Rural Ontario: Moving Forward promises a dynamic and educational program.  While the program continues to be developed, please see below for what you can expect at the conference this year.

Sunday, January 19

11:00am – 6:00pm              
     
Registration Open to Delegates  
1:00 – 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
 
1:00 – 2:15pm       Concurrent Sessions
  1. Labour Force – Immigration/out migration
  2. Sustainable Economic Development
  3. Land Use Planning
  4. Traffic Calming
  5. Environmental Assessments
  6. Cannabis
2:15 – 2:45pm Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
2:45 – 4:30pm Plenary Programming
 
2:45 – 3:00pm Welcome Remarks
  • Allan Thompson, ROMA Chair
  • Chief Stacey LaForme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (invited)
3:00 – 3:20pm ROMA Update and AGM
  • Allan Thompson, ROMA Chair
  • Afshin Majidi, Secretary Treasurer
3:20 – 3:45pm Rural Ontario Institute, Norman Ragetlie, Executive Director
 
3:45 – 4:30pm Opening Keynote: Terry O’Reilly
 
4:30 – 6:00pm ROMA Welcome Reception







 

Monday, January 20

7:00am – 5:00pm              
 
Registration Open to Delegates  
7:30am – 3:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
 
7:30 – 8:20am    Breakfast
   
8:35 – 9:45am Plenary Programming
 
8:30 – 8:35am Welcome
 
8:35 – 8:50am The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
 
8:50 – 9:30am Pre-Budget Submission
 
9:30 – 9:45am The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario (invited)
 
9:45 – 10:15am Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
10:15 - 11:45am Concurrent Sessions: Community Connections
  1. Broadband: Bringing Connected Communities Alive
  2. Issues in Rural Health Care
12:00-12:45pm Sponsored Learning Lunches
 
12:45-1:15pm                       Dessert with Exhibitors
 
1:15 – 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions
  1. Fostering Indigenous/Municipal Relationships
  2. New Types of Housing
  3. Mental Health
  4. Waste Management
  5. Preserving Home Values in a Time of Climate Change, Sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada
2:30-3:00pm Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
3:00-5:15pm Plenary Programming
 
3:00 – 3:15pm    
   
Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition
3:15 – 3:45pm     Conservation Authorities
 
3:45 – 4:00pm     AMO President, AMO Update
 
4:00 – 4:15pm The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (invited)
 
4:15 – 5:15pm Ministers’ Forum
 
5:15-6:00pm Ontario Reception
   

 

TUESday, January 21

7:00-10:00am
 
Registration Open to Delegates  
7:30-8:15am Sponsored Learning Breakfasts
 
8:30 – 11:45am       Plenary Programming
 
8:30 – 9:15am Rural Social Policy Panel
 
9:15 – 9:30 John Fraser, Interim Leader, Ontario Liberal Party
 
9:30 – 10:30am Michael J. Smither Question Box Panel
 
10:30 – 10:45am Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario
 
10:45am-11:30am Closing Keynote: Andrew Coyne
 
11:30am Closing Remarks and Wrap Up Prize Draw