With record-breaking delegate attendance and playing host to every federal political party leader, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Annual Conference closed by setting a new high water mark for municipal sector engagement in Canada. The conference also ended by electing a new board of directors, and Prince George Councillor Garth Frizzell continued his succession toward president, being named second vice-president.
“Over 2,000 municipal leaders left Halifax with a deepened understanding of the country’s growing municipal-federal partnership and a challenge to imagine the tools they’ll need to build tomorrow’s Canada,” said Frizzell, in a news release. “Through each federal leaders’ keynote address, delegates witnessed how fundamental cities and communities are to the national agenda and how integral local government will be to building Canada’s future.”
As a member of FCM’s executive board, Frizzell will help set the direction for an organization that is effectively transforming the role of municipalities on the national stage. Some of the biggest challenges in Prince George are also national challenges—whether that’s jobs, growth or climate change. The new board of directors, comprised of elected municipal officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized communities across Canada, will be taking their local experiences to the FCM table; pressing for federal action that makes life better at home and across the country.
On the final day of the conference, Vicki-May Hamm was elected FCM’s new president, taking the reins from outgoing president Jenny Gerbasi. Active in municipal politics for 12 years, Hamm is the Mayor of Magog, Quebec and has served as an FCM board member.
Delegates to the FCM’s 2018 annual conference engaged Canada’s prime minister and all federal opposition leaders over the four-day convention. Over 2,000 mayors, councillors and other municipal representatives also participated in plenaries, policy workshops, industry seminars and a trade show.