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Regional Meetings 2019

October 1 - 9, 2019

SUMA Advocacy and Engagement and SUMAdvantage Updates

Education Session: Breaking Down Barriers: Building Parity on Council (Delivered at Central and Northeast meetings)

Education Session: Energy Management Strategy (Delivered at Northwest meeting)

Education Session: Engineering Solution to Capital Builds/Asset Management Assessment (Delivered at Northwest meeting)

Education Session: Canada’s Railways: The wheels are always turning – moving people, goods, and the Canadian economy (Delivered at East Central meeting)

Building the Best Workplaces Workshop

May 8, 2019

Guide to Successful Workplace Policies and Practices - MLT Aikins

Harassment and Discriminatory Action - Occupational Health and Safety

Sector Meeting 2019

May 9, 2019

Town, Village, and Northern Sector Meeting 2019

Convention 2019

February 3-6, 2019

Sunday Education Sessions:

Earn a Power Play with Regional Cooperation: E1 and E7

Blow the Whistle on Workplace Harassment: E2 and E8 

Power Forward to Reconciliation: E3 and E9 - Watch the video featured in the sessions.  

Equip Your Community with Solid Waste Management: E4 and E10 

The City of Humboldt's Experience: E5 and E11

Women in the Game: E6 and E12

Tuesday Education Sessions:

Setting the Cap: Determining the Value of Water: E13

Coaches Corner: Open Forum on Council Operations: E14 
Some other great resources are the City of Saskatoon's Municipality's Enforcement Toolkit and Transportation Network Company Bylaw

Shut Out Crime in Your Community: E15

Tuesday Breakout Sessions:

Going for Gold with Team Communication – Cities Breakout Session

Keeping Council Out of the Penalty Box – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

Home vs. Away: Improving Local Recreational Facilities – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

Getting Youth Off the Bench: Engaging Youth in Your Community - North Breakout Session

2019 SUMA Webinars

October 22, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Transparency and the Public
Transparency is a pillar of good governance – it strengthens government, promotes efficiency, and builds trust in the public. But balancing transparency while protecting private information can be difficult. During this one-hour webinar SUMA's own Steven Dribnenki, Legal Services Advisor, and Sarah MacMillan, Communications Advisor, provided tips for communicating with the public, including media, and discussed best practices for creating a culture of transparency in your municipality.

Register here for a free recording of this webinar. 

October 10, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Handling Harassment in the Municipal Workplace
All employers have a moral and legislative obligation to provide a harassment free workplace. To help municipalities respond to harassment in the municipal workplace, SUMA and SARM have launched a Harassment Prevention Policy Template. The template is applicable to not only council and administration, but also anyone who is visiting a municipal workplace. During this one-hour webinar, Jana Linner from MLT Aikins LLP explored the Harassment Prevention Policy Template and discussed how you can advance a safe, harassment free workplace in your municipality.

Register here for a free recording of this webinar. 

September 26, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Federal Election Forum
In advance of the federal election, SUMA hosted a federal election forum exclusively for SUMA members. During this webinar five federal candidates from Saskatchewan shared how their parties plan to work with municipalities.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

September 11, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Leading with Accountability - Ethics and Conflict of Interest
Recent high profile conflict of interest decisions have upheld a high ethical standard. Learn what the most recent cases and decisions mean for municipal governance? In this webinar, Steven Dribnenki, Legal Services Advisor for SUMA, talks about conflict of interest and the importance of honouring ethical duties.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

August 21, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Recycling in Saskatchewan - Meeting Challenges and Seizing Opportunities
How and what we recycle is changing. China’s recycling ban, the elimination of single use plastics, and the move to extended producer responsibility programs point to big challenges, but also bold new opportunities. In this webinar, Christine Thompson of Recycle Saskatchewan talked about the state of recycling in Saskatchewan today and in the future.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

July 18, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Meet LESA - Funding for Landfill Closures
Closing a municipal landfill can be pricey, but there’s a new funding program that can help. In this webinar, SUMA and the Ministry of Environment talked about the new Landfill Environmental Site Assessment (LESA) Program that provides financing for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.

Register here for a free recording of this webinar. 

June 27, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Building Positive Relationships With Residents
It's not easy to turn every interaction with a resident into a positive encounter. But a negative experience in the municipal office can not only impact a resident's view of the municipality, it can also affect community morale. In this webinar, Gloria Obrigewitsch, owner and operator of GCO Consulting teaches you key skills required to foster positive relationships between municipal government and its residents.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

June 18, 2019

SUMA Webinar: How to Prosecute Bylaws
You give out a ticket or notice for a bylaw infraction. But now what? How do you collect that fine or make sure that infraction is remedied? In this webinar, Troy Baril and Jacey Safnuk of Miller Thomson talk about best practices when prosecuting bylaws, from service to court to collecting fines.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

May 14, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Changes to Municipal Legislation
The acts that govern Saskatchewan's hometowns are being reviewed. In this webinar, Andrea Ulrich and Allan Laird from the Ministry of Government Relations talked about the proposed changes to The Cities Act, The Municipalities Act, and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010. 

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar. 

April 29, 2019

SUMA Webinar: LA FOIP 101: What Municipalities Need to Know
Amendments to The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) came into effect last year. In this webinar, Ronald Kruzeniski, QC, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Diane Aldridge, Director of Compliance (Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner), and Steven Dribnenki, Legal Services (SUMA), talked about best practices for responding to access requests and duties in protecting personal information.

Watch the webinar.
To develop or update the access to information policy in your municipality, check out a sample policy from the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner.

April 16, 2019

SUMA Webinar: What To Do When You're Sued
Being taken to court can be stressful and confusing – it’s hard trying to properly respond to allegations while navigating the litigation process. In this webinar, Jennifer Pereira, QC, talked about the best responses to lawsuits, and what you can do to protect your municipality, prepare your case, and avoid unnecessary costs.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

April 3, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Toward Parity at the Council Table
At Convention 2019, the education session "Women in the Game" (session E6 and E12) highlighted the vital role women have on council. But a SUMA study of newly elected council members in 2016 found that women only occupy 14 per cent of mayors positions and 28 per cent of councillors' seats in Saskatchewan. In this webinar, Stephanie Hoey, project manager for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Toward Parity in Municipal Politics initiative, talked about a move to greater equality and asked attendees for input on how to overcome barriers to participation in municipal politics. 

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar.

March 19, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Construction Procurement Tips and Traps
With summer construction season coming up - make sure your project procurement is  set up for success. In this webinar, Mark Yemen of McDougall Gauley LLP shared insights gained from working on municipal construction projects across the province and talked best project procurement practices. 

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Included with this webinar are templates for request for proposals and invitations to tender. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

February 26, 2019

SUMA Webinar: Preventing Workplace Harassment
Is your workplace safe and harassment free? The Saskatchewan Employment Act places a legal duty on all employers, supervisors, and workers to ensure a harassment-free workplace. In this webinar, Ocupational Health and Safety representatives Susan Boan and Mike Luciak talked about harassment prevention and making sure your workplace policies are up to date. 

A recording of this webinar is unfortunately unavailable, but here is a slightly shortened version of the PowerPoint and a harassment prevention guide. More information on bullying and harassment in the workplace can be found here.  

January 22, 2019

SUMA Webinar: How to Make Tax Collecting Less Taxing
Struggling with a complex tax enforcement issue? Want to avoid taking a property? In this webinar, lawyers Kim Anderson, QC, and James Steele talked about how to collect on those hard cases and options beyond The Tax Enforcement Act.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

Regional Meetings 2018

September 26-October 4 2018

SUMA Advocacy and Engagement and Corporate Programs and Member Services Updates

SK Seniors Mechanism (Delivered at  Southeast, Central, Northeast, West Central, and Northwest meetings):
Moving Toward a Seniors Strategy for Saskatchewan
Where We Are Now
An Overview of Healthy Aging Strategies in Rural and Urban Canada

Education Session: Data and Decision Making: The Culture of Asset Management (Delivered at Southwest, Central, Northeast, West Central, and Northwest meetings)

Education Session: Policing and Community Safety (Delivered at the East Central meeting)

SUMA Summer School

August 12-14, 2018

Leadership and Governance Session - "10 Years, 10 Lessons"
Malcolm Eaton, Former Mayor - City of Humboldt

Handling Complaints the Right Way
Ombudsman Mary McFadyen - Ombudsman Saskatchewan

Public Relations/Media Training 101
Mary Lynn Charlton, President and CEO and Dan Gold, Director of Digital Strategy - Martin Charlton Communications

Excellence in Regional Collaboration: The Kindersley Municipal Bylaw Court
Troy Baril, Partner - Miller Thomson LLP

Calming Conflicts and Resolving Disputes
Amanda Wilcox, Mediator - Dispute Resolutions Office, Ministry of Justice

CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit: A Three-Step Process
Jean-Marc Nadeau, CEO - SUMA

2018 SUMA Webinars

December 18, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Enforcing Municipal Bylaws
Municipalities spend a lot of time and effort writing bylaws to help further the safety, health, and well-being of their residents. But can those bylaws be enforced? In the SUMA webinar Enforcing Municipal Bylaws, lawyer Neil Robertson, QC, discussed the challenges and opportunities in enforcing compliance with bylaws.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

November 27, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites
Almost every hometown has at least one contaminated site - an abandoned gas station, a derelict garage. But remediation of these properties is not cheap. In this free webinar, Craig Abernethy from the Ministry of Environment spoke about a new application process being developed to help municipalities in their efforts to clean up orphaned and abandoned contaminated sites.

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar.

November 13, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Reducing Waste
Hometown landfills are reaching capacity, and municipalities are looking for ways to divert and reduce refuse. In this webinar, Joanne Fedyk, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC), spoke about the cost of garbage and gave tips for creating a strong waste diversion and reduction strategy. Fedyk also shared how the SWRC can help.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

October 30, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Building Resilience to Climate Change
Saskatchewan has already endured many costly climate-related events and is expected to experience more extreme weather. The effects have the potential to exceed municipal, provincial, and federal standards and building codes. SUMA and Associated Engineering discussed the importance of assessing the effects extreme weather could have on your hometown infrastructure projects.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

September 10, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Getting Your Workplace Policies Right
As employers, municipalities have a duty to ensure safe workplaces. With cannabis legalization around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your workplace policies are in place and up to date. SUMA and Jana Linner, a lawyer with MLT Aikins, discussed the key areas your policies should cover to keep your employees, and citizens, safe.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

August 2, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Bullying in the Workplace
Unfortunately, bullying is far too common in the workplace, and it can have dire consequences. From causing feelings of anxiety to a lack of sleep and nervousness, bullying not only affects work productivity, but it can have long-lasting psychological effects. Attendees learned how to recognize a bully and how to stop bullying in the workplace for good.

Unfortunately we were unable to record this webinar but here is the Bullying in the Workplace Participant's Guide that was used during the session. 

June 19, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Municipalities and Cannabis Legalization
Sean McKenzie, Senior Policy Advisor, and Steven Dribnenki, Policy and Legal Advisor, talk about the responsibilities your hometown has as we move toward cannabis legalization, from urban planning to bylaws and enforcement. Also learn about FCM's cannabis legalization guide and how it integrates with the province's cannabis framework.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

May 30, 2018

SUMA Webinar: Routes to Road Renewal
Roads and sidewalks join a hometown together, literally. Maintaining these thoroughfares are essential to providing safe and reliable infrastructure, but sometimes it can be hard to balance the number of projects with available funding. Review the design and construction process used for rehabilitation or replacement of roadways and sidewalks under Regina’s Residential Road Renewal Program (RRRP). Though city based, the takeaways from the program are valuable to municipalities of any size.

Contact us to purchase the recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

April 19, 2018

SUMA Fundamentals Webinar Series: Resolving Disputes
Open discussions and lively debates are cornerstones of democracy. However, conflicts and disputes that linger after a meeting is over or the office is closed can hurt even the strongest municipalities. Learn tips for calming conflicts and tools for resolving disputes, so your council and staff can stay focused on moving your hometown forward.

Contact us to purchase a recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

April 4, 2018

SUMA Replay: Illuminating the Path to Reconciliation
Taking the first step on the path to reconciliation can be tough. At Convention 2018, a panel of municipal leaders openly reflected on their community’s journey, and we brought their discussion online to you. Watch the recording of the Convention session, and learn more. The panel insights speak to communities of all sizes.

Check out the recording of the education session posted on our YouTube channel.

February 14, 2018

Saskatchewan NDP Leadership Candidate Forum
Both candidates participated in a SUMA-hosted online forum where members had the opportunity to engage them on issues that matter to their city, town, village, resort village, or northern municipality.

Contact us for a free recording of this online forum.

Convention 2018

February 4-7, 2018

Sunday Education Sessions

Power Up Your Council with Clear Roles: E1 and E7

Spotlight on Solid Waste Standards: E2 and E8

Zap the Risks at Special Events: E3 and E9

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes: E4 and E10

Avoid a Power Surge with Effective Meetings: E5 and E11

Bolt Down Good Infrastructure with Engineers: E6 and E12

Monday Education Sessions

Sparking Solid Waste Solutions: E13

Illuminating the Path to Reconciliation: E14

Getting Ready to Flip the Switch on Cannabis Legalization: E15

Tuesday Breakout Sessions

Plug In to Crime Prevention – Cities Breakout Session

Shining a Light on Open and Transparent Government – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

Lightning Round: Open Forum on Council Operations – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

2017 SUMA Webinars

December 13, 2017

Saskatchewan Party Leadership Candidate Forum
All five candidates participated in a SUMA-hosted online forum where members had the opportunity to engage them on issues that matter to their city, town, village, resort village, or northern municipality.

Contact us for a free recording of this online forum.

November 28, 2017

The Importance of Wetlands
Learn why and how wetlands are important in the Canadian Pprairies and how wetland drainage affects Saskatchewan municipalities from Dr. Pascal Badiou, Research Scientist at Ducks Unlimited Canada's Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research. 

Contact us for a free recording of this webinar.

October 11, 2017

Communication: Your Key to Successful Requests for Proposals
Learn from the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada - Saskatchewan (ACEC-SK) how to craft an RFP to make sure you're getting what you want from an infrastructure project. You'll also find out how good communication can increase your chance of success. 

Contact us to purchase a recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

June 20, 2017

SUMA Fundamentals Webinar Series: The Municipalities Act 101
Whether you’re a new or experienced leader, an elected official or part of administration, this webinar was designed specifically for SUMA’s town and village members. The presentation covered legal and practical roles and duties of council members and administration, meeting rules and requirements, and how to stay out of legal tangles. 

Contact us to purchase a recording of this webinar. Cost for members is $45; non-member cost is $75.

Regional Meetings 2017

September 25–October 4, 2017

SUMA Overview, Advocacy and Engagement, and Corporate Programs and Member Services

Education Session: Be Prepared, Not Scared — Public Relations for Municipalities (Delivered at Southwest, Northwest, and Central meetings)

Education Session: Reciprocal 101 — Why are we better? (Delivered at West Central meeting)

Education Session: Social Media for Municipalities and Elected Officials (Delivered at Northeast meeting)

Education Session: Attracting and Retaining Municipal Administrators (Delivered at Southeast meeting)

Education Session: Leading with Accountability — Conflicts and the Coade of Ethics (Delivered at East Central meeting)

Sector Meeting 2017

May 24 – 25, 2017

The 2017-18 Provincial Budget and SUMA's Advocacy Response: Thursday Presentation from SUMA

Policy and Legal Updates: Friday Presentation from SUMA

Solid Waste Management: Friday Presentation from Ministry of Environment

Convention 2017

February 5 – 8, 2017

Sunday Education Sessions

Gear Up to Manage Your Assets: E1 and E7

Unlocking New Revenue Sources: E2/E8

Get a Move Ahead on Climate Change: E4 and E10

Moulding Municipal Champions: E5 and E11

Are You a Target? Security in the digital age: E6 and E12

Monday Education Sessions

Examining the Economic Forecast of Saskatchewan: E13

Creating Business Links with First Nations: E14

Illuminating the Role of Watersheds: E15

Tuesday Breakout Sessions

The Keys to Innovative Government – Cities Breakout Session

Promotional Profiles for Economic Growth – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

It Takes All the Pieces of the Puzzle: Cultivating a diverse council – Towns and Villages Breakout Session

2016 SUMA Webinar

June 22, 2016

Landfill Research Project
This members-only webinar covered the likely costs of proposed changes to municipal landfill standards. University of Saskatchewan professor Ian Fleming shared his research findings on the current state of municipal landfills among a sample of 44 SUMA members, and how much it would likely cost to bring them up to bring them up to proposed standards. Members can contact us for a free recording of this webinar.

Municipal Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities Workshop

November 17 and 23, 2016

The Council-Administration Dynamic

Wise Stewardship

Introduction to Municipal Law

SUMA Overview

UMAAS Overview

Regional Meetings 2016

November 15–25, 2016

SUMA Overview, Policy Update, and Corporate Programs and Member Services Update

Education session: Social Media for Elected Officials and Municipalities (delivered at Southeast and East Central meetings)

Education session: New Municipal Conflict of Interest Rules (delivered at East Central and Southwest meetings)

Village Sector Meeting 2016

May 10 – 11, 2016

Policy and Legal Update: Presentations from SUMA

Duty of Fairness: Presentation from Ombudsman Saskatchewan

Regionalization of Water Infrastructure: Presentation 

RCMP Policing Costs Breakdown: Presentation from Ministry of Justice

SUMAdvantage: Presentation from SUMA

Bylaw Workshop

May 10, 2016

Drafting Municipal Bylaws: Presentation from Saskatchewan Government Relations Advisory Services & Municipal Relations Branch

Enforcing Municipal Bylaws: Presentation on the Community Safety Officer Program

Prosecuting Municipal Bylaws: Presentation from Chrystal Atchison, City of Regina City Solicitor's Office

Convention 2016

January 31 - February 3, 2016

Sunday Education Sessions

How Fire Service Affects Property Insurance: E1 and E7

Public Procurement Practices to Avoid a Lawsuit: E2 and E8

Keeping Council Out of Conflict: E3

Three Rs: Regulations Requirements, and Recycling: E4 (Part one and Part two) and E10 (Part one and Part two)

Rail Safety Measures to Prepare and Protect: E5 and E11

Property Assessment 201: Preparing for Revaluation 2017: E6 and E12

Monday Education Sessions

E13: Taking a Chance on Change

E14: Lessons Learned Through the 2015 Wildfires

E15: Open Forum on Council Operations

Tuesday Breakout Sessions

Cities: Growing Green

Towns and Villages Above 500: Filling the Volunteer Void

Towns and Villages Below 500: Building Solid Employment Relationships

Convention 2014

February 2-5, 2014

Sunday Education Sessions
E1: Today's Saskatchewan
E7: Today's Saskatchewan 

E2: Regional Recreation Collaboration 
E8: Regional Recreation Collaboration 

E4: Privacy Legislation and Council
E10: Privacy Legislation and Council

E5: Managing Roadway Risk – Getting people from here to there safely
E11: Managing Roadway Risk – Getting people from here to there safely

Monday Education Sessions
E12: Planning and Development

E13: Mission: Zero

E14: The Importance of Communication

Tuesday Breakout Sessions
Towns and Villages with Population Above 500 - PowerPoint

Convention 2013

February 3-6, 2013

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Sunday Education Sessions

E1 & E8 - Public Advocacy: How to effectively influence your local MLA

E2 & E9 - Labour Law: What you should know

E3 & E10 - The Ask an Expert Panel

E5 & E12 - Safeguarding Your Financial Assets

E6 & E13 - The Untold Story of Recycling


Tuesday Keynote - George Cuff


Tuesday Breakout Sessions

Cities: Effective Public Engagement

Towns and Villages with Population over 500: Transforming the Council/Administration Relationship

Convention 2012

January-February 2012