Conversation on Municipal Modernization

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:00 am
Duration: 8 Hours

DATE:  January 31st, 2018

LOCATION:  Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS


The Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia (AMA), Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) and the NS Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) are hosting a one-day session for Mayors, Wardens and Chief Administrative Officers of all municipalities in the Province to come together to lay the practical and relational foundation for continued discussion of, and action toward, municipal modernization. Change leaders Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan Hart will facilitate the session which will be held at the Westin Nova Scotia, January 31, 2018.

It is key to have municipalities partnering in the development of any strategy for municipal modernization. This event is a step towards assessing the appetite and building ownership for change among elected and appointed officials.

About the Facilitators:

Tom Merry


Tim Merry is an engagement specialist and systems change facilitator who works with organizations from all over the world to lead break through change. For 20 years Tim has helped major international businesses, government agencies, local communities and regional collaboratives to create the conditions for people to organize together and solve their own problems.




Tuesday Ryan Hart

Tuesday Ryan-Hart is known internationally for her strategic work with organizations and communities engaged in systemic change. Tuesday is a host/facilitator who left the fields of traditional social service provision and academics to become a new kind of change-maker, partnering with community builders around the world.




The Day: The day will open with remarks from Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister, Department of Municipal Affairs. Tim and Tuesday will take the group through an interactive Keynote presentation introducing how significant change happens over time, the roles involved and some simple strategies to keep moving forward. We will provide a snapshop of the state of local government in Nova Scotia today, why now is the time for change and what are possible solutions to ongoing challenges communities face. The remainder of the day will focus on a group conversation around where can we focus our work together now for greatest impact? How do we move forward together? What are the obstacles we need to overcome and opportunities we need to rise to? Note: we will be forwarding pre-session materials and resources on municipal modernization leading up to the session so stay tuned.


The preferred room rate at the Westin (1181 Hollis St.) for UNSM is $142 per night single/double occupancy and can be made by calling 1.877.993.7846 or book through 


The cost to attend the event is $35 per person, plus HST which will help defer the cost of catering and meeting room rental. To register please e-mail Tracy Verbeke at and indicate who you are registering and for which municipality. Cancellations will not be refunded after January 24th.


Questions: Contact either Janice Wentzell, Executive Director, AMANS (902) 423-8323, or Betty MacDonald, Executive Director, UNSM at 423-8331.

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