AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program

Discover the essential elements of effective municipal leadership. Explore your personal leadership style, hear insights from your peers, and equip yourself for success in local government.


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Winter Session

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Program Overview

The Executive Municipal Leadership Program will explore the keys to successful municipal leadership, and provide you with valuable insights into your own leadership capabilities. You’ll walk away equipped with the specific insights, skills, and tools you need to drive peak performance, create change, and develop a leadership culture within your organization.

Who Will Benefit

The Executive Municipal Leadership Program was designed for senior municipal executives in any functional area of their municipal organization who want to strengthen their leadership skills and attain peak performance.

Participants commonly include individuals in Director, Councillor, Mayor, Regional Manager, CAO, and VP roles.

What You Learn

This customized executive development program will explore the keys to successful municipal leadership, and provide you with valuable insights into your own leadership capabilities. You’ll walk away equipped with the specific insights, skills, and tools you need to drive peak performance, create change, and develop a leadership culture within your organization. 

The program focuses on three central themes:

  • Leading Self
  • Leading Teams
  • Leading the Organization

 The curriculum is case driven with rich, participant-centric discussions covering topics such as:

  • learning to become a better leader
  • leader character
  • leading under extraordinary circumstances
  • values-based leadership
  • team leadership effectiveness
  • self-awareness
  • fostering collaboration
  • leading change


“Providing effective strategic leadership within the complex, multi-stakeholder environment of a municipal corporation demands dynamic leaders with specialized skills and expertise. AMCTO is pleased to partner with the world renowned Ivey Business School to offer this exceptional program designed to help local government executives attain peak performance and an enhanced understanding of how to diagnose and address complex problems that undermine individual and team effectiveness.”
—Andy Koopmans, CPA, CMA, CMO, Former Executive Director, AMCTO

How You Learn

The AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program is deeply experiential, grounded in case research, and facilitated by expert faculty from Ivey Business School. Our real-world approach to learning for executives is about practical application. You'll finish the program with new skills, crowdsourced wisdom, and a clear strategy to tackle specific challenges back at work.

Learn more about the Ivey Experience
Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Ivey Case Method
Ivey Case Method
Industry Guests
Industry Guests
Peer Learning Teams
Peer Learning Teams
Online Learning Activities
Online Learning Activities
Assessment Tools
Assessment Tools

Participant Testimonials

This program is a life-changing experience that has a powerful impact and challenges your leadership to higher levels. If you want to become a leader of profound character and lead your team in an impactful way, you need to attend.

Rob Adams, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

It was an excellent environment, working in teams and navigating the many "grey" situations, testing judgement and ability to extract pertinent facts from the case material. The group discussions were also a great opportunity to get perspectives on the cases from other municipal executives. The exercises which allowed insight into our leadership styles were quite valuable. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone in a leadership role.

Kevin Breen, City Manager, City of St. John's

The high-level case studies challenged my own understanding and leadership orientation in a variety of complex scenarios. Most importantly, the program as a whole provided me with a strong avenue for self-reflection that I have been able to utilize and grow in a way that supports my role as a leader in my municipality.

Demetre Rigakos, Director of Human Resources, City of Vaughan

It was an unbelievable experience... I thoroughly enjoyed the program. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and meet fellow professionals at such a world class facility. I have already changed select behaviours based on my learnings in the program. Gerard, Ann and Kylie were excellent hosts.

David Stewart, CMO, Treasurer, Deputy CAO, Hastings Highland

I can confidently say that was the most informative program I have completed. It provides extreme value for the money. I learned more about myself and leadership in those 3 days than my combined work experience! Totally appreciative of the program. I think that's the sort of education program AMCTO should offer! I would also agree 'the people in the program make the program.' Gerard and Ann are amazing.

Paul Shipway, CMO, CAO, Municipality of Bayham

Ivey is nothing like I've experienced before. The amount of work put into the program, the details – it is amazing and current.

Celine Anderson, Treasurer/Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Markstay-Warren

The program taught me what the key leadership skills are and what they look like through well-chosen examples. I have learned more in three days then I have in previous week long courses.

Kira Dolch, Associate Director Planning and Development Services, Town of Fort Erie


What is the application process? plus small icon minus small icon

On the program page, select 'Apply Now' and choose your preferred start date. Submit the program application form and select a payment method. A program advisor may contact you to discuss your eligibility for the program. Once your application is approved, you will be billed directly or receive an invoice. Payment of program fees is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice and no less than 15 days before the program start date.

What funding resources are available? plus small icon minus small icon

Organizations and participants in Canada may benefit from the Canada Job Grant or the Canada Training Credit to offset a portion of program fees. Visit our Funding Resources page to learn more.

When are new program dates announced? plus small icon minus small icon

The AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program is offered once annually. Contact us to receive a notification of new dates for specific programs.