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AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program

Excellence in Local Government Leadership.

The AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program is a highly immersive three-day program designed to hone the leadership skills of senior local government executives.

AMCTOThis customized executive development program will explore the core tenets of successful municipal leadership, and provide you with valuable insights into your own leadership capabilities, while equipping you with the specific insights, skills and tools needed to drive peak performance, orchestrate change and develop a leadership culture within your organization.

The intensive program content 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 extra-ordinary circumstances, values-based leadership, team leadership effectiveness, self-awareness, fostering collaboration and leading change.

The dynamic curriculum includes evening sessions with inspiring speakers, and opportunities to network and share perspectives with colleagues from across the sector.

Upcoming Sessions

Join us for one of our upcoming sessions.

Who Should Attend

Senior municipal executives in any functional area of their municipal organization who want to strengthen their leadership skills and attain peak performance.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand that good leadership is a function of competencies, character and commitment to the role.
  • To showcase the importance of organizational values and values-based leadership, particularly in crisis situations.
  • To provide participants with insights in how to manage their leadership careers and those of others around them to enhance organizational success.
  • To illustrate and practice effective team leader and team member behaviors that will facilitate positive organizational outcomes.
  • To reflect on our own leadership, increase self-awareness and define a personal leadership agenda.
  • To provide an in depth look at best practices and pitfalls of collaboration and leading change.

The Ivey Difference

What makes Ivey different is what makes us so successful. Our Case-Method Learning is not about textbooks and lectures but a learning experience energized by discussion and debate among experienced participants and Ivey’s world-class faculty. By taking on real challenges, you will gain practical hands-on experience that will transform your leadership experience. This kind of transformation can only happen at Ivey, an innovator in executive education since 1948. Ivey has worked with many organizations in emerging markets, established markets, public and private sectors around the world. And our results speak for themselves: Ivey Executive Education is ranked as one of the top Executive Education providers globally by Financial Times.

“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 performanceand an enhanced understanding of how to diagnose and address complex problems that undermine individual and team effectiveness.”

Andy Koopmans, CPA, CMA, CMO
Executive Director, AMCTO

Program Schedule


September 16

September 17
 September 18
September 19
Morning   Character, Competencies & Commitment Team Leadership Collaboration & Building Partnerships
Afternoon   Putting Leadership on the Line Team Leadership & Self Awareness  
Evening Managing Your Leadership Career Guest Speaker Off-site social event  

DATE: September 16 - 19, 2018
LOCATION: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, London, Ontario
PRICE: $4,900 (Includes all accommodations, meals and materials) Program fees are tax exempt.

Participant Testimonials

"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...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


Gerard Seijts

Faculty Director
Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard is teaching on several leadership programs. For example, he has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, Bank of China Hong Kong and many others. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. Gerard has taught EMBA, MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behavior, performance management and staffing.

His research activities, spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

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Where You Learn

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

London, Ontario, Canada

Housed in a Georgian manor situated on 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland, Ivey’s residential executive centre is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.