Education & Events

2020 Municipal Clerks Forum


Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel
6257 Airport Road,
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E4

About the Forum

This Annual Forum is the premier professional development event for Ontario Municipal Clerks. By bringing together expert practitioners, academics and senior leaders; this event helps provide insights and practical strategies for effectively managing the impending challenges and opportunities facing today’s municipal clerks.  

Who Should Attend:

  • All Municipal Clerks and staff working in the Clerk’s department  

Live Streaming Available

AMCTO will be offering a live streaming option that allows you to enjoy the full forum experience from your desk.  Upon registering, you can choose the in-person or live streaming option for taking in the 2020 Clerks Forum.
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Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Ontario Tech University

Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University, and the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada, and In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime. She has also published in the area of Native American victimization and social control, including one book entitled The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, and Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-enforcement in Indian Country, both of which were based on interviews with Native Americans (University of Arizona Press).

Dr. Perry continues to work in the area of hate crime, and has begun to make contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right wing extremism in Canada. She is regularly called upon by policy makers, practitioners, and local, national and international media as an expert on hate crime and right-wing extremism.


  • Opening Keynote: The Challenge of Populism and Right-wing Extremism in Local Communities

    The past 5 years have been characterized by the widespread (re)emergence of right wing populism across Europe and North America. Canada has not been immune to these trends. Many towns and cities across the country have been impacted by the rise of right-wing extremist activities, online hate directed at women and racialized individuals - especially those who are politically engaged - and the presence of blatantly racist and xenophobic political candidates. Dr. Perry will provide an overview of these patterns, concluding with suggestions on how communities might intervene to defend democracy and human rights.

  • The Accountability and Transparency Regime – Is it working as intended?

    Several years on from Bill 8, Codes of Conduct and mandated Integrity Commissioners, this session looks at whether the provincially driven accountability and transparency regime at the local government level has delivered on its laudable goals for the public.

  • Bend or Break? Challenging Outdated Regulatory Models/Systems

    Be it Flags, Proclamations or Advertisements – an increase in hate speech, public protests, and difficult public gatherings are increasingly challenging the salience of approaches and/or regulatory models used by Clerks and municipalities across Ontario. This session will look at the current models and systems in the realm of civic engagement.

  • ICYMI - Emerging Issues from the Office of the Ombudsman and the IPC

    This session will address the rise and prominence of the Public Interest Override through increased use of MFIPPA’s Section 16, Exemptions Not to Apply, is raising questions about whether the public interest is truly being served. Additionally, the provincial Ombudsman's new provision on municipalities recruiting and hiring CAOs and other statutory officers is worth understanding for Clerks to help manage risk for themselves and their municipality.

  • What 2018 Lessons Should Guide the 2022 Elections?

    This session will look at the challenge of over-contributions, MEA enforcement provisions, Compliance Audit Committees and more. Additionally, a series of high profile election related cases currently playing out across Ontario will be explored for lessons to be learned.

  • The Technology Age: Is the Clerk’s Profession Future Ready?

    This session explores a suite of areas where technology is becoming more integrated and prevalent on impacting the work of the Clerk’s department. Emerging technology issues and considerations that will be discussed include data privacy, artificial intelligence, and newer public engagement tools.

  • Question Box – Clerk Edition

    This session will include a panel of diverse experts that can field a range of audience questions and foster an open dialogue around the pressing issues raised directly by Clerks.

    **Please note that the preliminary agenda is subject to change/modification after consultation with speakers and contributors.  Every effort to remain true to the scoping of the preliminary agenda is assured.**


OPTION 1 - In Person

  • Early Bird Member Rate before March 1, 2020 : $432.22
  • Member Rate: $480.25
  • Non-Member Rate: $600.31
All rates above include HST

Multiple Registration Discount:
Three or more registrations receive a 10% discount on each registration. Complete the Registration Form and send to or fax (905) 602-4295. 

OPTION 2 - Live Stream


This event is available via live streaming. Prior to the event, you will be e-mailed a secure link to access the event.

  • Live Streaming Rate: $372.90
All rates above include HST
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Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A cancellation charge of $113.00 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to seven (7) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than seven (7) business days prior to the holding of the session

Location and Hotel Reservations

Please call the Four Points by Sheraton Reservations Department at 1-800-565-5769 or directly at 905-678-1401 and reference AMCTO, by no later than March 26th.

Please register your room early as our room block is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis

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