Ontario Municipalities are at various stages of crafting appropriate responses to some very politically sensitive new and impending legislation. Panels of experts will provide updates on a range of topical legislative issues and discuss implementation challenges and successes, while exploring how to arrive at consistent approaches to regulation and enforcement at the municipal level.

This forum is developed by AMCTO in partnership with the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers' Association (MLEOA), Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers (OAPSO) and the Prosecutors Association of Ontario (PAO).


When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)


Friday, May 12, 2017 (8:30 am - 1:00 pm)
(Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Where: Four Points By Sheraton Toronto Airport
Windsor Hall
6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E4
Telephone: (905) 678-0064 or (800) 368-7764

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 Fee: $457.65  ($405+$52.65 HST)
Fee includes Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments and Materials
Student Rate: $100.00 + HST - please contact Jeanne Moon at jmoon@amcto.com to register

Opening Keynote: Ashley Rea Kilroy, Executive Director, Department of Excise and Licenses, City and County of Denver

After serving for nearly 3 years as the Executive Director of Marijuana Policy in Denver, Ashley Rea Kilroy now leads the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses, which includes the Office of Marijuana Policy. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, including liquor stores, bars and restaurants, and marijuana stores and cultivation facilities.

Kilroy maintains responsibility for the administration and implementation of marijuana policy for Denver. She coordinates the marijuana-related work of various city departments, commissions, boards, officers, agencies and employees, and serves as Denver’s liaison to local, state and federal elected officials, agencies, and other partners on marijuana issues.

In her presentation, Kilroy will provide insights on the work she and her team have done in developing a collaborative approach to marijuana management, facilitating engagement and coordinating the work of hundreds of city employees who are committed to the city’s successful implementation of a legal marijuana. Her work has helped position Denver at the forefront of cannabis regulation, enforcement and education worldwide, and the city continues to lead and innovate as the industry and its regulations evolve.

Kilroy previously served as Senior City Attorney for the City of Denver, as Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, and as an Assistant County Attorney for Washington County, Colo.


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Day 1 - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marijuana Legalization

The government has promised to table legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in Spring of 2017. Our panel of experts will discuss the implications of this legislation, including the roles of the provincial and municipal governments in implementation, the regulatory framework and the ramifications for municipalities with respect to zoning, production, distribution, and enforcement.

Chair: Shayne Turner, Director, Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo 


Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization & Regulation Secretariat, Government of Canada
Anne Marie Predko, Executive Director, Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General, Government of Ontario
Patrick Burke, District Manager Municipal Licensing and Standards, Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Craig Reid, Senior Advisor, Policy and Government Relations and Lead, AMO Marijuana Legalization Task Force
Geoffrey Uyeno, Solicitor, Legal Services Division, Prosecutions City of Toronto

Interactive Break-out Session on Marijuana Legalization

This is an opportunity for attendees to network, share and trouble shoot ideas and challenges with peers. Attendees will attend a facilitated break-out session on Marijuana Legalization. Following the discussions, each group will share their session ideas, learnings, issues and “eureka” moments with the larger audience.

Short Term Rentals

There is an increasing trend toward short term sub-letting of properties in residential areas through apps such as AirBnB, with no clear alignment with licensing and zoning by-laws and a spill over impact on the availability of affordable housing.

Vanessa Fletcher, Acting Manager, Policy and Planning, Municipal Licensing & Standards, City of Toronto
Ken Beaman, City Solicitor, City of Niagara Falls
Shamir Mehta, Manager of Licensing and Standards, City of Waterloo

Case Law and Legislative Update: Recent Decisions from Ontario’s Courts

A legal expert will provide an overview of recent legal decisions which are of significance to municipalities from a licensing and enforcement perspective.

Michael Gauthey, Solicitor, Legal Services Division, Prosecutions Section, Old City Hall, City of Toronto 

Excessive Wildlife Feeding

Developing a strategy to manage excessive feeding and attraction of wildlife especially in municipalities with both rural and urban is an increasingly sensitive issue to manage.

Chair: Tracey Burrows, Manager, By-Law Enforcement & Licensing, City of Burlington

Kathy Duncan, B.Sc., Manager, Animal Services, Community Services, City of Brampton
Donna Doyle, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy, Town of Oakville 
Gloria MacNeil, Director, Enforcement, City of Kitchener
Jim Tolles, Private Wildlife Trapper

Day 2 - Friday, May 12, 2017

Vehicles for Hire

Municipalities are at varying stages of moving toward a comprehensive regulatory framework encompassing all vehicles for hire, including limos, taxis, and ride sharing services such as Uber. Expert panelists will discuss their experiences with implementing various regulatory models,outlining challenges, success and lessons learned.

A representative from the Provincial Transportation Standards Development Committee will provide an update on the review of the AODA regulations concerning Transportation Standards- Duties of Municipalities and Taxicabs

Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
James Bisson, Manager, Licensing Enforcement, City of Brampton
Monica J. Ciriello -  BA, MA, MPP, JD, Senior Project Manager, City of Hamilton

De-escalation Techniques for Adversarial Public Meetings

Municipal licensing and by-law enforcement staff are faced with increasingly hostile citizen interactions in the execution of their jobs and at public meetings. There is a need for education on techniques to proactively prepare for and diffuse potentially volatile situations,  and to manage and de-escalate adverse and often violent situations.

Don Hawkins, President, Crime Stoppers; President Hawkins Security Group; Retired Detective Staff Sergeant and Commander of VIP Security from the Ontario Provincial Police