Annual Conference Coming Soon to Sudbury!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, August 14, 2019
TheAssociation française des municipalités de l’Ontario’s Annual Conference is fast approaching! The speakers’ roster is filling up quite nicely almost on a daily basis and organizers expect 175 attendees at the Northbury Hotel between September 25 and 27, 2019. The Association’s 30thanniversary will not go unnoticed as over 20 workshops are being planned.
These preparations sit well with President Roger Sigouin, Mayor of Hearst: “I am personally very happy that the conference is being held in this Northern Ontario town,”he says. “My elected colleagues and the numerous economic and community stakeholders, among others, in this portion of Ontario know all too well that municipal needs are as broad as the territory! What we aimed to do was to make the workshops most relevant to our reality. This is why we invited experts in environment matters, a little bit of tourism as well as immigration and welcoming methods, just to name a few.”
This year’s theme, Power of the Past – Strength of the Future: Cultivating Diversity for Community Success, aims to recognize AFMO’s creation and accomplishments during these three decades but more importantly, it is looking to the future so as to grasp the issues over the next few years. To this effect, two such topics are emerging: “what is coming” in the municipal universe as well as ways to encourage francophone immigration “out in the field”.
Many Confirmations Pouring In
At press release time, one public personality has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker on Friday morning, September 27. It is Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Transportation Minister and Minister of Francophone Affairs. She will touch on Ontario’s Francophone Economic Action Plan (including the economic portion of the Francophone Community Grants Program), support towards municipalities as well as protecting French-language services while performing the Province’s financial recovery.
Two lawyers will also travel to this Mid-North city to tackle issues relevant to municipalities. For example, Ottawa-based Yves Ménard (Borden Ladner Gervais) will present a workshop on changes to the Municipal Act.
As for francophone immigration, this topic is attracting those involved in this field: Christian Howald (recently hired at the Société économique de l’Ontario), immigration lawyer Nava Elmi who will summarize steps that organizations and municipalities must keep in mind as they welcome New Canadians. Mr. Howald will also be back with Lynn Despaties to speak about the City of Greater Sudbury’s status as a Welcoming Francophone Community, one of only three such communities in Ontario (31 having been chosen, nation-wide).
Now is a good time to register to these three days of discussions and meetings. Interested persons may do so online by going to: www.congres-afmo.com. Various details and speakers will be added to this webpage – including finalizing the schedule – as they are confirmed.
Meanwhile, anyone wishing to take a quick look at the meeting venue may consult the link to the Northbury Hotel, located at 50 Brady Street, in the heart of centretown. Link: https://northburyhotels.com.
The 2019 conference is an event that you must not miss!
Marc Chénier, Executive Director
Phone : 613.746.7707, extension 222
TheAssociation française des municipalités de l’Ontario, created in 1989, represents many francophone and francophile centres and rural areas, province-wide, as well as 20-plus affiliate members (school boards, mouvement Desjardins, Société économique de l’Ontario, Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, Hôpital Montfort, only to name a few). It handles and is an advocate of many municipal and governance issues and it positions itself in francophone matters.