AMANB 2016 Annual Conference & AGM

From yesterday to today, 40 years of dedication to our communities’ wellness
Professional Development and Networking Opportunities

40th AMANB Annual Conference and AGM
Congress Centre of the Acadian Peninsula, 106A Aquarium St., Shippagan, N.B.
June 8 to 10, 2016.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. AMANB Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Coffee
Sponsored by Foulem Construction
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9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Workshop #1, Municipalities and climate change: how can we adapt? by Dr. Mélanie Aubé, Coastal Zones Research Institute Inc.


The research cluster “Sustainable development of coastal areas” develops projects with environmental interests. The main developed research interests include environmental monitoring, restoring environments and mainly adaptation to climate change including risk assessment (flooding and erosion), strategic planning, identification of adaptation solutions and the feasibility/implementation of adaptations solutions for many communities in the Acadian Peninsula.

The Coastal Zones Research Institute, in collaboration with the Forum of Mayors of the Acadian Peninsula, the Regional Service Commission of the Acadian Peninsula (CSRPA) and several coastal communities, is working on developing a “Plan and actions for the Acadian Peninsula to prevent the risk of erosion and flooding linked to climate change”. This plan would include appropriate adaptation strategies and an implementation plan for all risk areas of the Peninsula.

The conference will present and discuss the following topics:

  • Adaptation strategies and implementation of action plans for risk sectors
  • Decision-making support tools for municipal, regional and provincial managers concerning land use
  • Uses and planning to minimize human risks, the risks of damage to infrastructure and the risks of environmental impacts.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop #2 - Session: Ten Minutes of Fame
Opportunity for members to share some of the initiatives and best practices in their municipality.

  • Town of Saint-Quentin: Green Energy Heating System, Suzanne Coulombe, CAO/Clerk
  • Village of Le Goulet: Dunes Restoration, Mayor Paul-Aimé Mallet
  • Village of Saint-Isidore: Merchants and Residents: Together, we are winners!, Dave Cowan, CAO
  • Town de Dalhousie: Making Budget Presentation Easier, Julie Bernard, Director of Finance
  • City of Fredericton: New multi-lane roundabout, Jonathan Lewis, Traffic Engineer
  • City of Saint John: Urban, natural and cultural - 2017 host, Jonathan Taylor, Common Clerk/Manager
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
Opening Remarks by Mayor Anita Savoie Robichaud, Town of Shippagan, and attendance of Region 7 Mayors – Mayor Agnès Doiron, Bas-Caraquet; Mayor Yvon Godin, Bertrand; Mayor Kevin J. Haché, Caraquet; Mayor Réginald Boudreau, Grande-Anse; Mayor Jules Haché, Lamèque; Mayor Paul-Aimé Mallet, Le Goulet;  Mayor Luc Robichaud, Paquetville; Mayor Conrad Godin, Ste-Marie-St-Raphaël; Mayor Oscar Roussel, St-Isidore; Deputy Mayor Dianna May Savoie, Tracadie.
Sponsored by Regroupement des Administrateurs de la zone 7 and by the Town of Shippagan
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1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop #3 - Conference – Municipalities :  A world that needs changes,  by Mr. Camille Thériault, President and CEO, Caisses populaires acadiennes.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop #4 - Presentation – Modernization of Property Assessment and the 2015-2020 strategy, by Mr. Charles Boulay, Executive Director, Property Assessment Services, SNB and Mr. René Landry, Director, Modernization, SNB

In September 2012, the Government of New Brunswick tabled a white paper with a view to improve New Brunswick’s property tax system.  One of the key recommendation was to introduce process improvements to deal with large property assessment increases. SNB’s Property Assessment Services subsequently developed a 5 year Modernization Strategy to achieve this objective.  Today, Charles Boulay and René Landry will showcase some of the key initiatives of this transformational effort.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking
Sponsored by the Town of Caraquet
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3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Municipal Advisory Corporation (MAC) Annual General Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. President Reception and barbecue
Music by Gilles St-Cyr and Firework Display by Feux d’Artifice Boréal Fireworks
Sponsored by Crandall Engineering and by NB Power
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Casual Attire
Shuttle service.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Networking Full Breakfast
Sponsored by M. Paul Jewett of Frank Cowan Company
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8:45 a.m. - 9 :00 a.m. Meeting Room organization for the following session
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Workshop #5 - Cracker Barrel Session
This session will allow participants to cover a variety of relevant and timely issues in round table discussions in a relaxed informal setting. Register for one of the following topics at the Registration Table:


#1. Asset Management: implementation
by Julie Bernard, Town of Dalhousie

#2. Local Planning and Zoning
by Benjamin Kocyla, Planner and Planning Director, CSRPA (Regional Service Commission Acadian Peninsula)

#3. Waste Recycling and collection
by Gary Leblanc, Director, Management of Solid Waste Services, CSRPA (Regional Service Commission Acadian Peninsula)

#4 a) Federal Environmental Regulations under Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), 1999
by Stephanie Keast and Lisa Tulen, Canada Compliance Promotion Officers, Environment and Climate Change Canada
b) Changes in transportation safety and security: rail, road, marine and air transportation; Legislative and policy updates.
by Denis Haché, Safety Awareness Officer, Compliance and Response Branch, Transport Dangerous Goods, Transport Canada


# 5. Asset Management: implementation
Adam Bell, Manager of Financial Reporting and Accounting, City of Fredericton

# 6. Local Planning and Zoning
Wilson Bell, Executive Director/Planning Director, Greater Miramichi Regional Service Commission

# 7. a) Municipal Records - Whose records are they from the access and privacy world?
by Ian Walsh, Access and Privacy Consultant  
b) Affordable Housing Financial Assistance: eligibility and housing projects
by Francine DiMambro, Affordable Housing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

# 8. Dialogue on Provincial Strategy for Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency
by John Fife, Public Safety and Emergency Services NB

# 9. Waste Recycling and collection
by Cedric Landry, Communications Officer for CSRPA (Regional Service Commission Acadian Peninsula)

#10 a) Changes in transportation safety and security: rail, road, marine and air transportation; Legislative and policy updates.
by Denis Haché, Safety awareness officer, Compliance and Response Branch, Transport Dangerous Goods, Transport Canada
b) Federal Environmental Regulations under Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), 1999
by Stephanie Keast and Lisa Tulen, Canada compliance promotion officers, Environment and Climate Change Canada

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking
Sponsored by MQM Quality Manufacturing
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10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AMANB Annual General Meeting (AGM)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Networking - sponsored by the Regional Municipality of Tracadie and by St-Isidore Asphalte

40th anniversary grand prize draw (MacBook Air): compliments of Mr. Paul Jewett, Regional Manager Atlantic Canada, Frank Cowan Company Ltd.
(you must be present to win)

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

Optional networking activities:

  1. Golf (9-hole) : Pokemouche Golf Club
    Pokemouche Golf Club is a paradise for golfers. Its original Micmac name means ‘bird sanctuary’.  This beautiful golf course is located along the Pokemouche River in the heart of the Acadian Peninsula. The course was designed by architect John Watson.


  2. Miscou Island Visit
    An unforgettable visit to several sightseeing attractions: visit Ecological Park of the Acadian Peninsula, a nature interpretation centre; explore the fishing docks; marvel at the colours of the Church Sainte-Cécile of Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île; taste the salt air, cool breezes, and enjoy the magnificent view of the historic Miscou Island Lighthouse, a Canadian national historic site; be amazed at peat bogs as far as eye can see; and much more.


  3. Crab Boat Experience
    Boat tour on the Jean-Denis Martin (2006) with captain Martin Noël (president of the FRAPP Fédération régionale acadienne des pêcheurs professionnelles). Experience the life of crab fishermen. Seafood tasting session, good conversation, life at sea, what more can you ask for?


Transportation is included in prices
In case of rain, “midnight bowling” has been planned!

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception – at the Congress Centre
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Banquet: Forty years are worth celebrating!
Background music by Jacques Robichaud
After banquet music by the group: Les 427
Sponsored by Assumption Life and by Caisses populaires acadiennes
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Shuttle service.
Friday, June 10, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by the Municipal Advisory Corporation Inc. (MAC)
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9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshop #6 - Panel – From yesterday to today: 40 years of challenges and accomplishments. Retrospective 40 years, 30 years, 20 years, 10 years.
Moderator : Réal Gervais
Panelists: Ken Harding, Dan Dionne, Marc-André Godin and Cécile Rousselle (Life member),

                John Robison and Brenda Barton (two of the Founders of AMANB)
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Refreshment Break – Trade Show, visit Exhibitors’ Booths / Networking
Sponsored by the Municipality of Neguac
11:30 a.m.

Wrap-up and evaluation

  • Passport Bulletin Draw
  • Last draw: two weekend packages in the Acadian Peninsula (approximate value $2,000). You have to be in attendance to win!


Language Arrangements:

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Workshop Speakers' Biographies


Mélanie Aubé, PhD

Researcher Project Manager

Mélanie Aubé has expertise in forestry and the study and management of the environment. As a researcher in charge of projects of the CZRI, she develops replicas de relojes españa and manages projects that address environmental issues in response to the needs of companies, institutions or communities. These needs may be at the level of impact studies, planning processes and adaptation or environmental education and touch on social as well as biological and physical aspects. 

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Camille H. Thériault

Camille Thériault was born in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, in February 1955. He majored in political science at the Université de Moncton and graduated with a degree in social science.

He was vice-president of corporate affairs for the United Maritimes Fishermen's Cooperative and general manager of the Kent Industrial Commission. Mr. Thériault has also been active in community affairs.

He was first elected to the New Brunswick legislative assembly in 1987 as MLA for Kent South. He served as chairperson of the public accounts committee and was a member of the standing committee on estimates.

In 1991, Mr. Thériault was re-elected and appointed to cabinet as minister of fisheries and aquaculture. He was chairperson of the select committee on representation and electoral boundaries and a member of the Board of Management cabinet committee. As well, he co-chaired the ministerial committee on creating new options.

In 1994, he was appointed minister of advanced education and labour and was also a member of the cabinet committee on policy and priorities. Re-elected in 1995, he was appointed minister of economic development and tourism. He also assumed responsibility for the Information Highway Secretariat.

In 1998, Mr. Thériault became premier of New Brunswick, serving until June 1999. He served as leader of the opposition from June 1999 until he resigned his seat in the legislature in March 2001.

He was appointed a member of the National Transportation Safety Board in 2001 and was subsequently named chairman in 2002.

Since February 9, 2004, Mr. Thériault is President and CEO of the Mouvement des caisses populaires acadiennes.

Mr. Thériault was awarded the Ordre du mérite des diplômés et des diplômées de l'Université de Moncton and is a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Bouctouche Rotary Club.

Mr. Thériault has received an honorary Doctorate of Business from Université de Moncton in 2008. He was also named "Personnality of the year" for 2008 by our provincial daily newspaper, L'Acadie Nouvelle. Additionally, he is featured on the list of the top 50 CEO's in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine in May 2009.

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Charles Boulay, B.Sc PEng, Service New Brunswick

In 1986, Charles obtained a Diploma in General Engineering from l’Université de Moncton.  In 1988, he further pursued his studies completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering from l’Université de Moncton.

His working career began with the Federal Government in early 1988 as a Project Engineer with Defense Construction Canada.  For the next three years, he worked in several military bases in the Atlantic Provinces.

In August 1991, he joined the New Brunswick Housing Corporation as Chief Engineer.  In 1996, he assumed the responsibilities of Director of the Housing Services Branch within the department of Municipalities, Culture and Housing.

From 1996 to 2009 he has assumed several positions at the Executive Director level in various provincial departments in the area social programming.

In August 2009, Charles joined Service New Brunswick as the Executive Director of Property Assessment Services in Fredericton, NB.

In April 2016, Charles was appointed as Service New Brunswick’s Executive Director of Property Assessment Services and Registries.  In his current function Charles’ responsibilities include Land, Corporate, Personal Property and Vital Statistics registries as well as maintaining his previous responsibilities in property assessment.

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René Landry, Service New Brunswick

In 1983, he joined the Canadian Forces as an infantry officer with the Royal 22nd Regiment.

He served for 26 years in various leadership and staff positions in Canada and over 7 years abroad, mainly in Germany, Bosnia and Belgium.  He retired in April 2009 having reached the rank of Lieutenant-colonel. 

With Service New Brunswick, he assumed the responsibilities of Chief Rentalsman for the Province until May 2013,  He subsequently transferred to Property Assessment Services ias a Regional Diirector.  As of Jan 2015, he leads Property Assessment Services modernization efforts.

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Updated May 31, 2016

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