: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
(Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
Algonquin Ballroom
33 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6H5
Telephone: (416) 675-1234
AMCTO Group Rate:
$119.00 + HST per night

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The MFOA/AMCTO annual Municipal Finance Forum provides a platform to explore the key strategic issues and emerging trends in municipal financial management. The 2015 Forum will examine the need for today’s Municipal Financial Managers to become strategic financial advisors and story tellers to ensure horizontal integration across the enterprise.

At the 2015 Municipal Finance Forum, expert presenters will outline the key strategic financial management issues and trends facing the sector and panelists will share practical insights and strategies on capacity building, the need for professionalism, and how to build financial system’s across your organization to get the results you need in this complex and rapidly evolving municipal environment.

Please click HERE to access and print the full agenda!

Preliminary Agenda


Opening Keynote: William B.P. Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute

Bill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 200 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the Big Picture Panel on the CBC’s The Exchange. Bill taught public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003, and currently teaches a Master’s level course in public finance at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.


Anticipating Ontario's Future Infrastructure Requirements: Megatrends and Evidence-based Approaches

Michael Fenn, Senior Advisor of StrategyCorp, Former Ontario Deputy Minister, & Founding CEO of Metrolinx

Michael Fenn will present key highlights of his report: ‘Building Our Tomorrow: The Future of Ontario’s Infrastructure,’ a future looking study on Infrastructure spearheaded by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO with input from Canadian futurist Richard Worzel). The report addresses how megatrends such as technological changes, globalization and demographic shifts (including aging Millennials and Baby Boomers) will play a key role in building innovative infrastructure that changes the direction of Ontario’s future between now and 2030.

Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO)

Andy Manahan will present highlights from the newly released RCCAO report: ‘Investing in Ontario’s Public Infrastructure: A Prosperity at Risk Perspective,’ a companion report to the one written by Michael Fenn on ‘Building Our Tomorrow: The Future of Ontario’s Infrastructure,’ as it supports evidence-based approaches to maximize investments in infrastructure (i.e., building the right infrastructure). The report utilizes advanced, agent-based modelling to make a strong case for Ontario’s $130 billion, 10-year infrastructure program.

Is Your Financial System Set up to Get the Results You Need?

  • How you’re set up organizationally can drive what kind of data and financial results you get.
  • Is your municipality’s financial system designed to get the results you need?
  • Are your Department Heads set up to provide good information to finance, in terms of planning and budgeting?
  • How to develop long term Financial Plans that are useful and livable, rather than a collection of graphs and data.
  • Exploring proven structures and standards for setting up municipal financial departments.

Maurice Lewis, Commissioner of Corporate Services, Region of Niagara
Dan Cowin, Executive Director, Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario (MFOA)
Craig Millar, Director of Finance and Treasurer, City of Barrie

Framing Budget Discussions and Communicating the Financial Picture at the Organizational Level 

  • Communicating the budget process and the fiscal reality of the municipality to your council is a key skill required by today’s municipal financial managers
  • How to educate politicians on the role of municipal finance and the massive scale and range of businesses in which a municipality is engaged.
  • How to shape the discussion to Council to focus on the right things vs the minutiae?
  • We have to present not just cost reduction measures and efficiencies but the overall reason and rationale of providing value and service. Change the Conversation.
  • Financial leaders need  to get beyond their entanglements with the process, budgets and logistics, to concentrating on the end goals of the organizations, “What Is Your Organization Trying to Do?”
  • How to effectively prepare your council with the basic information and understanding to be able to answer financial questions from the public and other stakeholders.

Roberto Rossini, Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Toronto
Jennifer Moore, CAO/Treasurer, Northumberland County
Brett Todd, Mayor, Town of Prescott


Building Capacity: The Need for Enhanced Professionalism in Municipal Finance                  

  • The Need For Hiring Professional Financial Staff and its direct co-relation to the quality of work and related council discussions.
  • Smaller municipalities have fewer dollars to pay for more qualified financial staff, and are faced with justifying to council and the public the need for dedicated financial analysts, versus generalists wearing multiple hats.
  • Attraction and retention of professional finance staff is a problem for all sizes of municipality due to a lack of political appetite and the added problem of non-comparative pay across municipalities. 
  • Are you doing a skills inventory, or are you just replacing bodies, instead of strategically planning for succession with the retirement of baby boomers?

Kevin Travers, Partner, KPMG LLP, National Leader of KPMG's Cities Practice
Craig Millar, Director of Finance and Treasurer, City of Barrie


Cost Reduction, Efficiency Strategies and Improving Customer Service

  • What is the role of financial departments continuous improvement strategies like Six Sigma, LEAN, SERVICE EXCELLENCE etc. within the organization?
  • Focusing on the overall results of better service delivery and increased efficiency, more than just reporting on financial data and results.
  • Communicating The Financial Picture - “What Did We Do with the Money We Saved?” – Community Benefit Over Financial Results.

Tammy Wolters, Principal and CEO, WSCS Consulting
Susan Brant, Deputy Treasurer, County of Frontenac
Jamie Bosomworth, Manager of Strategy and Innovation, City of Markham

Don’t miss this premier event!


Registration Fee: $446.35 ($395 + $51.35 HST)

Fee includes materials, refreshments, breakfast & lunch

HST # R106732936

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