Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum

Register as a Student Delegate here.

Looking for a long-term career that offers development, benefits and a wide variety of possibilities? Have you thought about the municipal sector?

The wave of retirements currently hitting Ontario’s municipalities will continue for the next 5-10 years. In this time, over 50% of municipal employees will be eligible for retirement! As municipalities provide the essential services that are key to maintaining a high quality of life, it is imperative that they be staffed by qualified and competent individuals. Those working in this field help ensure that our infrastructure doesn’t collapse, that our roads remain clear, and that our water is safe to drink.

As part of the 2022 Good Roads Conference, students will have the opportunity to speak directly with municipal professionals about the important work they do every day. Panelists will share their thoughts and experiences with students interested in this type of career. Those in attendance will learn:

  • Why they should consider a career in municipal government;
  • The type of knowledge, skills, abilities/competencies, or qualifications required to work for their municipality;
  • What it takes to succeed;
  • Opportunities for growth;
  • How the industry is evolving; and
  • What to expect in this line of work.

The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session. Students will have the opportunity to speak directly to those working in municipal government.


  • Melissa Abercrombie, Manager, Engineering Services, Oxford County
  • Nazzareno Capano, Manager of Transportation Policy and Innovation, City of Toronto
  • John Parsons, Division Manager, Road Operations and Forestry, City of London
  • Aakash Desai, Asset Coordinator & Financial Analyst, Township of Southgate

Opening Reception
Following the Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum, attendees are invited to the Good Roads Conference’s opening reception from 5:00-6:30 pm. The reception is a great place to meet other leaders within the municipal sector.

Note: Registration to the Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum grants access to the entire Good Roads Conference (excluding ticketed events) as a Student Delegate. Register here.

For more information please contact Thomas Barakat, Manager, Public Policy & Government Relations: thomas@ogra.org

Is there a cost to attend this event?
Yes, there is a $40 charge (+HST and fees).

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
Yes, bring your printed or Eventbrite mobile ticket to the registration desk at Tudor 7/8 on the Main Mezzanine Level to receive your Student Delegate badge.

Are there ID requirements to enter the event?
Yes, current students may be asked to provide a valid student ID card from an accredited university or college. Recent grads: please bring your most recent student ID card even if it has expired.

Can I attend other sessions at the Good Roads Conference?
Yes, once registered for the Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum, Student Delegates can attend all sessions at the 2022 Good Roads Conference (excluding ticketed events).

***Pre-registration ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at Noon. However, on-site registration is available on Sunday, April 10.***

Register as a Student Delegate here.