Workshop Facilitator Bios

Each workshop in the Executive Diploma in Municipal Management is facilitated by a subject matter experts. Here is a list of Diploma workshop facilitators: 

Dr. Robert Heuton has over 35-years work experience in the municipal and provincial government sectors. Dr. Heuton is currently an adjunct faculty member in Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and an instructor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. He also teaches at the University of Alberta in Government Studies for the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration Program.

Dr. Heuton has taught courses in Local Politics, Urban Studies, Economic Development, Public Administration, Organizational Design and Management, and Professionalism. His research interests are focused on urban policy issues that affect North American cities, including Fiscal Austerity and Urban Innovations, Urban Economic Development, and Municipal Management.


Mike Galloway is the Chief Administrative Officer at Town of Niagara on-the-Lake since 2006.  He brings a unique perspective to topics related to staff/council relations, as he is also a former elected official. Mike has also served on the AMO Board for the past 15 years, and served on the Executive Committee and as the Association’s Treasurer.


Jim McQueen, AMCT has a strong and diverse background in finance and administration. Jim retired from a full time career in local government with his last role being the Director, Corporate Services and Treasurer for 21 years with the Town of Milton. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. His areas of expertise include municipal finance, human resources and business process and organizational change.


James Cox is the Economic Development and Tourism Manager for the Town of Goderich. His municipal experience has focused on strategic planning, community engagement, and economic development. He has previously served as an economic development officer for the Town of Richmond Hill and the Municipality of Markstay-Warren, as well as a strategic planner and project manager for the Chatham-Kent Police Service. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Ottawa.


Garth Johns has spent close to 40 years in senior leadership roles, primarily in the public sector.  His educational background includes Baccalaureate Degrees in Arts and Health Administration as well as an MBA.  He has numerous professional certifications including a Queen's Master Practitioner in Applied Organization Development.  In 2009, Garth published his first book, Common Sense Leadership and in 2012, published Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work. Garth has a passion for leadership with a particular interest in educating, mentoring and developing others.  His reputation is built around the promotion of positive employee/labour relations, a quality work life for all staff and improving our collective work/life balance.


Ashley Brown is a lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz LLP, one of Canada’s leading employment and labour law firms.  Ashley’s practice is dedicated to providing proactive and practical advice and representation to management on a full range of employment and labour law issues.  Ashley regularly works with employers in the municipal sector and has experience assisting large and small organizations, in unionized and non-unionized environments.


Brian Lambie is the President of Redbrick Communications. Brian Lambie will share practical and proven approaches to media relations, issues management and crisis management. He will draw on more than 20 years of experience meeting the communications demands of high profile public issues and initiatives, including human resource matters, strikes, law suits, contaminated communities, toxic fires and situations that threaten the reputation of individuals and organizations.


John Allen is a management consultant from Toronto with more than 30 years’ experience in results-based management in government. He has served governments at all levels in both the United States and Candara. Some of John’s municipal clients include Toronto, Vaughan, Kingston, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Victoria and Lethbridge, In the United States, John has worked with Seattle, Grant Forks in North Dakota, Walnut Creek in California, Mesa County in Colorado, Loudoun County in Virginia, and Montgomery County in Maryland, among others.

John is also an instructor and Program director of the Center of Excellence in Public Management at the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Moez Mehdi comes to us with two decades of experience in Project, Program and Portfolio Management and is PMI Certified, PMP. He has worked in public and private sector and managed projects for different business areas resulting in operational effectiveness and improved technology adaption. Moez is currently working as a Sr. Systems Integrator / Project Manager at City of Toronto, as well as provides project management training and mentorship to professionals.


Darlene Watman has over 20 years of experience working in education and training helping organizations and their people achieve their goals in both the public and not for profit sectors. She has worked with AMCTO to launch and work with the Municipal Internship program.  A creative and innovative Trainer/Facilitator her work emphasis is on citizen engagement, program development, training and facilitation. Her workshops include Developing Facilitation and Presentation Skills, Strategic Planning, Conflict in the Workplace, Living with Change, Internal Consulting, to name just a few.


John Matheson has been a Principal/Legal Counsel StrategyCorp Inc. since 1998.  John leads StrategyCorp’s Municipal Services Practice Group which provides strategic, communications and management consulting services to municipal governments. He has managed successful policy and issue management projects relating to financing and delivery of transportation and health care projects, land use planning and environmental regulation and municipal governance and service delivery reviews.

Prior to joining StrategyCorp, John served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the design and management of initiatives such as the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the creation of a new municipal taxation and assessment regime and key reforms to the Municipal Act and the Planning Act.


Philip J. Watkins, CGA is a Certified General Accountant and also holds a diploma in Accounting and Business Administration. His accounting and management career includes being a Senior Accountant for a rail car manufacturer, Controller for a small pharmaceutical company and Director of Finance for a community hospital. Phil has been involved in adult education for many years as a teacher and school administrator. He is currently employed as a Senior Learning Consultant with the Ministry of Government Services and provides accounting and budget training across the province. He also teaches accounting at Sheridan Institute in their Continuing Education Department. His is also Treasurer for two local community groups.


Kate Graham is the Manager of Corporate Initiatives at the City of London; and, is a PhD candidate studying local government in the Political Science Department at Western University. Kate holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Local Government Program at Western. Kate is an active community member and volunteer, including executive board roles with ReForest London and Pillar Nonprofit Network Board of Directors.


Ross Dunsmore has been a leading advocate for municipalities across Ontario in their bargaining, particularly with fire fighters. Ross has worked with many employers on proper procedures to avoid third party intervention. His practice encompasses analysis and resolution of work place disputes; from grievances and human rights complaints to wrongful dismissals.

Ross obtained his Honours B.A. from McGill University in 1970 and his LL.B. from Queen's University in 1973. He joined Hicks Morley as their first law student in 1973 and was admitted to the bar in 1975.Throughout his distinguished career, Ross has practiced exclusively management labour relations law and is well-known in that field. He developed specialties in change management, reorganization, amalgamations and contracting out issues.  He has worked for over 60 municipalities in the province, ran hundreds of arbitrations and many sets of negotiations.