2021

October 5-8

BUILDING A BRIGHTER NOVA SCOTIA TOGETHER

celebrating 50 Years

AMANS Annual Fall Conference at DoubleTree by Hilton, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

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Event Program

  1. Day 1 / October 6
  2. Day 2 / October 7
  3. Day 3 / October 8
7:00 - 8:00

Fun Run

DoubleTree Main Entrance
8:00 - 9:00

Registration

Ballroom Foyer
Come pick up your badge and program for the conference
8:00 - 8:30

Early Bird Draws

City Terrace
Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and a chance to win some prizes from other municipalities!
8:30 - 9:00

Opening Cermonies

Lake City Ballroom
Join President Dolter and guests to kick off our 2021 Fall Conference
9:00 - 10:30

Building Back Better AC/DC (After COVID/ During COVID)

Buhle Dlamini / Lake City Ballroom
We knew the 2020s was going to be a decade of disruptive change – nobody knew how much and how early that would happen. COVID-19 is the biggest disruptor in a generation, and yet it won’t be the last disruption your organization and industry will face in the next few years. Smart leaders need to keep ahead of these changes by anticipating them and developing a future-focused skill set. The most successful organizations are going to be those that build future thinking, adaptability, and innovation into their very DNA. To do this, we need a new toolkit of skills for the leaders and their teams who are navigating exponential change and build back better!
10:30 - 11:00

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

City Terrace
Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and some morning snacks before the next session
11:00 - 12:00

Changing Demographics: Implications for Municipalities

Don Mills / Lake City Ballroom
In this session, Don Mills will present the latest population trends in Nova Scotia with a specific focus on the importance of population growth in economic growth. He will look at the impending labour force challenges and the need for a population growth strategy for every community. In addition, he will examine the role of immigration attraction and retention in growing local economies and address some of the attitudinal barriers that exist in the region. He will look at the success factors needed to ensure that local communities prosper economically based on successful models in Atlantic Canada. He will provide a list of specific recommendations for municipalities looking to grow their local economies
12:00 - 1:00

Wellness Luncheon

City Terrace
1:00 - 2:00

Concurrent Session 1 - The Value of Social Procurement

Alexa Vodicka, Policy Trainer with Procurement Corporate Strategy, or NS Procuremen; Andy Horsnell, Senior Consultant, Centre for Local Prosperity,The Centre for Local Prosperity; Henk van Leeuwen, Executive Director DASC / McNab AB
Whether intentional or not, every purchase has an economic, social, and environmental impact. Social Procurement is about trying to make positive contributions to the local economy and overall vibrancy for the community when purchasing goods. This session will provide information on how municipalities, big and small, can be more socially responsible when purchasing goods.
1:00 - 2:00

Concurrent Session 2 - Emergency Preparedness

David Wilson, Director of Provincial 911 & Jason Mew, Director of Incident Management Division with NS EMO / Lake City Ballroom
This session will provide an overview of the Provincial 911 System, Next-Generation 911, and NSEMO’s emergency management role within Nova Scotia. Attendees will learn about current priorities and NSEMO’s new emergency management software (WebEOC).
2:00 - 2:30

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

City Terrace
Join our exhibitors for an afternoon networking session and some snacks before the next session
2:30 - 4:00

Provincial Update

DMAH / Lake City Ballroom
Join us for an update from Municipal Affairs and Housing.
4:00 - 5:30

Organized Walk Through Dartmouth

After a long day of sitting, take advantage of this time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Join the AMA staff as we walk to Sullivan's Pond Park
6:00 - 9:30

Dinner, Trivia and Live Music

Lake City Ballroom
You were required to register for this dinner event in order to attend. Delegates who do not register will be responsible for their own dinner. Your meal ticket is located inside your conference badge. Trivia: Think you’re pretty smart, eh? Well, the fine folks at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing are out to prove otherwise. Join Associate Deputy Minister Mark Peck, and his Trivia A-Team of Andrea Jeffs and Nick Barr as they lead you through three (3) rounds of trivia fun where you will inevitably wonder why you signed up in the first place. Live Music Event is open to everyone! Join us in the Narrows Bistro with musician Mike Dalton from 9:00-11:00 pm
8:00 - 9:00

Registration

Ballroom Foyer
Come pick up your badge and program for the conference
8:00 - 8:30

Presenting Sponsor Presentation: Emerging Safety Trends in Nova Scotia & Early Bird Draws

City Terrace
Grab your morning coffee, and come join our Presenting Sponsor, Joe Treen from Safety Services, as he provides an update on the emerging safety trends in Nova Scotia. Joe will also draw for our early bird prizes!
8:30 - 9:45

Keynote Presentation - How to Regain Focus, Recharge Your Life, and Really Get Sh!t Done

Michelle Cederberg / Lake City Ballroom
In an age of disengagement, distraction, and fatigue further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, how we work and live has been tested. We’re busy, stretched, stressed, and as we navigate the constant change and uncertainty, it can feel difficult to stay positive and do our best work. By using the wisdom of science and your own innate common sense, you can combat what Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg calls 21st-and-a-quarter-century stress, and tap into a well of energy that will reduce overwhelm and stress in every area of your life. Full of hilarious stories, anecdotes, and innovative strategies, you’ll leave this session with a renewed sense that it's possible to break free from stress and drive your own success, through the pandemic and beyond. That’s Success-Energy, and it’s a formula worth calculating.
9:45 - 10:30

AMA Updates and AGM

Lake City Ballroom
Join our Association's president and other members of the Executive Committee for an update on the work that's been completed in the last year and what to expect over the next year.
10:30 - 11:00

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

City Terrace
Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and some light snacks
11:00 - 12:00

The Future of Services: What Will Food, Air, And Sea Look Like After Covid?

Marlene Usher, CEO Port of Sydney Development Corporation; Lil MacPherson, President & Co-Owner of The Wooden Monkey; Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. / Lake City Ballroom
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. COVID-19 revealed the everyday activities many people take for granted until they’re no longer for an option—like eating out in a restaurant or traveling. The pandemic has rocked the restaurant and tourism industries and showed just how agile it isn’t. Faced with challenges, restaurants, airports, and seaports had to quickly adjust the way they operate with the hopes of staying afloat. Now, almost 2 years into the pandemic, we can see how the travel and restaurant industries will be permanently changed by COVID-19. In many cases, the pandemic is a chance for airports, seaports and restaurants to innovate and find new, creative ways to attract customers.
12:00 - 1:00

Exhibitors Luncheon

Lake City Ballroom
Make sure to have your Exhibitor Card signed before this luncheon for your chance to win some great prizes. This lunch is sponsored by Taylor MacLellan Cochrane Lawyers.
1:00 - 2:30

Practical Advice on Today's Legal Challenges

Noella Martin, Q.C., Wickwire Holms / Lake City Ballroom
Workplace issues continue to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic and many employers have questions about how to navigate these murky and uncertain circumstances. There are various legal issues to consider as well as practical considerations that Noella will be sharing with us.
2:30 - 3:00

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

City Terrace
Join our exhibitors for an afternoon networking session and some light snacks
3:00 - 4:00

Concurrent 1: Embracing the Younger Worker: How cultivating an age-friendly workplace can ease your retention challenges and help to position you as an “Employer of Choice”

Debbie Lawrence / Lake City Ballroom
Ask any business in Nova Scotia and they will tell you that attracting and retaining skilled, knowledgeable, engaged, and talented employees is key to their success. Creating a balanced workplace poised for success starts with employing people of all ages - and that includes Millennials and Gen Zers. This is especially important given that, as of 2020, one in every two employees in Canada is a Millennial or Gen Z. This session is an ideal opportunity to learn the seven reasons why 60% of Millennials say they switch off within the first six months of a new job and what you can do as an employer to cultivate a workplace that readily responds to their needs. You'll gain an understanding of a dozen strategies that will help to engage the millennial and Gen Z generation and bring out the best they have to offer.
3:00 - 4:00

Concurrent 2: How Does Fraud Impact You?

Bill Boyle, Director & Team Lead, Cash Management Atlantic, CIBC & Blair Brown – Senior Manager & Team Lead, Public Sector Group Atlantic, CIBC / McNab AB
Municipalities like other organizations are under constant threat of fraud. Do you have a reactive approach to fraud prevention? Do you feel a step behind? Join us for an informative look at a variety of fraud scenarios occurring in your market today and what preventative measures you can implement to help manage further attempts.
6:00 - 6:30

President's Reception

City Terrace
6:30 - 8:30

President's Banquet

Lake City Ballroom
8:30 - 11:00

Hospitality Suite

Harbourside Terrace
8:30 - 9:30

Concurrent Session 1 - Municipal Innovation Projects

Eva Wright Mooers, Senior Engineer, Province of Nova Scotia; John Bain, Eastern District Planning Commission; Glenn Horne, Municipality of the County of Antigonish / McNab AB
Earlier this year, the Nova Scotia government announced the first investments under the Municipal Innovation Program – a new program that supports municipalities working together on economic development and planning projects. The Municipal Innovation Program was created in consultation with the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and the Association of Municipal Administrators Nova Scotia and provides provincial funding for up to 75 percent of eligible project costs. This session will showcase how program participants are utilizing Municipal Innovation Program funding to work together on regional land use planning, an inter-municipal IT service, and solid waste collaboration and highlight the lessons they have learned.
8:30 - 9:30

Concurrent Session 2 - Strengthening our Municipal Coastal Climate Resilience

Nancy Anningson, Coastal Adaptation Senior Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre; John Somers, Coastal Protection Act Lead, Nova Scotia Environment & Climate Change; Danika van Proosdij, Coastal Geomorphologist/Professor, Saint Mary’s University/TransCoastal Adaptation; Samantha Page, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality / Lake City Ballroom
With the release of the newest global climate report in August, it’s clearer than ever that adapting to climate impacts is not just a choice, but a necessity. As a primarily coastal province, the impacts of sea level rise and extreme water levels along with development pressure in coastal areas and vulnerable coastal ecosystems are issues that require attention, especially at the municipal level. Join us for a panel presentation and discussion on municipal coastal resilience in a changing climate as we cover topics of coastal challenges in Nova Scotia, nature-based solutions, the new provincial Coastal Protection Act, and HRM’s new climate action plan; HalifACT.
9:30 - 9:45

Small Break

City Terrace
9:45 - 11:15

Keynote Presentation - A Deeper Dive: Understanding Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Bradley Sheppard / Lake City Ballroom
Bradley Sheppard's talk will focus on our unseen layers of diversity and how they inform individual thoughts, attitudes, and behavior. He will help define inclusion and what inclusion can look like in the workplace. During his interactive talk (yes, he wants you to participate), he will explore systemic issues plaguing today's society. Intended or unintended. Brad's relaxed style will make people feel comfortable. He encourages you to bring an open mind and open heart
11:15

Grand Prize Draw

Lake City Ballroom
Sponsored by Intact - must be in attendance to win

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