The best learning opportunity in the province to learn about important issues and how to serve your community. That is what the annual Union of BC Municipalities represents, in my humble opinion.
You also meet some incredibly interesting people from all every nook and corner of BC.
I even considered going as a business / media rep / citizen, but it seemed a little weird to me just one year after not getting re-elected to Council.
The best things about UBCM are the various educational sessions. You get to hear and interact with top professionals in the province on all sorts of issues. Last year, I attended a seminar on crime and policing with the top provincial RCMP officer - Inspector Gary Bass. Extremely informative.
I hope some of our councillors and staffers attending this year might consider writing up some of their learnings and experiences.
To follow along with UBCM this year, watch for the coverage in the local media. Also, for more province wide / specific issue coverage, Google News collects lots of reports. There are a lot of interesting issues being talked about...