Thank you to all those who attended the 2017 Asset Management Symposium, presentations posted below are in PDF format and are not accessible. If you require a fully accessible version of the presentation please contact or call us at 416.971.9856 to be connected directly to the speaker to obtain an accessible version of the presentation.

April 4, 2017 - Workshops

Workshop 1: Getting the Most Out of Asset Management

This half day session looked at the common municipal observations and challenges for building an AMP (time delays, urgency to match requirements, and uncertainty) and provided clear examples and the factors that municipalities need to consider in their next steps. Donna Herridge used real-life examples taken from the MFOA Self-Assessment Tool and highlighted the lessons learned; which included that municipalities have a greater focus on hard services and have a mid level sophistication on levels of service, lifecycle strategy and AM polices and procedures. Her presentation was followed by a look at the AM process by Dan Wilson, who looked at the framework coming out of Bill 6, and how municipalities need to have a solid and practical AM process that is fully integrated.

Workshop 2: Corporate Asset Management at the Region of Peel: It’s A Way of Business

Leanne Brannigan led a group of almost 50 through the current reality of asset management at the Region of Peel. With over $23 billion in capital assets covering a wide berth of asset classes, her presentation showed how staff connect levels of service with lifecycle and the risks of basic maintenance and no management. Leanne reviewed the integrated process that provides roles and responsibilties to all areas of the Region, from strategic direction to strategic asset management and to frontline asset management and capital planning. After presenting on how they do it, she challenged the room to take the Region's working model on asset classes and build a service to asset diagram and followed that with asking the teams to look at risks to services.

April 5, 2017

Municipal Infrastructure Investment and Financial Sustainability

Lindsay Allison's presentation looked at the current and future fiscal needs of Ontario's municipalities. Using five keys areas, he led delegates on how the research began with the need to characterize the fiscal challenge; the state of current infrastructure; the changing landscape of infrastructure and the impact of population growth and decline; the fiscal capacity and comparisons of municipalities and how the final report will tie all this together.

Integrating your Asset Management Program with a Sustainable Financial Strategy

Using the work that the City of Guelph has done in their asset management program, Daryush Esmaili's presentation challenged delegates to ensure that their AMP protects and enhances quality of life through good decision making regarding the current and future health of assets; provides evidence-based business cases that will help council and staff in the budget and long-term financial planning processes and finally ensure that this is all done in a cost-effective manner that manages risk throught the entire asset lifecycle.

Service Levels and Asset Management

This two part session began with a look at how Greater Sudbury has taken the asset management process and applied it to service level budgeting. Throughout the presentation Blaine G. Parkin and Ed Archer spelled off the key factors one must know in order to define municipal service levels: (1) Know Your Environment; (2) Know Your Business; (3) Know How Things Fit Together; (4) Know How to Communicate; and (5)Know What's In It For You. Part two was presented by Alan Mitchell, who asked the audience why service based financial planning and budgeting are valuable. Alan examined the challenges facing municipalities including the failings of some current budgeting processes. During his presentation he highlighted the municipal need to cut costs while still maintaining integrity and increasing accountability.

Solar Net Metering: A Solution for Your Municipality

Grasshopper Solar founder Azeem Quereshi provides participants with an overview of the organization he founded in 2007 and how municipalities can look to green solutions.

Case Study #1: Centre Wellington

The urban and rural communities of Elora, Fergus, Belwood and Salem make up Centre Wellington, a small to medium- sized community with a strong agricultural base and growth on the rise. The current population is expected to double by 2041. On one hand – growth is amazing, powerful and enlightening.  On the other, in order to grow successfully we, as a Township, must ensure that we plan accordingly for this growth through infrastructure, targets, and forecasts, hence our Asset Management Strategy. Kelly and Andy will share their story: the challenge, the lightbulb moment and where they are today, and what you can learn from their journey. Case Study #2: Vaughan
Historically, City Staff recognized the need to manage infrastructure assets and identified this as a part of previous strategic planning processes.  However, there were challenges developing a clear path towards sustainable asset management because Council was not fully engaged and informed on the issue, it was not embedded in the organizational culture and the strategic plan did not have a clear connection with the budget process that would help bring the plan to reality.  In order to address the asset management needs of the City, staff took steps to educate Council and the public, embed it in a Strategy Map focused on Council priorities, incorporate it in to a Council endorsed Fiscal Framework and land key initial and ongoing and long term asset renewal investments in both the asset management plan itself and in the City’s budget.  
Asset Management and Funding Program and Partners

Facilitated Action Plan and Concluding Remarks

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Symposium Dates

April 4 and 5, 2017

Symposium Location

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
970 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON, M9W 1J9
(877) 660-8550