Student Forum

Fourth Annual OGRA Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum
February 25, 2018 – 2pm to 5pm

Tickets now available online.

Municipal governments most significantly affect the day-to-day lives of citizens. They provide the essential services that are key to maintaining a high quality of life. Surprisingly, the importance of municipalities continues to be overlooked. This is very much the case with students considering their future career options.

The Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum hopes to change that.

As part of the 2018 OGRA Conference, students, recent grads, and interns will have the opportunity to speak directly with municipal leaders about the important work they do every day. The Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum will feature a panel of leaders from both the elected and staff sides of municipal government. These individuals will share their thoughts and experiences with students interested in a career at the local level. Students in attendance will hear what it takes to succeed and learn how the industry is evolving. A significant amount of time will be allocated for questions.

The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session. Students will have the opportunity to talk to municipal leaders looking to speak directly to those interested in a career in municipal government. Students interested in public policy, geography, law, planning, economics, engineering, communication, social sciences, and public office are encouraged to register and come prepared with questions for discussion.


  • Kelly Elliott, Councillor, Thames Centre
  • Leigh Bursey, Councillor, Brockville
  • Tony Haddad, CAO, Tecumseh; Co-Chair, ONWARD
  • Tara Baker, Chief Financial Officer, City of Guelph