2020 AMO Conference identifier

PROGRAM proceedings

The AMO 2020 program included a combination of live-interactive and pre-recorded sessions. All conference proceedings are available for Conference delegates to view on-demand, which means, for the first time, delegates will have access to 100% of the program content to view at leisure.  You will require the same login you used to attend the virtual conference.

The 2020 AMO conference was delivered in partnership with TVO. AMO worked in partnership with the team at The Agenda with Steve Paikin - TVO’s flagship current affairs program—to deliver a virtual conference like no other. Important responsibilities at the conference, including hosting, MC and moderator roles, was provided by the team at The Agenda.

Some plenary sessions are available to view on this page.


Monday, August 17

8:15 am - 8:25 am: Welcome and AGM

AMO President Jamie McGarvey


8:25 am - 9:10 am:
Lital Marom, Innovation, Disruption and Municipal Government

COVID-19 is a big wake up call for most organizations and certainly for municipalities. It’s time to innovate and reconstruct their future or they will be left behind. Organizations need to make significant changes to their traditional business model in order to build their breakthrough, future-ready business.

In this virtual presentation, Lital Marom shares a new method of proactive leadership that is relevant to all leaders operating in today’s high-velocity, digital era of constant disruptive change.

9:10 am - 9:25 am: AMO Reports Out

9:35 am - 9:50 am: The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

9:50 am - 9:55 am: PJ Marshall Awards

10:30 am - 10:50 am: The Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health

10:50 am - 11:25 am:
Ministers' Forum #1: Supporting Community Well-being with Health, Social Services and Education 
  • Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Deputy Premier
  • Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General
  • Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education
  • Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues
  • Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care
  • Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

11:45 am - 1:00 pm:
Concurrent Sessions (see below)

Tuesday, August 18

8:15 am - 8:20 am: Welcome

8:20 am - 8:35 am: The Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

8:35 am - 9:25 am: Women's Leadership Forum
AMO is pleased and proud to host our first ever Women's Leadership Forum featuring these extraordinary leaders, moderated by a leader in Canadian broadcasting. This session will explore insights and perspectives of three of Canada's most influential and impactful public policy leaders.
Nora Young, Host, Spark, CBC Radio One
Nora Young, Host, Spark, CBC Radio One
Lisa Raitt, Former MP, Cabinet Minister & Opposition Leader
Lisa Raitt
Former MP, Cabinet Minister & Deputy Opposition Leader
Ava Hill, Former Chief,  Six Nations of the Grand River
Ava Hill
Former Chief,  Six Nations
of the Grand River
Janice Baker, recently retired Mississauga City Manager
Janice Baker
Recently retired Mississauga City Manager
9:25 am - 9:40 am: Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition

9:40 am - 9:45 am:
AMO Partner, Frank Cowan

9:45 am - 10:00 am:
Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario

10:00 am - 10:30 am:
Virtual Trade Show and Networking

Women's Networking Session

Join host City of Ottawa Councillor Theresa Kavanagh for AMO’s inaugural Women’s Networking Session. A guest appearance by Federal Minister Maryam Monsef and Provincial Minister Jill Dunlop this session is the place to be to support and move the dial forward on women in leadership.
10:30 - 10:35 am: Women of Influence in Municipal Government Award, Sponsored by Municipal World

Lynn Dollin, Mayor of Innisfil, Ontario
As part of its ongoing 2020 awards celebrating Women of Influence in Local Government, Lynn Dollin named next recipient of 2020 Women of Influence in Local Government Award.


10:35 am - 10:50 am: The Hon. Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure

10:50 am - 11:25 am:
Ministers' Forum #2: Infrastructure, Transit and Resource Development 
  • Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs
  • King Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation
  • Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy
  • John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

11:45 am - 1:00 pm:
Concurrent Sessions (see below)

Wednesday, August 19

8:15 am - 8:20 am:

8:20 am - 8:25 am: Address by AMO’s Incoming President
Graydon Smith, Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge and incoming AMO President

8:30 am - 9:10 am:
The Path to Economic Recovery in Ontario Panel 
This session will be moderated by TVO host and journalist Steve Paikin and will include a candid discussion with Finance Minister Rod Phillips, Retail Council of Canada President & CEO Diane J. Brisebois, and Ontario Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rocco Rossi.

9:10 am - 9:30 am:
The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Federal Gas Tax Awards

9:35 am - 9:50 am:
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

9:50 am - 10:00 am:

MOU Signing with Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

10:00 am - 10:30 am:
Virtual Trade Show and Networking

AMO’s Youth Engagement Networking Session

AMO is pleased to host its first virtual conference Youth Engagement Networking Session. For the second year, conference delegates are welcome to join discussions on issues and topics of importance around young, municipally and politically engaged individuals. Co-hosted by the 2020 AMO Youth Fellows, alongside the session’s host, City of Oakville Councillor and AMO’s Youth Advisory Council member, Jasvinder Sadhu, this session is an opportunity to connect, share and plan on strengthening the role of youth in Ontario’s municipal landscape. AMO is pleased to continue work on the Youth Engagement Strategy and looks forward to hosting opportunities such as this one.

10:31 am - 10:45 am:
Jamil Jivani, Advocate for Community Opportunities and Special Advisor to the Premier

Jamil Jivani, Advocate for Community Opportunities and Special Advisor to the PremierJamil Jivani is an award-winning author, activist and lawyer who has been appointed by the Premier of Ontario to lead important change in addressing inequity and racism in Ontario.  Appointed as the province’s Advocate for Community Opportunities, Mr. Jivani is working to build bridges between vulnerable communities and the government of Ontario.

In June, Mr. Jivani was given the additional responsibility of leading the Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity. In this role Mr. Jivani will focus on breaking down barriers for Black, Indigenous and racialized students to provide all students with an equal opportunity to succeed.  

As Mr. Jivani gives voice and action for Ontario’s disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities, his presentation at AMO will provide insight into his objectives and strategies for doing so. This insightful session is an opportunity for AMO delegates to understand the opportunities their role provides in moving this important change forward.

10:45 am - 11:20 am:
Ministers' Forum #3: Economic Recovery in Ontario
  • Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Rod Philips, Minister of Finance
  • Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board
  • Doug Downey, Attorney General
  • Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Businesses and for Red Tape Reduction
  • Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
  • Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services

11:20 am - 11:25 am:
Call to London, Host of AMO Conference 2021

11:25 am - 11:30 am:
Wrap Up

11:45 am - 1:00 pm:


Concurrent sessions included an interactive element in order to facilitate questions and answers with the speakers. Each session will then be recorded so that each delegate will be able to access every session offered. AMO makes every effort to provide timely and pressing topics. Topics AMO is currently exploring include:

COVID-19 Response: Early Lessons from the Municipal Front-Lines

Transforming Long-Term Care in Ontario: An Opportunity too Important to Miss

The COVID-19 Recovery: Municipal Services and Local Economic Recovery

From Concept to Reality - Transition to Full Producer Responsibility

Fighting Climate Change by Cutting Food Waste

The Green Recovery: The Municipal Role in Climate Change

The Future of 911

The Undeniable Need for Broadband Connectivity in a Pandemic World

Building Strong Relationships with Indigenous Communities

An Economic Perspective on Immigration and Youth Retention in a COVID-19 World

MPAC - Valuing Ontario Together

Hydro One: Our Business is You 

Data and Digital Governance