Municipal Leaders Attend MNL’s 68th Annual Conference In Gander

October 2, 2018 – St. John’s – President Tony Keats will chair his first annual general meeting of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador in Gander this weekend. More than 400 people will participate in the annual convention and trade show that will take place from October 4-6 at several facilities throughout the town including the JRS Arts & Culture Centre, Steele Community Centre and the Quality Hotel & Suites.

The Premier’s Forum on Local Government, an event held in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will be held at the Albatross Hotel concurrent to our Thursday morning session on October 4th.

Agenda items on this year’s conference program include; NL 911 system enhancements, creating your own municipal safety manual, and presentation on the new Procurement Act. AIPP is on our agenda followed by an update from the province on the revised climate change projections. This is in light of improvements to climate modelling and the latest global climate change projections. We’re also excited to have MNL’s new membership service provider, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association in attendance explaining to delegates how they can make their connection to the commercial construction industry.

Conference co-chairs Councillor Rob Anstey of Gander and Councillor Amy Coady-Davis of Grand Falls-Windsor will kick off the 68th conference during Thursday evening’s opening ceremonies sponsored by Newfoundland Power and welcome by newly minted President and CEO Peter Alteen. It is also our privilege to welcome Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador who will also address our members Thursday evening at the opening ceremonies.

MNL will once again broadcast live from the MNL Annual Conference and Trade Show on 104.1 FM radio and internet radio webcast. Our goal is to bring our event to municipal councillors and staff who cannot make it to the annual conference as well as reach out to residents and give them a peek inside the world of local government. Our satellite radio show will be set up in the JRS Arts & Culture Centre from October 4-6. Feel free to drop by the studio lobby for an on-air chat about local government, promote an upcoming festival in your community or drop off a CD showcasing local talent! MNL is delighted to partner once again with www.ryakuga.ca and with your help and participation, we can take community and membership engagement to the next level!

Minister of Municipal Affairs, Honourable Andrew Parsons will formally address delegates during the AGM on the morning of October 6th. Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 1st Vice President, Bill Karsten will also bring greetings during the AGM. The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment will honour long-serving municipal leaders at the appreciation banquet on Saturday evening at the Quality Hotel & Suites.

Elections will take place on Saturday morning for the positions of Avalon, Central and Western Directors. Eastern Director Paul Pike (St. Lawrence), Labrador Director Didier Naulleau (Pinware) and Northern Director Dale Colbourne (St. Lunaire – Griquet), were uncontested in their bid for positions on the MNL Board.

The trade show component of the convention will host more than 50 exhibitors and highlight corporate sponsors such as Cal LeGrow, Newfoundland Power and Vigilant Management.

A full convention agenda can be found on the MNL website or downloaded on the Guidebook app. Media are invited to attend all sessions. Please contact Gail Woodfine upon your arrival for a media kit and access pass.

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About MNL
Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 as an umbrella organization mandated to represent and support local government in Newfoundland and Labrador. MNL represents the 275 incorporated municipalities in the province that service 89 per cent of the population and their more than 2,000 leaders.