2021 CPAA
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Exploring Innovations & Resiliency in Community Planning!

This year’s conference took take place virtually May 3-5, 2021! The conference was an opportunity to gather, learn, and connect with one another as we discussed a wide variety of examples that illustrate innovations and resiliency in community planning.

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2021 Topics

CPAA was pleased to welcome Chris Hughes with BC Hughes Destination Development & Marketing. His Monday morning Education Session focused on “Rural Destinations Do It Differently – 10 Steps to Becoming a Place People Want to Visit.”

Other exciting topics included:
  • Identifying and marketing your community’s
     strengths
  • Balancing regulations and economic development
  • Adaptive planning processes through a global
     pandemic
  • Emerging technologies & construction practices
  • Annexations in small Alberta communities
  • Local innovations in stormwater management

Featured Speakers & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

We were honoured to bring some incredible speakers to your screens at this year’s conference! Get to know more about them.

Barry Morishita

Barry Morishita

A small business owner since 1995, Barry Morishita was elected Mayor of the City of Brooks in a by-election held on January 18, 2016. Barry has been involved in municipal governance since 1998 and was in his fourth term as Councillor with the City of Brooks. In 2017, after four years on the board, Barry was elected as the President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, an organization that advocates for municipalities to have stable and predictable funding as well as receive recognition from the provincial and federal levels of government.

Plenary 1 - What’s New in the Municipal World: An Update from AUMA and RMA

Session Description

With the world changing fast, Alberta’s municipalities are dealing with new and emerging issues more often than ever before. Join AUMA President Barry Morishita and RMA President Paul McLauchlin for an overview of some of the most important issues facing Alberta’s urban and rural municipalities today. This session will address land use planning issues, but also delve into other areas of importance for Alberta’s municipalities, such as the upcoming municipal elections, municipal viability, and other topics.

Barry Morishita
Barry Morishita
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Plenary 1 - What’s New in the Municipal World: An Update from AUMA and RMA
Lorne I. Randa

Lorne I. Randa

Working with clients in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, Lorne assists public bodies, including municipalities, school boards, and health organizations, on access to information and protection of privacy matters under both Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act) and Saskatchewan’s Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP Act). He also works with companies and other organizations on privacy-related issues under Alberta’ Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Municipal law is another one of his major practice areas, with a focus on planning and development issues. This includes development agreements, offsite levies, cost contributions and other infrastructure cost recovery mechanisms, subdivision approvals, and development permits. Lorne also works in health information, and assists another partner in expropriation matters. Additionally, he has worked with clients in the utilities and telecommunications fields.

Concurrent Session 6A - Legal Update - Recent Case Law and Statutory Changes

Session Description

Join members of Brownlee LLP’s municipal law team for a presentation on recent decisions of the Alberta Courts in area of municipal liability, planning and development, and utility services, and changes to the Municipal Government Act and other legislation that will impact municipalities.

Lorne I. Randa
Lorne I. Randa
Brownlee LLP
Concurrent Session 6A - Legal Update - Recent Case Law and Statutory Changes
Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Chris has a special gift. He sees opportunities to make people smile and is driven by the little things that make businesses and destinations fun and memorable. All of those things that surprise someone, and make them want to capture the moment are paramount to his way of thinking. An outside the box kinda guy, Chris has a ton of experience working with tourism regions and destinations, building visitor experiences, strategies and touring routes, as well as working with private and public attractions, destination marketing organizations, mom and pop resorts, campgrounds and motels. 

A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Environmental Studies program, Chris started his career working in tourism product development and marketing for several firms before he joined the BC Hughes team. Chris loves to ride motorcycles, mountain bikes and SnoScoots with his family and spends his time exploring North America one gear at a time.

Education Session & Keynote Session

Session Description

Education Session (Morning - May 3, 2021)

Rural Destinations Do it Differently – 10 Steps to Becoming a Place People Want to Visit

Details: A deep dive into why being different is your greatest asset. In a world of homogenization, box stores, retail strips, and fast food, the travel market is shifting and looking for more intimate and real experiences. Learn how to uncover your greatest strengths and mobilize them into possibly the next-big-thing.

Keynote Session (Afternoon - May 3, 2021)

Live-Work-Play’d Out – The new era of recruitment and retention

Details: Everyone thinks their community is number one when it comes to quality of life, employment opportunities and lifestyle. Which is one of the reasons a lot of places use the same slogans to try and be unique….ironic right? Well times have changed, competition is fierce, and access to information is at your finger-tips - details like peer reviews on which community ranks the highest. In this session learn how to do it differently, focus on your real strengths and simplify by targeting one person at a time. Learn from community success stories in rural Ontario, including some developed by BC Hughes like the award winning AreYouMost? entrepreneur recruitment campaign.

Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes
BC Hughes
Education Session & Keynote Session
Sandeep Agrawal

Sandeep Agrawal

Sandeep Agrawal is a Professor and Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. Dr. Agrawal is a nationally- as well as internationally-known scholar of urban and regional planning. His most recent research has focused on municipal annexations, human and indigenous rights, and just energy transition. He is an author of two books and about a hundred publications, both refereed and non-refereed. He is a past member of the Alberta Municipal Government Board and Edmonton’s Subdivision and Development Appeals Board.

Concurrent Session 5B - Municipal Boundary Battles: Annexations in Alberta

Session Description

Adjusting municipal boundaries changes a municipality significantly in how and where it grows, manages its financial affairs, and provides services to its residents. Annexation is the most common and frequent form of boundary adjustment in the smaller communities in the province of Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. This talk will present preliminary findings of an ongoing study including a typology of annexations in Alberta along with a few recent trends that are shaping the annexation debate in the province. It also expounds on the reasons for where and why annexations happen in the province, how they impact the municipal and regional growth patterns, and whether they are economically beneficial to the annexing municipality.


Sandeep Agrawal
Sandeep Agrawal
School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Alberta
Concurrent Session 5B - Municipal Boundary Battles: Annexations in Alberta
Zimran Khokhar

Zimran Khokhar

Mr. Zimran Khokhar is a Project Manager at Brazeau County and has been with the County since 2016. His Project Management experience entails working with contractors, consultants and government organizations. His Project Management expertise are in rural transportation and water/wastewater projects including roads, culverts, slides/embankment failures and lagoon upgrades. He has worked on multiple environmental projects including a unique Constructed Floating Wetlands system for wastewater treatment enhancement, Facility lighting LED retro-fits and HVAC system efficiencies.

Concurrent Session 6B - Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Pilot Projects in Rural Alberta

Session Description

Constructed Floating Wetlands

Brazeau County has been leading on a pilot project of implementing Constructed Floating Wetlands for Lagoon Enhancement. The project is being completed in collaboration with subject matter experts in the field of floating wetlands as well as university researchers. The phase 1 of the floating wetlands started with the construction and research, of 10 modules on the Violet Grove Lagoon in Brazeau County in 2019. Phase 1 was completed in 2020 and construction on phase 2, which includes doubling the existing size, will begin in 2022. Brazeau County’s Constructed Floating Wetlands is a first of its kind for Western Canada, that is installed primarily for enhancing wastewater treatment in lagoons in cold climates.

Solar Aquatic System Wastewater Treatment

In Brazeau County’s hamlet of Cynthia, Alberta, you will find a SAS plant for treating wastewater.  Commissioned in 2009 this facility uses no chemicals in the treatment of the hamlet’s wastewater.  At 2000 square feet, this facility is capable of treating 88m3 of raw sewage per day.  Some of the treatment processes are: heating the effluent (3 different ways), aeration, clarifiers, micro screen filtration, sand filters, and re-seeding the tanks with bacteria found in the clarifier sludge.  The hamlet’s original lagoon is still part of the treatment system, but it only acts as a storage/polishing pond.  This lagoon is scheduled to receive upgrades in 2021.  The upgrades will also provide future opportunity to reuse the treated water if Brazeau County desires.

Zimran Khokhar
Zimran Khokhar
Brazeau County
Concurrent Session 6B - Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Pilot Projects in Rural Alberta
Darcy Mulroy

Darcy Mulroy

Darcy Mulroy started his full time career with Brazeau County in 2001.  Since that time he has been a Labourer, Utility operator, Utilities Assistant Supervisor and now the Utilities Supervisor.  During his time with Brazeau County, Darcy has been part of different innovative processes.  One of these processes is Brazeau County’s SAS plant (Solar Aquatics System).  This is the first wastewater treatment facility of its kind in Alberta.  Darcy has enjoyed working for Brazeau County and is always open to new ways of improving operations and processes.

Concurrent Session 6B - Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Pilot Projects in Rural Alberta

Session Description

Constructed Floating Wetlands

Brazeau County has been leading on a pilot project of implementing Constructed Floating Wetlands for Lagoon Enhancement. The project is being completed in collaboration with subject matter experts in the field of floating wetlands as well as university researchers. The phase 1 of the floating wetlands started with the construction and research, of 10 modules on the Violet Grove Lagoon in Brazeau County in 2019. Phase 1 was completed in 2020 and construction on phase 2, which includes doubling the existing size, will begin in 2022. Brazeau County’s Constructed Floating Wetlands is a first of its kind for Western Canada, that is installed primarily for enhancing wastewater treatment in lagoons in cold climates.

Solar Aquatic System Wastewater Treatment

In Brazeau County’s hamlet of Cynthia, Alberta, you will find a SAS plant for treating wastewater.  Commissioned in 2009 this facility uses no chemicals in the treatment of the hamlet’s wastewater.  At 2000 square feet, this facility is capable of treating 88m3 of raw sewage per day.  Some of the treatment processes are: heating the effluent (3 different ways), aeration, clarifiers, micro screen filtration, sand filters, and re-seeding the tanks with bacteria found in the clarifier sludge.  The hamlet’s original lagoon is still part of the treatment system, but it only acts as a storage/polishing pond.  This lagoon is scheduled to receive upgrades in 2021.  The upgrades will also provide future opportunity to reuse the treated water if Brazeau County desires.

Darcy Mulroy
Darcy Mulroy
Brazeau County
Concurrent Session 6B - Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Pilot Projects in Rural Alberta
Nick Pryce

Nick Pryce

Nick has over 27 years of planning and project management experience across Canada and internationally. Over these years Nick has worked on a wide range of planning projects with a particular focus on Municipal planning. In this area he has worked on developing numerous policy and regulatory documents including Land Use Bylaws. He has practical experience resolving the ongoing challenges municipalities have with balancing regulatory guidelines without compromising business development opportunities or a community’s vision. Understanding how to strike that balance with the legislative tools available has been a core focus of Nick’s.

Plenary 8 - Balancing Regulation and Economic Development – The Dreaded Land Use Bylaw

Session Description

Often viewed as “The Dreaded Document,” the Land Use Bylaw can be viewed by some as a barrier to enticing development to your community. This perception may result in ad hoc and reactionary changes being made on the spot that distort the original vision for a community or create unintended complexity in future applications. In some cases, municipalities may not even be aware that they have lost a development opportunity because of how their Land Use Bylaws are structured. 

These documents are often complex and created in a manner where you question if you need a scientist or an artist to effectively interpret the guidelines. A primarily dilemma is identifying the appropriate person to interpret and make those decisions, the skill set they should possess, and their awareness and understanding.  For example, do they even know why the rule is put in place or simply adhere to it just because the rule exists?  

Although Land Use Bylaws can create frustration, cost and risk to development, they also are an important tool to guide decision-making related to conflicting land uses while providing some certainty to communities and businesses by establishing expectations related to development in their area. So how can we make them better and avoid creating the ad-hoc, reactive changes that arise from a single development issue? Ultimately, these documents shape a community based on what Council considers to be a reasonable level of acceptable development.

Nick Pryce has experience drafting and implementing Land Use Bylaw regulations across Canada and New Zealand, and will share his experiences of the challenges faced by municipalities and how those were overcome to create useful Land Use Bylaws. He will share his insights on how these documents can be improved to become more user and business friendly without compromising the integrity of your community.

Nick Pryce
Nick Pryce
V3 Companies of Canada
Plenary 8 - Balancing Regulation and Economic Development – The Dreaded Land Use Bylaw
Oscar Flechas

Oscar Flechas

Oscar is an Architect with a wide range of experience in various sectors and on different scale projects. His firm, Flechas Architecture, is a progressive, small and young studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce innovative, environmentally and socially responsible results. He’s an early adopter of the Passive House standard, and his firm now strive to design buildings that meet or use the principles required by the standard in each of the projects. Passionate about low-energy and low carbon buildings for the future generations, Oscar is one of the few architects certified as Passive House Designer in Alberta and embraces most tools that encourage better building standards to help achieve greener buildings in Canada.

Concurrent Session 5A - Valleyview Passive House Town Hall - Comfortable, Affordable and Sustainable

Session Description

Passive House buildings achieve a high level of indoor air quality and obtain substantial reduction in space heating requirements compared to the standard building practice in Alberta. This presentation is aimed at all those with an interest in low energy design and construction and it will provide participants with the concepts, challenges and recent developments for high performance design and construction. 

The Valleyview Town Hall is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality and the design and builder teams to achieve the challenging standard in a northern climate. What are those challenges? How are they overcome? As demonstrated in Valleyview, Passive House is a practical path to net-zero and a compelling approach for carbon reduction in the built environment. This municipal building is resilient in the face of changes in energy pricing, technology and climate, providing a long-term assurance of affordability.

Oscar Flechas
Oscar Flechas
Flechas Architecture
Concurrent Session 5A - Valleyview Passive House Town Hall - Comfortable, Affordable and Sustainable
Ben Berlinguette

Ben Berlinguette

As the present Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Valleyview, Ben Berlinguette has chartered a vibrant career within the private and public sectors for employers as diverse as the City of Edmonton, Alberta Transportation, Akita Drilling, Kiewit, AMEC, TransAlta, Municipal District of Foothills, and Thorhild County. Combining hard work, knowledge, and determination has enabled Ben to have held a variety of management positions, building an expansive scope focusing on oil & gas, power sector, transportation and municipalities as well as projects within environmental (industrial site & gravel pit reclamations, wetlands), procurement (material, equipment), infrastructure (roads, buildings, bridges, parks), asset & project management initiatives, and maintenance programs.

Concurrent Session 5A - Valleyview Passive House Town Hall - Comfortable, Affordable and Sustainable

Session Description

Passive House buildings achieve a high level of indoor air quality and obtain substantial reduction in space heating requirements compared to the standard building practice in Alberta. This presentation is aimed at all those with an interest in low energy design and construction and it will provide participants with the concepts, challenges and recent developments for high performance design and construction. 

The Valleyview Town Hall is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality and the design and builder teams to achieve the challenging standard in a northern climate. What are those challenges? How are they overcome? As demonstrated in Valleyview, Passive House is a practical path to net-zero and a compelling approach for carbon reduction in the built environment. This municipal building is resilient in the face of changes in energy pricing, technology and climate, providing a long-term assurance of affordability


Ben Berlinguette
Ben Berlinguette
Town of Valleyview
Concurrent Session 5A - Valleyview Passive House Town Hall - Comfortable, Affordable and Sustainable
Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen, M. Ed., is principal of Altario and Consort Schools. While pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership, Kevin researched "Cultural Considerations in Rural Schools." Together with his wife and five sons they live on an acreage in Special Areas #4. Kevin believes strongly in the local community and sits as president of the local Lions Club, is a member of the Ag Society, is an advisor on the town advisory board, and is president of the district 4H Beef Committee and the district 4H Committee. Kevin is known as the Prairie Principal on Facebook and twitter.

Plenary 9 - Thriving, Not Surviving: Community Building Through School Revitalization

Session Description

BAs the heartbeat of rural communities, the local school can either rejuvenate or devastate the surrounding area. Too often, rural schools are in survival mode, but what happens when we re-imagine our schools so that both the local school and community are revived and begin to thrive? Making the school and community synonymous by pooling resources and uniting around a unique vision is invaluable to reversing the fatigue surrounding rural sustainability. Follow the story of how one small school and tiny community changed the narrative and re-imagined themselves into a thriving school community.

Kevin Van Lagen
Kevin Van Lagen
Principal of Altario and Consort Schools
Plenary 9 - Thriving, Not Surviving: Community Building Through School Revitalization
Clark Banack

Clark Banack

Dr. Clark Banack is the Acting Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities at the University of Alberta, and an Adjunct Professor of Political Studies.  He is the author of God’s Province: Evangelical Christianity, Political Thought, and Conservatism in Alberta (McGill-Queen’s University Press), as well as several academic articles and book chapters related to Alberta politics, rural issues, religion and politics, education policy, and populism in Canada.    

Concurrent Session 2B - Social Cohesion and Community Development in Post-Pandemic Alberta

Session Description

It has long been known that local economic and community development outcomes are strongly correlated with levels of community social cohesion. In other words, community development is most successful when there is wide scale citizen engagement across a diverse set of groups –a condition that requires high levels of trust, reciprocity, and a commitment to the betterment of the community. This presentation will highlight some emerging factors that threaten to erode these components of community social cohesion before closing with some thoughts on how we might address these challenges in the context of post-pandemic planning.

Clark Banack
Clark Banack
University of Alberta
Concurrent Session 2B - Social Cohesion and Community Development in Post-Pandemic Alberta
Courtney Mo

Courtney Mo

Courtney Mo leads the Public Policy, Research & Evaluation team at Momentum, a Calgary-based charity focusing on poverty reduction and economic inclusion.  She and her team work to identify root cases of economic exclusion and advocate for systemic change. She has worked collaboratively with all three levels of government in designing social and economic policy, most recently on the issues of social procurement, payday lending, financial empowerment programs, skills and workforce training, and local investment funds. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, including co-founding two community social enterprises, and further understanding the interconnectedness of our environmental, social, and economic well-being. For more information visit, https://ca.linkedin.com/in/courtneyhare or https://momentum.org/publications/policyandresearch/

Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises

Session Description

Every day, individuals and families make purchasing decisions, businesses discuss alternatives for their supply chain and governments select suppliers across a broad spectrum of goods and services. Each of these decisions, intentionally or not have an economic, environmental and social outcome. Supporting companies that use their profits to build a better society creates value and economic opportunities for everyone involved-developers, contractors, local suppliers and the community. By working closely with social enterprises, you can leave a lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and the community. It is these every day buying choices that contribute to healthy local communities with a strong social system and a resilient and vibrant business sector.

Join us to learn from industry experts Tim Coldwell of Chandos Construction, David Le Page of Buy Social Canada, and Courtney Mo of Momentum in Calgary for a panel discussion on how Social Procurement can shape thriving and resilient local economies and communities.

Courtney Mo
Courtney Mo
Momentum
Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises
Tim Coldwell

Tim Coldwell

Tim Coldwell is a husband, dad and Mohawk entrepreneur focused on leading by serving, culture, and the monetization of ideas. He serves as President of Chandos, a national technical builder leading change in the Canadian construction industry. Chandos is the largest B-Corp certified contractor in the world and is proud to be one hundred percent employee owned. We believe value is created when leaders combine the power of purpose with existing business models to solve the world’s greatest problems.

Under Tim’s leadership, Chandos has forged partnerships with social enterprises across Canada focusing on employment of at-risk youth and those who are under-represented in the construction industry. Tim is an advisor to San Francisco’s Center for Innovation in the Design & Construction Industry and was the founding board chair of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance. Tim has been named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® and is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises

Session Description

Every day, individuals and families make purchasing decisions, businesses discuss alternatives for their supply chain and governments select suppliers across a broad spectrum of goods and services. Each of these decisions, intentionally or not have an economic, environmental and social outcome. Supporting companies that use their profits to build a better society creates value and economic opportunities for everyone involved-developers, contractors, local suppliers and the community. By working closely with social enterprises, you can leave a lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and the community. It is these every day buying choices that contribute to healthy local communities with a strong social system and a resilient and vibrant business sector.

Join us to learn from industry experts Tim Coldwell of Chandos Construction, David Le Page of Buy Social Canada, and Courtney Mo of Momentum in Calgary for a panel discussion on how Social Procurement can shape thriving and resilient local economies and communities.

Tim Coldwell
Tim Coldwell
Chandos Construction
Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises
Marlena (Marny) S. Paul

Marlena (Marny) S. Paul

Marny is a senior associate in the Calgary office practicing primarily in the area of Municipal Law with a focus on real estate, development, expropriation and municipal governance.

Marny assists various municipalities with real estate transactions including land acquisitions, rights of way, and leasing. Marny also has extensive experience with expropriating land for the purposes of public infrastructure and development.

Marny advises and represents numerous municipalities in public-private partnership transactions ranging from utility infrastructure to social/cultural/athletic facilities to road infrastructure.

With respect to planning and development issues, Marny assists municipalities with development agreements, offsite levies, cost contributions and other infrastructure cost recovery mechanisms.

Concurrent Session 6A - Legal Update - Recent Case Law and Statutory Changes

Session Description

Join members of Brownlee LLP’s municipal law team for a presentation on recent decisions of the Alberta Courts in area of municipal liability, planning and development, and utility services, and changes to the Municipal Government Act and other legislation that will impact municipalities.

Marlena (Marny) S. Paul
Marlena (Marny) S. Paul
Brownlee LLP
Concurrent Session 6A - Legal Update - Recent Case Law and Statutory Changes
Jennifer Massig

Jennifer Massig

Jennifer has 20 years of Environmental/Civil Engineering experience in the municipal infrastructure field in both rural and urban environments. Jennifer aided in high level planning, policy, and engineering document review, proposal and tendering processes, and overall as technical liaison for local municipalities and the development community. Her recent experience, as a member of the City of Chestermere Council for the 2013-2017 term provided experience as the client and committee team member for leading edge municipal development plans, wetland and stormwater management planning, and major stormwater conveyance infrastructure. In her current role as Principal with MAGNA Engineering, Jennifer’s primary responsibilities have been in specialized stormwater management and wastewater municipal infrastructure and helping Alberta communities with innovative municipal services planning and stakeholder engagement.

Concurrent Session 3B - The Role of Municipal Leadership in Stormwater Resilience Planning

Session Description

Traditionally, stormwater management has been an engineering exercise that assesses water within our communities as a liability.  In this session, we will explore the idea of shifting stormwater management to a high-level planning practice where municipalities can take a leadership role in encouraging innovation by using simple policy tools to address climate change, resiliency, and water quality, resulting in stormwater utilized as an asset.


Jennifer Massig
Jennifer Massig
Magna Engineering
Concurrent Session 3B - The Role of Municipal Leadership in Stormwater Resilience Planning
Tamille Beynon

Tamille Beynon

Tamille Beynon, BCOMM is an IAP2-trained Communications and Engagement Specialist with B&A Planning Group. In her nine years of professional experience, Tamille has managed communications and engagement strategies on diverse and complex projects for over 40 municipalities, landowners and developers across western Canada. Tamille is passionate about working with clients, project stakeholders and community members to understand diverse perspectives, minimize uncertainties and identify strategies on how to work together to maintain productive relationships.

Concurrent Session 4B - The Evolution of Public Engagement Through a Pandemic and Moving Forward

Session Description

The fast-acting nature of the COVID-19 pandemic meant organizations had to, and must continue to, adapt to evolving protocols and restrictions – and quickly. For community engagement and public participation, this meant immediate transition to COVID-safe procedures while keeping the participant experience at the core. In this presentation, B&A Planning Group’s Communications & Engagement team discuss how their process for public participation has evolved and the innovative solutions that will shape community engagement moving forward.

Tamille Beynon
Tamille Beynon
B & A Planning Group
Concurrent Session 4B - The Evolution of Public Engagement Through a Pandemic and Moving Forward
Marissa Koop

Marissa Koop

Marissa is an accomplished Environmental Planner who specializes in incorporating wetlands and other natural systems into the built environment.  Marissa has worked extensively with regulatory agencies, municipalities, and developers throughout Western Canada on new and innovative wats to ensure regulatory compliance while promoting sustainable development.  Marissa brings an understanding of policy, sustainability, and environmental conditions to her project work in order to achieve a balance between conservation of natural resources and project needs.

Concurrent Session 3B - The Role of Municipal Leadership in Stormwater Resilience Planning

Session Description

Traditionally, stormwater management has been an engineering exercise that assesses water within our communities as a liability.  In this session, we will explore the idea of shifting stormwater management to a high-level planning practice where municipalities can take a leadership role in encouraging innovation by using simple policy tools to address climate change, resiliency, and water quality, resulting in stormwater utilized as an asset.


Marissa Koop
Marissa Koop
B&A Planning Group
Concurrent Session 3B - The Role of Municipal Leadership in Stormwater Resilience Planning
Paul McLauchlin

Paul McLauchlin

Paul McLauchlin is a professional biologist and has been an environmental scientist and consultant for over 26 years. He is a fourth term Ponoka County councillor and is currently the Reeve of Ponoka County and President of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Concurrently, he is in his fourteenth year as the facilitator for the Battle Lake Watershed Synergy Group, which is a mechanism for resource developers (oil and gas) and communities to discuss issues, concerns, and mutually beneficial development goals.

Paul works as a field biologist, an environmental scientist, in public consultation / communication and as a resource / conservation management specialist. His consulting business concentrates in the areas of project management, multi-stakeholder programs, predevelopment assessment and public consultation for large and medium scale resource and energy projects. Paul holds an MBA in Finance with the University of Leicester that researched the barriers and motives of renewable investment of households in rural Alberta. His office is a hyper energy efficient, net positive, standalone building on his farm where he and his wife Melinda grow amazing quality hay for the equine market in their spare time.

Plenary 1 - What’s New in the Municipal World: An Update from AUMA and RMA

Session Description

With the world changing fast, Alberta’s municipalities are dealing with new and emerging issues more often than ever before. Join AUMA President Barry Morishita and RMA President Paul McLauchlin for an overview of some of the most important issues facing Alberta’s urban and rural municipalities today. This session will address land use planning issues, but also delve into other areas of importance for Alberta’s municipalities, such as the upcoming municipal elections, municipal viability, and other topics.

Paul McLauchlin
Paul McLauchlin
Rural Municipalities of Alberta
Plenary 1 - What’s New in the Municipal World: An Update from AUMA and RMA
David LePage

David LePage

David LePage is the Founder and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, a network that advocates for and promotes leveraging existing procurement to create community value. Buy Social Canada provides direct support to governments and corporations on social procurement policy, practice and measurement, and offers a third-party Social Enterprise Certification Program.

David LePage is engaged with social enterprise in multiple roles. David serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Social Enterprise World Forum and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. He was the designer and initial Executive Director of Community Impact Real Estate in Vancouver’s Inner City and a founding partner of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project. Additionally, David is a Professor for the University of Fredericton MBA program in Social Enterprise Leadership and author of the book Marketplace Revolution, from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital.

Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises

Session Description

Every day, individuals and families make purchasing decisions, businesses discuss alternatives for their supply chain and governments select suppliers across a broad spectrum of goods and services. Each of these decisions, intentionally or not have an economic, environmental and social outcome. Supporting companies that use their profits to build a better society creates value and economic opportunities for everyone involved-developers, contractors, local suppliers and the community. By working closely with social enterprises, you can leave a lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and the community. It is these every day buying choices that contribute to healthy local communities with a strong social system and a resilient and vibrant business sector.

Join us to learn from industry experts Tim Coldwell of Chandos Construction, David Le Page of Buy Social Canada, and Courtney Mo of Momentum in Calgary for a panel discussion on how Social Procurement can shape thriving and resilient local economies and communities.

David LePage
David LePage
Buy Social Canada
Concurrent Session 3A - Social Procurement: Supporting Local Economies & Social Enterprises
Devin LaFleche

Devin LaFleche

Devin LaFleche graduated from McGill’s Master of Urban Planning program in 2018. His research at McGill in collaboration with the City of Calgary focused on Quality Outcome Management in the planning process. 

As Transit Coordinator for the Town of Cochrane, he led the design and implementation of COLT (Cochrane On-demand Local Transit), North America’s first fully on-demand stop-to-stop local transit service. The COLT service addressed key issues of service cost, coverage and span, while assuring flexibility so the service could be adjusted based on actual service demand. In his new role as Sustainability and Transit Coordinator, Devin oversees the operation of COLT, the design of a new regional service integration into Calgary, and the management of the Town’s renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.


Concurrent Session 2A - Cochrane On-demand Local Transit (COLT)

Session Description

Devin will be speaking about opportunities for small town transit and highlighting the path one municipality followed when determining the best transit system for them.

The presentation will address the following questions: 

  • Why the Town of Cochrane choose on-demand transit over conventional fixed routes and other options? 
  • Why a stop-to-stop service with conventional community shuttle buses (21 passengers)?
  • What has been the ridership and response from the public?
  • How has COLT responded to COVID-19?
  • What is the future of COLT?
Devin LaFleche
Devin LaFleche
Town of Cochrane
Concurrent Session 2A - Cochrane On-demand Local Transit (COLT)
Allen Yee

Allen Yee

Originally from Saskatchewan, Allen has spent almost 40 years in Edmonton. Allen is a civil engineering technologist by education and spent 12 years working with Alberta Transportation until taking a career turn to become an entrepreneur in supporting local industries. Throughout Allen’s career he has been at or near the forefront of emerging technologies that have fueled his passion for innovation and entrepreneurialism. Allen has been a part of bringing emerging local innovations to market that became national leaders in their category that generated recognition, revenue and jobs for the Edmonton region’s economy and beyond. Two brands you may be aware of are Intuit Canada, the makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks, the other being Baby Gourmet, which started in a Calgary farmer’s market and is now a leading brand in childhood nutrition sold at retailers all across Canada.

Concurrent Session 4A - How to Take Start Up Businesses to the Next Level

Session Description

Allen will be speaking about his current adventure within the value-added food industry and the opportunity we see for the entire Province. He is co-founder in Uproot Food Collective a new brand and company focused on getting emerging proven locally inspired food products to national and international mass market store shelves. In short we reduce many of the inherent commercialization barriers in the food industry in getting great new local food products to market. What started as informally advising two local entrepreneurs as to how they might take their 2 person company that made great gourmet Chinese style dumplings, Honest Dumplings, from the farmer’s market to retail shelves, we now have most if not all of the necessary expertise, functions and capacity to bring proven local value added food products to market. Allen’s presentation will share with you the challenges of how local start up businesses can grow to the next level that could assist Municipalities in understanding the steps needed to take local start up businesses to the next level of growing their businesses.

Allen Yee
Allen Yee
Uproot Food Collective
Concurrent Session 4A - How to Take Start Up Businesses to the Next Level
Bridget Honch

Bridget Honch

Bridget Honch, BCOMM is an IAP2-trained Communications and Engagement Specialist at B&A Planning Group. Bridget has 10 years of experience in consulting roles providing communications, public and Indigenous engagement support on natural resource extraction, energy, transportation and land use development projects. Bridget has provided support on over 50 projects throughout western Canada and coordinated hundreds of engagement events. Bridget’s interest in conflict resolution has contributed to her passion for building connections with communities and facilitation of stakeholder and client interactions.

Concurrent Session 4B - The Evolution of Public Engagement Through a Pandemic and Moving Forward

Session Description

The fast-acting nature of the COVID-19 pandemic meant organizations had to, and must continue to, adapt to evolving protocols and restrictions – and quickly. For community engagement and public participation, this meant immediate transition to COVID-safe procedures while keeping the participant experience at the core. In this presentation, B&A Planning Group’s Communications & Engagement team discuss how their process for public participation has evolved and the innovative solutions that will shape community engagement moving forward.

Bridget Honch
Bridget Honch
B & A Planning Group
Concurrent Session 4B - The Evolution of Public Engagement Through a Pandemic and Moving Forward