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May 28th - 30th, 2023 JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, 1050 Paigonton House Road, Muskoka, ON

Annually, SPIAO holds a 3 day conference with workshops, golf and networking events.  This is a great opportunity to come out and learn all that SPIAO has to offer for both professional and personal development opportunities.


Sunday May 28th, 2023

4:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.          Registration

Wine, Coffee and Snacks sponsored by Ian Gold – Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.         Welcome/Opening Comments/ Sponsor Acknowledgement

5:10 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.         Case Law/Encampment Decision Review

Presented by: Ian Gold and Sean Murtha – Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

Description:  Ian Gold and Sean Murtha will review a number of significant court decisions which have been released over the past year, with a particular emphasis on how these cases impact municipalities and school boards. Topics discussed will include judicial review of municipal encampments, rising damage awards, as well as “non-repair” pursuant to the Municipal Act.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.         Cocktails followed by dinner at 7:00 pm

Wine for dinner sponsored by Boghosian Allen LLP

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.        Hospitality Suite and Trivia Game Night

Hospitality Suite sponsored by AON

Monday May 29th, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         Breakfast

9:00 a.m – 9:15 a.m.           Announcements & 1st Pay or Deny

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.        Risk Management and Personal Branding

Presented by: Shannon Devane – AMO/LAS and Meghan Callaghan – BFL

Description: Open Doors, Raise Your Profile and Achieve Your Goals.  This session will review the importance of building a personal brand and how to use your personal brand to influence internal / external stakeholders. We will also look at how to use your personal brand to increase the visibility and impact of risk management across your organization.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.      Coffee Break & Networking

Coffee break sponsored by  QUINN Investigation Inc.

10: 30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.      2nd Pay or Deny

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.       MMS Panel Discussion

Presented by: Robin McCleave – BFL, Scott Hamilton – Loopstra Nixon LLP, Jeanne Craig – Patterson MacDougall LLP & John Lloyd – Lloyd Burns McInnis LLP

Description: John, Scott and Jeanne  each will be giving an overview of one of their case files demonstrating how they applied the MMS to successfully defend their municipal client.  To close the session, each panel member will give their personal insights on how they believe the MMS has made a positive difference in their municipal defence practice.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.         Lunch & Networking

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Environmental Social Governance

Presented by: Justin Perry – Aon

Description: Join Aon’s Justin Perry to talk about ESG (environmental, social, governance) to better understand the terminology, scoring, where its come from, where it’s going and what does this mean for my organization? Following his presentation we welcome questions and conversation on the subject.

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.         Free Time

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.         Cocktails followed by dinner at 7:15 pm

Cocktail & Sliders sponsored by Clear Risk

Wine for dinner sponsored by Blaney McMurtry LLP

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.       Casino Night

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.     Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite sponsored by Marsh

Tuesday May 30th, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.         Announcements & 3rd Pay or deny

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.    Advanced Investigation of Slips, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims

Presented by: Rob Parkinson & Tom Pepper – 30 Forensic Engineering

Description: 30 Forensic Engineering will provide a seminar on advanced concepts in slips, trips and falls that includes a discussion surrounding the construction regulations and human movement considerations, and the implications of environment and behaviour on personal injury claims.  

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.     Coffee Break & Networking

Coffee break sponsored by Madorin, Snyder LLP

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Climate Change and Nature Based Solution

Presented by: Tracy Eso – Intact Public Entities

Description: We are inundated with news about our changing climate every day. Evidence of warmer, wetter, less reliable weather patterns are all around us which promise to impact our communities in ways we have yet to envision and account for.   Tracy will introduce some key climate concerns to municipalities by looking to past experiences, and discuss how we can better create and account for resilience in our communities.  With a special focus on nature-based solutions (NbS), this presentation will explain the unaccounted for benefits of relying on nature, and some common sense, to adapt to the environment in the face of an ever-changing climate. 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.        Lunch & Conference Adjournment

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes meals and admission to all of the business events planned for the full Conference, including taxes. It does NOT include your accommodations.
Guests are entitled to utilize all facilities at the resort. Guest fees include attendance at all meal and social functions during the conference.


SPIAO Block of Rooms is only being held until April 28, 2023

All fees associated with “No Shows” incurred by SPIAO will be charged to the registrants who fail to attend the conference

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