Day Two

Thursday, May 5, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge

Opening Greetings

NSFM President’s Report
Mayor Amanda McDougall, CBRM

Update from CEO
Juanita Spencer
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge

Keynote –Unleashing your Greatness – Embracing your Distinction– Buhle Dlamini

In this inspirational presentation, Buhle Dlamini will help you to unleash your greatness by focusing on what sets you apart. It will help you to discover how to stand out and reach your full potential for your community as well as for your municipal team. Unleashing your greatness looks at the keys   to finding your distinction. This session will challenge you to:
·  Set a higher standard for success and performance
·  Turn your values into behaviours that drive your culture within your community
·  Equip you to cultivate an attitude that leads to success and growth
·  Give you the needed momentum to re-imagine the future

Buhle is a sought-after international speaker from South Africa now based in Canada. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of six books, with more than 18 years of global speaking and consulting experience. He helps clients understand future trends shaping the world of work, leverage the benefits of diversity with cultural intelligence and show leaders and teams how to create productive and effective organizational cultures. He is a member of Tomorrow Today Global Consulting Group. He has met and worked with leaders such as former SA president Nelson Mandela and received an award from Archbishop Desmond Tutu for Nation Building. He holds a certificate in Fundamentals of Strategy from Harvard University and is a fellow with the Cultural Intelligence Centre in Michigan. He serves as faculty for many executive leadership programs at Cornell University and Duke Corporate Education. 
10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge
Honourable John Lohr
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Province of Nova Scotia
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Dining Room/Lounge
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge

Municipal Success Stories

The Landfill at Little Forks- Cumberland County

The landfill at Little Forks Cumberland Co. was owned jointly by the towns of Oxford and Amherst and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.  It was recognized that the cost of waste management was climbing and that our operation was too small to ever be efficient.  We believed a large private waste management company may be able to manage this better.  With a number of specific requirements to ensure stable fees in the long term, cover environmental liabilities and retention of staff being the most essential an RFP went out.  Ultimately the landfill was sold to GFL Inc. with the deal fulfilling all of our requirements.

Greg Herrett, CAO, County of Cumberland
Kevin Latimer, Partner, Cox and Palmer
Mayor Murray Scott, Municipality of the County of Cumberland 
Community Climate Action Plan – Town of New Glasgow

The Town of New Glasgow has prioritized climate action and sustainability to improve community resilience and reduce GHG emissions. In March 2022, New Glasgow Town Council approved the Community Climate Action Plan and GHG Reduction Target to reduce community emissions by 50% from 2018 levels by 2030. The plan details 65 actions across 5 sectors: Buildings; Transportation; Waste; Policy, Planning, & Procedures; and Collaboration, Adaptation, & Resilience. This work was informed through an online engagement process hosted by Ethelo, an online group decision-making platform. As the focus shifts to implementation, the Town of New Glasgow has established a Sustainability Fund to provide annual funding to the timely and efficient implementation of climate and sustainability objectives.

Presenter: Rachel Mitchell, BA, MES, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Town of New Glasgow

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dining Room, Main Lodge
Delegates Luncheon
Kindly sponsored by:
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Networking opportunity
Take a little break after lunch to have a nice walk or chat with your municipal colleagues
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge

Strategies for developing mutual understanding with others and connecting with yourself

How do you handle angry or emotional people? What about criticism and demands? How do you respond to judgement and blame? What happens when your decision is challenged? You can be very good at what you do and not understand how to handle difficult people and situations well.
In this session, we will look at the dynamics that underlie your communication and the relationships you have with your peers and constituents.  We will look at how to better connect with others and manage the buy in, deal with potential backlash, and unplug yourselves to recharge your batteries.

Presenter: Deirdre Kazi, M.Ed. MACP, RCT-C – Educational Wellness Consultant and Psychotherapist

Deirdre is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, and families to help understand and resolve the effects of how the past influences the present and change the negative patterns that impact areas of one’s life. Deirdre has a Masters degree in Adult Education M.Ed and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology MACP.

She provides consultative and customized training solutions to clients in the areas of Leadership, Change Management, Interpersonal and Workplace Dynamics, Emotionally Intelligent Communication and Mental Health and Wellness programs.

Deirdre works with the Michelin plants as the on-site psychotherapist to their employees. She also works with Morneau Shepell and Homewood Health to deliver in person and on-line Mental Health programs in the workplace to Leaders and front-line employees. She was awarded Instructor of the Year in 2006, the last year of the award, in recognition of outstanding contribution as a practitioner in the field of Workplace Education in Nova Scotia by AWENS (Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia).

Deirdre is also a dual Canadian and Irish citizen, born in Canada; she is registered as a foreign born national in Ireland.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Atlantic ABC, Main Lodge
Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier MLA Kendra Coombes
NDP Municipal Critic
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Break/Networking
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: (Attend 1 of 2)

1) Reflections on the Nova Scotia Asset Management Mentorship Program
Drawing Room, Lakeside Lodge
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing launched the Nova Scotia Mentorship Network in April 2021 to match staff from different municipalities to support and facilitate the development of asset management policies. Over a 10-month period, the program’s scope broadened and much information was shared among the municipal mentors and mentees.  This deepened everyone’s understanding of and appreciation for various asset management processes and the many benefits they provide to municipalities.  Join us to hear key take-aways from staff involved in the program, next steps and how lessons learned can support your municipality’s asset management journey.   

Jennifer Duncan, Nova Scotia Asset Management Program Representative, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Dylan Heide, CAO, Town of Mahone Bay and Vice Chair of the AIM Network
Rachel Mitchell, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Town of New Glasgow
Holly Power-Garrett, Manager of Capital and Asset Management, Halifax Regional Municipality

2)    To Tweet, or not to Tweet
Study, Lakeside Lodge
As social media use continues to rise, can elected officials afford not to have a social media presence? According to the Ryerson University Social Media Lab, 88 per cent of online Nova Scotian adults are using Facebook, and 44 per cent are using Twitter. If you’re not on social media, online conversations will still be taking place – you just won’t be part of them.
For all the benefits of social media – raising awareness, self-promotion, sharing good news and engagement, it has a dark side. It seems there are no boundaries when it comes to attacking elected officials online. 
Learn what social media channels to use, what content to post and how to deal with the trolls in this session presented by The PR Hive and Crestview Strategy.

Robyn McIsaac, Founder, The PR Hive
Kelsie Chiasson, Consultant, Crestview Strategy

This session presented by:
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Atlantic ABC & Founders Lounge, Main Lodge

Charity Casino Night – hosted by Region of Queens Municipality

Join your peers and your partners for a few hours of fun at the White Point Resort! Your social night is also a “do-gooder”. The Liverpool Volunteer Fire department will be offering you games of chance and a bit of “fun night gambling” with their ‘funny money”. Bring some cash (or use the debit machine onsite) to exchange for the ‘funny money”. You don’t need much – twenty dollars will go a long way.

There will be a cash bar available and live entertainment in Founders Lounge so there will be plenty to do. Alternate transportation will be available via Queens County Transit and various cabs at the cost of the delegate for those not staying at White Point Resort.