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AGM / Christmas Workshop

Friday December 1, 2023 Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.               Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.                AGM Business

  • Review of the minutes of the 46th Annual General Meeting
  • Financial Update
  • Appointment of Auditor 2023 Financial Statements
  • Election of Board of Directors 2024

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                 Break

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.               Risk Management Panel Discussion

Facilitated by:  Shannon Devane – Program Manager- Municipal Risk Management – LAS


Brian McEnhill – Waterloo Region Municipality Insurance Pool

Rob Walz – Risk Manager – City of Greater Sudbury

Laurel Mitchell – Facilities Manager – Avon Maitland District School Board

Donna Pasto – Risk Management Program Manager – Niagara Region

The panel will endeavor to respond to questions related to public sector risk and claims management matters.  Panelists will describe what best practices and procedures have been implemented by their respective entities including such areas as contractors claim procedures, insurance tool to assist in identifying insurance requirements for procurement and contract projects, online claim submission form process.  Members will also be encouraged to use this opportunity to ask questions of the Panel.

We welcome members to provide questions in advance for consideration.  Please e-mail your questions for the Panel to Donna Pasto –

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.              Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.             Anti-SLAPP Motions

Presented by: Natalie D. Kolos & Kevin McGivney – BLG

In recent years we have seen an increasing number of claims against municipalities and public officials, including municipal councillors and school board trustees, arising out of statements made in communicating positions and with constituents. A number of these of claims have alleged defamation where an official has raised concerns about comments which could be considered homophobic or anti-LGBTQ, and litigation subsequently ensues. A number of defamation claims against public officials have also been litigated recently regarding other topics of expression. Many of these defamation claims against public officials have been dismissed on a preliminary basis via an “anti-SLAPP” motion; see, for example, BLG’s publications on the Hansman and Volpe decisions. In light of recent world events we anticipate that political speech on matters of public interest will continue, and that there will may well be litigation arising out of political speech on different topics. We will discuss the scope and use of “anti-SLAPP” motions under section 137.1 of the Court of Justice Act.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            The Exponential Power of Recognition: Superglue Your Culture While Boosting Positive Mental Health & Wellness!

Presented by:  Sarah McVanel

If you had the easiest, fastest, simplest, and no-cost strategy to engage, unite, connect with and boost your positive mental health and wellness; would you want to know about it?

Recognition is the answer. And it’s easy!

All you need to know are the 3 universal strategies that work instantaneously. As a result, you’re going to raise trust, boost satisfaction, reduce burnout and compassion fatigue, deepen a sense of belonging, connection and create a positive ripple effect.

This session will introduce you to a proven process for self, team, and organizational recognition called F.R.O.G. Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness™. You will walk away ready to take action to shift your culture and wellness right away.
Tap into this universal need that everyone has and isn’t getting enough to positive mental wellness for all! Join Canada’s Recognition Expert, Sarah McVanel, in creating a recognition movement and better mental wellness for all that will be so contagious it will cascade through your event and beyond.

Please check our Sarah’s introduction video for our Workshop:

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                 Seasonal Lunch

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