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 - 5:00pm
12:00 - 6:30pm
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
Networking Lunch

Sponsored by eSCRIBE
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Grand Ballroom Centre

1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome Remarks                                                                                                      Grand Ballroom West
Jamie McGarvey, AMO President & Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound
Ed Holder, Mayor of the City of London
Brian Hill, President, Board of Directors, N’Amerind (London) Friendship Centre
1:15 – 2:00pm Labour Market Challenges: How to Attract & Retain Talent
Justin Falconer, Senior Director, Workforce WindsorEssex
Marion Fantetti, Business Ombudsman, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

Mike Nadeau, CAO, District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board
2:00 – 2:45pm Health Matters: Change & What You Need to Know
Cynthia St. John, CEO, Southwestern Public Health Unit
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
Sponsored by Siskinds

3:45 - 3:50pm eSCRIBE & Digital Management Solutions
Paul Mackin, Co-Founder and VP, Sales & Marketing, eSCRIBE
3:50 - 4:15pm Planning Processes: Best Management Practices
Brenda Guy, Manager of Community Development, Town of Gananoque
Casey Blakely, Manager of Development East, Town of Caledon
Larry Mottram, Senior Planner, City of London
Sponsored by Sifton

4:15 - 5:00pm Lean In, Look Forward: A Youth Engagement Panel
Arielle Kayabaga, Councillor, City of London
Ainsley Jeffrey, London Youth Council Alumna
Moderator: Dr. Zachary Taylor, Director, Centre for Urban Policy & Local Government, Western University
5:00 - 6:30pm Networking Reception                                                                                                        Grand Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization with Special Guest, Parliamentary Assistant Toby Barrett

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:45 – 8:30am Networking Breakfast Session 
Sponsored by the Local Authority Services
Christian Tham, LAS Municipal Energy Specialist – Western Ontario
8:30 - 8:40am Remarks from the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing
The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing
8:40 – 9:30 am Municipal Money Matters: Our Fiscal Future
Matthew Wilson, Senior Advisor, AMO
9:30 – 10:15am 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
Sponsored by Siskinds
11:15 – 11:45 am Going Virtual: Region of York Remote Testimony Project
Lisa Brooks, Director of Court Operations, Regional Municipality of York (2019 P. J. Marshall Award recipient)
11:45 – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch                                                                                                       Grand Ballroom West
Sponsored by ONE Investment
Colin MacDonald, Manager, Investment Services, MFOA
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
Trevor Thompson, Councillor, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
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)

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!

NWMO logo Siskinds - The Law Firm logo
eSolutions logo
LAS logo

ONE logo
eScribe logo
Sifton logo  

Exhibitor List

  • eSolutionsGroup
  • Frequency Foundry
  • LAS
  • Nuclear Waste Management Organization
  • ONE Investment