Convention Finance & Sponsorship Review

The Executive of UBCM has appointed a panel to undertake a review of the finance and sponsorship of its annual convention. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the various sources of revenue, including sponsorship revenue, currently in use for funding the convention. A newly established Review Panel will solicit input from local governments and make recommendations on policies and practices that uphold sound governance, transparency, affordability, and accountability for the overall event.

The Review Panel members, appointed based on their years of experience within BC’s local government system and familiarity with UBCM’s annual convention, are as follows:

  • Frank Leonard (Chair), Consultant; formerly the Mayor of Saanich and UBCM President
  • Wendy Booth, formerly Area F Director with Regional District of East Kootenay and UBCM President
  • Chair Sav Dhaliwal, Metro Vancouver Regional District and formerly UBCM President
  • Chair Rhona Martin, Columbia Shuswap Regional District and formerly UBCM President
  • Greg Moore, Liveable Regional Consulting, formerly Mayor of Port Coquitlam and Chair of Metro Vancouver Regional District

“The current financing model for our annual convention has been in place for a generation, so it’s time to receive input from local governments on the assumptions underlying our approach,” said UBCM President Arjun Singh. “We have asked the Review Panel to lead a discussion with our membership that will set the foundations for funding our annual meeting for the years to come.”

At the same meeting, the UBCM Executive, which is comprised of local elected officials from 20 BC communities and regions, reaffirmed that a reception hosted by the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver would remain in the 2019 convention agenda. 

“We are in a time where relations with China are tense given the detainment and arrest of Michael Korvig and Michael Spavor and the trade issues with bans on Canadian canola and meat products,” Singh continued. “We fully support the efforts of the Government of Canada to address these issues. We also believe that now is not a time for local governments to disengage from discussion with the official representatives of China in British Columbia. We are confident that discussions at this year’s event will reflect the current reality between the two countries.”

Bilateral consular relationships are not uncommon for local governments in British Columbia, as is reflected in the high levels of engagement by local governments at Chinese Consulate events during convention week in previous years.

“UBCM is a member-driven organization. We look for solutions and approaches that reflect the views of the majority of our 189 local government and seven First Nations members,” said Singh. “I am very pleased with the group of panellists that will guide this discussion with the entirety of our membership.”

The Review Panel will begin its work immediately and provide its recommendations in time for implementation for the 2020 UBCM Convention. The sponsorship program for UBCM’s convention plays a critical role in covering the cost to deliver the annual convention, reducing registration fees and making the event more widely accessible to registrants.

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