Wednesday, October 21
- Municipal Law Legal Update
- Wrapping Your Arms Around Community: Case Study in the EO Manufacturing Workforce Development Project
- FDI and Community Readiness Toolkit
- The Municipal “Good to Great” journey!
- Regional Economic Recovery and Resilience
- Invest Ontario – Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- Connecting to Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem
- Conservation Authorities & Municipalities Working Together for Success
- Title TBC – Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
- Funding Programs – Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- They Came by Boat: Capitalizing on Tourism in the Village of Manotick
- Municipal Broadband – Deploying the High-Speed Connectivity your Community is Demanding
- The Keys to Engaging and Retaining Great Employees
- Top 5 Predictions for Ontario Municipalities in the Post-Covid 19 World
- Up Your Game & Fuel Your Economic Development Efforts with LinkedIn Talent Insights!
- The Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario
- CNG for Transit
Thursday, October 22
- Housing and Economic Development are Inextricably Linked
- How to do a Health & Safety Risk Assessment
- 2020 Pandemic Planning for Your Workplace
- In-Market Representatives – Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- Big Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Tourism
- Ontario Ombudsman & Municipalities
- Reprisal Clauses and Adjudication Under the New Construction Act
- The Cross Border Partnership Program: Building Meaningful Relationships with First Nations
- Affordable Housing Innovation in Canada and Beyond
- How to Retain Young Graduates in Your Community?
- Constructing and Executing a Social Strategy for Economic Development Agencies and Municipalities
- Learning Through Experience: What Westawayin has Taught us about the Duty to Consult
- Regional Labour Market Initiatives
- Economic Impact and Beyond – the Role of the Charitable Sector
- Strengthening Municipalities Through Energy Choices
- Ontario’s Journey Towards a Circular Economy. Are There Benefits for Rural Ontario Municipalities?
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP
Learn about the latest cases and legislative changes in municipal and planning law. Municipal laws are constantly changing. Whether it is new legislation or recent decisions, municipalities need to understand the current state of the law and be prepared to respond. This session will focus on the latest changes to municipal legislation and the newest cases in areas of interest to municipal council and staff. Learn not just what new court and Tribunal decisions have been handed down, but why they are important to your municipality and how you can use them.
Alysha Dominico, Project Coordinator, Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Project (EOMWDP)
Sometimes it feels impossible to bring people together to work on a common task – particularly when you’re all working full time on daily operations. Come learn the steps the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Project (EOMWDP) took to eat an elephant one bite at a time.
In this session, Project Coordinator for the EOMWDP Project, Alysha Dominico (also CEO of Tangible Words) will share the process, results and how challenges were overcome when the EOMWDP had to wrap their arms around a community that was rarely in the same place at the same time.
This project is an OLMP success story to inspire you. You will learn that it is possible to bring hard to reach manufacturers, youth and job seekers together by reaching them where they already hang out: online. The various tools used, initiatives taken, and steps taken will be shared with you in a step by step process you too can emulate for your project.
Economic development and workforce leaders who want to get big projects off the ground to help entire sectors or greater community should attend.
Greg Merlihan, Investment Attraction Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Bill Harvie, Investment Attraction Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The current challenges with globalization from national defensive actions and supply chain uncertainties are and will continue to impact foreign investment attraction. This session will consider strategies and approaches that can be used for successful investment attraction within the food and beverage manufacturing industry and available tools to support this.
Steve Maloney, President, SP Maloney Corp
Embracing the concept of continuous improvement is the first step for your municipality to go from good to great. Attend this session and you will learn the nine disciplines needed to enhance management/council collaborations that must be present to achieve the pinnacle of near greatness. This session will focus on the stakeholders of the organization and the roles and expectations of the council, management and the employees. Strong organizations from every sector understand that the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts/individuals. The secrets and mystiques will be unveiled in the areas of employee engagement, employing star employees, individual’s motivators and value drivers, perseverance, discipline, strategizing, decision making, execution and salesmanship.
The results of this session will be improved communications throughout the organization and the understanding that you can create the environment that employees are motivated by. Attendees will leave with the understanding that their employees will respond more readily to council/managements push as long as they feel they are working for a cause and not just a municipality
Kelly Pender, CEO, Eastern Ontario Regional Network
David Fell, CAO, County of Frontenac
Kathryn Wood, EOLC Project Coordinator
Padraic Foley, Director, Business Development and Commercialization, OCE
OCE is a provincial partner that drives innovation and job growth in Ontario. We collaborate with industry and academia to maximize the commercial impact of research developed in Ontario’s post-secondary institutions and drive the commercialization and adoption of emerging technologies that creates employment opportunities and prosperity across the province.
The presentation will highlight OCEs province-wide platform where we leverage a broad innovation network that links researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and innovation hubs in over 160 communities across Ontario. We will discuss our program portfolio that takes industry challenges and matches them to specialized expertise from academic institutions, connects innovative SMEs to global supply chains and global firms and provides streamlined access to leading-edge tools, equipment and test-beds, including 5G networks. The presentation will also include information on seed funding for high potential opportunities and the important role OCE plays in de-risking these ventures to make them attractive to early stage angel and venture capital support.
Sommer Casgrain-Robertson, General Manager, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Phil Mosher, Planner, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Noelle Reeve, Planner, Tay Valley Township
Conservation authorities deliver a range of integrated programs and services on behalf of their member municipalities – programs that are legislated by the Province, as well as programs designed to meet the needs of local watersheds, residents and municipalities. Through conservation authorities, municipalities work together to manage the water they share and the landscape that influences it by making collaborative science-based decisions at the watershed scale. In this session, you will receive a brief overview of conservation authority programs and services. The presentation will then focus on the role of municipalities and conservation authorities in local development review and how their complementary roles fit together to achieve sustainable development. Best practices from across Eastern Ontario will be highlighted to show how municipalities and conservation authorities have been working together to provide a more streamlined customer-focused development review service for applicants. The presentation will then end with a discussion about the future direction of conservation authorities and how the municipal – conservation authority partnership can be further strengthened.
Doug Fountain, Principal of Landscape Architecture, Fotenn
Anne Robinson, President of the Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association
Donna Smith, Executive Director, Manotick BIA
Over 25 years ago a group of Manotick residents recognized an opportunity to enhance the economic success of the businesses in their village. While the Rideau Canal runs through the heart of Manotick, there was no opportunity for boaters to easily access the services, suppliers and restaurants that were popular among land-based visitors. With over 50,000 boats travelling this World Heritage Waterway, business owners were quite literally watching potential revenue dollars float by. Over the course of more than two decades, various iterations of a marina were explored for Mahogany Bay, the open water inlet closest to the village. For various reasons, a bustling marina never materialized. With renewed growth and housing expansion into Manotick in the early 2010s, the same group of stead-fast business owners and residents resurrected the concept of attracting boaters to their unique Main Street and in 2019 the ribbon was cut on the first phase of the Mahogany Harbour Docks. This case study will share the community partnerships, regulatory challenges and creative funding approach that made this project possible.
So, you’re faced with addressing the needs of your community to provide high speed Internet connectivity, but you aren’t quite sure how to kick it off. Calix has the experience and know-how to help you get started. During this session, we will review the business models and deployment options, and provide examples of Canadian success stories from other municipalities. Learn from our experience of helping over 180 greenfield organizations launch successful broadband Internet networks.
Cathy Ginsberg, People Focus Training Inc.
The demographics of the workforce are changing. As a result, the engagement and retention of talented, skilled and committed employees are top of mind for all types of organizations, and municipalities are no exception. Effective engagement strategies are an essential part of the formula for success, when balancing the priorities of efficiency, productivity and performance.
We live in a global age in which cities compete with others for investment, talent and resources. While Ontario municipalities consistently rank as one of the best places to live, they don’t rank as highly in the cost of doing business. Businesses benefit from Ontario’s diverse and educated workforce, but face barriers due to housing affordability, ageing population, rising electricity prices and poor R&D investment. In addition, municipalities don’t often invest in state of the art physical and digital infrastructure due to fiscal constraints. Given the challenge posed by a relatively recent reduction in American corporate taxes, which has eroded our tax advantage, and continued economic uncertainty, it’s essential for the municipal governments to prioritize making Ontario a globally competitive environment for business.
The speaker will examine top five areas that should be top of mind:
- What can municipalities do to diversify their revenue base beyond property taxes;
- Opportunities to invest in cutting edge physical and digital infrastructure as well as smart cities;
- Ways to partner with private sector / academia;
- Ways to attract and retain top talent including upskilling; solving for housing affordability; and
- Create global identity to set apart Ontario municipalities globally.
Denyse Cowling, Public Sector Lead – Talent Solutions, LinkedIn
Understand how LinkedIn’s data and tools can Fuel Your Economic Recovery and Growth Efforts across the current COVID impacted landscape. Learn how all levels of governments are using our platform and tools to formulate economic recovery planning through unprecedented access to skills, migration and bench-marking data for local, regional, and the global workforces. In this discussion, we will demonstrate how in unprecedented economic impacts across the global economy, LinkedIn’s tools and data are being used to drive economic recovery and development in areas such as: understanding impacts of COVID on your regions employers and workforce; upskilling or reskilling your workforces; foreign direct investment attraction; innovation investment; migration policy; and, labour analysis. You will leave this session with an understanding around what LinkedIn’s data and tools can do to help your organization drive better policy and competitive advantages in your economic recovery efforts.
For over 10 years, FedDev Ontario has actively worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth. FedDev Ontario offers a number of services in the region, tailored to support aspiring and established entrepreneurs and businesses perform at their highest potential. The Government of Canada recognizes the vital role established growth-oriented firms play in creating jobs and developing the country’s economy. It also recognizes the unique challenges these firms face when trying to innovate, increase their capabilities and succeed in a global market. This session will highlight programs and services available to eastern Ontario economic developers, clients and partners.
Joey Cyples, Specialist, Alternative Fuels, Business Development, Enbridge Gas Inc.
Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development, Frontenac County
Trevor Crowe, Prince Edward County
Karen Fischer, AREDA, OMAFRA Economic Development Division
Karen Poste, Manager, Economic and Strategic Initiatives, City of Belleville
Many employers have identified the link between housing costs and availability; employee recruitment, productivity, and retention; and their own bottom line. Municipalities are recognizing this and taking steps to review their processes and encourage development, attract entrepreneurs and support existing business demands.
Jeff Pajot, CRSP, CCPE, Public Services Health & Safety Association
Accidents continue to have deleterious effects on workers, employers and society. Many of these effects are hidden. Originally, workers were blamed for most workplace accidents. More recent evidence puts the responsibility on the management system, or lack thereof. You must give health and safety the same emphasis as customer service, finance, production and integrate it into your way of doing business. Integrating health and safety into your overall management system is the only way to achieve high productivity and quality, and to prevent injury/illness in your municipality. One the most fundamental skills in preventing workplace injury, illness and death is learning how to conduct a good-quality health & safety risk assessment. This hands-on workshop will teach the participants:
- The keys to injury/illness prevention
- Why do risk assessments and how it relates to injury prevention
- How to complete a Risk Assessment
Matthew Savino, Managing Partner, SHRP Limited
COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on workplaces and communities everywhere. Join this session to learn more about best practices and tools for managing Human Resources issues during these challenging times. This session will be led by Matthew Savino of SHRP Limited, a leading management-side Human Resources Consulting firm based in Peterborough, Ontario.
Matthew will address frequently-asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace and how to prepare during these challenging times, including a discussion of key employment and health and safety considerations. This is an area where government programs are quickly changing and adapting to new conditions. The session will review the state of current assistance programs including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) as well as any new programs and leave provisions under the Employment Standards Act (ESA).
If you are considering the updates to your pandemic planning policies or the implementation of these measures, then this session is a ‘must see’.
Chantal Tranchemontagne,Big Catch Communications & Perch magazine
Nicholas Seguin, Manager of Economic Development, Communications, and Tourism, SDG Counties
Communities—whether local or global, physical or virtual—need to actively tell stories to engage with their audiences. Why? Because stories extend meaning, purpose, and identity. Because stories stick. Because stories bind us together. In this lively session, a marketing professional and an economic development manager will: 1. Explain the neuroscience of what makes stories so sticky 2. Show how storytelling in tourism collateral helped to create a collective identity 3. Provide a series of takeaways to help integrate strategy and story This presentation looks through the lens of Economic Developers to explore how communities can communicate more authentically and effectively with their audiences. It will include case studies, interactive elements (including real-time audience response software), and a no-holds-barred Q&A.
Laura Pettigrew, General Counsel, Office of the Ontario Ombudsman
The Ontario Ombudsman takes and resolves complaints about more than 500 provincial ministries, agencies, crown corporations, as well as Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Our Office works with municipalities to resolve issues – including complaints about everything from law enforcement, to housing, to Ontario Works, to drainage. The Ombudsman also acts as closed meeting investigator for more than half of Ontario’s municipalities, investigating complaints about illegal closed meetings and providing helpful resources for municipal councillors and staff. As with all complaints we receive, we work to find a resolution at the lowest possible level. With municipalities, this means referring people to local officials to resolve their issues first. During this session, we will walk attendees through how we work collaboratively with municipalities to handle complaints. As well, we will discuss key findings related to trends in municipal complaints, elaborate on our office’s approach to municipal oversight and share updates on our office’s most notable investigations; including Inside Job: An investigation into matters relating to the Regional Municipality of Niagara’s hiring of its Chief Administrative Officer.
Todd D. Storms, Templeman LLP
The presentation will focus on reprisal clauses and the pros and cons of broadening the scope of these clauses to include the new adjudication regime under the newly amended Construction Act. The presentation would briefly state the common use of reprisal clauses in municipal construction contracts, the new adjudication system under the Construction Act, and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of broadening the scope of the reprisal clauses to include adjudication. The presentation will focus on recent case law on the subject, and provide the attendees with examples of where the clauses are of use and samples of what they look like.
Simon McLinden, Cornwall and The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation
Lesley Thompson, Executive Director, Cornwall and The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation
The Cross-Border Partnership Program is an economic development project based out of the Cornwall and The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation. Our project focuses on building strong relationships both culturally and economically between the First Nation of Akwesasne and the municipalities that surround it. In our presentation we will highlight our achievements and successes, as well as define our established best practices when it comes to building meaningful and productive relationships with our First Nations neighbours. Also expanding on how those relationships and best practices have set us up to manage major joint projects both locally and nationally. We plan to highlight how our program has opened up doors to major collaborative projects and access to funding in our region that may otherwise have not have been available.
Arlene Etchen, Outreach Specialist, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Many communities in Ontario are facing an economic crisis because of a lack of affordable housing. This issue impacts many community members ranging from an employer looking for workers, to a young person just starting out or a senior looking for a way to age-in-place. There are a range of solutions that are needed to meet these diverse needs. In this session, we will look at award-winning approaches to affordable housing in North America – featuring ideas in construction, financing and policy. The session will also look at what is happening in affordable housing in Canada under the National Housing Strategy and how municipalities can partner with their communities to develop affordable housing projects.
Donna Gillespie, CEO, Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Nour Mazloum, Communications and Events Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation and QCA:K Graduate
Alan Rottenberg, Founder, William Harris Venture Fund
The Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) is an innovative program, which connects new graduates from the arts, humanities and social science disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queens University with a Kingston employer. Employers who find the right fit through the program and commit to a 12-month contract, are reimbursed for 4 months of the gross salary to a maximum of $4,000 per month. Too many university graduates are having trouble securing meaningful employment upon graduation. This reality is detrimental to our young people and to the Canadian economy as a whole. New graduates, particularly those with an Arts degree (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts) are struggling to enter their chosen careers. Empower companies to hire young professionals and keep talent and recruit locally. The program launched in 2018 and is being funded by a private donation from the Alan Rottenberg Family Foundation. The grant will pay for 4 months of the 1-year apprenticeship to a maximum of $4,000 per month. Since 2018, Over 25 graduates hired and working in Kingston since 2018 through QCA:K. $1M in private investment. Over $3M in new payroll since 2018.
Jennifer Baker, Jennifer Baker Consulting Ltd. – Simplifying Social Media
Social media is one of the many tools you can use to bring your economic development agency or municipality to life. The key to success, however, is leveraging these platforms with a detailed strategy. Every social media platform serves a unique purpose and requires its own unique content and messaging. If you’re looking for strategic guidance to improve your agency or municipality’s social media presence, this session is for you.
Gary Pritchard, Manager of Environment and Consultations, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services
Learning through experience. What westawayin has taught us about the duty to consult…? The Crown’s duty to consult can vary widely and depend on the circumstances. When the Crown’s duty to consult is triggered, all parties are expected to participate in the consultation process in good faith (with sincere or honest intentions, regardless of the outcome or action). But where does this leave local municipalities when the crown to Nation relationship goes of the rails? How can municipalities work with local and treaty holder First Nation communities to minimize the impact to their daily operations? We will discuss the every evolving field of Indigenous Relationship and help educate everyone on the facts.
Maureen Adams, CAO, City of Cornwall
Craig Desjardins, City of Kingston
Kathryn Wood, EOLC Project Coordinator
Leslie Dunford-Yee, Vice Chair, Council for Persons with Disabilities
John McNutt, President and CEO, JA Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka
Martha Woods, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Training Board
The charitable sector plays an important role in supporting a community’s needs and addressing key issues facing our world, but the sector can also contribute to a region’s economic well-being. According to industry stats, there are over 170,000 charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. Each of these organizations have a distinct role and mission that supports and provides value and, ultimately, creates community impact. Non-profit organizations employ staff, engage community volunteers, and generate the necessary funding to support the delivery of important mission-related activities that help improve our communities, our region, our province, and our country. Charities and non-profit organizations partner with corporations, academic institutions, and government to positively advance their impact and meet the communities dynamic and changing needs. This panel represents a cross-section of local charities and will examine the impact that charities make on communities and their economic development. Hear first-hand on how you can activate growth and greater impact in your community by leveraging the power of the charitable sector.
Candice Trickey, Director of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs in the Policy, Engagement, and Innovation, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
A reliable and affordable supply of electricity is a foundation for well being and prosperity. The IESO works with communities to support growth and ensure that their long- and short-term priorities are considered in the electricity planning process. Join the IESO and learn about innovation in Ontario’s power system and how your municipality can participate in ongoing discussions, exploring solutions like community-owned generation, energy storage and other emerging technologies that can support economic development, address local energy priorities and contribute to your community’s energy planning needs.
Rob Arkell, B.Comm, M. Sustainability, LEED AP, Senior Operations Manager Cambium Inc.
The Circular Economy is a massive shift in thinking and in the manner in which our economy and businesses operate. It has been touted as a viable substitute for the prevailing linear economy, which is described as a “take-make-use-waste” approach. Its two most prominent objectives are economic prosperity and environmental quality. Estimates in Europe alone have noted an economic benefit of almost two trillion dollars by 2030!
Closer to home, Ontario has committed to moving towards a Circular Economy via the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 and its enabling legislation the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The Province’s current focus is on individual producer responsibility, but the circular economy has so much more potential. For rural Ontario municipalities it can result in operating cost reductions and possibly in economic development.
Our engaging session will begin with an overview of the circular economy concept and its many fascinating components. We will then look at current examples of the concept in action – both companies and in cities. Our session will conclude with a high-level discussion of the opportunities for rural Ontario municipalities, and what role they can play.