To assist you in planning your travel, you may want to consider the conference schedule below:

Please note: This Program At A Glance is subject to change. A final program will be provided at the conference, and available on the app in January.

Sunday, January 27:

11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Registration Open to Delegates
12:00 6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 - 2:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Bill 68: Changes to The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and the Municipal Act and Why They Matter to You
  2. A Guide to Government Relations
  3. The loss of Local News
  4. Food Tourism – Beyond the Bits and Bites and into the Economics of Why and How?
  5. Problem-Solving 101 with LAS, Sponsored by LAS
2:15 – 2:45pm
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
2:45 – 3:00pm      
 Welcome Remarks
3:00 – 3:25pm
ROMA Update and Nominations Report
3:25 – 4:30pm
Opening Keynote Speaker
Lance Secretan, Author, Founder of The Secretan CentreLance Secretan, Author, Founder of The Secretan Centre

The 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.
4:30 - 6:00pm
ROMA Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Monday, January 28:

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Open to Delegates
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 -  8:30am
8:35 - 8:55 am  
The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Invited
8:55 am - 9:45 pm
Update on Cannabis Legalization and Licensing Framework
9:45 – 10:00 am
The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
10:00 – 10:30 am
Coffee Break with Exhibitors, Sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
10:30 - 11:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Asset Management Plans: Getting You Prepared
  2. Engaging Community: Approaches to Working with Teens and Older Adults
  3. Here Comes 5G
  4. Expanding and Innovating with Long-Term Care Homes and Seniors Services in Rural Ontario
  5. The Future is Now! – Creating Smart, Connected and Innovative Municipalities
11:45 am -12:45 pm
Sponsored Learning Lunches
  1. Understanding MPAC and our role in the Property Assessment and Taxation System, Sponsored by MPAC
  2. New Councils, Old Water Systems and One Ratepayer…Ideas to Make it Work, Sponsored by OCWA    
  3. Sponsored by Independent Electricity System Operator
  4. Sponsored by Hydro One
12:45 - 1:15 pm
Dessert with Exhibitors
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Shifting into a Higher Gear:  Processes to Streamline Planning and Development
  2. Social Assistance Reform
  3. Transit for Rural Regions: Connecting People and Places Over Large Distances
  4. Main Street Revitalization: More than a Face Lift
  5. Municipal Law – The Latest Changes and What You Need to Know
2:30 - 3:00 pm
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
3:00 - 3:20 pm  
AMO Update, AMO President
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
5:15 - 6:00 pm
Ontario Reception

Tuesday, January 29:

7:00 - 10:00 am
Registration Open to Delegates
7:30 - 8:15 am
Sponsored Learning Breakfasts
  1. Grow Your Municipal Money Tree with ONE Investment, Sponsored by LAS
  2. Will Autonomous Vehicles Change the Rules of the Road, Sponsored by Frank Cowan Company
8:30 – 8:45 am    
Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP and Official Opposition
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
Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario
10:45 - 11:45 am
Closing Keynote Speaker
Peter Kenyon, Founder and Director, Bank of I.D.E.A.S.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

Reinventing and Revitalising Small Rural Communities –  The Leadership Role of Local Government

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