2020 Presentations

Municipal Governance 101

To help you prepare for the upcoming municipal elections, Municipalities of Saskatchewan is hosting virtual education sessions on municipal governance. These sessions are open to everyone - those running for re-election, planning to run for the first time, or who just want to learn more about municipal governance.

September 10, 2020

Village Hall
This session was designed for residents from villages and includes a virtual forum where attendees asked questions to a panel of individuals experienced in municipal governance.

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September 9, 2020

Town Hall
This session was designed for residents from towns and includes a virtual forum where attendees asked questions to a panel of individuals experienced in municipal governance.

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September 8, 2020

City Hall
This session was designed for residents from cities and includes a virtual forum where attendees asked questions to a panel of individuals experienced in municipal governance.

Watch the session.

September 1, 2020

Introduction to Local Government
This session was designed for residents from cities, towns, or villages and includes a presentation from the Ministry of Government Relations and a virtual forum where attendees asked municipal governance questions.

Watch the session.

August 11, 2020

Northern Municipalities Candidate Information Session and Open Forum
This session was designed specifically for residents from northern municipalities and includes a presentation from the Ministry of Government Relations, Municipalities of Saskatchewan's Northern Director, and a virtual forum where attendees asked municipal governance questions.

Watch the session.

July 14, 2020

Resort Villages Candidate Information Session and Open Forum
This session was designed specifically for residents from resort villages and included a presentation from the Ministry of Government Relations, PARCS, and a virtual forum where attendees asked municipal governance questions.

Watch the session.

Sessions designed for cities, towns, and villages will take place in early September. Check our event listings for more information.

 

Webinars

August 18, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Keeping COVID in the Penalty Box - Safely Re-opening Recreation Sites
Are you looking to keep COVID-19 in the penalty box so your residents can engage in sports activities safely? In this webinar, Dr. Saqib Shahab, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Province of Saskatchewan and Kelsie Dale, Food Safety Consultant for the Ministry of Health reviewed the guidelines for recreation facilities to ensure residents can enjoy the recreation sites in your community in a safe manner and answered the attendees questions on re-opening fall and winter recreation sites such as rinks and indoor community centers.

Watch the webinar.

August 4, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Building Inclusive Communities
Municipalities of Saskatchewan partnered with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and municipal leaders to deliver a webinar on how to best represent people of colour in your community. In this webinar, listen as people of colour share their experiences in Saskatchewan and learn how you can build a welcoming and inclusive community. 

This webinar was developed in response to Municipalities of Saskatchewan's recognition of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and will highlight the MCoS Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit.

Watch the webinar.

June 30, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Extending the LIfe of Your Landfill - A Conversation with Recycling Stakeholders
Most of the waste produced in Saskatchewan is discarded in landfills. To ensure that landfills are the last option, the Government of Saskatchewan has established different diversion and recycling programs called extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. In this webinar, learn how Cleanfarms, ProductCare, and EPRA recycling programs can help extend the life of your municipal landfill.

´╗┐This webinar is part of a webinar series on environmental issues developed by Municipalities of Saskatchewan to increase program effectiveness and provide municipalities with accurate industry-based information.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

June 23, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Run, Win, Lead - Toward Parity in Municipal Politics
Last year, Municipalities of Saskatchewan held the webinar Toward Parity at the Council Table. Municipal leaders were invited to attend and learn more about the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Toward Parity in Municipal Politics initiative and discuss ways to overcome barriers to participation in municipal politics. Based on your feedback, and the feedback gathered through consultations across Canada, FCM has drafted a national action plan to increase women’s participation in municipal politics. The Toward Parity in Municipal Politics – the Municipal Sector Framework identifies actions and opportunities that individuals, local government, regional bodies, as well as national bodies can undertake to influence and promote women’s full participation.

In this webinar, learn local solutions and examples as FCM's Stephanie Hoey and Moose Jaw Councillor Crystal Froese launch the municipal sector framework in Saskatchewan.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

May 19, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: What It Means In The Workplace
Research confirms that more than 40 per cent of Canadians have experienced bullying, abuse, harassment, or discrimination in their workplaces. Last year, Municipalities of Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, developed a harassment prevention policy template to help municipalities foster a harassment free workplace. We have now partnered with the Respect Group Inc to bring you Respect in the Workplace, a certification program designed to provide municipalities of all sizes with a tool to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace, not only improving workplace culture but also reducing organizational risk and liability. In this webinar, learn how to make your municipality Respect In The Workplace certified.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

May 5, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Municipal Construction - Managing your projects during and after COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of municipal operations, from council meetings to capital projects. As part of Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s ongoing webinar series on COVID-19, we hosted Colliers Project Leaders for a one-hour webinar. They reviewed how capital projects are managed now (e.g. contract issues, postponements and cancellations, challenges to procurement), what should and will likely take place soon (e.g. budget and process reviews, preparation), and what may come later, notably further stimulus funding for capital infrastructure.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

April 14, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Covid-19 Update from Emergency Responders
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) released the next phase of their COVID-19 response plan. Their plan for readiness included changes that could impact emergency services and the hospital in your area. In this one and a half hour webinar the SHA provided a presentation followed by an expert panel to respond to questions regarding the pandemic planning specific to communities. The presentation included an overview of the offensive and defensive strategies that the SHA is using to meet the need for communities and COVID-19 patients. Panelists included:

  • Derek Miller, SHA Emergency Operations Center Commander, ED Infrastructure Management 
  • Evan Ulmer, SHA Director Provincial Emergency Medical Services 
  • Krista Remeshylo, Director, EMS Central and Medical First Responders 
  • Chief Superintendent Afredo Bangloy, RCMP 
  • Petrina McGrath, SHA Emergency Operations Center Safety Officer, ED Quality and Safety (or designate) 
  • Julie Kryzanowski, SHA Senior Medical Health Officer 

Watch the webinar.

April 7, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Covid-19 Panel: Address Your Concerns
Municipalities of Saskatchewan brought together another panel of industry experts, this time in health and economic development, to answer municipal questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one and a half hour webinar, our panelists were:

  • Dr. Saqib Shahab, Chief Medical Health Officer
  • Tim Macaulay, Director of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Ross Findlater
  • Bonnie Chambers, Executive Director of Advisory Services and Municipal Relations, Ministry of Government Relations
  • Karri Kempf, Executive Director, Enterprise Projects & External Relations, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA); and
  • Verona Thibault, CEO, Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance.

Watch the webinar.

March 25, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Covid-19 Panel: Preparing Your Community
Municipalities of Saskatchewan brought together a panel of industry experts in crisis management, emergency preparedness, employment law, and municipal law to answer municipal questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one-hour webinar, we hosted:

  • Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting; 
  • Trevor Legette, Emergency Services Officer, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency;
  • Troy Baril, partner with Miller Thomson;
  • Amy Groothuis, partner with Miller Thomson; and
  • Sean Bryden, partner with Miller Thomson.

Watch the webinar.

March 17, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Connecting Your Power Project to the Grid
Self-generation projects can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset or reduce your power use and costs. They also interact with the provincial power grid, which is why an interconnection study is needed for any self-generation project. In this one-hour webinar, Cory Gelowitz, SaskPower Customer Relations Business Manager (South), shared information on:
• The different types of self-generation;
• When and why an interconnection study is needed;
• What ‘system protection’ is and why it’s necessary;
• Factors that affect the cost and schedule of interconnecting a project; and
• How to interconnect – the process and where you can find more information.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

March 5, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Waste Management - Utilizing Waste Incineration
Hometowns across Saskatchewan are finding new solutions to the old problem of dealing with solid waste issues. In this one-hour webibar, learn about the Southwest Incineration Project. Fox Valley Mayor Sean Checkley shared information on the project and talked about how regional collaboration is leading to effective waste management in his community.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

February 25, 2020

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Webinar: Grant Writing 101 - Putting Money in Your Community
Applying for project grants can cost your municipality not only time but also money through staff time, and there's no guarantee your application will be accepted. In this one-hour webinar, learn how to increase your chances of grant success. Lorri Matthewson, owner of Solomon Matthewson Consulting, provides tips on how to write grants efficiently and make your grant proposals stand out from the rest.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

January 21, 2020

SUMA Webinar: Promoting Construction of Safe, Healthy, Habitable Buildings
Changes are coming to Saskatchewan's Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act. In this one-hour webinar, gain an understanding of municipal obligations and responsibilities when it comes to building standards and learn about some of the proposed changes to the act. Marvin Meickel, Assistant Chief Building Official with the Building Standards and Licensing Branch, providesctips on how to manage your municipal infrastructure. Do you know your obligations?

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

 

2020 Town, Village, and Northern Sector Meeting

June 18, 2020

The day-long discussion had an agenda driven by members. During the meeting, there was updates on how Municipalities of Saskatchewan is working on your behalf, an education session about emergency preparedness and wildfire management, an inspiring keynote on leadership, and discussions of current issues and successes in an open forum.

Watch the keynote address.

Contact us for free recordings of the other sessions at this meeting.

 

Effective Virtual Meetings Workshop

May 11, 2020

In the Municipalities of Saskatchewan online workshop Effective Virtual Meetings, attendees learned how to make council meetings more efficient. This workshop also focused on the legislative requirements for hosting council meetings virtually.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this workshop. The cost for members is $25 plus GST.

 

Convention 2020

February 2-5, 2020

Sunday Education Sessions:

Bracing for Disasters with Emergency Preparedness

Solid Ethics, Strong Hometowns

Building a Barrier Against Cyber Crime

Cement Compliance with Cooperative Purchasing

Laying a Foundation for Reconciliation - Not Available

Generating Feasible Futures - Unfortunately a recording of this session is not available, but we are able to provide a pdf of the presentations.

Sustainable Cities Speaker Series:

Designing Fururistic Infrastructure - Unfortunately a recording of this session is not available, but we are able to provide a pdf of the presentations.

Harnessing Clean Energy - Unfortunately a recording of this session is not available, but we are able to provide a pdf of the presentation

Developing Tomorrow's Smart Cities

Tuesday Education Sessions:

Rerouting Waste: Organics and Plastics

A Blueprint for Council Succession

Setting the Groundwork on Council Operations

Tuesday Breakout Sessions:

Constructing Safe Cities: Approaches to Drugs, Gangs, and Crime

Bolstering Partnerships for Growth in Towns and Villages

Equip Your Town or Village with a Community Safety Officer