Kamloops Councillors, TNRD directors, and the CAOs of the two arrived in Saskatoon this morning for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)75th annual convention today. As many already know, Councillor Nancy Bepple is running for a seat on the FCM board. I spent a working lunch with her, discussing her election speech. I really enjoy thinking through campaigns.
This is my first time at an FCM convention and it is amazing to meet local government elected folks from across the country. These are people who could form part of a collaborative network of information sharing. Got my hands wide open for business cards!
Checking in for the conference went very smoothly. Of note in the delegate package: a travel size package of Saskatoon berry jams and syrup from the City of Saskatoon, a Kraft hockeyville hockey puck, and an wireless electronic voting pad on a lanyard.
Nancy and I attended a conference related "tweetup" this evening and a Council of Canadians reception (moatly focusing on a new trade agreement between Canada and Europe that the Council of Canadians is concerned about.) The "tweetup" was a great way to meet others in a fun way and to learn more about using twitter as an effective tool in public service. Ended the evening crafting an email with Nancy reporting to BC local governments about plans for the FCM BC caucus meeting tomorrow morning.