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FONOM-MMA Conference




Jessie Langford
Administrative Assistant
52 Seguin Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1B4
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T. (705) 746-2101 x225
F. (705) 746-7461
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2018 FONOM-MMA Northeastern Municipal Conference

The Town of Parry Sound is hosting the 2018 Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) conference May 9 - 11, 2018.

The 2018 conference theme is Leading the Way Through Innovation

For more information on the sessions which will be offered please see the conference flyer.  For the complete schedule please see the english agenda or the french agenda.


 Delegate Registration

Online registration is now closed. A limited number of spaces will be available for walk-ins.

The full delegate package includes: 
Meals, the welcome reception and one banquet ticket, access to the trade show and all sessions/workshops.
(Earlybird Fee: $375+HST. After April 6th, $440+HST)

One day packages include:

Wednesday May 9
Lunch and afternoon break, access to the welcome reception and tradeshow as well as all sessions/workshops held on Wednesday.
(Earlybird Fee: $180+HST. After April 6th, $210+HST)

Thursday May 10 

Breakfast, lunch and breaks, access to the tradeshow as well as all sessions/workshops held on Thursday.
(Does not include a banquet ticket)
(Earlybird Fee: $190+HST. After April 6th, $220+HST)

Friday May 11 

Breakfast, lunch and morning break, access to the FONOM Annual Business Meeting and the Ministers' Forum.
(Earlybird Fee: $180+HST. After April 6th, $210+HST)

If you would prefer to register using a paper form with payment by cheque please use the paper registration form.

Companion Program
The companion program includes: One banquet ticket, the welcome reception, breakfast Thursday and Friday and lunch Friday.
This program is designed to allow companions to go out and explore, shop or relax while you attend the conference sessions.
(Companion Fee $175+HST)

Additional banquet tickets only are also available.

As an alternative or add on, companions can attend a paint class:

Join local artist Jessica Vergeer in her studio at 23 James Street for a fun morning of painting in downtown Parry Sound.

This 2-hour class will walk you through the process of creating a small acrylic landscape painting of a Georgian Bay South Channel island scene, step-by-step, from start to finish. You will leave this class with your finished painting!

No painting experience is required. What is required is a good sense of humour and a willingness to meet new people, have fun and get your hands a little dirty!
Space for this class is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Register online for the paint class.


The conference will open May 9th at 11:00am and close May 11th at 1:00pm.  Please see the full agenda for speaker sessions and times.

English Agenda

French Agenda





 Keynote Speaker - Ken Coates : Leading thinker on Canada's Future & Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada's future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists. Ken is Canada's Research Chair in Regional Innovation and brings his experience in East Asia and around the Circumpolar world to bear on his understanding of Canada's strengths and weaknesses. Ken combines irreverence, insight and a sense of humour in his conversations about the issues that matter most to Canadians.

Ken will speak on the topic of Innovation and Sustainability for Northern Ontario/small municipalities.
Chas Anselmo - Leveraging Shared Services: Lessons Learned from the Sudbury East Municipal Association

Chas is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Northern Ontario Advisory Services Group in Sudbury, responsible for leading public sector advisory projects with over 10 years of experience working in the municipal sector. Prior to joining KPMG in August 2011, Chas worked in the Northeastern Municipal Service Office with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs as a Municipal Advisor

From this experience he has developed a strong understanding of public sector and assurance practices including:

—   A strong understanding of the municipal environment;
—   Operational and organizational reviews;
—   Benchmarking;
—   Program evaluation; and
—   Impact analysis.

Chas graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Marjatta Asu - It Takes a Library to Build a Community

Marjatta Asu is the Skills Development Team Lead at Ontario Library Service – North. She has worked closely with northern public library CEOs and boards since 1986, has travelled extensively across the north, and understands the joys and challenges of our northern communities. Marjatta completed the Community Economic Social Development Spring Institute at Algoma University in the mid-2000s and wrote two community development toolkits for public libraries. She also participated as secretary to the Valuing Northern Libraries Steering Committee.

Marianne Berube - Using Wood in Bridges

Marianne Berube lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. She graduated from Nipissing and York Universities with degrees in Environmental Science and Business. She later obtained Professional Management and Certified Investment Management Degrees. She has extensive experience within the Finance, Construction and Wood industries and now works for the Canadian Wood Council. Marianne sits on several boards, and is Past Chair of Nipissing University’s Board of Governors.


Marianne has been the Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS!  for the past 18 years, building the program from its pilot launch to the Provincial initiative it is today. Marianne has been recognized for her efforts by receiving the CIBC Chairman’s Award, an Influential Women’s Award from Northern Ontario Business, the Ontario’s Forest Sector Champion Award from the OFIA and a Nipissing University Influential Alumni Award.                                                                                                                               

Alan Coutts - Update from Noront on the Ring of Fire

Alan Coutts is President and CEO of Noront Resources. His background includes more than 30 years of domestic and international mining experience across a range of commodities. Before joining Noront, Alan was Managing Director for Australasia with Xstrata Nickel based in Perth, Australia, and prior to that he was General Manager at Xstrata’s Brunswick Mine in Canada. Alan also served in a variety of roles at Falconbridge, including General Manager, Chief Geologist and Regional Exploration Manager. He is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) with an Honours degree in Geology.

Lynn Dollin - AMO President's Remarks

In 2016 Lynn was elected President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). She has held a seat on AMO's Board of Directors since 2011 and in 2014 was elected to the position of Chair of the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM).  In her role as President, and as a Board Member, Lynn was appointed to the AMO Executive Committee and sits at the MOU Table representing municipal interests in discussions with the Provincial government.


At the local level, Lynn has represented the Town of Innisfil since 1994.  First as Councillor for twenty years, and as Deputy Mayor since 2014.  She has been the Town of Innisfil's representative on many boards including the Lake Simcoe and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities, the Royal Victoria Hospital Board and the South Simcoe Economic Alliance. She is a member of the Ontario Municipal Water Association Board.


Lynn has a diverse background in representing municipal interests, including being one of only 19 people throughout Ontario to receive an appointment by the Ontario Minister of the Environment to serve as chairperson of the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee. In that role she chairs a 22-member, multi stakeholder committee that is working on a plan to protect municipal drinking water from overuse and contamination.


Lynn is an advocate for:

  • Continuous improvement of the delivery of core services in an efficient and effective manner
  • Undertaking regular reviews to ensure we are meeting our communities' expectations
  • Finding a better way to engage the public on issues. Taking advantage of others' experiences and ideas to create a better solution
  • Fostering economic vitality and sustainable, responsible growth
  • Enhancing our quality of life and protecting our environment
  • Strengthening the bond between Ontario municipalities


Danielle Girard - Understanding your Financial Statements and Knowing What Questions to Ask Your Treasurer
Danielle Girard is a partner at the local public accounting firm of Kemp Elliott & Blair in New Liskeard, Ontario. The firm currently has 4 partners of which 2 focus primarily on municipal audits with a total of 19 municipal clients from the Timiskaming and Cochrane districts.  
Danielle is a native of Iroquois Falls, Ontario who returned to her Northern Ontario roots after working for a large accounting firm in Mississauga and receiving her Chartered Accountant designation. She has been a partner of the firm since 2013 and has over 10 years of municipal audit experience.
Donna Herridge - Asset Management: Key Messaging & Evidence Based Decisions

Donna Herridge is a CPA CA and has 20 plus years of municipal finance experience with the City of Mississauga.


In 2017, she managed MFOA’s “AMP It Up” Pilot Project which was a series of four Asset Management Plan programs primarily funded by the Province of Ontario – Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Donna has obtained a professional certificate in asset management planning from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).


Donna is a past President and Board member of MFOA and currently sits on GFOA’s Committee on Canadian Issues.

Jamie Lim - Working Together to Make Ontario's Forest Sector Stronger
With 20+ years experience in transformational leadership roles, Jamie Lim is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA). From former Mayor to CEO, Jamie has a track record of effecting positive change in senior roles spanning several sectors, including: municipal government, healthcare, education and forestry.  She is a builder and a visionary who has demonstrated successfully and repetitively the ability to navigate in complex environments, create and implement strategy, drive change, foster trust and credibility, and engage diverse stakeholders. She always demonstrates a willingness to “roll up the sleeves” to accomplish objectives. Jamie takes great pleasure in representing a sector whose roots, like hers, run deep in Northern Ontario.
 John Mascarin - Can I do That? A Look at Codes of Conduct for Municipal Councils and Local Boards

John Mascarin is a Partner with Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto.

He is a Certified Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada in Municipal Law: Local Government & Land Use Planning and Development.   

John is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches courses in municipal law and land use planning law in both the J.D. and LL.M. programs.

He is the author of five published books in the municipal and planning law areas, including two on the Municipal Act, 2001.  He is the longstanding Editor-in-Chief of the Digest of Municipal & Planning Law and the Municipal & Planning Law Reports.  He is the main contributor to the Municipal Law title for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

John is an Integrity Commissioner for a dozen municipalities in Ontario and also advises and represents Integrity Commissioners.

Corina Moore - Update from Ontario Northland
Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland - is a proud northerner with a hands-on leadership style focused on the long term sustainability of the organization.  
Corina’s early career traces a journey around the globe in the telecommunication and technology industries.  
Her current efforts have resulted in unprecedented positive change - hiring 200 new employees, adding 20 new rail freight customers, expanding motor coach services and long-term investment from the Province.   
Corina’s future focus is to continue delivering strong and reliable transportation services to Northern Ontario.  
Corina was recognized by Railway Age as one of ten women who are visionaries in the rail industry in North America and is the first woman to appear on the front cover of Railway Age Magazine. A graduate of Waterloo University in Systems Design Engineering and Business Administration and Management, Corina is a married mother of three wonderful children. 
Marie Rosset - It takes a Library to Build a Community

Marie Rosset started working at the Powassan and District Union Library in 2011 as a library clerk.  In March 2012, Marie was appointed CEO. Her past experience ranges from teaching Mathematics and Personal Finance at Canadore and Nipissing University and working in the marketing department at Harlequin Romance.  Marie’s goal for the library has been to provide an exemplary  service to the community, above and beyond was is customary for a small town library. Marie was a member of the Steering Committee for the Valuing Northern Libraries project.

 Sara E. Runnalls - Cyber Liability & Privacy Breaches: What Municipalities Need to Know
Sara E. Runnalls FCIP CRM RIBO
Vice President and Associate
Public Sector Risk Advisor

Sara began her insurance career in 1996 and has held her Registered Insurance Broker Ontario licence for almost 20 years.

Sara worked for three different insurance brokerages, including one of the world’s top 5 alpha houses, before joining BFL in 2005.  She has held a variety of roles at BFL, including Head of Client Services for one of Canada’s Big 6 banks, and Program Developer for a comprehensive Financial Advisor’s Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance program with over 1,000 participants in the first year of implementation.

Her current role at BFL is to provide Ontario municipalities and other public sector entities with resources to help manage their risks, both from an insurance and non-insurance perspective.  This includes being on the leading edge of coverage offerings and risk mitigation strategies.

With the development of such issues as the Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Cloud Computing, Sharing Economies, Privacy legislation, Ransomware, Cryptocurrency, and the ever-impressive skills of your everyday hacker, Cyber insurance is gaining momentum as an emerging risk that is growing exponentially.  Organizations of all industries, types and sizes are vulnerable to hacking events.  The question is not if a hacking event will occur, but when, and how much it will cost.

Sara has placed customized Cyber insurance coverage for numerous organizations and is well versed in the coverages available and the risk prevention and mitigation strategies that may be helpful to an organization.  Her extensive experience in this area, combined with her education as a Canadian Risk Manager and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional, help her identity Cyber coverage and risk management issues from many difference angles, and make her popular as a speaker on the subject of Cyber Liability.

BFL CANADA Risk and Insurance Services Inc.
181 University Avenue, Suite 1700, Toronto, Ontario  M5H 3M7

Steve Salonin - Leveraging Shared Services: Lessons Learned from the Sudbury East Municipal Association

Steve Salonin commonly known as just "Sal".  Steve was originally from Montreal had the opportunity live in various cities across Canada while working for Transport Canada and then NavCanada. Steve started his career as an Air Traffic Controller in Quebec City and then worked in Montreal, St. Hubert, Hamilton, Toronto and ended his career as Manager of the Sudbury Control Tower. In 1994 he moved to Hagar and shortly after, joined the volunteer fire department. In 1999 with the Provincial amalgamations, he was appointed Fire Chief of Markstay-Warren and given the task if merging four fire departments into one. Steve served in that capacity for 10 yearsand in 2009, left Markstay-Warren and joined the Office of the Fire Marshal as a Fire Service Advisor for the Sudbury area for about five years before retiring. After retiring from the OFM, he was appointed to the Markstay-Warren Council after there was a vacancy, and in 2014 he ran for, and was elected, as Mayor.


Steve is a graduate of the Université de Montreal, École Polytechnique in Fire Prevention Technology and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering. Steve has also earned his Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. 


Steve is currently teaching part time at Cambrian College andenjoys travelling, boating and ATVing and in the springs has a small maple syrup operation.



 Exhibitor Registration

For the 2018 conference 13 exhibitor spaces will be available. Exhibitor spaces will be located adjacent to the main hall and breakout rooms alongside where the buffet will be located allowing great opportunities to connect with delegates. Please see the floor plan for booth layout.

The trade show opens May 9th at 11:00am and closes May 10th at 4:30pm.

Exhibitor spaces are currently SOLD OUT however a wait list is available, spaces will be allocated to those on the wait list should they become available.
To be added to the wait list please email April.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This is your opportunity to reach Northern Ontario municipal politicians, senior municipal and government staff. Participation in the FONOM-MMA Conference as a sponsor is a great opportunity for suppliers, vendors and professionals to reach our delegates and showcase your goods and services while supporting Northern Ontario.

See the sponsorship form for more information on the available sponsorships and their benefits.


For more information on the various opportunities to promote your business email Lynn or call (705) 746-2101.

Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Frank Cowan Company Logo

Gold Sponsors

Woodworks Logo    

City of Greater Sudbury Logo

Nuclear Waste Management Organization Logo    

Hydro One Logo      

Municipal World Logo

Silver Sponsors

Miller Paving Logo     Ontario Forest Industries Association Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Fowler Construction Logo

Municipality of McDougall Logo    Township of the Archipealgo Logo   Township of Carling Logo   Seguin Township Logo   Town of Parry Sound Logo


Blocks of rooms have been booked at the following hotels:

Comfort Inn
120 Bowes Street, Parry Sound
Phone: (705) 746-6221
Ask for the FONOM rate of $125.00 +tax per room.

Parry Sound Inn and Suites
292 Louisa Street, Parry Sound
Phone: (705) 746-2700
Ask for the FONOM rates:
1 Queen - $110 +tax
1 Queen with pull-out sofa - $120 +tax
2 Queen - $120 +tax
1 Queen Suite with pull out sofa - $150 +tax

Town and Country Motel
7 Joseph Street, Parry Sound
(705) 746-8671
Ask for the FONOM rate of $78 +tax

Other accommodations are available in the area including Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels and Motels please see our accommodations map for more information.


The 2018 Conference will be held in the Town of Parry Sound. All conference activities will take place at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts & the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the conference including registration please contact:
Jessie Langford
Town of Parry Sound
(705) 746-2101
Email Jessie

For questions regarding sponsorship please contact:
Lynn Middaugh
Town of Parry Sound
(705) 746-2101
Email Lynn

For questions related to FONOM and the annual general meeting please contact:
Katelyn Guertin
Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
(705) 567-9361 x 258

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