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AMCA 2021 Annual Conference is Going Virtual!

The AMCA Executive is excited to announce the dates and times for the upcoming virtual conference. Please save the date for the 2021 Alberta Municipal Clerks Association Virtual Conference taking place on:

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday, April 30, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. member-only AGM)

Annual General Meeting – Nominations Open

Save the Date for the 2021 Virtual Annual General Meeting taking place during the upcoming virtual conference.  During the Annual General Meeting, elections will be held for four critical positions on the Executive; President, Vice-President, and two Directors-at-Large.  All positions will be for a 2-year term. Nominations are open and being accepted.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please check out the  Join the Executive page for more information. Specific duties for the Directors-at-Large will be determined at the Board’s organizational meeting. 

Registration Types

1.) Member Rate - $300.00

  • includes option of 1 guest registration from your Municipality or outside the Municipality – i.e. non-member Municipality) 

2.) Non-Member Rate - $300.00 (does not include a guest registration)

3.) Intern Rate - $150.00

Registration is closed.

Cancellation Policy - a $25.00 administration fee will be charged for cancellations. All cancellations must be received by end of day Thursday, April 15 or a refund will not be issued.

Thank you to our Sponsor!

Registration is now closed

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2021 Alberta Municipal Clerks Association Annual Conference, taking place via Zoom over the course of four half-days, from April 22 to April 30.  Registration includes access to the entire program – one zoom link will be used for the four days (with the exception of the Annual General Meeting).   This year we are excited to offer our ‘Member’ registration category with the added ability to virtually ‘bring a friend’ (guest) along (no additional costs!). We recognize the importance of sharing the information obtained through our Conference and we see value in offering this to our Membership.  Guests can be a member or non-member within your Municipality or outside your Municipality. Our goal is to ensure that clerks across Alberta have access to this valuable programming.

AMCA Annual AGM - Friday, April 30, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am

Please note that all Members in good standing will be preregistered and invited to attend the Annual General Meeting being held on April 30 separately. As this will take place outside of the Conference registration process, regardless if you have registered for the Conference itself, you will still be invited and registered to attend the Annual General Meeting (and we do hope you can make it!). Invitations will be sent from the Alberta Municipal Clerks Association Zoom account, Alberta Municipal Clerks <no-reply@zoom.us> containing a personalized link to join the Annual General Meeting.  It’s important to remember that because this link is personalized for you specifically, it is therefore is non-transferable.  As well, there are four positions open for election at the upcoming Meeting – President, Vice-President and Two Director-At-Large positions. Please check out the Join the Executive page for more information.

We encourage everyone to register for the AMCA Virtual conference today and share this event with your friends and colleagues! Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all very soon!

The Executive is excited to announce the speakers for the upcoming 2021 Annual Virtual Conference 

Opening Keynote - Bruce Kirkby Acclaimed Explorer | Writer | Photographer

Bruce Kirkby lives life on the edge. An acclaimed explorer, travel writer and television host (with a degree in engineering physics), Kirkby’s travels have taken him from the world’s highest mountains to the wildest rivers and driest deserts. He draws on these experiences to provide real-world, practical lessons on resilience, risk management and change leadership, helping individuals and organizations confront fears, embrace change and find lasting success.

With journeys spanning more than 80 countries and 2000 days, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a raft descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. The former host of CBC’s No Opportunity Wasted, Kirkby recently spent six months travelling to and living in a Himalayan Buddhist monastery with his young family — an experience chronicled on Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure.

Kirby is the author of three bestselling books. A columnist for The Globe and Mail, and a National Magazine Award winner, Kirkby’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, EnRoute, and Canadian Geographic. His photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”

Council Orientation - Ian McCormack, CMC, President, Strategic Steps

The October 2021 Municipal Election is fast approaching. Within weeks after the election, all municipalities are required to provide an orientation for new and continuing elected officials. Ian’s interactive session will provide a high-level overview of what is required based on his experience conducting many council orientations and mid-term governance refreshers across several Provinces.  Throughout this session, Ian will address some important concepts using lessons he’s learnt that led to his book, “Who’s Driving the Grader and other Governance Questions”.

Pete Blank - Pick up the Roach: Why Great Municipal Clerks do the Little Things

Municipal clerks and administrators have a tremendous amount of responsibility when it comes to their municipalities. They are required to spend time on the big stuff: organizing workflow, balancing budgets and delivering results. Very few have time to stop and focus on the small details. But the details are usually the difference between a mediocre manager and a successful leader.

Through a fascinating lesson from a simple roach, Pete will share six simple, yet essential traits that leaders can emulate every day to improve their teams and their municipality.

Think you aren’t a leader? Don’t have a manager title or supervisory role? Join Pete and let him show you that regardless of your title or position, implementing the actions learned in this session will create a difference across your municipal organization.

Trish Tutton - Mindful Resilience: Develop the Mindset to Thrive, No Matter What!

After years working in cultures where stress and burnout were seemingly the only way to success Trish suffered a shocking loss and things became clear: stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate our lives. As a speaker and mindfulness teacher, Trish has taught the skills to live and work happier to thousands of professionals and has created positive change for her clients to become happier, more productive, effective, and successful without the busy badge of honour. 

Session Description: Mindful Resilience: Develop the Mindset to Thrive, No Matter What! 

When faced with difficulty - what's the difference between people who succeed, and those that struggle? How do we position ourselves better to not only survive - but THRIVE?

As we continue to navigate the challenge of a global pandemic - let's assess where we're at, and what we've learned.

One thing is for sure - this isn't the first challenge you've encountered - and it's definitely not the last.

In this experiential keynote, Trish will teach the keys to develop the mindset to thrive, no matter what life throws us.

When your employees learn the skills to thrive, they become a valuable asset for your company, helping you weather any storm that comes your way.

Peter Katz - Staying in It: Showing Up Wholeheartedly in Our Lives

JUNO-Nominated Musician & Storyteller

Peter Katz is a JUNO Award & Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally. He has been described by many of his fans and speaking clients as "a thunderbolt for the soul”.

Renowned CBC radio host Tom Power described Peter’s music as “one of the most heartfelt, beautiful, and vulnerable records of the year… an astonishing record”. To date, his music has been streamed over 4.5 million times and his music videos have over 16 million views on YouTube.

Peter’s music has also been featured on several TV shows and movies like Lethal Weapon, Reign, Sign Sealed and Delivered, Felicity, For Your Consideration, Hello Goodbye, Alias, Heartland and more, as well as on CBC Television’s 2016 Rio Olympics / Paralympics coverage.

As a speaker, Peter is a 4-time TEDx fellow being called on to give his highly customized ‘Keynote Concerts’ to countless companies and organizations across various industries like Bell, Xerox, Royal Lepage, SITE Global, Trillium Health, The Canadian Society of Association Executives, and the Government of Canada, to name a few.

“His ability to connect is unlike anyone I’ve seen. To be the highest standard of being a storyteller is to be like Peter Katz.” Jeff Pulver - Founder of Vonage

Michael Solowan - Robert’s Rules Disrobed: A Potpourri of Procedural Bylaw Punditry

Session description:

The legal education session will address why parliamentary procedure is relevant and why every municipality needs a procedural bylaw to govern council meetings. We will discuss core content for bylaws, identify leading practices for conducting effective meetings and highlight common errors, misconceptions and poor practices that undermine council’s proceedings and could land your municipality in legal hot water. Audience participation is encouraged!


As a Partner at Brownlee LLP, Michael Solowan practices municipal, education and administrative law working for public sector clients including the provincial government, municipalities, school boards and public agencies. Michael offers an on-the-ground understanding of the issues and challenges that councils and administrators face having worked as the City Solicitor for a growing mid-sized-city – where he was also a member of the executive management team – which gives him a unique understanding of how municipalities work.

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