The 2019 AMO Conference, Municipalities: Ontario’s Frontline, promises to be a great opportunity to connect with your municipal colleagues from across Ontario.  With expert keynotes, 20+ concurrent educational sessions, political leaders, over 100 industry exhibitors, and access to Provincial Ministers, the AMO Conference is your one-stop-shop for brushing up on current municipal issues and networking.  Image of conference identifier - Municipalities: Ontario's Frontline

Day 1: Sunday, August 18, 2019

9:00 AM Pre-Conference Clinics (please note these sessions are add-ons to your Conference Registration)
  1. Communications 101 for Elected Officials This half-day session will cover: general theory on why media is important; the different types of media; the changing media landscape; what makes news and why; interview preparation and how to answer questions well; and how to deliver strong photo and video messages.
  2. Codes of Conduct Clinic Codes of conduct serve a number of purposes. One is to help establish and clearly communicate the sort of behaviors prioritized in your municipal workplace. This 3-hour clinic looks at what your code of conduct must include and what you should have. Bring your current codes to fully participate in this interactive session
  3. Indigenous Cultural Competency
    This 3-hour session is designed for municipal elected officials. It will cover content such as: Indigenous cultural sensitivity 101, basic Indigenous history in Ontario, how to advance municipal-Indigenous relationship-building in local communities, and more!

Day 2: Monday, August 19, 2019

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM Trade Show
7:15 AM - 8:00 AMO Insight Breakfast - Open to conference registrants only
  • Cyber - The New Reality For Municipalities Sponsored by Frank Cowan
  • MEPCO: Promoting Municipal Employer Interests
8:20 AM Plenary Programming
  • Youth Engagement Fund Launch and Draw
  • Keynote Speaker Max Valiquette - Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert on the Disruptive Economy and Municipal Governments
  • Ontario's Health Modernization - The Provincial Vision

The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario


Tribute to Pat Vanini, outgoing AMO Executive Director

AGM & PJ Marshall Award

  • Trevor Wilcox, AMO Secretary-Treasurer
  • Pat Vanini, Executive Director, AMO

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health


PJ Marshall Awards

12:00 PM AMO Caucus Lunches
1:45 PM Plenary Programming
  • AMO-Municipal World: Partnership to Promote Best Practices
  • Cyber and Climate Change: No Longer Emerging Risks

Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP and Official Opposition

Chief Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Local Economies in Transition - A Municipal Perspective

  • What's Happening with Affordable Housing in Ontario?
  • The Tipping Point of Recycling - How Industry is Managing & What Municipalities Need to Know
  • A New Page: Municipal/Conservation Authority MOUs
  • Human Resources Update, Sponsored by Hicks Morley
  • The Big and Small: A Framework for Municipal Governments to Grow and Attract Business through Electricity Infrastructure
  • Data and Digital Government for Local Communities
  • Municipal Money Matters: Our Fiscal Future
4:45 PM AMO Power Down Reception
  • Open to all conference and social pass registrants


Day 3: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM Registration Open
7:30 - 8:15 AM Insight Breakfasts
  • Are Your Municipal Facilities Climate Ready? Sponsored by Ameresco
  • Did You Get the Best Price?  New LAS Group Buying Options, Sponsored by LAS
  • Ontario's Power System; Driving Our Economy, Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation
  • The Pros and Cons of Regional Ambulance Services, Sponsored by Medavie
  • Beyond: Digital Transformation for Municipalities, Sponsored by MNP
  • Ontario's Beer Store and the Circular Economy, Sponsored by The Beer Store
8:30 AM Plenary Programming
  • Property Assessment in Ontario: A Check-In
  • Bill Karsten, President, FCM
  • John Fraser, Interim Leader, Ontario Liberal Party
  • Local Authorities Services - Procured Ready Saving Solutions for All Municipal Governments
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario
  • AMO-OMAFRA Main Street Revitalization
  • Federal Gas Tax Awards, The Hon. Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Canada
  • Fast-tracking the Planning Process
  • In Focus: Municipal Policing in 2020
  • Promoting Rural Economic Development
  • Health Care Transformation: Are Municipalities Going to be Part of the Team?
  • Understanding MPAC and its ROle in the Property Assessment and Taxation System, Sponsored by MPAC
  • Water Technology Innovations for 21st Century Communities
  • How Governments are Managing Global Markets & Rise of Plastics

12:00 PM Learning Lunches
  • Water Infrastructure Renewal:  A Game Changing New Approach for Ontario Municipalities - The Public Regulated Utility Model, Sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)LLP
  • Cannabis Retail: Making it work for your community, Sponsored by High Tide
  • Preserving Home Values in a Time of Climate Change, Sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Energizing Your Community’s Plan, Sponsored by Independent Electricity System Operator
  • The Building Blocks of Accessible Communities: What You Need to Know, Sponsored by MSAA
  • Cents and Sensibility: Health and Safety is Good for Business, Sponsored by WSIB
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
  • Fast-tracking the Planning Process
  • In Focus: Municipal Policing in 2020
  • How Government are Managing Global Markets & Rise of Plastics
  • 1 Year Later: Legal Recreational Cannabis in Your Community
  • Building an Asset Management Culture
  • Building Inclusive Communities
  • Building the Community-Municipal Relationship to Address 'Wicked' Problems
  • Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ministers' Forum
6:30 PM AMO Networking Reception
  • Off-site event - Open to Delegate and social Pass A registrants only

Day 4: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM Insight Breakfast hosted by Program Partners
  • Plastics Resources - Too Much to Lose, Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association
  • Finding Efficiencies: How can LAS help you? Sponsored by LAS
  • All About the Federal Gas Tax Fund, Sponsored by Federal Gas Tax Fund
  • Simple, Easy and Fair: The WSIB's New Premium Rate Setting Model, Sponsored by WSIB
9:00 AM Plenary Programming
  • 'A Place to Call Home' and 'Ontario's Housing in Action Plan'
10:45 AM Conference Adjourns