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, 18+ concurrent educational sessions, political leaders, over 120 industry exhibitors, and access to Provincial Ministers, the AMO Conference is your one-stop-shop for brushing up on current municipal issues and networking.  Some of the topics we are looking at for 2019 include: Image of conference identifier - Municipalities: Ontario's Frontline
  • What has a change of provincial government meant for municipal governments in Ontario?
  • What is the latest in waste diversion, economic development and human services?
  • How will multi-year infrastructure programming unfold in Ontario?
  • Engaging youth in municipal government.
Note: This at a glance agenda is for reference only. Programming details will be posted at a later date. Times are subject to change.

Main Stage - A Few Highlights

Keynote Speaker Max Valiquette
Keynote Speaker Max Valiquette - Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert
Disruptive Economy and Municipal Governments



image of Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario’s Health Modernization – The Provincial Vision




image of Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ontario’s Housing in Action Plan



 


Concurrent Sessions (10 of 21 planned sessions)

  • Fast Tracking the Planning Process
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Blue Box and Upcoming Transition
  • Infrastructure Spend and Financing
  • DCA’s and Their Future
  • HR Update
  • Municipal Finances
  • Policing: 2019 and Beyond
  • Water Technology Innovations
  • Recreational Cannabis Update

Day 1: Sunday, August 18, 2019

  • 9:00 AM Registration Opens (note: closed from 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
  • 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!
  • 2:00 PM Trade Show Opens
  • 4:30 Conference Orientation
  • 5:00 PM AMO Kick-Off Reception and Fundraising
    • Open to all conference and social pass registrants
  • 8:00 PM City of Ottawa Welcome Reception
    • Open to all conference and social pass registrants

 

Day 2: Monday, August 19, 2019

  • 7:30 AM Registration Opens
  • 7:30 AM Trade Show Opens
  • 8:30 AM Conference Educational Programming
    • Keynote Speaker Max Valiquette - Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert on the Disruptive Economy and Municipal Governments
    • Ontario's Health Modernization - The Provincial Vision, Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
    • AMO President
    • AGM
  • 12:00 PM AMO Caucus Lunches
  • 1:45 PM Conference Educational Programming
    • PJ Marshall Awards
    • Local Economies in Transition - A Municipal Perspective
    • Concurrent Sessions
  • 5:00 PM AMO Power Down Reception
    • Open to all conference and social pass registrants

 

Day 3: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • 7:30 AM Registration Opens
  • 8:00 AM Insight Breakfast hosted by Program Partners
  • 9:00 AM Conference Educational Programming
    • Property Assessment in Ontario: A Check-In
    • Federal Gas Tax Awards
    • Concurrent Sessions
  • 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
      • The cost of water renewal & expansion in Ontario is estimated to exceed $50 billion.  An innovative approach is being adopted to tackle this critical infrastructure challenge. This panel comprises parties directly involved in implementing the new approach.
    • Cannabis Retail: Making it work for your community, Sponsored by High Tide
      • As cannabis legalization continues to roll out across Canada, hear how one retailer is leading the industry in what matters most to you: community engagement and investment. Learn about the regulations they face, lessons they’ve learned so far, and what you should ask for and expect from a potential retailer in your municipality.
    • Preserving Home Values in a Time of Climate Ghange, Sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada
      • Flooding this spring across Ontario and Quebec galvanized a public discussion of what to do with those at highest risk given climate change. Homeowners may face choices of high insurance rates or government home buyouts at less than market value. Mortgage lenders are beginning to refuse mortgages to those whose home values are now questionable. Realtors are wary of selling homes where flood risk may not be discussed. How do we collectively address the growing financial challenges presented by climate change.
    • Energizing Your Community’s Plan, Sponsored by Independent Electricity System Operator
      • If there’s one thing municipalities have in common with Ontario’s IESO, it’s the need to plan for future development. At this session, you will hear about energy efficiency studies and current incentives available to enhance your community’s energy and economic development planning. The IESO works with municipalities to understand, consider, plan and meet your electricity needs so your community thrives.
    • The Building Blocks of Accessible Communities: What You Need to Know, Sponsored by MSAA
      • The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility will be joined by the Canadian Urban Institute and the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association to share best practices for developing accessible main streets in Ontario. Case studies and tools will be shared to support city builders in undertaking these types of projects in their municipalities and communities.
    • Cents and Sensibility: Health and Safety is Good for Business, Sponsored by WSIB
      • The WSIB has a new health and safety excellence program that integrates its three current programs (Small Business, Safety Groups and Workwell) into one. The new program provides a clear roadmap for municipalities to improve workplace safety, whether they are just getting started or want to optimize what they already have. Workshop participants will learn:
        • About the business case for health and safety
        • How to create your organizations roadmap for health and safety
        • The benefits and rewards of the new program
      • The presentation will also touch on trends and emerging issues in health and safety related to municipalities, as well as updates/changes related to the WSIB and Ministry of Labour.
  • 1:30 PM Conference Educational Programming
    • Concurrent Sessions
    • Ministers' Forum
  • 6:30 PM AMO Tuesday Evening Social
    • Off-site event - Open to all Delegate and social Pass A registrants

Day 4: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • 7:30 AM Registration Opens
  • 8:00 AM Insight Breakfast hosted by Program Partners
  • 9:00 AM Conference Educational Programming
    • Ontario's Housing in Action Plan, Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • 10:30 AM Conference Adjourns