Shawn Kanungo

We are on the Brink of  a Revolution (pdf)

Shawn Kanungo is a Disruption Strategist and Digital Transformation Specialist. In this keynote presentation, Mr. Kanungo shares insights with AMO delegates on how municipal governments can embrace innovation and continuously adapt to an ever-evolving digital environment.



Nik Nanos

Citizens Perspectives on the Municipal Election (pdf)

What’s on people’s radar in advance of the 2018 Ontario municipal election? Chair of Nanos Research Nik Nanos shares all in this keynote presentation on the results of recent public opinion polling focused on current and emerging municipal issues.


Patrick LeBlond

International Trade Agreements and Municipal Governments

Patrick Leblond, Associate Professor and CN-Paul Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa, briefed AMO delegates on the current state of international trade agreements and the implications for municipal governments in Ontario. The session was followed by a lively question and answer session reflecting a strong interest in what are very topical issues in Canada today.


Paul Harrietha

Assessing the OMERS Plan for Future Needs

Paul Harrietha, CEO of the OMERS Sponsors Corporation, briefed AMO delegates on the OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review and consultation current underway. The $95 billion OMERS plan is fundamentally important to municipal governments and their employees. The current review by the Sponsors Corporation Board is intended to ensure that the OMERS plan remains financially sustainable; affordable for employers and employees; and a meaningful benefit for plan members.


Cannabis and Communities - the Here and Now

Cannabis legalization is quickly approaching. Cannabis legalization experts from the Ontario government, police and municipal governments discuss recent developments in Ontario’s approach to recreational cannabis legalization and how municipalities can best prepare in best interest of their communities. The panel is moderated by Ottawa Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and features:

Renu Kulendran, Executive Director of the Ontario Cannabis Secretariat
David Mitchell, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services;
-          Nicole Stewart, Executive Lead on the Cannabis Relation Implementation Project, Ministry of Finance;
-          Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Regional Police and OAPC Past President;
-          Joy Hulton, Regional Solicitor, Regional Municipality of York; and
-          Ray Callery, CAO, Town of Greater Napanee


Message from the FCM President Vicki-May Hamm


Remarks from Ontario Grand Chief Roseanne Archibald, Chiefs of Ontario

Municipal governments and First Nations can advance shared interests and address mutual concerns by working together and building relationships. Newly-elected Ontario Regional Chief Roseanne Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation addresses AMO delegates for her first time to promote municipal-Indigenous relations on the ground and as neighbours .