JUNE 15-17, 2022

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

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Event Program

  1. Day 1 / June 15
  2. Day 2 / June 16
  3. Day 3 / June 17
12:00 – 3:30

Municipal Finance Officer (MFO) Session *Registration Required

Bailey Church, Partner at KPMG / Bluenose B
Are you ready to implement PSAB Standard PS 3280 Asset Retirement Obligations? Whether you haven’t begun, are in the middle of implementation, are nearing completion, or have never heard of Asset Retirement Obligations – This MFO session is for you!
About Asset Retirement Obligations: This new standard came into effect on April 1, 2022, and addresses the reporting of legal obligations associated with the retirement of certain tangible capital assets and solid waste landfills by public sector entities. Common retirement obligations may include: buildings with asbestos, lead, underground fuel storage tank removal, septic tanks, PCBs and other hazardous waste, wastewater or sewage treatment facilities and lagoons, landfills (particularly younger landfill sites), end of lease costs, and more.
To register: If you are attending the conference and the MFO Session, there will be an option to select during registration. If you are only attending the MFO Session, please email rkolstee@amans.ca with the registrants' names and dietary restrictions. Lunch will be sponsored by the Municipal Finance Corporation (MFC)
4:00 - 5:30

CAO Session

Mahone Room
An opportunity for CAOs and Clerk / Treasurers of each municipality to get together to have candid conversations on issues impacting them, their municipality or their region
7:00 - 10:00

Open Reception

A social event to reconnect in-person with your local government colleagues.
7:00 - 8:00

Morning Fun Run

Oak Island Resort
Join us for a 5km, walk or run before we spend our day sitting. Led by Dan McDougall, CAO Municipality of Chester.
7:00 - 8:00

Morning Yoga

Join us for a morning yoga session to help calm your mind and body before we start the day.
8:00 - 9:30


Bluenose Reception Area
Come pick up your badge for the conference
8:15 - 8:30
8:30 - 8:45

Opening Ceremonies and Welcome

Bluenose A & B
Welcome and announcements from our AMA President John MacKinnon
8:45 - 10:00

Keynote Presentation - Food For Thought

Peter Chapman, SKUFood & Alain Bossé, The Kilted Chef / Bluenose A & B
Food is essential for life, but we often take it for granted. Recently we have seen the cost of food increase to new heights. Many Nova Scotians are looking to reduce their grocery bill and the amount of food they throw out. Join Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef and Peter Chapman, the guy with the shopping cart, to learn how you can do more with less. They will share culinary skills and insights into our food industry to help you save money and eat better. Alain and Peter will also uncover some hidden gems and old favourites produced right here in Nova Scotia. They will share the inside secrets of these products and how you can use them in your house. You will never think about food and grocery shopping the same way again!
10:45 - 10:30

AMA Updates

Bluenose A & B
Join us for an update from the AMANS.
10:30 - 11:00

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

Bluenose Reception Area
Join our exhibitors for a morning networking session and some light snacks
11:00 - 12:00

Equality and Municipal Government: Making the Business Case for Diversity

Honorable Dr. Donald H. Oliver C.M. ONS Q. C. . / Bluenose A & B
Diversity works when we learn to accept difference. This session will explore what it means for municipalities to reflect the people and what we must learn in order to make diversity work.
12:00 - 1:00

Wellness/Exhibitors Luncheon

Bluenose A& B
Make sure to have your Exhibitor Card signed before this luncheon for your chance to win some great prizes. This lunch is sponsored by Hub Insurance
1:00 - 1:45

Municipal Short Snappers

TBD / Bluenose A&B
1:45 - 2:45

Concurrent 1: Using Behavioural Science to Make Local Government More Effective

Mike Davis / Bluenose A&B
Science has shown that humans regularly make counterintuitive and seemingly irrational decisions, basing these decisions on factors other than facts and rational arguments. As such, their behaviour can make a huge difference in how governments work. Behavioural science, which combines insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and other fields, is the study of mental shortcuts and biases that impact decision-making. Governments around the world have begun to use this knowledge to better design and deliver services to benefit their constituents. In this session, Mike Davis, will introduce you to several key behavioural science concepts, and they can be employed to tackle a wide range of problems faced by local governments. He will profile some of the low-cost behavioural "nudges" that Davis Pier has designed for governments in the areas of public health, environmental management, regulatory compliance, digital services, and financial assistance.
3:00 - 6:15

Offsite Activities

Please refer to the Offsite Activities Page
8:15 - 8:30

Early Bird Draws

Bluenose Reception Area
8:30 - 8:50

Presenting Sponsor Presentation

Joe Treen, OHS Director, Safety Services / Bluenose A&B
8:50 - 9:50

Concurrent Session 1 - What Are You Doing To Ensure That Your Local Government Reflects And Embraces The Diversity Of The Communities You Serve?

Jenny Benson Pratt, Director of Policy, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives; DeRico Symonds, Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives;Tracey Jones-Grant, Managing Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Halifax Regional Municipality / Bluenose A&B
Recently passed legislation by the Province will require municipalities to create a plan to address systemic hate, inequity and racism. Many municipalities have already started to develop approaches to better address questions of diversity and inclusion however, so many pieces are needed to foster a successful program that it can be overwhelming. This panel discussion will provide a brief overview of the legislation and tips/suggestions for best practices in developing approaches to eliminating racism and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in your municipality.
8:50 - 9:50

Concurrent Session 2 - Understanding the Enablers and Barriers to Local Environmental Stewardship

TBD / Mahone Room
Local environmental stewardship and conservation activities occur in a context that includes environmental, social, economic, political and geographic forces. The success of these environmental stewardship initiatives is not a given. They face barriers such as rapid environmental change, social and market pressures, and competing political priorities. This panel will discuss the enablers and barriers to successful local environmental stewardship and potential solutions that might help others overcome their challenges.
9:50 - 10:00

Small Break

Bluenose Reception Area
9:45 - 11:15

Keynote Presentation - Closing Keynote – The Adventure of Moving Forward

A for Adventure, Jan-Sebastian Lapierre & Chris Surette / Bluenose A&B and Outside
An interactive session on how living in a world class region can affect our professional goals, our community growth and our mental and physical well-being. There’s no denying that these last few years have been challenging in ways we never could have imagined and through this presentation, we’ll collectively examine how the path forward can lead to greater resiliency, curiosity, and appreciation for the gift of living in such an amazing place. **This session will take place outside - weather permitted. We strongly encourage you to wear active clothing and comfortable shoes. We will be meeting in the Bluenose A&B before we head outside as a group.
11:15 - 12:15

Provincial Update

DMAH / Bluenose A&B
Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing will give an update on their latest initiatives.

Grand Prize Draw

Bluenose A&B
Must be in attendance to win

Supporting Our Conference

Event Sponsors

Our Presenting Sponsor

Safety Services Nova Scotia
The Province of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation

Gold Sponsors

HUB International
Intact Public Entities
Gerald Walsh Associates

Corporate Sponsors

Sustain Tech
Clean Foundation
Atlantic Used Oil Management Association
Canoe procurement group of canada
Ridgeback Security
Home Warning
Municipality of Chester
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

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