TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - About 1,900 participants from hundreds of municipalities and organizations from across Ontario will participate in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's 2018 AMO Conference, August 19 to 22 at the Shaw Centre and Westin in Ottawa.

AMO President Lynn Dolin addresses delegates at 2017 AMO AGM
AMO President Lynn Dolin addresses delegates at 2017 AMO AGM

AMO's annual conference is Ontario's top educational forum for municipal governments. This year, the program features more than 70 sessions and workshops reflecting the broad scope of municipal responsibilities. Keynote presenters include:
  • Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario NDP and Official Opposition
  • John Fraser, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
  • Nik Nanos, Founder/CEO, Nanos Research Corporation
  • Lynn Dollin, AMO President (finishing two-year term)
  • Incoming AMO President (to be announced)
The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to work together to address shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in over 300 delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries. Provincial ministers will also take questions from municipal elected officials in an open forum.

Key session topics include cannabis legalization, trade, indigenous relations, climate change and disaster preparedness, waste diversion, ambulance dispatch, emerging technologies and Smart Cities, the 2018 municipal election, rural economic development, and much more.

Program details are available online.

All media are required to register in Room 201 at the Shaw Centre. Attending media are encouraged to book accommodation as soon as possible, if needed. Reporters can access key conference information and build an itinerary through the AMO mobile app.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances 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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