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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

AMANB Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

SPECIAL: Information session - Herbicide Use in New Brunswick (only session open to the general public)

  • Forest renewal and vegetation management (Dr. Doug Pitt—Natural Resources Canada—Canadian Forest Service—Emeritus Research Scientist, Quantitative Silviculture) 
  • Human health (Dr. Len Ritter—University of Guelph—Professor Emeritus of Toxicology, School of Environmental Sciences) 
  • Environment and wildlife (Dr. Chris Edge- Natural Resources Canada -Canadian Forest Service—Research Scientist)

Sponsored by ForestInfo

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Workshop #1 - Ten Minutes of Fame
Opportunity for members to share some of the initiatives and best practices of their municipality or region.

  • La Barque Community Centre, by Euclide Chiasson, President (and Captain!)
  • The Hive/La Ruche  – Welcoming  Immigrants , Kim Chamberlain, gérante
  • Refrigerated Oval Skating Rink, by Luc Bujold, Senior Manager, Culture, Leisure and Community Life, City of Dieppe
  • Host of the 2019 Annual Conference- Region 2, by Linda Brown, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Hartland; AMANB Vice-President and Region 2 representative.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop #2 - Opening Keynote Speaker
Collaborating in Change, by Peter de Jager, International speaker, writer and consultant.

The seed of all Change starts with a single person noticing either a threat, or an opportunity, and deciding that something needs to be done in order to avoid that threat or seize that opportunity. With that as the beginning of Change, it's not unusual for that person to decide that they, and they alone, must drive the change forward. 

Unfortunately for the Heroic Change Initiator, there are many other people involved in any significant Change Initiative. There are the usual suspects; The Innovators and Early Adaptors, Early and Late Majority, Laggards and influencers both pro and con, Resistors and Supporters, Stakeholders in General, and Sponsors in particular, and there's more to consider, those with egos and agendas, those who hold a grudge and those who'll nod their heads at any proposal but will take no action. 

There is a silver thread in all of this. We are never alone, unless we insist on being the martyr in all of this, every municipality is facing the same set of threats, the same horizons of opportunity. We can leverage the commonality of Change. That problem that's confounding you for months, has been solved by some other community - or at the very least in being worked on by somebody else. Learning from their mistakes, and passing along the lessons from our mistakes, is an effective way to advance all Change.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trade Show Grand Opening, visit Exhibitors’ Booths

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Official Opening Ceremonies and Luncheon -
Greetings from the host City of Bathurst, Mayor Paolo Fongemie
Opening Remarks by Minister Brian Kenny, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development - Minister responsible for Official Languages

- Attendance of Host Region 8 Mayors or representatives: Mayor Michel Soucy, Village of Atholville; Mayor Charles Bernard, Village of Balmoral; Mayor Joe Noel, Village of Belledune; Mayor Jean-Guy Grant, Town of Beresford; Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin, City of Campbellton; Councillor Denise Bushey, Village of Charlo; Mayor Charles Henri Doucet, Village of Nigadoo; Mayor Normand Doiron, Village of Pointe-Verte;

Sponsored by the City of Bathurst

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Workshop #3 -
PRESENTATION by the Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) – Modernization of Legislation (Local Governance Act) and Regulations. Presentation will include overview of the new Act, accompanying guidebook and regulations.

- Representative(s) from DELG

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – We want to hear from you -  Identify training and information needs for local government officials relative to understanding of legislation

  • Each table identifies 4 to 5 priority areas (e.g., open and closed meetings, conflict of interest) where more training or information is required and suggested approaches in which information may be shared (i.e. fact sheets, training sessions, etc.)
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Plenary – Report from the round table spokespersons

2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking
Sponsored by Municipal Advisory Corporation

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Workshop #4 -
PRESENTATION by the Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) - new Community Planning Act (presentation will include overview of the new Act, status of regulations and tools)

- Representative(s) from DELG 

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual General Meeting of the Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC)

6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

President Reception and Acadian Party
Sponsored by NB Power

Motel L’Acadien, Petit-Rocher
Menu: lobster or steak
Music by the group Marc Melanson et les bandits
Fireworks by FireworksFX

Casual Attire

Shuttle service

Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Full Breakfast
Presentation by Contendo Training SolutionsSandenn Killoran, COO
Sponsored by Contendo Training Solutions

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Workshop #5 -
Resolving Conflict Efficiently, by Alain Paulin, Chartered Mediator/Trainer

Well-managed conflicts can generate new ideas, innovation and changes. Poorly managed, they can destroy an organization, bring down a business and even tear a community apart.
Objectives of this mini-workshop:

  • Distinguish the four conflict management approaches (power, rights, needs and avoidance);
  • Distinguish positions and needs; identify the needs;
  • Adopt a regenerative approach that focuses on:
    • Dialogue;
    • Needs;
    • Multiple realities;
    • Listening and empathy (emotional intelligence);
    • Time commitment.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

New developments to provincial emergency measures - impact on municipalities, by Minister Denis Landry,   Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Solicitor General.

Workshop #6 -
Disaster Financial Assistance Program – how it works for municipalities, by Marc Steeves, Recovery Program, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking 
Sponsored by UNI Coopération financière

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AMANB Annual General Meeting (AGM)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Networking
Sponsored by Frank Cowan Company

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Networking activities / Study Tours:

  1. Golf: Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club. See website.
  2. Regional Discovery Tour: Port of Belledune, Atlas Park, La Barque, Petit-Rocher Wharf with snacks at Bistro d’Anjou (pastries), micro-brewery and artisans visits, galleries and local product tasting.
  3. Nepisiguit Adventures: special guided excursions (choice of hiking, kayaking, biking, canoeing). See website.
    -3h hybrid bike tour (Equipment and light snack included) in the City of Bathurst trails, with a waterfront vistas and forest trails. Many stops with interpretation about past trades that made the region a prime location throughout the centuries.
    -3-4 hour hike on the Mi’gmaq Trail, in the Gordon Meadow section, going across a suspended rope bridge. Interpretation on local history, fauna and flora. Light snack included.
  4. Educational Outing at sea – lobster fishing
  5. Wellbeing: Massage package – individual reservation
    -Sarah Lavigne-Scott, Registered Massage Therapist
    Facebook Page / Pure Balance Yoga, Offering Yoga Classes, Massage Therapy, Reiki Healing, and Fitness Apparel.
    Contact: [email protected] ;  1-506-548-8963
    -Morgan Jagoe, Registered Massage Therapist
    Facebook Page / RMT Morgan Jagoe
    Contact: [email protected] ; 1-506-989-2222
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Reception –
KC Irving Regional Centre
Business Attire

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Banquet –
Sponsored by Assumption Life
Background music by John Boulay, classical guitar

KC Irving Regional Centre - Catered by Danny’s Hotel Event Centre
Shuttle service

Friday, June 8, 2018
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Continental Breakfast
by Dalhousie University - Jack Novack, Local Governance Program Director
Sponsored by Dalhousie University

9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Workshop #7 -
New Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RTIPPA) and Regulations – What it means for municipalities? by Joanne Fletcher, NB Chief Information Access and Privacy Officer and panel discussion with Mary Jane Banks, Clerk/Director of Administrative Services, Town of Rothesay and Shelley Morton, Council Recorder, Assistant City Clerk, City of Moncton and President of AMANB.

9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Workshop #8 -
Cannabis Legalization – legal implications and considerations; communications; being prepared to respond to issues, by Matthew R. Letson, lawyer with Lawson Creamer Lawyers, and Karen White, Senior Director, NATIONAL Public Relations
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking 

10:50 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Workshop #9 -
Collaborate for success – convincing examples and solutions
- Chaleur Green Trails, by Jim Fournier, President
- Sharing of services agreement between the municipalities of Nigadoo and Pointe-Verte, by Vincent Poirier, CAO, Villages of Pointe-Verte and Nigadoo
- Economic Development Officer, BCDE Group (Balmoral, Charlo, Dalhousie, Eel River Dundee), by Guy Chiasson, CAO, Village of Balmoral

- Chaleur Tourism Office – All together,  by Janine Daigle

11:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

- Wrap-up and Evaluation

- Passport Bulletin Draw and Final Draw

You have to be in attendance to win!


Language Arrangements:
Simultaneous interpretation provided by JCB Interpretation

Name tags:
A red dot identifies new members: please make them feel at home!


Workshop Speakers' Biographies

Peter de Jager

Peter de Jager is a keynote speaker/writer/consultant on the issues relating to the issue of managing change of all shapes and sizes in all types of organizations. He has published hundreds of articles internationally on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of technology on areas such as privacy, security and business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.

He is best known to IT and Fortune 500 audiences for his efforts to create responsible awareness of the Y2K issue – For which he received several awards from IT associations and Govt. Agencies.

In addition to presentations and seminars on the topics above, he’s written dozens of regular columns. These have included; Association Trends, CIPS across Canada, Enterprise, Globe & Mail online and Municipal World.

He’s spoken in 40 (and counting) countries and is recognized worldwide as an exciting, humorous, provocative and engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum, The World Bank and The Bank for International Settlements.

His presentations and workshops are highly interactive, fun, irreverent to mistaken ideas and most distinctively - provocative. He forces (entices?) the audience, by demonstrating conflicts between their stated beliefs and behaviours, to think differently about what they thought they knew. You can view much of his work at or contact him at [email protected] 

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Hon. Brian Kenny - Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development - Minister responsible for Official Languages

Brian Kenny was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 2003 as the Liberal MLA representing Bathurst. He was a member of the Standing Committee on the Ombudsman and, in the Official Opposition, he was the critic for areas of interest relating to the Regional Development Corporation.

Mr. Kenny was re-elected to the 56th Legislature in the provincial election held September 18, 2006, and was appointed Deputy Speaker. In 2008, he was appointed Minister of State for Seniors and Minister Responsible for the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat. In 2010, he was appointed Minister of Tourism and Parks.

He was re-elected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Standing Committee on Legislative Officers and the Select Committee on Point Lepreau. He was the Opposition critic for matters related to energy, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency, and northern economic development. He was also critic for justice, attorney general, tourism and parks, and heritage and culture.

Mr. Kenny was re-elected to the 58th Legislature on September 22, 2014, as the MLA representing the riding of Bathurst West-Beresford. On October 7, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Environment and Local Government. He was appointed to the Jobs Board and the Legislative Instruments and Regulations Board.

Born in Bathurst, Mr. Kenny is the past president of both the New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a co-chair of the Restigouche-Chaleur Economic Development Task Force. A real estate developer and former licensed real estate broker, he served as secretary, treasurer, and director of the Northern New Brunswick Real Estate Board. Mr. Kenny was a director-at-large with the Chaleur Regional Development Commission, and he is a member of Rotary Club and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a volunteer with the Canada Games and Meals on Wheels.

As an experienced MLA, Cabinet minister, businessman, family man and a community-minded individual, he cares deeply about the region he serves and desires to help the Chaleur area prosper.

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Hon. Denis Landry - Minister of Justice and Public Safety - Solicitor General

Denis Landry was re-elected to the 58th Legislature to represent the new riding of Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore in the September 22, 2014, provincial election. He was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Human Resources on October 7, 2014. In June 2016, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Public Safety. He is a member of the Jobs Board and the Policy Board.

The eldest of 11 children, he was born on November 13, 1957, in Val-Doucet. After graduating from Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux in Caraquet in 1975, he worked as a logger for 17 years. He served as secretary-treasurer and then president of the local chapter of the Canadian Paperworkers Union (CPU)

He completed various training courses: forestry instructor (Memramcook Institute), leadership (St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia), literacy instructor (Fredericton), and the creation of small and medium-sized businesses (Université de Moncton, Shippagan campus).

He has served as President of the Acadian Peninsula Labour Council and president of the coalition against changes in unemployment insurance. He was the New Brunswick co-ordinator for the World Summit for Social Development. As a consultant, he was selected to go to Copenhagen, Denmark, in March 1995. He also worked as a sales representative at a car dealership in the region.

First elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick on September 11, 1995, as member for the new Centre-Péninsule riding, he has served on the Standing Committee on Law Amendments, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and the Special Cabinet Committee on Social Policy Renewal. He was a member of the Action Nord group and the only MLA to sit on the ministerial committee for the economic development of the Acadian Peninsula.

Mr. Landry was re-elected to the 55th Legislature in the June 9, 2003, provincial election. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills and the Select Committee on Wood Supply. As a member of the official opposition, he was critic for areas of interest related to tourism and automobile insurance.

He was re-elected to represent the new Centre-Péninsule-Saint-Sauveur riding in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. He was sworn in as Minister of Transportation on October 3, 2006.

He was re-elected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Estimates and the Legislative Administration Committee. He served as official opposition critic for matters related to the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environment, and Communications New Brunswick. He was the Official Opposition Whip.

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Alain Paulin - Chartered Mediator/Trainer

A Chartered Mediator, Alain has worked in conflict resolution since 1998. He helps organizations, businesses and diverse groups to come together through mediation, facilitation and training. At home, his work has taken him from Halifax to Victoria, and overseas to the Central African Republic, the Dominican Republic, Uganda and Kenya.

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Matthew R. Letson - Partner, Lawson Creamer Lawyers

Matt, a partner at Lawson Creamer, is a litigator with 15 years of experience in employment, human rights, workers’ compensation and administrative law. Matt has extensive litigation experience, including many appearances before the NB Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench and labour and human rights tribunals. Matt has spoken frequently on issues related to marijuana, medical cannabis, illegal drugs, addiction and accommodation, particularly in the workplace context, and has advised employers and employees on these issues.

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Karen White - Senior Director, NATIONAL Public Relations

Karen is a senior director with NATIONAL Public Relations. She brings a can-do attitude and more than 20 years of communications experience to every project. She works with municipalities, government and industry on issues management, stakeholder relations and employee communications. Karen has led communications and provided advice for complex and high profile regulatory, policy and public affairs files. A creative thinker and problem solver, she provides counsel and strategic communications planning for a wide range of organizations as they prepare for the introduction of recreational cannabis.

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