JUNE 15-17, 2022

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

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Event Program

  1. Day 1 / June 15
  2. Day 2 / June 16
  3. Day 3 / June 17
4:00 - 5:30

CAO Session

Bluenose Room A
7:00 - 10:00

Opening Reception

Bluenose Reception Area /Bluenose Room B
7:00 - 8:00

Morning Fun Run

Oak Island Resort

Join us for a 5km or 10km, walk or run before we spend our day sitting. Led by Dan McDougall, CAO Municipality of Chester.

Lifeworks kindly sponsored this session.


7:00 - 8:00

Morning Yoga

Mahone Room
Join us for a morning yoga session to help calm your mind and body before we start the day. This session will be taught my Jackie Camp, a local certified yoga instructor. A limited supply of mats will be available. Please bring a yoga mat to the session, if possible.

Lifeworks kindly sponsored this session.


8:00 - 9:30


Bluenose Reception Area
8:15 - 8:30

Early Bird Draws

Bluenose Reception Area

Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and a chance to win some prizes from other municipalities.

8:30 - 8:45

Opening Ceremonies and Welcome

Bluenose A & B

Welcome and announcements from our AMA President John MacKinnon

8:45 - 10:00

Keynote Presentation - Food For Thought

Peter Chapman, SKUFood & Alain Bossé, The Kilted Chef / Bluenose A & B
Food is essential for life, but we often take it for granted. Recently we have seen the cost of food increase to new heights. Many Nova Scotians are looking to reduce their grocery bill and the amount of food they throw out. Join Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef and Peter Chapman, the guy with the shopping cart, to learn how you can do more with less. They will share culinary skills and insights into our food industry to help you save money and eat better. Alain and Peter will also uncover some hidden gems and old favourites produced right here in Nova Scotia. They will share the inside secrets of these products and how you can use them in your house. You will never think about food and grocery shopping the same way again!
10:00 - 10:30

AMA Updates

Bluenose A & B

Join us for an update from the AMANS

10:30 - 11:00

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

Bluenose Reception Area

Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and some light snacks.

clean foundation

11:00 - 12:00

Equality and Municipal Government: Making the Business Case for Diversity

Honorable Dr. Donald H. Oliver C.M. ONS Q. C. . / Bluenose A & B

Diversity works when we learn to accept difference. This session will explore what it means for municipalities to reflect on the people and what we must learn in order to make diversity work.

Gerald Walsh

12:00 - 1:00

Wellness Luncheon

Bluenose A& B

We encourage you to stretch your legs and take a walk around the Oak Island property. Be sure to return to the Bluenose Room before 1:00pm for the Sharing of Local Municipal Innovation session.


1:00 - 1:45

Sharing Local Municipal Innovative Projects

Mayor Matt Risser, Town Of Lunenburg; Martha Horsman, Climate & Energy Program Manager, Town Of Mahone Bay; Chris McNeill, CAO, Region Of Queens Municipality / Bluenose Room A&B
1:50 - 2:45

Concurrent 1: Using Behavioural Science to Make Local Government More Effective

Mike Davis / Bluenose Room A&B
Science has shown that humans regularly make counterintuitive and seemingly irrational decisions, basing these decisions on factors other than facts and rational arguments. As such, their behaviour can make a huge difference in how governments work. Behavioural science, which combines insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and other fields, is the study of mental shortcuts and biases that impact decision-making. Governments around the world have begun to use this knowledge to better design and deliver services to benefit their constituents. In this session, Mike Davis, will introduce you to several key behavioural science concepts, and they can be employed to tackle a wide range of problems faced by local governments. He will profile some of the low-cost behavioural "nudges" that Davis Pier has designed for governments in the areas of public health, environmental management, regulatory compliance, digital services, and financial assistance.
1:50 - 2:45

Concurrent 2: Nova Scotia-well positioned to strengthen its reputation as a recognized leader in Waste Management in Canada

Speakers: Fraser Gray, Vice President, Finance & Strategy; Bruce Forest, Senior Waste Advisor, Sustane Technologies / Mahone Room
3:00 - 6:15

Offsite Activities

Please refer to the Offsite Activities Page
6:30 - 7:30

Patio Dinner

Restaurant Patio

Washer Toss Tournament and Hospitality Night

Onsite at the Blakenship’s Landing

Who is ready to unwind, socialize and play in the AMA Washer Toss Tournament? Pre-registration was required for Washer Toss. Your partner for the tournament will be picked at random. It will be up to you and your new teammate to avoid walking the plank (single knockout) in hopes of winning the treasure! Don’t worry this event will not interfere with the offsite activities, dinner or the hospitality suite. In fact, it will enhance the day with free, competitive entertainment. Those that are not interested in competing are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, enjoy the bonfire and cheer on your municipal colleagues. Perhaps we can get enough of a crowd to start the wave! Thinkdox is kindly sponsoring this event.


8:15 - 8:30

Early Bird Draws

Bluenose Reception Area

Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and a chance to win some prizes from other municipalities.

8:30 - 8:50
8:50 - 9:50

Concurrent Session 1 - What Are You Doing To Ensure That Your Local Government Reflects And Embraces The Diversity Of The Communities You Serve?

Jenny Benson Pratt, Director of Policy, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives; DeRico Symonds, Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives;Tracey Jones-Grant, Managing Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Halifax Regional Municipality / Bluenose Room A
Recently passed legislation by the Province will require municipalities to create a plan to address systemic hate, inequity and racism. Many municipalities have already started to develop approaches to better address questions of diversity and inclusion however, so many pieces are needed to foster a successful program that it can be overwhelming. This panel discussion will provide a brief overview of the legislation and tips/suggestions for best practices in developing approaches to eliminating racism and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in your municipality.
8:50 - 9:50

Concurrent Session 2 - Understanding the Enablers and Barriers to Local Environmental Stewardship

Richard Harvey, Manager of Policy and Planning, Parks and Recreation, Halifax Regional Municipality; John Meisner, Board Chairman, Mahone Islands Conservation Association; Lisa Matte, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement, Nova Scotia Nature Trust / Bluenose Room B
Local environmental stewardship and conservation activities occur in a context that includes environmental, social, economic, political and geographic forces. The success of these environmental stewardship initiatives is not a given. They face barriers such as rapid environmental change, social and market pressures, and competing political priorities. This panel will discuss the enablers and barriers to successful local environmental stewardship and potential solutions that might help others overcome their challenges.
9:50 - 10:00

Small Break

Bluenose Reception Area
9:45 - 11:15

Keynote Presentation - Closing Keynote – The Adventure of Moving Forward

A for Adventure, Jan-Sebastian Lapierre & Chris Surette / Outside- Meet in the Bluenose Reception area
An interactive session on how living in a world class region can affect our professional goals, our community growth and our mental and physical well-being. There’s no denying that these last few years have been challenging in ways we never could have imagined and through this presentation, we’ll collectively examine how the path forward can lead to greater resiliency, curiosity, and appreciation for the gift of living in such an amazing place. **This session will take place outside - weather permitted. We strongly encourage you to wear active clothing and comfortable shoes. We will be meeting in the Bluenose A&B before we head outside as a group.
11:15 - 12:15

Provincial Update

DMAH / Bluenose B
Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing will give an update on their latest initiatives.

Grand Prize Draw

Bluenose B

Must be in attendance to win.

Our Presenting Sponsor

Safety Services Nova Scotia

Corporate Conference Sponsors

The Province of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation
Municipality of Chester
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
HUB International
Intact Public Entities
Gerald Walsh Associates
Atlantic Used Oil Management Association
Clean Foundation


Safety Services
Atlantic Used Oil Management Association
Canoe procurement group of canada
Ridgeback Security
Home Warning
Gerald walsh
Accessibility Directorate

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