Council Meeting Basics
By Tim Duhamel
Council meeting rules are complex and can be intimidating to newly elected officials and administrators presenting to council. Learn the basics of Roberts Rules, governance, and writing an effective report for council.
- Beginner to intermediate class on Council meeting rules and presentations
- Robert’s Rules explained – the basic procedural requirements in Council meetings
- Differences between in camera, committee of the whole, and open session – and the appropriate type of meeting for specific issues
- Tips for making effective presentations to Council
- Best practices for writing Council reports
- Public communication – when communicating in Council meetings, we are communicating through Council to the public – learn effective strategies to provide Council with the necessary information to effectively deal with resident concerns and communicate positively to the public
PD Credits: 1.5
Updated: Sep 23, 2020
About the Author
Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of
He is a municipal veteran whose career has spanned over 21 years.
His passion is creating educational material and conducting lectures for municipal professionals. He has lectured as far away as Kiev, Ukraine for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
About the Author
Stephanie Porter is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and
external auditor with Metrix Group LLP.
She has a passion for education and is a course developer and instructor for the University of Alberta in addition to her work at Bloom.
She is the lead Associate of curriculum development and instruction for Bloom’s reporting and audit stream.
The foundation of municipal government is democracy and good governance. This class covers the fundamentals of how that foundation is administered through Council meetings, as well as Robert’s Rules, and the differences between in-camera, committee of the whole and open session.
Also included: tips for making effective presentations to council, best practices for writing council reports, and effective strategies to ensure you provide Council with the necessary information to effectively deal with resident concerns and communicate positively to the public.
The fundamentals of how the foundation of municipal government, democracy and good governance, is administered through Council meetings
Learn about the basic procedural requirements in Council meetings through a high-level review of “Roberts Rules”, which covers the rules of procedure for board meetings
Learn the differences between in camera, committee of the whole, and open session, and the appropriate type of meeting for specific issues
Learn effective strategies to improve your presentations to Council by making them meaningful, clear, and concise
Learn best practices and a step by step process for improving written Council reports
Learn effective strategies to provide Council with the information they need to deal with resident concerns and communicate positively to the public
Who Should Attend?
A unique professional development experience that has benefit for all municipal staff, including small, medium and large municipalities!
This webinar will benefit everyone from finance professionals to elected officials, CAO’s, and municipal managers.
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