Education & Events

2020 Municipal Leaders' Forum

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

About the Forum

The annual AMCTO Municipal Leaders’ Forum is a premier event for Senior Executive Leaders from Ontario’s municipal sector. The event will bring together issues experts, academics, and senior leaders from the private and public sectors for a one day event to discuss  key leadership and management issues facing our sector today.

Who Should Attend

• CAOs, GMs, Commissioners and other executives across local government management
• Other Public Sector Executives

Live Streaming Available

AMCTO is offering a live streaming option to enable people to enjoy the full forum experience from their desk.  Upon registering, you can choose the in-person registration or the reduced pricing of the live streaming option. 
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Zahra Ebrahim, Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Cities, Design and Governance

Zahra Ebrahim is a city builder and designer interested in shifting power from some to many, using design to build equity, and engaging citizens in the design of services, policies and infrastructure. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Cities, Design and Governance, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. Zahra has led organizations across the private and social sectors, all focused on engaging diverse sets of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex organizational and industry challenges, and working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes. 

Through her work, she has led some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and currently teaches at UofT. She has served on the boards of Jane’s Walk, St. Stephen’s Community House, Toronto Biennial, and the Canadian Urban Institute, and is currently the chair of the board of Park People. She serves as an advisor for a range of organizations including Toronto Public Library, Progress Toronto, and Code for Canada. She was recently named Next City’s Vanguard “40 under 40 Civic Leader”, Ascend Canada’s Mentor of the Year, and one of WXN’s Top 100 Women in Canadian Business.


  • Climate Adaptation – Are Ontario Local Governments Prepared? 

    While dominating headlines and stirring political debates around the world; climate adaptation is a reality for many communities and jurisdictions.  Whether its wildfires in Australia or local concerns about flooding; local governments in Ontario can no longer afford to forego the risks  and responsibilities around climate adaptation facing their communities, infrastructure and citizens. This panel will seek out expert opinions and ideas for what a climate adaptive future must look like for local government.  

    Claire Bennett, Corporate Sustainability Officer, City of Kitchener 
    Kevin Quinlan, Senior Advisor, Mantle 314

  • Cyber Attacks – “Not a Question of If but When"  

    Local governments across Canada are increasingly being targets for cyber-attacks and are suffering from data and security breaches as a result.  Many experts claim that this threat cannot be ignored, as it is only a matter of time when the next local government experiences an attack/breach. As a formalized municipal risk, find out how your community should prepare, prevent and respond to an attack. This panel will explore what happens next – i.e. what are the tactics to deploy when your organization encounters a breach.

    Dan Mathieson,
     Mayor, City of Stratford  
    Vern Crowley,
    Detective Sergeant, OPP Cybercrime Investigation Team
    Marie Endicott, Supervisor, Risk Analysis, Regional Municipality of York

  • Building the Collaborative Local Government of the Future

    With mandated amalgamations off the table, the future of collaboration for Ontario's municipalities appears to be full of potential. Many local governments are tapping into key drivers that are resulting in formal arrangements to share services and pursue creative means of collaboration. These efforts optimize resources and are helping to reconceive how public services are structured and delivered to meet the growing demands of the public and local governments fiscal reality. 

    Rob Adams, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Whitchurch-Stouffville
    Jag Sharma, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Newmarket
    Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie

  • Building the Future Public Experience for Municipal Services  

    With it being 2020, the public expectations around digital service delivery are rising. There is increased pressure as “the customer experience” is evolving rapidly to adapt to an increasingly convenience oriented interaction. With the advent of smart cities; local governments are balancing the drive for a positive and seamless digital experience for their citizens while balancing the associated risk factors at play.

    Asim Hussein, Director, Transformation Office, City of Toronto
    Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

  • Populism Driving Change for Local Government Leaders  

    The rise of populism has affected government at all levels and locally, it is creating new dynamics for local government professionals.  The politically neutral and objective civil servants are being ever-challenged with a diminished media environment and an increasingly difficult social media world.  The impacts of these changes are affecting the perception and integrity of the profession while challenging individuals and their professionalism/well-being on a nearly daily basis. This panel will explore whether it is possible that the net effect of rising populism becomes a scenario where leadership roles in the sector become a less appealing proposition for sector professionals.

    John Matheson, Principal, StrategyCorp 
    Jennifer Pagliaro, City Hall Reporter, Toronto Star
    Simon Kiss, Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism, Wilfred Laurier University

  • The Changing Face of Municipal Infrastructure: Democratic Technology and an Open City Platform  

    Canada’s municipalities have extensive experience, regulations and policy for building the physical parts of our cities. But municipal operations increasingly require new digital infrastructure, where the rules are far less clear, and where we have less understanding of the implications, or what we might be giving away. Over time, our cities face a risk, that one vendor may control smart city infrastructure, reducing public control over our systems and data, eroding the public sector’s ability to govern itself, and constricting its ability to implement public policy choices.  This session will use Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing Quayside project with Sidewalk Labs (Google) as a case study to understand the current moment at the intersection of cities, technology and democracy, and why new approaches are required to how smart cities will get built to ensure a responsible, democratic technology future for Canada’s municipalities.

    Andy Best, Executive Director, Open City Network 
    Kurtis McBride, CEO and Co-founder, Miovision Technologies Incorporated & member of the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel 


OPTION 1 - In Person

  • Early Bird Member Rate before : $N/A
  • 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 5th.

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

Online Hotel Reservations

Speakers of the Leaders Forum

Dr. Simon James Kiss
Associate Professor - Wilfrid Laurier University

Jennifer Pagliaro
City hall reporter - Toronto Star

Andy Best
Executive Director - Open City Network

Asim Hussain
Director, Transformation - City of Toronto

Claire Bennett
Corporate Sustainability Officer - City of Kitchener

Dan Mathieson
Mayor - City of Stratford

Kurtis McBride
CEO - Miovision Technologies

John Matheson
Principal/Legal Counsel - StrategyCorp Inc.

Jeff Lehman
Mayor - City of Barrie

Michael Di Lullo
Chief Administrative Officer - Municipality of Middlesex Centre

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