Joint Annual Conference & Trade Show
Greg Wightman, President of Public Works Association of BC (PWABC) and Caleb Mierau, President of BC Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) are pleased to announce that PWABC and BCMSA are working together to deliver a joint conference in 2018. The benefits include more presentations in key topic areas including safety, public works, utilities and leadership; a larger tradeshow; and more opportunities to network with municipal leaders and industry professionals from across BC. There is great excitement as we combine the key strengths and areas of expertise of each of our associations to elevate the quality and value of your conference experience.
Stayed tuned for more exciting news on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities starting April 1, 2018. The conference program and early bird registration will be available on June 1, 2018.
2018 Theme: The Power of Public Works
This theme gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization. Public works services determine a society's quality of life. It is time to honour the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America. The Power of Public Works invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.
Key trends for discussion this year:
- Many BC municipalities are facing development pressures as a result of population and economic growth, a good problem to have in many respects. However rapid development requires Public Works Staff to communicate effectively with Council, developers, engineers, and other City departments all through the rezoning, subdivision, design and construction phases of new development and also develop operational plans to ensure it is built properly and then to maintain any new infrastructure
- Active transportation – Demand for alternative options for transportation are growing to get people out of their cars, onto bicycles, public transportation and trails. Communities are being pressured to build this infrastructure quickly and at low cost. It is paramount that this new infrastructure be designed and constructed with consideration of the environment, cost-effective maintenance, and long-term asset management planning
- Extreme weather events and natural disasters due to changing weather patterns are becoming more prevalent. How do we build our communities to mitigate the effects of climate change and integrate disaster response preparation into our existing staffing and budgets?
- Succession planning – retirements are already happening with many more to come, what strategies have been developed and implemented in public works departments?
- There are two additional streams focused on safety that will be coordinated by the BC Municipal Safety Association. Key safety topics will include the impact of the new cannabis legislation, mental health, and workplace accommodations.
Thank you to our 2017 Technical Conference & Trade Show Sponsors!