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MW Shares is devoted to sharing the stories of communities from coast to coast to coast. We cover the issues that matter most: council-staff relations, diversity and inclusion, climate change, placemaking, innovation, economic development, civic engagement, human resources, and more.

Hosted by Municipal World Editor and Publisher, Scott Vokey, MW Shares takes listeners deep into the civic issues that municipal governments must tackle every day, highlighting new and emerging next practices, and sharing stories intended to shape and elevate conversations about community.

These are the stories of local government – the celebrations of success, the sharing of lessons learned, the cautionary tales, and the keen insights into what lies ahead for municipalities.

We invite you to join our conversation – and to perhaps share your story here on MW Shares.

 

Local government challenges in urban Saskatchewan – Jean-Marc Nadeau

Jean-Marc Nadeau, CEO of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss how the organization advocates for its urban communities, ...

Dealing with a tornado in a pandemic

City of Barrie CAO Michael Prowse joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss how the community responded when a tornado swept through the municipality ...

Leading the way for Manitoba municipalities

Denys Volkov, Executive Director of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss how AMM works, the key issues ...

Voter and candidate engagement tools in Newfoundland and Labrador

Craig Pollett, CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL), joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss elections, specifically the province’s upcoming municipal election in ...

Environmental racism and a Hollywood celebrity

Author and activist Dr. Ingrid Waldron joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss working with actor Elliot Page on the documentary There’s Something in ...

Mental health in the municipal sector - Chris Wray

Chris Wray, Black River-Matheson CAO, joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss the state of mental health in the municipal sector, how to recognize ...

Opportunities to advance municipal climate action - Gabriella Kalapos

Gabriella Kalapos, executive director of the Clean Air Partnership, joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss a variety of topics, including why the municipal ...

Lessons learned through a municipal pandemic response - Carole Saab

Federation of Canadian Municipalities CEO Carole Saab joins Municipal World Editor Scott Vokey to discuss not only how FCM has responded to the challenges of ...

Introduction to Municipal World Editor and Publisher - Scott Vokey

As Susan Gardner passes the MW Shares mic over to new Municipal World Editor and Publisher Scott Vokey, the two share a conversation on a ...

Swapcast: Reflections on an “accidental career” – Susan Gardner

The tables are turned! As Susan Gardner prepares to wind down her time at the MW Shares mic, she reflects her time with Municipal World ...

Buzz, Meet Woody: Hybrid teams and the new work reality, Part 2 – Brady Wilson

Integrative Partnering will be a critical skill for leaders as we move beyond the pandemic. The conversation continues with HR thought-leader Brady Wilson, taking a ...

Buzz, Meet Woody: Hybrid teams and the new work reality, Part 1 – Brady Wilson

The hybrid work model is here to stay! HR thought-leader Brady Wilson discusses his upcoming article, and how leaders can integrate hybrid teams to boost ...

Mental health and the pandemic, Part 2 - Dr. Raeleen Manjak

The conversation continues with Dr. Raeleen Manjak, Director of HR for the City of Vernon, BC and Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner as they discuss ...

Mental health and the pandemic, Part 1 - Dr. Raeleen Manjak

Let’s focus on mental wellness in the workplace. Dr. Raeleen Manjak, Director of HR for the City of Vernon, BC joins Municipal World CEO Susan ...

Lessons learned from the private sector, Part 2 - Rob Adams

The conversation continues as Rob expands on hot topics such as cybersecurity, the need for better digital services, and much, much more! Sharing keen insights ...

Lessons learned from the private sector, Part 1 - Rob Adams

Whitchurch-Stouffville CAO Rob Adams joins us to share lessons learned from his experiences in the private sector that can be seamlessly applied to local government. ...

Municipal HR Matters - Dawn McCoy

HR expert Dawn McCoy joins us to talk about her new column that premiers in the May issue of Municipal World. Plus, a look at ...

The Strategy Field - Mark Mullaly

Where does strategy lie in a time of quick reaction to ongoing crisis? Strategic planning expert Mark Mullaly joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to ...

Organics recycling in Canada - Susan Antler

It’s International Compost Awareness Week! Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada chats with Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner about the state ...

Communications and COVID-19 - Brian Lambie & Dr. Zain Chagla

Sincerity and transparency in our discourse about the pandemic. Now more than ever local leaders need to keep their communities focused on priorities during the ...

Canada’s most notorious city - Fraser Tolmie

In this episode we escape to Moose Jaw: Canada’s most notorious city. Mayor Fraser Tolmie joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to give us a ...

Understanding gender pronouns - and why they matter - Loren Bornstein

An open dialogue on gender pronouns. Loren Bornstein, a diversity consultant and customer success specialist, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to unpack the topic ...

NYC parks: A tale of two cities, Part 2 - Mitchell Silver

Planning for equity and inclusion. The conversation continues with New York City Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver as he shares his thoughts on ...

NYC parks: A tale of two cities, Part 1 - Mitchell Silver

Adding dignity to our parks. New York City Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver shares NYC's "tale of two cities" and his mission over ...

Cybersecurity and local government, Part 2 - Henry Awere

Beef up your digital security! In Part 1 Public policy consultant Henry Awere joined Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share his thoughts on how ...

Cybersecurity and local government, Part 1 - Henry Awere

Don’t let your systems get taken hostage! Cybersecurity is a topic that’s top of mind for every municipality across the country. Public policy consultant Henry ...

Bringing local government to kids, Part 2 - George Cuff

The conversation continues with local government guru George Cuff and his new children’s book Tucker Goes to City Hall. In this episode George shares his ...

Bringing local government to kids, Part 1 - George Cuff

George Cuff, local government guru, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss his new kid's book: Tucker Goes to City Hall. A departure from ...

Psychological safety in the municipal workplace, Part 2 - Christina Benty

How do we know when our organization is slipping into a culture of toxicity? Leadership expert Christina Benty is back with Municipal World CEO Susan ...

Psychological safety in the municipal workplace, Part 1 - Christina Benty

How can we upgrade the personality of our organizations to benefit staff and improve outcomes? Christina Benty joins Susan Gardner to discuss psychological safety: what ...

The permanent work-from-home-model, Part 2 - Brian Hutchings & Lise Sordo

Half of Brantford’s admin team is working from home permanently. What are the challenges and, more importantly, will it pay off? Brantford CAO Brian Hutchings ...

The permanent work from home model, Part 1 - Brian Hutchings & Lise Sordo

The short story: Brantford plans to keep 50% of its admin team working from home permanently. What are the benefits? Brantford CAO Brian Hutchings and ...

What Schitt’s Creek can teach us about the pandemic, Part 2 - Ashleigh Weeden

The conversation continues on the wisdom of Schitt’s Creek. No kidding! Rural futurist Ashleigh Weeden shares more insights from the hit Canadian sitcom with Municipal ...

What Schitt's Creek can teach us about the pandemic, Part 1 - Ashleigh Weeden

We can learn a thing or two from Schitt's Creek during these turbulent times. Seriously? Oh yeah. Rural futurist Ashleigh Weeden joins Municipal World CEO ...

Impacts of urban design on women, Part 2 - David Feehan

How can we make downtowns safer and more appealing to women? The conversation continues with author and consultant David Feehan and Municipal World CEO Susan ...

Impacts of urban design on women, Part 1 - David Feehan

Why are women such an important demographic for downtowns? How does urban planning impact women in unintended ways? Author and consultant David Feehan joins Municipal ...

Wrapping up 2020 and saying hello to 2021 - Mark Mullaly

Looking back on 2020, what a doozy. Lessons learned, what we can do better and how municipalities are in for a busy 2021. Project management ...

Holiday special: a fireside chat with Santa

Who’s on Santa’s naughty and nice list? His lips are sealed! But you can find out what's on this year’s CAO wish list in this ...

States of emergency during COVID-19, Part 2 - Hana Syed

What will be the longer-term impacts of COVID-19 as cities tackle climate change, inclusion, and other complex municipal issues? Hana Syed, Research Assistant at Windsor ...

States of emergency during COVID-19, Part 1 - Anneke Smit

Quick decision-making and action has been essential during the pandemic. But unilateral decisions , without consultation, can often have unintended consequences. Anneke Smit, Director of ...

Stop doing stupid stuff, Part 2 - Ian McCormack

Everything has a demand from somewhere, so how can you choose what to stop doing? The conversation continues with Ian McCormack, author of Who’s Driving ...

Stop doing stupid stuff, Part 1 - Ian McCormack

Avoid the patterns and pitfalls that land your organization in hot water. Ian McCormack – author of Who’s Driving the Grader? – joins Municipal World ...

OMAA survey: what’s happening for the holidays - David Calder

A glimpse at what’s ahead in the coming winter months. The results from the OMAA survey are in and Cambridge CAO David Calder joins Municipal ...

Survey on the State of Canadian Municipalities & COVID-19 Part 2 - Kent Waugh

Learn the successful trends born out of the crisis. The conversation continues with Kent Waugh and Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner as they delve deeper ...

Survey on the State of Canadian Municipalities & COVID-19 - Part 1 - Kent Waugh

You’ve had to act fast, making many changes as a result of the pandemic. Some of the changes are short-term. But which ones are here ...

Equity: Beyond Diversity & Inclusion, Part 2 - Kike Ojo-Thompson

Continuing the conversation about equity. Kojo Institute founder Kike Ojo-Thompson is back with Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss inclusion. Kike shares her thoughts ...

Equity: Beyond Diversity & Inclusion, Part 1 - Kike Ojo-Thompson

Look beyond traditional inclusion strategies. Equity expert Kike Ojo-Thompson joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss equity. She reveals how local government can look ...

Future Focused Leadership, Part 2 - Brenda Herchmer

Prepare your community for change. Discover the tools to help your community brace for what’s to come! Plus gain insight on the different kinds of ...

Future Focused Leadership, Part 1 - Brenda Herchmer

Maximize your leadership growth using these strategies! Community builder Brenda Herchmer joins MW CEO Susan Gardner to discuss ways for leaders to leave a lasting ...

The Path to Reconciliation, Part 4 - Ava Hill

Our 4-part series conclusion has arrived! Ava Hill, former Chief of the Six Nations Elected Council, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss the ...

The Path to Reconciliation, Part 3 - Ava Hill

The conversation continues in part 3 as Ava Hill, former Chief of the Six Nations Elected Council, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss ...

The Path to Reconciliation, Part 2

The conversation continues as Ava Hill, former Chief of the Six Nations Elected Council, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share her thoughts on ...

The Path to Reconciliation – Part 1

Ava Hill, former Chief of the Six Nations Elected Council, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss the intergenerational trauma experienced by many Indigenous ...

Moving the mark on racism in local government, Part 2 - Arielle Kayabaga

The conversation continues as City of London Councillor Arielle Kayabaga joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share her thoughts on the June rallies for ...

Moving the mark on racism in local government, Part 1 - Arielle Kayabaga

City of London Councillor Arielle Kayabaga joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share her personal experiences as a young Black woman in elected office, ...

Advice for the accidental project manager, Part 2 - Mark Mullaly

The conversation continues, as project management pro Mark Mullaly joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share advice for the "accidental project manager” – and ...

Advice for the accidental project manager, Part 1 - Mark Mullaly

Project management pro Mark Mullaly joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to talk about the challenges of managing municipal projects, and why it can sometimes ...

Triumphs & failures of evidence-based policy making, Part 2 - Ashleigh Weeden

In Part 1 rural futurist Ashleigh Weeden joined us to share her thoughts on why evidence-based policy making is so important for local governments. Today ...

Triumphs & failures of evidence-based policy making, Part 1 - Ashleigh Weeden

Award-winning community engagement practitioner Ashleigh Weeden joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to explore why evidence-based policy making is so important for local governments, especially during a time like this ...

Economic recovery and the municipal finance crisis - Carole Saab

Federation of Canadian Municipalities CEO Carole Saab joins Susan Gardner to discuss the recent announcement of the safe economic restart plan - and the financial ...

Advice for local leaders as they wrestle with the pandemic - George Cuff

Here is Part 3 of our conversation with local government guru George Cuff! George joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share his best advice ...

Organizational reviews and the continued challenge of council-staff relations - George Cuff

New episode! Local government guru George Cuff joins Susan Gardner for a deep dive on municipal organizational reviews, highlighting early warning signs of trouble. Plus ...

Off the Cuff and on the air - George Cuff

You don’t want to miss this one! Local government guru George Cuff joins Susan Gardner to share reflections on what he learned from his earliest ...

Municipal challenges that lie ahead - Brock Carlton

In Part 1 CEO of FCM Brock Carlton joined us to discuss leading his team at FCM through his final months as CEO in these ...

A legacy of leadership - Brock Carlton

As he prepares to retire, Brock Carlton joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to talk about passing the torch at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities ...

Masks and the role of Canadian municipalities - Rob Shirkey

Last week lawyer Rob Shirkey joined us to discuss the importance of masks, the evidence for them, and the state of mask use in Canada. ...

Is wearing a mask really necessary? - Rob Shirkey

How helpful are masks really? Lawyer Rob Shirkey joins us to shed some light on the importance of mask use and the evidence that backs ...

Launching an economic development strategy during a pandemic - David Arbuckle

New episode of MWShares! David Arbuckle joins us to talk about the work the Town of Caledon has done to create a 10-year economic development ...

Domestic violence and the remote workspace - Darcy Michaud

Now that the lines between workplace and home are blurred, employers need to be aware of their obligations in addressing the sensitive issue of domestic ...

Managing health and safety for a work-for-home workforce - Darcy Michaud

How do obligations for health and safety change when many employees are working from home? HR expert Darcy Michaud joins us to discuss workplace rights ...

Victory gardens: building community during times of crisis - Susan Antler

Today, we're talking with Compost Canada's Susan Antler about victory gardens, community gardening, and composting. Plus a unique made-in-Canada program to help support your gardening ...

Supporting each other through community - Dawn Chaplin

Being a community is more important than simply being a town, says Torbay CAO Dawn Chaplin. In this episode, Dawn chats with Municipal World CEO ...

Artificial Intelligence in the workplace - Terry Hickey

Terry Hickey, Chief Analytics Officer at CIBC, joins us to discuss how AI will disrupt our organizations, people, and jobs over the coming years – ...

Nuclear waste, public engagement and bats - Michael Borrelli

Michael Borrelli from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization pops in to discuss myths about nuclear waste, the importance of authentic community engagement, and bats! Find ...

Tales of municipal challenges and leadership - James Ridge

Excited to have James Ridge joining us for this new episode! We discuss what makes a successful CAO and council relationship – plus the challenges ...

Moving Beyond #MeToo in the Workplace - Jennifer Heath

In the aftershocks following #MeToo, some questions remain for employers. Jennifer Heath, a lawyer with Piccolo Heath LLP, joined us at the 2020 HRPA conference ...

COVID-19: A Time for Innovation - Dana Clarke & Joel Carnes

We were excited to have Dana Clarke, founder of the Municipal Innovators Community and Joel Carnes, President of the Alliance for Innovation. Join us for ...

COVID-19 & emergency measures for council meetings - Jody Johnson

Jody Johnson Director of Legal Services for Halton Region joins us for the first in a series of weekly episodes to provide an update on what ...

Preserving a mid-century modern oasis - Flinn Fagg

There are always challenges to balancing historic preservation with the need for change - especially in a dynamic community like Palm Springs, California, renowned the ...

Special Episode - Organizational questions about COVID-19 and social distancing

Special Episode! Change strategist and Municipal World columnist Peter De Jager joins us to discuss communicating the implications of social distancing to your organization and ...

Special Episode - Coronavirus

Joining us for this SPECIAL EPISODE of MW Shares is Joe Preston, former member of Parliament and currently the Mayor of the City of St. ...

Episode 12 - Todd Hirsch

Chief economist for ATB Financial Todd Hirsch joins us to discuss the economic impact of social poverty and ways your community can tackle this head ...

Episode 11 - Pam Davis

CivicPRIDE leader and local government evangelist Pam Davis joins us to discuss incorporating your authentic self into work life, leadership and how local government touches ...

Episode 10 - David Smith

CAO of Saugeen Shores David Smith drops by the studio to discuss recognizing the value of public service, strategies to attracting skilled labourers to your ...

Episode 9 - Lital Marom

Business leader and polymath Lital Marom joins host Susan Gardner to discuss the future of work – and what every organization needs to do to ...

Episode 8 - Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of the compelling book “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders” joins host Susan Gardner to explore how gender plays ...

Episode 7 - Dr. Gordon McIntosh

This week we are joined by consultant and educator Dr. Gordon McIntosh. Pop those earbuds in and be treated to Gordon's thoughts on how strategic ...

Episode 6 - Ashleigh Weeden

We were very pleased to have Ashleigh Weeden drop by to share an enriching conversation with us today at the MW Shares studio. Ashleigh is ...

Episode 5 - Peter de Jager

We were very pleased to have Peter de Jager drop by to share an enlightening conversation with us today at the MW Shares studio. Peter ...

Episode 4 - Zoran Postic & Ryan Walter

Deputy City Manager for the City of Vaughan Zoran Postic sits down with Susan Gardner to discuss how innovators invite staff ideas while building trust. ...

Episode 3 - Jeff Renaud & Delia Reiche

Town of St. Stephen, NB, CAO Jeff Renaud sits down with Susan Gardner to discuss the future of his town and community revitalization. Next a ...

Episode 2 - Naheed Nenshi

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi sits down with Susan Gardner to discuss the challenges he sees for his city, social media, leadership insights, and more. 

Episode 1 - Jesse Hirsh & Craig Scott

Futurist speaker, researcher and internet strategist Jesse Hirsh sits down with Susan Gardner to talk about what he means by "the future is rural." Followed ...