Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities

This module is delivered separately through the SARM, SUMA and New North newly elected officials’ workshops.


Strategic and Financial Planning for Municipalities

To be presented by Malcolm Eaton

Malcolm served 13 years as a member of Humboldt's city council - ten years as Mayor. During his terms Humboldt engaged in innovative strategic and financial planning processes to meet the challenges of a growing community and region.

As mayor, Malcolm also served as a member of the SUMA Board as Vice-President of Cities, chair of the City Mayors Caucus and on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

In addition to a career as a school administrator and municipal leader, he has been very involved in community organizations and activities both at the local and provincial levels. He has been a Saskatoon Health Region Board member since 2012 and was recently elected to the Conexus Credit Union Board of Directors.

Malcolm has a passion for long range planning and for the financial health of organizations and communities. He has a particular interest in making planning an effective process for Saskatchewan's smaller and rural communities.


Municipal Economic Development Fundamentals

To be presented by various presenters determined by the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA).

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) is a non-profit, member-driven provincial association of stakeholders in community economic development. SEDA's mission is to build the capacity of communities to grow and direct their economic future.

SEDA supports the building of sustainable communities through:

  • a provincial network which links all facets of community economic development;
  • a training program for economic development / municipal staff, including EDOs and administrators;
  • access to a wealth of knowledge gathered over 30 years through association with economic development organizations from across the province;
  • opportunities to develop strategic partnerships and investments for communities.


Human Resources in the Municipal Workplace

To be presented by Laurie-Anne Rusnak, MA, CHRP and Brian Schatz, CHRP.

With 30 plus years of experience in municipal government at various levels; Laurie-Anne started her career as a lifeguard, moving into City Hall in North Battleford and Yorkton. She did everything from tax collections, payroll/finance, City Clerk, and then went on to perform the full scope of HR services as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Regina. She has also had the privilege of working as an HR consultant with a variety of municipalities since 2005.

Lifelong learning is hugely important to Laurie-Anne. She completed the Local Government Administration Program and obtained an Urban Class “A” Certificate. Continuing her studies, she attended Royal Roads University where she obtained a Master’s of Arts in Leadership and Training Degree. Laurie-Anne obtained her Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation in 2006.

Laurie-Anne has a full appreciation of the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing municipal government. She loves a challenge and leading change. Laurie-Anne is committed to building capacity in municipal HR practices to bring about positive and progressive outcomes.

Born and raised in Odessa, SK, Brian lived in town while working on the family grain farm. It was during these formative years that he learned about community and experienced community building from a small town and rural perspective.

Following high school graduation, Brian moved to the big city and enrolled in the Computer Science program at the University of Regina. Not long thereafter however, he learned he really wasn’t cut out for a career working with machines and artificial intelligence. He loved farming but has the scars to prove farm machinery would be dangerous for him. Following his interests and passion working with people and appreciating the cultural differences of all peoples, he transferred to the Faculty of Administration majoring in Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations.

Following convocation from University Brian worked in Human Resource Management for the Saskatchewan Association of Special Care Homes (SASCH), Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC), Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), City of Regina, Regina Catholic School Division (RCSD) and Eden Care Communities (ECC).  In 1999 he established his own Human Resources and Strategic management consulting firm.


Public Relations and Communication for Municipalities

To be presented by Lynn Gidluck or Pat Rediger with Benchmark Public Relations.

Pat Rediger founded Benchmark Public Relations in 1992. Benchmark Public Relations is a full-service public relations firm specializing in strategic communications, marketing and media relations. Rediger began his career as a journalist. He has written for national magazines and edited a variety of provincial and regional magazines. He is a former principal in Sunrise Publishing, which publishes Saskatchewan Business Magazine, and Concept Media Ltd., which published Regina Magazine. He was also editor for Farm Light and Power during the days when it rivalled the Western Producer as the largest circulation agricultural publication on the prairies. Pat has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina.

Lynn Gidluck became a partner at Benchmark in 2001 after a career with the provincial government where she specialized in communications and public relations. When she left government she was Executive Director of Corporate Affairs for the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation. She is an Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators and has taught a number of classes in management communications and public relations at the University of Regina. She has a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Regina.

Benchmark Public Relations helped develop this module and Lynn and Pat have both delivered this workshop to countless communities since the MLDP program was created and enjoy the opportunity to get back to their "rural roots" by meeting people through these workshops. Lynn grew up on a mixed farm south of Biggar. Pat grew up in Raymore and is the son of a Saskatchewan grain elevator agent.


Community and Land Use Planning

To be presented by Jen Chamberlin, Community Planners, SARM.

Dana is the Director of Community Planning Services at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) in Regina, SK.  In 2008, Dana received her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from the University of Saskatchewan majoring in Regional and Urban Planning.  After graduation she worked as a planning intern in Alberta and a Development Officer with the Municipal Capacity Development Program before joining SARM.  Dana is a Registered Professional Planner and a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and as such adheres to a Code of Professional Practice established by the Institute.  

Heather received her B.A degree from the University of Regina specializing in Geography. As a student Heather worked with the Department of Community Planning as an Assistant Planner, as well as a student researcher with the Department of Geography.  After graduation she worked with the Ministry of Education as a GIS Analyst, before taking a position with the R.M. of Edenwold No. 158 as a Community Planner and Development Officer. Working in the R.M. environment  encouraged her to take a position with SARM and to use her knowledge to work with other Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan. Heather is a pre-candidate member of the Canadian institute of Planners and is working towards becoming a full member.


Asset Management for Municipalities - COMING SOON!!!