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Issue No. 17-20

Sept 25, 2017
Acting CEO
As we announced in June, Friday, September 22 marked Laurent Mougeot's final day. Until the new CEO is in place, our Director of Policy and Communications, Sean McEachern, will be Acting CEO.  You can reach Sean at 306-525-4394 or by email . All correspondence to the CEO (including emails to ceo@suma.org) will be directed to Sean.


Convention 2018: Last Chance to Nominate!

Don't miss your chance to recognize long-serving and outstanding members of your municipal team at Convention 2018. 

The Meritorious and Honorary Service Awards are a great chance to recognize long-serving employees and elected officials. And if someone in your municipality provided outstanding service in municipal government or administration on a local, provincial, and national basis, they could be eligible for the Scoop Lewry Award

All these prestigious awards will be presented at the President's Banquet at Convention 2018. Nominations are
due October 4, 2017. For more information and the nomination forms, visit the   Convention 2018 page on our  website. 


Convention 2018:
Send in Your Resolutions
Convention resolutions are one way SUMA members can get their issues to the forefront. You can submit resolutions to SUMA anytime during the year, but the deadline for Convention 2018 resolutions is Wednesday, November 15, 2017

To get started with resolutions, review the full  Call for Resolutions document,  including a template you can use as a guide. You may want to review past resolutions, which are available on our online database, going back to 1997. You can search by year, title, sponsoring municipality, or keyword. 

If you have any questions on the resolutions process, contact Sean McKenzie.


Capacity Building:
Upcoming MLDP Workshops

Strengthen your role as a municipal leader by attending one of the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) courses scheduled throughout the province this fall. The workshops are specifically designed for Saskatchewan municipal leaders and staff.  It's never too late to learn something new!
There are 10 workshops* open for registration:
Strategic and Financial Planning for Municipalities
Borden - November 22
Esterhazy - November 29
Municipal Economic Development Fundamentals
Battleford - November 20
Kyle - November 23
Human Resources in the Municipal Workplace
Lampman - November 27
Preeceville - November 30
Public Relations and Communications for Municipalities
Canwood - November 20
Lafleche - November 27
Community and Land-Use Planning
Cupar - November 21
Shaunavon - November 28
All workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is provided.
Registration closes November 10, 2017 (no exceptions).  To register for a module or to learn more about the program visit www.mldp.ca.
*Dates and locations are subject to change


We Want to Hear From You:
Survey Season

Members should have received a survey  on municipal elections on September 12. Please complete the survey by October 13. If your municipality hasn't received an email with a link to the survey, contact Steven Dribnenki.

We also sent members details on our cannabis legalization work last week. Please take the time to complete the provincial survey. If you have comments or information to share with SUMA to aid our advocacy on this file, contact Sean McKenzie.


How New Trade Agreements Apply to Municipalities

On July 1, 2017, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into effect. This agreement between federal, provincial, and territorial governments requires municipalities to conduct open, transparent, and non-discriminatory procurement. This is similar to the  New West Trade Partnership Agreement (NWPTA) , which only relates to suppliers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 
If you are already complying with the NWPTA, many of your practices should align with the CFTA.   The CFTA applies to: 
  • all municipal procurements for goods and services at or above $100,000; and
  • construction valued at or above $250,000.
The NWPTA applies to: 
  • municipal procurements for goods and services valued at or above $75,000; and
  • construction valued at or above $200,000. 
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) is scheduled to be implemented September 21, 2017. CETA also covers municipal procurement, applying to: 
  • purchases of goods or services valued at or above $340,600; and 
  • construction valued at or above $8.5 million (Canadian dollars). 
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has more details on CETA (and other federal trade issues) on its website

If you have questions about these agreements, please contact Steven Dribnenki by email or at 306-525-4389.


Citizens on Patrol Programs

Interest in Citizens on Patrol Programs in Saskatchewan has seen a recent uptick. Is there interest in your municipality? Any individual or group can consider establishing a local group. 

If someone in your municipality is interested in starting a local program, you can read more on our website, and contact:
Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky
Crime Prevention/ Crime Reduction
Saskatchewan RCMP
Phone: 306-780-3931
Cell: 306-216-8294
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Weekend Room Rates From $99
Need a place to stay for an upcoming Saskatchewan Roughriders game? Get your special rate from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina . For business or leisure, the friends and family preferred partner program offers smoking-hot deals just for SUMA members.

You'll get year-round savings when you book using the corporate ID number at DoubleTree by Hilton Regina, plus hot perks:
  • Friday to Sunday room rates at only $99
  • Monday to Thursday room rates at only $145 
  • Complimentary parking and breakfast (for up to two)
  • Earn Hilton Honors points on every stay
Special terms and conditions apply.

For reservations call 306-525-6767 or 306-667-8162 and quote Corporate ID #560177821.

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


Capacity Building:
Construction Project Risk Management
SUMAssure is pleased to present a construction project risk management workshop at six different locations around the province.
  • November 1, 2017: Martensville and White City
  • November 2, 2017:
    Melfort and Shaunavon
  • November 3, 2017:
    Meadow Lake and Carlyle
The workshop is free for SUMAssure subscribers and $175 for non-subscribers. See the workshop event page  for further details and to register for the workshop. 


Find the latest listings by visiting the SUMA Classifieds  section of our website, under the Programs and Services tab.

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



Upcoming Deadlines
For a full listing of grants, check the   Grants   section of our website under the Resources tab.


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