*This program is preliminary and may be changed


9:00 AM – 10:45 AM Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote


Opening Greetings:

MPP Jim McDonell, Stormont, Dundas, South Glengarry

The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Mayor Bernadette Clement, Cornwall

Warden Jamie Macdonald, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry


Traditional Territory Acknowledgement for Cornwall


Eastern Ontario Leadership Council Strategy (EOLC) Strategy Refresh Launch

Diane Therrien, Mayor of Peterborough

Ron Higgins, Warden of Frontenac County


Ontario East Organizational Review Announcement


EDO of the Year Award


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

Sponsored by Municipal Finance Officers’ Association

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Baker Tilly KDN LLP
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM A Platform for Peak Performance Parliamentary Business – Best Practices: Accountability and Transparency Managing Water Assets in a Changing Climate Ontario Ministries looking out for Workforce Development and Talent! EOLC – Overview of the Strategy and Next Steps in Implementation
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Effective and Meaningful Indigenous Engagement Leveraging Remote Monitoring Technology for Environmental & Water Management Current Trends in (Re)Planning Places of Worship Housing Models to Grow Communities EOLC – Workforce Development and Deployment
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Transition Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Arena Safety The Balance of Needs vs. Wants: Retrofitting Existing Corridors for Cycling Facilities The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Action Planning Together for a Reliable Electricity System  EOLC – Integrated, Intelligent Transportation System
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Refreshment Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Legal Update Creating an Eastern Ontario Bioeconomy for Seven Generations Tourism Investment in Eastern Ontario and Partnerships in Economic Development   EOLC – Technology Integration and Innovation
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM President’s Reception / Exhibitor Wine & Cheese
Sponsored by the City of Cornwall
6:45 PM Taste of the Town
Sponsored by the Hydro One Networks Inc.


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Plenary Session: Personal Accountability – How to Avoid Becoming a Target!  

Nigel Bellchamber and Fred Dean

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Transition Break
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Bill 68: Impacts and Interpretations of the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade: Helping the Economic Development Community with Business Attraction, Retention and Growth Intentional Leadership EOLC – Digital Infrastructure
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Refreshment Break and Exhibitor Draw Prizes
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Grow Fish Grow Understanding and Managing Municipal Risk Regulation of Proliferation of Short-Term Accommodations Rebranding After A Decade – One Community’s Case Study
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ombudsman 101: Working with Ontario’s Eastern Municipalities Zen and the Art of Business Retention + Expansion A Sweet Deal on Public Greenspace – Municipal/CA Partnerships at Work Navigating the Cannabis Industry in your Community
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Refreshment Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Our Economic Success: Collaborating to Prepare the Next Generation Protecting People and Property – a Collaborative Government and Non-government Partnership The Evolution of Downtown Revitalization and CIP: From Planning through Infrastructure Renewal Tiny Houses for Affordable Youth Housing
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Transition Break
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Exploring Crossborder Opportunities between Outaouais and Eastern Ontario Local Food First Impression Community Exchange Program: Lessons from Pilot Community Projects
Municipal Financial Statements 101  
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM BBQ Dinner Reception
Sponsored by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Complimentary cocktails from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
Entertainment throughout the night!


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Panel Discussion- The Wrap-Up: Takeaways from OEMC and How to Take Action at Home

Sponsored by the Ottawa Business Journal



Michael Curran, Ottawa Business Journal



Dan Borowec, Northumberland Economic Development & Past-President of Ontario East

Ron Higgins, Warden of Frontenac & Co-Chair of EOLC

MPP Jim McDonell, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

Shelley Hirstwood, Kingston Economic Development & President of Ontario East

Diane Therrien, Mayor of Peterborough & Co-Chair of EOLC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Closing Remarks
10:30 AM Tour of the NAV Centre