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UBCM Annual Convention

September 10 – 14, 2018         

Whistler Convention Centre


Registration is now Open

2018 UBCM Convention registration is now open.  Be sure to register prior to August 3rd to take advantage of the early bird registration rate.  For a look at the preliminary program, please click here.

2018 UBCM Convention

Join us this year September 10 - 14 for the 115th UBCM Convention. We look forward to once again offering delegates a diverse and relevant program, complemented with several networking opportunities for dialogue, learning and idea exchange. This event continues to be the largest and most important annual meeting of local government leaders in British Columbia.

Last year, the 2017 UBCM Convention in Vancouver celebrated its highest attendance record to date. Thank you to all who attended and we hope to welcome you to Whistler!

2018 Convention updates will be posted here as soon as new information becomes available.

Monday Pre-Convention Study Tour and Sessions

Agricultural Study Tour (all day)

Join the BC Ministry of Agriculture as we take a trip to the Pemberton Valley for a tour showcasing a number of new entrants, young successional farmers, and established farmers who are shifting focus to grow a variety of foods for local markets in the Sea to Sky corridor.  By visiting several agricultural operations, you’ll discover the many different ways farmers are gaining entry into farming or are dealing with succession planning to pass their farms on to the next generation. You’ll hear about the various challenges they are facing from regulation and due to planning issues. Tour stops may include:

  • An emerging craft brewery that utilizes local products;
  • A large scale seed potato and beef successional farmer who is diversifying into vegetables for local markets;
  • A direct marketing vegetable operation that utilizes horses to work the land;
  • A mixed berry, vegetable and livestock operation.

Breakfast will not be provided, but lunch will be provided and there may be opportunities to purchase local farm products. Please dress for the weather and wear farm-appropriate footwear. Partners/spouses are welcome as well, but must formally register for the tour, as there is a fixed limit to the number of people that can attend.

Green Innovation & Clean Growth Communities (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Through recent policy and practice, federal, provincial and local governments are developing innovative ways of mitigating GHG emissions, creating climate resilient communities and developing low carbon economies.  All orders of government are now actively pursuing clean growth strategies that seek to reduce GHG emissions while simultaneously strengthening economic opportunities. This session will critically explore the economic and environmental intersection within clean growth.  Through presentations and dialogue by key stakeholders, it will help build the capacity of local governments to transition to low carbon economies that foster job creation, energy independence and infrastructure resilience.

Achieving Affordability: Current Policy and Future Needs (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Lack of affordable housing continues to create substantial hardship for those who live, work, and contribute to BC’s communities.  Among other impacts, high housing costs threaten the foundations of local economies, the strength of community connections, and the health of British Columbians.  While new provincial and federal initiatives represent a clear recognition of these challenges, creating the conditions for affordability will require ongoing, concerted actions to address a crisis that has built up over the past 30 years. This session will bring together speakers to discuss two questions central to understanding the crisis. First, what are the key elements and implications of current government initiatives and policies for local governments? And second, what policies and actions may be required going forward?

Tools and Opportunities for Advancing Local Government Relations with Indigenous Peoples (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Relationships between First Nations and local governments are built on a foundation of mutual awareness, communications, and respect. This session will feature examples of how these principles have been applied to achieve successful collaborations and agreements. It will also bring together speakers to discuss the new legislative framework that First Nations operate under relating to fiscal management and land use planning, to highlight how it creates a proactive investment and development climate for First Nations and opens doors for collaboration and partnership with local governments.

Evolution of Policing (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

As the world changes, law enforcement oftentimes must adapt. Dictated in part by technological improvements, security needs, and evolving priorities, policing has undergone significant change over the past few years. Representatives from all orders of government will discuss some of these important changes and how they will affect local governments. Presenters will also look towards the future, and what local governments can expect in terms of upcoming law enforcement initiatives and new tools to address crime in British Columbia.

Building Community Resiliency – Fire & Flood Prevention in BC (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

This session will provide an overview of the recommendations that were developed as part of the 2017 Flood & Fire Review, with an emphasis on the recommendations that will have the most impact on local governments.  Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC will provide information on programs and resources aimed at mitigating the impacts of floods and wildfires, and building local and provincial resiliency in the face of future emergencies.

Mayor’s Caucus (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

The Mayors’ Caucus is an opportunity for mayors to get together and discuss common issues and concerns. This session is exclusively for mayors from municipalities across BC.

Session Proposal Process

The 2018 Session Proposal Submission Portal is now closed.  The Convention Committee will deliberate July 12 and proponents will be informed of results by July 20Please do not contact UBCM about results before this date.

Book Your Accommodations

The 2018 UBCM Convention Hotel Block opened October 16, 2017 and is now SOLD OUT. Preferred rates were secured at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, Crystal Lodge and Suites, Aava Whistler Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Delta Whistler Village Suites. For other accommodation options, search cá độ trực tuyến here or contact the Groups Department at 604.966.3215.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The UBCM Convention is a prime opportunity to present your organization to over 1800 local government officials and senior leaders from communities across BC. Expand your brand awareness through exposure to an anticipated audience of over 2,200 targeted attendees. To learn more about our available sponsorships for 2018, email tradeshow@ cá độ trực tuyến

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