Welcome to Amberley Gavel

Amberley Gavel was formed in the summer of 2007 by Fred Dean and Nigel Bellchamber to assist municipal governments in Ontario with closed meeting procedure investigations.

In 2006 they had begun working on a process to reflect knowledge of municipal operations that would provide impartial, independent, confidential and credible investigations at a reasonable cost with an educational emphasis.

In 2008 they established the Amberley Gavel Academy Programme to offer educational programmes they believed would be of value to the municipal sector.

Integrity Commissioner Services

Amberley Gavel Ltd provides Integrity Commissioner Services and training with respect to Council Codes of Conduct and other related codes for a limited number of municipalities and local boards. For more information contact info@agavel.com


AG Academy


AG_AcademyAmberley Gavel Academy is pleased to offer three programmes in 2017, for Municipal Administrative Support Staff, Managerial Development Programme for CAOs and Senior Management Staff, and our most popular Programme, CAO Programme for Excellence in Municipal Leadership. These programmes have been offered since 2008 receiving very positive reviews.

Closed Meeting Investigation Reports

Reports of Closed Meeting Investigation Reports filed by Amberley Gavel will be found on the Reports page.

Sign up with us through LAS

To have Amberley Gavel respond to requests for closed meeting investigations for your municipality and its local boards, just click on the following link for all the information you will need, including an extensive list of FAQs about the process and the benefits of contracting with LAS.

What does the legislation say?

What does the Municipal Act 2001 actually say about closed meeting investigations? For the answer to that question, follow this link to the Legislation page, including other excerpts that affect the process.