2018 Annual Conference, June 10-13, 2018

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Chris Temple
Opening Keynote: Chris Temple
Co-Founder of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
Closing Keynote: Kate Davis
Closing Keynote: Kate Davis
Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance

Conference Program at a Glance

Click here to see the Conference Program at a Glance

Conference Workshop Presentations

You can now access the conference workshop presentations. Browse the 'Concurrent Workshops' and then click on the workshop title to access the presentations.

Conference Social Events

Capacity for all social activities is limited. The social activities indicated below are included free with full delegate registrations, as well as companions/retired member packages. The Gala Dinner and Reception is included free with full delegate registration (Gala dinner option) and companions/retired members packages only. Social event tickets are available for purchase to other registered delegates and to non-registered guests, but for social events where space is limited, registered delegates and companions will be given priority.

Sunday, June 10th, 2018,
6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Opening Reception and Trade Show

Combine the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones with the chance to conduct a bit of business in a casual atmosphere. The Opening Reception and Trade Show will provide good food and a chance to win some valuable prizes, while exploring great new resources and services to make your job easier!

Hospitality & Networking
Sponsored by HEMSON Consulting Ltd.

Monday, June 11th, 2018
9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Hospitality & Networking
Sponsored by Aird & Berlis LLP


Tuesday, June 12th, 2018,
5:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Gala Reception and Dinner

(After 5 Business Attire)

Join us at the annual AMCTO Gala Dinner, where we salute our outgoing AMCTO President and this year’s Prestige Award honouree. Enjoy an amazing plated dinner followed by exceptional entertainment.

Gala Evening Entertainment 

Cirque has been thrilling audiences internationally with performances since 1997. This theme follows in the footsteps of the magical circus style of Cirque de Soleil. This dramatic after dinner show features unique circus performers combined with a state of the art light show. Unique Cirque style lighted drape décor is present in the room and the stage. The artists of Cirque will present a signature event turning the AMCTO Gala into an extraordinary spectacle.

AMCTO 80th Birthday Bash
Sponsored by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

Right after the Gala Dinner & Entertainment, join us for a Rocking Birthday Bash, with zany DJ Robert McIsaac, back by popular demand to keep you dancing until 1 a.m.

Optional Events

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Amazing Race Team Adventure Challenge

A great networking and team building activity that’s lots of fun. Participants will be split into teams, and each team will be required to work together navigating through the resort looking for check points. At each check point, teams will be required to either answer a brain teasing question, or perform a team challenge. The challenge incorporates high octane activities such as the Ridge Runner Roller Coaster that rockets down the mountainside through the trees; and the 3 parallel Zip lines, which let you soar through the sky at speeds up to 50 km/h. Facilitators will help you find out just how much mental and physical endurance your group has.....along with a sense of humor!

Monterra Golf

Monterra Golf Course is an inclusive course designed for golfers to exceed their own expectations from tee-off forward. Monterra Golf features rolling bent grass fairways, 86 bunkers, ravines, creeks, lakes, and elevated tee shots in an inspiring mountain setting that makes for memorable rounds. We take care of the little details like GPS tracking on all carts so that you can focus on the big picture.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Mountaintop Yoga

Revitalize your body, clear your mind and reduce stress in a yoga session while enjoying the extraordinary view along the Niagara Escarpment, from atop The Blue Mountain. The session is conducted by a certified instructor. Access keys will be provided to all Yoga participants which will provide them access to the pool, gym, sauna and showers in any of the Village buildings or Mosaic should they choose to use the facilities following their activity. The keys and access wrist bands for the gondola to go up and down the mountain for the Mountaintop Yoga session, will be distributed to participants at the AMCTO registration desk upon check in at the Conference.

Companion's Program

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Paddle & Wine Tasting Tour

You and the group will be guided on a 1 hour leisurely paddle of the Beaver River. This section of the river is remote and breath taking with lots of opportunity to see birds and other wild life. From here we'll drive to
Georgian Hills Vineyard where you'll get to try 4 different wines with a cheese and charcuterie  plate.

* Busing to and from Blue Mountain Resort, Guide, and Boat Rental Included

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Horseback Trail Ride

Enjoy a 1 hour trail ride with Mountain View Stables, Collingwood’s premier location for trail rides. The one-hour, guide-led trail ride goes through beautiful country side including meadows, forested areas and across streams with beautiful views of the escarpment. The ride can be tailored to suit the ability of the riders, from beginner to expert. Please note that the trail rides go through forested trails so you need to wear long pants and appropriate closed-toe shoes or boots. For the AMCTO Companion’s Tour, riders will go out in groups of 10 riders, at a time. A group lunch will be included, following completion of the trail rides, upon return of all groups to Blue Mountain Resort

*Busing to and from Blue Mountain Resort and Lunch are Included

Registration Options

  1. To register online to attend the 2018 AMCTO Conference - click on the below "Register" button.

  2. To register by mail with cheque payment - you will need the registration form.

All fees include HST R#106732936. If you are bringing someone to a meal but not purchasing one of the companion packages, Extra Ticket(s) should be purchased at time of registration. Limited tickets may be available onsite at the conference registration desk.

Refund Policy
All cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A refund levy of $226.00 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to and including May 4, 2018. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 4, 2018. Substitutions are permitted.

Venue and Accommodations

To book your 2018 accommodations at the Blue Mountain Resort click here.

Getting Here 

Click here to see a number of travel options to the Blue Mountain Resort.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

List of 2018 Conference Sponsors click here

List of 2018 Conference Exhibitors click here

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your organization to excited and energized municipal professionals!

Download the Sponsor - Exhibitor Package

Download the Trade Show Floor Plan click here

Ad specs and submission information are available here

Trade Show Hours (times are approximate and subject to change until final program is complete)

Sunday, June 10th - 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Monday, June 11th - 7:00am - 2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-in
Set-up is Sunday - 1:00  - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-out
Teardown is Monday - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.


Official Conference Charity

Barbara Weider House

AMCTO is proud to provide the opportunity at each annual conference for a worthy local charity to receive profile and be the recipient of donations.
This year the Conference Coordinating Committee has selected Barbara Weider House.
Barbara Weider House offers a place of safety and hope for homeless youth. It's services address the needs of youth in crisis and provides the support to help them master the tasks of adolescence as well as focus on their education and employment possibilities.