Our Conventions

Annually during the last week of April, the SILGA delegates gather to debate resolutions, get educated on local government matters and network with each other. The convention location moves between communities in the Southern Interior region.  The City of Kamloops, the Tournament Capital of Canada, will be our host for 2024.  Dates are April 30th to May 2nd. See you there! 

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mark DeVolder

Mark DeVolder is recognized as a global thought leader in change and transition management. As a researcher and practitioner for over two decades, the most compelling lesson Mark has learned is that change readiness is the top leadership skill of the day. In a world where disruption, uncertainty and crisis have become the norm, Mark teaches people how to navigate constant change. 

Networking Events

Tuesday Evening Pub Night at Marten Brew Pub. The Elderly Brothers provide background music. 5 pm to 7 pm. 

Wednesday Welcome Reception at 1516 Pub with Vernon’s own Duane Marchand on guitar. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Thursday Banquet at Vernon Prestige Lodge. Dancing to the Shawn Lightfoot Band. Cocktails at 6:00 pm. 

2010 Sun Peaks Abba Tribute
Garry Youd, Logan Lake


The convention starts on Tuesday, April 25th with a number of social events, including golfing and tours, prior to Pub Night at Marten Brew Pub. Civic tours begin Wednesday’s program with Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark DeVolder opening the convention. Resolution debate follows in the afternoon. The Welcome Reception at 1516 Pub closes out the day. The convention continues until Friday at noon with excellent speakers and presentations on a variety of subjects.

The trade show will run from noon on Wednesday, April 26th to late afternoon on the 27th.

Click here for the 2023 Convention Binder



Registration for the Convention

Registration is closed.

For all the information on the tours and breakout sessions, click here


Click here to go directly to the registration portal.  

Myra Canyon


Clinton Trading Post


There will be three hotels used during this convention with bussing available for the tours and the evening networking events.

Prestige Vernon Lodge
(Main convention location)
3914 – 32 Street
Vernon, BC V1T 5P1
Request the SILGA group pricing

Prestige Vernon Hotel
4411 32nd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9G8
Request the SILGA group pricing

Sandman Hotel and Suites Vernon
4201 32nd Street 

Vernon, BC V1T 5P3
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A credit card will be required at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. Please note if the attendee will be using another credit card when checking in they will need to complete the following third-party authorization.


SILGA resolutions will be debated at the 2023 SILGA AGM with full debate taking place on the afternoon of April 26th.  Please note that only emergent issue resolutions will be accepted as a late resolution.

2023 SILGA Resolutions 

UBCM Resolution Procedures

 UBCM Resolutions Database

Picking peaches at Paynter's Fruit Market
West Kelowna peach orchard

Late Resolutions

Resolutions not received by February 24th will be considered late resolutions and must go through the following procedures to be considered at the AGM.

Late resolutions may only be introduced if received by the Resolutions Committee Chair at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the commencement of an Annual Meeting. Only emergent resolutions of a regional nature received after the deadline will be considered for acceptance by the resolution committee.  Submissions must include the rationale as to why the resolution would be considered emergent. 

Please click here for the AGM rules and procedures handbook.


Nominations for the 2023-24 SILGA Board of Directors will close on February 24th.  Offices to be filled are President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and seven Directors. One member of the SILGA board must be an Electoral Area Director of a member Regional District. Those presently serving may run for another term if they so wish.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted. Click here for the 2023 Nomination Report. 

L to R 2022 Board of Directors Bill Sarai, Jen Leach, Toni Boot, Spencer Coyne, Tony Luck, Karla Kozakevich, Aimee Grice, Lori Mindnich, Judy Sentes, Ruth Hoyte and Louise Wallace Richmond

This Year's Nominations

2023 Sponsors

Without the continued support of the following sponsors, the convention wouldn't be such a success!

Gold Sponsors


Corix Utilities/Chandos Construction/North America Construction


Municipal Finance Authority of BC 

Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Silver Sponsors

BC Assessment

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers




Municipal Insurance Association of BC

Regional District North Okanagan


Urban Systems

Bronze and Recognition Sponsors


BC  Hydro

BC Transit

Council of Forest Industries



Lidstone & Co

Local Government Leadership Academy

Shaw Communications 


Salmon Arm Trade Show
exhibitors - Aleksi, Ronan and Ron

Trade Show Exhibitors

Association of Mineral Exploration

BC Assessment


BC Non-Profit Housing Association

BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association

BC Transit

Canada Post

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers


Corix Utilities/Chandos Construction/North American Construction

Council of Forest Industries



Fink Machine Ltd.

Fortis BC


Interior Health Authority

Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC

Okanagan Basin Water Board

Statistics Canada


Terus Construction

Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Urban Systems

Levels of sponsorship
available are as follows


$ 6,750
  • Includes two registrations, allocated booth space as well as program, signage, website and video representation. Options are as follows:
  • 10 minute presentation time to delegation
  • Welcome Reception sponsor
  • Banquet sponsor
  • Breakfast roundtable session (may be split between sponsors)


$ 4,500
  • Includes one complimentary convention registration, allocated booth space as well as verbal, website and print acknowledgement
  • 5 minute presentation time to delegation
  • Sponsorship of delegate gift, complete with company logo
  • Name tag sponsor
  • Community Excellence Awards
  • Registration Desk
  • Pub Night
  • Reach for the Top
  • Wifi Password
  • Ted Talk


$ 3,000 Monthly
  • Includes one complimentary convention registration as well as verbal, website and print acknowledgement.
  • Shuttle Services
  • Grand prize
  • Thursday delegate lunch
  • Banquet wine

Recognition sponsorships

$ 1,500 each
  • Educational/breakout session(s)
  • Speakers’ gifts
  • Coffee break(s)
  • Banquet Entertainment

Trade Show participant

$ 1,000 Monthly
  • Booth Space with power supply and signage
  • meals for 2 exhibitors during the trade show, including the welcome reception and banquet

Community Excellence Awards

Are you proud of your community or regional area’s accomplishments? Would you like it to be recognized at our convention and more broadly through social media and the news?
To promote the environmental, social, and economic well being of our member communities and to share ideas and best practices throughout the SILGA area, we have created awards to showcase a community in each of these categories. Deadline for submissions is February 1st.  For more information on how to nominate your community, click here. 

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