Speakers & Sessions


Our conference speakers will cover a broad range of topics, bringing a collective wealth of knowledge and expertise.




Opening Keynotes

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

The Smart Cities Revolution: How New Technologies Can Drive Responsive, Greener Communities

Big tech players such as Google’s Alphabet and IBM have long been touting the benefits of smart cities: networked communities, powered by internet-connected devices and services. The
promise is that our increasingly complex urban environments can be made more efficient and sustainable by learning how they are being used in real-time. At the macro level, it can help governments plan services and use resources more efficiently. At the personal level, it can help us do everything from catching the city bus at the right moment to planning our walk where
the air quality is best.

But the Smart City raises many questions. How do we allow governments, individuals, and private enterprise to use that data while protecting privacy? If the smart city is so good for us, why does it seem so creepy to many people?

Nora Young explains in plain language what we mean by smart cities, what the opportunities are for business, government, and citizens, and what the challenges and risks are in a smart city


More about Nora

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine — and plan for — the ever-changing, high-tech landscape. As the host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, and the author of The Virtual Self, Young demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives, as well as the larger world around us. She helps audiences understand trends in big data, new technologies, machine learning, and more. 

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has also been featured in print, online, and television, and she is also a committed hobby podcaster. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

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Kendal Netmaker 

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author, and Indigenous Speaker 

The Power of Indigenous Storytelling 

In a world full of noise and short attention spans, the art and skill of memorable and impactful storytelling have never been more important. Indigenous Peoples’ key to retaining their culture and traditions has been built upon oral stories for thousands of years. With no textbooks, they have been able to retain valuable teachings that have been passed down from generation to generation.  

In this powerful keynote, Kendal Netmaker takes you into Indigenous Peoples’ storytelling communication, showing you how to build a deeper connection with your customers and team members. He explains the importance of storytelling in building long-term relationships for continued business growth. 

More about Kendal

An award-winning entrepreneur and author, Kendal Netmaker is a master storyteller who uses his natural gift to help people shift their mindset and find the success they seek. He speaks professionally to thousands of people worldwide on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story, weaving his real-life experiences into motivating lessons that empower and build more resilient leaders and organizations. 

From Sweetgrass First Nation, Netmaker and his siblings were raised by their single mother. Life wasn’t easy growing up on the reserve surrounded by poverty and few opportunities, but one moment changed his life forever. In grade five, he and his best friend shared a love of sports, but his family couldn’t afford extracurricular activities. So, his friend’s family stepped in. They paid the fees and drove him to his games and practices. It wasn’t until he was older that Netmaker understood exactly what this family did for him, and how different his life would have been without them. It’s this that has motivated him throughout his life and drives him still to this day.

Today, Netmaker is a leading entrepreneur whose passion to succeed is contagious. He has founded and invested in five businesses, including Neechie Gear, a lifestyle apparel brand that gives back a percentage of their profits to help underprivileged youth take part in sports. Netmaker has won over 25 business awards, including being named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and being runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also the author of Driven to Succeed: From Poverty To Podium.

Municipal Focus Presentations

An opportunity to connect in conversation and share ideas, challenges, and solutions.


Special General Meeting

Wednesday from 4.30 – 5.15 pm 

An opportunity for the membership to hear an update on Association business, weigh in on any Special Resolutions, and participate in Question Period.

Session Details

All members of MISA BC in good standing are welcome to attend and speak at General Meetings.

In addition, Regular (Municipal) members may vote on resolutions, with one vote per organization.

Prior to the meeting, please coordinate with any other delegates from your organization to determine who will be voting on your behalf.

Welcome refreshments will be available as you enter the meeting room.


Been There Done That Panel

Wednesday from 1.30 – 2.30 pm

(lunch will be served during this session from 12-1 pm)

This interactive session showcases a panel of six IT leaders from across the province who share how their municipality has tackled issues. 

There is an opportunity for thoughtful questions and answers surrounding technology and organizational approaches.

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Birds of a Feather

Wednesday from 2.30 – 3.30 pm

This popular session features a number of concurrent roundtable discussions on various topics.


Session Details

Peer Sharing

Wednesday from 3.30 – 4.30 pm

Peer sharing provides an opportunity for municipal delegates to open a dialogue with peers from similar sized municipalities and to engage in conversations around the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced along with suggested solutions and success stories.

Session Details

Peer sharing sessions include three concurrent but separately moderated sessions for governments of the following sizes:

Populations below 20,000
Populations between 20,000 and 60,000
Populations above 60,000.

Municipal Showcase Presentations

6 presentations with 1 or more speakers in each.  Wednesday from 10.15 am – 12.45 pm 

Do you have a solution that is: 

  • Innovative – Introduces a new idea, a new methodology, or an implementation of a new leading-edge product or device in the municipal government.
  • Brings Value – Provides real benefit to the operation of a department, or to local government as a whole.
  • Has Impact – Is applicable to some degree to other local governments.

Contact showcase@misa.bc.ca and provide your contact information, the title of your presentation, and a brief description of the content. Perhaps we will see you on stage this Fall. 

Are you ready to register?

Registration this year is designed to be flexible and accessible, with an array of pricing options. 

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