Welcome Messages

Welcome to the Spring 2018 Convention!

I want to offer a warm welcome our members, guests, and invited speakers that have joined us for the Spring 2018 Convention. This year’s Spring Convention features excellent speakers including Alberta provincial ministers, and keynote speaker, Kelly Lendsay, in addition to valuable education and networking opportunities.

Delegates will have the choice to participate in one of six breakout sessions which will cover current and important municipal issues. Session topics include understanding the impacts of cannabis production on land-use bylaws and opportunities to learn about the tools recently developed to support the changes related to the Municipal Government Act. We are also pleased to offer a session focused on enhancing speaking skills to support your professional development and a session that will allow you to learn about Indigenous awareness. New this year is a session where you will have the opportunity to have some of your association board members and senior staff in an informal environment to “ask us anything”.

We are also looking forward to your engagement at two essential convention events; the resolutions session and the Ministerial Forum. The endorsement of resolutions provides important advocacy direction, and we look forward to the debate on the resolutions brought forward. The Ministerial Forum provides a valuable opportunity for the Government of Alberta to hear the issues that are important to you, and is always a convention highlight. 

As in past years, networking opportunities are a highlight for convention delegates. Check the convention agenda for social events that are supported by our valued sponsors scheduled throughout convention.

In closing, I would like to thank my fellow board members, our AAMDC staff as well as our generous sponsors for helping us strengthen rural Alberta through the coordination of this event. 

Have a great convention!

Al Kemmere
President, AAMDC

On behalf of the Government of Alberta, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties’ (AAMDC) Spring 2018 Convention.

The AAMDC Spring Convention is an opportunity to strengthen partnerships. We all share pride in the place we call home. We feel honoured and privileged to serve and represent our communities. And we are all committed to working together to improve the quality of life for Albertans.

Strong communities are the anchor of strong regions, and a strong, united province. At the heart of every community — large, medium, small, rural, or remote — are people who care. This is a gathering of people who care deeply about the future of our province. Thank you for your leadership and tireless advocacy. Thank you for what you do every day to make your communities better.

Best wishes for a successful and rewarding convention.

Rachel Notley

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On behalf of Municipal Affairs and all my Cabinet colleagues, I am happy to offer a warm welcome to delegates of the 2018 Spring Convention and Trade Show of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC)

Just over a year ago, I was beginning my tenure as Minister of Municipal Affairs, excited to work with your organization to help make life better for Albertans.

In the past 12 months, we’ve reached many meaningful goals together. From receiving royal assent for the modernized Municipal Government Act, to implementing builder licensing and establishing a provincial tax credit program to help rural municipalities struggling with tax recovery challenges.

It has been a busy year, and I’m looking forward to another rewarding year ahead. With much of the legislative work complete, implementation of the MGA is now upon us. Our staff will be working hard to ensure the smooth adoption of new programs and services for Albertans, as well as efficient delivery of existing ones.

The work that’s done here at the AAMDC is an essential part of our success. I encourage you to use events like this to find new ways of working together to plan for a brighter future.

I wish you all the best for a productive and successful convention, and success in years to come.

Shayne Anderson
Minister of Municipal Affairs

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