Leadership Matters: A Governance Forum for Local Leaders in Ontario – May 9 & 10, 2008

Last June, "Sustainable Communities", the first annual Centre for Civic Governance Forum, brought together mayors, councillors and school board trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues. Participants gave the Forum high marks calling it “brilliant”, “fantastic” and “the best I’ve seen in years”.

Now Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance is offering its second annual Ontario Forum: Leadership Matters. Join us this year at Huntsville’s luxurious Deerhurst Resort.


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Featuring Rocky Anderson

rocky andersonIn 1999 Rocky Anderson was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, the capital city of America’s most conservative state. Within 8 years he had instituted some of the western world’s most progressive policies on environmental sustainability, social inclusion and youth justice. In the process, he earned a World Leadership Award, exceeded Salt Lake City’s Kyoto targets by 150% – 7 years ahead of Kyoto target dates, and co-chaired the Sundance Mayors Summit on Climate Protection with Robert Redford, to spread the word on how cities can lead the way to a better planet. Rocky will talk about how to advance progressive public policy in a conservative environment.


Workshop Sessions:

The P3 Challenge: Advocates for P3s are proposing to take on everything from hospitals to hockey rinks. Find out what you need to know to see past the rhetoric to the reality of P3s and the implications for your school board of municipality if you don’t.

Supporting Economies in Ontario: From lumber to manufacturing, Ontario’s economy is facing challenges. Leading thinkers will talk abou thow to support ailing sectors and what municipalities and school boards can do to help along the way.

Green Municipalities: They Come in All Sizes: Innovative green strategies are being applied in large cities with millions of residents, as well as in small towns with barely hundreds. Find out what strategies fit your community and how you can borrow from successful projects across Canada.

Diversity & Our Communities: The 2006 census showed communities in all parts of Ontario are becoming more racially diverse and more culturally complex. Find out how leaders in communities and school boards across Ontario tackle the public policy issues that help everyone, from newcomers to First Nations, benefit from our rich cultural mix.

Municipal Planning Matters: Municipal planning shapes the future of our communities, from fending off the big box stores to urging on environmentally conscious development. Find out how forward-thinking leaders are working to ensure that municipal planning pays off for local communities.

Ontario’s Anti-Poverty Strategy: The Ontario government is creating an Anti-Poverty strategy. What should it say and what role should municipalities and school boards play? Talk with leaders on poverty issues about the information and the options.

Governance & Decision-Making on Your Counicl or Board: CAOs, City Managers and Directors of Education have their own views about how decisions on your board or council should be made – but what role should elected officials actually play? How can you meet public expectations, work effectively with like-minded colleagues and fulfill the expectations of the Education and Municipal Acts? Dialogue with colleagues and draw on professionals to explore governance approaches that work best for you and learn how to make it work for your board or council.

Preliminary Agenda

Friday May 9th

4:00pm – Registration
6:00pm – Welcome Address
6:30pm – Dinner & Keynote Address
8:30pm – Networking Cocktails

Saturday May 10th

7:30am – Breakfast & Address
9:30am – Workshops, Lunch & Plenaries
4:00pm – Closing Address

About Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.