2015 North American Snow Conference

April 12-15, 2015, Grand Rapids, MI

 

 The North American Snow Conference is renowned for its top notch
education program and now is your chance to be a part of it!


What topics are we looking for?

The North American Snow Conference offers education to public works snowfighters and those that support them. The conference provides opportunities for more than 40 education sessions, roundtable discussions, and technical tours.  We are looking for speakers with new perspectives, solid best practices and/or innovative twists to the usual winter maintenance topics:

  • Clever solutions to age-old problems
  • Best practices for winter maintenance planning and operations
  • Anti-icing techniques and tips
  • Chemical usage and selection
  • Environmental impacts of winter maintenance practices
  • GPS/AVL uses
  • Snowfighting equipment
  • Strategies for plowing and disposal
  • Effective operator training programs
  • Community outreach/citizen interaction
  • Winter fleet operations
  • Emergency management of severe winter events


Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline: The 2015 Call for Presentations closed on September 26, 2014. Submitters will be notified in December 2014 whether or not their proposals were selected for presentation.
  • Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate exactly how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. Instructions for developing appropriate learning objectives are included on the online form.
  • Session Length: Most presentations at this conference are 50 minutes in length although there are some opportunities for longer sessions.
  • No Sales-Pitches Please: Direct promotions of products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate education sessions. APWA members are traditionally vocal in their displeasure with sessions that appear to be sales presentations or promotions. APWA audiences prefer sessions that present case studies from the user perspective.
  • Registration and travel expenses: Speakers at APWA’s North American Snow Conference are also considered attendees of the event and are expected to pay their own travel expenses and the appropriate member or non-member registration fee. If you plan to only attend on the day of your presentation, you may qualify for a complimentary single-day registration.
  • Paid Professional Trainers and Speakers are welcome to use the Online Submission Form, but be sure to check the “paid speaker” box.

 


How Are Presentations Selected?

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of public works/winter maintenance professionals. The evaluation process is competitive based on these criteria:

(1) Relevance and Clarity (learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs indicating exactly what the benefit would be to the learners);

(2) Practical Application (presentation provides take-away knowledge material that can used by the learners in their day-to-day work settings);

 (3) Leading-edge (presentation addresses critical issues, emerging trends, innovative methods and technologies.)