Program updates will be posted as confirmed.  For your planning purposes, please note the program timing.
 

Sunday, January 21, 2018:

11:00 am –7:00 pm
  • Registration Open to Delegates
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm    
  • Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm  
  • Conference Welcome, O Canada
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Opening Keynote:

  • Hinterland Heroes: Inspirational Community Builders on the Margins of North America. James Raffan is a writer, geographer, explorer, filmmaker, community activist and one of Canada’s finest storytellers.
2:00 PM - 2:15 pm                                       

What’s Ahead for Rural Ontario – Using Foresight to Shape the Future

  • Norman Ragetlie, Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Rural Ontario Institute
2:15 PM - 2:45 pm
  • Coffee break with Exhibitors
2:45 PM – 3:30 pm                                    

Session Block A

  • Can We Finally Solve Ontario’s Rural Broadband Deficit?
  • Power Partnerships for Public Libraries
  • Developing a Risk Management Plan for Your Municipality
  • The Scoop on Poop: Onsite Wastewater – The Municipal Dilemma
  • On the Road Again – Sponsored by LAS
3:30 PM - 4:00 pm                                   
  • Coffee Break
    • Sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution
4:00 PM - 4:45 pm                                    

Session Block B

  • Can We Finally Solve Ontario’s Rural Broadband Deficit?
  • Power Partnerships for Public Libraries
  • Developing a Risk Management Plan for Your Municipality
  • The Scoop on Poop: Onsite Wastewater – The Municipal Dilemma
  • The Impact of Bill 68 on Municipal Investments – Sponsored by LAS
4:45 PM - 6:00 pm                                    
  • ROMA Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Monday, January 22, 2018:

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Registration Open to Delegates
7:30 am  - 8:30 AM
  • Breakfast, visit with Exhibitors
8:30 am -  8:35 Am
  • Welcome Remarks
8:35 AM - 8:50
  • Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne
8:50 am -  9:45 Am
Opening Keynote
  • Award winning business journalist Amanda Lang
9:45 AM - 10:00 am                                    
ROMA Update
  • Ron Holman, ROMA Chair and Afshin Majidi, ROMA Secretary-Treasurer
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Lynn Dollin, AMO President

10:15 AM - 10:45 am                               
  • Coffee Break with Exhibitors
    • Sponsored by Housing Services Corporation
10:45 am - 12:15 pm                            
Session Block C
 
  • Volunteers in Teeny Tiny Places – Your Harshest Critics? Your Best Allies!
  • It's Accrual World: What you need to know about municipal financial statements
  • The Joy of Bill 68 – Updates to the Municipal Act and Municipal Elections Bill 68,
  • Collaborative Solutions from Growing Good Food
  • Municipal Law Update – 101
  • Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Challenge or Opportunity
  • Automated Vehicles: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology
12:15 PM - 1:15pm                                     
  • Lunch Learning Sessions: 
    • The Role Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas can Play in Economic and Environmental Needs, sponsored by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
    • Bringing Value to Ontario Municipal Water & Wastewater System Owners – A Unique Shared Services Approach, sponsored by Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)
    • What Impact has a Changing Economic Landscape had on Property Assessment?, sponsored by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
    • Access Talent: Ontario’s Approach to Accessible Workplaces, sponsored by Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
1:15 PM -1:45 pm                                       
  • Dessert with Exhibitors
    • Sponsored by Infrastructure Ontario
1:45 PM - 2:30pm                                       
Session Block D
 
  • It’s a Whole New World for Waste Management in Ontario
  • Social media for Municipalities: Increasing Engagement and Overcoming Challenges
  • The Leadership Gap – ONWARD with growing tomorrow’s municipal leaders in Ontario
  • Keeping Community Schools Open
  • Small Village Servicing Innovation – The Key to Growth
  • The Three Rs of Disaster: Resilience, Response and Recovery, sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Municipalities and Rural Health: Focus on Primary Care and Long Term Health
  • Update on the Province’s Municipal Asset Management Planning Regulation
2:45-3:30pm                                       
Session Block E (repeat of D)
3:30-4:00pm                                       
  • Coffee Break with Exhibitors and Draw
    • Sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution
4:00 PM - 4:15 pm                                       
  • The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs
4:15-5:00pm                                       
  • Ministers’ Forum
5:00-6:00pm                                       
  • Ontario Reception

Tuesday, January 23, 2018:

7:00 AM -10:00 am                                     
  • Registration Open to Delegates
7:45 am - 8:30am        
  • Breakfast Learning Sessions
    • Digital Signatures – The Last Mile, sponsored by LAS
    • Ontario’s Changing Energy Landscape, sponsored by Independent Electricity System Operator
    • Harnessing the Benefits of Propane, Sponsored by Superior Propane
8:45 am - 9:00 am        
  • The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
9:00 AM - 9:30 am                                       
  • Theories on Relationship Building, Cat Criger, Traditional Indigenous Elder
9:30 AM - 9:45 am                                       
  • Patrick Brown, Leader, Ontario PC
9:45–10:30am                                    
Michael Smither Question Box Panel
 
  • Chair: Fred Dean, Barrister and Solicitor
Speakers:
 
  • Lynne Balfour, Director, Education Development, Ontario Building Officials Association
  • Jody Johnson, Partner, Aird + Berlis LLP
  • Sid VanDer Veen, Drainage Coordinator, OMAFRA
  • Robert Walton, Director of Public Works, Oxford County
  • Sandra Weber, Director of Planning, County of Huron 
10:30 AM - 10:45 am                                   
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP
10:45am-11:30am                            
Closing Keynote Speaker
 
  • Climate Action Planning in Remote Communities
    • Glen Murray, Executive Director, Pembina Institute
11:30am                                               
  • Closing Remarks and Wrap Up Prize Draw
    • Sponsored by Air Canada

*programming information subject to change.