Garth Frizzell was elected to Prince George Council in 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Councillor Frizzell has been on FCM’s Board of Directors for eight years. Over this time, he’s served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Intergovernmental Relations, as well as the Governance Working Group and the BC Caucus. He is vice-chair of the Standing Committee on International Relations.

As an entrepreneur, Councillor Frizzell co-founded the award-winning Terra Cognita Software Systems. He is an active volunteer and past president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. Having learned French, Councillor Frizzell is keen to push for improved support for Canada’s two official languages. He lives in Prince George, BC with his wife Sue and three sons: Ioan, Ethan and Linus.

Indigenous leader KELLY J. LENDSAY talks about real social and economic inclusion for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. By inspiring government, business, and Indigenous people to overcome exclusion barriers, he shows how we can reclaim our shared values, take responsibility without shame or blame, and recognize our Indigenous neighbours as one of our most valuable resources.

Shaye Anderson was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the member for the constituency of Leduc-Beaumont on May 5, 2015. He was appointed minister of Municipal Affairs on January 19, 2017.

Anderson moved to Edmonton in 2004 and shortly after put down roots in Beaumont with his wife, Kelly, and two boys.

The Malaspina University-College grad has a diploma in physical education and also attended the University of Victoria for the Bachelor of Education program.

Prior to being elected, he worked with Telus as a telecommunications technician, installing and repairing residential and business services in the County of Leduc.

Sandra Jansen was sworn in as the Minister of Infrastructure on October 17, 2017.  She was elected to her second term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North West on May 5, 2015.

Ms. Jansen is a long-time resident of Calgary. She was a journalist for 23 years, including 10 years as a national news anchor for CTV News Channel in Toronto.

She has a diploma in broadcasting from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University. She also studied French at McGill University.

Her most recent legislative accomplishments include co-sponsoring Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley's Bill 2 - An Act to Remove Barriers for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence, and sponsoring Bill 205 - Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Jansen is a dedicated volunteer and has devoted her free time to support numerous Calgary charities as a spokesperson and volunteer for the United Way, Calgary Health Trust and the Ronald McDonald House, as well as being a board member for the Calgary’s Girl School.

Rural crime has been on the rise in Alberta in recent years. Municipalities across rural Alberta have been struggling with how to ensure the safety of their communities. Rural crime has multiple causes, multiple impacts, and no easy solutions.

Join Bill Sweeney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Justice and Solicitor General and Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer “K” Division (Alberta) for an overview of the RCMP’s efforts in addressing rural crime, as well as the role that municipalities can play in supporting safe rural communities. Delegates will have an opportunity to ask questions during this plenary-style dialogue.

Lauren Sergy, Up Front Communications

This talk is a fun, frank, and funny look at the communication barriers we raise that can prevent collaboration while giving practical and actionable methods for overcoming these barriers. Lauren will give a good shot of energy and inspiration with actionable steps that you will be able to implement right away.