Rural Ontario: Moving Forward

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

11:00 am - 6:00 pm              
     
Registration Open to Delegates  
  • Sponsored by Smart Serve
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 - 2:15 pm      
Concurrent Sessions A
  • Cannabis in Your Community: Medical Grows - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Slow Down
  • Environmental Assessment Reform - New Opportunities for Streamlining Approvals and Local Control
  • Asset Management in Action: Success Stories from Rural Ontario
2:15 - 2:45 pm Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
2:45 - 4:30 pm
Plenary Programming
2:45 - 3:00 pm
  • Welcome Remarks
3:00 - 3:20 pm
  • ROMA Update and AGM
    • Allan Thompson, ROMA Chair
    • Afshin Majidi, Secretary Treasurer
3:20 - 3:45 pm
 
  • Using Foresight to Foster Discussion of Rural Challenges
    • Norman Ragetlie, Executive Director, Rural Ontario Institute
3:45 - 4:30 pm
  • The Power of Storytelling
    • Opening Keynote: Terry O’Reilly
4:30 - 6:00 pm ROMA Welcome Reception
 







 

Monday, January 20

7:00 am - 5:00 pm              
 
Registration Open to Delegates 
  • Sponsored by Smart Serve  
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 - 9:45 am
Plenary Programming
8:30 - 8:45 am
  • AMO President, Jamie McGarvey
8:45 - 9:00 am
  • The Hon. Christine Elliott, Ministry of Health
9:00 - 9:15 am
  • Laurie Swami, President and CEO, NWMO
9:15 - 9:30 am
  • The Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
9:30 – 9:45am
  • The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
10:15 - 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions B:
  • Connecting Communities: The Importance of Broadband Access
  • Issues in Rural Health Care
12:00 - 12:45 pm
Sponsored Learning Lunches
  • MPAC Values Ontario. Sponsored by MPAC
  • Virtual Care: Making a Difference in Rural Ontario. Sponsored by OMA
  • Building your Community through Smart Energy Choices. Sponsored by IESO
  • Improving Community Healthcare: A Regional Approach to EMS. Sponsored by Medavie
  • Autonomous Driving - Challenges Ahead. Sponsored by Frank Cowan
12:45 - 1:15 pm                       Dessert with Exhibitors
  • Sponsored by 4S
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions C
  • New Types of Housing
  • Comply When you Buy! Sponsored by LAS
  • Preserving Home Values in a Time of Climate Change. Sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Sea Change: The Blue Box under Full Producer Responsibility
  • What Does Senior Leadership Support for Psychological Health and Safety Really Mean?
2:30 - 3:00 pm Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
3:00 - 5:15 pm
Plenary Programming
3:00 - 3:15 pm
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition
3:15 - 3:45 pm    
  • An Overview of the Grand River Conservation Authority - Building Resiliency through Collaboration
3:45 - 4:10 pm    
  • Preparing for Ontario's 2020-21 Provincial Budget
4:10 - 4:25 pm
  • The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
4:25 - 5:30 pm
  • Ministers’ Forum
5:30 - 6:30 pm Ontario Reception
   

 

TUESday, January 21

7:00 - 10:00 am
 
Registration Open to Delegates  
7:30 - 8:15 am
Sponsored Learning Breakfasts
  • Making More Possible through Investments. Sponsored by ONE Investment
  • Cybersecurity and Closed Meetings. Sponsored by LAS
  • Funding for Growth. Sponsored by Mitacs
  • Investing your Communities and Planning for the Future. Sponsored by Hydro One
  • Municipalities, The Unsung Heroes for Broadband Connectivity. Sponsored by Shaw Communications
8:30 - 11:45 am
Plenary Programming
8:30 - 9:30 am
  • Rural Social Policy Panel
9:30 - 9:45 am
  • John Fraser, Interim Leader, Ontario Liberal Party
9:45 - 10:45 am
  • Michael J. Smither Question Box Panel
10:45 - 11:00 am
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario
11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Closing Keynote: Andrew Coyne
    • The Political Landscape: Where are we Headed?
11:45 am Closing Remarks and Wrap Up Prize Draw
  • Sponsored by Air Canada