The Lower Mainland LGA and CivicInfo BC hosted CivX 2019 on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at SFU Wosk Centre’s Asia Pacific Hall on 580 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver.
CivX events are an idea exchange for anyone within the BC local government sector. The 2019 event focused on civic engagement. Speaker topic areas included “Using Technology to Connect Marginalized Populations”, “Encouraging Women to Get Involved in Local Government”, “Tips for Local Governments on Welcoming New Canadians” and “Engaging Young People/Youth & Sustainability”.
The event provided an innovative discussion with thought-provoking speakers and an interactive moderated workshop on creating inclusive and civil cities.
Each year we welcome Elected Officials and those involved in Local Government to attend this 2½ day conference. This event includes a tradeshow along with keynote speakers, panels and presentations, a gala dinner and our annual AGM and resolutions session.
This years’ conference theme is Social, Natural and Financial Assets: Accounting for the Unaccounted.
The conference is your best opportunity to make connections across the region and ensure that what matters most to you finds its way into policy so that the communities and regions of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia continue to thrive.
Early Bird (before March 31st): $400 plus GST and $75 for Annual Banquet After March 31st: $500 plus GST and $85 for Annual Banquet
Non-Members: $700 plus GST and $85 for Banquet
Spouse Meal Package: $200 plus GST (banquet tickets sold separately)
The Lower Mainland Local Government Association appreciate that members often travel in their role as an elected official, resulting in time away from loved ones. In an effort to facilitate joint travel, we continue to subsidize a spouse meal package. This includes 4 coffee breaks, 2 receptions, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts. Banquet tickets are sold separately at above listed member pricing.
Sponsor/Exhibitor Additional Registration Package: $275 plus GST (banquet tickets sold separately)
Cancellations received in writing on or before Friday, April 24th will incur a $50 administration fee. All cancellations after that date will not receive a refund.
Important: Please note that the first night room and taxes are non-refundable and due at the time of booking. The remainder of the room and tax is processed at the time of check-in.
The group rate is available May 5 – May 7, 2020, based on availability at the time of booking.
Conference Start & End Times
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Pre-conference session begins at 2:00 pm. Pre-Conference Housing tour begins at 3:00 pm
The official opening begins at 7:00 pm.
Friday, May 8, 2020
The conference ends at approximately 2:30 pm
Most attendees arrive in Whistler on Wednesday afternoon and depart the Friday afternoon following the conference.
Sponsorship & Trade Show Participation
The Lower Mainland LGA is pleased to present the Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2020 Conference. Below you will find a link to the sponsorship package. Returning sponsors will be given until January 10, 2020, to secure the same sponsorship as last year.
Allocation of tradeshow booth spaces will first be provided to returning sponsors followed by returning exhibitors. New sponsors are welcome to the remaining trade show spaces on a first-come, first-served basis after January 10th, 2020.
The Lower Mainland LGA offers four youth from the Harrison Hot Springs, Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish areas an opportunity to apply for and secure a scholarship to attend the Annual Conference in May of each year. UBCM also offers a scholarship to three youth from the Lower Mainland LGA area to attend UBCM.
I applied for the scholarship to attend the UBCM Convention on the advice of my professor. I was unsure what the experience would entail and while I was thrilled to be accepted, I had no idea what I was in for! From the first person I was introduced to at the convention, I immediately felt welcomed and involved. My days at the convention were filled with inspiring conversations, exciting experiences, and wonderful new people! From wandering around the trade show to witnessing the resolutions sessions, there was always something exciting to partake in. With each day, I was learning new things about local governments and their policies in an immersive way. I never felt lost or left behind; I was involved in what was going on and was always included. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in learning more about local government and politics or looking to be more active in their community. I would like to express my gratitude to the LMLGA for the opportunity to attend the Convention and for furthering my drive to be involved!
Maia du Toit
As a student interested in the policymaking process, it was a great opportunity to be able to attend the UBCM convention. The most interesting part of the experience was the resolutions process. Being exposed to policy debates that highlighted the variety of political differences in our province was a very valuable experience. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on some of the meetings with cabinet ministers. All in all, especially given the prohibitive cost of attending the conference without a scholarship, I’d encourage anybody interested in the policymaking process to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the LMLGA.
As a British Columbian youth, it was exhilarating to attend the 2019 UBCM Convention as a scholarship recipient. During my time at the convention, I was able to witness first hand how the processes, from the municipal to international level, that I have learned about in school are carried out in my own province, which was an amazing thing to experience. I not only saw politics in action but had the privilege to meet and speak with Members of the Legislative Assembly, including my own representative and provincial Cabinet Ministers, who facilitate the processes that I have learned about themselves. It was truly inspiring and formative to be able to have access to such a significant event in our province, and I am very thankful for being chosen to attend and would highly recommend for any youth to apply to attend.