Community of Practice Meeting - November 29, 2016
The latest Asset Management Community of Practice meeting, on November 29, 2016 was attended by more than 65 people, with representation from nearly every Yukon municipality and First Nation government. The buzz around the room in the round-table session was one of progress and action, despite the fact that many communities are still at the very beginning of their asset management journey. The difficulty that almost all local governments were struggling with, and the main reason they had not progressed as far as they would have liked, was the issue of personnel capacity. Committed staff discussed the challenges of finding spare time in the midst of their workloads to try to get the first key tasks completed (i.e. develop an asset inventory, analyse the state of infrastructure, and forecast renewals). It was a valuable day of sharing knowledge, learning new things, and supporting each other.
The meeting included a roundtable update, presentations from other jurisdictions, and a small trade show. During the roundtable updates from every local government it was clear that, since the first community of practice meeting held in 2015, the level of knowledge and expertise in the room has grown exponentially. The Government of Yukon approach to Asset Management which provides funding, along with support and access to a community of practice, is working very well to support local governments in moving towards a culture of asset management.
Darla Campbell of the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure provided an interactive workshop that gave everyone the opportunity to experience asset management planning in action. Robin Hawker and Mike Homenuke of Kerr Wood Leidal joined Lou-Ann Watson, the Public Works Operations Administration Manager for Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, in presenting to the group on their award winning asset management program in Fort Nelson area.
The trade show held in conjunction with the meeting provided an opportunity for communities to connect with experienced Asset Management service providers. Bernadette OConnor and her colleagues at OPUS International (OPUS) , as well as Kerr Wood & Leidel (KWL), Associated Engineering (AE), TesserAct Associates and Fireseeds North Inc. seemed pleased to interact with the various members of local governments and territorial staff in Yukon.
Community Affairs are planning another meeting of the Community of Practice in early March.
Agenda for the November 29th meeting is located here.
Fall 2016 - Asset Management Update
Highlights from this Update include
- Asset Management and Sustainability Resources from the FCM
- Asset Management BC Newsletter – Fall 2016
- Asset Management BC 2016 Conference
- Community Update from Mayo
- Funding Program Update
- Next Community of Practice Meeting – November 29
- NEW* Discussion Board
Summer Asset Management Update
Here you will find excellent updates from our colleagues at the City of Whitehorse, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Sport and Recreation Branch of Yukon Government.
Please consider sending us a short update on your project, to include in the next update.
New Website for the Yukon Asset Management Community of Practice!
Welcome to the new webpage for the Yukon Asset Management Community of Practice. A big thank you to the Association of Yukon Communities for hosting this page. This website will become an information hub for all members of our community and will be full of resources to help you on your journey towards effective asset management.
If you have ideas for resources or content to add, please contact Damien Burns.
Yukon Asset Management Transfer Payment Agreement
Funding program is for Asset management-related activities that occur between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.
Funding Guide – Everything First Nations and municipalties need to know to apply for up to $40,000 in asset management funding.
Application Form – Due with all attachments.
AssetSMART Self-Assessment Tool – a tool for governments to assess their capacity as it pertains to managing assets (developed by Asset Management BC). A completed self-assessment is required with an application and final report for this funding.