Day 1 Wednesday, September 21

Morning Fun Run

Wednesday, September 21 | 6:30 am - 8:00 am

Join us for a walk or 5 km/10 km run before we spend the day sitting. A map of the routes can be found in your delegate bag and on the conference webpage. James Forsey will lead the run. Those who participate will receive a conference buff. We will meet in the hotel's main lobby at 6:30 am. Beginners are welcome.

Sponsored by Lifeworks

Registration, Early Bird Draws, Exhibitor Viewing & Coffee

Wednesday, September 21 | Lower Lobby| 8:15 am - 8:45 am

Grab a cup of Joe and a light breakfast to get you moving before the conference sessions start. If you’re lucky, your name may be called to win some donated prizes!

This breakfast is sponsored by Thinkdox. ThinkDox

Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, September 21 | Mariner Ballroom A&B | 8:45 am - 9:30 am

Join us at the opening ceremonies for greetings from our Conference Planning Committee Chair, our supporting members, and our organizations.

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Opening Keynote: Bet On Me - Succeeding in Business and in Life

Wednesday, September 21 | Mariner Ballroom A&B | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Annette Verschuren

Presented by: Annette Verschuren, O.C., Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc

As a leading entrepreneur Annette Verschueren lays out her surprising and inspiring philosophy for what it takes to lead and succeed in today's economy: tenacity, the willingness to embrace risk and an unwavering commitment to remain true to yourself, no matter how unorthodox you may seem.

Drawing on her experiences as a Cape Breton farm girl who went on to lead Home Depot Canada's expansion from 19 to 179 stores, building NRStor from the ground up, and other business ventures along the way, Verschuren will share her vision that will change the way you approach your work and your business.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

Wednesday, September 21 | Lower Lobby | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

A short break before the first concurrent session block. Enjoy a coffee, visit the exhibitor booths, or catch-up with a friend.

Sponsored by Property Valuation Services Corporation

Morning Concurrent Session: Digital transformation and the path to becoming stronger, safer, and more efficient

Wednesday, September 21 | Concurrent Session: Cabot Room | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by John MacKinnon, Deputy CAO, and Director of Technology and Communications, CBRM; David Muise, Director of IT, Strait Municipal Information Technology Association; Shawn Fleury, Senior Director, Risk Management, and Sylvain Dumas, Cortex SE, Palo Alto Networks

Technology is revolutionizing but how are local governments managing costs, delivering services, and addressing cyber security risks? This panel discussion will touch on a wide range of topics, including capital budgeting in cyber security, the triggers and scams that employees should be aware of, cyber insurance – cost increases, increased requirements, the importance of employee awareness training, backup plans and business continuity.

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Morning Concurrent Session: Practical Advice On Today’s Legal Challenges In Recruitment And Hiring

Wednesday, September 21 | Concurrent Session: Mariner Ballroom C | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Noella Martin, Q.C. Wickwire Holm

There are various legal challenges to consider when recruiting and hiring employees. In this session, Wickwire Holm will share practical advice to enhance recruitment experiences and limit any potential legal liability.

Ventriloquist Lunch – Reimagining the Art of Ventriloquism

Wednesday, September 21 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

While enjoying lunch, we will be joined by the very funny Michael Harrison, comedian and ventriloquist.

Afternoon Concurrent Session: The Strength of Partnerships: Utilizing Outdoor Recreational Spaces

Wednesday, September 21 | Mariner Ballroom A, B & C | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by: Deano Morley, CBU; Kirk Durning, Director of Parks, and Grounds, Buildings & Facilities, CBRM; Jonathan Penny, Program Coordinator Sports Development, CBRM Recreation

Being a regional municipality that spans over 2,400 square kilometres and one with high rates of poverty, we knew that many of the kids in our community were not getting the opportunity to participate in quality sports programs. Looking to change this, we immediately saw the value in partnering with Cape Breton University (CBU) and its athletic department. We were inspired by the university's new Strategic Plan, which included the goal to "Champion Island Prosperity" by building partnerships to lead change. Discussion with Capers Athletics occurred to consider ways to bridge gaps at the community level and inspire children and youth through sport. This presentation will tell the story about the strength of partnership and how it can help lead to change in communities. Ours has grown in ways we could not have imagined and is helping provide more opportunities to residents and building capacity and young leaders in the field.

Sponsored by Medavie Blue Cross
Medavie Blue Cross

Short Networking Break

Wednesday, September 21 | Lower Lobby | 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

A short break after the concurrent session block. Enjoy a coffee, visit the exhibitor booths or catch up with a friend.

Sponsored by Clean Foundation Small

Provincial Update

Wednesday, September 21 | Mariner Ballroom A,B & C | 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Presented by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Come join the conversation with Municipal Affairs and Housing: This session will feature presentations by Provincial Representatives on current issues impacting municipalities. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on current provincial initiatives.ns en

Afternoon Wellness Activity: A Lesson In Archery - Cancelled

Wednesday, September 21 | Outside Holiday Inn - Green space | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come join us for a lesson in Archery. Learn from an expert and try it for yourself. Those who participate will receive a conference buff. Max 25 people can participate. First come, first serve.

Off-Site Dinner and Entertainment

Wednesday, September 21 | Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion - Royal Cape Breton Room | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Emily DingwallTicketed Event: Registration in advance is required. The cost to attend is $60.

Join your municipal colleagues for a three-course meal and entertainment by Emily Dingwall, Jenn Dingwall, and Ashley Buckingham.

Entertainment Sponsored by MNP

Dinner Sponsored by Flowstar Neptune Technology Group

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