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Upcoming AMCA Conferences - Save the Dates!

2019 AMCA Annual Conference - April 10 to April 12, 2019, The Coast Hotel, Canmore, Alberta

2020 AMCA Annual Conference - April 29 to May 1, 2020, The Coast Hotel, Canmore, Alberta

2021 AMCA Annual Conference - April 21 to April 23, 2021, The Coast Hotel, Canmore, Alberta

The AMCA is made up of municipal employees who have the responsibilities of a municipal clerk, assistant municipal clerk, returning officer, or election officer. Our primary function is to give municipal clerks across the province a forum to share information and ideas.

The annual conference offers professional development and opportunities for attendees to discuss common concerns and interests.

2018 Annual Conference Presentations and Presenters

Meet the 2018 AMCA Conference Speakers

Wednesday, April 18 2018

Pam Paquet

Pam Paquet is a corporate therapist, inspirational TEDx Speaker and master facilitator.
  She’s worked with many different business sectors and companies to help them “stop doing what doesn’t work”. She has experienced private, public and government sectors which means she has witnessed all levels of crap from dysfunctional teams to incompetent management.  
Pam’s education and passion is the psychology world because this allows her to focus on what makes people tick and how to create change. She has been referred to as the “Dr. Phil of the workplace”.  Her most recent accomplishment is a TEDx talk where she speaks about embracing crazy and choosing change.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gwendolyn Stewart-Palmer


Gwendolyn Stewart-Palmer has been a partner in Shores Jardine LLP since 2007.  She has practiced at Shores Jardine LLP since October 2003 after working with the City of Edmonton Law Branch for 12 years.  She has been practicing law for over 30 years, focusing in the areas of municipal law, employment/labour law and administrative law. 

She provides advice to her municipal clients on all areas which affect municipalities, including bylaw and contract drafting, procedural advice to councils, and providing advice to subdivision and development appeal boards, assessment review boards and other council committees and boards.

She acts for several boards and tribunals providing general advice and advice during the course of hearings.  She teaches the Constitutional and Administrative law module for the Senior & Executive Managers’ Development Program and the Legal Environment module for the Management Development Program at the University of Alberta School of Business.  She has presented at numerous seminars throughout Alberta.


1985 - Bachelor of Arts (with distinction), University of Alberta

1986 - Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta

1987 - Admitted to the Alberta Bar

1988 - Master of Laws (with Merit), University of London (London School of Economics)

1991 - Admitted to Law Society of England and Wales


  • Member of the Alberta Law Society since 1987
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1987

Contact Information

Email: Gwendolyn@shoresjardine.com
Phone: 780-702-4275
Fax: 780-423-0163

Friday, April 20, 2018

Alberta Ombudsman – Marianne Ryan

Marianne was officially appointed as Alberta's ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner on July 4, 2017. On July 7, 2017, Marianne was acclaimed as the new North American Regional Director for the International Ombudsman Institute.

Marianne grew up on a farm near London, Ontario, and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1982 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Marianne led a successful career that spanned 35 years, touching the lives of people in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Marianne’s first posting was in Manitoba where she spent time building bridges with Indigenous communities. She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, leading major investigations targeting organized crime groups involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drugs, proceeds of crime and organized crime. Marianne also has extensive experience in human resources and change management.

Three years after becoming the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for Alberta, Marianne was appointed Commanding Officer of the RCMP for Alberta in 2013 and retired from the RCMP in March 2017.

Marianne resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.

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