2017 Convention & AGM


Registration is Open! Follow this link to CivicInfo to Register.  

Join us for the 2017 Association of Kootenay & Boundary Local Governments Convention & AGM. This year's Convention is being hosted by the City of Rossland at the Prestige Mountain Resort Hotel in Rossland’s historic downtown from April 26 - 28, 2017.    

Our 2017 Convention theme is “Becoming smarter, leaner communities”. Through workshops, presentations and study tours we will explore how technologies can help us become smarter, more efficient and more effective local governments. From drones to Internet of Things, from Community Engagement software to Tech Cluster Development, we’ll learn, share and celebrate technology in our Kootenay & Boundary communities.

BYOD! Bring Your Own Device!

To get the most from the Convention, bring an ipad, notebook, laptop, or smart phone that can connect to the internet.


The Convention Venue

 The 2017 AKBLG Convention & AGM will be hosted at the Prestige Mountain Resort, a full service hotel located right in Rossland's downtown. Most Convention sessions and meals will be hosted here. The Prestige Mountain Resort has a dining room, lounge, coffee shop, gym and a business service centre. All Rossland accommodations are within a 5 minute drive of the Convention venue. A shuttle service will be offered between the Convention venue and Rossland accommodations. See the Convention Shuttle Service below. 


Convention Schedule & Program

Our 2017 Convention theme is Becoming smarter, leaner communities. Through workshops, presentations and study tours we will explore how technologies can help us become smarter, more efficient and more effective local governments. From drones to Internet of Things, from community engagement software to tech cluster development, we’ll learn, share and celebrate the development and application of technologies in our Kootenay & Boundary communities. We'll also have conversations about other topics that are important to our communities including poverty reduction, support to families, food security, climate action and responsible government.

And in the evenings, we have planned some relaxing, unique social events featuring good food, good laughs, and plenty of time to network with your colleagues.

To see the full schedule click here. We'll be adding details of study tours, workshops, presentations and presenter bios in the weeks leading up to the Convention. Check back often to get a preview of the Convention Programming. 

A simplified version of our schedule can  be found here


Our Plenary Presenters

Master of Ceremonies - Mike Stolte

Opening Keynote - Old Dog, New Tricks: SmartCities and eGov - Amber Hayes 

Closing Keynote - Paying Attention: Understanding the Human Side of Implementing New Smart Technologies - Sue Abuelsamid & Dan Buchner

Big Data & Internet of Things - Brian Fry & Pilar Portela

Building Competitive Clusters in the Basin-Boundary Region - Terri Macdonald

Metal Tech Alley: A Metals Cluster Development Initiative - Terry Van Horn from  Lower Columbia Initiative Initiatives  

Bridging Town and Country: Lesson from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council - Abra Brynne

Place, Technology & the Future of Rural Communities - Kelly Vodden, Terri MacDonald, & Sarah Breen

Becoming an Intelligent Community: The Nelson Experience - Andrea Wilkey

Surviving City Hall: Telling Our Stories - Donna MacDonald

UBCM's Working Group on Responsible Conduct -  President Murry Kraus & Gary MacIsaac, Executive Director

Leading Conversations That Matter: Technology & Community Engagement - Lea Scherck from Thoughtexchange


Concurrent Workshops 


1. 100% Possible: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in the Kootenays

2. New Developments in Broadband for Underserved Communities

3. Getting on the Bus to Healthy Communities


1. Accelerate Kootenays: Transportation and Building Energy Initiatives

2. Which Lens Are You Using? Local Government Decision Making to Help Families 'Stick'

3. Open Data for Open Government


Study Tours


A) MIDAS Fab Lab Tour & 3D Printing Demo

B) Back to the Future: Heritage & High Tech Walking Tour of Rossland with Mayor Kathy Moore

C) Drone & Data Collection Demonstration with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre in Jubilee Park



Social Events 

Wednesday April 26  - Dinner Around Town 

Wednesday April 26 - Opening Reception - Olaus Jeldness 'Tea' Party at Rafters Lounge at Red Mountain Resort

Thursday April 27 -  Gala Banquet at the Prestige Mountain Resort




Delegate registration is now open! Follow the link to CivicInfo to register and make payment. Sponsors with complimentary delegate registrations should contact Ann at adamude@telus.net for details on how to register sponsor delegates.

BYOD! Bring Your Own Device!

To get the most from the Convention, bring an ipad, notebook, laptop, or smart phone that can connect to the internet.


About Rossland

Right at the doorstep of the Convention venue is Rossland's historic downtown. Here you will find an abundance of coffee shops and excellent restaurants, as well as a craft brewery, boutique shopping, bike rentals and artisan-crafted chocolate. Long considered a destination for the adventurous skier or mountain biker, Rossland also boasts a growing arts, heritage and cultural scene. Lovingly restored heritage buildings are scattered along our main streets. And our whimsical public sculptures celebrate our natural environment and our sport and mining history. Be sure to set aside some time to explore the downtown.  

For more information about things to do and see in Rossland, visit the websites of the City of Rossland or Tourism Rossland.





As a tourist destination, Rossland has an abundance of accommodation options. Whether you prefer a standard hotel, a cozy room in a B&B, the home-like amenities of a condo or a quiet place to park your RV, we have an option that will meet your needs and budget. Most accommodations are located either in town or at the base of Red Mountain Ski Resort. Accommodations at the Ski Resort are a short 5 minutes drive, a 20 minute bike ride or 40 minute walk along the Centennial Trail. The Convention will be offering a shuttle service between the main accommodation sites and the Convention venue. Or consider commuting to the Convention like a Rosslander... and bring your mountain bike and your walking shoes! 

To explore the full range of accommodation available in Rossland, visit the Tourism Rossland website. All Rossland accommodations are within a 5 minutes drive of the Convention venue. For information on accommodation in the nearby community of Trail, visit the website of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce. 



Accommodation with preferred rates for the AKBLG Convention 

The following accommodations have offered special/government rates for the AKBLG Convention. Please note that as of January 2017, the Prestige Mountain Resort is fully booked. For economical but luxurious accommodation, consider reserving a 2 or 3 bedroom condominium with some of your AKBLG colleagues. 

Consider ride sharing to Rossland, and using our shuttle service during your stay.

For those in search of standard hotel accommodation, consider staying in our neighbouring community of Trail, BC at the Best Western Columbia River Hotel. The Columbia River Hotel is a 15 minute drive from the Prestige Mountain Resort and is a good option for attendees with private or rental vehicle. We will not be offering a daytime shuttle service to the Columbia River Hotel. We will offer a shuttle to Trail, if needed, for both the Wednesday night Opening Reception and the Thursday night Banquet.

Accommodation Location Contact information
Prestige Mountain Resort (fully booked as of Jan 2017) 1919 Columbia Avenue (downtown)  Visit their website
Slalom Creek Condominiums (Red Mountain Resort Lodging)

4310 Red Mountain Rd (Red Mtn Area)

Visit the Red Reservations website or phone 250-362-7384
Red Mountain Village Condominiums 1007 Red Mountain Red (Red Mtn Area) Visit the Red Mountain Village website or phone toll free at 1-877-362-7668.  Or email Red Mountain Village
Best Western Columbia River Hotel (located in Trail) 1001 Rossland Ave, Trail, BC V1R 3N7 Visit their website or phone 250-368-3355



Getting to Rossland

Consider ride sharing to Rossland and using our Convention Shuttle Service. Or bring your mountain bike or walking shoes and take advantage of our urban trail system. Accommodations at Red Mountain are just a 20 minute ride or 40 minute walk along the Centennial Trail.  

Rossland is serviced by the West Kootenay Regional Airport (Castlegar) and the Trail Regional Airport (Trail). Car rentals and airport shuttles service are available at both airports and should be reserved in advance. Additional information on air transport, car rentals and shuttle services can be found on the Tourism Rossland website here.



Convention Shuttle Service

The Convention will be providing a shuttle service between the Red Mountain area and downtown Rossland via the Hwy 22/3A junction during regular Convention hours. Accommodation located within easy walking distance of the shuttle route includes: The Prestige Mountain Resort, The Flying Steamshovel, Casa Alpina, Red Shutter Inn, Ramshead Inn, all Red Mountain Village lodges, and the Red Mountain Resort properties of Slalom Creek, Silver Tip and Morningstar.  

Transportation will also be provided for all Study Tours and evening social events. The Red Mountain area is a 5 minute drive from downtown Rossland or a 20 minute mountain bike ride along the Centennial Trail. The Convention venue (Prestige Mountain Resort) is located on the main street of our compact and walkable downtown. 




We are very grateful to the local organizations and businesses that sponsor the AKBLG Convention. Your support allows us to deliver a dynamic, fun and informative program. If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor in 2017, please contact 2017 Convention Coordinator Ann Damude at adamude@telus.net or AKBLG Executive Director Carolyn Maher at akblg@shaw.ca.   

Sponsors who are also interested in presenting at the 2017 Convention are asked to complete a Presentation Proposal (see Call for Presenters section below).



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Contact Us!

How can we help? Please contact 2017 Convention Coordinator Ann Damude at adamude@telus.net or 250-231-0486 for inquiries about accommodation, presentations, trade show, partner programs or sponsorship. Inquiries about resolutions, nominations or multi-year sponsorship should be directed to Carolyn Maher, AKBLG Executive Director at akblg@shaw.ca


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