SUMA Municipal Symposium: The Future of Municipal Development

July 28, 2019 - July 30, 2019

What will municipalities look like in 20 to 30 years? The SUMA Municipal Symposium is bringing together subject experts, academics, and municipal leaders to discuss municipal development in the future, specifically exploring governance, infrastructure, and public safety. 

Join SUMA from July 28-30 in Moose Jaw for The Future of Municipal Development. This two-and-a-half-day event will include a keynote address, presentations, panel discussions, and breakout group discussions. The symposium is designed to foster dynamic discussions examining the changes being experienced by municipalities and how local governments are responding now and in the future.

Registration is open to all urban and rural municipalities for $150 per person. Space to attend the symposium is limited, so act fast to secure your spot. Registration closes July 15. 

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Sunday, July 28 (Temple Garden Hotel and Spa)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address 

Monday, July 29 (Mosaic Place)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Governance Panelist Presentations and Breakout Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Infrastructure Panelist Presentations and Breakout Session

Tuesday, July 30 (Mosaic Place)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Public Safety Panelist Presentations and Breakout Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - SUMA Municipal Symposium Wrap Up

A room block has been set up at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa. Book your room for $145/night before July 12 by calling the Temple Garden Hotel and Spa at 306-694-5055 and referencing the SUMA Summer Symposium or by booking online.



Gord Hume
Author and Speaker

Gord Hume is recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on strengthening local government, and is an articulate and thoughtful commentator on municipal governance and community issues. He has addressed major conferences and local governments across Canada, as well as in Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. He is also the best-selling author of seven books on building strong, prosperous, and creative cities, and a co-author of two others. His non-fiction books are now in more than 22 countries around the world.

Gord was elected to London City Council four times. He had a distinguished career in Canadian business, serving as president of radio stations, the founding publisher of a newspaper, and CEO of a communications company. He has served on the board of directors of several local, national and international business and charitable organizations. 

Craig Kutarna Gates
Partner, MNP

Craig Kutarna Gates is a partner with MNP’s Consulting practice and is the firm’s national leader for Public Sector Services. Through his work at MNP, Craig has the opportunity to gain a perspective on trends and priorities for municipal governments across Canada. He has a long standing commitment to working with provincial and municipal governments. Craig has led pioneering projects focused on the achievement of outcomes and citizen value in the public sector. Craig is also routinely sought out as an advisor and facilitator when municipalities are aiming to collaborate and develop partnerships with the private sector, provincial governments, and Indigenous organizations. He has worked extensively on collaborative infrastructure projects to find innovative solutions for financing and operations to lower costs.

Kyle White
Governanace and Education Lead, Co-operatives First

Kyle White's work focuses on developing and delivering educational and development services for Co-operatives First. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Kyle has worked his way across Canada focusing on community economic development in rural and Indigenous communities. With degrees in geography and public policy, Kyle’s educational background has focused on community development, governance, and organizational policy. Aside from his work with Co-operatives First, Kyle is an active volunteer with several Saskatoon-based non-profits and serves on a variety of boards.


Harvey Hill
Adjunct Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

In his work he has focused on identifying practical ways to support communities, policy makers and individuals identify ways to reduce risks associated with natural hazards, increase the economic resilience of communities and regions. Currently he is working on the development of a concept called LIRA lite. This is a lower cost approach to helping communities and municipalities identify their critical infrastructure, vulnerabilities, and options to reduce such vulnerabilities to support economic resilience currently and in the future.

Virginia Wittrock, MSc
Climate Research Specialist and Research Scientist, Saskatchewan Research Council

Virginia Wittrock is an experienced expert in climate impact, adaptation, and vulnerability assessments; urban, agriculture, and forest climatology; hazards climatology (droughts, excessive moisture, extreme temperatures and their influence on water, agriculture, resources (mining, energy, forest), communities and health; risk assessment(s) of natural hazards and descriptive climatology. Virginia is a Board of Director member for the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association, and is past chair of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Virginia is the author/co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and technical reports.

Darcy Bear
Chief, Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Chief Bear currently in his eigth consecutive term as Chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and this fall marks 25 years of service to his community as Chief.

He has been widely-recognized for his economic, business and community development achievements. Among many other acheivements, se was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan. Most recently he was awarded the Lands Advisory Board Resource Centre Economic Developer of the year for his role in lobbying Canada and Saskatchewan to allow First Nations to access the Infrastructure Canada Fund. Whitecap now serves as a national example of positive community development and heightened self-determination. To date there has been approximately $160 million in capital investment in the community and an unemployment rate reduction from 70% to 5%.


Roger Chaffin
Former Chief of Police, Calgary Police Service

Roger Chaffin served with the Calgary Police Service for more than 33 years, culminating in his final three years as Chief of Police. His tenure of chief came at a time the city began to experience prolonged economic downturn, which collaterally impacted families and communities through rapid onset issues relating to mental health and addictions. He led the service through a contentious period of human resource and organizational culture reforms, all the while a strong advocate for adopting new approaches to dealing with community safety. 

Cal Corley, MBA
CEO, Community Safety Knowledge Alliance

Cal Corley is the CEO of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CKSA), a non-profit research centre that supports governments and others in the development and evaluation of new approaches to community safety and well-being.  

He is a former RCMP Assistant Commissioner. From 2008 – 2014, Cal was head of the Canadian Police College and during this time also served as the RCMP Senior Envoy to Mexico and the Americas.  During his career, he gained extensive experience in both operations and executive management, serving in such areas as national security, criminal intelligence, drug enforcement, human resources, and leading reform initiatives.  He also served at the Privy Council Office and at Public Safety Canada.

Dr. Chad Nilson
Living Skies Centre for Social Inquiry

Dr. Chad Nilson leads the Living Skies Centre for Social Inquiry in developing and measuring collaborative social innovations for non-profit, municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous organizations. As a researcher, developer and evaluator, Chad has contributed broadly to the field of community safety and well-being. He is an advisor with the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies. Chad lives in a rural area near Prince Albert, SK.


Pierre-Yves Bourduas, MOM, MA
President, P-Y Public Safety Management Inc.

Pierre-Yves (P-Y) Bourduas is the President of P-Y Public Safety Management Inc., a firm specializing in strategic management, and talent development.  His professional experience is anchored in more than 33 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In his final assignment as RCMP Deputy Commissioner, he provided strategic direction and cogent policy advice concerning a complex variety of national and international law enforcement and national security issues to Ministers and senior officials representing federal, provincial, and international governments. Over the past 10 years he expanded his professional horizon as advisor to private and public organizations.


Pierre Viau, B.A. (Hons), M.A.
President, Pierre Viau Associates Inc.

Pierre Viau is a senior professional with more than 30 years of expertise in strategic communications, organizational transformation, and leadership development with public and private sector organizations, both nationally and internationally. An accomplished facilitator, he has led small and large multi-disciplinary stakeholder groups in visioning, in developing governance frameworks, in strategic and operational planning, customer relationship management, and organizational readiness development.

Do you want to get involved in this event as a sponsor? Contact Brenda Zimmerman by phone at 306-525-4383 or by email.