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2017 Mountain Refresher


Planning Committee Chair’s Welcome & SLGM Chair’s Message

Welcome to the 2017 Municipal Administration Leadership Workshop. I trust that whether you are returning to the workshop or this is your first time, you will find this an enriching experience. Both the sessions and the all-important networking will benefit you and your municipal career.

Our Planning Committee has worked hard for you this year. Taking your suggestions and the ever changing issues facing us, they have compiled the sessions and presenters to reflect these. In addition to this, our Committee members also obtain our sponsors to be able to host such a great event in breathtaking Kananaskis. Our Committee Members this year were Adam Clarkson, Duane Coleman, Al Hoggan, Ryan Morrison, Corinne Newman, Mark Oberg, Jessie Sopko and Martin Taylor. When you see them, thank them for all of their exemplary efforts this year.

I would also like to thank our sponsors. Please take note of who sponsored us this year, without them the workshop simply could not happen. If you work with any of the sponsors, please take the time to personally thank them. Your acknowledgement helps ensure their continued contribution to our event.

As we all know, we are only successful by having great people supporting us. On behalf of the Planning Committee, a big thanks to Linda Davies. She is the one who really puts this workshop together and ensures it all runs smoothly. As always, her endless work and devotion to the Society is greatly appreciated.

Again, thank you for attending. Enclosed you will find all of the information for the workshop and the sessions you registered for. Most importantly, have a great time and enjoy the Kananaskis Workshop experience.


Dean Krause CLGM CPT
Chair, MALW Planning Committee

Message from the Society of Local Government Chair

On behalf of the SLGM Board of Directors I would like to extend you a warm welcome to the 2017 Municipal Administration Leadership Workshop (MALW). As in the past, this year's event promises to be practical, thought provoking and inspirational. Our goal is to provide you with a host of innovative ideas designed to not only improve yourself professionally, but also enable you as leaders of successful municipalities.

Based on the feedback our MALW Planning Committee received from previous Workshop participants we are pleased to bring you a group of accomplished speakers presenting on a number of timely topics to help you overcome the many challenges of local government. By the end of the Workshop you will have a better idea of how to engage your co-workers, run a municipal election, orientate your newly elected councils, enhance relationships with your municipal neighbors, effectively lead your municipalities towards excellence and finally, and perhaps most importantly, learn of numerous municipal best practices through informal interactions with fellow Workshop attendees.

Under the leadership of Committee Chairman and SLGM Board Member Dean Krause, this year's Planning Committee, including our Executive Director, Linda Davies, has put a considerable amount of effort into making our Workshop a success. When you come across these folks please be sure to thank them for their commitment to your continued learning.

A huge thank you is also extended to our many loyal sponsors. Through their continued generous support we are able to provide an unparalleled learning experience while maintaining nominal registration fees to encourage participation by municipal staff from all across Alberta.

Again, thank you for joining us and please remember to complete and return your Workshop evaluations as your feedback is crucial in helping us respond to your professional development needs.

Enjoy your time in Kananaskis!

Tim Timmons, CLGM
Chair, Society of Local Government Managers

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