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2015 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference

Western's Local Government Program Alumni Society is pleased to announce our 2015 Annual Conference. This year’s theme is Back to the Future: Exploring What's Ahead for Local Government.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario
 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Join Us Thursday Night!

We would also like to invite you to join us for Cocktails & Conversations, a networking reception taking place on the Thursday evening prior to the conference. There is no additional registration fee for conference delegates to attend Cocktails and Conversation event. This year’s Cocktails & Conversations speaker is Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Guelph.

Date: Thursday November 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario, 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Conference Registration Fees:

Agenda:

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:30

Opening Remarks

8:45

Sharing Economy and Disruptive Technology
Noah Zon, Practice Lead, Intergovernmental Social & Economic Policy - Mowat Centre

9:30

Five Minute Thesis Presentations

10:15 Break
10:30

Keynote: Nigel Jacob, Co-Founder Office of New Urban Mechanics – City of Boston

11:30

Building Organizations for the Future
Carla Ladd, Chief Administrative Officer - City of Barrie

12:00 Lunch
1:00

Annual General Meeting and Award

1:30

Smart Infrastructure Panel
Ashleigh Weeden – Communications & Community Engagement, Grey County Connected County Initiative and SWIFT
Ron Gordon – Smart + Connected Communities Business Development Manager, Cisco
Michael Fenn - President, Fenn Advisory Services & Senior Advisor, Strategy Group
Moderator: Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford

2:30

Future Trends in Urban Development
Craig Beattie, Founding Partner - Perimeter Development Corp

3:00

Dr. Martin Horak’s Program Update

3:10

Dr. Andrew Sancton’s Book List

3:20

Conference Wrap-up

3:30

Closing Remarks

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2014 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference

Western's Local Government Program Alumni Society is pleased to announce our 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s theme is Leading through Chaos: Challenges in the Public Sector. Our keynote speaker will be Charles Cross of the Detroit Collaborative Design Centre.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario
 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Join Us Thursday Night!

We would also like to invite you to join us for Cocktails & Conversations, a networking reception taking place on the Thursday evening prior to the conference. The keynote speaker for Cocktails and Conversation will be Matthew Torigian, Deputy Minister of Community Safety. There is no additional registration fee for conference delegates to attend Cocktails and Conversation.

Date: Thursday November 6, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario, 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Conference Registration Fees:

Agenda:

8:00 a.m. Registration & hot buffet breakfast
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. Sarah Brown, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo
9:15 a.m. Student Presentations - Five Minute Thesis
10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Charles Cross, Detroit Collaborative Design Centre
11:15 a.m. Kadie Ward, Build Strong Cities
12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. AGM and Award Presentation
1:30 p.m. Panel: Natural Disasters: Kelley Coulter CAO of Bruce County, Larry McCabe, CAO of Goderich, Michael J. Smith, General Manager of Community Services, City of Thunder Bay, Panel moderated by Martin Horak
2:30 p.m. Sgt. Rob Scott, OPP - Controlled Chaos: Large Event Planning
3:00 p.m. Dr. Martin Horak’s Local Government Program Update
3:10 p.m. Dr. Andrew Sancton’s Recommended Reading List
3:20 p.m. Wrap Up: Josh Morgan, Councillor-Elect, City of London
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

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2013 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference

Western's Local Government Program Alumni Society is pleased to announce our 2013 Annual Conference. This year’s theme is The Creative Spark - Public Service Innovation. Our keynote speaker will be TTC Chair and Toronto City Councillor, Karen Stintz, BA’92, Dip’93.

Date: Friday, November 8, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Location: Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre,
591 Wellington Rd, London, ON (map)

Thursday Night!

Cocktails & Conversations, a networking reception taking place on the Thursday evening prior to the conference. The keynote speaker for Cocktails and Conversation was be Jeff Fielding, CAO of the City of Burlington and recipient of the Local Government Alumni Society first annual Award of Excellence.

We also welcome you to join your fellow classmates and graduates at Cocktails and Conversation, a networking reception on the Thursday evening prior to the conference, complete with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. More details coming soon.

Agenda:

8:00 a.m. Registration & hot buffet breakfast
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Gord Hume: Trends for Creative Communities
9:45 a.m. Kate Graham: Local Government: Closer to the People
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Karen Stintz, TTC
11:30 a.m. Susanna Hubbard and Josh Morgan, Creative Engagement & Library Spaces, London Public Library
12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. AGM and Award Presentation - AGM Agenda
1:30 p.m. Innovation at Work: Speakers Panel Dan Mathieson, getting creative with data infrastructure in Stratford Kristina Verner, Intelligent Communities for Waterfront Toronto and Bill Mann, Town of Milton with Municipal Innovation at its best: Financing Major Projects through Public/Private Partnerships.
3:00 p.m. Dr. Martin Horak’s Local Government Program Update
3:10 p.m. Dr. Andrew Sancton’s Recommended Reading List
3:20 p.m. Wrap Up: Susan Gardner, Municipal World
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Contact Information

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2012 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference
- Opening Government & Engaging Citizens

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 9.00am - Community Gallery @ Museum London

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Conference Details

This year’s conference theme is Opening Government and Engaging Citizens.   Our agenda features a keynote address from former City of Toronto Mayor David Miller, dialogue with MassLBP Principal and Co-Founder Peter MacLeod, and presentations from municipal leaders Rick O’Connor, Sean Galloway and Denise O’Connor on examples of how municipalities are embracing a new model of openness and engagement.

New for 2012, we’ve also added a pre-conference event – the opportunity to have cocktails and conversation with a leading thinker in the field of local government, Brock Carleton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Notice of AGM for the Local Government Program Alumni Society

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2011 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference

Thanks to all that attended!

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