08/18/2010

Windsor, Ontario August 18, 2010. The AMO named Michael Fenn to the AMO Honour Roll on August 17 at the 2010 AMO Conference in Windsor.
Fenn was recognized for distinguished service in municipal government, the Ontario government and the broader public sector.

“Michael is an effective negotiator, concept creator and leader,” said Peter Hume, immediate Past President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).  “As a municipal administrator, Michael developed new and innovative means of delivering services in the communities he worked and his vast contribution to municipal government includes instrumental roles implementing innovative social housing reforms and a more permissive Municipal Act.”  

The new Municipal Act (2006), the first new Municipal Act in 150 years, provided municipal governments greater autonomy and the flexibility to meet community needs.  It replaced prescriptive municipal authorities with much broader and more permissive powers.  

Fenn is known for bringing customer-focused innovation to the delivery of public services and many government enacted policy changes have benefited from his expertise.  He presently serves as interim CEO for the Canadian Urban Institute and is a Board Member to the Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO), a not-for-profit corporation created by AMO to ensure that its OMERS representatives are well-resourced and supported by leading pension expertise.

Fenn’s municipal career includes service as the City Manager of Burlington and the CAO of Hamilton-Wentworth Region having started his municipal career in northern Ontario.  He was an Ontario Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing and Community Safety for seven years, following which he served as CEO of several Crown agencies.  

AMO’s Honour Roll recognizes people who have gone beyond their normal roles and responsibilities and who have stepped up to represent municipal governments provincially and nationally, advocating for the betterment of municipal government and our service to communities.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system. 

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