Councillor Training Series – Under Pressure, Making it All Work

Event Date
February 21, 2024 - 9:00 AM (EST) to 12:00 PM (EST)

Elected municipal officials are facing many pressures. This includes: provincial interventions in municipal matters, a lack of Council cohesion, concerns about ethical behaviour, the challenges of municipal stewardship, relations with municipal staff, the demands placed upon you by constituents...and of course your unique experiences arising from local matters. The pressure is real and we are here to support you.

Over the past year, you, our members, have asked for additional support to help guide you in your difficult role. AMO is pleased to announce, its new, 3 part Councillor Training Series- Under Pressure, Making it All Work.

Through outreach to our membership, we have developed this training to address the areas most frequently identified as the biggest concern for AMO members. These half day sessions dig into some of the more challenging aspects of local leadership.

Responsibility Session
This training focuses on the ABCD of governance and leadership including:

A – Foundational Governance 
B – Ethical Responsibility 
C – Council-Staff Relations 
D – Code of Conduct 

You will explore each of these elements, your roles and responsibilities within and effective, healthy and productive approaches to each.

Leadership Session
As an elected official, understanding your role as an employer and the impact of your understanding, actions and insights into this role on the overall organization is important.

The Leadership Session will explore:

  • Stewardship - How are you and what is your role as a steward for your municipality? What does this mean? What does it look like and why does it matter.
  • Equity, Diversity and Human Rights - Understand what equity, diversity and human rights means and why it is so important to the sustainability and health of your organization and community.
  • Community Safety & Health – Closely linked to the above, what are the roles and responsibilities of council and councillors in the commitment to and provision of community safety and health.

How to Plan and Tell the Story

The Telling the Story session is really important. It helps you demystify a number of key municipal responsibilities. Budget and strategic planning are a great internal exercise but if your constituents and community members don’t really understand what you are doing, why you are doing it and how priorities are identified and planned for, well, we all understand what the fallout can look like. Telling the Story also explores the importance of and options to community engagement.

  • Fiscal Sustainability 
  • Communications 
  • The elected official and public engagement

Registration will open soon.

Registration Fee:

  • $525.00 per session
  • $1300.00 for all three sessions

A $75.00 cancellation fee applies.


  • February 21, 2024: Session 1: Responsibility 
  • May 29, 2024: Session 2: Leadership 
  • October 2, 2024: Session 3: How to Plan and Tell the Story


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