2017 Annual Conference

  

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

Hilton exterior

October 14, 2017 - October 18, 2017

Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls/Fallsview 

Scotiabank Convention Center

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada  

News

   

Conference News  

Conference Hotel:

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference is in the Scotiabank Convention Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October 2017! The conference hotel is the Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls/Fallsview. Check back regularly for updated information! The IMLA room block is NOW OPEN! To book a room call 1-866-873-9829 and use the group code IMLA or CLICK HERE to book your room online

Click here to view the dollar exchange information.


Passports:

Passports: AS OF JUNE 1, 2009: U.S. citizens will be required to present one of the following documents for entry into the United States by land or sea from Canada: US Passport Card or US Passport. CLICK HERE to read more. 

Phones: Don't get hit with international charges! Plan in advance. Below is some information on intentional plans, but be sure to call your cellular provider for information.

  • Verizon Wireless
    • International Travel Plan: $2 per day per device (Mexico and Canada are included without a daily fee on plan sizes 12 GB or larger.)
    • CLICK HERE for more information.
  • AT&T
    • AT&T Passport (valid for 30 days)
      • $40: Unlimited texting, $1.00 talk per minute, 200MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
      • $60: Unlimited texting, $0.50 talk per minute, 300MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
      • $120: Unlimited texting, $0.35 talk per minute, 800MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
  • Sprint
    • Open World (free)
      • Unlimited call
      • Unlimited text
      • 1 GB of high speed data (after that, $30 per GB)
  • T-Mobile
    • Simple Choice Plan
      • Unlimited calls
      • Unlimited texts

Other information:

Schedule

Conference Schedules

2017 Code Enforcement Program

Niagara Falls, Ontario, CanadaScotiabank Convention CenterOctober 14 & 15, 2017

The 82nd Annual Conference includes a special two day Code Enforcement Program, October 14 and 15, which is applicable to not only the city attorney and law department but also your code enforcement officials covering topics on:

Day 1:

Code Officer Safety

1 Hour

Speaker: Ashley M. Ulbricht, City Attorney from the City of Carmel, Indiana

Local Amendments to Model Codes

1 Hour

Speaker: David Wesner

Sign Enforcement

1 Hour

Speaker: Shannon T. O’Connor with Goldberg Segalla

Proactive vs. Reactive Rental Registration

1.5 Hours

Speaker: TBA

Criminal Abatement- Focus: Drug Abatement and Red Light Abatement

1.5 Hours

Speaker: Gabriela Brannon and Patricia Miranda, Deputy City Attorneys from the City of San Diego

TBA

1 Hour

TBA

1 Hour

Day 2: 

Mock trial

  

Click here to register!!

IMLA's ILGL Program

October 14, 2017

Niagara Falls, Ontario, CanadaScotiabank Convention Center

The 82nd Annual Conference includes a special Institute for Local Government Lawyers program on October 14, 2017.

The Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL) is a beginners-level program geared towards law students, attorneys new to local government, as well as seasoned attorneys who need a “refresher” in various general topics of local government law. Presenters are law school professors and/or local government lawyers with a vast amount of experience throughout the United States. The presentations will provide a broad overview on a number of topics of interest to local government attorneys and will be in a classroom-type setting including topics on:

  • Municipal Finance
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Sunshine Laws
  • Personnel and Employment Law
  • Land Use
  • Legal Ethics
  • Negotiation

CLICK HERE to view the tentative agenda.

Space is limited register early! Click here to register.

IMLA Events

IMLA Events

COMING SOON
COMING SOON

Whirlpool Golf CourseSaturday, October 14, 2017

Golf has been arranged for Saturday, October 14th at the Whirlpool Golf Course, right along the Niagara River.This is an award winning golf course designed by Stanley Thompson and we have arranged for a special rate of $55 CDN to play(includes a round of golf and a cart).CLICK HERE for more information on the course. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in reserving a spot.

IMLA's 2017 Annual World SeriesTuesday, October 17, 2017

The annual softball game will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at Oakes Park. A bus will pick up the participants at the hotel transport them to Oakes Park Field. At the end of the game, each participant will have the option to return by bus to the Hotel or be dropped off by bus at a local bar, Doc Magilligan's. All participants will receive a free softball jersey and cap. The organizing committee will supply softballs, bats, snacks, and drinks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Oakes Park. Each participant is encouraged to bring a glove and a jacket or sweatshirt, and must sign standard waiver forms required by IMLA. This is a free event, but bus seats will be given at a first come, first served basis.

Registration Coming Soon 

Niagara Bound Tours

www.NiagaraBoundTours.com

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905-685-5375 

Niagara Bound Tours was established in 2004 by Lezlie Harper. Lezlie started her work career in tourism as a busgirl. Over the years, that interest in tourism never waned. CLICK HERE for more information.

Four tours will be offered on tour days.

If you are interested in any of these tours, please fill out the Tour Day Request form and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before June 15, 2017.

If there are other destinations that you are interested in, please contact Niagara Bound Tours directly by email or telephone. 

Morning Runs

LN YI cindy 183 MosaicJoin Cindy Yi on a morning run before the IMLA sessions begin! More information and sign-up will be available soon!  

Cindy is an Associate in the Municipal, Land Use Planning and Development Law Group at Loopstra Nixon LLP, the largest full-service law firm in west Toronto. She represents a broad cross-section of public and private sector clients on a variety of municipal law matters throughout the province. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, and has run several Tough Mudder races, competed in powerlifting competitions, and enjoys long-distance running. She is also currently training for two marathons this year.

 CLICK HERE if you are interested in joining Cindy Yi for a run! Please return the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Registration

Conference Registration

CLICK HERE to register online!CLICK HERE to download the Conference form. Please email form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  2017ConferenceRegistrationForm002  Click here to register for ILGL Program.Click here to register for the Code Enforcement Program.

Sponsors

2017 Annual Conference Sponsors 

PLATINUM SPONSOR

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GOLD SPONSORS

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SILVER SPONSORS

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BRONZE SPONSOR

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BRONZE sponsor NFT Logo Stack with MCIT URL   

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable ones. If you are interested, please contact Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. At IMLA’s Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 600-800 attendees. 

Exhibitors

2017 Annual Conference Exhibitors

 

The exhibit cost for the conference is $2,750  ($1500 for not for profits). This registration includes set up for two representatives. One individual can have admission to all sessions, event materials, social events and all refreshment breaks. At IMLA'sConferences we generally get anywhere from 600-800 attendees.If interested in exhibiting at the 2017 Annual Conference, please e-mail Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel/Lodging

Conference Hotel

Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9, Canada

Tel: 905-354-7887

 

 

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview, a first class facility, in Ontario, Canada.

In order to secure this block of specially priced sleeping rooms and to keep meeting costs to a minimum, IMLA has entered into a total meeting package and contract with the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview. If you choose to make your sleeping room reservations outside the IMLA group block, such as through an Internet reservation system or with a discount coupon, we need to advise you that IMLA can suffer significant financial penalties. IMLA can be held financially responsible for the attrition or difference between what was promised in the group block and what was actually utilized.

To allow IMLA to continue to provide a reasonable conference registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Please take advantage of the special room rate and block of sleeping rooms we have negotiated and make your reservation.

The IMLA room block is NOW OPEN! To book a room call 1-866-873-9829 and use the group code IMLA or CLICK HERE to book your room online

CLICK HERE to read the passport and US vistor information

CLICK HERE to read about the hotel amenities 

 

Passports

Passports

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED: U.S. citizens will be required to present one of the following documents for entry into the United States by land or sea from Canada:

Please Note: Six Month Validity Passport Rule. As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. Canada now enforces the six month validity rule! CLICK HERE for more information.

1. U.S. Passport Card

  • Cost: $55 - Age 16 and older
  • $40 - Under age 16
  • $30 - For holders of U.S. passport
  • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
  • 5 years - Under age 16
  • Issued by: U.S. Department of State
  • Limitations: Not valid for international air travel

CLICK HERE to read more about the passport card.CLICK HERE to view fees and forms.

2. U.S. Passport

  • $135 - Age 16 and older
  • $105 - Under age 16
  • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
  • 5 years - Under age 16
  • Issued by: U.S. Department of State

Applying for a passport:

  • Where to apply: Must apply in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility (post office, clerk of court, etc.)
  • Processing time:
    • Routine Service: Approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.
    • Expedite Service: Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.

Renewing a passport:

  • Where to apply: submit application by mail
  • $110 - Age 16 and older

CLICK HERE to review the forms and fees.

Passport Photos:

"Bad photos are the #1 reason passport applications get held up during the application process"

CLICK HERE to read photo requirements.

CLICK HERE to read more about passport photos.

Transportation

How to Travel While You're in Canada

Airport to Hotel/Hotel to Airport

Your transportation to and from the airport is on your own, however, IMLA is working with Niagara Airbus and AVIS to provide IMLA members with discounted transportation!

Niagara Airbus: www.niagaraairbus.com (enter code 466 at the beginning of the booking)

  • Buffalo Airport (closest to hotel)
    • $97.00CAD- Round trip shuttle
    • $69.00CAD- One way
    • 10% discount on all private exclusive services
  • Toronto
    • $88.00CAD + hst- Round trip
    • $64.00CAD + hst- One way
    • 10% discount on all private exclusive services

Reservations can be made online or by calling the reservation line at 905-374-8111. Any questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The code (466) is valid for travel from October 7 - 25th, 2017.

CLICK HERE for information on booking online. 

AVIS: LINK

Avis Worldwide Discount or AWD number is J867718.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-331-1600 (Must give the agent the AWD number)

The AWD code is valid seven days prior to the event and seven days after the event. 

More information can be found HERE.

Hotel to Scotiabank Convention Center/Scotiabank Convention Center to Hotel

  • Walk: The Scotiabank Convnetion Center is only two blocks away!
  • Busses (free): Busses to and from the Scotiabank center will be circulating all day.

Hotel to Welcome Reception/Welcome Reception to Hotel

The Welcome Reception will take place at the brink of the falls!

  • Walk: The Welcome Reception is in walking distance of the hotels. Take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
  • Busses: Busses will be ciriculating. It will be a short trip (~5 minutes) to the location.