Danny Higashitani, August 7, 1967 – April 5, 2024

Asset Management BC (AMBC) and the entire asset management community mourns the loss of Danny, a passionate asset management champion and friend.  As an asset management champion, Danny forged a path that continuously improved critical service delivery in all communities in BC.  As a Sr. Engineer with Indigenous Services Canada, he was always focused on solutions, supporting all First Nation communities in their improvements to service delivery through the development and implementation of asset management best practices.  He was an advocate of education, training and collaboration which resulted in building a strong working relationship with AMBC.  As a result of his efforts, the Annual AMBC Conference has been enriched by the integration of First Nation community content and strong First Nation community participation.  Danny was an active participant and partner with AMBC since 2008.

Moreover, Danny was respected and admired.  You did not have to know Danny long before you considered him a friend.  He will be missed, but not forgotten.  While he is no longer with us, his legacy will continue.

For more information, Danny’s obituary can be found here.

Celebrate your infrastructure during this year’s Local Government Awareness Week (LGAW) May 12-18th and Asset Management Day on May 15th!

 Infrastructure is a significant part of local government service delivery, sadly often underappreciated or overlooked by the public. This year’s theme invites local governments to tell the infrastructure story of their community or region, and the steps that are being taken to ensure sustainable service delivery.

And here at AMBC we think that’s something to celebrate!

Asset Management Day 2024

Show off your assets for a chance to win a free registration to the 2024 AMBC Conference!

 

Asset Management BC invites you to show off your assets to celebrate Local Government Awareness Week and Asset Management Day 2024!

“Show Off Your Assets”⁠— is a unique opportunity to spotlight one of your city’s crucial infrastructure assets and be entered to win a prize while you’re at it.

Simply share a photo and a few words about your favourite infrastructure asset in your community on LinkedIn and/or Twitter, using the hashtags #OurAssetsMatter and #AMDay2024. Don’t forget to tag Asset Management BC to be automatically entered to win a complimentary registration to the informative and inspiring 2024 AMBC Conference!

 

Find AMBC on Twitter here and on LinkedIn here.

 

How to enter the 2024 AM Day Contest:

  1. Take a photo of your favourite infrastructure asset in your community.
  2. Share your photo on LinkedIn and/or Twitter, and simply add the hashtags #OurAssetsMatter and #AMDay2024 and tag Asset Management BC in your posts.
  3. On May 31st, we will randomly select a winner to receive a free registration to the 2024 AMBC Conference

2024 Local Government Awareness Week Theme: Infrastructure

This year’s theme for Local Government Awareness Week 2024 is Infrastructure.

Infrastructure is the lifeblood of local government, serving as the foundation upon which communities thrive. From roads and bridges to water systems and public facilities, from natural to human assets, robust infrastructure ensures essential services are accessible and reliable for residents now and in the future.

Effective infrastructure management does more than enhance our quality of life. It also drives economic growth, fosters social cohesion, and promotes environmental sustainability.

Visit UBCM for more information, resources, and examples of how you can celebrate LGAW 2024! 

Thank you for all your hard work in our BC local gov communities!

This is more than a celebration; it’s about recognizing the backbone of our cities and towns—the infrastructure that keeps our communities thriving. So let’s come together, raise awareness, and celebrate the importance of local government and asset management.

Together, we can pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come. Join us for the 2024 Local Government Awareness Week and Asset Management Day in British Columbia. Because when it comes to shaping our communities, every voice and every asset matters. #OurAssetsMatter

PS: Stay tuned for more information about the 2024 AMBC Conference! Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and subscribe to the AMBC newsletter for updates.

 

UBCM has posted the application deadlines for the 2024 Asset Management Planning Program. The two intake deadlines are May 10th and September 27th.

The program was created in 2014 through a $1.5 million contribution from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Since that time, an additional $2.75 million has been contributed to the program to support planning grants, training subsidies, and the development of asset management resources.

Applicants must complete a two-step application process by the deadline. The first step involves completing the LGPS Online Application Form, at https://access.ubcm.ca/lgps/

Upon submission, applicants will receive an email confirmation with a file number and a copy of the Application Worksheet, which is the second step in the application process.

For further information and details, please contact [email protected]

Take your asset management practices to the next level! Workshops will be offered throughout 2022 to meet demand, through an open call for applications.

Whether you’re just starting out or well underway, Asset Management BC (AMBC) is excited to offer BC’s local governments and First Nations a unique education program to help you advance your asset management practices. The team at Asset Management BC developed these programs to help you continue your journey with the asset management process. It is more than just a Plan. You’ll also be able to help others – participants from all sessions can share their takeaways and success stories through case studies and input to AMBC Primers.

The 2022 Asset Management BC Training Program includes two options, and you may choose more than one:

  1. Working with Levels of Service: A series of hands-on, collaborative workshops and a simple spreadsheet-based tool to help you identify, optimize, and communicate your levels of service.    Watch our demo here: https://youtu.be/ynmEY3ZHqY4
  1. Operationalizing Asset Management: A unique cohort-based learning experience to help you identify and overcome the barriers to asset management in the areas of organizational culture, structure, and capacity.

Download the full program guide.

Open call for applications. Please download the 2022 Call for Interest Form

Who Should Attend?

Both program options (Levels of Service, Operationalizing Asset Management) are open to all BC municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations of any size (for additional information, refer to ‘Recommended for’ under Levels of Service and Operationalizing Asset Management in this guide). Consideration will be given to other organizations, including those located outside of BC, based on registration numbers. Preference will be given to BC municipalities, regional districts and First Nations.

Program registration is ongoing; sessions start when there are an adequate number of participants.

Subsidies are available through UBCM for up to 50% of the registration cost for BC local governments and BC First Nations.  The full cost is paid at time of registration and participants can then apply for the subsidy once the training is completed. If you register more than the stated minimum number of participants, UBCM reserves the right to limit the number of participant subsidies per local government.

“Local governments provide a diverse range of services that are essential to our communities’ quality of life, like clean drinking water, transportation systems, waste management, drainage and flood protection, affordable housing, parks and recreation services. The services they deliver depend on physical infrastructure assets, like water treatment plants and wastewater retention ponds, roads, buses, civic facilities and emergency vehicles. A local government’s infrastructure assets (along with those provided by community partners) are the foundation that enables our communities to thrive socially, economically, culturally and environmentally. The management of existing assets, planning for future assets and their connection with front-line municipal services must be a priority for local governments.

The FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) publication “How to Develop an Asset Management Policy, Strategy and Governance Framework” provides practical advice to assist local governments in setting up or developing an existing asset management policy, leading to a municipality-wide consistent approach to asset management.

Click on the image below to download your copy of the guide.

 

The Framework establishes a high-level, systematic approach that supports local governments in moving toward service, asset and financial sustainability through an asset management approach. The development of the Framework was led by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in partnership with Asset Management BC.  The Framework has been updated in 2019 and now includes 4 companion Primers;

Climate Change and Asset Management

Integrating Natural Assets with Asset Management

The Role of Operations & Maintenance in Asset Management, and

Land Use Planning and Asset Management

View the Framework and Primers >