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Save The Dates! Future AMCA Conferences

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.

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

2019 Annual Conference Presenters

Meet the 2019 AMCA Conference Speakers

Lauren Sergy, Topic:  Public Speaking

Leroy SloanTopic:  Ethics in Action

Jesse Sopko and Kristan Cook, Topic:  Being Transparent Behind Closed Doors: A Municipal Clerk’s Guide to Closed Session Meetings

Dr. Jody CarringtonTopic:  Leadership

Jessy Lumsden, Keynote

Please note, the AMCA conference presentations will be posted to the members area of the website, in the resources section, as they become available.  

Lauren Sergy - Powerhouse Presentations – Your Framework for Crafting Clear, Effective, Persuasive Presentations

Lauren Sergy is a professional speaker, author, and trainer on public speaking and communication skills. Known for her highly practical and inter-disciplinary approach, Lauren tackles tough speaking and communication issues with refreshing humour and candor. A member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, she has worked with a variety of clients, organizations, and audiences in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the US, including KPMG, Northern Trust Corporation, Alberta Blue Cross, Meeting Planners International, BOMEX, and others. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classics, and teaches courses in business communication at Concordia University of Edmonton. Her first book, The Handy Communication Answer Book, was featured on the Best Reference Books of 2017 list by Library Journal. For more information on Lauren, including resources, videos, and articles, please visit her website at http://laurensergy.com.

Leroy Sloan - Ethics in Action

Dr. Sloan obtained his B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta by the age of 30. He has served in a variety of educational leadership positions including Principal, Director, Associate Superintendent, Superintendent/CEO, Senior Education Advisor to the Alberta School Boards Association, Alberta Coordinator for SDSU and Royal Roads Masters Programs, and Alberta Education’s Deputy Minister.

As president of Sloan Consultants Ltd., he provides governance and leadership services across Canada both within and external to the education sector. He has developed a unique policy process which has been adopted by over 80% of the school boards in Alberta and over 50% in Saskatchewan as well as six boards in BC. He has also developed popular CEO and board evaluation processes which are being used in a variety of organizations. His company also conducts executive searches and training for boards and administrators. He has been a frequent keynote speaker at provincial and national conferences.

About Dr. Sloan's Presentation

Your system is perfectly designed… to get you the results you are now getting. If you desire different results, what investments in ethics will pay the greatest dividends?

Unethical conduct of elected officials and administrators is not rare and the negative consequences of such conduct are significant such as the destruction of careers, loss of reputation, and public confidence. Frequently ethical politicians and administrators are forced to pay at least a portion of the cost of these consequences. In addition, at times the whistle blower suffers as much or more than the ones who have acted inappropriately. Clearly ethics is everyone’s concern and inaction can have a considerable impact on the workplace. Join Dr. Sloan to examine ways to pro-actively build an ethical culture and what to do when standards of behavior or codes of ethics are breached.

Being Transparent Behind Closed Doors: A Municipal Clerk’s Guide to Closed Session Meetings

Municipal councils and council committees operate in an environment of increased scrutiny, particularly when they meet behind closed doors. As municipal clerks, we know that the MGA and FOIP Act provide legitimate reasons for closed session meetings. However, we often find ourselves defending the rationale for councils and committees meeting in the absence of the public.  

In this interactive session, we will explore how to establish a framework for success for closed session meetings. We will address:  

  • Developing a practical FOIP delegation;
  • Applying mandatory and discretionary exceptions of the FOIP Act; and
  • Implementing a process for proactive release of council and committee records.

At the end of this session, participants will have the tools and confidence to ensure they are meeting legislative obligations while promoting a culture of openness and transparency in their municipalities.

Jesse Sopko - Co-Presenting - Being Transparent Behind Closed Doors: A Municipal Clerk’s Guide to Closed Session Meetings

Jesse Sopko is the Manager of Legislative Services at Sturgeon County. A proud alumnus of the Alberta Municipal Internship Program for Administrators, Jesse has worked in Municipal Clerk offices in rural and urban municipalities ranging in population from 2,000 to 900,000 people. Jesse has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is a Certified Access and Privacy Professional and a Certified Local Government Manager.

Kristan Cook - Co-Presenting - Being Transparent Behind Closed Doors: A Municipal Clerk’s Guide to Closed Session Meetings

Kristan Cook is the Director of Corporate Information Governance at the City of Edmonton. She has many years experience working information management in the public sector including working for provincial, health, and municipal organizations. She has a Master's degree in English Literature, a Master's Degree in Archival Studies, and is a Certified Access and Privacy Professional. 

Dr. Jody Carrington - Leadership

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma.  Having grown up in rural Alberta, she worked on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary for 10 years and is now in pleased to be back to a rural setting, working in private practice, speaking around the country, writing a book, and raising her family.  Jody is a passionate believer in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach.  The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: We are wired to do hard things.  We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: We are wired for connection.

Jessy Lumsden, Keynote

Jesse Lumsden had a standout college football career at McMaster University where he won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding CIS player in 2004, and still holds a number of records in Canadian College Football. After spending a brief period with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins,  Lumsden went on to play four years for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he was nominated for Rookie of the Year in 2006 and made the East All-star team in 2007. He was player of the week and player of the month a handful of times. In 2009 he signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos but a shoulder injury ended the season very early. At this point in time Jesse had already started pursuing the potential opportunity to race for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. After only 9 months in the sport Jesse was racing with legend Pierre Leuders in the 2 and 4 man event. Finishing 5th in both disciplines Jesse didn't waste time getting back on the gridiron. Signing as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders for the 2010 season. Choosing to focus on the 2014 Olympics Jesse hung up the cleats after 6 seasons in the CFL.

Lumsden went on to compete at two more Olympic games in Sochi and PyeongChang racing in both the two and fourman events, wining a silver medal at the 2012 and 2017 world championships in two man and the Crystal Globe in 2012 and 2017 as the overall points winner in 2man with teammates Lyndon Rush, Lascellas Brown, Justin kripps and Alex Kopacz.

He was awarded the inaugural Randy Starkman humanitarian award in 2014 for community involvement and was recently nominated for the Canada Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission as a session member. 

Jesse Lumsden’s keynote will feature a unique and in-depth look at the tools, lessons, and principles used in the preparation of pursuing an Olympic-sized dream.

For more information on Jesse, please visit his website at http://www.jesselumsden.ca/.

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