Resources

A Tale of Two Towns

Presented by Terry Hussey, CEO, Vigilant Management

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Access to Information

Presented by

  • Erin Drover, Senior Privacy Analyst with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office
  • Janet O’Reilly, Senior Access and Privacy Analyst with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Asset Management: Baie Verte

Presented by Brian Peach, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Baie Verte.

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Asset Management: BAM! NL

Building Asset Management in Newfoundland and Labrador

Presented by Dr. Kathleen Parewick, Community Collaboration and Development Coordinator

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Asset Management: FCM

Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP)

Presented by Stéphanie Levine, Capacity Building Officer for the Municipal Asset Management Program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

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Asset Management: Municipal Affairs and Environment

Presented by Will Lacey, Senior Engineer, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Municipal Infrastructure

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Asset Management: Town of Neepawa

Presented by Mayor Adrian de Groot, Town of Neepawa, MB

 

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Big Data - Big Ideas: Tapping into your data for economic development

Presented by Dr. Alvin Simms.

Alvin is a faculty member in the Dept. of Geography, Memorial University and research leader at The Harris Centre’s Regional Analytics Lab. His research focuses on the use of regional economic and spatial analytics to assess the impacts of industries, labour markets and viability of places for the purpose of informing evidence-based policy and strategies for regional economic development through community and regional engagement.

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Cameras, Conflicts and (arbitration) Clauses

Presented by Giles Ayers, Stewart McKelvey

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Conflict of Interest

Presented by Sandy Hounsell, M.B.A., B.A.Sc., C.P.H.I.(C), Director of Municipal Support, Municipal Affairs and Environment.

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Cooperative Education Opportunities: CONA

Presented by Tony Slade, Co-op Coordinator for the Electrical, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Technology Programs with College of the North Atlantic.

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Cooperative Education Opportunities: MUN

Presented by Coreen Bennett, Employer Relations Officer for the Engineering Co-operative Education Office within FEAS, MUN

 

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Fire Department Assessments/Evaluations

Presented by Duane Antle, President of the NL Fire Services Association.

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Future of Public Services in NL

Demographic Change and Regionalization of Public Services

Presented by Pat Curran, Pat Curran & Associates

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Legalized Cannabis: What does it mean for your council?

Presented by Sean Ryan, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

Sean Ryan is the Vice President of Regulatory Services and Social Responsibility with the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation. He is responsible for the regulating and licensing of alcohol and cannabis in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

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MNL Membership Services

MNL Membership Services, presented by Craig Pollett, MNL CEO

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Muskrat and Beyond: Alternatives and Savings

Presented by

  • Councillor Chris Plamer, Town of Bauline
  • Andy Fisher, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, MUN
  • Eddie Oldfield, Regional Climate Change Advisor, Quest
  • Jacob Rodgers, Electrical Engineer, Newfoundland Power
  • Delia Warren, Iron/Earth East

 

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Procurement Act

Presented by Heather Tizzard, ADM, Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Provincial Climate Change Projections

Provincial Climate Change Projections

Presented by Gerald Crane, Dept. Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Speaker Bios

Presentation Name:  Hiring Summer Students

Presenter: Natasha Sharpe, Municipal Safety Advisor, MSCNL

Natasha Sharpe is a Municipal Safety Advisor with the Municipal Safety Council NL (MSCNL) and has been in the position since May of 2016. She is a highly-motivated professional who is ready to assist all municipalities meet or exceed the requirements for current Occupational Health & Safety Legislation. Natasha brings with her many years of experience as a Municipal Health & Safety Officer/Advisor for Central Newfoundland and is also a certified Level II Certified Firefighter and Paramedic. She is fully aware of the challenges facing larger and smaller municipalities throughout our province and is ready to assist in those challenges.

 

Presentation Name: MNL Member Services Update

Presenter: Craig Pollett, CEO, MNL

A Corner Brook native, Craig received his Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University in 1991 and went on to complete his Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 1996. His Masters Thesis research focussed on the potential for greater involvement by local government in economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Craig has been with MNL for 14 years. Prior to that spent more than 10 years working in economic development and policy analysis; first with the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Institute at Memorial University and then moving to the Provincial Government as a Senior Policy Analyst.

 

BAM! NL (Asset Management)

Presenters:  Mayor Adrian de Groot, Stepahnie Levine, FCM, Ian Duffett, Kathleen Parewick

Mayor Adrian de Groot, Neepawa, MB

Adrian has served 29 years as a City Councillor for the City of Thompson. During that time, he has involved with:

  • the first review of the Development Plan which was responsible in opening up developable land in the downtown area as well as beautification projects
  • led the negotiations to transfer the Thompson Airport from Transport Canada to local and regional ownership
  • served as the City of Thompson’s representative on the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities (MAUN now Association of Manitoba Municipalities {AMM}) where he became President of MAUM for three terms.
  • lobbied for a soft drink bottle return program, and from that lobby the Manitoba Product Stewardship program was born
  • served on the board of directors and was president for Community Futures North Central Development as well was on the board and executive for the provincial Community Futures Partners of Manitoba
  • served on the board of directors and was president of a Regional Development Corporation
  • led regional discussions and chaired various sessions on transportation and communication infrastructure expansion.

Starting as an Industrial/Millwright Mechanic at an open pit operation and his career seen him work his way through most of the process areas while holding various positions as well being a Superintendent/Manager upon his retirement in 2011.

As a member of the staff ranks, Adrian was given the opportunity to work with the broader corporate organization on a Physical Asset Management initiative.

Because of his passion for managing assets in a responsible manner, he is now involved with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) initiative of Municipal Asset Management Program’s technical working group, also part of the Manitoba Asset Management Leadership Committee. The later is working out the details of establishing a coordinated roll-out of municipal asset management as our Provincial Government announced that this will be a required practice of all municipalities in Manitoba.

Brian Peach

Brian Peach is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Baie Verte and has enrolled in the FCM sponsored Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning program. Brian's private sector engineering experience in risk and asset management have provided him with vision and insight on the untapped potential of municipal asset management. Representing a small town, Brian hopes to share his views on how to cooperatively implement a value-adding asset management framework for small towns.

William Lacey, P.Eng.

Will holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Memorial University, and had worked in consulting, and with Transportation and Works prior to joining the Municipal Infrastructure and Support Branch of Municipal Affairs and Environment in 2015. He lives in St. John’s with his wife and daughter.

Stéphanie Levine

Stéphanie Levine is a Capacity Building Officer for the Municipal Asset Management Program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). She works in close collaboration with partner organizations in Eastern Canada to offer awareness activities and technical assistance training to municipalities. Stéphanie has more than ten years' experience in training, project management, and public engagement and has a master in adult education and certificate in asset management from IAM. Before joining FCM, Stéphanie worked for United Way Ottawa, World University Service of Canada, and most recently in Africa.

Dr. Kathleen Parewick

Kathleen is a community development worker with over thirty years experience in various local and regional governance roles. By day, she is MNL's Community Collaboration Officer. Her diverse MNL program delivery, policy development and research duties span topics ranging from the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban to Workplace Harassment. She is a sitting member of the FCM’s national Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) Technical Working Group and is responsible for BAM! NL – a MAMP-funded series of asset management development activities MNL is delivering in partnership with the PMA, NLAFS and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

 

Presentation Name: A Tale of Two Towns

Presenter: Terry Hussey, Chief Executive Officer, Vigilant Management

Terry Hussey is the Chief Executive Officer of Vigilant Management, an Owner's Project Management consulting firm based in Paradise, NL. Terry was listed as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada in 2017 by Atlantic Business Magazine for the second year in row. Vigilant Management received the Entrepreneurial Spirit and Leader in Market Growth awards at the 2016 St. John's Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards. Vigilant Management is bringing a new approach to  construction project delivery that separates the role of Project Management from the Prime Consultant, giving your Municipality a dedicated, independent voice to represent them on all project matters.

 

Presentation Name: Launch of Virtual Town Square

Presenter: Marg Ryan CCIB, CIP, Senior Vice President, Operations

Marg has 40 years experience in the industry, 37 of which have been with Cal LeGrow/Baine Johnston Insurance. She has been involved in the management of the municipal general insurance program since 1982 including the direct servicing of the larger municipal accounts. In addition, she also provides risk and insurance services to a number of Cal LeGrow’s large commercial clients. As a member of Cal LeGrow commercial management team, Marg is directly involved in the service standards and direction of the commercial insurance department.

Marg received her Canadian Certified Insurance Broker designation in 1986 and became a Chartered Insurance Professional in 1989. In addition to serving as Secretary for the Insurance Institute of Newfoundland Board of Directors, Marg has instructed various insurance courses for the Chartered Insurance Professional program.

Marg has attended all of the MNL and PMA Conventions since 1987. She has been a guest speaker for various Municipal groups and has attended a number of council meetings to discuss elements of the MNL Municipal General Insurance Program. Marg worked to develop the Municipal Risk Management Program as well as the Digital Town square. She provids risk management services to her Municipal and Commercial clients.

Marg’s years of dealing with Municipal Insurance makes her the most experienced Municipal Insurance Specialist in the Province.

 

Presentation Name:  New Procurement Act Overview

Presenter:  Heather Tizzard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and Environment

Heather has been with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment since 2014 and is currently serving as Assistant Deputy Minister, Municipal Infrastructure and Support. Heather joined the provincial public service in 2000 and since then, has held a number of progressively responsible positions. Throughout her career Heather has worked with Treasury Board, the Department of Finance, the former Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, the former Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and Cabinet Secretariat. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University.

 

Presentation Name:   Cameras, Conflicts, and (arbitration) Clauses: Top 3 municipal cases of the last 12 months

Presenter: Giles Ayers

Giles is a litigation associate at Stewart McKelvey, and works with a variety of clients, including municipalities, employers, and insurance companies. Giles has successfully represented municipalities in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board.

 

Presentation Name:  Cooperative Education Opportunities

Presenters:  Tony Slade & Coreen Bennett

Tony Slade

Tony has was worked with the College of the North Atlantic since 2006 in Student Services at four different campuses: Labrador West, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Prince Philip Drive and Ridge Road. He is currently a Co-op Coordinator for the Electrical, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Technology Programs. Prior to joining the College Tony graduated with honours with a BA from Cape Breton University and worked in various lifestyle and career counselling roles in Ontario, North West Territories and Labrador.

Coreen Bennett

A Chartered Professional in Human Resources who offers 25 years of experience in various human resource capacities in diverse industries including manufacturing, public service, telecommunications, consulting, construction & the service industry. Over the years has been involved in many leadership teams in both community & business organizations devoting time to understand, analyze & determine the most applicable delivery-based outcome.

As the Employer Relations Officer for the Engineering Co-operative Education Office within FEAS, MUN, she is responsible for researching, and identifying new local, national and international employers and organizations to build and enhance new and existing Alumni relationships. This is accomplished through external  engagement activities to build employer relationships while providing information and updates on program endeavours for the benefit of the employer and the students. This occurs while understanding market and emerging new markets. Email coreenb@mun.ca or 709-864-6222

 

Presentation Name: Muskrat and Beyond: Alternatives and savings for municipalities

Presenters:

  • Chris Palmer, Councillor - Town of Bauline
  • Andy Fisher, Associate Dean - Undergraduate Studies - MUN
  • Eddie Oldfield, Regional Climage Change Advisor - Quest
  • Jacob Rodgers, Electrical Engineer - Newfoundland Power
  • Jesse McCaw, Wreckhouse Energy
  • Delia Warren, Iron / Earth East

 

Delia Warren (P. Eng.) Director of Iron & Earth East

Delia has always been concerned by the adverse impacts of human activity on the environment and recognizes that the transition to renewable energy is creating vast opportunities for job creation and economic development, as well as a sustainable future for our planet and its people. Graduating from Memorial University in 2009 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Delia spent seven years working in the offshore oil and gas industry in Scotland, France and at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador before becoming director of Iron & Earth East in 2016. Recognizing that her own experience in subsea and offshore structural design is highly applicable to renewable energy technologies, Iron & Earth represented for her an opportunity to highlight how skills developed in the oil and gas industry can be instrumental in building the local renewable energy industry. Delia is currently project coordinator for Iron & Earth East’s 365 Greenhouse project and is completing an MBA at Memorial University.

 

Presentation Name: ATIPP

Presenters: Erin Drover & Janet O'Reilly

Erin Drover

Erin Drover is a Senior Privacy Analyst with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office. Erin has been working in access and privacy for four years. Her work has included developing materials and training for municipalities, providing advice to a variety of public bodies on access and privacy issues, and completing privacy assessments.

Prior to working for the ATIPP Office, Erin’s work included policy analysis for the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and working with the Law Society of Scotland in the area of law reform.

Erin holds a B.A. (hons) from Memorial University, an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick, and CIPP/C certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Janet O’Reilly

Janet O’Reilly is the Senior Access and Privacy Analyst with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Newfoundland and Labrador. Janet joined the OIPC in 2010. During her career at the OIPC she has been involved with file investigations and education and she is now leading the investigative and advocacy and compliance arms of the OIPC. Prior to her work in access and privacy, Janet spent 9 years in the insurance industry with Unifund Assurance as their Corporate Examiner for Accident Benefits. Janet received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Drama from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University. She also is an active member of the local theater community.

 

Presentation Name:  Legalized Cannabis: What does it mean for your council?

Presenter:  Sean Ryan, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

Sean Ryan is the Vice President of Regulatory Services and Social Responsibility with the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation.   He is responsible for the regulating and licensing of alcohol and cannabis in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Presentation Name:  Future of Public Services in NL

Presenter: Pat Curran

Pat Curran’s professional life has been involved with public policy and in working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies in relation to organizational development, economic development and regional collaboration.  He has extensive experience in public policy and government at the federal, provincial and municipal level. From 2005 to 2010 he was Councillor and later Mayor of the Town of Witless Bay, serving on various council and regional committees including finance, public works and heritage and on the Southern Shore Waste Management Committee (SSWMC). He is past secretary of both the SSWMC and the Southern Shore Joint Council. In 2014 he led the update of the Municipal Councilor Handbook and in 2017 completed a feasibility assessment on amalgamation for the Towns of Botwood and Northern Arm.

From 1994 to 1998 he was the principle consultant for Independent Consultants Group specializing in business planning, industrial adjustment and government relations. From 1998 to 2011 he served as Executive Director of the Irish Loop Development Board, leading the region’s strategic planning and investment attraction activities. In January 2011 he re-established his own consultancy, Independent Consultants Group Limited (currently Pat Curran + Associates), to assist corporate and organizational clients in defining and achieving their strategic objectives. He is also co-owner and planning consultant for Resilient Business Continuity Planning Inc., a full service continuity and emergency management planning firm.

His local government and regionalization practice has included numerous municipalities, the Irish Loop Development Board, the Harris Centre, the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT), the Long Harbour Development Corporation – Small Towns/Big Business Initiative (STBII), The Isthmus of Avalon Regional Council (IOARC), Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and Professional Municipal Administrators of Newfoundland.

Pat has a Master of Arts (2011) from Memorial University with a particular focus on regionalization and local government and a Bachelor of Arts (1992) He is a certified facilitator under the Community Capacity Building (CCB) program, a certified business continuity planning professional (AMBCI) and is presently completing his designation as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

 

Presentation Name:  Citizens Assembly for Stronger Elections

Presenter: Caitlin Urquhart

CASE-NL is a multi-partisan organization that aims to make municipal elections more accessible and inclusive, to improve diversity of candidates and to make our systems and electoral processes more democratic. Chair, Caitlin Urquhart, is a lawyer and activist in St. John’s.

 

Presentation Name:  Municipal Legislative Review

Presenter: Colleen Soulliere, Director of Legislative Renewal, Municipal Affairs & Environment

Colleen Soulliere is the Director of Legislative Renewal with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment and is dedicated full-time to the comprehensive review of municipal legislation.   Colleen has 17 years public service experience in various capacities, providing her with a strong background in public policy, strategic planning, and sustainable development.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in behavioural sciences from Memorial University.  Colleen grew up in a small agricultural community, lived her early adulthood in large cities, and now resides in Harbour Grace.

 

Presentation Name:  Living Healthier through Recreation

Presenter:  Gary Milley

Gary Milley, Executive Director, Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador. Having completed studies in recreation at both the college and university level Gary has worked for more than thirty (30) years at both the community and provincial capacity in advancing the role of recreation in individual and community settings. He has also been engaged in numerous discussions and strategic planning initiatives on the value and benefits of recreation. And he had held a variety of volunteer positions within the health promotion and youth engagement environments.

 

Presentation Name:  Fire Department Evaluations: Do you know where you stand?

Presenter: President Duane Antle, NL Fire Services Association

Duane Antle lives in the town of Come By Chance with his wife of 26 years Kelly and their 3 children where he serves his community in the position of Fire Chief. He has been a Volunteer Fire Fighter for over 24 years and served as a career industrial fire fighter for 10 years . He currently operates his own company providing training, inspection and other fire / emergency preparedness related services. Duane Joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services in 2009 as director of region 2. In October of 2015 Duane was elected to the position of President.

 

Presentation Name:  Big Data – Big Ideas: Tapping your Data for Economic Development

Presenter: Dr. Alvin Simms

Alvin is a faculty member in the Dept. of Geography, Memorial University and research leader at The Harris Centre’s Regional Analytics Lab. His research focuses on the use of regional economic and spatial analytics to assess the impacts of industries, labour markets and viability of places for the purpose of informing evidence based policy and strategies for regional economic development through community and regional engagement.

Current and past research projects include studies on:  assessing the value of intra/inter regional industry supply chains to identify clusters as well as estimate the impact of adding or removing sectors from a regional economy; transportation cost analysis and impacts on regional economies; the viability of regional industry diversification and expansion; forecasting populations and demands for public and private services; the sustainability of labour forces and industry labour skill requirements; the efficient distribution of health care services; functional economic regions; sustainability and capacity issues in communities.

 

Presentation Name: Conflict of Interest

Presenter: Sandy Hounsell, M.B.A., B.A.Sc., C.P.H.I.(C)

Mr. Hounsell has been with the Department of Municipal Affairs since April of 2014, first as Director of Employment Support and currently as the Director of Municipal Support. Over a 29 year career with government, Mr. Hounsell has held a number of senior positions, including Director with the Office of the Citizens’ Representative, Senior Research and Outreach Advisor for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Director of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy with the Department of Justice.

Mr. Hounsell has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University. In addition, Mr. Hounsell has been an instructor with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Bar Admission Course for 15 years, is a recipient of the 2001 Public Service Award of Excellence and served four terms as Chairperson of the Holy Family Elementary School Council.

 

 

 

 

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