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Overseas Exchange Program


In partnership with the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), LGMA is now accepting applications for the 2019/20 Overseas Manager Exchange Program. 

Review the program overview, conditions and application form and submit your application to office@lgma.ca before Friday, May 3, 2019

  •  Review the 2018 Manager's Exchange Report by Matt Vader (coming soon)


Open to LGMA regular members, this program is one of a range of LGMA initiatives that provide leadership and development opportunities specifically tailored to the local government environment. It provides an opportunity for local government managers to focus on their management skills, competencies, and knowledge as well as their career development in local government through a two-week exchange with a partner manager in New Zealand.

The exchange visits are timed around the Annual Conference of each host association to allow both managers to attend these events. The successful LGMA manager will travel to New Zealand for two weeks in September 2019 to attend the SOLGM Annual Summit (September 26-27 in Napier) and to visit local governments in that country; in return, the successful participant will host an exchange partner from New Zealand who will come to British Columbia for two weeks to attend the LGMA Conference in June 2020 and visit local governments in BC. 


The program covers the costs of a return economy airfare for one participant from his/her home in British Columbia to the hosting local government in New Zealand and incidental overnight accommodation associated with that travel to a maximum of $5,000 CDN. It also provides for the participant's registration fees and accommodations for the SOLGM Summit. Any costs above this amount are the responsibility of the participant. Some conditions apply including that the selected manager: submit a post-exchange report focusing on the substantive management policies, technical and community lessons observed for potential application to British Columbia local government; identify specific opportunities to ensure those lessons are transmitted to the LGMA membership and local governments in BC; and may be asked to participate in a panel discussion on local government overseas or deliver a short presentation at the SOLGM Annual Summit.   


Since its inception, several LGMA members have benefited from the program and through this professional, personal, and cultural experience have returned to their organizations inspired and armed with a better perspective and increased knowledge of local government. Some of the key benefits are:

  • an opportunity to discuss and share ideas with a manager from overseas on issues concerning local government and identify how they are being addressed; 
  • an awareness of "best practices" being employed by your host local government and deeper understanding of your own local government issues; and
  • networking and establishing long-lasting relationships.

...and here's what past participants have said:

"New ideas brought back to Council and our staff challenged our assumptions about how things 'must' be done."

"The exchange, for me, has built a bridge within the global community of local government and inspired me to seek new solutions to old problems."



2018-19 Overseas Exchange Candidate

Matt Vader, Manager of Strategic & Support Services, District of Lake Country, was the successful 2018-19 LGMA representative. Matt attended the SOLGM Summit in September 2018, and in turn, will host Glenn Young, Utility Manager, Manawatu District Council, for two weeks in June 2019.  

2017-18 Overseas Exchange Candidate

Regina Sadilkova, Director of Development Services, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, was selected as the 2017-18 LGMA representative for the British Columbia-New Zealand Overseas Exchange Program.  Regina travelled to New Zealand to attend the SOLGM Conference in September 2017, and in turn will host Liam Nolan, Head of Vertical Capital Delivery and Professional Services-City Services with Christchurch City Council, for two weeks in May 2018.  

2016-17 Overseas Exchange Candidate

Rob Buchan, CAO, District of North Saanich, was selected as the 2016-17 LGMA representative for the British Columbia-New Zealand Overseas Exchange Program.  Rob travelled to New Zealand to attend the SOLGM Conference in September 2016, and in turn will host Fiona McTavish, General Manager Strategy, Bay of Plenty Regional Council for two weeks in May 2017.  

2015-16 Overseas Exchange Candidate

Linda Berg, Director of Operations, Haisla Nation Council, was selected as the 2015-16 LGMA representative for the British Columbia-New Zealand Overseas Exchange Program.  Linda travelled to New Zealand to attend the SOLGM Conference in November 2015, and in turn, will host her partner Sue Davidson of New Plymouth District in New Zealand for two weeks in June 2016.

2014-15 Overseas Exchange Candidate

Mark Koch of the District of Lake Country and Ryan Smith of the City of Kelowna(joint application) were selected as the 2014-15 LGMA representatives for the British Columbia- New Zealand Overseas Exchange Program.  Mark and Ryan travelled to New Zealand to attend the SOLGM Conference in November 2014, and in turn will host Fiona Greenhill from South Taranaki District Council in Hawera, New Zealand for two weeks in June 2015. 


 Past Manager Overseas Exchange Program Reports:

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