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”

Episode 3.06 – Megan Stacey – City Hall Reporter the London Free Press

Megan Stacey is the city hall reporter at The London Free Press. When not live-tweeting political debates or covering local government decisions, she also writes about social issues. She’s picked up Ontario Newspaper Awards for reporting on healthcare serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer, as well as the explosion that rocked London’s Old East Village. She lives in LondonContinue reading “Episode 3.06 – Megan Stacey – City Hall Reporter the London Free Press”

Episode 3.05 – David Cassidy, President Unifor 444

Dave Cassidy is Unifor Local 444’s President representing 20,000 active and retired members in 31 workplaces that range from Automotive, Gaming, Energy, Transportation, Administrative, Waste & Recycle Management, Policing and Retirement Living.  As a certified electrician, Dave is the Unifor National Chair of Trades, representing those working in the trades from the Pacific  to theContinue reading “Episode 3.05 – David Cassidy, President Unifor 444”

Episode 3.04 – Barb Swartzentruber – ED of Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph

Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph. As winners’ of the Canada’s Smart City Challenge, the City and County of Wellington, are collaborating with public and private sector partners to create a data and technology enabled Circular Food Economy. Building on the principles of aContinue reading “Episode 3.04 – Barb Swartzentruber – ED of Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph”

Episode 3.03 – Bil Ioannidis – Ward 7 Councillor in the City of Kitchener

Bil was born and raised in Kitchener. He is a lifelong resident of Ward 7 where he currently lives, along with his wife Laura and his two children. Bil holds a degree from Carleton University and worked as a financial advisor with Investors Group where he specialized in retirement planning before turning his attention full-time toContinue reading “Episode 3.03 – Bil Ioannidis – Ward 7 Councillor in the City of Kitchener”

Episode 3.02 – Mayor Comiskey – Town of Ingersoll

The connections Mayor Ted Comiskey has to Ingersoll date back much farther than the beginning of his time of holding office. The Comiskey family came to Canada from Ireland in 1835, settling in the town now known as Ingersoll, Ontario. Growing up in Ingersoll, Ted attended Sacred Heart School and Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute, goingContinue reading “Episode 3.02 – Mayor Comiskey – Town of Ingersoll”

Episode 3.01 – Michael Di Lullo CAO of Middlesex Centre

Michael Di Lullo was raised in London Ontario and attended Western University completing both his undergraduate and graduate schooling attending the Local Government Program.  Michael has progressed as a Municipal Clerk onto a Senior Administrator with experience working across the Province in large urban such as Brampton to small rural in Huron County.  He isContinue reading “Episode 3.01 – Michael Di Lullo CAO of Middlesex Centre”

Book Review – The Boundary Bargain

My goal is to read a book a month (or so) and provide a short review as well as relate the book to SWO in it’s current context. Zachary Spicer book The Boundary Bargain. The book outlines  the evolution and nature of the cities and rural areas in Ontario and the consequences  of this divide. ProvidingContinue reading “Book Review – The Boundary Bargain”