Laurent Mougeot is a civil servant who has served local governments for more than 35 years. Laurent is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (SIPP).
Laurent’s career started at the University of Saskatchewan as a Research Officer with the Institute for Northern Studies, where he was assigned demographic analysis and land-use research projects. His research work provided him extensive travel opportunities in Northern Saskatchewan, with prolonged stays in La Ronge, Sandy Bay, Pelican Narrows, and Beauval.
Laurent also worked with the RM of Prince Albert (461), the RM of Buckland (491) and the City of Prince Albert as the Director of Planning and Development for the Prince Albert District Planning Commission. In 1998 Laurent joined the City of Prince Albert where he occupied the following positions: Senior Planner, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Communications, Director of Corporate Services, and City Manager.
Laurent's experience with local governments includes community planning, labour relations, occupational health and safety, strategic planning, corporate communications, and financial administration.
For more than 10 years, Laurent was a visiting staff member at the Canadian Emergency Management College where he trained and coached municipal officials in the areas of corporate emergency communications and crisis management.
Laurent has authored numerous articles on community development and human resource management. He has presented challenging topics at conferences and seminars hosted by SARM and SUMA, the University of Saskatchewan, the Federal Department of Communications, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and other professional organizations. He has served as President of the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan (APCPS) and represented the provincial affiliate on the National Council of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Laurent is currently involved on a number of international projects, providing advice to local governments with respect to capacity development, local governance, and strategic advocacy work. To date, these projects have taken him to Jamaica, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, France, and Haiti.
Laurent has been the Chief Executive Officer since September 2005. Since he joined SUMA, a number of key initiatives have been implemented:
Laurent is also one of the architects responsible for designing and launching SUMAssure, a very successful insurance reciprocal owned by Saskatchewan urban municipalities.
In co-operation with provincial officials, Laurent also guided SUMA through successful negotiations leading to the implementation of one of the strongest Provincial-Municipal revenue sharing programs in the country, the Municipal Operating Grant. To date, this program brings the equivalent of 20 per cent of Provincial Sales Tax revenues to the municipal sector. As a result, Saskatchewan is the only Canadian jurisdiction where consumption tax is accessed by local governments as a significant revenue stream.
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