Local Government Alumni Conference
Now + Then: Re-Invigorating the People, Purpose and Passion of Local Government
Let’s celebrate 30 years of the Local Government Program at Western University!
The 2022 Local Government Conference ‘Now + Then: Re-Invigorating the People, Purpose and Passion of Local Government’ will showcase the evolution of municipalities, along with a celebration of the people whose passion and purpose drive the sector forward in pursuit of providing the best service for citizens and communities.
Registration fees are:
$115 for the full-day conference only
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.
There is active construction around Museum London. For the most up-to-date information and how it impacts parking, see http://museumlondon.ca/visit.
Panel Topics include:
Re-Establishing the Local Government Role in Affordability
Re-Envisioning Local Government: Lessons Learned and Opportunities Seized
Re-Visiting the Ministerial Zoning Order
Keynote speakers will include:Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor, City of Kitchener
Dr. Kate Graham, BFA'07, MPA'08, PhD'19, a consultant, researcher and writer about politics in Canada's cities.
A block of rooms has been set aside at Delta Armories London if you are interested in staying in London on Thursday evening. The rate is $199.00 for a Standard Guest Room (1 King Bed) and $179.00 for a Standard Guest Room (2 Queens). Please contact Marriott Reservations at 1-800-268-1133 or 519-679-6111 by October 14th, 2022 to take advantage of the group rate.
A special segment – ‘Humans of Local Government’ – will also be part of the day to celebrate alumni of the program.
Keynote Speaker Biographies
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and moved to Canada as a young child. Coming from an immigrant family himself, Berry understands the challenges and issues facing the thousands of Canadians who have made Kitchener their new home.
Berry attended St. Jerome's high school, and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in political science and a diploma in business administration. Prior to entering municipal politics, he worked in our city clerk's office and the information technology division.
Berry's outgoing and personable style contributed to his ability to successfully serve as a city councillor for six consecutive terms of council, from 1994-2014. During that time, he helped bring important community initiatives to life, such as the fire station at Ottawa Street and River Road, the Grand River-Stanley Park branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the Stanley Park Community Centre. He also co-founded the Chicopee Outreach Program (COP), a unique mentoring program linking at-risk youth with police, fire and community mentors.
Berry Vrbanovic was first elected as Mayor of the City of Kitchener in 2014, and was re-elected in 2018, with an outpouring of community support, for a second term. He remains committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.
In addition to serving on all of our regular standing committees, Berry is also an appointee and active participant on many boards and committees, including the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS), Enova Power Corp. board of directors, University of Waterloo board of governors, Wilfrid Laurier University board of governors, Kitchener Housing Inc. board of directors, Centre in the Square board of management, and the Downtown Kitchener BIA board of directors.
As a member of Waterloo regional council, Berry sits on all three regional standing committees, as well as the economic development committee, and the King Victoria Transit Hub steering committee.
Berry is also Treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments, President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and a past member of FCM's Green Municipal Fund Council.
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