This year’s annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference went virtual due to COVID-19, running from Monday, Aug. 17-Wednesday, Aug. 19.
As a result, we were still able to carry on with the unique opportunities afforded at the conference that lets us learn from each other, share our experiences and serve our communities well through: delegation meetings with Provincial ministers; and sessions and forums on a various of municipal issues (such as a municipality’s role in climate change, building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples in your community and early lessons learned from municipal front lines in our COVID-19 initial response).
Another aspect of the conference is electing a new AMO board that includes a president, past-president, secretary-treasurer, past-secretary treasurer, a representative of Association Française des Municipalités de l’Ontario (AFMO), and six caucus, including: County; Large Urban; North; Regional and Single-Tier; Rural; and Small Urban.
Right before the conference, I learned I was acclaimed to the Large Urban Caucus of the AMO board for the next two years and will serve as a representative for the City of Burlington with the support of City Council.
I believe the voices of Ontario’s municipalities are strongest when we are united and I’ve seen the impact we have when we come together on behalf of our communities. Ontario’s large urban cities and towns share many common issues including transit, affordable housing, land use planning, the environment, creating inclusive communities free of racism, and supporting our healthcare providers and local businesses through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
I’m looking forward to working with my fellow board members to advocate for the issues that matter to our constituents and to all municipalities across the province.
With Milton Councillor Colin Best’s re-election to the Regional and Single-Tier Caucus, Halton Region will have two voices on the AMO Board this term — for more details, please click the link to the Regional media release.
Here is a recap of those who were elected/acclaimed to the 2020-2022 term of the AMO board — for more details, please visit www.amo.on.ca.
AMO 2020-2022 Board Members:
- President: Graydon Smith, Mayor of Town of Bracebridge
- Secretary-treasurer: Gary Dyke, CAO, Municipality of North Grenville
- Past-president: Jamie McGarvey, Mayor of Town of Perry Sound
- Past secretary-treasurer: Trevor Wilcox, GM of Corporate Performance, County of Simcoe
- Association Française des Municipalités de l’Ontario (AFMO): Roger Sigouin, Mayor of City of Hearst & AFMO President
- County Caucus:
- Justin Bromberg, Chief of Staff & Communications Manager, United Counties of Prescott and Russell;
- Aina DeViet, Councillor, Middlesex County;
- Jim Ginn, Warden, County of Huron & Chair, WOWC;
- Andy Letham, Mayor, City of Kawartha Lakes & Chair, EOWC;
- Gary McNamara, Mayor, Town of Tecumseh; and
- Paul McQueen, Warden, County of Grey
- Large Urban Caucus:
- Kevin Davis, Mayor, City of Brantford;
- Dawn Dodge, Councillor, City of St. Catharines;
- Cam Guthrie, Mayor, City of Guelph & Chair, OBCM;
- Anna Hopkins, Councillor, City of London;
- Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington; and
- Bryan Paterson, Mayor, City of Kingston
- North Caucus:
- Wendy Landry, Mayor, Municipality of Shuniah (N.W.) & President, NOMA;
- Danny Whalen, Councillor, City of Temiskaming Shores (N.E.) & President, FONOM;
- Randy Hazlett, Councillor, Municipality of French River (N.E.);
- Roger Sigouin, Mayor, Town of Hearst (N.E.);
- Rick Dumas, Mayor, Town of Marathon (N.W.); and
- Doug Lawrance, Mayor, Municipality of Sioux Lookout (N.W.)
- Regional and Single-Tier Caucus:
- Colin Best, Councillor, Region of Halton;
- Riley Brockington, Councillor, City of Ottawa;
- Robert Foster, Councillor, Region of Niagara;
- John Henry, Chair, Region of Durham;
- Deb McIntosh, City Councillor, City of Greater Sudbury;
- Paul Vicente, Councillor, Region of Peel; and
- Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo & Chair of Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO)
- Rural Caucus:
- Peter R. Emon, Councillor, County of Renfrew;
- Robin Jones, Councillor, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville;
- Christa Lowry, Mayor, Municipality of Mississippi Mills;
- Christine Robinson, Mayor, Municipality of West Grey; and
- Allan Thompson, Mayor, Town of Caledon & Chair, ROMA (appointed)
- Small Urban Caucus:
- Jo-Anne Albert, Councillor, County of Hastings;
- Lynn Dollin, Mayor, Town of Innisfil;
- Bob Kwapis, Councillor, Town of Newmarket;
- Hilda MacDonald, Mayor, Municipality of Leamington;
- Rick Milne, Mayor of the Town of New Tecumseth, OSUM Chair; and
- Michael Touw, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Perth.
- Halton Region Media Release: Regional Councillor Colin Best re-elected to AMO Board of Directors
- AMO 2020 Virtual Conference: City of Burlington Delegation Meets with Ministers
- AMO 2020 Virtual Conference: Halton Region Delegation Meets with Ministers
- Burlington Mayor Meed Ward Acclaimed to the Large Urban Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
- Premier Doug Ford’s Remarks at the Virtual AMO 2020 Annual Conference
- Minister Steve Clark’s Speech at the 2020 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Virtual Conference