Opening Keynote Speaker

Meg Soper, Motivational Humorist | Co-Author of From the Stage to the Page

Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premier motivators in North America. She combines her unique blend of comedy with inspirational stories to connect with her audience, break barriers, and deliver practical strategies for being more effective at work and at home.

Meg is co-author of the book, From the Stage to the Page…Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies. She has appeared on the CBC, on the Women’s Television Network and on Prime TV.

Read more about Meg Soper online here!

Thursday Plenary Speakers

Personal Accountability – How to Avoid Becoming a Target!

Nigel Bellchamber
Fred Dean


Nigel Bellchamber and Fred Dean will take you through the multiple pieces of legislation that can affect you personally, and provide you with their tips on how you can minimize the chances of someone being able to damage your reputation and your personal finances because you are a member of a municipal council or staff member.

Fred has practiced municipal law in Ontario for over 40 years, and enjoys coaching and training both staff and elected officials, by way of conference presentations, webinars and sessions with individual councils.

Nigel has been a CAO, a Treasurer, a senior staff recruiter, a part time college and university instructor and held a number of volunteer leadership positions with organizations such as AMO, PSAB and OMAA.

Together they have conducted hundreds of training sessions since 2002. Through their company, Amberley Gavel Ltd they serve as Closed Meeting Investigators and have served as Integrity Commissioner as well. They enjoy assisting municipal officials by bringing their combined technical and managerial experience to bear on individual challenges such as organizational reviews, strategic planning and staff development.