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.

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Have a question? Call us: 1.800.948.8548 or 1.519.661.3272
September 16 - September 19, 2018

$4,900 CDN
(Program fee includes all materials, meals, accommodations.)

Program fees are tax exempt.

Have a question? Call us: 1.800.948.8548 or 1.519.661.3272

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.

  • 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.

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


September 24

September 25
 September 26
September 27
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 24 – 27, 2017
LOCATION: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, London, Ontario
PRICE: $4,900 (Includes all accommodations, meals and materials) Program fees are tax exempt.

Guest Speaker: Cheryl Pounder, Gold Medallist and Sports Broadcaster

Cheryl Pounder played on 6 of Canada’s World Championship Hockey Teams. Cheryl was voted the top defenseman at the 2002, 2004, 2005 (MVP) and 2007 Canadian National Hockey Championships and has won 2 Olympic gold medals.
Her presentation is titled: Leadership and Excellence: Growing for Gold. Cheryl believes that our actions and values have a direct impact on our team, affecting the culture of our group! We must learn to take self- inventory, share information and be accountable to our performance. Our environment is constantly changing, how do we adapt? How do we prepare? How do we work within our group? With every failure comes an opportunity to learn.

"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

Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts: Faculty Director

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.

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.

Learn More: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre