The Town of Cochrane opened the doors to the Cochrane RancheHouse last week, as host to the Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ caucus.
Following an afternoon of formal meetings and discussion, attendees were treated to the Cochrane Soiree. This event showcased the Cochrane RancheHouse and provided a taste of Cochrane, with displays featuring some of Cochrane’s internationally focused high-tech community, tasting tables from Cochrane’s specialty liquor producers, and dinner provided by a selection of Cochrane’s local, independent restaurants. Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Shaye Anderson, delivered a keynote addressed at the Soiree.
Students from Cochrane High School provided attendees with an overview of their solar initiative, while local musicians Forest Muran and Martin Russell entertained attendees by piano and guitar.
“Through the generous sponsorship from our community partners, the Town of Cochrane was able to host this milestone event at no cost to the Town,” said Mayor Genung. “The Cochrane Soiree and Caucus meetings were presented by TransCanada and Urban Systems (platinum sponsors), with support from Caron & Partners LLP (gold sponsor). We would also like to acknowledge Southland Transportation, who provided shuttle services for our guests between the hotels and the RancheHouse.”
Cochrane Soiree event participants included 4iiii Innovations Inc, Eco-Growth Environmental Inc, FibreWest, Garmin Canada, mcThings and Velocity Networks.
Day two of the caucus brought the four major political party leaders to Cochrane, where they presented to caucus attendees and were invited to sit at the table to respond to questions from caucus Mayors. Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel spoke first, followed by Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, and Premier Rachel Notley.
“Cochrane hosted a world class event that allowed us to showcase the natural beauty of our surroundings, the hospitality of the RancheHouse, and the professionalism of our staff,” added Genung. “I’m extremely proud.”
The Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ Caucus is comprised of 22 urban centers, 35 provincial constituencies and a population of nearly one million Albertans. Collectively, the caucus develops strategies to respond to matters of mutual concern and advocates for the needs of Alberta’s mid-sized municipalities.
Photo galleryVideo of leaders’ speeches: YouTube.com/TownofCochrane