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Mayor of Brant County
Elected as the Mayor of the County of Brant in 2018, David Bailey is serving his first four year term. David’s life has been rooted in the County of Brant. Living in Glen Morris, Paris, Mount Pleasant and now, St. George, David has experienced many of the charming communities, first hand, that make the County of Brant simply grand. David prides himself as being an outspoken advocate for the preservation of our built heritage and his desire to re-purpose historic buildings, wherever possible. He believes that the arts, culture and heritage play a key role in the quality of life for citizens and visitors in the County. David’s passion also extends to many other facets of the community. He has been actively engaged in civic leadership for over 25 years. David has led in a variety of capacities such as Chair, Vice-Chair, President, Member and/or Honorary Member of many Boards of Directors and Foundations
Brant County Councillor
Robert Chambers is a long-time council member of Brant County and serves on a number of boards and committees as a Councillor, including the Community Services Committee, the Planning Advisory Committee and The Corporate Development Committee, as well as several others. Robert was also appointed as a board member for the Long Point Region Conservation Authority, and is an active member of the Brant County Board of Health. Robert also is a part of regional and provincial boards and committees representing Brant County. In the past, Robert was the SCOR Treasurer.
Municipality of Bayham
Mayor of Bayham
Ed Ketchabaw is serving his third term of council for the Municipality of Bayham, since being first elected in 2006, and was acclaimed as Bayham's Mayor in 2018. Having earned a Masters of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph, he began his professional career as a Farm Policy Researcher with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, focusing on farm finance, trade and taxation issues. He returned to the family farm in Bayham in 1998, joined the the Elgin Federation of Agriculture, and has over that time has held a number of offices, including 6 years as President. He has served on Elgin County's Woodlot Management By-Law Review Committee, Bayham's Business and Economic Development Sub-Committee, and as Board Member and Vice Chair of the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. Ed has also served a short term with the Small Projects initiatives Committee of the Agricultural Adaptation Council, and ten years with the Agricultural Credit Corporation, serving two years as Chair. He is a strong advocate for regional issues and a current member of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. He farms with his family on a mixed crop and small cow-calf operation near Eden.
usan is a long time resident of the Municipality of Bayham. Susan and her husband Danny have 3 children all of whom attended Straffordville Public School. She has been an active community member serving on a number of Boards and Committees. She is an honours graduate of CIM and Certified in Purchasing through PMAC. She is a long term employee (29 years) of one of Tillsonburg's top automotive suppliers where she works as a buyer. Susan enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her grandchildren.
Mayor of Thames Centre
Alison has enjoyed the privilege of growing up in a rural community and continues to reside with my family in Thames Centre. Alison has operated her business Warwick Equestrian Development Inc. since 1997 and understands the day to day challenges of running a business in a rural environment. Through living and working in Thames Centre for many years, she feels connected with her neighbours and residents of Thames Centre and truly feels that the community provides a great quality of life. Alison was first elected to Council in 2014 as Thames Centre’s Ward 3 Councilor. Alison has been involved in the community for many years in many different levels through the past 23 years of coaching riders at a recreational and competitive level. She has been involved in the community as: President of North Dorchester Agricultural Society in 2017 and 2018, Executive member of the Dorchester and District Lions Club in 2016/17/18, Thames Centre Business Association Member, Former Vice Chair of Tourism Middlesex, and more.
Deputy Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc
Brad is a lifelong area resident, and was elected as a Strathroy Councillor in 1991. He is currently the deputy mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc, and also leading Middlesex County in a one-year term as its warden; selected by his peers on county council. He is still managing his businesses as more than a full-time job and currently a building chairperson for a two-pad municipal arena. He continues as a member of the Optimist service club, fund-raises for the Salvation Army, is on the hospital board and chamber of commerce, and volunteers with the local cable-TV channel.
Chris Van Paassen
Recently elected to Norfolk County Council, Chris is a life long Farmer, born and raised near Port Dover. Over the years he has served on various Provincial and Municipal level Committees and brings previous municipal experience having served with the former City of Nanticoke before amalgamation. He has also served as a Board Member and Vice-Chair with the LPRCA and with the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers Marketing Board, also as Vice-Chair.
Mayor of Norfolk County
Kristal got engaged in municipal politics after experiencing the bureaucracy of setting up a small business in Norfolk first hand. Kristal has a passion for ensuring we are truly open for business and that we focus on finding the ways to apply the legislation in a way that supports business development, supports innovation and makes people want to come here to build a business and a life. Kristal grew up on a farm and currently lives in Port Dover. She is also an operating airline pilot and has her Bachelor of Engineering (Mcmaster), Juris Doctor (Western), and MBA (Ivey).
Mayor, Township of Norwich, Oxford County Warden
Larry was born in 1950 to Jim and Margaret Martin who resided in Otterville at that time with his older brother Gary. They moved to Burgessville in 1959 from Burford Township. He still resides on the same farm that he grew up on, 2 miles north of Burgessville on Substation Rd. In 1973 Larry married his wife Sharon and they have two children together. After being a dairy farmer for 50 years, Larry is now a cash crop and beef cattle farmer. Some of his hobbies include playing baseball, spending time with his family and enjoying some rest and relaxation at their cottage on Lake Erie. Over the years Larry has actively been involved in the community with a number of different organizations such as President Norwich Minor Hockey (1985-87) and President of the Burgessville and District Optimist Club (1999-2001).
Mayor of Tillsonburg
Stephen has served a thirteen year term on Council, including his previous seven years as Mayor and now as the current Chief Executive Officer. He is also an active member of Oxford County Council. Stephen has been involved in numerous boards and committees including, the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Police Services Board, Tillsonburg Hydro Incorporated and the Mayor’s Roundtable on Youth. Stephen is a current member of the Ontario Auto Mayors Caucus and he remains involved in the activities of the Canadian Municipal Business Gateway (CMBG) as well.