October 4 – 6, 2019

Annual Conference


We are pleased to present our 2019 conference agenda! Keynote speaker Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, will present tongue-in-cheek lessons on how to sabotage your community and ensure your municipality fails to meet its goals.

In regular sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • think outside the box on building accessible and inclusive communities
  • access tools and funding on climate change and green energy
  • embrace social media without getting #cancelled
  • be champions and mentors for women and youth
  • find out which regions’ collaboration efforts have gone off the rails
  • connect with other communities that share your issues and take a deeper dive into key municipal topics

Click on the + (pluses) below to expand a complete schedule of each day’s sessions, including primary language of presentation and session location. Time slots featuring concurrent sessions have those sessions listed side-by-side on the schedule. Click here to download the PDF version. 

Please note that all sessions will have simultaneous translation and be available in both official languages.

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Updated September 16, 2019. Please note that this schedule is subject to change at any time without notice. 

Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference Registration
10:00 am – 11:30 am

AMANB Workshop: Building an Effective Council and Senior Staff Working Relationship
Junior Ballroom
Note: Separate Registration

One of the keys to success for any municipality is a positive working relationship between the elected officials and the permanent staff, particularly the senior managers.  When the relationship works, Council trusts staff to manage the municipality’s affairs and implement the Council vision; staff trusts Council to “have their back” when the going gets tough.  When the staff/Council relationship doesn’t work, the lack of trust can limit the effectiveness of the municipality and can damage the way the municipality is viewed by the community.




So, what makes for a positive working relationship or a not-so-positive working relationship between Council and staff?  Murray Jamer has seen both the good and the bad during his career as a municipal administrator and is prepared to share his blunt views and provide advice on what to do and what not to do.


  • Murray Jamer
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting
Garrison Room
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Beyond the Ramp: Building Accessible & Inclusive Communities
Junior Ballroom
Accessible communities are universally-designed, barrier-free, and don’t limit anyone’s participation. In this workshop, think outside the box about what “accessibility” includes, and explore the social & economic opportunities for your municipality. Hear success stories from communities like yours, learn about available funding, and get hands-on with equipment (that’s available for free!)


  • Haley Flaro, Executive Director, Ability NB
  • Denise Coward, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
  • Arlene Etchen, Outreach Specialist, CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
  • Sarah Wagner, Executive Director, NBACL (New Brunswick Association For Community Living)
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Networking Break
2:15 pm – 3:xx pm

Evaluate Your CAO (Without Anyone Quitting)
Junior Ballroom
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Councils rely on their CAO to help them achieve their goals, and a strong relationship is a must-have for municipal success. How do you evaluate performance and improve that relationship? In this workshop, learn about the (free) CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit developed by CAMA to foster open conversations between Council and CAOs, and hear from a local CAO and Mayor how the process worked in their community.


  • Jeff Renaud, CAMA President and CAO, St. Stephen

QUEST-FCM Update: Funding and Tools
Garrison Room
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Over fifty New Brunswick communities have developed Community Energy Plans or Local Action Plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Now what? In this workshop, get info about tools, resources, and best practices to help implement your community’s plans and projects, including FCM funding opportunities, Smart Energy Communities, “Getting to Implementation” indicators/strategies, and more. Open to non-QUEST members.


  • Eddie Oldfield, FCM Regional Climate Advisor
  • Sara Mudge, Community Energy Specialist, NB Power
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Effective Use of Social Media
Junior Ballroom
Citizens increasingly expect to connect with their community and leaders via social media. Are you using it effectively? In this workshop, learn how elected leaders and municipalities can best use social media to connect, inform, and engage, while taking steps to avoid landmines. 

Get tips for different platforms and learn how to embrace social media (while maintaining your sanity).


  • Heather MacLean, TaylorMade Solutions
6:00 pm Official Welcome
Junior Ballroom
6:30 pm
Opening Reception and Trade Show
Grand Ballroom
Saturday, October 5, 2019
7:00 am –
1:00 pm
7:00 am –
8:30 am
Hot Breakfast
Grand Ballroom
8:00 am –
8:30 am
Sponsor Presentation
Grand Ballroom
8:30 am –
8:45 am
Welcome and Update from UMNB
Grand Ballroom
8:45 am –
9:15 am

Community Funding and Equalization Grant Explained
Grand Ballroom
Learn how the Community Funding and Equalization Grant is calculated.


  • Ryan Donaghy, ADM, Environment and Local Government
9:15 am – 10:00 am

Status Update on Municipal Reform and Q&A
Grand Ballroom
Hear from Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr about government plans for municipal reform.


  • Minister Jeff Carr, Environment and Local Government
10:00 am – 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am

Municipal Revenues and the Demographic Crunch (French)
Grand Ballroom
New Brunswick’s municipalities are facing a two-part crunch: demographic and financial. Fewer young people and workers means the sustainability of local services, business, and communities is threatened. Meanwhile, in many municipalities, costs & responsibilities are growing faster than revenues. Are “bricks and mortar” property taxes sufficient in a digital economy? What’s the alternative? In this session, Richard Saillant will share new economic & demographic research about the status quo and what’s ahead. Discuss what local leaders need to know about how coming challenges will impact your region, and what we can do about it.


  • Richard Saillant, economist and author




Climate Change at the Local Level (English)
Junior Ballroom
From flooded homes to ice storms to damaged infrastructure, climate change hits home at the local level. In this session, the Conservation Council will discuss their report on the health impacts of climate change, including projections and community health profiles of 16 New Brunswick municipalities. NB’s Climate Change Secretariat will share what adaptation measures are working in municipalities, the latest climate change projections, and details about provincial funding & adaptation plan assistance that’s available for you.


  • Dr. Louise Comeau, Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions, Conservation Council
  • Robert Capozi, A/Director, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Secretariat
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Zone Meetings
Zone 1: St. John Room
Zone 2: Garrison Room
Zone 3: Petitcodiac Room
Zone 4: Boardroom 3 
Zone 5: mawew room
Zone 6: St. Croix Room
Zone 7: Boardroom 2
Zone 9: Studio
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Grand Ballroom
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Keynote Presentation: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
Grand Ballroom

Want to ensure your community fails? Doug Griffiths is here to help! 😉

Based on his bestselling book, Doug outlines 13 ways that communities sabotage themselves, often without knowing it, and offers tongue-in-cheek lessons on what really makes the difference between a prospering community and a failing one. Doug delivers data, personal experience and anecdotes with both wit and wisdom, and ensures audience members leave inspired and confident in their role to make their community successful. www.13ways.ca

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Regional Collaboration: The Good, the Bad, and the Barriers
Grand Ballroom
Some communities are making regional collaboration work, others are hitting barriers, and other regions are off the rails. In this panel discussion, local leaders will share their experiences and discuss what’s going right, what’s going wrong, and what needs to change at the provincial level.


  • Marcel Deschênes, Mayor of Grand Falls
  • Marc Thorne, Mayor of Sussex
  • Dr. Nancy Grant, Mayor of Rothesay
  • Dennis Mazerolle, Councillor, Richibucto
  • Adam Lordon, Mayor of Miramichi

Municipal Elections 2020: Recruiting & Mentoring Women & Youth
Junior Ballroom
New Brunswick’s 2020 municipal elections are coming up fast, and some communities are expecting high turnover. Meanwhile, women occupy less than 30% of seats, and youth are underrepresented. What can individuals & communities do to recruit great colleagues and get diverse voices around the table? In this session, hear about FCM’s Towards Parity in Municipal Politics action plan to increase women’s participation, and get concrete tools and examples from their pan-Canadian consultations. Hear from colleagues what worked for them and share your own ideas on how to be an effective mentor.


  • Stephanie Hoey, Project Manager, FCM Toward Parity in Municipal Politics
  • Kim Poffenroth, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections NB
  • Teri McMackin, Councillor, Petitcodiac
  • Grace Losier, Mayor, Grand Bay-Westfield
3:00 pm –
4:30 pm
World Café (language by table)
Grand Ballroom
Connect with other communities that share your issues and take a deeper dive into key municipal topics. This session will feature small discussion tables with a specific focus and discussion lead. Topics will be chosen by delegates.
6:00 pm –
7:00 pm
Pre-Banquet Reception
Convention Centre

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UMNB Banquet & Awards
Convention Centre
Enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment, and celebrate the achievements of your fellow local leaders.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
7:00 am – 8:30 am Hot Breakfast
Grand Ballroom 
8:00 am – 8:30 am Sponsor Presentation
Grand Ballroom
8:30 am – 1:00 pm UMNB Annual General Meeting
Grand Ballroom
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
Garrison Room