AMANB 2017 Annual Conference & AGM

41st AMANB Annual Conference and AGM
Delta Brunswick Hotel, 39 King Street, Saint John, N.B.
June 7 to 9, 2017.


Preliminary Program

Please note:     Time and sessions are subject to change. Information to be completed.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Professional Development:

Session A – Municipal Clerks Training at the Brunswick Delta Hotel;
In English: led by Brenda Knight (Thomas Everett Award Recipient) and Melanie MacDonald (Fredericton). Presentation by Barbara Quigley (Moncton);

In French: led by Suzanne Coulombe (Saint-Quentin) and Marc Michaud (Edmundston).

Session B – Excel Training at the City of Saint John IT Training Room.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

AMANB Board of Directors: Meeting and Supper, Delta Brunswick

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Networking Coffee.
Sponsored by

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Workshop #1
Emerging Energy Issues & Their Impact on NB Municipalities, by Colleen Mitchell, Atlantica Centre for Energy
From carbon pricing and the cost of renewable energy, to local impacts of energy projects, this session will provide an update on key energy issues and opportunities for the region.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop #2 – Session: Ten Minutes of Fame
Opportunity for members to share an initiative and best practices in their municipality.

  • Town of Quispamsis : Telus Cup, by Aaron Kennedy, Manager of Communications
  • Town of Rothesay: Common Project, People’s Choice Winner, by Charles Jensen, Director of Recreation and Parks and Mary Jane Banks, Director of Administrative Services/Town Clerk
  • City of Saint John: One stop shop, by Amy Poffenroth, Deputy Commissioner - Growth & Community Development
  • City of Campbellton: Restigouche River Experience Centre, by Manon Cloutier, CAO
  • City of Bathurst: 2018 AMANB Annual Conference Host Region, by
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trade Show Grand Opening, visit Exhibitors’ Booths and the Mezzanine Walk of Fame, Poster-board presentations to share successful activities and to network

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Official Opening Ceremonies and Luncheon
- Traditional Territorial Acknowledgement
Greetings from the host City of  Saint John, Mayor Don Darling

Opening Remarks by Minister Serge Rousselle
Attendance of Host Region 4 Mayors or representatives: Councillor Carolyn Breau, Village of Blacks Harbour, Mayor Grace Losier, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, Mayor Ken Chorley, Town of Hampton, Mayor Gary Clark, Town of Quispamsis, Mayor Nancy Grant, Town of Rothesay; Mayor Doug Naish, Town of Saint-Andrews; Mayor Bette Ann Chatterton, Village of St. Martins; Mayor Allan MacEachern, Town of St. Stephen,
Deputy Mayor Catherine MacLeod,  Village of Sussex Corner
Sponsored by the City of Saint John
See menu

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Workshop #3 – Keynote Speaker
Your municipality, disruptors wanted, by David Alston, Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for NB Government

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Presentations by the Province of NB: Actual Up-dates / question period

  • The Local Governance Act & Community Planning Act: changes and what they mean for municipalities
  • Asset Managements: provincial role/assistance
  • RTIPPA – Bill 59 amendments:  Joanne Fletcher, NB Chief Information Access and Privacy Officer
2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

AMANB Lead Files:

  • Professional Certification; Mentorship Program; Conflict Management Facilitators Group in a culture of Peer Support by President Melanie MacDonald
  • CAMA Partnership: “Local Government. Making Life Happen. Every Day” campaign/toolkit by Marc Landry, CAMA Board Member, Representative for NB and Executive Director Danielle Charron
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment BreakTrade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking and
Mezzanine Walk of Fame
Sponsored by the Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC)
See menu 

3:45 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

New trends in organizational development, by Réjean Boudreau, Vice-President, Chief Organizational Development, Assumption Life
Presented by the Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC)

4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual General Meeting of the Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC)

6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

President Reception and buffet
Marco Polo Room, Cruise Terminal, 333 Water Street
Music by Tomato/tomato Band
Sponsored by Bell Canada (Bell Aliant), Crandall Engineering Ltd, & Énergie NB Power
See menu.  
Casual Attire

Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Networking Full Breakfast
Sponsored by Frank Cowan Company
See menu.

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Room organization for the following session: individual break-out 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Workshop #4 - Cracker Barrel Session
This session will allow participants to cover a variety of relevant and timely issues in round table discussions in a relaxed informal setting. Register for one of the following topics at the Registration Table:

Presentation in English

  • Public Safety: Improving Communication with Municipalities
  • Embedding a culture of continuous improvement, by Stephanie Rackley Roach, Continuous Improvement Officer and Sarah Ranson, Director Corporate Performance/Chief Information Officer, City of Saint John
  • Municipal Plan: process and approval, by Dwight Colbourne, Municipal Planning Officer, Town of Quispamsis

Presentation in French

  • Public Safety: Improving Communication with Municipalities among all stakeholders, by Katie Elisio, NB-EMO Regional Coordinator Region 1 & 12 and Ken McGee, NB-EMO Regional Management Coordinator for Regions 2,3,4 (Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula)
  • Municipal Plan: process and approval, by André Frenette, Director of Planning and Development Services, City of Dieppe

Presentation in English and French

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Programs: Asset Management, Climate Innovation, etc., by Guillaume Couillard, FCM Program Advisor, Programs Communications and Marketing

Presentation with simultaneous interpretation

  • NB Power responding to emergency situations, by Michel Losier, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Customer Engagement and Lynn Arsenault, Vice President, Client Services
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking and
Mezzanine Walk of Fame
Sponsored by CBCL
See menu 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AMANB Annual General Meeting (AGM)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Networking
Sponsored by Dillon Consulting Limited
See menu.  

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Networking activities:

  1. Golf (9-hole) –  Rockwood Park Golf Course, Sandy Point Road, Saint John
  2. NB Museum Guided Tour
  3. Gallery Hop and Historical Tour
  4. Wellbeing: Massage package – Element 5 Spa - (15% Off Coupon)
  5. Fire Training Centre – site visit and team showcase. Hands-on experience - (Transportation Fee to be determined)

See descriptions. (coming soon)

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Reception – at the Delta Brunswick Hotel
Business Attire.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Rogers Communications & Assumption Life
See menu

Friday, June 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 8 :45 a.m.

Networking Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by the Town of Hampton
See menu.  

8:45 a.m. – 9 :30 a.m.

Workshop #5
Four Pillars of Open Government: Open Information, Open Data, Open Dialogue, Open Collaboration
, by Jonathan Taylor, Common Clerk and Patricia Anglin, Deputy Common Clerk, City of Saint John.

9 :30 a.m. – 10 :15 a.m.

Workshop #6
Disaster and Emergency Management - Why is your community not prepared? by Michael Carr, Manager SJEMO, Platoon Chief SJDF, City of Saint John

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking and Mezzanine Walk of Fame
Sponsored by UNI Coopération financière
See Menu.

10:45 a.m.- 11 :45 a.m.

Workshop #7 – Closing Keynote Speaker
Workplace wellness –  Three Mistakes Professionals make that keep them stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated at work, by Monique Gallie, Bien-être Gallie Wellness

11 :45 a.m.- 12 :15 p.m.

- Wrap-up and Evaluation

- Passport Bulletin Draw and Final Draw

You have to be in attendance to win!

Revised May 24, 2017


Language Arrangements:
Simultaneous interpretation provided by JCB Interpretation.
Equipment provided by PSAV®, Delta Hotel provider.

Name tags: A red dot identifies new members: please make them feel at home!

Workshop Speakers' Biographies


Colleen Mitchell, Atlantica Centre for Energy

Colleen Mitchell has spent her entire working career in sectors associated with energy transportation and infrastructure. 

Colleen began her career with this region’s largest petroleum company, Irving Oil. She covered a cross section of positions in the company including: oil futures, refining, marine, rail and over-the-road transportation, bulk storage, information systems, strategic planning, human resources and public relations, among others.

In addition, as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at one of the region’s largest engineering firms, Colleen was responsible for domestic and international marketing programs for engineering projects in over 30 countries around the globe.  Projects included energy recovery from waste, co-generation plants, power plant conversions, and environmental technologies.

Bringing this experience together, Colleen joined the Atlantica Centre for Energy as President, in a role that helps to foster the exchange of information and dialogue on energy opportunities and challenges. Energy literacy and education has become a priority of the organization.  The Atlantica Centre for Energy works with partners to engage the public and community leaders on energy topics.

In voluntary capacities, Colleen also serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, and on the Editorial Board for Natural Resources Magazine.

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David Alston, Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for NB Government

David Alston has volunteered as an innovator and entrepreneur with several initiatives, and has advised hundreds of start-ups in the Atlantic region and around the world. He has been a volunteer advisor for the provincial government’s Strategic Program Review and 10-year education plans. Alston was named Industry Champion at the 2015 KIRA Awards, and a Forbes top 50 CMO on social media. He was co-winner of a 2014 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada, a 2015 winner of Entrepreneur of the Year, and co-winner of Enterprise Promotion for the Atlantic Region from Startup Canada. Alston has sat on the boards of the United Way of Greater Saint John, Living SJ, and Brilliant Labs. He is a former CMO of Radian6 and former marketing cloud chief adoption officer for His appointment to the position of Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for NB Government was very noticeable. See Press Release

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