Early Risers' Club: Guided Walk/Run

Thursday, June 15 | 7:00 am - 8:00 am (Meet in the hotel lobby)

Kick the conference off with an early morning walk or run with other delegates. and a stop at Novel Tea

Everyone is welcome.

Registration, Early Bird Draws, Exhibitor Viewing & Coffee

Thursday, June 15 | Lower Lobby| 8:30 am - 8:45 am

Grab a cup of Joe and a refreshment to get you moving before the conference sessions start. If you’re lucky, your name may be called to win some donated prizes!

Refreshments sponsored by ipac logo

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, June 15| Elm and Oak Room | 8:45 am - 9:10 am

Join us at the opening ceremonies for greetings from Mayor Bill Mills, Town of Truro; Mayor Christine Blair, Municipality of the County of Colchester; Chief Robert Gloade, Millbrook First Nations. Regrets sent from Warden Eleanor Roulston from the Municipality of East Hants.



Opening Keynote: Breaking Through Adversity with the Resilience Roadmap

Thursday, June 15| Elm and Oak Room | 9:10 am - 10:10 am

Annette Verschuren

Presented by: Mark Black, Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Speaker

Mark will provide a framework for success despite the odds and provides a powerful dose of inspiration and excuse-eliminating motivation. Using his life story of battling a life-threatening disease, surviving a Heart & Double-Lung Transplant, and recovering to run 4 marathons.

Mark will show you that you are limited more by perceptions than circumstances. But it goes far beyond emotions or attitude. This keynote will provide a powerful experience and leave you with practical takeaways they can implement in your municipality the following day. 

Refreshment Break: Networking and Meeting the Exhibitors

Thursday, June 15 | Lower Lobby | 10:10 am - 10:30 am

A short break before the first concurrent session block. Enjoy a coffee, visit the exhibitor booths, and catch-up with some friends.

Sponsored by scotiabank

Concurrent Session A1: Legal Updates and Developments

Thursday, June 15 | Concurrent Session: Elm and Oak | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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

The legal trends for municipalities are inevitably changing. In this session, we are joined by Noella Martin from Burchell, Wickwire, Bryson Lawyers, who will share some insight on the emerging legal issues in Municipal Government – including what we have learned through collective bargaining, legislation addressing medical notes and the impact on attendance management, as well as other significant developments.

Concurrent Session A2: Public Procurement 101

Thursday, June 15 | Concurrent Session: Birch Room | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Speaker: Edwina Renaux, Purchasing Officer/Finance, Town of Truro

No matter the size of your municipality, public procurement rules and regulations must be followed. Whether or not your municipality has a designated procurement specialist, understanding the basics of public procurement is important. Join the Town of Truro in an interactive session that will highlight some best practices and basic processes around procurement, followed by a question and answer period. You will also leave this session with templates you can work with.

Sponsored by: kinetic gpo logo

Concurrent Session A3: Using Plain Language in Municipal Communications

Thursday, June 15 | Concurrent Session: Maple Room | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Speaker: Erin Casey (she/they), Professional Communicator, Writer, and Editor

Come learn the basics of plain language in this hands-on workshop, including:

  • what clear and accessible language is, and why it's an issue of equity and inclusion
  • who benefits from plain language
  • the key principles of plain language
  • how you can start incorporating plain language into your everyday communication

Come ready to practice and have fun! 

AMANS Power Session

Wednesday, September 21 | Elm and Oak | 11:35 am - 12:15 pm

Presented by: Jeff Bishop, Executive Director, AMANS

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn what's going on with your Association. Come hear the latest project updates and learn about the new initiatives AMANS is taking on this year.

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Wellness and Exhibitor Luncheon

Thursday, June 15 | Elm and Oak | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Sponsored by:

TELUS Health EN Hor 2021 Digital RGBHUB Horizontal Full Colour CMYK hr

Concurrent Session B1: Navigating Employee Support Systems

Thursday, June 15 | Birch Room | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by Mary Morris, Executive Director, Employer Advisor Nova Scotia Society; Krista Heslop, Section Manager, Desjardins Insurance and Moderated by Janine McInnis, Associate Vice President, HUB International  Ontario Limited

Understanding and navigating the system from an employer perspective. How do employers work with the Workers Compensation Board, especially municipalities without designated Human Resources support systems? In this session, Desjardins will discuss the importance of intervening early to reduce the disability impact and duration of absence.

Concurrent Session B2: Assurance for Your Insurance

Thursday, June 15 | Elm and Oak Room | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by: Mark MacDonald, Vice President, Account Executive, Aon Risk Solutions; Joey D. Palov; Partner, Cox & Palmer; Joel Plater, Chief Risk Officer and Manager of Risk and Insurance Services, Halifax Regional Municipality

Not every municipality has an insurance specialist on staff. This leaves Municipalities to rely on advice from brokers and legal advisors; but in discussions on insurance coverage, sometimes your broker says, "ask legal" and legal says "ask our broker". How do we know when we have the ‘right’ coverage from a risk management perspective? On this panel, we'll hear from municipal staff, broker/insurer, and legal advisor perspectives on how to weigh the risks when assessing your municipal insurance coverage.

Concurrent Session B3: Succession Planning: Advice on Transitioning to a Senior Leadership Role

Thursday, June 15 | Maple Room | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by: Kim Ramsay, CAO, Municipality of East Hants

This session will focus on preparing employees for career advancement in municipal government. Kim will discuss how to have a forward-thinking planning lens and how to make informed, intentional decisions to prepare yourself for a leadership role.


Short Break

Thursday, June 15 | Lower Lobby | 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

This break is sponsored by: cpa logo

What Does Truth and Reconciliation Mean For Your Municipality?

Thursday, June 15| Elm and Oak Room | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Presenter: Heather Stevens, Manager, Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre

What's working and next steps, a reflection on how Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action can help your municipality and the Indigenous communities you serve.

Off-Site Activities

Thursday, June 15

View the Networking page for a list and description of the off-site activities

Off-Site Dinner, Entertainment, and Tour of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Thursday, June 15 | Rath East Link Community Centre | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily DingwallTicketed Event: Registration in advance is required. The cost to attend is $35.

Join your municipal colleagues for a buffet meal,  entertainment by Jackie Putnam and a tour of the RECC Facility. Transportation will be provided

Sponsored by blue cross evening sponsor


Hospitality Suite and Live Music

Thursday, June 15 | Maple/Aspen/Birch Rooms | 8:30 pm

Following the Rath Eastlink Community Centre Dinner, there will be a hospitality suite. Enjoy some live music by the Island Boys, a beverage, and reconnect with some colleagues and enjoy a beverage.


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