Asset Management, Linking Levels of Service and Lifecycle Management

As the science and art of municipal asset management evolve in Ontario, two areas of the asset management process that are rapidly advancing are levels of service (LoS) and lifecycle management strategies (LMS).

This workshop will provide an overview of approaches to defining levels of service and how to ensure that a logical linkage exists between these and the lifecycle management strategy. The workshop will draw on practical experience in developing asset management plans for municipalities.
The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Defining LoS – what is measurable and informative with respect to LMS options?
  • Lifecycle Management Strategy components
    • Treatments – what do we do to our assets?
    • Decision Logic – when do we do it and why?
    • Criticality – do we treat all assets of the same type (e.g. roads) equally, or are some more important than others?
    • Costs – how much does it cost?
  • Ensuring that a linkage exists between LMS components and LoS definitions
  • Presenting information to stakeholders (municipal council and the general public)

What you will learn:
  • How to define and communicate LoS options
  • Lifecycle management strategy components and considerations
  • How to link the lifecycle management strategy to LoS in a meaningful way
  • How to present outcomes of different lifecycle management strategies to stakeholders

Why Attend
  • Gain a deeper understanding of two foundational concepts of the asset management process from a practical standpoint.
  • Ensure that the asset management efforts in your municipality align with relevant regulation

Who Should Attend

  • Municipal Finance staff
  • Anyone involved in asset management decisions and communicating asset management to municipal council and the general public

About the Trainers

Andrew Grunda, MBA, CPA, CMA – Principal, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

Mr. Grunda has extensive experience related to asset management, development charges, water and wastewater rate studies, development approvals process studies and fiscal impact assessments, authoring numerous studies for municipalities over the last 21 years.  He has undertaken numerous lectures and seminars on asset management financing plans, development charges and full cost recovery fees and charges on behalf of numerous organizations including AMCTO and MFOA.  Mr. Grunda has been with the firm since 1996 before which he worked for the former Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, Finance Department.  At present, he is a member of the firm’s senior management group, which develops interpretations of legislative requirements, as well as methodologies and formats and determines alternative policy strategies for all facets of corporate assignments.
Peter Simcisko, MBE, BA (Hons.) – Senior Consultant, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

Peter Simcisko is a Senior Consultant with Watson & Associates, with a primary focus on municipal finance. Since joining the firm in 2013, Peter has assisted in the preparation of numerous development charge studies, fiscal impact assessments, water, wastewater, and stormwater rate studies, water financial plans, user fee studies, and asset management plans for our municipal clients. Peter has also been involved in all aspects of Assetic software implementations for the firm's municipal clients. Furthermore, over the past year Peter has undertaken a number of presentations related to asset management at various conferences including CNAM (Canadian Network of Asset Managers) and AMCTO. Peter holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Economics degree.
Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A refund levy of $113 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session.
Disclaimer: AMCTO reserves the right to decline registration based on proprietary information/material being presented at this session, and for other reasons such as copyright issues. We will endeavour to make sure all scheduled events take place, but AMCTO reserves the right to alter, change or cancel dates, venues and workshops, for any reason.


Tim Horton Event Centre
7 Tim Horton Drive
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
(705) 272-5084

Deadline to register:
October 25 
Tillsonburg Community Centre
45 Hardy Avenue
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 3W9
(519) 688-9011

Deadline to register:
October 29 
Cutten Club
190 College Avenue East
Guelph, ON N1H 6L3
(519) 824-2650

Deadline to register:
October 29 

Deadline to register:
September 24