Christina Benty is the former mayor of Golden, British Columbia and retired after having served 12 years in local government. In addition to her lived experience in the political arena, she studied political science and completed her Masters of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University with an organizational leadership project on community engagement and asset management for the Town of Golden. Christina considers herself an asset management evangelist and firmly believes that asset management is no longer a luxury for local governments who have time and resources to put toward the process; it is a necessity. With aging infrastructure that needs renewing and replacing, one of the more complex conversations that communities need to have is about how to become sustainable and what decisions are required to go down that path. Christina believes that asset management is a team sport that involves not only the staff responsible for the management of the assets, but also elected officials, residents, and businesses. She assists teams in building a culture of excellence in leadership and asset management, and supports local governments in engaging with their communities on service delivery realities and the financial pressures that accompany them.
Executive Director / Mentor at NAMS Canada
Nicole is the Executive Director of NAMS Canada, and has delivered asset management training and support to municipalities and government organisations across Western Canada since 2011. Nicole is a civil engineer, having graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She has wide-ranging experience working in the areas of strategic planning, asset management, transportation, and land development. Nicole has worked extensively in both the rural and the urban sectors throughout western Canada and beyond.
Larry Sparks is a business coach, consultant, and project manager with roots in Saskatoon, SK and Golden, BC. He is a passionate entrepreneur and self-professed nerd with a penchant for cloud-based collaboration, as well as productivity and communication tools. When not in the office, Larry is likely out nurturing new ideas with his young family, riding his bike, or kayaking on the Kicking Horse River.
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