Adapting your municipality’s budget in a time of crisis

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The current pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our local economies. Local governments now face the tough decisions of how to allocate their increasingly reduced budgets, all while supporting the local economy and ensuring everyone's health and safety. 

To shed light on this issue, Andrea Reimer and three local government and engagement experts will discuss stakeholder and public engagement practices to help local governments make more informed, better budgeting decisions to build stronger communities.

Join us to learn:

  • How to adapt your budget to the current situation
  • Why engaging your public around budget decisions is more important now than ever
  • How to engage stakeholders and the public with scarce resources, from the safety of their homes.

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Meet our guests


Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten

Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten, also known as Dustin Rivers, is an Indigenous Canadian politician and First Nations leader in British Columbia. He is serving his first term as councillor for the Squamish Nation Council. He also serves on numerous Council committees including Finance & Audit, Governance, and Human Resources. He is the chair of the Planning & Capital Projects Committee, and acts as deputy chair for both the Rights & Title Committee and the Climate Action Task Force. 


Rebecca Alty

Rebecca is the Mayor of Yellowknife. She has served as a City Councillor for the past six years, in addition to acting as the Manager of Communications and Community Relations for the Diavik Diamond Mine. Prior to joining Diavik, she worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on communications and community engagement.

John Richardson

John Richardson

John is the founder and CEO of Ethelo, and has worked to support local governments and public agencies in a broad variety of public engagement processes across Canada. John invented the Ethelo algorithms, which enable groups to find broadly supported solutions to complex and contentious decision problems.

Meet our host

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer

Andrea spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU.

Why you should watch

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Adapt your budget to the current situation

It's never been more challenging to balance and act upon budget priorities; the key right now is to engage well, so that you're not facing backlash later

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Building resilient, stronger communities

Engaging residents and stakeholders helps identify priorities and make better, more informed decisions during these confusing times


Learn how to get buy-in for contentious budget decisions

It is possible to engage the public with scarce resources in an accessible and equitable manner. Join us to learn more


What is Ethelo?

Ethelo is an online platform that empowers groups to collaborate on decisions. Ethelo helps communities focus collective intelligence to reach the best decisions quickly and fairly.

Ethelo's unique technology enables groups to analyze millions of possible solutions, producing smart results that everyone can support. Ethelo allows organizations to break the ceiling on the maximum size of effective groups, scaling group intelligence with group size.

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