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Sunday, January 27:

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Bill 68: Changes to The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and the Municipal Act and Why They Matter to You
Speakers: A Guide to Government Relations
Speakers: The Loss of Local News
Speakers: Food Tourism – Beyond the Bits and Bites and into the Economics of Why and How?
Speakers: Problem-Solving 101 with LAS, Sponsored by LAS
  • Jeff Barten, Energy and Asset Services Management, Local Authority Services
  • Judy Dezell, Director Enterprise Centre, Business Partnerships & LAS, Local Authority Services
  • Eleonore Schneider, LAS Program Manager, Local Authority Services
2:45 – 3:00 pm      
 Conference Welcome Remarks
3:00 – 3:25 pm
ROMA Update and Nominations Report
  • Afshin Majidi, Secretary Treasurer, ROMA
3:25 - 3:30 pm
FCM Update
  • Vicki-May Hamm, President, FCM
3:30 – 4:30pm
Opening Keynote Speaker
Lance Secretan, Author, Founder of The Secretan CentreThe Bellwether Effect: Stop Following! Start Inspiring!

We all strive to create inspiring organizations and teams, to raise the level of performance and achieve something important that we can be proud of. But things get in the way. Dr. Lance Secretan has spent his life observing and learning about these obstacles and has used this experience to inspire countless leaders to focus on the things that really matter, that inspire people to follow, and that make leadership authentically great. In this keynote based on Dr. Lance Secretan’s most recent groundbreaking book, you will be guided through practical ideas, approaches and new ways of seeing people and the world.

Lance Secretan, Author, Founder of The Secretan Centre

Monday, January 28:

8:35 - 8:55 am  
The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
8:55 am - 9:45 pm
Update on Cannabis Legalization and Licensing Framework
9:45 – 10:00 am
The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
10:30 - 11:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Asset Management Plans: Getting You Prepared
Speakers: Engaging Community: Approaches to Working with Teens and Older Adults
Speakers: Here Comes 5G
Speakers: Expanding and Innovating with Long-Term Care Homes and Seniors Services in Rural Ontario
Speakers: The Future is Now! – Creating Smart, Connected and Innovative Municipalities
  • Siri Agrell, Managing Director, Toronto, OneEleven Toronto
  • Sheldon Levy, CEO, NEXT Canada
  • Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director, DMZ, Ryerson University
  • Kevin Tuer, VP Strategic Initiatives, Communitech
11:45 am -12:45 pm
Sponsored Learning Lunches
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Shifting into a Higher Gear:  Processes to Streamline Planning and Development
Speakers: Addressing Poverty and Employment in Rural and Northern Communities
Speakers: Transit for Rural Regions: Connecting People and Places Over Large Distances
Speakers: Main Street Revitalization: More than a Face Lift
Speakers: Municipal Law – The Latest Changes and What You Need to Know
3:00 - 3:20 pm  
AMO Update
3:20 - 4:00 pm  
Labour Law and Municipal Government Employers
4:00 - 4:15 pm
The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
4:15 - 5:15 pm
Ministers’ Forum

Tuesday, January 29:

7:30 - 8:15 am
Sponsored Learning Breakfasts
8:30 – 8:45 am    
Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario
8:45 - 9:30 am
An Overview of Natural Gas Expansion in Rural Ontario
9:30 - 9:45 am
 John Fraser, Interim Leader, Ontario Liberal Party
Michael Smither Question Box Panel
A panel of experts answer questions and discuss current issues impacting rural Ontario municipalities.

Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP and Official Opposition
10:45 - 11:45 am
Closing Keynote Speaker
Peter Kenyon, Founder and Director, Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
(Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies), An international community and economic development consultancy based in Kalamunda, Western Australia
  Meaningful and lasting community change always originates from within - and local government plays a leading role in creating change. Leadership requires positive focus - on resources, capacities, strengths and aspirations.  How can you, your council, and community stakeholders lead an effective revitalization campaign for your rural community.

Closing Remarks and Wrap Up Prize Draw. Sponsored by Air Canada