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Midterm Convention Webinar Series

Nuclear Power in Saskatchewan

SaskPower needs to consider all low or zero-emissions power supply options to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, including nuclear power from small modular reactors (SMRs). But, what exactly is an SMR? How long would it take to build? What about used nuclear fuel and waste management?

Join SaskPower for an interactive webinar to learn the answers to these questions and share your perspectives, concerns and interests about SaskPower’s plans.

Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Mental Wellness in Agriculture – Fostering Resiliency

Date: November 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Tendering and Procurement Best Practices

Procurement and tendering can be complex and challenging. In this session, participants will learn how to acquire the goods and services they need to support their communities in a way that complies with their legal obligations, including trade agreements. Participants will learn practical steps they can take to reduce risk and succeed in the procurement process. 

Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities

This webinar will provide information to newly-elected council members about their roles and responsibilities as a council member of their local government. The presentation would also serve as a good refresher for existing council members.

Participants will hear about the importance of open and transparent government, conflict of interest, code of ethics, decision making, council procedures, access to information and privacy awareness, and sound financial oversight.

Date: November 18, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Speakers: TBA

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Civic Addressing

Date: November 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Municipal Safety Manual

Date: November 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Fire Bans and Emergency Preparedness

Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: TBA

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Principles for Positive Employment Relations 

SARM Legal Services will be providing a webinar addressing important principles for positive employer/employee relations. As an employer, you want to build on the skills of your present staff and improve the efficiency of your RM by saving you the time and money involved in dismissing one employee and hiring a new one. However, you also need to understand when it is appropriate to terminate or layoff an employee. Some of the key principles underlying those topics will be covered so that you understand how to set an environment for success and deal with problem behavior along the way, so if it becomes necessary to terminate an employee, you will be in a position to do so with minimal risk of being sued in the process.

The webinar will also present principles that can assist you when it is necessary to terminate or layoff an employee in situations that are not a result of problem behavior.

Anyone wishing to attend that may have a specific employment related question is welcome to email that question to Andrew Svenson, asvenson@sarm.ca, in advance of the webinar. The webinar will also provide time for questions that may arise during the presentation.

Date of Event: October 7, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speakers: Andrew Svenson - Legal Counsel, SARM,                                                                                                                                                                              Courtney Riviere - Legal Counsel, SARM

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Cyber Risk

Join us as we discuss the importance of Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Liability Insurance. This webinar will go over what a Cyber Liability policy is, the application process, as well as best practices that your municipality can implement to help reduce your risk of a cyber attack.

Date of Event: September 3o, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                      Speaker: Ady Sharma - Cyber Broker Canada, Vice President & National Cyber Sales Operations Manager & Broker, Aon

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AMI RockChain's Cooperative Aggregates Program

Simplify your project planning and find affordable aggregate sources with AMI RockChain’s new cooperative aggregates program. The program will help you source and transport surface materials; gives you access to resource mapping, modelling, and stockpile monitoring; and provides options for regulatory and resource engineering services. 

AMI RockChain sources various material types such as: 

  • Gravel – Crushed, Washed, Screened, Pitrun
  • Sand – Bedding
  • Sand (Winter) – Road Sand
  • Rip Rap – Class 1M, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3
  • Ballast – Sub, Main, Other
  • Clay – Fill
  • Landscape – Topsoil
  • Recycled – Concrete, Asphalt 

Date of Event: May 20, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speakers: Ainsley Murdock - Client Relations Manager for SARM,                                                                                                                                                      Robert Beekhuizen, P. Eng, M. Eng, ICD.D - Chief Executive Officer of Athabasca Minerals Inc,                                                                                                        Dana Archibald, BSc, RPF - Chief Operating Officer of Athabasca Minerals Inc,                                                                                                                                Paul Leveille - Vice President of Business and Resource Development for AMI RockChain,                                                                                                                Anthony Bealing - Sales Professional

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Procurement & Trade Compliance – SARM Group Buying Program

Cooperative purchasing is new to many rural municipalities, especially when considering by-laws, trade agreements, and internal procurement policies. Learn how we are trade compliant with CFTA/NWPTA, how we go to tender on your behalf and how we will save you time and money using SARM’s Group Buying Program. Find answers to common procurement questions from our vendor relations team and legal counsel who will be facilitating this educational webinar.

Date of Event: April 29, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speakers: Ainsley Murdock - Client Relations Manager for SARM,                                                                                                                                                      Dave Dextraze - Manager of Vendor Relations for RMA,                                                                                                                                                                      Raman Khabra - General Counsel for RMA

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The Agricultural Health and Safety Network AGM

Join The Agricultural Health and Safety Network for their 2021 Annual General Meeting on April 22nd.

The virtual meeting will include: 

  • Review of minutes from 2020 AGM
  • Greetings from Dr. Niels Koehncke, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture annual network highlights and presentation of the Financial Report
  • Presentation of the SARM 90th Anniversary Scholarship
  • Program Activities and Partnerships
  • Agrisafe Program Update  

Date of Event: April 22, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speakers: Mark Hughes - Acting Chair, Reeve, R.M. of Miry Creek No. 229, Division 3 Representative, The Agriculture Health and Safety Network Steering Committee Dr. Niels Koehncke MD, MSc, FRCPC - Director, Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Ag,                                                                                      Kendra Ulmer RN, MN - Agriculture Occupational Health Nurse,                                                                                                                                                  Brooke Thompson - Agrivita

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Plans for a Sustainable Power Future: Options, Considerations & Opportunities (SaskPower)

We look forward to updating SARM members on the range of power supply options SaskPower is evaluating to meet evolving Federal and provincial emissions regulations. From carbon capture and storage; to wind, solar and battery storage; to hydro in Saskatchewan, hydro imports from outside of Saskatchewan; to nuclear power from small modular reactors - a lot has changed since we last met in November of 2019. We’ll share how we’re evaluating these options and the timelines for decisions.  

We look forward to hearing your questions, concerns and perspectives on our plans and our planning considerations. Join us for 90-minutes of dialogue about the future power system in Saskatchewan.  

Date of Event: April 15, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speakers: Doug Opseth, SaskPower Director of Generation Asset Management and Planning,                                                                                                        Leanne Jarocki, SaskPower Public Engagement,                                                                                                                                                                                    Darcy Holderness, SaskPower Project Manager for the Planning and Development of Nuclear Power from SMRs,                                                                      Iain Harry, Senior Business Advisor on Nuclear Power from SMRs,                                                                                                                                                    Dan Johnston, Indigenous Engagement Consultant

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Finning Rebuilds

Finning Canada's Rebuild Product Manager, Jesse Ives, will be providing an information session on topics related to rebuilds. These topics will include when you should rebuild your machines, when a rebuild is the right answer, why repairing before failure is so important and how you should budget for a rebuild. 

Jesse will also touch on the difference between certified and dealer rebuilds, warranty and coverage options and what's new with rebuilds at Finning.

Date of Event: March 2, 2021
Speaker: Jesse Ives - Finning Canada Rebuild Product Manager

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2021 SARM Convention Platform Sneak Peek

Join us for a sneak peek at the 2021 SARM Convention Platform. We will walk you through the platform and show you how to make the most out of your digital convention experience. As well, we will answer any questions you may have about how the convention will work and what you can expect on March 9th & 10th.

Date of Event: February 25, 2021
Speakers: Amy Roettger - SARM Manager of Events,                                                                                                                                                                  Kelsay Reimer - SARM Director of Strategic Engagement & Communications

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Date of Event: February 26, 2021
Speakers: Amy Roettger - SARM Manager of Events,                                                                                                                                                                  Kelsay Reimer - SARM Director of Strategic Engagement & Communications

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Respectful Workplace

A respectful workplace fosters and builds a healthy organization. A healthy organization increases productivity among the workforce and enables the organization to achieve its goals and visions.

Learn the key elements that are necessary to build a respectful workplace, including legal responsibilities of the employer in creating a safe work environment to prevent any cases of harassments. You will also learn about the definitions of harassment, including what constitutes harassment, and what does not. We will then explore all the options that are available when a case of harassment is alleged to have occurred.

Date of Event: February 4, 2021
Speaker: CK Tan - Kn/a HR Consulting

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HR Policies

HR policies inform employees about the organization’s expectations and culture, provide structure and fairness, and ensure compliance with employment legislation.

Join Stephen Eger of Kn/a HR Consulting as he presents a list and discusses key human resource polices crucial for effective organizations. From Fit for Work to Anti-Harassment and Compensation, Stephen will share why these policies are important and what they should include. Expect a fast paced and informative session, and some key takeaways.

Date of Event: January 14, 2021
Speaker: Stephen Eger - Kn/a HR Consulting

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SARM's Trading Programs

SARM Trading Services allows members to benefit from fully trade-compliant Group Buying Power to receive substantial discounts, consolidated invoicing and access to our wide variety vendors, all without going to tender.

Learn more about our programs by participating in this educational webinar. During this complimentary webinar we will outline key benefits and suppliers that can be utilized through our program, cost-saving measures, the RFP process/trade compliance, and answer any questions you have.  

Date of Event: December 17, 2020
Speakers: Ainsley Murdock - Client Relations manager for SARM,
Amanda Kozak - Accounts Administrator for SARM,
Tyler Hannemann - Manager of Business Development for RMA Trade,
Jesse Patenaude - Manager of National Partnerships for RMA Trade

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Join SARM staff Terry Hoeving, Alexander Udey, and Daniel Segal in a Q/A to address all of your questions about the new Rural Integrated Roads for Growth program (RIRG).

The application intake for 2020-21 will be rolled out in December so this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the RIRG and your RM's eligibility for the program.

Date of Event: December 15, 2020
Speakers: Terry Hoeving - Infrastructure Committee Advisor & RIRG Manager,
Daniel Segal P. Eng., PMP - Director of Municipal Bridge Services,
Alexander Udey M.Sc., P.Eng. - Municipal Bridge Engineer

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Business Continuity

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, places of work have been challenged with keeping employees safe while ensuring work continues.

Leah's session will discuss business continuity. How do we continue to conduct our business, manage employees, and work, and support our employees during this pandemic? What is the RM’s responsibility for a safe workplace?

Date of Event: December 8, 2020
Speaker: Leah Knibbs - Kn/a HR Consulting

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Municipal Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities

Judy’s presentation will provide information to newly-elected council members about their roles and responsibilities as a council member of their local government. The presentation would also serve as a good refresher for existing council members.

Participants will hear about the importance of open and transparent government, conflict of interest, code of ethics, decision making, and council procedures. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Date of Event: December 1, 2020
Speaker: Judy Kanak - Municipal Advisor, Municipal Relations & Advisory Services, Ministry of Government Relations

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Technology and Rural Saskatchewan

Technology has played a fundamental role in shaping the rural landscape over the past century. The agriculture sector has witnessed dramatic shifts in how we feed the world — moving from literal horsepower, through to heavy machinery in the course of only a few decades.

The emergence of digital technologies has signalled we are on the verge of a similar evolution: The resources we have typically seen exist above and below ground now grow in parallel within “the cloud” online at unprecedented scale. This session isn’t reserved only for those well-versed in technology; it’s an opportunity for municipal leaders to seize the present opportunity to position the next generation of leaders for success.

Join us to discover how you can unlock the conversation on technology to help shape a vibrant future for generations to come!

Date of Event: November 24, 2020
Speaker: Brennen Schmidt - Author/Speaker/Strategist (Cyber City Safe: Emergency Planning Beyond the Maginot Line)

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