Opening Keynote Announcement:

Andrew Coyne, Political Journalist
Andrew Coyne, Political Journalist

Former national editor of Maclean’s magazine, current columnist with the Globe and Mail and panelist on CBC’s The National “At Issue,” Mr. Coyne will speak to current affairs, emerging and potential threats to democracy, and how municipal leaders can navigate the declining tone of discourse between elected officials and community members.



Sunday, August 18

2:00pm – 7:00pm Trade Show Open
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshops

1. Asset Management and Psychological Safety: Your Most Critical Condition Assessment 

Asset management is a planning tool that helps you as an elected official organize the future you want for your community. It helps make logical and rational decisions that target your limited resources and prioritize your infrastructure investments. It makes good business sense, a fact that is so obvious that it is boring. 
This begs the questions:
•    What could possibly get in the way of evidence-based decision making?
•    Why might we not attend to the things we should attend to?
•    How can we establish a decision-making process that effectively allocates our limited resources to maintain sustainable services, considering the complex challenges we face, such as climate change and housing?

This engaging session will illuminate the condition assessments of a different kind and explore the antidote to asset management apathy. This session will also provide an opportunity to hear about asset management tools or resources for elected officials, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Local Leadership in Climate Adaptation initiative. 

2. Practical Tips Towards a More Age-Friendly Community (AFC)

Explore the nuts and bolts of implementing AFCs to improve the quality of life for seniors.

Participants will:
•    Learn from other communities who have taken the AFC journey on lessons learned
•    Explore how to use the Age Friendly Community planning guide to implement best practices
•    Hear from Ontario’s Minister for Seniors and Accessibility on provincial initiatives and their impact on our seniors

3. Leverage the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Recognizing the importance of immigration in addressing critical labour challenges, the Ministry of Labour Immigration, Training, and Skills Development will deliver a presentation about how employers can leverage the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to retain or hire highly skilled immigrants.

4:00pm – 5:00pm  Conference Orientation
5:00pm – 7:00pm Opening Reception
7:00pm – 9:00pm Ottawa Tourism Welcome Reception


Monday, August 19

7:15am – 8:00am         Women’s Networking Breakfast
7:30am – 6:00pm         Trade Show Open
8:15am –9:30am

Plenary Program

  • Welcome
  • Opening Keynote Speaker: Andrew Coyne

    Mr. Coyne will speak to current affairs, emerging and potential threats to democracy, and how municipal leaders can navigate the declining tone of discourse between elected officials and community members.

  • Ontario Regional Chief (invited)

  • Colin Best, AMO President

  • Annual General Meeting

9:30am – 10:00am            Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:45am

Plenary Program

  • The Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario (invited)
  • Women's Leadership Forum

    AMO is pleased and proud to host the fifth annual Women's Leadership Forum. Since 2020, the Women’s Leadership Forum has featured extraordinary women leaders at the national, provincial, and local levels. This year’s panelists represent industries and sectors that the municipal sector works closely with: business, construction, and health. The panelists will share their insights and approaches to leadership in their lives and career pathways.

  • AMO Election Candidate Speeches

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Caucus Lunches

  • County Caucus Lunch: Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs
  • Large Urban Caucus Lunch: Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, Ontario
  • Northern Caucus Lunch: Ontario Power Generation
  • Regional and Single Tier Caucus Lunch: Enbridge
  • Rural Caucus Lunch: Ontario Medical Association
  • Small Urban Caucus Lunch: Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • Non-Voting Lunch: Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
1:00pm - 1:30pm Dessert with Exhibitors
1:30pm - 3:15pm

Plenary Program

  • Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition and NDP
  • The Canada Community-Building Fund
  • Bonnie Crombie, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • Colleges Ontario
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario (invited)
3:30pm - 4:45pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Provincial Policy Statement and Building Code Changes
  • Community Safety and Well-Being Plans
  • Supporting Access to Healthcare Services
  • Strategies to Diversify Ontario’s Municipal Leadership
4:45pm - 6:00pm Trade Show Closing Reception


Tuesday, August 20

7:30am – 8:15am        

Insight Breakfasts

  • Hydro One
  • Ontario Long-Term Care Association
  • LAS
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute
8:30am – 9:45am        

Concurrent Sessions

  • Adapting to Changing Roles in  Environmental Management
  • Ending Homelessness: Acting Locally with Impact
  • Land Use Planning and Indigenous Engagement
  • A Lifecycle Look at Recreation Infrastructure
  • Enhancing Long-Term Financial Sustainability
10:00am - 11:30am

Plenary Program

  • FCM President
  • The Importance of Fiscally Sustainable Municipalities
  • AMO-COU Lecture
11:45am - 12:45pm

Learning Lunches

  • Independent Electricity System Operator
  • Service Line Warranties of Canada
  • Bruce Power
  • Lake Erie Green Power
  • Juno
  • Amazon Web Services
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Strengthening Public Health
  • Municipalities and the Opioid Epidemic
  • AI and Municipalities
  • Preparing for Energy Procurements
  • Affordable Housing Innovations
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Plenary Program

  • AMO Election results
  • Workforce Development Project
  • OMERS Update
  • PJ Marshall Awards
  • MOU signing
  • The Honourable Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ministers’ Forum

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Offsite Networking Event - ticketed event, sold out


Wednesday, August 21

7:30am – 8:15am        

Insight Breakfasts

  • AdvantAge
  • Canada Community-Building Fund
8:30am – 11:30am        

Plenary Program

  • Incoming President 
  • Housing in Ontario
  • Thinking Differently About Infrastructure