Day 2 Thursday, September 22

Morning Yoga - Gentle Yoga Class

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom C | 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Join us for a morning yoga session to help calm your mind and body before we start the day. This session will be taught by Desiree Magnus, local certified yoga instructor. Those who participate will receive a conference buff. A limited supply of mats will be available. Please bring a yoga mat to the session, if possible.

Sponsored by Lifeworks

Registration, Early Bird Draws, Exhibitor Viewing & Coffee

Thursday, September 22 | Lower Lobby | 8:15 am - 8:30 am

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

Keynote Session: Fear, Lies, and Disappointment - The Root of our Most Acute Social and Political Anxieties

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 8:30 am - 9:45 am

Linden Macintyre

Presented by Linden MacIntyre, Giller Prize & Gemini Award Winning Journalist and Author, Former Co-Host of CBC's Fifth Estate and The Journal.

In this keynote, Linden MacIntyre will share how the prevalence of untruth in commerce, politics, and social discourse now accounts for the fear and disappointment infecting widespread contemporary notions about freedom and democracy.

Sponsored by Halifax. Halifax

AMA Updates and AGM

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 9:45 am - 10:30 am

Come learn what your Association has been working on, and join us for the Annual General Meeting.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

Thursday, September 22 | Lower Lobby | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

A short break before the morning sessions start. Enjoy a coffee, visit the exhibitor booths, or catch-up with a friend.

Sponsored by canoe

Morning Concurrent Session: Reaching Your Target Audience – Best Practices For Social Media

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Kelsie Chiasson, Consultant, Crestview Strategy

As municipal staff, are we spending too much time designing our social media messaging in an effort to appease a few chronically unhappy residents? Are we spending enough time building positive, trusting relationships with the residents who are not actively seeking out municipal information? This session will teach us how to develop more engaging relationships, how we deal with public feedback, or how do we become more transparent in our social media communication.

Morning Concurrent Session: Environmental Change - ACAP Cape Breton

Thursday, September 22 | Cabot Room | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Kathleen Aikens, Executive Director, ACAP

Presentation on environmental sustainability and current practices within CBRM around wastewater, solid waste, litter, and water conservation.

Wellness/Exhibitor Lunch

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During this luncheon, you have an opportunity to win some great prizes from our Exhibitors. Ensure your exhibitor passport is filled out and handed in before the luncheon to win prizes.

Sponsored by HUB

Your exhibitor passport can be found in your name badge. Be sure to have each respective Exhibitor initial it and submit it in the box before noon on Thursday for your chance to win..

exhibitor passport

Have each respective exhibitor initial your passport and submit your passport in the exhibitor box before noon on Thursday for your chance to win a prize at the Exhibitor Luncheon Exhibitor Box is located by the Mariner Ballroom A&B stage.

Presenting Sponsor Presentation – Emerging Trends In Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Our presenting sponsor will talk about the safety trends and things municipalities can install to help reduce workplace injuries.

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Reaching Beyond Education to Become Economic Drivers for Cape Breton

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Presented by: Gordon MacInnis, Vice President – Finance & Operations, CBU; David Gerbasi, Director of Studies, Canadian Coast Guard College; Carla Arsenault, Principal, and CEO, NSCC - Marconi Campus

Three educational institutions in CBRM have extended their reach beyond education to become economic drivers for the community. The session will highlight the benefits and challenges they have experienced and their move-forward plans geared towards economic development.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

Thursday, September 22 | Lower Lobby | 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

A short break to enjoy a coffee, visit the exhibitor booths, or catch up with a friend.


World Café Networking Session

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C |2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the conversation and explore an issue in one of the small table groups. Discussions will be held in multiple rounds and intended to allow for more relaxed and open conversations. There will be multiple table topics to explore.

Afternoon Wellness Activity

Thursday, September 22 | Main Lobby - Hotel Entrance |4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

After a long day of conference meetings, take advantage of this time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Take a walk through the Historic Northend of Sydney. Check your delegate bag for a map to help guide your walk.

President's Reception

Thursday, September 22 | Lower Lobby |6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The President’s Reception will offer the lovely vocal and piano stylings of Cassidy Riley. Cassidy is a 19-year-old Cape Breton University student who hails from Sydney River. This homegrown talent is self-taught on piano and has studied voice since the age of six. Cassidy has been involved in the Cape Breton music scene for over 10 years in a variety of performances and has produced several recordings. In your badge, you will find one complimentary drink ticket.

Cassidy Riley

Sponsored by NCL Group of Companies

President's Banquet

Thursday, September 22 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C |6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the Banquet to celebrate your municipal colleagues' years of long service. The Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Head Table being piped in by John Grant.

After Banquet Hospitality Suite

Thursday, September 22 | Cabot Room | 8:30 pm

Following the President’s Banquet come join us for some live music by Buddy MacDonald and Aaron Lewis during our after-banquet reception. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and enjoy a beverage.



Aaron Lewis and Buddy MacDonald

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