LGLA Leadership Forum a Big Success

Very informative sessions.” “Productive, interesting, well paced.” “Great topics and discussion.” These are some of the comments we heard from delegates attending the recent 2014 LGLA Leadership Forum. 94.4% of the evaluations rated the program “good/excellent”, and many included suggestions for future topics and improvements.

The forum got off to a great start on Wednesday afternoon with a keynote address from Australian Emeritus Mayor and UCLG Asia Pacific Ambassador Peter Woods, who reminded us of our responsibility to engage and encourage people of all kinds to participate in public life and to work hard to broaden the global democratic conversation.

We then heard from three young leaders – Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Councillor John Jack and Mayor Josie Osborne – who shared what they've learned on the job so far, and continued the theme of “making space” for others to join us in public life.

Thursday started bright and early with an update on UBCM action on member priorities from UBCM President Rhona Martin and Executive Director Gary MacIsaac. Then came our morning and afternoon concurrent sessions where we explored everything from health and wellness, to generational inequity, to citizen engagement, building relationships, and managing council/board-CAO relations. These were all thought provoking sessions that prompted some great discussion and debate among delegates. As well, we were honoured to have Linda Reimer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development bring greetings from the Province over lunch.

Thursday evening wrapped up with a very interesting panel discussion among Mike Harcourt, Jennifer Clarke and Dr. Gerald Baier of UBC on the topic of “Building Public Trust in Local Government.” Our Forum Rapporteur, Ken Cameron, moderated the discussion and panelists shared stories from their own time in elected office and their observations of successes and failures in the Canadian political scene over the past year.

Sherman Chow started our last morning with an overview of the first 25 years of the Municipal Insurance Association and a look ahead to the future of the MIA. Delegates then chose between shorter concurrent “Interactive Information Sessions” on practical topics such as local government law, ethics, planning, finance, meeting procedures, and wellness for elected officials.

We closed with a summary from our Forum Rapporteur, who shared his perspective on the proceedings – the sessions, the conversations about the sessions, and the general discussion among delegates and between delegates and presenters throughout the forum. All in all it was a busy and productive forum – well attended and well enjoyed by everyone. Other highlights included a wonderful Networking Reception on Wednesday evening, full breakfasts to accompany the early morning clinics, and a delicious delegates luncheon on Thursday.

Check the 2014 Forum Webpage for all available session materials and resources, and please contact Errin Morrison at emorrison@lgla.ca with any further feedback on 2014 or any suggestions for 2015. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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