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Executive Diploma in Municipal Management

The AMCTO Executive Diploma in Municipal Management (EDMM) is a comprehensive, 10-month career development program designed specifically for municipal managers. It provides the foundational knowledge, skills, and competencies required to be a successful local government manager. The EDMM is ideal for:

  • Managers with three years or more of supervisory experience in a municipal organization
  • Mid-level municipal managers
  • High-potential municipal employees on track for senior management or leadership roles

The program has two start dates each year — one in spring and one in fall. Graduates of the diploma are authorized by AMCTO to use the “Dipl.M.M.” credential. 

Registration Information

Registration status: OPEN
Registration is now open for the Spring 2024 Cohort

The program is open for both AMCTO members and non-members and there are no pre-requisites required. Space for the program is limited – the deadline to register is Thursday, February 29, 2024. Spring cohort virtual classes begin on Monday, March 18.

Please note: Attendance at a minimum of 14 out of the 16 modules is required. Please review the Spring 2024 cohort schedule prior to registering.

EDMM Spring 2024 Schedule


Each cohort of EDMM is taught by 12 or more instructors with expertise in different aspects of municipal management. Instructors may vary between cohorts. The following are a few of the current instructors on the teaching team.

Oliver Jerschow
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

Instructor, Public Sector Trends
Prior to joining the Town of Innisfil, Oliver served as the Vice President, Employer & Stakeholder Relations at OMERS. He also spent 13 years working for the Province of Ontario where his roles included Director, Municipal Finance Policy at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Executive Coordinator with the Cabinet Office.  At the Ministry of Infrastructure, Oliver worked closely with the municipal sector, and managed funding programs worth billions of dollars. Oliver was educated at the University of Toronto, and the University of California, Berkeley. 

James Cox
Regional Economic Development Manager, West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative

Instructor, Public Consultations and Citizen Engagement
James oversees collaborative economic development efforts between seven municipalities. He has worked in the municipal sector for over a decade, primarily in economic development roles. James has also served as an Associate with Compass Point Consulting, providing strategic planning and project management support to municipalities. He has travelled extensively across Ontario, working with municipalities on various projects relating to strategic planning, citizen engagement, and economic development.

Mark Ellis
General Manager of Human Resources, City of Guelph

Instructor, Human Resources Law and Labour Relations
Mark is a highly experienced human resource executive with a proven track record of facilitating improved business results. He specializes in building and leading high-performing teams, establishing HR as a leader within an organization, and improving labour/employee relations. Mark’s professional background includes global executive experience as well as experience in a federally regulated work environment and the non-profit sector (health care). Mark is also Vice President of the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA).

Lorie Fioze
Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Municipality of Kincardine

Instructor, Strategic Planning for Municipalities
Lorie has worked in municipal government for over 20 years at regional and local levels, in both urban and rural communities. She has worked in departments focused on strategic initiatives, public health, social services, and the chief administrator’s office. Her extensive experience includes strategic planning with council and the community, as well as developing service- and system-level plans. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working across networks to address systemic issues such as social inclusion, housing, physician recruitment, economic development, and wellbeing.  

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