Program & Bulletins

Convention Bulletins

Bulletins provide the latest information updates on the 2018 Convention. Only those who have registered for Convention will receive the e-newsletter.

Bulletin #1 - July 6, 2018
Bulletin #2 - July 23, 2018
Bulletin #3 - August 13, 2018
Bulletin #4 - August 20, 2018
Bulletin #5 - September 4, 2018

Convention Program

The brief program listed below is intended to provide an overview and quick reference. See the full 2018 Convention Program or the Pocket Program for detailed information. 

Please note this program is subject to change.  

Monday, September 10
7:00 am - 4:00 pm          Registration
                                      Study Sessions & Tours:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm          Agricultural Study Tour
9:00 am - 12:00 pm        Green Innovation & Clean Growth Communities
                                      Achieving Affordability: Current Policy and Future Needs
                                      Advancing Local Government Relations with Indigenous Peoples
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm          Policing in British Columbia
                                      Building Community Resiliency: Fire & Flood Prevention in BC
                                      Not in Service: Greyhound Leaves BC Behind
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm          BC Mayors Caucus
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm          Electoral Area Directors' Meet and Greet

Tuesday, September 11
7:00 am - 4:00 pm          Registration
7:00 am - 8:30 am          Continental Breakfast (Clinic attendees only)
7:30 am - 8:30 am          Clinics:
  Financing Reconciliation: A New Model for Positive Change
                                      HousingHub: Building Partnerships, Building Homes
                                      Ammonia Risks in Our Community: The Regulator's Perspective
                                      Junk to Joules: The Renewable Natural Gas Opportunity for Local
                                      Regional Hospital Districts: Cost Sharing on Health
9:00 am - 12:00 pm        Forums
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm        Forum Lunches
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm          Plenary Session
                                      Cannabis Legalization: A Joint Venture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm          Provincial Policy Sessions:
                                      Partnerships: Mental Health and Addictions, Including Overdose
                                      Digital By Design: Connected Communities
                                      Solving the Child Care Crunch Together
                                      Revitalization of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the 
                                      Agricultural Land Commission
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm          Municipal Insurance Association of BC AGM
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm          Municipal Finance Authority of BC Semi-Annual Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm          Community Excellence Awards Ceremony
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm          Sponsor Showcase Exhibits Open
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm          Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 12 
7:00 am - 4:00 pm          Registration
7:00 am - 3:30 pm          Sponsor Showcase Exhibits Open
7:00 am - 8:30 am          Delegates Continental Breakfast 
7:30 am - 8:15 am          Clinics:
                                      Land-Use for Housing People Can Afford
                                      Community Resiliency in Partnership
                                      Best Practices: Developing Community Recreation Trails
                                      Words into Action: Implementing Codes of Conduct
                                      Cannabis Production on Agricultural Land Reserve 
8:30 am - 9:00 am          Convention Opening Session 
9:00 am - 9:20 am          Annual Meeting 
9:20 am - 9:25 am          First Report of the Nominating Committee for the Positions of
                                      Table Officers          
9:25 am - 10:25 am        Keynote Address: Arlene Dickinson
10:25 am - 10:40 am      Address by the Leader of the Green Party: Dr. Andrew
10:40 am - 11:55 am      Principal Policy Session: Resolutions
11:55 am - 12:00 pm      Nominations from the floor for Table Officer positions
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm        Area Association Lunches (optional)
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm          Address by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Honourable Selina Robinson
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm          Candidate Speeches (as needed)
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm          Election of Table Officers (open as necessary)
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm          Provincial Cabinet Town Halls
    Building a Better B.C.
                                      Safe Communities
                                      Investing in People
                                      Growing Prosperity
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm          Presentation of 2018 Energy & Climate Action Awards
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm          BC Government Reception 
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm          Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver
8:00 pm - 12:00 am        CUPE BC Reception

Thursday, September 13
7:00 am - 8:30 pm          Delegates Continental Breakfast
7:00 am - 12:30 pm        Sponsor Showcase Exhibits Open
7:30 am - 8:15 am          Clinics:
Better Bang for Buck with Bylaw
                                      Collaboration, Decision-Making, Investment and... Geoscience!
                                      Professional Reliance Review
                                      Addressing Workplace Harassment in the #MeToo Era
                                      Social Media and Democracy
8:00 am - 4:00 pm          Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am          Election of Table Officers
8:30 am - 8:35 am          Second Report of the Nominating Committee for Executive
8:35 am - 8:55am           Address by the Leader of the Opposition: Mr. Andrew
                                      Wilkinson Q.C.
8:55 am - 11:30 am        Resolutions Session Continues
11:30 am - 11:35 am      Nominations from the Floor for Executive Positions
11:35 am - 12:00 pm      Candidate Speeches
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm        Delegates Lunch - Dine Around Whistler Village
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm          Workshops:
     Indigenous Relations: How NOT to Tick a Box
                                      Regulating and Enforcing Short-term Rentals
                                      Engaging Millennials: Tips from a Youth Council
                                      Cultural Connector Walking Tour
                                      Whistler Employee Housing Tour
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm          Election of Remaining Executive Positions (as necessary)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm          UBCM Reception 
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm        UBCM Banquet (Presentation of Long-Service Awards)

Friday, September 14 
7:00 am - 8:30 am          Delegates Continental Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am          Election of Remaining Executive Positions (as necessary)
8:00 am - 9:00 am          Resolutions Session Continues
9:00 am - 9:30 am          Federal Address
9:30 am - 10:45 am        Resolutions Session Continues
10:45 am - 10:55 am      Installation of President Elect
10:55 am - 11:00 am      Port of Vancouver Cruise Draw
11:00 am - 12:00 pm      Address by the Premier: Premier John Horgan
12:00 pm                       Adjourn

Monday Pre-Convention Study Tour and Sessions

Agricultural Study Tour (all day)

Join the BC Ministry of Agriculture as we take a trip to the Pemberton Valley for a tour showcasing a number of new entrants, young successional farmers, and established farmers who are shifting focus to grow a variety of foods for local markets in the Sea to Sky corridor.  By visiting several agricultural operations, you’ll discover the many different ways farmers are gaining entry into farming or are dealing with succession planning to pass their farms on to the next generation. You’ll hear about the various challenges they are facing from regulation and due to planning issues. Tour stops may include:

  • An emerging craft brewery that utilizes local products;
  • A large scale seed potato and beef successional farmer who is diversifying into vegetables for local markets;
  • A direct marketing vegetable operation that utilizes horses to work the land;
  • A mixed berry, vegetable and livestock operation.

Breakfast will not be provided, but lunch will be provided and there may be opportunities to purchase local farm products. Please dress for the weather and wear farm-appropriate footwear. Partners/spouses are welcome as well, but must formally register for the tour, as there is a fixed limit to the number of people that can attend.

Green Innovation & Clean Growth Communities (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Through recent policy and practice, federal, provincial and local governments are developing innovative ways of mitigating GHG emissions, creating climate resilient communities and developing low carbon economies.  All orders of government are now actively pursuing clean growth strategies that seek to reduce GHG emissions while simultaneously strengthening economic opportunities. This session will critically explore the economic and environmental intersection within clean growth.  Through presentations and dialogue by key stakeholders, it will help build the capacity of local governments to transition to low carbon economies that foster job creation, energy independence and infrastructure resilience.

Achieving Affordability: Current Policy and Future Needs (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Lack of affordable housing continues to create substantial hardship for those who live, work, and contribute to BC’s communities.  Among other impacts, high housing costs threaten the foundations of local economies, the strength of community connections, and the health of British Columbians.  While new provincial and federal initiatives represent a clear recognition of these challenges, creating the conditions for affordability will require ongoing, concerted actions to address a crisis that has built up over the past 30 years. This session will bring together speakers to discuss two questions central to understanding the crisis. First, what are the key elements and implications of current government initiatives and policies for local governments? And second, what policies and actions may be required going forward?

Tools and Opportunities for Advancing Local Government Relations with Indigenous Peoples (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Relationships between First Nations and local governments are built on a foundation of mutual awareness, communications, and respect. This session will feature examples of how these principles have been applied to achieve successful collaborations and agreements. It will also bring together speakers to discuss the new legislative framework that First Nations operate under relating to fiscal management and land use planning, to highlight how it creates a proactive investment and development climate for First Nations and opens doors for collaboration and partnership with local governments.

Evolution of Policing (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

As the world changes, law enforcement oftentimes must adapt. Dictated in part by technological improvements, security needs, and evolving priorities, policing has undergone significant change over the past few years. Representatives from all orders of government will discuss some of these important changes and how they will affect local governments. Presenters will also look towards the future, and what local governments can expect in terms of upcoming law enforcement initiatives and new tools to address crime in British Columbia.

Building Community Resiliency – Fire & Flood Prevention in BC (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

This session will provide an overview of the recommendations that were developed as part of the 2017 Flood & Fire Review, with an emphasis on the recommendations that will have the most impact on local governments.  Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC will provide information on programs and resources aimed at mitigating the impacts of floods and wildfires, and building local and provincial resiliency in the face of future emergencies.

Not in Service: Greyhound Leaves BC Behind (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Greyhound bus service will cease to operate in BC and across western Canada on October 31, 2018.  The impact of this decision will have a profound effect on BC communities.  Will passengers and freight be left stranded? This session will discuss potential solutions and options.  Learn what actions can be taken by private operators, regulatory agencies, federal, provincial and local governments to fill the void. 

Mayors' Caucus (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

The Mayors’ Caucus is an opportunity for mayors to get together and discuss common issues and concerns. This session is exclusively for mayors from municipalities across BC.

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