Leadership Summit 2023

MNL is proud to present the Leadership Summit on October 25 at the 2023 Conference, Trade Show and AGM in St. John’s, N.L.

This year’s event features a panel discussion on allyship – what it is and how we can all be better allies for one another – followed by a question and answer period from the audience.

The panel discussion will be followed by a celebration of those receiving this year’s Achievement and Inspiration Awards.

The event will conclude with an invitation to join the larger MNL conference attendees for the screening of Come Home Queer with filmmaker Gerry Rogers.

Panel Discussion on Allyship

pictured left to right: Courtney Clarke, Craig Scott, Della DeMoss, Laurabel Mba

pictured left to right: Courtney Clarke, Craig Scott, Della DeMoss, Laurabel Mba

We are excited to welcome Courtney Clarke, Chair of Equal Voice NL, as the moderator for the panel discussion.

Our panelists include:

Laurabel Mba – a dedicated Communications, Marketing, and Fund Development Specialist with a passion for championing the rights of BIPOC, marginalized, and underrepresented communities;

Della DeMoss, Mayor of Roddickton-Bide Arm

Craig Scott, Mayor of Torbay and MNL Urban Municipalities Director


  • 4:30 – 5:00 – Networking
  • 5:00 p.m. Welcome and introductory remarks
  • 5:15 p.m. Allyship panel and discussion
  • 6:30 p.m. Presentation of Achievement and Inspiration Awards
  • 6:45 p.m. Closing

Leadership Awards

The MNL Women’s Caucus is celebrating leadership in the municipal sector. MNL is currently accepting nominations to recognize women and gender-diverse councillors in our sector who are making a difference in the community and inspiring other leaders. Two awards will be presented during the 2023 Leadership Summit for women and gender-diverse individuals in the municipal sector. The two awards are as follows:

  1. Achievement Award: will be presented to an individual relatively new in their role as a municipal leader, but who has demonstrated guidance or management which led to specific actions and/or observable changes or accomplishments within their community;
  2. Inspiration Award: will be presented to an individual whose long-time dedication to local government has benefited the people of their community and has inspired others to step forward into leadership roles.

If you think your nominee demonstrates these criteria and that their contribution stands out from other people’s, please consider nominating them for one of our recognition awards. Nomination packages should include one (1) nomination letter and one (1) testimonial letter.

Deadline for nominations is October 6, 2023.

Download the awards information package here

Send completed nominations to dwalsh@municipalnl.ca


This year’s Leadership Summit theme is Allyship: Conversations and Connections.

What is allyship?

“An ally is any person that actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole.” – source

Allyship in action is speaking up when you see an injustice, using your influence, privilege, or authority to empower others, and generally working towards a world in which all people are treated equally and with respect.

Allyship can take many forms and has many faces. This year’s Leadership Summit will feature a panel discussion with some of the people working to advance allyship in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Registration for the Leadership Summit is now closed.

Date: October 25, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. John’s Convention Centre
Food and drink: A selection of appetizers will be served