After much deliberation, and in complete consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RUSA Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Health, Safety and Utilities Conference.
For the first time since 1973, our annual conference will not occur and this was not taken lightly, however the Board cannot place the Association in fiscal jeopardy by hosting our event in such unprecedented times.
With our main delegation coming from municipalities who themselves are facing unpredictable futures and are in cost-saving mode to ensure the provision of services to their ratepayers, we are aware that expenses, such as conference, are being cut back.
Ultimately, the Board understands that with many of our delegates not being able to attend the 2020 conference, and that viability / sustainability must be held in account, hosting the conference would be detrimental for our Association.
To that end, the Board is working hard to bring our Members and our delegates something to look forward to.We will be back in 2021.We have been working with our venue host to ensure space for the 2021 Health, Safety and Utilities Conference is secured and that we can provide what our delegates want and need to do their jobs with safety in mind, as always.
To our RUSA Members, you paid your membership dues at the 2019 conference for 2020 and, as such, the Board has made the executive decision that your memberships will be transferred to 2021.
Further, as an Association, we are bound by the requirement to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year.The Board is working on a platform to host that meeting virtually before the end of 2020 as required.You will receive notification, through email, of the date and time and instructions to attend the meeting.It is expected that we will not attempt to host any in-person meetings whatsoever in 2020, to ensure the safety of our Members and the Board personnel.
Please stay tuned as we work out all the details regarding the AGM, voting proxy, elections, Association needs, etc.
Stay well, be safe and see you soon.
RUSA President and Board of Directors
Operating since 1973, RUSA is an association made up of rural municipalities, counties, towns, special areas and villages dedicated to the safer working conditions for contractors and the public in general when working near any utility, and in the long term, lower costs to municipalities.
RUSA represents and supports our members in areas of professional development, safety, uniform interpretation and application of appropriate legislation. Originally RUSA was founded for the installation of natural gas in Alberta.
Our mandate is to ensure the safety of contractors, workers, the public and future generations when near any utility in the municipality.
RUSA Mailing address: #235, 4819C-48 Ave, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 3T2
RUSA works closely with the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) to promote and enhance workplace health and safety for all municipalities located in rural and urban Alberta.