Mayor Kevin Davis Available for Interviews During 2019 AMO Conference

Branford, ON – Mayor Kevin Davis will join over 2,000 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) 2019 Conference in Ottawa from August 18 to 21.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

The City of Brantford Delegation includes Mayor Kevin Davis, Councillor Richard Carpenter, Councillor John Utley, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Brian Hutchings, and Aaron Wallace, Director of Strategic Planning and Community Partnerships.

The Delegation will attend sessions and meet with various Ministers including the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minster of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and the Solicitor General to discuss issues and additional resources needed to support vital community initiatives including:

  • The Brantford-Brant Community Drug Strategy (BBCDS), specifically, more funding required for mental health and substance use treatment and sustainable funding the Brantford Downtown Outreach Team (BDOT)
  • Strategies to prevent and minimize the number of post-traumatic stress disorder cases for frontline emergency services and first responders and more mental health, preventative and return to work supports and programming from WSIB
  • Alternate level of care funding for John Noble Home programming dedicated to dementia patients in need of specialized long term care
  • Dedicated resources and funding streams to implement the City’s Community Safety and Well-being Plans (BBCDS, Youth Strategy, Healthy Aging, Urban Indigenous Health and Wellness, Homelessness and Emergency Shelter System)
  • Sustainable funding for storm water management
  • Provincial gas tax funding to implement necessary improvements to the City’s transit services

The Mayor will also meet with the Honourable Doug Downey, Attorney General to reiterate the Large Urban Mayor Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) supported resolution that additional local regulatory controls be approved by the Province of Ontario around retail cannabis stores that would provide municipalities with the ability to control the location of retail cannabis stores through zoning and more clearly define sensitive land uses in addition to just schools.

Key conference session topics include cyber security, cannabis legalization, local economies in transition, changes to the health care system, recycling and the rise of plastics, affordable housing, municipal policing, rural economic development, climate change, addressing social and health problems facing our communities and much more.

The Branford Delegation is particularly interested in sessions related to local economies in transition, affordable housing and changes to the health care system. During the conference interviews with Mayor Davis can be accommodated by calling Robin Mathews-Osmond at 226-387-4780 or Sasha Hill at 519.759-4150 ext. 5662. 

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.


Local Media Contact:
Maria Visocchi, Director
Communications & Community Engagement | City of Brantford
T: 519-759-4150 ext. 5754 | E:

For more information about AMO or the 2019 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425,
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