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Education Sessions

We know that our attendees hold great value in the education sessions offered during Convention, and we want to continue to offer those sessions virtually.

Starting on Wednesday, September 16, two education sessions will be held most days: one at 9:00 a.m., and one at 2:30 p.m. Session dates, times, length and descriptions are listed below. All sessions are included in your registration! No need to register, just log on for any session you would like. 

Each attendee will receive log-in credentials to our Convention site on Tuesday, September 15. This email will come from a company named Chime, who powers our Convention site. This site will act as your one-stop shop for everything you need. We encourage attendees to log in and familiarize themselves with the site prior to the first session.

Registrants can pick and choose the session that they would like to go to, so there is no need to register in advance. If you have your eye on a session, all you have to do is find it on the agenda located on the Chime Convention site and click on the link to join that session. We recommend you join the lobby 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

*PLEASE NOTE: Based on permission from our speakers, sessions will be recorded and posted for registered attendees. If a session is not able to be recorded, it will be noted in the description. 

Wednesday, September 16

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                                                                                          

Applying an inclusion lens to policymaking is easier than you think: How municipal leaders can help end systemic discrimination

Description: Governments and organizations are increasingly being called on to evaluate whether their behaviours, policies or practices are creating or contributing to issues of systemic discrimination. Join this session to hear from a dynamic panel of speakers with ideas on how municipalities can approach policymaking with a lens to ensure that certain populations are not excluded.

Thursday, September 17 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                                                                                                  

Are you retirement ready?

Description: Retirement means different things to different people. It could mean more leisure time, more time with friends and family, or the chance to start something new. For those nearing retirement, it’s time to start weighing options and asking, “What do I need to do to be retirement ready?” This webinar focuses on helping employees define their goals as they consider what their retirement will look like.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

The Real Economy – US, Canada, & Alberta       

Description: The tightly integrated US-Canada economy has suffered a historic decline in 2020. But an economic recovery is coming. This presentation will explore economic and financial conditions, economic outlook, and potential recovery scenarios for Alberta, Canada, and the US.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Municipal Elections – So far, yet so close

Description: We will review the amendments which have been made to the Local Authorities Elections Act over the last number of years, including changes to the election process, election finances and financial contributions and disclosure. Whether you are a Returning Officer, CAO, incumbent or new candidate, this session will be informative and thought-provoking.

Friday, September 18


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                                                                                                                          

Together We Can Shape the Future of Municipal Governance

Description: AUMA has established a partnership with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy to explore and assess governance options that will enable municipalities to build thriving communities into the future. Join AUMA’s Municipal Governance Committee for an interactive session on the Future of Municipal Governance project and related initiatives the committee leads. 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Emergency Management: Economic Development and Recovery           

Description: This session will look at impacts to the Alberta economy from both the low price of oil and COVID-19 and how lessons learned from previous disasters can be applied to Alberta’s recovery. Calling on experts in the fields of economics, energy and business continuity the discussion will examine the trends impacting the provincial economy and how municipal leaders can position their communities to take full advantage of the economic recovery and future economy.  

Monday, September 21

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                                                                                                       

Healthy and Resilient Small Communities                                          

Description: Recovery that addresses both economic development and quality of life will require future-focused leaders able to engage communities in establishing a new social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic normal. AUMA’s Small Communities Committee invites you to join a discussion about how together we can put our communities on a track for a healthy and resilient recovery from the pandemic.  
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Public Safety Personnel: Reducing the impact of psychological injury in the workplace

In their lines of work, public safety personnel are exposed to events that are known to be psychologically harmful.

Under current OHS legislation, employers are responsible for addressing not only the physical risks, but also the existing psychological risks.

This presentation will focus on the concept of psychological resilience. Attendees will be introduced to the foundational aspects of resilience as they relate to individuals, teams, and a workplace community. Topics will include assessing new hires' resilience, creating resilient leaders, and ensuring the workplace community has the necessary resiliency when addressing large-scale events.

Tuesday, September 22

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Dispatches from the world of policing and justice
Description: Join senior Justice and Solicitor General staff and the Alberta RCMP’s Commanding Officer to hear the latest news on:
  • Establishing a provincial police force;
  • Reviewing Alberta’s Police Act;
  • Reviewing the Victims of Crime programs;
  • Establishing a Chief Provincial Firearms Officer;
  • Implementing the new police costing model; and
  • Rolling out new policing resources.
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unlocking Alberta’s economic potential through innovative financing, energy efficiency and technology          

Description: Alberta municipalities are leading the way to use innovative programming and new technologies to create local jobs and benefit the environment. In this session, Magna Engineering Services will provide an update on a recent wastewater survey. AUMA has partnered with Magna Engineering Services, surveying municipalities on the obstacles to wastewater operation and changes needed to support thriving communities. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will explain the benefits of the Clean Energy Improvement Program. The first Alberta program that allows property owners to access affordable financing through their municipality for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Wednesday, September 23

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                      

Housing for Health

Description: A growing body of research shows us that community environments are vital in shaping health and well-being. The Housing for Health Project at the University of Alberta brings together multiple sector partners to collaborate on improving the health of community residents by changing how their buildings, streets, and communities are designed. Municipalities are a key partner in this work, as their planning policies and practices impact the ways in which our environments are built. This session will discuss the relationship between health, the built environment, and municipal planning policies and practices, along with opportunities for collaboration.  
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Relationship Building - A conversation with former Ministers of Municipal Affairs

Description: A bi-partisan group of former Ministers of Municipal Affairs will participate in a roundtable discussion facilitated by the executive. The focus will be on the Minister’s experiences, relationship with AUMA and municipalities and what their role and responsibilities were in support of municipalities – including within executive level discussions.


The 2020 AUMA Convention - Together We Can!

The 2020 AUMA Convention is coming, and this year’s theme is Together We Can!

We are excited to announce that Peter Mansbridge will be our opening keynote speaker!

While this year’s event might look a bit different, members across Alberta will continue to gather for the same great content, even if we all aren’t under the same roof.

Our full convention is going to be offered virtually this year. 

Registration for Convention is now open and grants access to:

  • dialogue sessions with provincial ministers;
  • two exciting keynotes;
  • resolutions;
  • board elections;
  • award-winning entertainment; 
  • virtual networking events; and
  • a week of education sessions leading up to the live event on September 24 and 25 (one day shorter than our regular program).
September 16 - 23, 2020
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