The 36th Annual Conference of the AMANB was held from June 13 to 15, 2012 
at the W.C. O'Neill Arena Complex, 24 Reed Ave.,Saint Andrews,  NB.


Ride the Wave


Ride the wave of change ~ so you don't find yourself beneath it


Workshop Speakers Biographies
Ken Forrest Mélanie Tompkins Daryl Steeves Heather Chase Sally Wells
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Download other presentations - Peter de Jager (PDF) - Gary Mersereau (PDF)




Please note: Time and sessions are subject to change.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 AMANB Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.




12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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









6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Conference Registration at the Complex Welcome Centre

Pre-conference Workshop: Development Officer's Workshop:

Balancing by-laws, property owners, lawyers and the Community Planning Act can keep Development Officers on their toes.  This practical session will focus on the nuts and bolts of a Development Officer's role, as well as provide information from a legal perspective on considerations, risks and responsibilities.  Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring practical questions for discussion during the session.
Our workshop experts will be Ken Forrest, Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Saint John and Mélanie Tompkins, Solicitor for the City of Saint John.  Ken and Melanie will share information from their individual perspectives and provide an opportunity for lively discussion.
Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Luncheon - Keynote Address by international speaker, writer and consultant Peter de Jager - "The Seven Questions of Change" and Official Opening - Sponsored by PROCOM Data Services Inc.

Presentation by the Department of Environment and Local Government - Stephen Battah,  Assistant Deputy Minister, and Rob Kelly, Executive Director, Local and Regional Governance

Break - Trade Show, visit Exhibitors' Booths - Sponsored by Scotia McLeod - Saint John

Workshop: Speaker Daryl Steeves - "Relax Sheldon, it's only change" Managing Changes and Stress - Sponsored by Municipal Advisory Corporation Inc.

Relax Sheldon, It’s only Change

“That is my spot. In an ever-changing world it is a simple point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function in a four-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot, at the moment I first sat on it, would be 0000.”  Sheldon Cooper

We are all on an evolutionary path when it comes to managing change, even Sheldon hasn’t quite finished evolving.  Our “Dinosaur Brains” have just not kept up with the times and when we are feeling stressed “Lizard Logic” takes over.  This session will look at the components of “Dinosaur Brains and Lizard Logic” by Albert Bernstein and how change brings them out in us all.

The Province of New Brunswick is undergoing a massive transformation and those who understand change will ride that wave like a surfer, those who resist will be tossed and buffeted in the surf.  The skills in this workshop will help you to anticipate behavior in the people around you when the heat is on, and will give you some strategies to “Tame the Dinosaur”.  It will also help you recognize Lizard Logic when it creeps into your own head.  Relax… it’s only change!

President's Reception

Thursday June 14, 2012


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 Full Breakfast - Sponsored by Frank Cowan Company Ltd

 Presentation by Efficiency NB, Rachel Lanteigne and Brent Godbout

 The Honourable Bruce Fitch, Minister of Environment and Local Government

 Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC) Annual General Meeting

 Break - Trade Show, visit Exhibitors' Booths - Sponsored by CHMC

 AMANB Annual General Meeting


 Optional leisure activities
      Golf (9 hole) - Whale Watching - Kingsbrae Garden & Aquarium visits


 Banquet - Sponsored by Assumption Life - Goguen Champlain Insurance Inc.

Friday, June 15, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

 Full Breakfast - Sponsored by Murdock-Boyd Architects

 Presentation by NB Natural Gas Group, Gary Mersereau

 Workshop: Speaker Heather Chase - Generation Gap & Succession Planning

 Break –  Trade Show,  visit Exhibitors’ Booths, Final Draws

 Workshop: Speaker Sally Wells  - Negotiating Skills

 Wrap-up and Evaluation


Language Arrangements:
Simultaneous translation will be provided

*    VOTE - Elections
     PSAB - new Public Sector Accounting Board standards
     TCA - Tangible Capital Assets inventory
     RTIPPA - Right to Information and Protection of Privacy legislation
     RSCs - Regional Service Commissions



Workshop Speakers

Ken Forest

Ken Forrest is the Commissioner of Growth and Development Services for the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. Ken is responsible for the City’s building inspection, bylaw enforcement, development engineering, geographic information systems, heritage conservation program, and all aspects of long range and current community planning including Plan SJ, a two year, $1 million effort to develop Saint John’s first new municipal plan in almost 40 years. Prior to joining the senior management team in Saint John, Ken held senior positions with Parkland Community Planning Services in Red Deer, Alberta as well as a number of roles with the City of Fredericton. Mr. Forrest holds an Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie University (TUNS). He is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of New Brunswick.


Mélanie C. Tompkins

Mélanie is a staff solicitor for The City of Saint John, and has acted in that capacity since April 2003. Before joining the city, she practiced law at the law firm of Clark Drummie in Saint John. She obtained her Arts degree as well as her Law degree from the Université de Moncton in 1997, and articled at the N.B. Court of Appeal. She obtained a Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 2010. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is Deputy Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench for the Judicial District of Saint John since 2009. She is a member of the N.B. Law Society’s Examinations and Bar Admission Course Committees. Her areas of practice since she joined the City of Saint John focus mainly on litigation, drafting, corporate law, property law, construction law, and planning and municipal law.


Daryl Steeves

Daryl Steeves is the Regional Director of Laboratory Services for the Horizon Health Network and an independent consultant on Strategic Planning and Change Management. He holds Masters Degrees in Biomechanics (MPE) and Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) from the University of New Brunswick. Daryl has worked in the Municipal Sector, Post-Secondary Education and Health Care for over 25 years.


Heather Chase

Always focused on the “people” component of projects and communities, Heather Chase has an extensive 15 year background in human resources management and workforce development with the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. She has a proven track record of collaborating with organizations to optimize the return on their human resource investments on a provincial, national, and international level. One of her most interesting and challenging roles was as the “interface” between trade unions, private sector and government for workforce planning with the proposed “Energy Hub” in New Brunswick.

Involved with a number of volunteer organization, her primary areas of interest are transitions to sustainable employment, persons in poverty, newcomers and children.


Sally Wells

Mediation & Legal Training Consultant

Sally Wells received a Bachelor of Social Work from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1997 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 1985. From 1988 to 1997, she was Director of Continuing Legal Education, Law Society of NB, Managing Editor for Solicitor’s Journal and President Public Legal Education & Information Services NB. In 1997, she began a career as Workplace Consultant, Intervention and Training. She specializes in Workplace Harassment Investigations, Mediation, Independent Workplace Assessments, Negotiating Accommodation issues with human resource professionals, managing in Unionized Workplaces, Labour Relations and Conflict Management. She provides training in Workplace Harassment Investigations, Human Rights, Respectful Workplace Policy and Process, and Progressive Discipline. She is an advisor to school boards, community colleges, hospitals, Crown corporations as well as Instructor at UNB in Law and Sociology.




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