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Local Government Alumni Conference: The Evolution of Local Government
Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Rd, London, ON

Local Gov't Conference 2017

Western's Local Government Program Alumni Society is pleased to announce our 2017 Annual Conference, The Evolution of Local Government: A Celebration of 25 years.

Topics to be covered at this year's conference include empowering women in local government, the evolving federal-municipal relationship and how to pay for city building.

Early-bird registration fees are $90 for alumni, $100 for non-alumni and $50 for students. Please register on or before October 10, 2017 to enjoy early bird pricing. Registration includes nutrition breaks and lunch.

We also invite you to join us for Cocktails & Conversation, a networking reception taking place on the Thursday evening prior to the conference. The registration fee to attend Cocktails & Conversation is $15 per person and includes appetizers and one complimentary acoholic beverage. A cash bar will also be available.

Agenda: The Evolution of Local Government

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Introductions and Welcome - Conference Co-Chairs: Spencer Sandor and Melissa Bauman

8:40 - 8:45 a.m. Presentation of The Spirit of Western Award
8:50 - 9:30 a.m.
5 Minute Thesis Presentations/Highlighting Research from the LGP
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Empowering Women in Local Government Panel
Margaret Misek-Evans (CAO, City of Sarnia),
Lee Anne Doyle (Municipal Consultant)
Karen Farbridge (Former Mayor City of Guelph, Sessional Speaker University of Guelph, Consultant)
Bonnie Crombie (Mayor, City of Mississauga)

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Health Break
11:00 - 12:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker - Peter Wallace, City Manager of the City of Toronto
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch and AGM
Presentation of the Award of Excellence

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

How do we Foster Future-Focused City Building?
Pamalea Kraft (Head of Property, Planning and Development, Toronto Transit Commission)
Stephen VanOfwegen (CFO, Region of Peel)
Mary Lou Tanner (Director, Planning and Building and Chief Planning Officer, City of Burlington)

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Health  Break
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
The Changing Dynamics of the Municipal-Federal Relationship by Clark Somerville, FCM past president and Halton Regional Councillor
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Andy's Booklist
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Program Updates and Thank You's

A Guestroom Block has been set aside at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre Leadership Centre for a special conference rate. For complete pricing details and to book online, please visit the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre webpage. Only a limited number of rooms are available, so please book early.


Western Alumni is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any particular accommodation requirements or require information in an alternate format.

If you would like to attend this event, please purchase tickets online.

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