Thank you for attending the 2023 AMBC Conference: Collaborating and Converging Toward a Sustainable Future …Fostering Social, Economic and Environmental Well-being Through Continuous Improvement Processes

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Conference Legacy Material

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Mark Perry: BC Emergency & Disaster Management Act Update

Damien Burns: Wildfire-Resilient Yukon Communities

Kim Fowler: Integration of Asset Management, Land Use Planning and Climate Action

Christine Callihoo: Natural Asset Restoration & Evaluation

Jody Rechenmacher & Jennifer Wilson: Advancing Climate Action Through Asset Management

Evan Dacey, Craig MacDonald: Transitioning Towards a Zero-Emissions Fleet

Kristy Bobbie: Real Life Lifecycle Cost Analysis

Gracelyn: Why Frustrated Operators Accomplish the Best Asset Management

Christopher Paine: Fair Value Accounting

Allison Ashcroft & Maryam Sherkat: Integrating Climate-Related Risks Into Financial Decision-Making

Matthias Bass: Made in BC -World’s First Model Linking Climate Change, Risk Assessment, Urban Planning and Asset Management

Jeff Bonnell: Building Capacity-Future Proofing Your Asset Management Program Through Knowledge and Skills Development

Megan Chorlton & Brian Lee: Navigating Local Government Liability in the Face of Climate Change

Marian Hands: Are Our Water Systems At Risk? How Far Have We Come?

Pre-Conference Program

How to Write a Long-Term Financial Plan for Asset Management, 2023 Edition

Back by popular demand! Join Christopher PaineDirector of Finance and Asset Management for the District of Oak Bay and Principal of FIT Local Government Finance Consulting, for the successful long term financial planning course, piloted at the 2022 AMBC Conference.

From data collection, through core calculations to developing funding options and communicating findings, this hands-on course is a must for anyone involved in creating a long term sustainability plan for asset management, and having to prove their case with solid calculations. The in-class, full day session is being held at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel as the “pre-con” of the 2023 AMBC Conference, on Tuesday, November 7th, from 9:30am-4:00pm. Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch is included.

Christopher Paine is pleased to welcome Helen McArthur from Morello Communications. She will lead the Communications module discussion. This will be a good opportunity to hear directly from a communications professional and how communications principles can positively impact decision making for your community.

Helen is a high-calibre communication professional with over 20 years of experience. Helen has spent her career working within the financial services sector, mostly with pension/investment clients on member education and financial literacy projects. Helen has a creative and strategic mind which she uses to truly understand the needs of her audiences and develop member communication which is appropriate and meaningful.

Helen has experience working with both public and private sector clients across Canada and Europe. During her time in Europe, Helen led many large-scale communication projects including an awareness campaign for the UK’s National Health Service. This involved developing a communication strategy encompassing a vast range of audiences and executing on all communication materials, including video. The scale, creativity, and solid outcomes of this project won it multiple awards, including Best Communication exercise at the Financial Times awards.

In her recent role with the British Columbia Public Sector Pension Plans, Helen led many communication initiatives to support member education and reputational risk for pension plans. In this role Helen was also the communication lead for the Canadian Public Pensions Leadership Council. 2013. Helen is an accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators.

7:30-8:30 am
Registration – Sponsored by Urban Systems
Breakfast – Sponsored by Associated Engineering
8:30-9:00 am
Conference Opening
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Conference Day 1 Keynote Address
Navigating Remote Realities: Asset Management Challenges in BC’s Remote Communities – Isaiah Robinson, Kitasoo Xai’Xais Nation
Isaiah Robinson, Kitasoo Xai’Xais Nation
Isaiah Robinson, is a proud member of the Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation. Born and raised in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, he later moved to Hope, where he spent his formative years. Over the years, Isaiah has amassed invaluable management experience, which became particularly crucial during his tenure as the Housing and Public Works Department Manager. In that role, the emphasis on asset management was paramount due to aging infrastructure, which faced significant wear and tear given the location – in the very heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Isaiah currently holds the position of General Manager for the Kitasoo Development Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for spearheading various projects aimed at enhancing both economic and social development. His commitment to his Nation also extends to governance; he is now in his third term as an elected councillor.

10:00 am – 10:45 am

BC Emergency & Disaster Management Act UpdateMark Perry, Director, Policy & Legislation, Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Refreshment Break – Sponsored by iC Infrastructure

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Integration of Asset Management and Emergency Management – Damien Burns, Assistant Deputy Minister, Yukon Ministry of Community Development

12:00 am – 12:30 pm

#OurAssetsMatter Awards Ceremony – Master of Ceremonies, Wally Wells, Executive Director, Asset Management BC

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch – Sponsored by PSD Citywide

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm

Concurrent Session-Theme 1-Climate Change and Natural Assets

Integration of Asset Management, Land-use Planning and Climate Action Kim Fowler, Regional District of Nanaimo

Kim Fowler is a professional planner and sustainability expert with over 30 years’ experience working with local governments in Canada. She is best known for project managing the redevelopment of the Victoria Dockside lands, which were awarded the highest LEED™ Platinum point total in the world for the first two development phases by the successful land sale developers. She has authored a book on Dockside Green’s 18-year innovative project history.

Some other notable projects are:

  • a Sustainability Initiative for the City of Port Coquitlam integrated 12 land development activities, including the first Triple Bottom Line assessment for development applications in North America and the first green roof regulation in Canada.
  • the purchase and repurposing of two bankrupted hotels into first stage and integrated housing through multiple agency partnerships for the City of Victoria.
  • Implementation of the Waterfront Area Plan implementation for the Town of Ladysmith in collaboration with the Stz’uminus First Nation.
  • Currently as Manager of Long-Range Planning, Sustainability and Energy with the Regional District of Nanaimo, she is implementing two plans with immediate action on climate change.

The Planning Institute of BC awarded Kim the Individual Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation and Advocacy in 2022.

2:05 pm – 2:40 pm

Concurrent Session-Theme 1-Climate Change and Natural Asset

Natural Asset Restoration & Evaluation – Christine Callihoo, M.Sc., RPP, MCIP, Executive Director at the Stewardship Centre for BC

Before accepting the role of Executive Director at the Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC), Christine served six years as a member of the Board of Directors and has served as a Registered Professional Planner for over 25 years. Christine’s professional experience working with communities to support resiliency in a diverse range of planning areas including climate change adaptation + mitigation, asset management planning (with the deliberate inclusion of natural assets), and land use and community planning, inform SCBC’s programs and mandate.

Christine gratefully acknowledges that she lives and works within the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)  and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  Christine can be reached at [email protected].

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm

Refreshment Break – Sponsored by Kerr Wood Leidal

Concurrent Session Theme 1 – Climate Change and Natural Assets

3:10 pm – 3:45 pm

Advancing Climate Action through Asset Management: Lessons from a Year With Thirteen Local GovernmentsJennifer Wilson, Salmon Arm & Jody Rechenmacher, Urban Systems

Concurrent Session Theme 1 – Climate Change and Natural Assets

3:45 pm – 4:20 pm

Transitioning Towards a Zero-Emissions Fleet – Evan Dacey, City of Vancouver & Craig MacDonald, Associated Engineering

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Operationalizing Asset Management In Our Communities

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm

Indigenous Services Canada’s Asset Management & Inspection Programs, Danny Higashitani & Umed Sunderji, Indigenous Services Canada

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Operationalizing Asset Management In Our Communities

2:05 pm – 2:40 pm

Real Life Lifecycle Cost Analysis – Kristy Bobbie, City of Prince George
As the Asset Manager for the City of Prince George and a Civil Engineering Technologist, Kristy Bobbie and her team are responsible for carrying out the City’s Asset Management Policy and Strategy including; levels of service, risk, and life cycle cost in order to provide sustainable service delivery with the infrastructure the City owns and operates. Inter-divisional relationships with her colleagues is very important to Kristy and definitely paid off during this Mega Park life cycle cost analysis exercise.

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Operationalizing Asset Management In Our Communities

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm

Refreshment Break – Sponsored by Kerr Wood Leidel

3:10 pm – 3:45 pm

Why Frustrated Operators Accomplish the Best Asset Management – Gracelyn, City of Abbotsford

Gracelyn started her career at AECOM in the benchmarking projects, working with cities across the country in their asset management work. Gracelyn then worked at the Town of Gibsons and Comox Valley Regional District in asset management roles before starting her own asset management company, Persephone Consulting. Gracelyn has collected a few asset management certifications including CAMA, CAMP, and NAMs. Most recently, Gracelyn became the Senior Asset Program Manager for the City of Abbotsford and is in the last few weeks of her Masters of Arts in Leadership

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Operationalizing Asset Management In Our Communities

3:45 pm – 4:20 pm

Fair Value Accounting – Christopher Paine, District of Oak Bay

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Young Anderson

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

~End of Day 1~

Conference Day 2 – Thursday, November 9

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast – Sponsored by Vitalis Extraction Technology, Kelowna

8:00 am 8:30 am
Opening Remarks and Asset Management BC Update – Glen Brown, AMBC

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Survival of the Fittest- Creating an Inclusive Workplace – Keynote Address –Jenniffer Sheel – UBC, Director of Municipal Services Facilities Group

Working in a polarized environment is challenging, to begin with, but have you ever entered a work environment where you felt that you didn’t belong? Week three – a boycott; month two an uprising; month five name-calling; the pandemic; ….

It boiled down to a simple answer – the culture. The demographics of Jen’s workforce is predominantly unionized men, older than 45 years of age, long-term seniority of about 20 years… in walks their first female leader…

Our survival as a team meant we need to commit to a cultural shift and we all knew that this was going to be a journey. Jen will share her approach, learnings and difference between true inclusion versus tolerance.

Jen is part of a diverse team of professionals, trades and skilled staff who provide critical services to the University of British Columbia. The Municipal Services team is responsible for urban and natural asset management, extreme weather response, waste management, materials management and fleet management. As the Director of Municipal Services in the Facilities group, Jen believes deeply in giving back to her community and volunteers on the VP Finance and Operations Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, UBC United Way Campaign Executive, Applied Science and EGBC mentoring programs, and convocations for graduates.

Jen believes inclusion is necessary for individual and team resiliency, and we each have a role to play. Before working at UBC, Jen worked in the Engineering Department at the City of Vancouver for over 20 years, where she is most proud of the work she led with her team and community on creating inclusive public spaces.

She recently completed a certificate in Intercultural Communications from UBC, is a Professional Engineer registered in BC, a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a passionate learner and outdoor enthusiast.

9:15 am – 10:00 am


Integrating Climate-Related Risks Into Financial Decision-Making and Reporting

Allison Ashcroft, Director of Sustainability, Municipal Finance Authority of BC; Maryam Sherkat, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Municipal Insurance Association of BC

Allison Ashcroft escaped the big city and big money of New York City and Deloitte after 10yrs as a CPA, and has been pursuing her recovery in the Lekwungen Territories of Victoria and the wholesome servitude of local government since 2009.  For the last 15 years, Allison has worked inside and alongside local governments on climate change and sustainability.  At the beginning of this year, Allison joined the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia in the new role of Director of Sustainability and is grateful for the continuing opportunity to work in a member network, nonprofit environment while making use of those years at Deloitte in audit and regulatory strategy.

Maryam joined the MIABC after practicing civil and commercial litigation in the Vancouver office of Canada’s largest law firm.  Seeking out a role where she could continue to pursue a challenging litigation practice in a niche area of law, Maryam initially joined the MIABC’s Legal Department in the role of Legal Counsel.  In 2022, she became the MIABC’s General Counsel, responsible for overseeing the MIABC’s Legal Department, litigated claims, corporate commercial matters, and external counsel.In addition to her role as General Counsel, Maryam is the MIABC’s Chief Risk Officer. Maryam oversees the MIABC’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program, which includes the identification and evaluation of new risk exposures for the organization, and is the primary contact with the MIABC’s regulator, the B.C. Financial Services Authority.

Maryam is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 and her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004.   After graduating from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to two justices of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.

10:00 am – 10:30 am 
Refreshment Break – Sponsored by iC Infrastructure

Concurrent Session Theme 1 – Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Support Decision Making

10:30 am – 11:05 am

Vancouver Parks Water Assets Rehabilitation – Ian Gerritsen, Associated Engineering

Concurrent Session Theme 1 – Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Support Decision Making

11:05 am – 11:40 am

Made in BC: World First Model Linking Climate Change, Risk Assessment, Urban Planning and Asset ManagementMatthias Baβ, Statsmen & Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons

Matt Bass is the owner and founder of ‘Statsmen’, a complex system modelling company in Victoria, BC. Since 2018, Matt focuses on complex system networks, AI learning networks, game-engine based 3D modelling and visuals of complex systems and statistical analysis. His goal is to connect communities with the analytical power of networks, striving towards a higher resilience – simple and elegant. Matt started his career as a biologist specialized in lichens. As a part of his work he invested in developing his statistical skillset with the software R. This process helped him to transition into the area of complex system modelling. His PhD at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus involved network modelling and resilience of communities.

Concurrent Session Theme 1 – Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Support Decision Making

11:40 am – 12:15 pm

Are Our Water Systems at Risk? How Far Have We Come?Marian Hands, BC Water & Waste Association

Marian Hands is the Chief Operating Officer at the BC Water & Waste Association and has served a variety of roles since 2015, including Interim CEO, which has given her a unique perspective on a wide variety of topics in the water sector.  Marian has over 20 years’ experience leading teams in high tech, healthcare and not for profit. Her expertise includes operations, education and technology. She embraces tackling complex issues and re-imagining challenges. Most recently she has led the implementation of the BC Small Water Systems Community Network and the BCWWA Member Connect systems.

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Implementing Best Practices and Innovation

 10:30 am – 11:05 am

Building Capacity – Future proofing your asset management program through Knowledge and Skills DevelopmentJeff Bonnell, PEMAC Asset Management Association of Canada

Jeff Bonnell is Senior Director, Global CoE at SAP. Jeff has collaborated with PEMAC to develop the Asset Knowledge Management curriculum for the AMP program and has taught in the MMP and AMP programs. Jeff has extensive experience in service and asset management, advising organizations how to optimize their field service and maintenance operations, improve asset performance and differentiate their brand based on customer experience. Jeff has worked with companies in more than 20 counties covering industrial manufacturers, energy & utilities, medical technology, public sector, and Hi-tech manufacturers. Jeff has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), an Industrial Engineering Degree from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Allison University.

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Implementing Best Practices and Innovation

 11:05 am – 11:40 am

From Roads to Reels: Telling Your Asset Management TaleJan Enns, Jan Enns Communications Inc

Every day we’re on the ground, ensuring our communities shine. But let’s be real: doing the work is half the battle. We’ve got to be our own promotional crew, too. Think about this: only about 40% of Canadians trust most news most of the time. So, it’s on us to share our stories, the reasons behind them, and how everyone can get involved. Dive in with Jan, our communications ace, as we navigate the twists and turns of social media. From #BigWins to #EpicFails, Jan will guide us on crafting engaging tales and keeping our online space vibrant and interactive so we can amplify our efforts.

Best known for her interactive training, Jan Enns brings 30 years of local government experience to her work as a communications trainer, speaker, and consultant. She thrives on empowering public sector leaders to become confident communicators.

She’s here to boost our ability to tell our story through social media so we can better inform and engage our communities, reduce damage control and do overs, and build trust and reputation along the way.

She has a Masters in Communications, certificates in local government administration and public participation and has taught public engagement at the University of Alberta. She is a faculty member for MATI and the Local Government Leadership Academy and a regular presenter at LGMA.

You can find her informing and uplifting others from her home base in Kelowna.

For more information, check out her website or follow her on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Concurrent Session Theme 2 – Implementing Best Practices and Innovation

 11:40 am – 12:15 pm

Collaborative Project Delivery for Better OutcomesDarren Crundwell, City of Kamloops; Brittney Dawney & Steve Brubacher, Urban Sysems

Lunch Sponsored By Lidstone & Company Law Corporation

 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm


 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Creating an Asset Management Culture – Panel Session: Jacqueline Weston, Asset Management Program Manager, District of Saanich; Leo Lawson, Capital Projects Manager, Heiltsuk Tribal Council; Doug Allin, CAO, Township of Spallumcheen; Mark Tatchell, CAO, Village of Tahsis.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Navigating Local Government Liability in the Face of Climate Change – Brian Lee, Legal Counsel and Megan Chorlton, Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Insurance Association of BC
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm  – Refreshment Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Current and Future Funding Opportunities – Panel Session

Glen Brown, General Manager, Union of BC Municipalities; Brian Bedford, Executive Director, Ministry of MunicipalAffairs; Kate Fleming, Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Umed Sunderji, Indigenous Services Canada
4:30 pm

Conference Closing Remarks – Doug Allin

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Legacy from 2022.

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Brief History of Asset Management in Canada

Learning from the past to prepare the future Asset Management BC is excited to have four (4) Canadian asset management pioneers participating in 90-minute panel presentation. Guy Felio, Konrad Siu, Reg Andres and Wally Wells will share their perspectives on how asset management has evolved in Canada, and the significant actions and initiatives that shaped asset management in Canada. From initial actions and recognition of asset management in the 70s and 80s, the creation of an asset management industry in the 2000s, institutionalizing asset management in the 2010s to present, to understanding how we can prepare for the future, this panel discussion promises to draw on the vast and unique experiences and knowledge these four panelists have in helping to shape asset management in Canada. The session will be moderated by Glen Brown, currently the Chair, Partnership Committee, Asset Management BC.

Location: AMBC Conference Ballroom or Free Live Stream! This unique in-person session is being held in the main ballroom. It is also being live streamed for free for the benefit of other colleagues across Canada, thanks to the generous support of FCM and AMBC. Simultaneous interpretation (French and English) for the live stream will be provided. Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, from 10:15-11:45 am PT (1:15-2:45pm ET) Register for Live Stream: Email Gabi Vindisch, AMBC Coordinator, to confirm your attendance. You will receive a link to the event and code to login the day before the event.

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