Episode 4.04 – Stephen Mackenzie – President and CEO of Invest Windsor-Essex

Stephen MacKenzie is the President and CEO of Invest WindsorEssex responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in Southwest Ontario, Canada. He has spent 27 years in economic development organizations in Connecticut, Nova Scotia and now Ontario. Prior to joining IWE, he served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Connecticut EnterpriseContinue reading “Episode 4.04 – Stephen Mackenzie – President and CEO of Invest Windsor-Essex”

Episode 4.03 – Susan Foxton Mayor of North Dumfries Township

After serving 14 years as Councillor for Ward 1 in North Dumfries, I entered the race for mayor and was elected in 2014.  Seeking re-election in 2018, I was once again successful in confirming my place as mayor of North Dumfries and Region of Waterloo Councillor for the 2018 to 2022 term. I believe inContinue reading “Episode 4.03 – Susan Foxton Mayor of North Dumfries Township”

Episode 4.02 – Al Strathdee Mayor of St Marys

Al Strathdee was first elected Mayor in 2014 and is now serving his second term. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, with an Honours BA in History and Political Science and also is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education. Al is a business  small operator and hasContinue reading “Episode 4.02 – Al Strathdee Mayor of St Marys”

Episode 4.01 – Mayor Gary McNamara – Mayor the Town of Tecumseh and Warden Essex County

Born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Mayor McNamara and his family have called Tecumseh home since 1981. After working at Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. as a Power Engineer for 28 years, Gary retired in 2011. He has been married to Heather for 47 years, is the father of two grown sons, and proud grandfatherContinue reading “Episode 4.01 – Mayor Gary McNamara – Mayor the Town of Tecumseh and Warden Essex County”

Episode 3.11 – Mayor Nelson Santos – Kingsville Ontario

Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos was first elected to Municipal Council in 1997 where he served two terms as a Councillor before becoming Kingsville’s first Deputy Mayor to be elected at large following the municipal amalgamations of Kingsville with the former Townships of Gosfield North and Gosfield South. Nelson Santos was elected Mayor of Kingsville inContinue reading “Episode 3.11 – Mayor Nelson Santos – Kingsville Ontario”

Episode 3.10 – Councillor Amy Martin, Ward 6 -Norfolk County

Amy Martin is a 33 year old, first term, municipal councillor for Ward 6 (Port Dover) in Norfolk County. Amy campaigned on being accessible and communicating with constituents and won with over 50% of the vote in her community. She’s the first female representative for ward 6.  Teaser Tune in for the full conversation ThursdayContinue reading “Episode 3.10 – Councillor Amy Martin, Ward 6 -Norfolk County”

Episode 3.09 – Deputy Mayor Aakash Desai – Municipality of Grey Highlands

Aakash Desai moved to Canada in 2006 at the age of 15. Since then he has been a proud resident of Grey Highlands. He got involved in the public sphere in 2011 when he was elected to the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce Board. He was elected Vice-President in 2013. On April 29, 2014 AakashContinue reading “Episode 3.09 – Deputy Mayor Aakash Desai – Municipality of Grey Highlands”

Episode 3.08 – Jason Reynar – CAO of The City of Windsor

Rapidly improving our quality of life through local government innovation is Jason’s passion. As a lawyer and Chief Administrative Officer, he navigates through a haze of policy and regulation to find practical – sometimes disruptive – ways to deliver services, such as a public transit system powered by a ride-sharing app. Jason currently leads a team ofContinue reading “Episode 3.08 – Jason Reynar – CAO of The City of Windsor”

Episode 3.07 – Shawn Micallef – Author and Columnist for the Toronto Star

Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, Full Frontal TO, and The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure. He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, a senior editor and co-owner of Spacing and teaches at the University of Toronto. His most recent book, Frontier City: TorontoContinue reading “Episode 3.07 – Shawn Micallef – Author and Columnist for the Toronto Star”