The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), with their member RMs, will welcome 2,000+ delegates, exhibitors, and guests from across the province to convene from Tuesday, March 14 to Thursday, March 16, 2023, for the 118th Annual Convention & Trade Show. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, interact with the provincial government, vote and debate resolutions, and discuss current issues affecting rural SK.
SARM invites the media to join. Below are items of interest:
Tuesday, March 14 l Opening Ceremonies / Addresses / Healthcare Forum
Opening Ceremonies start at 1 pm, followed by addresses, notably from the Honourable Don McMorris, the SK Minister of Government Relations, and Ray Orb, SARM President. The Rural Healthcare Forum begins at 4pm.
Wednesday, March 15 l Premier’s Address / Bear Pit / Leader of the Opposition Address / Media Scrum
The Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, will address the delegates at 9am. Immediately following is the Bear Pit with the provincial cabinet begins. At 11:15am, the Leader of the Opposition, Carla Beck will give her address, also at this time the Media Scrum with the Premier and SARM President begins in Meeting Room C3&4 (SARM Convention Office).
Thursday, March 16 l SARM Board Elections
At 9am, President Ray Orb and Vice President, Bill Huber, who are both acclaimed for further 2-year terms, will address delegates and outline the direction they plan to take SARM during this time. An election, for the Director of Division 2 will follow in a closed meeting. A Media Scrum with President Orb to wrap up convention and hear the highlights begins at 11:15am in Meeting Room C3&4 (SARM Convention Office).
Over the course of convention, delegates can hear from and dialogue with elected officials, network, and debate resolutions. Please see additional information included on SARM’s current press releases and engagement times surrounding these topics. See Agenda + Resolutions at https://sarm.ca/events/annual-convention-and-trade-show/.
If you wish to attend the convention, please register onsite when you arrive to receive your media credentials.
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Background: SARM is the independent association that represents its membership of rural municipal government in Saskatchewan and is the principal advocate in representing them before senior governments. SARM invite provincial news agencies to join us at convention as representatives from rural Saskatchewan municipalities converge to discuss, debate timely topics, elect officials and hear the critical issues of Saskatchewan’s rural members.
- Rural Healthcare Improvements Forum: 4pm, Tuesday March 14 l News Release: https://sarm.ca/2023/02/15/rural-saskatchewan-continues-to-wait-for-healthcare-improvements-sarm-seeks-legitimate-solutions/
- Diefenbaker Irrigation Project l News Release: https://sarm.ca/2023/02/22/sarm-looks-to-lake-diefenbaker-irrigation-project-for-drought-relief/
- Sask Cattle Association release/time of a presentation l News Release: https://sarm.ca/2023/03/01/sarm-partners-with-the-saskatchewan-cattlemens-association-and-saskatchewan-stock-growers-association-to-call-for-support-for-the-saskatchewan-cattle-industry/
- Attracting the Next Generation to Rural Government: 2:50pm, Wednesday March 15 l News Release: https://sarm.ca/2023/03/08/sarm-aims-to-attract-the-next-generation-to-rural-government/