Education & Events
Conference Program and Schedule

Date and time

Education & Events
Conference Program and Schedule



10:00 a.m.

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.

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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!


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Are you an AMCTO member who holds an AMCTO accreditation (CMO, AMCT, AOMC, AMP)? Join us for our AMCTO accreditation update session for AMCTO accreditation holders, including a special presentation by guest speaker Dr. Gerard Seijits from the Ivey School of Business, who will help you challenge your notions of leadership and inspire change in yourself. 


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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!
9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chris Temple
Co-Founder of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers., Chris demystifies some of the world’s most complex situations, leaving audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A. Leveraging Diverse Thinking Styles for Success 
This highly interactive and practical 90-minute workshop explores how to leverage diverse thinking styles in order to understand and develop self and others, defuse tensions, engage in meaningful dialogue, foster collaboration, achieve desired business outcomes
  • Jill Schichter, President, Forte Leadership Group
B. Developing a Wellness Plan for Your Municipality – Making it Real
Judy Kerling
C. Is Records Management Still Relevant – Helen Kennedy, Anne Hepplewhite
D. Recent Developments in Property assessment & Municipal Taxation – Jeff Cowan
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

A. HR Law Update - Alan Whyte
B. Hiring & Managing an Integrity Commissioner – Jeff Abrams
C. Managing in the Maelstrom – John Hannam, Karen Lewis
D. Asset Management, Linking Levels of service and Lifecycle Management - Peter Simcisko
Andrew Grunda

5:40 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Put your question(s) in the box at registration to be answered by expert practitioners
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
8:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
A. Engagement Loves Energy - Brady Wilson Juice Inc 
B. The Staff/Council Relationship - Tony Haddad, Kyle Pratt, Rob Adams
C. Digital Transformation - Patrick Cormier, John Matheson
D. Risk Management - Len Bennet
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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
9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

10:20 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
A. Enhancing Diversity Competency - Andrea Moffat
B. Marijuana in the Workplace - Stephane Thiffeault
C. City of Brampton: Change Management Case Study of Major Technology Change - Chris Rallo, Janice Adshead
D. Obligations Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act – focusing on workplace safety and on workplace violence and harassment.  – Jody Johnson, David Reiter
11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • MPAC
  • Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO)
  • CMO Accreditation
  • AMP Accreditation
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
A. Leading Strong Teams – Andrea Moffat
B. Council Orientation Overview – Debi Wilcox, Shrishma Dave
C. Creative Approaches to Public Consultation & Community Engagement – Stephanie Potter, Tatiana Dafoe
D. The Financing Strategy of Asset Management – Donna Herridge
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dress: After 5 business attire
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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.

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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.


7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
A. Managing Mental Health in the Workplace - Geraldine Cole
B. Post Elections – What You Need to Prepare - Stephen O’Brien, Tyler Cox, Michael Di Lullo
C. Bill 68 & the Tax Sale Forum – Mary MacCallum, Jeff Oberman
D. Preparing for the Development Charge Process - Gary Scandlan
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kate Davis
Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance
Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offer creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A five-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards who has opened for the likes of Bill Clinton and Barbara Walters, as well as the star of many television comedy specials, Kate’s generous insight and hilarious presence is a powerful combination in helping organizations empower their staff with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AMCTO 2019 Conference Promotion and prize draws
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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.