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Good Governance Public Information Session
City of Stratford

Ian McCormack, a local government expert and author of Who’s Driving the Grader and Other Governance Questions, will spend some time with interested citizens talking about the role of local government in our lives.

This four-part interactive series will include:

  • Overview of City Government – what the City can and can’t do

  • Understanding Roles in the City – what the Mayor, Council, CAO and administration do

  • Engagement in Local Government – how citizens can get involved and have a positive impact

  • City Finance – where the money comes from and where it goes

Visit the City of Stratford site for details


GovLove Podcast

Ian joins the hosts of GovLove to discuss his recent book 'Who's Driving the Grader, and other governance questions' and he might even share some tips he has for councillors and administration staff at the local government level. The interview will go live in early July - Join our mailing list to receive the link in your inbox!


'Strong Library Boards are Build on Firm Ethics' Session


'Local Aspects of Good Library Governance for Trustees' Session

More details on the Northern Lights Library System Conference coming soon

Conducting Council Orientations 

Council Orientations are not only a legal requirement for most municipalities, they are an opportunity to bring new councils together and lay the foundation to make the most out of their terms.

Our friends in Innisfail hosted a Council Candidate Orientation back in April and our very own Ian was invited to lead the conversation!

Please note it is a longer video and will take a little while to load.

Ian joined host Michael Hubicki  to share some of his 'Ianisms'  including:

  • No strategy survives first contact with reality

  • It's never about what it's about

  • Stop doing stupid stuff

  • You don't know what you don't know

  • Closing on a positive tone

ResourceX Webinar

Major societal problems exist, and solutions seem out of reach. At  ResourceX,  we attempt the difficult and dangerous alongside the change agents within every municipality with whom we partner. There are resources available. We will help you find them.

Stop doing stupid stuff - Part 1Ian McCormack
00:00 / 29:00
Stop doing stupid stuff - Part 2Ian McCormack
00:00 / 24:33

Avoid the patterns and pitfalls that land your organization in hot water.


Ian McCormack – author of Who’s Driving the Grader? – joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss the behaviours that land municipal leaders in the court of public opinion.


How do you prevent this from happening? Tune in to find out!