Educational Program


These are the education session abstracts that will be included on our 2019 Annual Conference.
IdPkgSTypeNameS DescStartTimeEndTimeRoomMapLinkDaySortFieldDescriptionSpeakerBlock
S691EDSession 1Best Practices in Asset Management: Examples from Ontario Municipalities1:00 PM4:00 PMA.Y. Jackson RoomDeerhurst_Jackson.pngTuesday, September 17, 2019Asset management is not a one-size fits all practice for local governments - each municipality will have its own unique approach for developing an asset management program that achieves its designated goals. In this session, Ontario municipalities will present their own asset management journeys as they all prepare for upcoming O.Reg. 588 deadlines. PSD will present alongside these municipalities discussing best practices in asset management program development and the practical application of key components of an asset management system. From the adoption of an asset management policy to the utilization of accurate asset data to produce meaningful reports on lifecycle, risk, and levels of service, this session will provide attendees with a full picture of asset management program development.Gabe Metron, Regional Director, PSD - Research Consulting Software (bio)
Matthew van Dommelen, General Manager, Business Development, PSD - Research Consulting Software (bio)
John Murray, General Manager, Asset Management Strategy & Performance, PSD - Research Consulting Software (bio)
Municipal Speakers, Town of Caledon, Township of Springwater & Town of Mono (bio)
S901EDSession 2The Development Charges Act – A discussion of proposed changes and what it means for municipalities1:00 PM4:00 PMLawren Harris RoomDeerhurst_Harris.pngTuesday, September 17, 2019In December 2018, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) circulated invitations to select representatives to take part in a technical stakeholder consultation regarding the Province’s development charges framework. Following this consultation period, Bill 108 More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan was announced in spring 2019 which proposed changes to 13 pieces of legislation including the Development Charges Act and Planning Act. The session will include a panel discussion with between Hemson, MFOA and one large and one small municipality. Specific emphasis will be placed on the theme of “development costs” including development charges and the newly proposed community benefits agreements as presented under Bill 108.Craig Binning, Partner, Hemson (bio)
Shira Babins, Manager of Policy, MFOA (bio)
S911EDSession 3Aligning Spend with Outcomes1:00 PM4:00 PMA.J. Casson RoomDeerhurst_Casson.pngTuesday, September 17, 2019KPMG has helped federal, provincial/state and municipal governments all over the world improve the accuracy, efficacy and accountability of their spend. Our approach looks across each layer of the budgeting and finance function to identify current state maturity and paths to improved performance. At the outset of the transformation journey, we focus on 15 key questions. This session will help participants assess the maturity of their current budget and finance functions against leading practice.Eric Woods, Partner, KPMG (bio)
Josh Hjartarson, Partner, KPMG (bio)
S701EDAM WorkshopBuilding on the Evolutionary Practice of Asset Management Planning9:00 AM12:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngWednesday, September 18, 2019Building on the evolutionary practice of asset management planning within municipalities, this workshop will focus on approaches used to better define levels of service; involve decision makers in the process and integrate other elements of asset management plans. It will draw on experiences in municipalities, providing practical resources for attendees to assist them in the development of their plans.Andrew Grunda, Principal, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (bio)
Peter Simcisko, Senior Project Coordinator, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (bio)
Colin Macdonald, Policy Team Lead, MFOA (bio)
S711EDAM Updates SessionMOI, MMAH, MOF, AMO, PSAB9:00 AM12:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngWednesday, September 18, 2019Once again MFOA has put together a session where you can hear the latest and greatest updates pertaining to the topics of significant interest to municipal finance officers. We will provide updates on key changes that occurred in 2019, as well as current developments and what's coming down the pipe in the near future. Don't miss this one-stop session for your sector-relevant updates! 
S721EDPM WorkshopBuilding on the Evolutionary Practice of Asset Management Planning1:00 PM4:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngWednesday, September 18, 2019Building on the evolutionary practice of asset management planning within municipalities, this workshop will focus on approaches used to better define levels of service; involve decision makers in the process and integrate other elements of asset management plans. It will draw on experiences in municipalities, providing practical resources for attendees to assist them in the development of their plans.Andrew Grunda, Principal, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (bio)
Peter Simcisko, Senior Project Coordinator, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (bio)
Colin Macdonald, Policy Team Lead, MFOA (bio)
S731EDPM Updates SessionMOI, MMAH, MOF, AMO, PSAB1:00 PM4:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngWednesday, September 18, 2019Once again MFOA has put together a session where you can hear the latest and greatest updates pertaining to the topics of significant interest to municipal finance officers. We will provide updates on key changes that occurred in 2019, as well as current developments and what's coming down the pipe in the near future. Don't miss this one-stop session for your sector-relevant updates! 
P391PEDiscussion Forum Key Topics4:15 PM5:00 PM  Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
P161PENew Professionals NetworkNavigating Through Challenging Times8:30 AM9:00 AMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngThursday, September 19, 2019Teresa will present her experience as a new Treasurer at a time of growth, political challenges and financial pressures. How do you navigate through turbulent times while strengthening the trust of the community and that of a completely new council? How do you motivate your team to be optimistic and engaging during these challenging times?Teresa Quinlin, Director Corporate Services, Treasurer and Interim CAO, Town of Pelham (bio)
P171PEKeynote SpeakersCyber Security Talk for Governments and Municipalities9:00 AM10:00 AMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngThursday, September 19, 2019As both the sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks increase, it has become more and more imperative for organizations of all sizes and complexity to comprehend how they present themselves to the public and the web. The recent BMO breach brought to light not only the gaps in specific security programs, but also once again highlighted how the 3rd party malicious actors on the web will take advantage of an already dire situation. Subsequent to the BMO breach itself, phishing emails were circulated by a variety of malicious entities to both BMO and non-BMO clients alike urging them to check their accounts and credentials. These fake emails redirected users to spoofed sites that further exploited an already perilous situation, and greatly compromised bank accounts and more critically, public trust. Trust is currency itself in business, and when it's lost, it's very difficult to regain. Municipalities are a treasure trove of data and information to sinister groups, (Electrical grids, Tax information, emergency services) and as such, need to be vigilant in their protection of that data; and that protection needs to extend well beyond their digital borders and the 9-5 work-day. Not only do municipalities need to curate defensive strategies for themselves internally, but they need to develop resiliency and partitions to the attacks that will only increase as time goes on. Sadly, there is no silver bullet to quell cyber attacks completely. But, if more organizations took on a holistic and maturity-based approach to cyber security, encompassing all members of the team, not just the IT department; the fallout and consequences of such a breach would be considerably less damaging. Tools and applications will only protect an organization for so long. Every member of the team, from the admin assistant to the IT department can play a role in defending an organization, by being a committed and cognizant member of the defensive team. A defensive culture won't happen overnight, but by including all levels and members of a team in the organizations defensive posture and approach, a greater level of cognizance and environmental awareness is instilled, greatly improving any organizations ability to detect, deter and eradicate a threat.Lee Kegan, Lead Threat Team Operator (bio)
Ben Wells, Principal Accounts Manager (bio)
P201PEDiscussion ForumWhat Keeps You Up At Night?11:25 AM12:15 PM  Thursday, September 19, 2019Forum 1: Upper Tier
Forum 2: Lower Tier
Forum 3: Single Tier
 
S741EDSession AAsset retirement obligation guidance for municipalities1:30 PM2:30 PMTom Thomson RoomDeerhurst_Thomson.pngThursday, September 19, 2019The Public Sector Accounting Board has introduced PS3280, which establishes standards on how to account for and report a liability for asset retirement obligations, which will be effective for fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2021. All municipalities will be required to apply this new section, and it is expected to have a significant impact on both financial reporting, and resource requirements for implementation. MFOA has launched an initiative to develop a toolkit to support its members in the implementation of this new accounting standard, including a guidelines document, and specific municipal case studies. Bailey Church, KPMG Accounting Advisory Services Partner will tell us more about this initiative and the tools being developed.Bailey Church, Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG LLP (bio)
S751EDSession BMPAC’s approach to data security heading into the province-wide 2020 Assessment Update1:30 PM2:30 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngThursday, September 19, 2019MPAC is committed to keeping municipalities informed heading into the next province-wide Assessment Update in 2020. Join us for an update on the key role we play in your community, and how we are preparing to assess every property in Ontario in 2020. Plus, learn about the steps we are taking to manage and protect billions of data points amidst ever-increasing cyber threats – and get some best practices about what you can do to protect your own municipality’s data and systems.Chris Rickett, Director, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations, MPAC (bio)
Sujit Jagdev, Chief Information Technology Officer and Vice President, MPAC (bio)
S761EDSession CWhenever Possible, Charge? – User Fees as a Revenue Source1:30 PM2:30 PMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngThursday, September 19, 2019Municipalities are increasingly turning to user fees as a revenue source. Academic literature and many policy makers advocate a “whenever possible, charge” approach, endorsing fees for many municipal goods and services. This session will address which services and users should or should not be charged with reference to leading practices. Fee calculation methods, the definition of full cost recovery, the elasticity of demand for municipal services, municipal competitiveness, the ability to pay fees, and the legislative context will also be discussed.Craig Binning, Partner, Hemson (bio)
S771EDSession DHow You Buy is as Important as What You Buy. How Mature is Your Procurement Function?1:30 PM2:30 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngThursday, September 19, 2019Procurement functions can and must play a more significant role in organizational transformation. In most organizations, both in the public and private sectors, procurement has not kept pace with the new capabilities made possible by technology, to drive value for money, to reduce risks associated with trade agreement compliance and supplier relationships, and to drive innovation.Ian Brennan, Vice President Procurement Advisory Services, BDO Canada LLP (bio)
Stephen Whittaker, Manager Procurement Advisory Services, BDO Canada LLP (bio)
S781EDSession EARB Rules of Practice and Procedure - 1 Year Later - What Should Treasurers Know?3:00 PM4:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngThursday, September 19, 2019This session provides valuable insights as to why now, more than ever, municipal Treasurers need to understand the new Assessment Review Board rules and procedures, and how to equip their staff with the resources to protect against assessment appeal losses and mitigate potential revenue losses from appeals. We will review some key findings and experiences after the first year of implementation of the ARB’s new rules of engagement.Grace Marsh, Supervisor, Property Tax & Assessment, Assessment Appeals Representative, Town of Newmarket (bio)
James Krauter, Deputy Treasurer/Manager of Taxation and Revenue, City of Guelph (bio)
Casey Brendon, Director of Revenue Services Division, City of Toronto (bio)
S791EDSession FThe Future of Work in a Digital World3:00 PM4:00 PMTom Thomson RoomDeerhurst_Thomson.pngThursday, September 19, 2019Evolving technology, accelerating connectivity, new talent models and cognitive tools are disrupting the way we work. As robotics, cognitive tools, artificial intelligence, the gig economy and crowd sourcing grow, jobs are being reinvented, creating the “augmented workforce.” Finance and tax are no different, and the workforce of the future will be very different than today. We must work to adapt and learn for future growth. Discover how these trends are gathering speed and forcing organizations to reconsider how they design jobs, organize work and plan for future growth. During this session we will discuss three key dimensions of change – the work, workforce and workplace. What skills will be needed by the workforce of the future? What strategic questions should be considered in planning the future of work?Susie Cooke, Partner, Deloitte LLP (bio)
S801EDSession GStrategies on Leveraging Municipal Grant Funding3:00 PM4:00 PMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngThursday, September 19, 2019The Township of Ignace, a small municipality located in Northwestern Ontario, has utilized grant funding opportunities in areas such as human resources, capital projects, asset management, economic development and environmental initiatives. With a population of 1202, Ignace, like many other small municipalities, have had to face challenges of rising costs and not having a large population to generate tax dollars to cover those costs. The Township has been able to utilize grant funding to bridge the gap and will share practical tools and resources that can help other municipalities to locate and apply for grants that align with their municipal objectives.Marshalina Reader, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Township of Ignace (bio)
Sackeria Jackson-Hinds, Treasurer, Township of Ignace (bio)
S811EDSession HHow to Engage Non-Financial People – Letters and Pictures, Not Numbers3:00 PM4:00 PMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngThursday, September 19, 2019The secrets to having a financial conversation with Council towards a successful budget and budget process. How to communicating and presenting the financial picture to new & incumbent Councillors so they understand budget outcomes and support business priorities. Learn from case studies that provide practical tips and advise on how to achieve budget buy-in by council in less time. -Show What Financial Statements Are or Are Not - Why is Presentation Important - Tips for Presenting Financial InformationRob Adams, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of Grey Highlands (bio)
P331PEEconomic Update 8:30 AM9:15 AMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngFriday, September 20, 2019  
S821EDSession ILong-term financial planning: York Region perspective9:15 AM10:15 AMTom Thomson RoomDeerhurst_Thomson.pngFriday, September 20, 2019This presentation will focus on a number of policies that York Region has put in place to align itself in a more sustainable way. These are practical policies that may be useful for other municipalities to consider. The presentation will cover each part of the fiscal strategy, (debt policy, reserve policy and capital plan); as well as looking at the multi-year budgeting approach that the Region uses.Craig Gillespie, (A) Manager, Growth Economics and Finance, Finance Department, Region of York (bio)
S831EDSession JIf you build it, will people come? How to develop meaningful performance metrics that drive performance9:15 AM10:15 AMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngFriday, September 20, 2019“I think we need a dashboard” “What are your KPIs?” “Are we meeting our objective?” If you have ever faced one or all of the questions, then we need to talk. In this session you will learn how to development performance metrics that drive change. From conceptualization, definition, data gathering, and display learn how to start small without the need for fancy/expensive software.Sasha Einwechter, Acting GM of Information Technology, City of Guelph (bio)
S841EDSession KSmart Cities9:15 AM10:15 AMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngFriday, September 20, 2019Details - Check back for updates in the coming days. 
S851EDSession LMunicipalities as Prudent Investors9:15 AM10:15 AMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngFriday, September 20, 2019This session will provide an overview of municipal investing under the prudent investor (PI) standard to prepare finance staff to lead investment conversations with council. Participants will learn (1) the difference between PI and the Legal List regime, including benefits and risks; (2) how to opt into the PI regime; and (3) how ONE Investment can help municipalities under this new regime.Colin Macdonald, Policy Team Lead, MFOA (bio)
Keith Taylor, Investment Manager, ONE Investment Program (bio)
S861EDSession MRobots in the Finance Department: Freedom from Drudgery10:45 AM11:45 AMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngFriday, September 20, 2019Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is being used today to reduce finance department workload/cost and increase productivity. This presentation will examine the processes, benefits, and challenges of implementing RPA for the finance department. To demonstrate the immediate opportunity for finance improvement, the presenters will analyse the AP entry process and assemble a functioning robot to automate this task. This presentation will assist delegates in preparing for imminent changes that will impact finance departments. It will provide delegates with specific tools and techniques to increase the productivity in their finance department by automating recurring, time-consuming tasks.Jamie Black, President, F.H. Black & Company Incorporated (bio)
S871EDSession NTax Registrations 10110:45 AM11:45 AMTom Thomson RoomDeerhurst_Thomson.pngFriday, September 20, 2019In this enjoyable, interactive workshop we will walk you through a mock tax registration, step by step, from the very beginning until the expiry of the one-year period. You will see the impact that new legislation and regulations have had on these procedures, including: - new parties that need to be sent notices - new forms - extension agreements that do not have to be passed as a by-law - expedited sale of forfeited properties, and much more Please note that this workshop will only deal with tax registrations, not with tax sales. We will deal with tax sales in an upcoming webinar.Jeff Oberman, President, Realtax Inc. (bio)
S881EDSession ODeveloping Tomorrow’s Leaders10:45 AM11:45 AMWaterhouse Ballroom 1-3Deerhurst_WH13.pngFriday, September 20, 2019Regardless of where you are on the municipal career ladder right now, there will be a time when you’ll be offered a leadership role and your team of colleagues will expect you to hit the ground running. Perhaps you’re tasked to lead a new initiative, selected to lead a team project, or the opportunity to apply for a senior management position arrives earlier than expected. Whatever the case, you’re likely wondering how you develop or acquire the necessary leadership skills. Do you have what it takes? You probably have a good idea of the basics from observing your Director or Manager, however, effective performance requires finesse, complex knowledge, political acuity and experience. So, rather than waiting for the opportunity to present itself, you can start developing those skills now. This session will assist you to prepare for that moment.Tony Haddad, Senior Advisor, StrategyCorp (bio)
S891EDSession PThe 123's of ABC's (Agencies, Boards, and Commissions)10:45 AM11:45 AMWaterhouse Ballroom 5Deerhurst_WH5.pngFriday, September 20, 2019Details - Check back for updates in the coming days.Heather Douglas, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP (bio)
P351PEKeynote SpeakerIf Darwin was a CEO: Lessons learned from the music business meltdown11:50 AM12:35 PMPeninsula RoomDeerhurst_Peninsula.pngFriday, September 20, 2019Denise Donlon became president of Sony Music Canada precisely at the moment the recording industry began to reel from massive digital disruption. Her observations from the frontlines of an industry under fire, told with insight, humour and a dash of celebrity, illustrate why agile adaptation in the face of rapid change is the only way to evolve and survive in any business.Denise Donlon, Media Trailblazer: Former GM, CBC English radio, Former President, Sony Music Canada, and Former VP/GM of MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic (bio)
 
 

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