Local Government Alumni Conference
Friday, November 18, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N., London, ON

Local Government Alumni Conference 2022
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
$135 full-day conference plus Cocktails and Conversations at Joe Kool's, Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.
$75 for full-time MPA students 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:
Reflecting on Local Government: Debating Democracy Then and Now

How has democracy at the local level changed over time and what has remained? This panel will create conversation about past and contemporary challenges that municipalities face, while also acknowledging key democratic trends/values that have withstood the test of time in the industry.

Marcus Ryan - Mayor of Zorra Township
Dr. David Siegel - Professor Emeritus, Brock University
Ken Seiling - Former Regional Chair, Waterloo Region
Jody Johnson, MPA'94 - Director of Legal, Halton Region

Dr. Joe Lyons, BA'07, PhD'14, Assistant Professor and Director, Local Government Program, Western University

Re-Establishing the Local Government Role in Affordability
How does economic uncertainty affect the local level? This panel will analyze the impact of inflation on capital budgets, increasing uncontrolled costs, and cost of living for community members. What does this mean for local governments moving forward?

Kealy Dedman, MPA'13, Commissioner of Public Works, Region of Peel
Jessica Jaremchuk, BA'01, LLB'05, Vice President, Risk Management Services
Nandini Syed, MPA'21, Municipal Treasurer, Town of Orangeville

Dr. Martin Horak, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance, Western University

Re-Envisioning Local Government: Lessons Learned and Opportunities Seized
How can local governments adopt unique municipal services or initiatives to better service their citizens? This panel will focus on case studies that provide lessons learned and opportunities seized.

Becky Smith-Hull, Director, Municipal Innovation Council. PROJECT: Municipal Innovation Initiative
Kriss Snell, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of North Perth. PROJECT: ‘Employer Branding Project’
Josh Morgan, BA'02, MA'04, Mayor-Elect, City of London. PROJECT: ‘Action Plan to Disrupt Islamophobia’ 

Dr. Bill Irwin, Chair, Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Studies, Governance, Leadership and Ethics, Huron at Western

Re-Visiting the Ministerial Zoning Order
A once little-known mechanism used by the provincial government is now commonly being used as a land-use tool to facilitate developments. This panel will discuss the benefits and implications of Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs) on community building, democracy, and the role of municipal governments.

Dr. Wayne Caldwell, BA'80, MA'82, Professor and Registered Professional Planner (RPP), University of Guelph
Chief Mark Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River
Jill Hogan, Commissioner of Development Services, Town of Milton

Dr. Zack Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Western University

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
Kate Graham, BFA'07, MPA'08, PhD'19 is a Senior Advisor at Colliers Project Leaders, and supports municipal governments across Canada in areas of governance, council-staff relations, decision making and priority setting. Kate holds a PhD in Political Science (Local Government), and teaches at Huron University College and Western University (Local Government Program). Before entering academia, Kate spent a decade working in local government, most recently as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London. She was the youngest member of the senior leadership team and received a Top 20 Under 40 award for her work in this role. She is a three-time published book author including as co-author of the textbook, Local Government in Practice: Cases in Governance, Planning and Policy (2019). She has now interviewed hundreds of municipal officials, political leaders and others engaged in local politics -- and, she absolutely loves doing this work.

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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