From June 5 to 8 Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders and other city officials attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) convention in Edmonton. At city council’s June 22 meeting, Saunders discussed some of the seminars that he had a chance to take part in at the conference.
“Any time when 2,000 municipal leaders get together (from) across the country in one place with the federal leaders and service provider representatives and city managers and administration ... there’s a great opportunity to network, research new products and methods and best trends and actually bring home some tips and tools that we can utilize and apply in our own communities,” Saunders said.
“And we also get to voice our concerns together and formulate some policy though our (FCM) association, which we are a member of, and it’s a very strong voice that lobbies the federal government on a regular basis.”
There was representation from the federal government at the conference. Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May were all in attendance. From the Conservative Party, Finance Minister Joe Oliver gave an address and Minster of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel took part in discussions.
“Every party was represented and there was a good presentation given by each and all and a great opportunity for the conference as a whole to Q-and-A with some of these leaders,” Saunders said.
Saunders says he was able to take advantage of many opportunities to learn about new city management initiatives.
“There were a lot of educational sessions, both in-house in the conference and study tours out and about to see what best practices that we can pick up and share, whether it’s waste management, whether it’s revitalizing our downtown, whether it’s green initiatives or smart city initiatives,” he said. “It was a very worthwhile conference and we look forward to FMC in Winnipeg in 2016.”