Education & Events

2018 Municipal Leaders' Forum

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
970 Dixon Road,
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1J9

                                                 Friday, March 23, 2018

About the Forum

The annual AMCTO Municipal Leaders’ Forum, is a premier event for Senior Executive Leaders from Ontario’s municipal sector.

The 2018 Municipal Leaders’ Forum will bring together issues experts, academics, and senior leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss proven strategies around one of the key strategic leadership and management issues facing our sector today – Managing The Municipality of the Future: Opportunities, Costs & Threats.

Expert panelists will share proven strategies, successful municipal case studies, and valuable insights into how innovative municipalities large and small, can embrace technology and utilize digital transformation, to improve public engagement, service delivery, and increase efficiency, to become a city of tomorrow, today.

 Who Should Attend
• CAOs and municipal executive leaders and management
• Public Sector Executives

Agenda  (please click to open)

Morning Moderator: Bruce Macgregor, CAO, York Region 

The Cities of Tomorrow, Today

Progressive municipalities large and small, are revolutionizing their communities through digital transformation to become innovative, smart, open and connected hubs.  By adopting leading edge technology, and embracing new business disruptors, we are seeing the beginning of a new era for cities in terms of service delivery, urban design, public engagement, and sustainability. This transformation can lead to potential uncertainty and risk, as well as great reward, and thus requires significant collaboration with all stakeholders in the community to ensure that all citizens, including vulnerable communities, are engaged, and aren’t disenfranchised by the ‘digital divide.’ Our panel of experts will discuss digital transformation and the future of municipalities - what's now, and what's next? -  How to develop a culture of innovation, and how municipalities with a future forward vision, can thrive in this brave new world.


Dorothy Eng, Director of Partnerships, Code for Canada
Code for Canada is a national nonprofit that connects government innovators with the tech and design community. Our programs enable governments to deliver better digital public services and empower communities to solve civic challenges using technology and design.

Pamela Robinson, PhD - Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Transportation Transformation: Designing the Futures We Want

Dramatic changes are now underway in the transportation landscape driven by advances in the realm of digital communications, artificial intelligence, and automated, electric and shared mobility. As public sector leaders, we can choose to let this technology determine the future of our cities or we can proactively leverage these developments to design the kinds of futures we want. Andrew McCurran, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, will describe the context for TransLink’s New Mobility efforts and some of the initiatives they have underway to facilitate more seamless mobility in ways that also promote safe, healthy, clean and compact communities and equitable access for all.

Presenter: Andrew McCurran, Director, Strategic Planning & Policy at TransLink, Vancouver, Canada

Regulating and Leveraging Business Disruptors

Innovative new technology platforms such as Uber, Lyft,Airbnb, and TaskRabbit, are disrupting established business models, forcing municipal governments to play ‘catch up’ and develop appropriate responses. Panelists will explore the policy context for the sharing economy, as well as the challenges for local governments to benefit from embracing the sharing economy.

Michael Crawford Urban, Practice Lead - Government Transformation, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto
Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto

Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

On May 15, 2017, Innisfil, Ont., became the first town in Canada to partner with Uber to provide on-demand transit service. The roughly 36,000-population Ontario town, launched a 6 month pilot project to help address community concerns about a lack of transit.

Build It And They Will Come

In order to meet the needs of current and future residents, Expanding broadband internet infrastructure is critical to improve service delivery, promote economic development and social equity while promoting public health and public safety. Greater connectivity enables municipalities and regions to collect and share data, streamline government processes, offer more and improved services to residents, and take advantage of economic development opportunities.

Panelists will share success stories of regional collaborations with government, communities and businesses in Ontario, to build high speed broadband networks.


Jim Pine, Chief Administrative Officer, Hastings County – Co-Lead –EORN

The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus created EORN to provide higher speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario. The network has been built with the support of federal, provincial, municipal, and private sector partners.

EORN includes a 5,500-km network of new and existing fibre optic cable, with 160 new access points for Internet Service Providers. High-speed Internet services for residents and businesses through wired, wireless or satellite technology, depending on the best fit for the area. EORN has negotiated with Internet service providers to increase coverage area, bandwidth and speed, therefore bridging the urban-rural price gap.
Gerry Marshall, Warden Simcoe County, Board Chair, SWIFT Network (Southwestern Ontario Integrated Fibre Technology Network)

SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) is a not-for-profit, collective broadband initiative that is funding the construction of an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. To overcome our region’s broadband infrastructure gaps, SWIFT has developed a long-term plan to help more than 3.5 million Ontarians, or 25% of Ontario’s population, to connect and keep pace in a changing digital world. The project is leveraging $180 million in combined investments by the federal and provincial governments and over $17 million in investments by municipalities across the region. The project was initiated by the combined connectivity interests of all 15 members of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC).

Afternoon Moderator: Ron Shaw, Senior Advisor, StrategyCorp

Examining The Threat Landscape – Mitigating Risk In The Digital Democracy

Municipal governments across the world are struggling to deal effectively with security, privacy, and risk mitigation, around the wealth of data, and the key infrastructure they manage, without compromising access to information and principles of democracy in the digital age.

Ray Boisvert, Associate Deputy Minister, Provincial Security, Government of Ontario, Former Assistant Director, Intelligence, CSIS
Michael Kyne, Solicitor, City of Hamilton

BlockChain   – Building The Trust Economy

What is Blockchain and how can local governments incorporate Blockchain-based solutions to make government operations more efficient and improve service delivery to the public, while simultaneously increasing trust in the public sector.


Dai Mukherjee, Senior Manager, Technology Strategy and Architecture practice, Deloitte
Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Kyle Kemper, Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada

Smart Open Cities – Driving Innovation                      

Around the world, forward thinking municipalities are benefiting from becoming smart, connected cities, using information and communication technology to manage assets, such as public transportation, traffic signals, or power systems, and utilizing sensors and other infrastructure connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), to collect real-time data to improve efficiency and enhance service delivery. 

Using Open Government to Drive Municipal Innovation in the City of Guelph

Presenter: Stewart McDonough, Advisor, Strategy and Innovation, City of Guelph

Digital Kitchener

Presenter: Dan Murray, Director of Technology Innovation & Services, City of Kitchener

Connected Cars: City of Stratford
An update on infrastructure and policies for the connected cars initiative; how Stratford’s investment in broadband infrastructure and culture of innovation made Stratford an attractive destination for this kind of municipal innovation and cross board partnerships. And what’s next?

Presenter: Mayor Daniel Mathieson, City of Stratford

Future Ready Brampton

Larry Beasley, a professor and author on city change, has been hired as an advisor to Rob Elliott, the City of Brampton's, Commissioner of Planning and Development Services, with aims to develop a vision for Brampton as a North American leader in urban planning and design. Beasley has worked on city transformations in Dallas, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Canberra, and Vancouver, to name a few.

Presenter: Larry Beasley, CM, BA, MA, Hon LLD, FCIP, RPP, Founding Principal of Beasley and Associates, international planning and urban design consultancy, and the "Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning" at the University of British Columbia


8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Breakfast and Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Registration Form

Fee: $463.30 ($410 + $53.30 HST)
(Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and materials)

Student Rate: For more information please contact Jeanne Moon

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