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Issue No. 17-25

Dec  4, 2017
Municipal Management Essentials Training for Foremen
SUMA has partnered with Southeast College to offer Foreman training during Convention 2018. February 5-7, these credit classes will be offered:
  • Fall Arrest with Rescue Planning
  • Municipal Management Essentials: Being a Safety Leader
  • Municipal Management Essentials: Supervisory Skills
Registrants are encouraged to visit our tradeshow free of charge during their visit to Regina. The Event Listing on our website includes more information on these sessions, including a flyer. You can also contact Southeast College at 1-866-999-7372.


SUMA Membership Drive
We will be mailing membership information later this week, so watch your mailboxes for an envelope chock full of SUMA details. Fees are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018; make sure you renew so you get all the benefits membership brings.
Renewing your membership for another year supports SUMA's advocacy and capacity-building work, and gives you access to group benefits, SUMAssure, and SUMAdvantage to help you save money. We appreciate your support all year long.


Convention 2018: President's Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Yes, this event is happening on Tuesday, February 6, not February 7; sorry for the typo in the last issue! This social event gives members and delegates the chance to acknowledge the dedication of long-serving and outstanding elected  officials and municipal employees. Join SUMA for a buffet-style dinner and cash bar as we honour our award recipients. 

After the formal program, get ready for a good laugh with comedian Dave Hemstad. Tickets for this  event are $60. This is a great value for an evening filled with food, celebrations, and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there!


Capacity Building: Register Now for Asset Management Webinars

Asset Management Saskatchewan is taking registration now for free webinars. There are nine webinars happening between today and the end of April, plus upcoming in-person workshops in February 2018.  Get all the details on their upcoming training on their website .


Convention 2018: Answering Your Convention Questions 
Whether this is your first SUMA convention, or you just want to be prepared for Convention 2018, this document will help you get the scoop. For example:

What is the Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow?
The Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow is held in conjunction with SUMA's annual convention, and is open to convention delegates and municipal employees. 

We have a new location for the tradeshow in 2018, that gives us room for more than 200 exhibitors. The new International Trade Centre is about the same distance as the past tradeshow venue. 

Be sure to make the most of the time set aside for delegates to visit the exhibitors, and encourage your municipal employees to contact SUMA prior to Convention at 306-525-4379 to register as a tradeshow observer. (They will need to visit the registration desk to get a tradeshow badge for access.) 


Convention 2018: Are Your Accommodations Updated?

With registration for Convention 2018 open, now is the time to double check your accommodation plans to reflect registered delegates. SUMA negotiates special rates for delegate blocks during Convention, and four of our hotels have already filled their blocks.

If you have reserved more rooms than you need, please release any rooms you won't be using. This gives your fellow delegates a chance to get the special room rates we've negotiated on your behalf. The latest accommodation information, including special rates, is available on our website.


We Want to Hear From You: Household Hazardous Waste
SUMA has been advocating for a province-wide recycling program for household hazardous waste since 2001. We are pleased to tell you that the provincial government is developing regulations to create a program , and this is our chance to share input. You can do that in three steps:
  1. Review the summary document.
  2. Complete the online survey by December 15.
  3. Let us know you responded.
If you are looking for other information before you complete the survey, you can review our solid waste policy, review the survey questions in advance, and contact Steven Dribnenki if you have any questions.
In This Issue


New Partner Announcement: Fire Trucks and Supplies
We are excited to bring you not one, but two fire truck, apparatus, and supplies partners to choose from!  We are finalizing details, but we just had to spill the beans early.

Since we've joined forces with our sister associations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, we now can offer a competitive low rates on fire trucks, fire apparatus, and related accessories and supplies. From our two partners:
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd.
Contact Lance Spencer at 1-800-565-3473
Rocky Mountain Phoenix (Canadian distributor)
Contact Carey Feduniw at 1-800-494-4210

We know your municipality is working hard on budgeting and this is an important program for many members. More information will follow in the next couple weeks.

We are excited to once again save you time and money.

Visit  SUMAdvantage online  for a complete list of member programs or email  Lisa Rawlings  at SUMA with any questions.




Communications Advisor (December 11)


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Have a position to fill or an item to sell? Submit your ad  on our website.



Upcoming Deadlines
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