Ambitious goals, community needs, financial and time constraints – municipal governments operate in complex environments. Municipal Government Wayfinders is a consulting firm of accredited professionals who specialize in helping local governments navigate organizational, administrative and legislative challenges. When you work with us you gain the peace of mind and clarity to set the right path and follow it – a customized strategy and implementation plan to do things better. Drawing upon our executive experience working inside municipal government, we ensure senior administrators and councils optimize their resources and achieve their goals.

professional team

David Reid

David is a senior consultant with Municipal Government Wayfinders who brings a unique perspective to our clients. David was a two-term Mayor of the Town of Arnprior, where after a successful first term of office he was uncontested and acclaimed in his second term.

Michael Wildman

With over 30 years of local government experience, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Arnprior, Michael Wildman is our President and Principal Consultant. Michael is an award-winning municipal government expert whose career has included working for small, midsize and large municipalities at the lower, upper and single tier levels.


A strategic plan establishes priorities so that a municipality can focus and allocate its resources to achieve its short, medium and long-term vision.
Engaging our professionally trained facilitators for small or large group meetings helps ensure constructive discussion and resolution of strategic issues.
Municipalities need to be nimble and respond quickly to change. Our experienced team can help align your organization for optimal output and performance.
Our team has a strong understanding of municipal policy. We use our experience and proven best practices to fit your municipality’s unique requirements.
Our consultants develop comprehensive financial plans and strategies that harmonize with your municipality’s master plans and strategic planning goals and objectives.
Our additional services include Municipal Training, Integrity Commissioner & Closed Meeting Investigators, Executive Recruitment & Support, and Land Use Planning.
Sheena Earl
Deputy Clerk, United Counties of Leeds & Grenville

With a vast understanding of the complexities of the municipal environment and the various constraints we act under as administrators, Michael brings vision and process to often overwhelming tasks. He thrives in seeing projects through from preconception to conclusion and he accepts challenges with confidence in experience and a desire to assist in achieving the best possible outcome. Michael is, quite simply, a leader, a strategist and man who gets things done.

Eli El-Chantiry
Chair of Police Services Board, Councillor, City of Ottawa

The one-size fits all regulatory structure that municipalities operate within can present barriers to achieving desired goals. Municipalities need consultants that can think outside of the box to find practical solutions that respect the rules. Working within the limits of a complex legislative framework, Michael’s common-sense approach help municipalities find innovative ways to deliver exceptional services.

Jan Harder
Chair of Planning Committee, Councillor, City of Ottawa

I’ve always enjoyed working with Michael. His understanding of municipal governance and his solution-oriented approach are exactly what the sector needs to achieve results. Michael has decades of experience supporting municipalities and their clients. When you work with Michael, you are working with a professional who understands local government.

Amanda Gubbels
Administrator/Clerk, Township of Warwick

When I was a new CAO, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with Michael. Michael’s breadth of municipal knowledge is impressive; he consistently demonstrated his expertise through our discussions on a wide array of municipal topics including municipal reorganization plans, council-staff relations, general management issues, policy development, and long-term capital planning. Michael has a real talent for quickly pinpointing the root of an issue to make an effective plan. Michael is always prompt, courteous and is a true pleasure to work with.

Bill Sloan
Mayor, Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal 2010-2014

Michael has a wealth of municipal government knowledge & executive experience. This translates into exceptionally well informed recommendations aimed at improving processes, enhancing service delivery and cutting through red-tape. His approach is professional, tactful and engaging. It is always a pleasure working with Michael on challenging projects.