AMO’s inaugural Policy Forum examines a number of key and emerging issues that impact municipal governments on a daily basis. With topics including the health of our labour markets, to that of our employees and residents, planning considerations, transportation and mobility, climate change and engaging youth in our communities, the Still on the Frontlines Forum provides an opportunity to inform your thinking and discussion on local matters.

Held in the City of London, the Forum is open to elected officials and senior municipal staff who are interested in exploring some of the issues and questions confronting Ontario’s municipal governments.

Networking opportunities include an evening social on October 24th with invited provincial Ministers and students and young adults interested in municipal politics.

To register, click on the “Download Form” button on the left hand side. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

12:00 – 1:00pm Registration & Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome Remarks
Jamie McGarvey, AMO President & Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound
Ed Holder, Mayor of the City of London
Al Day, N’Amerind Friendship Centre of London (Invited)
1:15 – 2:00pm Labour Market Challenges: How to Attract & Retain Talent
Justin Falconer, Senior Director, Workforce WindsorEssex
Mike Nadeau, CAO, Administration & Services, Sault Ste. Marie
Gary McNamara, AMO Board Member & Mayor of the Town of Tecumseh
2:00 – 2:45pm Health Matters: Change & What You Need to Know
Cynthia St. John, CEO, Southwestern Public Health Unit
Graydon Smith, AMO Board Member & Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge
Neal Roberts, President, Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs & Chief, Middlesex-London Paramedic Service
3:15 – 3:45pm Full Producer Responsibility for Waste Is Here: Time to Get Plans in Order
Dave Gordon, Senior Advisor, AMO
3:45 – 4:15pm Planning Processes: Best Management Practices
Cathie Brown, Senior Advisor, AMO
Larry Mottram, Senior Planner, City of London
Brenda Guy, Manager of Community Development, Town of Gananoque
4:15 – 5:00pm Lean In, Look Forward: A Youth Engagement Panel
Arielle Kayabaga, Councillor, City of London
Ainsley Jeffrey, London Youth Council Alumna
Dr. Zachary Taylor, Director, Centre for Urban Policy & Local Government, Western University
5:00 – 6:30pm Networking Reception
Attending: Parliamentary Assistant Toby Barrett

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:45 – 8:30am Networking Breakfast Session: Front Line Support from LAS
Christian Tham, LAS Municipal Energy Specialist – Western Ontario
8:30 – 9:15am Municipal Money Matters: Our Fiscal Future
Matthew Wilson, Senior Advisor, AMO
9:15 – 10:00am Relationship Building with Indigenous Partners
Jennifer Dockstader, Executive Director, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (Invited)
10:30 – 11:15 am Cybersecurity and Your Responsibilities for Data Protection
Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford
11:15 – 11:45 am Going Virtual: Region of York Remote Testimony Project
Lisa Brooks, Director of Court Operations, Regional Municipality of York
11:45 – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch: ONE Investment – Empowering Municipalities through Investment Opportunities
Colin MacDonald, Manager, Investment Services, MFOA
Keith Taylor, Investment Manager, ONE Investment

12:45 – 1:30 pm A Political Perspective: Post-Federal Election & Pre-Ontario Legislative View
John Matheson, Principal, StrategyCorp Inc.
1:30 – 2:00 pm Applying a Climate Change Lens at the Municipal Level
Anna Hopkins, Councillor, City of London
John Fleming, Planner, City of London (Invited)
2:15 - 2:45 pm Inter-Urban Mobility: Connecting Residents & Communities
Kimberly Earls, Executive Director, South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation
Blaire Sylvester, Public Transportation & Business Development Coordinator, Norfolk County
2:45 – 3:15 pm Lessons Learned & Municipal Opportunities Going Forward
Doug Reycraft, Past AMO President (2006-2008), Former MPP & Former Mayor of the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. Chair of the Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO) 

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