Supplied by the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities…
Today, FONOM President Danny Whalen issued the following statement: The Board of
Directors for The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is fully aware of
the risk to the public by the COVID-19 virus as well as the existing and potential for further
burden on our health care services.
After discussions and information provided by the Ministry of Health, the Chief Medical
Officer of Health as well as our local northern Public Health Units we feel we must make
decisions based on the best interest of our membership and municipal staff.
As such, it is with regret that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 Annual General
Meeting (AGM) and Conference planned for May 13-15, 2020 in the City of Timmins.
This decision was not taken lightly, and we feel, is in the best interest of conference
delegates, trade show representatives, City of Timmins staff and the employees of the
hospitality industry in the City. I am however, pleased to announce the FONOM Board of
Directors have awarded the 2021 AGM and annual conference to the City of Timmins.
All municipal representatives, trade show exhibitors and conference sponsors that have
registered for this year’s conference will be provided with a full refund.
I want to thank the FONOM Directors for this responsible decision and thank Timmins
Mayor Pirie and Council and staff member Lacey Rigg who had taken the lead on the
conference preparations.
“I fully support the decision of the FONOM Board. As municipal leaders this is the prudent
action to take. We look forward to the opportunity to host the FONOM delegates in 2021, in
the City of Timmins” said Mayor Pirie.