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2020 SILGA AGM and Convention Program 

Draft Program

Speakers and Panels information 


2020 Climate Leaders Forum information - May 1st afternoon


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mark DeVolder 

Thursday afternoon

Dr. Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today's original thinkers and motivators on transitions. Often in the spotlight for high profile transitions, Mark offered guidance for the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, helped Colombian business leaders adapt to the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement and has coached industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, some as large as $50 billion dollars. 

He is a change management and employee engagement specialist with over 19 years of experience in education and research.  His doctoral studies focused on the issues of unity, diversity, and synergy.  With this experience, he brings extensive knowledge and understanding about human characteristics to each highly customized presentation, backed up by impressive business acumen.  Mark reveals why many change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals.  With straight-forward strategies and convincing business examples, he shows leaders how to drive results to improve the bottom line.

Mark's mission and passion is to help people and organizations adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in the midst of exponential change. 



Dr. Gordon McIntosh 

Facilitator Extraordinaire


Gordon McIntosh has 37 years of management, educator and consultancy roles with local government.  As President of the Local Government Leadership (LGL) Institute, he provides governance development, strategic facilitation and leadership training services.  He has conducted 1,200 workshops involving 140,000 elected and appointed officials.  Gord will be facilitating one plenary session and two breakout sessions during the convention. 




                          Diane Kalen-Sukra                   

                          Author of Save Your City 

                            Friday morning 

Toxic culture is eroding our sense of belonging, community and well-being. Our capacity to collaborate and innovate together is also being undermined by the rising incivility and divisiveness. 

We need each other to address the complex challenges facing our cities and communities -- from the infrastructure deficit to climate change, homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. In order to thrive, our local democracies depend on our ability to revive the art of living and working well together.




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