Presentations from the Symposium are linked below. They are not in accessible formatting, should you require an accessible version please contact or 416.971.9856 ext 330.

Welcome Remarks  by Lynn Dollin, President, AMO will start the programming at 8:00 am.

Bill 148: The Impacts on Your Municipal Workplace
Come get a practical review of Bill 148 from Hicks Morley. In this session senior counsel from Hicks will review the impacts that this proposed legislation would have on your municipal workplace should it pass in its current form. This will be a timely and informative session given that the legislature is currently debating the Bill this session. Don’t miss it!
Strength in Numbers: How Municipalities and Postsecondary Institutions are Partnering to Prepare for A Better Future
The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is the voice of Ontario’s universities, promoting the value of education, research and innovation that leads to social, cultural and economic success. Come learn from a panel of experts, moderated by the COU, on how municipalities and post secondary institutions are teaming up to prepare for tomorrow’s world. Bring your questions and learn how best practices in the academic community can be transferred to municipalities.
  • David Lindsay, President & CEO, Council of Ontario Universities
  • Jag Sharma, MBA, City Manager, City of Oshawa
  • Janse Tolmie, PhD. CIO and Associate Vice-President, Information Technology, Durham College
  • Scott M. Aquanno, Ph.D. Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Political Science Program, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; and Senior Associate, IPL, University of Toronto

Accessible Workplaces and Immediate Solutions
Ontario’s population is aging. As a result of this demographic shift, municipalities and other organizations will need to find new sources of skilled labour. Businesses will need to meet the needs of an expanding population of seniors and people with disabilities. Join StopGap and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for a discussion of how to remove accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. Learn how StopGap is creating lowcost solutions to make your community’s main street businesses more accessible. Also, get an update from the Accessibility Directorate on provincial accessibility laws, and Ontario’s Provincial Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities.

CAO Performance Management
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators has introduced a three-step CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit that will benefit municipalities across the country.  Developed and piloted over a two-year period, the Toolkit will enhance the CAO/Council relationship and help Council achieve their strategic goals and objectives.  At this session you will learn how your municipality can use the Toolkit – available for free – to help develop a more effective working relationship between local elected officials and their CAO.

The Part-Time CAO: Lessons Learned on Contract Negotiation and Sustainability
Jim Pine, CAO, Hastings County, speak about the lessons he has learned on contract negotiation and sustainability as a part-time CAO. Ask your questions and gain insight into how/whether your municipality could incorporate a similar model.

Hot Topics in Labour Relations
Join experts from Hicks Morley to learn about managing your Corporation's risks in the face of some of the hottest topics in Labour Relations, including:

  1. Blowing smoke: medical marijuana, municipal employees and the Duty to Accommodate
  2. Sticks and stones: social media and its impact in the workplace
  3. Getting ready to manage the new Chronic Mental Stress Policy of the WSIB. Are you ready?
  4. The “status” of family status: a review of recent developments.
  5. An update on employment contracts: termination clauses and their pitfalls

Managing OMERS Plan Challenges
Learn about the important role of MEPCO in providing municipal employer perspectives to the OMERS Boards, significant sustainability challenges facing the OMERS Plan and the approaches being considered by the OMERS Sponsors Corporation to manage these challenges.  Take this opportunity to get answers to your questions on the OMERS Plan and provide your local perspectives on its operation.
Workplace Mental Health Strategies for Yourself and Your Municipal Workforce
Drew Sousa, Manager of Employee Health Services for the City of Mississauga will provide an informative session on what workplace mental health strategies can be implemented to support your municipal workforce in achieving good mental health. Ask your questions and hear from your peers on leading organizational practices on managing mental health issues.