Convention and Tradeshow

TUNE IN at the 2023 Convention and Tradeshow

April 16-19 I TCU Place, Saskatoon

Registration for Convention 2023 is now open!

Registration information will be sent to the main contact for each municipality. Didn't receive yours? Please contact or call the SUMA office at  306-525-3727.



Shape Policy

Convention is an opportunity to influence policy, both locally and provincially. Shape SUMA’s policy direction through resolutions, sector meetings, and the new Dialogue with SUMA sessions. The annual bear pit and dialogue with ministers sessions provides delegates with the opportunity to put their municipal issues before the provincial government, as well as the media.



There are plenty of people to meet and plenty of opportunities to network. Connect with colleagues, peers, SUMA Board and staff members, and provincial and federal decision makers at the SUMA Convention during the President’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony, sessions, at breaks, and in your sector meeting.

Municipal Marketplace

Sunday, April 16 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (NEW!)
Monday, April 17 - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

One of the largest of its kind in Canada, SUMA’s tradeshow features booths with products and services that municipalities use each day. 




Each year, we at SUMA work to bring you new and innovative sessions. This year, for the first time, SUMA is excited to offer educational excursions. Take advantage of the spring weather and experience one of two optional excursions focused on the Saskatoon area. Space is limited, so register early!

Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Centre and STARS Hangar

Learn about daily operations at the Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Facility and their work towards environmental sustainability. Hear about Recovery Park, the recent expansion that is designed to improve recycling options at the landfill and provide space for future diversion opportunities. Guests will visit the newly built transfer station in Recovery Park to see how recycling and compost initiatives are incorporated into landfill operations. At the STARS Nutrien Hangar discover more about the STARS program, their community outreach work, and take an up-close look at the STARS helicopter. Light food and drink will be available at the hangar for participants.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Sponsored by Associated Engineering

The story of Wanuskewin is just beginning to be uncovered. Some archaeological dig sites date back thousands of years making them older than the Egyptian pyramids; these sites provide clues to the daily existence of the early peoples. At Wanuskewin, take in a dance presentation, enjoy Bannock and Muskeg tea, and have time to explore the gift shop, galleries, and exhibits. Participants will also have the choice between a guided outdoor walk or indoor guided programing. 

  • Traditional Games (Indoors)
  • Northern Plains Technology (Indoors)
  • Step Back in Time Walk (Outdoors)

Early Access Reception

Would you like an opportunity to enjoy a cash bar and appetizers while browsing the booths at the Municipal Marketplace presented by Kinetic GPO? At Convention 2023, SUMA is hosting an Early Access Reception so you can do just that. View the booths and connect with exhibitors ahead of the tradeshow's official opening. The Early Access Reception is taking place from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on April 16.   




Keynote - Cody Demerais
Sponsored by SaskWater

Cody Demerais is an award winning Metis entrepreneur born and raised in Prince Albert. He is an author, motivational speaker, and community advocate. 

In his keynote address, Cody will use his own experiences to share a message of resilience, focusing on the mental health and addictions crisis in Saskatchewan. 

MC - Joan McCusker
Sponsored by Brownlee LLP

Through her experiences as a teacher, mom, world champion curler, Olympic gold medalist, and CBC commentator, Joan McCusker has collected a number of observations on the attitudes that propel ordinary people to build extrordinary lives.

Joan's presentation style is light and humourous, but her message is clear: attitude, team, and leadership is everything.

Banquet Entertainers - Aerial Artists Fly Studios YXE and Deja Voodoo

Enjoy a three-course plated meal while being wowed by aerial artists from Fly Studios

After the awards program, dance, jive, and have the time of your life with Saskatoon band Deja Voodoo. Dressed for the era and performing music by artists such as Journey, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, ABBA, and more, Deja Voodoo will transport you back to the '80s.


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Value in Attending

SUMA has been bringing members together for an annual convention since 1906. The biggest SUMA event of the year, and one of the biggest conventions in the province - brings together delegates from across the province. Convention offers unique experiences each year, but common themes: ACCESS, INSPIRATION, EDUCATION. See our Value of Convention document to learn more.




The Convention agenda is jam-packed, with everything from education and breakout sessions to Dialogue with Ministers and Bear Pit with Cabinet. SUMA is also excited to bring back the Dialogue with SUMA sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to share feedback with SUMA's committees. See the agenda to start planning your schedule.   






Ready to book your hotel?

For booking, SUMA is once again using the hotel booking system Resiada. With Resiada, you can view prices for each hotel, see where they are located, check their availability, and book your rooms, all through a single website.

To ensure accurate availability, all accommodations at participating Convention 2023 hotels must be booked through Resiada. 

Ready to book? Click here to access Resiada and reserve your rooms!



Have questions?

View our registration FAQ for members or our registration FAQ for associate/non-members.