Schedule

Explore the breakdown of events, sessions, and activities happening throughout the conference.

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Event Program

  1. Pre Conference Day, Wednesday May 22
  2. Thursday May 23
  3. Friday May 24
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Municipal Finance Officer (MFO): Workshop – Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Facilitator: Bailey Church, National Leader of KPMG in Canada’s Public Sector Centre of Expertise on ESG

Location: Northumberland Room

We’ve all heard the terms “sustainability” and “corporate responsibility” before. "Sustainability" refers to an organization's effective utilization of natural resources while actively minimizing environmental and community harm. "Corporate responsibility" on the other hand generally involves an organization's commitment to ethical practices, community engagement, and contributing to the common good.

ESG includes and expands on these topics, bringing in other stakeholder concerns, many of which have become recognized goals in global frameworks such as the United Nations sustainable development goals. ESG is ultimately about creating value for stakeholders in managing and responding to sustainability risks and opportunities.

Join us for a journey into the world of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles. This workshop will take a community-of-practice approach to support local governments in developing an ESG strategy aligned with their community’s priorities. The session will provide an overview of the ESG landscape that helps local governments set out a practical pathway to position their jurisdiction for success. From why ESG is important right now and to how to get started with currently accessible data. Participants will develop a draft purpose, desired outcomes and priorities one-pager tailored to their community.

Join us to:

  • Gain a solid grasp of Environmental, Social and Governance principles and their significance;
  • Understand ESG Frameworks and Reporting; and
  • Discover what next steps to consider in your ESG journey.

Lunch will be sponsored by the Department of Finance and Treasury Board.

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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

PD 1: Municipal Staff Readiness for Council Orientation: Best Practices and Strategies

Facilitator: Sally Christie, Chief of Staff, Chief Administrative Office, HRM 

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Don't miss this opportunity to equip your municipal staff with the necessary tools and knowledge to facilitate a successful council orientation process! Discover how to create a comprehensive checklist and timeline for preparation, ensuring a seamless transition for the incoming council. Preparing municipal staff for effective council orientation is essential for smooth governance transitions. Join us for an insightful session to explore the best practices and successful models Halifax Regional Municipality uses to ensure staff readiness for council orientation. Learn practical tips and techniques to streamline the orientation process and empower staff to support incoming council members effectively.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

PD 2: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) Plans in Progress

Facilitator: Natasha Jackson (she/her), Director/Executive Lead, Community Engagement, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Location: Wallace Room

Have you ever asked, “How do we implement our Accessibility and Equity & Anti-Racism Plans to create a more welcoming and inclusive community?” Then, this interactive workshop is designed for you. In a safe space, participants will hear why this work is so important, learn how several municipalities are collaborating to action their plans, take part in scenario discussions, and together develop responses to often unanswered questions. Presenters include: Tara Maquire, CAO of the Municipality of Chester; Ellen Johnson and Craig Upshaw, Accessibility and Anti-Racism Regional Coordinators, respectively; and Natasha Jackson, Community Engagement Director with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wellness Activity: Self Care Inventory Workshop

Facilitator: Melanie Bower, Wellness Coordinator, AMANS

Location: Wallace Room

Join us for this fun and interactive activity to promote self-awareness and well-being. You will be guided to assess various aspects of your physical, emotional, social, and mental health, looking at factors such as sleep quality, stress levels, social support, and self-care practices. You will identify areas where you may benefit from prioritizing self-care and developing strategies to enhance overall well-being. This activity serves as a valuable tool for fostering self-reflection, self-compassion, and a proactive approach to self-care.

You will leave with an action plan to support your wellbeing at work.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Axe Throwing Activity

Location: Sporting Lounge

  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Experience this thrilling, fast-growing outdoor activity while enjoying the atmosphere of our unique Sporting Lodge. 

Please Note: This is a ticketed event, pre-registration was required

 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chief Administrator Officer's Session (*FOR CAO'S ONLY)

Location: Northumberland Room

This session is an opportunity for CAOs of each municipality to get together, have candid conversations, and strategize about the issues impacting them, their municipality, and their regions.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration Desk

Nova Scotia Reception Area

Our friendly registration desk staff are here to assist with check-ins and address any questions or needs you might have. You can find them in the Nova Scotia Reception area until 9:00 pm.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Opening Reception - Networking Meet and Greet

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom and Reception Area

Join us for the Opening Reception – Networking Meet and Greet, a lively event in the Nova Scotia Ballroom. Kickstart the conference with light refreshments, live music by Michelle Marie Leblanc, and an opportunity to catch up with your municipal colleagues and our vendors. This is the perfect occasion to network, meet counterparts within municipal government, and enjoy a variety of drink options from the cash bar.

Check your Badge Pocket: As part of your registration, you will receive one complimentary drink ticket, valid for one wine, beer, spirits, or non-alcoholic beverage.

7:00 am – 7:45 am

Gentle Movement Session

Facilitator: Barb Shaw, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Town of Wolfville

Location: Wallace Room

This activity will focus on somatic and deep stretching exercises. We will be using chairs in the activity, to learn to un-lock the areas of tension in the body that develop from sitting or standing at a desk and working on computers for long periods of time. This fun early morning session will help participants develop 'better relationships' with their chairs!

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Fox Harb’r Breakfast

Location: Cape Cliff Restaurant

Indulge in a delightful breakfast buffet at Cape Cliff, available on Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Delight your taste buds with a selection of classic scones, house-baked pastries, infused fruit salad, farm-fresh scrambled eggs, and more! Sip on freshly brewed Tim Hortons coffee or choose from our assortment of traditional, herbal, and infused teas. For $25.00 per person, kickstart your day with a delectable breakfast spread in the breathtaking ambiance of Fox Harb'r. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your conference experience! Please note: Breakfast is not included in the conference package and must be paid for separately.

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Registration

Event Registration and Assistance: Nova Scotia Reception Area

Our dedicated staff is on hand to assist with attendee check-in and address any questions or concerns you may have. Find us conveniently situated just outside the Nova Scotia Ballroom.

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Early Bird Draws / Coffee

Location: Nova Scotia Reception Area

Kick-start your day with a morning networking session and a chance to win prizes from other municipalities during our Early Bird Draws. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and mingle with fellow attendees. Visit our vendors in the Nova Scotia Reception Area to explore their offerings.

The Early Bird Draws will start at 8:45 am in Nova Scotia Ballroom

Please note: No food will be available during this break. We strongly recommend having a nutritious breakfast before joining the conference.

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Welcome and Greetings

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Please join us for the opening ceremonies, where you'll receive greetings from our Conference Planning Committee Chair, AMANS President, and Mayor Scott of the Municipality of Cumberland.

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote – Living through Change: How to support your team and yourself!

Speaker: Ravi Tangri

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Change is the way of the world today. There’s nowhere you can hide from it, so how do you deal with it? How do you support your team through change? And how do you find the support you need as a leader? With over a quarter century of change leadership, Ravi Tangri lays out the journey of change and what people need at each stage to support themselves. Equally important – and often overlooked – is how you get the support you need for yourself through this journey.

Participants will learn:

  • The five stages of change everyone goes through
  • What your team and your friends need from you for support in each of these stages
  • How to identify where you are on the change journey – and how to reach out to get the support you need
  • The secret to replenishing and re-invigorating everyone that almost everyone misses
10:00 am – 10:15 am

Refreshment Break

Location: Nova Scotia Reception Area

10:20 am – 11:00 am

A1: Swinging into Success: Teeing Up for Municipal Election Mastery

Speaker: Liam MacSeen, Elections and Special Projects Manager, Office of the Municipal Clerk, HRM

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

This session is designed to streamline the electoral process and foster successful municipal governance through elections. Participants will gain practical insights and actionable strategies to navigate the electoral process effectively. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of returning officers, encouraging broader participation, and eliminating obstacles for prospective candidates are key focus areas. By empowering participants with the necessary tools and knowledge, this session aims to ensure a smooth and successful electoral outcome for all stakeholders. Strategies for casting a wider net of engagement, addressing barriers to entry, and promoting inclusivity and diversity in elections will be discussed. Additionally, the session will emphasize the organizational-wide responsibility of municipalities in conducting elections, promoting collaboration beyond the municipal clerk's office to enhance efficiency and streamline processes.

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10:20 am – 11:00 am

A2: Workload Management

Speaker: Kristina Sheridan, CEO and Occupational Therapist, MScOT, BScKin(Hons), Atlantic OT Services

Location: Northumberland Room

In today’s fast-paced world, effective workload management is crucial for personal and professional success. This interactive workshop will equip participants with practical strategies and tools to optimize productivity, enhance their time management skills, and reduce stress. We will explore techniques for prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals, delegating effectively, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Join us and take the first step towards mastering your workload and achieving your goals with confidence.

In this session, you will learn:

  • An overview of risk screening, job demands analysis, with a focus on workload allocation modeling, and minimizing distractions.
  • Techniques for managing energy and taking breaks
  • Strategies for setting clear goals, managing deadlines, and focusing on work tasks
10:20 am – 11:00 am

A3: Continuous Improvement to Increase Productivity

Speaker: Jeff Ainslie, Managing Partner, 2020 Consulting Inc.

Location: Wallace Room

Explore practical strategies and actionable insights aimed at fostering continuous improvement and operational success within your organization. Join us for an enriching session and embark on the journey towards optimizing efficiency and effectiveness

11:00 am – 11:10 am

Post Concurrent Sessions Networking

Post Concurrent Sessions Networking sessions have been set up to provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with speakers immediately after their respective sessions. This networking session will occur right after the concurrent sessions have concluded for the day.

Please Note: No food or drinks are provided during this session.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Advancing Equity and Anti-Racism in Nova Scotia Through Municipal Action Plans

Speakers:
Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives (OEA) Government of Nova Scotia Luke Power, Director, Community Engagement and Evaluation; Mapfumo Chidzonga, Senior Engagement Strategist; Roxanne Pereira, Engagement Intern

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

This session will contextualize the requirement for municipalities to prepare equity and anti-racism plans, describe how municipalities can meet this requirement and deliver meaningful results, and how the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism and AMANS are partnering to support these efforts.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Lunch - Golfer's Bag Lunch

Location: Nova Scotia Reception Area

Pick up your lunch in the Nova Scotia Reception area and walk around the property. After a full morning of conference sessions, it’ll be nice to get your legs moving for the day. We look forward to seeing you back at the sessions beginning again at 12:45 pm.

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Provincial Update #1 DMAH Updates and Coastal Changes

Representative from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Meghan McMorris, Project Director, Department of Environment and Climate Change

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing will provide an update on some current projects and changes. The Department of Environment and Climate Change will speak about the nuts and bolts of the Coastal Action Plan and municipalities roles in it.

1:20 pm – 2:00 pm

B1: Alternative Work Arrangements Panel: Exploring Successes, Challenges, and Improvements

Speakers: Peter McCracken, Deputy CAO, Municipality of the County of Cumberland and Tammy Crowder, CAO, Town of Bridgewater

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Join us for a panel discussion on alternative work arrangements, where they will share insights from various municipalities on remote work, working from home, and compressed work weeks. The discussion will delve into different perspectives, addressing successes, challenges, and areas for improvement. Specifically, the panel will explore how moral issues related to remote work were overcome and the effectiveness of alternative work arrangements in achieving organizational goals.

1:20 pm – 2:00 pm

B2: Recruitment of Public Members on Municipal Committees: Strategies for Effectively Engaging the Community

Speakers: Jenny Porter, Municipal Clerk, Municipality of Yarmouth; John MacKinnon, Deputy CAO, CBRM

Location: Northumberland Room

An interactive session focusing on innovative approaches to recruiting public members for municipal committees. Led by Jenny Porter from the Municipality of Yarmouth and Keith MacDonald, CAO of the Municipality of Inverness, the session aims to brainstorm solutions to common recruitment challenges and enhance community engagement.

1:20 pm – 2:00 pm

B3: Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned (The Hard Way)

Speaker: Chad West, Manager of Information Technology at the Municipality of the County of Kings

Location: Wallace Room

Join us for an insightful session on cybersecurity, where Chad West, Manager of Information Technology at the Municipality of the County of Kings, will provide a firsthand account of a cybersecurity incident that occurred in 2023. Chad will outline how Kings overcame the incident, highlight key lessons learned, and discuss strategies shared with other municipalities to prevent similar occurrences.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Refreshment Break

Location: Nova Scotia Reception Area

Indulge your sweet tooth with our delightful sundae station, offering a variety of delicious toppings to create your perfect treat. Need something savory? Dive into our curated crudité board, featuring fresh veggies, crackers, and flavorful hummus. Sip on freshly brewed coffee or tea as you mingle with fellow attendees and enjoy a well-deserved break from the day's activities.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

C1: Strategies for Effective Public Participation and Community Engagement

Speakers: Barb Shaw, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Town of Wolfville and Julie Glaser, Manager of Accessibility, Equity, Anti-Racism Program, AMANS

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Effective public participation in civic engagement comes down to the strategies, tools, communication, and knowledge in an organization to reach target audiences and gather required input. Creating a solid strategy to produce meaningful results comes from the questions that need to be answered and how to ask them, the creation of evaluation points and timelines with feedback cycles to allow for new information to surface and be integrated. This session will present strategies and examples for public engagement that reach diverse and under-represented populations, and the use of digital platforms (Bang-the-Table) to help build trust in the community, gather insight, and reduce negative, unhelpful feedback.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

C2: Presentation by Nova Scotia Department of Justice and RCMP

Speakers: Hayley Crichton, Executive Director, Public Safety and Security Division, Nova Scotia Department of Justice
Superintendent Dustine Rodier, Administration and Personnel Officer, “H” Division (Nova Scotia), Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Location: Northumberland Room

This session will provide specific answers to questions raised by AMANS members regarding policing contracts and RCMP service delivery.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

C3: Management Skills for Small Municipalities

Speaker: Victoria Brooks, CAO, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth

Location: Wallace Room

Join us for an informative session focused on supporting smaller units. This session will cover a range of topics essential for effective leadership, including workload management, effective supervision, productivity tools, time management, and performance reviews. Participants will learn strategies to find balance, be strategic, and forward-thinking while managing day-to-day demands and wearing multiple hats in dynamic environments.

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3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Post Concurrent Session Networking Break

Post Concurrent Sessions Networking sessions have been set up to provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with speakers immediately after their respective sessions. This networking session will occur right after the concurrent sessions have concluded for the day.

Please Note: No food or drinks are provided during this session.

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Jost Vineyards Tour - **Ticketed Event**

Jost Vineyards Tour

Location: Joyce Centre Main Entrance

Join us for an exclusive Jost Vineyards Tour on Thursday, May 23, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Experience the scenic beauty of Nova Scotia's renowned vineyard as we embark on a journey of discovery and indulgence. you will board a bus departing from Fox Harbour and venture to Jost Vineyards, where you'll be greeted with the refreshing Selkie Rose and joined by Sven, the Vineyard Manager, for an insightful tour and chat as you wander through the lush vineyard grounds, soaking in the picturesque surroundings. Following the tour, gather underneath our covered patio for a delightful wine tasting led by Nick, the Retail Manager. Sample a selection of their finest wines and uncover the unique flavors that define our vineyard's signature blends. Please note: additional costs apply for the wine tasting ($15 per person (plus tax) with a 20% gratuity included). They accept debit and all major credit cards for payment.

Please Note: This is a ticketed event, pre-registration was required. The cost to attend is $35, inclusive of transportation and the vineyard tour

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner: Sunset BBQ - **Ticketed Event**

Location: Northumberland Room

The dinner menu includes Spinach and Blueberry and Caesar Salad, PEI Blue Dot Strip Loin in a Red Wine Jus, Breast of Holdanca Farms Chicken with Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Lightly Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Country Bread Basket with Butter and Condiments, Selection of Pastry Chef’s Creations, and Freshly Brewed Coffee and Teas.

Please Note: This is a ticketed event, pre-registration was required.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bonfire Under the Stars

Location: Northumberland Room Area – Outside Firepit

Cozy and comfy under the stars next to a crackling fire, enjoying classic S’mores with homemade marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate provided by our very own pastry Chef.

10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Hospitality Suite

Location: Northumberland Room

This event is sponsored by:

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Fox Harb'r Breakfast

Location: Cape Cliff Restaurant

Indulge in a delightful breakfast buffet at Cape Cliff Resturant with a selection of classic scones, house-baked pastries, infused fruit salad, farm-fresh scrambled eggs, and more! Sip on freshly brewed Tim Hortons coffee or choose from our assortment of traditional, herbal, and infused teas. For $25.00 per person, kickstart your day with a delectable breakfast spread in the breathtaking ambiance of Fox Harb'r. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your conference experience! Please note: Please note that breakfast is not included in the conference package and must be paid for separately.

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Early Bird Draws / Coffee

Location: Nova Scotia Ballrooom

Kick-start your day with a morning networking session and a chance to win prizes from other municipalities during our Early Bird Draws. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and mingle with fellow attendees. Visit our vendors in the Nova Scotia Reception Area to explore their offerings.

The Early Bird Draws will start at 8:30 am in Nova Scotia Ballroom

Please note: No food will be available during this break. We strongly recommend having a nutritious breakfast before joining the conference.

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Provincial Update Session #2 - Workplace Safety

Blaise MacNeil, Safety Advisor; Sterling Kendall, Safety Advisor, Labour Skills and Immigration

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Divisions within Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI) and other agencies outside LSI we collaborate with who could help Municipalities with any questions or concerns they may have about workplace health and safety. Information will be provided about all the OHS resources and materials available to employers and employees such as multilingual posters, factsheets and brochures, guides, videos, free courses and training, and our new mobile friendly Website, Nova SAFE.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

D1: Legal Developments that Will Affect Your Workplace

Speaker: Noella Martin, KC Partner, Burchell Wickwire Bryson Lawyers

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

In this session, Noella will discuss a number of legal developments that will affect your workplace

  • Municipal responsibilities around personal data protection
  • Employee attendance
  • The new legislation allowing workers’ compensation benefits for gradual onset psychological injury, set to take effect in September 202
  • Also, although it is not an employee issue, Noella will speak briefly on censuring of councillors.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

D2: Updating your Municipal/Village Accessibility Plans

Speaker: Laura Beth MacPherson, Manager, Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate

Location: Wallace Room

Join the Accessibility Directorate for an interactive session that will provide municipalities and villages with information, examples, and resources for updating their organization’s accessibility plan. Under the Accessibility Act, municipalities and villages are required to update their accessibility plans every three years, with the next update required by April 1, 2025. This session will provide guidance on the process for updating plans, including

  • meeting legislative requirements through your planning process
  • developing an approach to updating your plan
  • updating your plan’s framework
  • aligning actions with accessibility standards and other legislative requirements (e.g. Dismantling Racism and Hate Act)
    community engagement including engaging persons with disabilities
  • taking an integrated, intersectional approach.
  • The Accessibility Directorate is developing a new toolkit that will be released in June, and participants will receive a copy of the new Toolkit for Updating Accessibility Plans after the conference
10:00 am – 10:15 am

Post Concurrent Sessions Networking

Post Concurrent Sessions Networking sessions have been set up to provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with speakers immediately after their respective sessions. This networking session will occur right after the concurrent sessions have concluded for the day.

Please Note: No food or drinks are provided during this session.

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Refreshment Break

Location: Nova Scotia Reception Area

10:30 am – 11:00 pm

Provincial Update Session #3 - Department of Emergency Management

Speakers: Deputy Minister Paul LaFleche; Sandra McKenzie, Coordinator of Implementation

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

On March 28, government introduced legislation to establish a new Department of Emergency Management and a Nova Scotia Guard – which will be a roster of organizations and individuals who will help communities during and after emergencies. In this session, we’ll discuss the consultation plan underway through the NSFM to advance key elements of the legislation pertaining to municipalities.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fostering a Psychologically Safe Workplace Culture

Speaker: Jesse Adams, President and Founder, Ember Experience

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

The landscape of municipal organizations is rapidly changing in Nova Scotia. There is growing diversity within our communities, Nova Scotia has recently adopted cumulative stress as a part of workers compensation and staff are expecting organizations to better support their lifestyle. Leaders are feeling the pressure to navigate not only their work but how to foster a thriving culture, supporting employee mental health, while taking care of themselves. This presentation will examine the current workplace trends affecting municipal organizations, and highlight what factors organizations, leaders, and individuals can consider to help navigate these trends and foster a psychologically safe workplace culture.

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Prize draws and closing remarks Exhibitor prize draw

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom

Closing Ceremonies and Prize Draws 

Don't miss your chance to win some incredible prizes! Drop your badge into the draw for a shot at winning an iPad (10th generation). Or 4 tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians game on June 14th, 2024, generously donated by Intact Public Entities. Remember, you must be present to claim your prize.

Also, make sure to have your Exhibitor Card signed before the closing ceremonies for a chance to snag even more fantastic prizes.

Please keep in mind: Your exhibitor passport is located within your name badge. Ensure that each respective Exhibitor initials your card for your opportunity to win exciting prizes.

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