Conference Program

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Conference Program  

Tuesday December 3, 2013

Morning Plenary Part 1 

Welcome and Introductions | Janet Menard, OMSSA President

A Retrospective and New OpportunitiesRuss Powers, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario 

Local Government and Stronger Communities | Janet Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The Truth about Happiness: What Six Ingredients Make a Life Well Lived and How Well Do Canadians Fare? | John Helliwell, CIFAR Senior Fellow

Dr. John HelliwellDr. Helliwell is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and is the Co-Director of CIFAR's Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being Program. He is also Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia, a member of the National Statistics Council, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  

Dr. Helliwell studies well-being, especially in its social context. He has published several books on these subjects, including How Much Do National Borders Matter?Globalization and Well-Being, and Well-Being for Public Policy.

World Happiness Report

Dr. Helliwell's keynote address will be delivered on the heels of the second release of the World Happiness Report, which he edits with Richard Layard (London School of Economics) and Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University). 

Since its release, the Report has been downloaded more than a half-a-million times and received international attention as the subject of a United Nations forum. Dr. Helliwell's talk will reveal the six primary factors that drive life satisfaction and a look at how Canada fares next to its neighbours. 

Morning Plenary Part 2

Retrospective on Local Services Realignment: Why the Past MattersPat Vanini, Executive Director, Association of Municipalities of Ontario

Panel Discussion: Services Realignment 2.0: PMFSDR - Moving the Yardstick on Social Policy

  • Brian Rosborough, Wilfrid Laurier University, Senior Executive Officer, Brantford Campus 
  • Cliodhna McMullin, former Assistant Deputy Minister, Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery, Ministry of Community and Social Services 
  • Heather MacVicar, former General Manager, City of Toronto, Employment and Social Services

Panel Discussion: Transformation Today: What Does the Future Hold?

  • Monika Turner, Director of Policy, Association of Municipalities of Ontario
  • Brenda Patterson, Deputy City Manager, City of Toronto 
  • David Carter Whitney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Community and Social Services

AMO-Ontario Memorandum of Understanding and the Toronto Ontario Cooperation and Consultation Agreement (TOCCA) Explained | Janet Mason, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Concurrent Workshops

Afternoon Plenary

The Second Phase of Poverty Reduction | Melissa Thomson, Project Director, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has undertaken extensive efforts to develop the government’s second phase of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Hear what has gone into this important effort and what we can expect to see in the coming months.

In Transition: Emerging Practices and Innovations in Our Changing Times | Allyson Hewitt, Senior Fellow, Social Innovation, MaRS Discovery District

In our changing social and economic context it will be imperative for communities to innovate and do things differently. Join us for a discussion about social innovation and social sustainability, and the connection to economic development and our changing systems.

Wednesday December 4, 2013

Morning Plenary

Opening Remarks | The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

The Integration Imperative: Reshaping the Delivery of Human and Social Services Jennifer Gold, Senior Policy Associate, Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation

Report CoverThe appeal of services integration has never been greater. Facing a delivery environment in the social and human services that is growing ever more complex, public sector leaders around the world are embracing integrated service delivery models to achieve better outcomes for citizens and operating efficiencies. 

Produced jointly by the Mowat Centre and KPMG, this recent report publishes the results of an international survey of government leaders spearheading current integration schemes. It profiles the kinds of initiatives being rolled out and identifies key trends in the future trajectory of services integration. In this plenary session, report Co-Author and Mowat Centre Senior Fellow Jennifer Gold will speak to this research and what it means for Ontario's CMSMs and DSSABs.

The Political Reality of Positioning and PrioritiesJohn Matheson, Principal, Strategy Corp

John MathesonJohn Matheson is a skilled advocate and issues manager with a particular expertise in the politics of municipal governance and restructuring, and has acted as a consultant to local governments in Ontario and across Canada.

John's plenary session will explore the emerging provincial political landscape, and look at where on the radar do municipal issues and human services specifically sit. Within this, Mr. Matheson will provide some important considerations on how the sector should think about framing our issues, ideas and messages to gain footing as a priority on the long list of municipal concerns.

Concurrent Workshops

Closing Plenary

The Business Case for DisabilitySusan Scott Parker, Chief Executive Officer, The Disability Forum, UK

Susan Scott Parker

Susan Scott-Parker is the Founder and Chief Executive of Business Disability Forum. Business Disability Forum (BDF) is the world’s leading employers’ organisation working to the mutual benefit of business and people with disabilities. Susan has an international reputation as an authoritative advocate for the business advantages of disability confidence and leads Business Disability Forum’s global Technology Taskforce. She is now establishing the first global business consortium focused on disability as it affects global business: ‘Business Disability International’, which has Sir Andrew Witty GSK CEO as the Founding Chairman.

To close out the conference, Susan will speak to the work of the Business Disability Forum and about why understanding and addressing disability in the work force and with employers makes sense. This will include discussion on the prevalence of disability, overcoming barriers of all sorts and examining strategic approaches to getting more people in and attached to the labour market.

Closing Remarks | Richard Steele, Assistant Deputy Minister, Minister of Community and Social Services