Convention

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 Merritt will be our host for 2025. 

The convention will be held at the Merritt Civic Centre. Dates are April 29th to May 2nd. See you there! 

 

Keynote Speaker
Tkwenem7iple7 Nikki Fraser

Nikki Fraser is a councillor with Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc. Her portfolio with TteS includes Natural Resources and Rights & Title, Housing and Lands, Leasing & Taxation.

She is currently pursuing a Sociology and Political Science degree from TRU, although she has taken some time off from her studies to serve her community. Prior to serving on council, Nikki was the TteS Indigenous Food Sovereignty Program Coordinator and Indigenous Tourism Program Coordinator, an Indigenous Research Assistant with TRU and a Published Indigenous Researcher with TRU Knowledge Makers. Nikki has also been part of the United Nations Youth Envoys Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nikki’s volunteer advocating work centers on Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples Rights with a focus on Indigenous Women and Girls.

Networking Events

Tuesday Evening Pub Night at Match Eatery and Public House at Cascades Casino.  Jeremy Kneeshaw guitar.  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

Wednesday Welcome Reception at Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Thursday Banquet at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. Dancing to the Shattered Blue Band. Cocktails at 6:00 pm. 

Registration

 Registration is now closed. 

For all the information on the convention, go to the program section to see the full program and detailed information on the presentations and tours. Registration closes on April 15th.

  

Click here to go directly to the registration portal.  

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Accommodations

Merritt Comfort Inn

Call 250-315-0237 and ask for the 2025 SILGA Convention rate

 

Merritt Best Western

Call 250-378-0700 and ask for the 2025 SILGA Convention rate

 

Ramada Inn, Merritt

Call 250-378-3567 and ask for the 2025 SILGA Convention rate

 

Quality Inn, Merritt

Call 250-378-4253 and ask for the 2025 SILGA Convention rate

 

Complimentary breakfast is available at all of the four hotels.    

Resolutions

Click here for the 2024 Voted Resolutions.  

2023 SILGA Resolutions 

UBCM Resolution Procedures and Database

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West Kelowna peach orchard

Late Resolutions

Resolutions not received by February 29th 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.

This Year's Nominations

Nominations

Nominations for the 2024-25 SILGA Board of Directors will close on February 29th.  Positions 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. 

                             2024 SILGA Nomination Report 

2024 Sponsors

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

Gold Sponsors

BCLC and Gateway Casinos

 FortisBC

Thompson-Nicola RD

Silver Sponsors

Association of Interior Realtors

BC Assessment

BDO Canada

Corix

Council of Forest Industries

CUPE

Enbridge

ETSI-BC

ICBC

Municipal Finance Authority of BC (general sponsor)

Municipal Insurance Association of BC

Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Bronze and Recognition Sponsors

AME

BC  Hydro

Fresh is Best

Fulton 

Doug Haughton

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

Local Government Leadership Academy

Save On Foods

Urban Systems

 

Salmon Arm Trade Show
exhibitors - Aleksi, Ronan and Ron

Trade Show Exhibitors

Association of Mineral Exploration

BC Assessment

BC Hydro

BC Non-Profit Housing Association

BCLC

BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association

BC Snowmobile Federation

BC Transit

Corix

Council of Forest Industries

Enbridge

ETSI-BC

Fink Machine Ltd.

Firesmart BC and First Nations’ Emergency Services Society

Fortis BC

ICBC

Interior Health Authority

Interior Realtors

 Ken Matheson Story Through Film

MLT Aikins LLP

Okanagan Basin Water Board

Southern Interior Construction Association

Thompson Nicola Regional District

Trans Mountain Expansion Project

United Way 

Levels of sponsorship
available are as follows

GOLD

$ 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)

SILVER

$ 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

BRONZE

$ 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 5th.  

See our ideas come to life

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Brands We Partner With

Let’s get creative

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