Today - the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) released its' preliminary program for their 2016 (113th) Convention/AGM.
Delegates, Provincial/Federal Government Staff, Cabinet Ministers, MLA's, MP's, Senators, Students or Contributing Sponsor/Sponsor can register online starting today with the early bird discount ending on Friday, August 12th. Final day to register is Friday, September 16th at 4:30pm. Onsite registration will be at discretion of onsite UBCM Staff and only if space is available
On Monday, September 26th, there will be pre-Convention Sessions on:
* Agricultural Study Tour: Innovations in Agrifood (Full Day)
* Understanding the Village (First Nations' Reconciliation Topic) (Full Day)
* Forest Policy Decision-Making: The Case for Greater Community Consultation; Tent Cities and Homelessness: Challenges and Approaches; Climate Action: Responsibilities Opportunities and Solutions (Half Day Sessions)
On Monday Evening - there are Meet and Greets for Young Elected Officials and Electoral Area Directors'
On Tuesday, September 27th - there will be the usual half day forums for Electoral Area Directors, Small, Mid-Sized, Large Urban Communities. Also, there are 1 hour early workshops for Delegates and others to take in
In the evening, there is the Welcome Reception
On Wednesday, September 28th - the 113th UBCM Annual Convention will officially begin plus other presentations from the keynote speaker, Dr. Samantha Nutt, new Federation of Canadian President Clark Somerville and the BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (Hon. Peter Fassbender). In the evening, there are receptions hosted by the BC Government, CUPE and the Chinese Consulate-General of Vancouver
On Thursday, September 29th - in addition to meetings with Provincial Staff or Cabinet Ministers or, in some cases, meeting with the Premier (Hon. Christy Clark), Resolutions debate will continue. Addresses by the Leader of the Green Party/Official Opposition will also occur. In the afternoon, additional workshops will take place
In the evening is the 113th Annual Banquet
On Friday, September 30th -- If not complete, Resolutions debate will conclude along with the installation of the new UBCM President and a 30 minute address by the Premier
If you are attending with your spouse, the UBCM Executive has really outdone itself with a program of activities for spouses attending with their elected official
The 2016 UBCM Resolutions Book will be out by September as well as the final program for the 2016 UBCM Convention. For more fulsome details, click here
I'm looking forward to re-connect with my elected official colleagues in late September and attending my 2nd UBCM...