rail system.

Tom has served both as a staffer and president of the League of Oregon Cities and received a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership. He is a teacher by profession, with a particular interest in government, and has a strong commitment to education.

Keynote – 1:45-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20

Ken Cameron Engaged to Act as Forum Rapporteur

Often at the end of a conference it is a great experience to have someone provide a summary. For the 2013 LGLA Forum we are pleased to have engaged Ken Cameron, an experienced former local government official, to attend all plenary sessions and various concurrent sessions to observe and take notes; to talk to presenters and attendees; and then to do a wrap-up reporting out as our conclusion to the Forum on Friday morning. Having attended all plenary sessions and various concurrent sessions, the Rapporteur reports on what he's heard and leaves delegates with some take-away lessons.

Ken Cameron is currently an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University, but comes with a long history of public service particularly with regional and municipal local governments. He is co-author, with Mike Harcourt and Sean Rossiter, of City Making in Paradise.

Introduction of Forum Rapporteur – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20

Plenary Panel Following Keynote

Impasse to Success:  Leading through Relationships – Case Studies

Three case studies describing a situation at an impasse due to conflicting positions and how the speaker helped lead the way to a successful resolution by developing the relationships needed.  Case studies will be drawn from different local government contexts.

Impasse to Success – 3:30-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday Evening Networking Reception
Join your fellow forum delegates for an evening of casual networking at the conclusion of our first day.  This will be a great opportunity to reflect on the afternoon's keynote address and plenary panel, and an excellent time to share ideas and issues, catch up with local government colleagues and make new contacts from around the province.

Networking Reception – 5:00-6:00 p.m., Wednesday February 20

UBCM Thursday Morning Clinic

Long-Term Infrastructure Plan — the Road to Renewed Infrastructure Funding

Funding under the Building Canada Plan, including the Gas Tax Fund and Building Canada Fund, is due to expire in 2014.  The federal government has launched the Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) process to inform its thinking about replacement programs.  UBCM has been working on your behalf, both inside and outside the formal LTIP process, to influence decisions around renewed infrastructure funding.  The clinic will update you on UBCM's infrastructure advocacy work, including our LTIP submission to the Federal Government and our work with the Province through Minister Bennett's LTIP Working Group.  Also included are a brief update on the federal LTIP process, and highlights of FCM's LTIP submission and recent infrastructure work.

Thursday Morning Clinic – 7:15-8:15 a.m. Thursday, February 21

Thursday Concurrent Session on First Nations Relations Taking Shape

Relationships with First Nations
Local governments all across the province are faced with the challenge of building positive and constructive relations with their First Nations neighbours.  This session will feature local government and First Nations leaders talking about their success in building positive relations. One pair will   talk about building relationships at the regional level through treaties and membership in regional districts. The second pair, operating in a non-Treaty environment, will talk about achieving mutual economic benefits through collaboration at the local level.  A senior provincial public servant with extensive experience in negotiating agreements with First Nations will provide the larger context and lessons on what he has learned.

First Nations Relations Concurrent Session – 1:00-2:30 p.m. & 3:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21

Friday Morning Clinic

Colleen Hardwick presents “PlaceSpeak”
PlaceSpeak is a location-based public engagement platform that vets citizen users to their actual addresses and connects them with proponents of relevant local issues. It informs evidence-based decision-making and public policy development by delivering verifiable data. Its customers include local governments, the property development industry, public and regulated agencies, utilities and community groups.

Colleen Hardwick grew up in the UBC Geography Department as the daughter of legendary professor, Dr. Walter G. Hardwick.  She has been an Urban Geographer, Film Producer, and Internet Entrepreneur.  In 2010, circling back from film and online work to her urban geography roots, she started to think about how to address a general sense of public alienation from the policy development process. The result is PlaceSpeak, the first location-based community consultation platform.

Session participants are encouraged to bring their own tablets or laptops!  Registration at www.placespeak.com in advance is also recommended.

Friday Morning Clinic – 7:15-8:15 a.m. Friday, February 22

Six Friday Morning “Good Practice” Sessions Announced

Choose from six great information-packed, intensive sessions to complete your Forum experience around Leading through Relationships.  We look at how you can enhance your relationships across a wide field of local government relations including:
•    Leading through Relations with Youth
•    Leading through Relations with Seniors
•    Leading through Relations with your CAO
•    Leading through Relations with Angry Constituents
•    Leading through Relations at Home – Your Work-Life Relationships
•    Leading through Relations with your Library

There is no need to sign up for these sessions.  You are free to select your preferred two onsite.

“Good Practice” Sessions – 8:30-9:15 & 9:30-10:15 a.m. Friday, February 22

Previously Announced Sessions

Six Concurrent Skills Development Sessions Offered Thursday

The focus on Thursday is skills development, and the Forum offers six topics and the opportunity for you to choose four of these as you customize your program. Among the confirmed presenters are Jerry Berry and Allison Habkirk with Relationships among Elected Boards and CAO & Staff – a One Year Review; Tracey Lorenson on Understanding Your Approach to Difficult Decisions; Jan Enns with two sessions - Citizen Engagement through Social Media and Effective Messaging by Starting and Staying on the Same Page; and Jamie Chicanot on Conflict Resolution Skills – Getting to Win-win Solutions. The program also includes a session on Relationships with First Nations, featuring local government and First Nations leaders talking about their success in building positive relations.

Thursday Concurrent Sessions – 8:30-10:00 a.m., 10:30-12:00 p.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21

Thursday Evening Plenary

Dialogue Among Elected Officials

In the evening we have a Dialogue among Elected Officials, with a panel of seasoned, current elected officials talking about their own experiences and acting as the sounding board for your relationship issues.

Evening Plenary – 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21

LGLA delivers again with an action-packed program over three days for $290 registration.

This incudes:
•  4 plenary sessions
•  choice of 4 of 6 sessions on Thursday
•  choice of 2 of 6 short sessions on Friday
•  two early morning clinics
•  networking reception


How to Register?

Registration Fee:  $290
Registration fee covers the cost of the conference sessions, the opening reception, two hot breakfasts, a three-course lunch on day two and four nutrition breaks.

Please register online through the CivicInfo website: (www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2013/LGLAForum.asp)

Full Refund:    Notice received 30 days before the seminar date (January 20, 2013).  No refunds after that date.

For more information see www.lgla.ca or contact LGLA Coordinator, Eydie Fraser, at lgla@ubcm.ca or 250.356.5275.

Location and Accommodations:
Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
7311 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC
Phone: 604-278-5555
Toll Free:  1-800-663-2878

A block of rooms has been set aside for forum delegates at a rate of $99.00 per night at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre.  Please contact the hotel at 604-278-5555 or 1-800-663-2878 to make your personal reservation and indicate that you are attending the forum listed with the LGLA in order to receive this rate.

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