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PSD Webinars 

The role of the municipal administrator requires a firm understanding of the challenges facing local governments today and tomorrow. PSD (formerly known as Public Sector Digest), a long-time partner of OMAA, a long-time partner of OMAA, produces a webinar series with the goal of providing municipal administrators with concise learning opportunities that can be shared with staff. All PSD webinars are free to attend and feature public sector practitioners and industry leaders that have proven strategies and solutions to share. With a focus on the greatest organizational challenges of today and tomorrow, this webinar series includes topics on infrastructure asset management, climate change adaptation,  finance & budgeting, and more. Click below to see the full list of upcoming PSD webinars for you and your staff to review. 


2020 PSD Webinar Series

May 12th


  Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern GIS Program: Insights from North American Leaders

Effective Geographic Information System (GIS) program development requires significantly greater organizational involvement now than ever before. GIS systems have become engrained as a key pillar for public sector organizations to efficiently and effectively deliver all levels of service. No longer are GIS departments responsible for simply map making initiatives, and instead are a primary resource for all business units. With the ever-increasing importance of the GIS program within government organizations, the need for continuous enhancements to the program (both technically and organizationally) are essential to the viability of GIS service delivery. While no two public sector organizations are exactly alike, initiatives to improve GIS program development and delivery can be made transferable to other similar organizations, or scalable to meet the needs of different sized organizations. The Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) seeks to capture some of these best practices and provide important insights to participating organizations to help ensure alignment of activities to other organizations across North America. This webinar will feature a panel of three of the most improved or best organizations of specific size and type from the second year of the GMI survey to allow for an enhanced understanding of their organizational activities to achieve an improved GIS program. These geospatial leaders will provide insight regarding their challenges in implementing and developing a GIS program; the lessons learned throughout their program development; and their strategies moving forward to improve overall GIS service delivery and program enhancement.                      

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May 19th


  Tools and Strategies to Facilitate PS 3280 Compliance (Asset Retirement Obligations)

As of April 1, 2021, the new Public Sector Accounting Standard, PS 3280 goes into effect. The new standard requires all governments in Canada to identify and account for any assets that have an asset retirement obligation (ARO). This change in financial reporting will require a substantial undertaking for all public sector organizations. All organizations will need to determine the applicability of an ARO to each capital asset in their Tangible Capital Asset Register, as well as determine the appropriate cost of the obligation. Steps must be taken by all Canadian public sector organizations to become compliant with this new standard and ensure that appropriate audit evidence is produced to reach compliance. This educational webinar will provide attendees with a firm understanding of the reasons behind this change in accounting standards while comparing the new PSAS standard to other international standards related to AROs. The webinar will also provide attendees with reasonable walkthrough examples of how to appropriately account for these costs, both on the asset and liability sides of the financial statements. Finally, the webinar will highlight available tools to streamline and automate this process to alleviate time and effort to reach compliance without sacrificing accuracy.     

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May 21st 

2pm-2:30pm ET

  Achieving Low Carbon Resilience for Local Governments

Climate change can pose considerable physical and economic risks to local governments. To reduce the impacts of climate change, organizations must seek ways to adapt to the changing climate as well as mitigate their contribution to climate change. PSD has partnered with Arcadis for this webinar to define the importance of integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation. Low carbon resilience (LCR) is an approach that focuses on integrating adaptation and mitigation strategies by reducing vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Experts from PSD and Arcadis will share how local governments can build LCR while maintaining regulatory compliance, financial efficiency, and expected levels of service.  

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1pm-1:20pm ET

     Grant Funding Opportunities for Canadian Municipalities

The PSD Research team will provide an overview of grant funding opportunities for Canadian municipalities on a monthly basis. Each month we will highlight any grants with an approaching deadline and/or ongoing grant programs. Please join us to find out about grant opportunities for your municipality! One week before each monthly grant funding webinar, the PSD policy team will update registrants on which grant applications will be covered that month. 

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May 26th 

1pm-1:30pm ET

  Understanding & Developing a Levels of Service Framework

Municipalities across Canada are working towards building sustainable asset management programs to assist with making more data driven and informed decisions. As municipalities continue to advance their asset management practices, they must undertake several different program development activities (including, but not limited to): condition assessments, risk and lifecycle framework development and levels of service. Establishing these practices and building the necessary frameworks can be a daunting task. In this webinar, attendees will learn how their organization can establish technical and community levels of service metrics in order to establish a holistic levels of service framework. Attendees will learn more about PSD’s approach to developing a levels of service framework which allows for improved communication to the public, while assisting staff with effectively implementing asset lifecycle interventions aligned with current and proposed levels of service.

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