2014 Alumni Conference

2014 Local Government Alumni Society Annual Conference

Western's Local Government Program Alumni Society is pleased to announce our 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s theme is Leading through Chaos: Challenges in the Public Sector. Our keynote speaker will be Charles Cross of the Detroit Collaborative Design Centre.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario
 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Join Us Thursday Night!

We would also like to invite you to join us for Cocktails & Conversations, a networking reception taking place on the Thursday evening prior to the conference. The keynote speaker for Cocktails and Conversation will be Matthew Torigian, Deputy Minister of Community Safety. There is no additional registration fee for conference delegates to attend Cocktails and Conversation.

Date: Thursday November 6, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites in London, Ontario, 1150 Wellington Rd S, London, ON (map)

Conference Registration Fees:

  • Alumni early-bird: $90 (register and pay by Sunday, October 12, 2014)
  • Alumni regular: $100
  • Non-alumni early-bird: $100 (register and pay by Sunday, October 12, 2014)
  • Non-alumni regular: $110
  • MPA full-time student fee: $45


8:00 a.m.

Registration & hot buffet breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m.

Sarah Brown, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo

9:15 a.m.

Student Presentations - Five Minute Thesis

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Charles Cross, Detroit Collaborative Design Centre

11:15 a.m.

Kadie Ward, Build Strong Cities

12:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.

AGM and Award Presentation

1:30 p.m.

Panel: Natural Disasters: Kelley Coulter CAO of Bruce County, Larry McCabe, CAO of Goderich, Michael J. Smith, General Manager of Community Services, City of Thunder Bay, Panel moderated by Martin Horak

2:30 p.m.

Sgt. Rob Scott, OPP - Controlled Chaos: Large Event Planning

3:00 p.m.

Dr. Martin Horak’s Local Government Program Update

3:10 p.m.

Dr. Andrew Sancton’s Recommended Reading List

3:20 p.m.

Wrap Up: Josh Morgan, Councillor-Elect, City of London

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Contact Information

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