The third day of the APWA International Public Works Congress & Expo started with the 7:30 a.m. meeting of the Small Cities Rural Communities Town Hall Meeting. At 8:30 a.m. Past President Gottko introduced the Tuesday morning General Session speaker, Public Sector Advocate and Leadership Development Innovator,. Ian Hill. His presentation focused on “A Call to Action: What I’ve Learned about Leadership from the Canadians.” He stressed that to build a thriving community, there must be great infrastructure. Hill believes that the Canadians have shown great power in their alignment for forces working in the same direction for infrastructure. He also asked attendees to be their own advocates, to create an attitude shift where they are located. He called for public works leaders to talk about the “why, how, what” that they do every day for citizens, and asked attendees to align themselves with leaders in their areas to create a better outcome and cumulatively bring out new ideas to work change. He has also started a campaign on his website at Commitment.changingpoint.com.
Following the Opening General Session the Education Sessions began at 10:00 a.m. with topics that included APWA Certifications, Building Sustainability into Your Infrastructure Plan, Corridor Redevelopment to Improve Mobility, and MAP-21 – The Next Generation.
The Expo Hall also opened from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Exhibitor Solutions Theater, and There’s an App for That were featured. Also at 10 a.m., the Diversity Brunch and Center for Sustainability Roundtable also began as separate events.
More education sessions followed at 2 p.m. including topics such as A View from the Top – Leaning In: Women and Their Passion to Lead, Achieving Community Carbon Goals, All You Need to Know about Sustainable Site Initiatives, and Creating Livable Communities, Elevating Image: Executive Soft Skills and Professional Fleet Management in the later sessions.
The Chapter Dinners were the last events for the day as the APWA Chapter members went to network and enjoy the fine Toronto dining possibilities.