2022 AMCTO Award Recipients

2022-06-20 2:57:59 PM

Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Mississauga, ON – The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 AMCTO Awards program. Award recipients were honoured during the 2022 AMCTO Conference Awards Gala Dinner that took place in-person at the Niagara Fallsview Resort & Casino on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022. Joined by family and friends and their municipal peers, participants were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

“This year we are excited to Welcome Back Together our community of and for municipal experts in Niagara Falls for our 84th annual conference - the Association's first in-person event for members since 2019," says AMCTO Executive Director, David Arbuckle. "The Awards Gala Dinner is our chance to celebrate all the accomplishments of our members and their dedication to the municipal profession. Our 2022 award recipients have made incredible strides in moving our profession forward in a tangible way."

2022 Award recipients include:

Zone Awards

AMCTO Zone Awards recognize at the discretion of each AMCTO Zone Executive, the efforts of those who have made significant contributions at a local level towards the success of their respective Zones or to the advancement of the municipal profession.

Zone 1

Mary S. Birch, CMO - Clerk/Director of Legislative & Community Services, County of Essex

Zone 2

Donna Van Wyck, AMCT - Clerk (Retired), Bruce County

Zone 3

William 'Bill' Tigert, CMO - Election Coordinator, City of Woodstock

Zone 5

Doug Irwin - Director of Legislative Services/Clerk, Municipality of Trent Hills

Zone 6

Dean Sauriol, AOMC, CMO, Dipl. M.M. - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Township of Laurentian Valley

Zone 7

Richard Clouthier, AMCT - Manager of Citizen Service Centres (Retired), City of Greater Sudbury

Zone 9

Brian MacKinnon - Manager of Corporate Services/Clerk, Municipality of Sioux Lookout

Academic Awards

AMCTO academic awards recognize the academic achievements of students in AMCTO education programs.

Award for Excellence in Employment Law & Human Resources (HR) Program – sponsored by Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP

Todd Davis, Dipl. M.A. - Director of Planning & Development, Municipality of Port Hope

Sarah Huskinson, Dipl. M.A. - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Township of North Glengarry

Cheryl Rider, Dipl. M.A. - Supervisor of Finance, Cataraqui Conservation Authority


Award for Excellence in Municipal Accounting & Finance Program (MAFP) – sponsored by Watson & Associate Economists Ltd.

Katelyn Hall - Deputy Treasurer/Manager of Finance, Township of West Lincoln


Award for Excellence in Municipal Law Program (MLP) – sponsored by Thomson Rogers Lawyers

Carolyn MacCulloch - Payroll & Benefits Coordinator, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry


Dr. C. Richard Tindal Award for Excellence in Municipal Administration Program (MAP)

Cheryl Rider, Dipl. M.A. - Supervisor of Finance, Cataraqui Conservation Authority


Award for Excellence in Executive Diploma, Municipal Management (EDMM) Program

Kelly Gravelle, Dipl. M.M. - Deputy City Solicitor, City of Greater Sudbury


Award for Excellence in Diploma, Municipal Administration Program

Katherine Ann Dortmans, Dipl. M.A. - Customer Service Representative, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc


E.A. Danby Awards

Named after AMCTO's inaugural President, the E.A. Danby Awards recognize and honour municipalities that have demonstrated outstanding achievement through innovation with respect to municipal management activities or practices. The E.A. Danby Awards focus on the three broad categories of municipal finance, municipal administration and the implementation of legislation, across municipalities of greater than 20,000 residents, and less than 20,000 residents. Recipients of this award have demonstrated tangible results related to the efficiency and effectiveness of the municipal corporation.

Municipalities of 20,000 or more:

The City of Vaughan

Category: Municipal Administration

Project: Reinventing Forestry Work Order Dispatching through Mapping Innovations


Certificate of Merit - Municipalities of 20,000 or more:

The Town of East Gwillimbury

Category: Municipal Administration

Project: Municipal Peak Performance Program (MPP): A Culture of Service Delivery Innovation


Certificate of Merit - Municipalities of 20,000 or less:

The Town of McNab/Braeside

Category: Municipal Administration

Project: Local Efficiency Group (LEG) Municipal Cooperation


Prestige Award

AMCTO presents the Prestige Award annually to a current or past AMCTO member who has contributed on an ongoing basis to the activities and objectives of the Association and to other endeavours which raise the profile of municipal professionals in the community. Leading by example, the Prestige Award recipient is someone who has given freely of their time and expertise and who, through their efforts, has enriched AMCTO and the municipal profession.

2022 Recipient:

Debi Wilcox, AMCT, CMO

Debi Wilcox Coaching


“On behalf of the Board, congratulations to all of the 2022 award recipients!”

- Sandra MacDonald, AMCT, CMO, AOMC, 2021-2022 AMCTO Board President

Award recipients will also be recognized in the upcoming edition of the AMCTO Municipal Monitor magazine in a special awards section. Municipal councils are encouraged to share this announcement and celebrate the successes of their staff.

For more information about the AMCTO Awards program or for media inquiries, please contact:

Jacquelyn Folville
Manager – Communications & Marketing, AMCTO

David Arbuckle, MPA
Executive Director, AMCTO


About the Awards

AMCTO is committed to promoting and encouraging continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence in the municipal profession. AMCTO recognizes the achievements of members and other municipal professionals through an annual awards program where dedication, hard work and commitment to the municipal sector, continuous learning and professional development is celebrated.


The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) represents excellence in local government, management and leadership. Over the past 80 years, AMCTO has provided education, accreditation, leadership, and management expertise for Ontario municipal professionals. With 2,000+ members working in municipalities across the province, AMCTO is Ontario’s largest association of local government professionals, and the leading professional development organization for municipal professionals.

Known as 'The Municipal Experts', AMCTO offers a breadth of expertise and knowledge through year-round education and professional development programming, and through its members across a range of municipal operation areas and legislative issues. AMCTO is recognized as an influential voice for local government professionals regarding key management and legislative issues affecting the sector. The Association continues to grow and to search out new opportunities to provide municipal professionals with the tools they need to succeed in today's continually evolving municipal environment.