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April 5th - 6th 2019 with 16 different sessions - Medicine Hat, Alberta

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AAPG Annual Conference 2019

Supporting excellence in civilian governance and oversight of police services in Alberta by providing our members, and potential members, with an enjoyable opportunity to learn, network, and connect with government. We invite all those participating in community policing oversight to attend.

DATE April 5 - 6 2019

LOCATION Medicine Hat Lodge
Medicine Hat, AB

SPEAKERS 6 Unique Speakers

Topics Covered

Our conference has many unique presentaions on various topics,
as well as the AAPG annual general meeting.


  • Public Relations & Social Media Impact
  • Strategic Planning & Budget Oversight
  • Establishment of Oversight in RCMP Jurisdictions
  • Commission & Committee Internal Organization
  • First Nations Board Collaboration
  • Police Act Engagement
  • Public Complaints Director Role

Conference Schedule

We are very excited about the program being planned for AAPG Annual Conference
this spring in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Conference Days

  • Thursday - April 4 2019
  • Friday - April 5 2019
  • Saturday - April 6 2019
Download Program Call For Nominations Call For Resolutions RFP To Host 2020 Conference
  • Thursday - April 4 2019
    Evening Private Access to The Esplanade; with downtown stops. Optional Addon.

    The Esplanade is where arts and heritage come to life in Medicine Hat, where the stories of our great collective culture are told through music and dance, theatre, painting and sculpture, exhibitions and installations, artifacts, objets d’art and more.

    A marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture on traditional Blackfoot territory just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, the Esplanade occupies an eminent position on downtown’s elegant First Street South. From its rooftop terrace, you can see Saamis, the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.


    The Esplanade Website

  • Friday - April 5 2019
    6:30AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

    Breakfast onsite in the Eatalion Restaurant (for all hotel room occupants)

    7:30AM - 4:30PM Registration

    Medicine Hat Lodge Saamis Ballroom Lobby (just beyond hotel registration desk)

    Silent Auction Opens

    8:30AM - 10:00AM New Commission Member Orientation

    This is an attendee directed session that will discuss the role of a Police Commission, the basics of police oversight and governance, the structure of the municipal police service, board basics, and FOIP legislation.

    Speaker : Randy Pick Q.C. - Medicine Hat Police Service
    8:30AM - 10:00AM New Member Committee & Policy Advisory Orientation

    This is an attendee directed session that will discuss the role of Policing Committees, the basics of police oversight and governance, the structure of the RCMP, board basics, and FOIP legislation.

    Speaker : Terry Coleman - Chair: AAPG & Chair: High River Policing Committee
    10:00AM - 10:20AM Break

    Coffee & Tea (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby)

    10:20AM - 11:30AM Public Relations 101 & Impacts of Social Media

    Avoid reactionary and pursue proactive service promotion. Open discussion on how Social Media has changed public perceptions.

    Speaker : Rita Sittler - Manager of Administrative Services: Medicine Hat Police Service
    11:30AM - 12:30PM Lunch Buffet

    Salad, Soup & Sandwiches (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby)

    Noon Sponsor : Law Enforcement Torch Run - Special Olympics Alberta
    12:30PM - 1:30PM K-9 Unit Demonstration and up-close with Armored Vehicle

    This demonstration will take place in the west parking lot.

    Presenter : Medicine Hat Police
    1:30PM - 2:30PM Strategic Planning & Budget Oversight

    The role of the Commission in Strategic Planning goals & vision for the service; who is driving the boat? How Strategic Planning differs from the Business Plan action items & targets. Budget oversight; what should you know about operations and who should be involved.

    Presenter : Darlene Brander - Chair: Saskatoon Police Commission
    1:30PM - 2:30PM Establishment of Ovesight in RCMP Jurisdictions

    Looking to improve RCMP oversight in your community or considering a Policy Advisory Committee? We will talk helpful bylaw amendments, benefits of community-driven standards and policing community goals collaboration, costs related to increasing the level of your oversight.

    Presenter : Al Bohachyk - St. Albert Policing Committee & Perry Brooks - Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee
    2:30PM - 2:50PM Break

    Coffee & Tea with Decadent Delights (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby)

    2:50PM - 4:00PM Cannabis Update

    An update on the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments’ framework relating to Cannabis and its impacts

    Presenter : Robert Palser B.A. LL. B Q.C. - Senior Policy Counsel & Traffic Safety Coordinator of Alberta
    4:30PM - 9:30PM Gala Banquet Dinner Event

    SHUTTLE DEPARTURE & RETURN TIMES (limit of 35 per shuttle – be early!)

    Pick-up outside of Lodge entrance.
    Arrive at the Medalta for PRIVATE TOUR - followed by Networking Reception (drink ticket provided)
    6:30 Blessing and DINNER (wine provided at each table, Business casual attire)

  • Saturday - April 6 2019
    6:30AM - 9:00AM Breakfast

    Breakfast onsite in the Eatalion Restaurant (for all hotel room occupants)

    7:30AM - 8:30AM Registration

    Medicine Hat Lodge Saamis Ballroom Lobby (just beyond hotel registration desk)

    7:30AM - 8:30AM Annual General Meeting
    8:30AM - 9:40AM Opening Ceremonies

    Piper Entrance VIPs & Board, Rise for O’Canada

    First Nations Elder Blessing

    Welcome Address and Greeting: City of Medicine Hat Mayor, M.H. Commission Chair, M.H.P.S. Chief, M.H. Detachment Commander, M.H.P.A. President, RCMP Deputy Commissioner, and AAPG Board Chair (Board recognition)

    9:40AM - 10:00AM Break

    Coffee & Tea (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby) **New Board Member & Group Picture

    10:00AM - 11:30AM Commission & Committee Internal Organization

    Policy Manual Process/Procedure development; succession planning, continuing education, annual Board performance assessment, new member on-boarding; what should it look like, document management/destruction, use of personal email, minutes in closed meetings.

    Speaker : Micki Ruth, Vice-Chair Edmonton Police Commission
    11:30AM - 12:30PM Hot Lunch Buffet

    Salad, Lasagna and Honey-garlic Chicken (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby)


    12:30PM - 1:30PM First Nations Board Collaboration

    Understanding First Nations Policing and how we can support each other

    Speaker : Violet Meguinis - Chair Tsuu'tina Nation Plice Commission
    1:30PM - 1:45PM Police Act Engagement Update
    1:45PM - 2:00PM Break

    Coffee & Tea with Assorted Cookies (served in Saamis Ballroom Lobby)

    2:00PM - 3:00PM Policing Commissions - ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

    Question & Answer session

    Facilitator : Greg Keen - Chair Medicine Hat Police Commission
    2:00PM - 3:00PM Policing Committees - ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

    Question & Answer session

    Facilitator : Nick Servos - Chair of Canmore Policing Committee
    3:00PM - 4:00PM Public Complaints Director Role

    What are the procedures of the PCD, how should Grievances be handled

    Speaker : Heather Spicer - Executive Director of Calgary Police Commission
    4:00PM - 4:15PM Closing Address

    Please fill out Evaluation Forms

    4:15PM First Nations Police Commissions Joint Session
    5:30PM - 7:30PM PRIVATE BREWERY Tour with Shuttle

    Private Tour of 3 local Breweries with tasting samples, ending at Industry Pub (with credit for whatever) and option to attend a private tour of a brand new local Gin Distillery (samples not included). Cost $49 pp


AAPG Annual Conference Begins

April 5 & 6 with 16 sessions - Medicine Hat, AB

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    • $275Member Single Ticket
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    • Gala Dinner
    • All Sessions
    • $200New Member Ticket
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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Contact Info

Questions about our annual conference? We are here to help!

Phone: (587) 892-7874
Email : [email protected]


The Medicine Hat Lodge is the venue where we are holding our Annual Conference. The Comfort Inn and Suites is across the street from the Medicine Hat Lodge. Reference #826470 to book AAPG discounted rooms, the discounted rooms are limited so book early!

Medicine Hat Lodge ( reference #826470 for discount )
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB
(800) 661-8095


Comfort Inn
2317 Trans Canada Way SE
Medicine Hat, AB
(403) 504-1700



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