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Municipal Finance Authority
Unit #217 - 3680 Uptown Boulevard, Victoria, BC V8Z 0B9
Phone: (250) 419-4762
Website: www.mfa.bc.ca
The Municipal Finance Authority operates under its own Act, as the central borrowing agency for the financing of long-term and short-term capital requirements of regional districts and their member municipalities, regional hospital districts and other special purpose municipal bodies. The MFA issues its own securities, and obligations of the MFA are not obligations of the Province of BC and are not guaranteed, directly or indirectly, by the Province. The MFA is a stand alone organization, owned by its Members (clients). MFA is self-supporting, and pays its operating costs from fees charged on its programs - not from taxation of its Members. It does not require nor receive operational support from any senior level of government.


BC Assessment BCWWA
Ministry of Comm. Sport & Cultural Development PWABC
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Box 9838 Stn Prov Gov, Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/cd/

Our mission is to promote sustainable, liveable communities that provide healthy and safe places for British Columbians. 

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development brings together key government services and supports needed to make B.C. communities great places to live. Our goal is to help local governments and residents build vibrant, green and healthy communities that are well-governed, liveable, economically-resilient, socially-responsible, and full of opportunities for participation in sport and the arts.

The GFOA gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

BC Assessment
400-3450 Uptown Boulevard, Victoria, BC V8Z 0B9
Phone: (250) 595-6211 Fax: (250) 595-6222
Website: www.bcassessment.ca

BC Assessment's business is to provide a stable and predictable base for real property taxation in British Columbia. To meet its goal, BC Assessment completes an annual Assessment Roll, and produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments for all property owners in the province. Property assessments form the basis for local and provincial taxation. BC Assessment is guided by its commitment to: Quality in its products, services, and work life; Accountability for its actions and results; Service that is responsive and sensitive; and Teamwork in working together as one team and partnering with its clients.
BCWWA - BC Water & Waste Association
620-1090 W. Pender St., Vancouver, BC V6E 2N7
Phone: (604) 433-4389
Website: www.bcwwa.org
BCWWA is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to safeguard public health and the environment on matters related to water and wastewater. We facilitate networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for water and wastewater industry professionals in BC and the Yukon. We also provide a voice for the waster and waste community through linkages with government and other organizations, public outreach activities and advocacy.
600 - 925 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
Phone: (604) 688-5421
Website: www.bdo.ca
Bill Cox  Ph: (604) 443-4716
Dawn Wedman  Ph: (604) 443-4712
Providing audit and financial advisory services to British Columbia municipalities for over 50 years.
777 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1K3
Telephone: (604) 691-3000 Fax: (604) 691-3031
Website: www.kpmg.com
KPMG provides Audit, Tax, and Advisory services and industry insight to help organizations manage risk and performance in the dynamic and challenging environments in which they do business.

KPMG combines our multi-disciplinary approach with deep, practical industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and respond to opportunities.
PWABC - Public Works Association of BC
102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2R5
Telephone: 1-877-356-0699
Website: www.pwabc.ca

PWABC is a non-profit society registered in B.C. It is affiliated with the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) and is a chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The organization exists to serve its members by providing opportunities for mutual support, education and professional development. It does this through workshops, newsletters, teleconferences and an annual technical conference. Details of up-coming opportunities may be found in the Event Calendar accessible from this page.

We believe in the philosophy of mutual support among our members through the development of lasting friendships, the sharing of experiences and the exchange of information province-wide regarding problems and solutions.



AON Capri Insurance Services
CaseWare CIBC Wood Gundy
CPA Econics
Mercer MIA  
MNP Valkyrie
Young Anderson  
Municipal Insurance Association
Unit #390 – 1050 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W9
Phone: (604) 683-6266 Fax: (604) 683-6244
Website: www.miabc.org

The Municipal Insurance Association is member owned and operated, and contributes to the financial security of local governments in British Columbia by providing broad liability insurance coverage at stable and best value costs as well as risk management services which assist members to identify and minimize risks and prevent and manage losses.  90% of local governments are members.
 Suite 1200, 401 West George Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5A1
 Phone: (604) 688-4442 Fax: (604) 682-4026
Website: www.aon.com

We are a global team of risk management and human capital consulting professionals serving our local provincial governmental, quasi-governmental, civil, social and educational clients. We use cutting-edge, creative and forward-thinking techniques to respond to risk related needs and to address the unique challenges of rapidly developing social and economic conditions today, and for tomorrow.

While Aon Risk Solutions provides Risk and Insurance through over 100 professionals within  client management, brokerage, claims consulting, risk control, and actuarial consulting areas, Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. Moreover, our national group is part of a global network of public sector practices that includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. Aon professionals in these countries share information and insights enabling our clients to remain informed of public sector trends and issues from a global to a local perspective.
 Young Anderson
1616 - 808 Nelson Street, Box 12147, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2
Phone: (604) 689-7400 Fax: (604) 689-3444
Website: www.younganderson.ca

Young, Anderson provides a full spectrum of legal services to some of the largest and smallest local governments in British Columbia. We are distinguished by our concentration on local government law and by the depth and diversity of experience of our lawyers in that field.
Our work reflects the wide variety of issues addressed by local governments. In addition to advising our clients on local government bylaws, council and board procedure, land use control, property taxation, and expropriation, our lawyers have experience in all fields in which local governments are involved including real estate, corporate and business law, employment law, tendering and construction law, native law, environmental law, human rights and freedom of information and privacy protection. In short, we are a full-service law firm in local government law.
Mercer Canada
Bentall 5, 550 Burrard St, Suite 900, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S8
Phone: (604) 683-6761 Fax: (604) 683-4639

Since our founding in Vancouver in 1945, Mercer has been committed to providing valuable, client focused consulting advice. Today, Mercer is a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and investment services. Mercer consultants help clients design and manage health, retirement and other benefits and optimize human capital. The firm also provides customized administration, technology and total benefit outsourcing solutions.  Mercer’s investment services include global leadership in investment consulting and multi-manager investment management. Mercer’s global network of more than 20,000 employees, based in over 40 countries, helps ensure integrated, worldwide solutions.  Our consultants work with clients to develop solutions that address global and country-specific challenges and opportunities.
 CaseWare International

Who We Are - CaseWare is a leading supplier of software solutions to accountants and auditors worldwide. Founded in Toronto in 1988, CaseWare is the dominant provider of mission-critical accounting and auditing software used by domestic and global accounting firms and a leading provider of auditing software to governments, tax authorities and corporations. Our customers use CaseWare products to prepare, review and audit financial statements, manage client engagements, conduct detailed audit and fraud detection tests, track time and billings and support overall practice management.

Committed to the Community - CaseWare International and its employees are committed to serving the community by partnering with local charities.

Capri Insurance Services Ltd.
100 - 1500 Hardy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8H2
Phone: (250) 860-2426  Fax: (250) 860-1213
Contact: Paula Garrecht  Email: pgarrecht@capri.ca
Website: www.capri.ca

Capri began in Kelowna in 1975 with a handful of staff, and has grown to become one of the largest independent brokers in Western Canada with over 280 staff in 11 offices.  We have partnered with the Frank Cowan Company to deliver Cowan Public Entity insurance to the municipal and local government sector.  Our staff have extensive experience identifying and managing risk for insurable and non-insurable exposures derived from years of providing guidance to many of the major municipal risks in British Columbia.  Some of the keys to our success include specially tailored Property & Liability coverages, including Errors & Omissions and Environmental Liability, risk management and educational seminars and publications, contract review and risk transfer support, and construction insurance services.
CIBC Wood Gundy - Kits Investment Group
Suite 2434, 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V7X 1K8
Phone: (604) 806-5523
Website: www.cibcwg.com/gary-kits

Since 1996, the Kits Investment Group has been dedicated to providing truly leading edge customized investment advice and solutions to BC Municipal, Corporate and Institutional Investors . . Kits Investment Group has made a Strategic Decision to focus on a select client list consisting almost entirely of BC Municipal, Corporate and Institutional clients. This Strategy allows us to allocate the time necessary to doing the job right . . . Our team has the experience, credentials, products, and advice to provide you with world class investment advice and solutions.
Chartered Professional Accountants
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (CA)  1-800-663-2677 or Phone (CMA) 1-800-663-9646
Website: http://bccpa.ca/

In BC, the legacy professional accounting bodies - the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC), the Certified General Accountant Association of BC (CGA-BC) and the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC (CMABC) have signed a merger agreement and are working together with the Provincial government to establish CPABC. The CPABC is responsible for the training and certification of CPA students. Under the upcoming CPABC legislation, CPABC will also be responsible for the regulating and professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through its ethical standards and discipline processes.

1084 Gosper Crescent, Victoria, BC V9A 4J3
Phone: (250) 590-8143
Website: www.econics.com

Econics are water sustainability specialists. We work with provincial governments, local governments, utilities, and other organizations. We specialize in governance, policy, demand management, utility rate setting, community engagement and source protection. Our WaterWorthTM software suite is a toolbox full of tools that we use to manage large amounts of data. We are like mechanics for water service providers. We look under the hood, find out what’s going on, and help our clients make informed decisions. Because our services are standardized, we keep our costs low and our clients know exactly what they will get when they buy from us.
96 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L5
Phone: (250) 753-8251 Fax: (250) 754-3999
Contact: Cory Vanderhorst  Assurance Services
Contact: Peter Guo Advisory Services
Website: www.mnp.ca

At MNP, we care about the sustainability of local government organizations, as we live and work in the same communities as you. National in scope, and local in focus, MNP is a full-service chartered accountancy and business advisory firm with 15 offices throughout BC. MNP's government services specialists currently provide support to more than 20 municipalities and regional districts in the Province. Through partner-led engagements, our teams deliver traditional audit, accounting and advisory services as well as specialized expertise in facilitation, economic development, governance and accountability, performance audit, training, enterprise risk management, strategic planning, project management, internal audit and engaging First Nations communities.

At MNP it starts with a relationship. Find out what we can do for you, visit mnp.ca to locate an MNP office near you, or view the contacts above.

Valkyrie Law Group
1495 Keith Road West, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1Y9
Phone: (604) 633-1064  Fax: (250) 860-1213
Website: www.valkyrielaw.com

Valkyrie Law Group offers a full suite of responsive and innovative solicitor and litigation services to local governments. We have advised on novel local government service provision, such as through municipal corporations, revitalization tax exemptions and the establishment of community energy systems, as well as on council procedures, conflict of interest, bylaw enforcement, tax sale disputes, remedial action orders, and environmental appeals. We are experienced with drafting and advising on contract matters, such as municipal service contracts, inter-governmental agreements, partnering agreements with First Nations and other public and private bodies; privacy and access to information; planning and land development; expropriation; covenants, statutory rights of way, leases; licenses; procurement matters and construction contracts.


Fairtax National Bank Financial - Jeffrey Scoten
Pacific Blue Cross Phillips, Hager & North
Royal Bank Temple (MAIS)
Urban Systems  
Phillips, Hager & North
Waterfront Centre, 20th Floor,
200 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3N5
Phone: (604) 408-6100 Fax: (604) 685-5712
Website: www.phn.com
Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management is among Canada's leading institutional asset managers.  Our values, principles and investment disciplines have stood the test of many market cycles and, today, continue to underpin the investment solutions we are able to deliver to our government clients, as well as the high quality service that has been the unwavering hallmark of our approach for almost 50 years.
Temple Consulting Group Ltd. (MAIS)
101B-8575 Government Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 4V1
Phone: (604) 444-9188 Fax: (604) 444-9131
Website: www.templeconsultinggroup.com
With over 20 years of municipal experience, Temple Consulting Group provides software solutions to local governments that facilitates information management, including financials, permitting applications, land management and eGovernment solutions. Now we are introducing our latest addition: MAISeREC, our park and recreational centre software, the complete community management tool.
Pacific Blue Cross
4250 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4W6
Phone: (604) 419-2101  Fax: (604) 419-2163
Website: www.pac.bluecross.ca
Pacific Blue Cross has been British Columbia's leading benefits provider for over 70 years. Our comprehensive understanding of health care fuels our commitment to service.
National Bank Financial - Jeffrey Scoten
2121 160th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 9N6
Phone: (604) 541-6526  Fax: (604) 541-4949
Website: http://advisors.nbfwm.ca/en/jeffrey-scoten
Contact: Jeff Scoten  Email: Jeffrey.Scoten@nbc.ca
The Jeff Scoten Group, in partnership with National Bank Financial, provides full service wealth management advice and services to municipalities, business owners, professionals, retirees and institutional organizations.

Jeff and his team have extensive cash management and fixed income experience. As a Vice-President with National Bank Financial, Jeff and his team have been helping clients achieve their investment goals for over 15 years.

We welcome the opportunity to meet to understand your unique needs and provide customized financial advice and solutions.

Urban Systems
550 - 1090 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2W9
Phone: (604) 235-1701
Website: www.urbansystems.ca

Urban Systems has always been committed to improving the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work.  Our team offers a broad range of professional expertise in the fields of civil engineering, community planning and landscape architecture.  Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we work with clients to develop practical, affordable solutions to their unique project challenges.  In today’s competitive environment our clients are expected to achieve greater results with fewer resources than ever before.  It is within these challenging conditions that our people thrive; we are known for out-of-the-box thinking and innovative problem solving that often results in significant financial savings for our clients.
Royal Bank
Phone: (604) 575-3397
Website: www.rbcroyalbank.com/publicsector
Contact: Doug Pascoe

Whether you’re looking to optimize treasury management functions, capital investments, or gain insight into emerging trends that will impact the future of your municipality, RBC will work with you to develop a plan that takes every aspect of your goals and long term vision into consideration including:
• Share our industry-specific knowledge and experience
• Deliver advice and solutions to help your municipal government save money, seize opportunities, and reduce risk
• Be your direct connection to public sector specialists within RBC



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Victoria, BC V8W 1J5

Tel: 250-382-6871

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Member Services Manager

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