2024 ROMA Presentations

PROGRAM proceedings



Sunday, January 21

Zone Meetings 1-10- ROMA 2023- Board update  

Concurrent Sessions: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

1-Immigration to Rural Communities

Immigration to Rural Communities-Lisa Cook

County of Wellington-Diane Ballantyne and Jana Burns, Part 1

County of Wellington-Diane Ballantyne and Jana Burns, Part 2


2-Exploring Solutions to Increasing Housing in the Rural Context

CMHC housing solutions - Jeremy Tessier

Prince Edward County Housing Plan- Ellis Ziegler

Housing Supply and Affordability in Bruce County- Claire Dodds

3- Infrastructure


Plenary Programming

3:30 pm

ROMA Strategic Plan: 2024-2027


Monday, January 22

8:30- 8:45 am

ROMA Chair, Robin Jones


The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario


IPE: Investing in Municipal Resiliency

Concurrent Sessions 10:15-11:30

1-Responding to Gender-Based Violence,

2-Economic Development in Local Communities

Belinda Wick-Graham, Part 1, Part 2

Paul Pepe 

Audrey Jamal and Emily Cowan

3-Risk Management and Reducing Liability

4-Addressing Municipal Staff Retention and Recruitment Challenges   

Effective Service Delivery

Key Trends in Municipal Workforce Development

Learning Lunches 11:45-12:45pm

1-Nuclear's role in Powering Ontario's Growth, Sponsored by Bruce Power


3-OCWA = A network that is already close to home!
4-MPAC: Meeting the Evolving Needs of our Partners 
5-IESO- How Ontario’s Energy Transformation Benefits Communities 


Concurrent Sessions 1:15pm- 2:30 pm

1-Municipal Lessons Learned with Energy Projects

Michael Di Lullo and Tonja Leach

Iain Angus

2-Indigenous Partners: Unlocking the Power of Collaboration

Jack Van Dorp, Grey Bruce

Heather Swan, Indigenous and Community Engagement 

Tanya Hill-Montour - Indigenous Archaeological Perspectives and priorities for Land Use Planning

3-Legal Challenges to Ontario's Drainage Act: New Municipal Risks

Trains and Drains - Handout


Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition and NDP


Tuesday, January 23

Insight Breakfasts 7:30-8:15am

1-The profound demographic shift that’s underway and local solutions, sponsored by OLTCA
2-Energizing Life for People and Communities, sponsored by Hydro One

3-Risky Business: Reducing Cyber Threats, sponsored by LAS


Bonnie Crombie, Leader, Ontario Liberal Party


Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario


AMO’s Social and Economic Prosperity Review