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Get ready, Convention is coming!

November 16, 2017

We are days away from the 2017 AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show, and now is about that time that members start to prepare for their arrival. Whether you are a seasoned AUMA Convention veteran, or a first-time attendee, it never hurts to refresh your memory with some Convention knowledge. Below you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions aimed at making your experience smoother.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends Convention?

Convention attracts more than 1,100 municipal elected officials and administrators, as well as partners from the province, private sector and community organizations. In addition to registered delegates, the AMSC Trade Show features more than 100 exhibitors.

Am I required to wear my name tag?

Yes, your name tag gains you entrance into all Convention programs, including the AMSC Trade Show, so please wear it at all times. It also helps to remind you of the names of other members you haven’t seen in a while.

What does my registration get me?

Your registration gets you access to all committee and board reports, Open Ceremonies and Keynote address, dialogue sessions with provincial Ministers, education sessions, the AGM, and the AMSC Trade Show.

Your registration also includes shuttle service to and from select Convention hotels, full hot breakfast and lunch buffets from Wednesday to Friday, with a lunch-to-go on Friday, and refreshments throughout Convention breaks.

When can I pick up my registration package?

Registration, located on the lower level of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre’s South building, will open on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 a.m. Want to avoid the lines? Stop by and pick up your package on Tuesday before Convention opens, registration will be open until 6:00 p.m.

Other registration times are as follows:

Tuesday, November 21 - 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22 - 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    
Thursday, November 23 -  7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 24 - 7:00 a.m. – noon

What is the dress code?

While there is no dress code for Convention, we recommend business casual attire.

Is there an App for that?

Keep an eye on your inbox. Members will be receiving information shortly on how to download the 2017 Convention App! The App will be your go-to source for all you Convention information.

Who is eligible to vote on resolutions?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be an elected official from a regular member of AUMA (city, town, village, summer village or specialized municipality), registered for Convention and be present during voting.  Click here to view an article AUMA recently posted on how effectively participate in the resolutions sessions.

When do resolutions take place?

The first resolution session takes place in MacLeod Hall on Wednesday, November 22 starting at 2:15 pm. If we are unable to get through all of the resolutions brought forward, a second session is scheduled for the morning of Friday, November 24.

Who is eligible to vote during elections?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be an elected official from a regular member of AUMA (elected officials only), registered for Convention and be present during voting.   All voting delegates are eligible to vote for the president position. For Director and Vice President positions, the persons eligible are voting delegates from the respective membership zone.  For example, only delegates from the Villages East electoral zone are eligible to vote for the Director of Villages East position.  To determine your electoral zone, please refer to Appendix A of the Elections Procedures Handbook.  You must be present to vote as there is no advance nor proxy voting.

When do elections take place?

AUMA 2018 Board elections are taking place on Friday, November 24, starting at approximately 9:30 am.

How do I vote?

All elected officials from regular members of the AUMA, who register for Convention will receive an electronic voting pad in your delegate bag at the time you arrive onsite. You will use this voting pad during the resolutions sessions and elections.  Further instructions on how to use the voting pad will be provided during Convention.