The 2019 AMO Conference, Municipalities: Ontario’s Frontline, presentations will be posted as they become available. Image of conference identifier - Municipalities: Ontario's Frontline

Day 1: Sunday, August 18, 2019

9:00 AM Pre-Conference Clinics
  1. Communications 101 for Elected Officials
  2. Codes of Conduct Clinic
  3. Indigenous Cultural Competency

Day 2: Monday, August 19, 2019

7:15 AM - 8:00 AMO Insight Breakfasts

Cyber - The New Reality For Municipalities Sponsored by Frank Cowan
MEPCO: Promoting Municipal Employer Interests



Welcome, AMO Youth Initiative and O Canada

8:20 AM
  • Brian Rosborough, Director, AMO Membership Centre
  • Mason Ainsworth, Councillor, City of Orillia and AMO Board Member
  • Jo-Anne Albert, Mayor, Municipality of Tweed and AMO Board Member
  • Trevor Wilcox, AMO Secretary-Treasurer & General Manager, Corporate Performance, County of Simcoe
  • Jamie McGarvey, AMO President and Mayor, Town of Parry Sound
  • Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
  • Chief Kirby Whiteduck of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan

Keynote Speaker Max Valiquette - Disruptive Economy

8:45 AM
  • Max Valiquette - Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert on the Disruptive Economy and Municipal Governments


The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

10:30 AM


Tribute to Pat Vanini, outgoing AMO Executive Director

10:50 AM


AMO AGM & PJ Marshall Award

11:20 AM


Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

11:30 AM

12:00 PM AMO Caucus and Other Lunches

County Caucus
Large Urban Caucus
Northern Caucus
Regional and Single Tier Caucus
Rural Caucus
Small Urban Caucus
Non Voting

1:45 PM Plenary Programming


AMO-Municipal World Partnership: Municipal Best Practices

1:45 PM

Cyber and Climate Change: No Longer Emerging Risks

1:55 PM


Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP and Official Opposition

2:00 PM


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

2:15 PM


Local Economies in Transition - A Municipal Perspective

2:30 pm


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
  • Peter Neufeld, CAO, Municipality of Leamington
  • Imran Merali, Vice-President Customer Service, Hydro One
  • Peter Faltaous, Director Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One
  • Daniel Levitan, Director External Relations, Hydro One
  • The Big and Small presentation
Data and Digital Government for Local Communities
Municipal Money Matters: Our Fiscal Future

Day 3: Tuesday, August 20, 2019


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



Property Assessment in Ontario: A Check-in

8:30 AM


Bill Karsten, President, FCM


John Fraser, Interim Leader, Ontario Liberal Party

9:10 AMO


Local Authority Services - Savings Solutions for Municipal Governments

9:25 AM
  • Judy Dezell, Director Enterprise Centre, Business Partnerships, LAS & ONE


Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario

9:30 AM


AMO-OMAFRA Main Street Revitalization

9:45 AM


Federal Gas Tax Awards, Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Canada

9:55 AM


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?
  • Health Care Transformation. Dan McCormick, CAO Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board
  • Health Care Transformation: Are Municipalities Going to be Part of the Team? Jane Sinclair, Chair, Board of Directors, AdvantAge Ontario, General Manager Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe
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



Ministers' Forum

3:10 PM

Day 4: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

1:45 AM