Tuesday, March 20 - 2:50 - 4:20 pm

Salon 4, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Workbook is a resource guide for municipalities to assist in the development of Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs). This workshop will provide a guide on how to use the ICF Workbook to ensure that the development of your ICFs with your municipal neighbours is done in a way that is systematic, strategic, and produces win-wins for your community and broader region. The ICF toolkit, available online, contains both information and tools that municipalities can use to prepare and implement their ICFs. Truper McBride with Stantec, one of the authors of the ICF workbook, will speak alongside intermunicipal relations experts, and together they will walk through the workbook and address any questions that arise.

The AAMDC, alongside the AUMA and Municipal Affairs, has been developing change management tools to assist municipalities in the implementation of the amended Municipal Government Act. The ICF Workbook is one of these tools. 

Salon 8, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

Many people assume that great communicators are born, not made. In reality, confident speakers spend a great deal of time analyzing and strategizing both what they say and how they say it. Discovering and working with your innate communication strengths, understanding what your role is when you get up to speak, and tapping into the needs and perceptions of your audience are key activities that can drastically increase your skill and confidence as a speaker. In this workshop, you will take a deep dive into these critical aspects of speaking and communication so that you can express yourself with more skill and confidence.

Salon 12, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

Are you afraid of doing something wrong, so you are doing nothing with your Indigenous neighbors? Are you not sure your role as a councillor or as a member of your community in how to engage with your Indigenous neighbours?

This session is geared to people who are interested in learning where to start in engaging with their Indigenous neighbours. The Indigenous Awareness Circle is meant to be a safe space where people can ask a panel of Indigenous peoples about basic cultural awareness and with a goal of laying the groundwork for relationship building in the future. The panel will be open to answering any questions people may have that will aim to inform participants more about indigenous culture in Alberta and Canada. Even if you do not have any questions, this is a great opportunity to learn more in an informal setting.

Wednesday, March 21 - 8:30 - 9:30 am

Salon 4, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

The AAMDC alongside the AUMA and Municipal Affairs, has been developing change management tools for the implementation of the Municipal Government Act. Two of these tools are the Councillor Code of Conduct: A Guide For Municipalities and Public Participation and Notification: A Guide For Municipalities.

These tools outline the legislative requirements and voluntary options for these key pieces of the new MGA. The tools also provide ready-to-use templates for municipalities to adopt and revise to align with their local context. Michael Solowan of Brownlee LLP authored the two toolkits and will speak to how to best use them to efficiently develop a council code of conduct and public participation policy, and answer any questions that participants have.

Salon 8, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

With cannabis legalization set to occur later this year, many AAMDC members will need to amend their land use bylaws (LUB) to accommodate for production and retail facilities. This workshop will feature an update from AAMDC staff on land use issues related to cannabis legalization, as well as presentations from two rural municipalities on their strategy for addressing the land use impacts of cannabis production and retail facilities.

The workshop will be a great opportunity for members to consider both the challenges and potential associated with cannabis legalization, and how they can address both through land use planning.

Salon 12, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre

The AAMDC takes its role as rural advocate seriously. Whether it is working with government to ensure that the rural municipal position is understood, or working with suppliers to get members the best possible price on services and equipment, the AAMDC believes that our role is to support members in providing the best possible services to rural Albertans.

This workshop offers members an opportunity to engage directly with AAMDC board members and staff to learn more about how the association works, the services it offers, and how members can become more involved. Through rotating small group discussions, members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the AAMDC’s operations, advocacy efforts, business services, and anything else!