Council Conversations

Below are the latest episodes of Council Conversations! Each podcast has an accompanying blog post with information on the guest, their community and links to the topic items and data that was discussed. You can subscribe and download Council Conversations at your favourite podcast platform.


Latest Podcasts!

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”

Episode 2.12 – Season 2 Finale and Reflections

A discussion of my thoughts on Season 2 and a tease of Season 3 You can follow support Council Conversations on the following platforms.Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwoCouncilFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWOCouncilSupport on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/SWOCouncilWatcherLike or rate and leave a comment on your favourite podcast platform.Please like and comment where you get your podcasts! Music notesDeadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3625-deadly-rouletteLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Episode 2.11 – Mayor Darrin Canniff of Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Darrin’s passion is giving back to the great community he lives in. Besides co-chairing the 2018 International Plowing Match, Darrin is the past Chair of Mainstreet Credit Union, past Chair of Entegrus Inc., past co-chair of the United Way Campaign, past Director of the CKHA and past Chair of the Prosperity Roundtable. Darrin was firstContinue reading “Episode 2.11 – Mayor Darrin Canniff of Municipality of Chatham-Kent”

Episode 2.09 – Councillor Gary Kaschak – Ward 8 Councillor in the City of Windsor

Gary Kaschak was born and raised in the City of Windsor. As a lifetime resident of the city’s east end, Gary has come to know Ward 8 and the City of Windsor very well. He began his schooling at Coronation Grade School before graduating from W F Herman Secondary School. He continued on to post-secondaryContinue reading “Episode 2.09 – Councillor Gary Kaschak – Ward 8 Councillor in the City of Windsor”

Episode 2.08 – Mayor Hilda MacDonald from the Municipality of Leamington

Born and raised in Leamington, Hilda MacDonald was elected Mayor of theMunicipality of Leamington on October 22, 2018. Mayor MacDonald servedas Leamington’s Deputy Mayor for one term and as a LeamingtonCouncillor for two terms. Mayor MacDonald sits on Essex County Council,and serves on many local boards as well as the Association ofMunicipalities of Ontario (AMO)Continue reading “Episode 2.08 – Mayor Hilda MacDonald from the Municipality of Leamington”

Episode 2.07 – Stephen Bolton – CEO Libro Credit Union

The Head Coach since 2012, Stephen has been with Libro since 1988. He spearheaded the combination with United Communities Credit Union in 2013 while focusing on economic development in southwestern Ontario, while enabling and ensuring outstanding customer satisfaction levels. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, and an Executive MBA from theContinue reading “Episode 2.07 – Stephen Bolton – CEO Libro Credit Union”

Episode 2.03 – Deputy Mayor Kelly Elliot of Thames Centre

Kelly Elliott is the Deputy Mayor for the Municipality of Thames Centre, as well as Councillor with Middlesex County. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus of Middlesex County Council, Director with both the Ontario Good Roads Association and Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Board Member of the Middlesex-London Health Unit. She sits onContinue reading “Episode 2.03 – Deputy Mayor Kelly Elliot of Thames Centre”

Episode 2.02 – Dr. Zachary Spicer

Zachary Spicer is the Director of Research and Outreach with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). He holds a PhD in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario and began his career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University after completing post-doctoral fellowships at the UniversityContinue reading “Episode 2.02 – Dr. Zachary Spicer”

Episode 2.01 – Dr. Mike Moffatt

Mike Moffatt is the Senior Director of policy and innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey Business School, Western University. In 2017, Mike was the Chief Innovation Fellow for the Government of Canada, advising Deputy Ministers on innovation policy and emerging trends.Continue reading “Episode 2.01 – Dr. Mike Moffatt”

Episode 2.0 Prologue

In this prologue for Season 2, I thank all of the participants in Season 1. Share some of what I have learned and hope to improve. I announce I have launched Patreon so if you want bonus content, input on future conversations or just to support this work there is now a way to doContinue reading “Episode 2.0 Prologue”

Episode 1.07 – Armine Yalnizyan – Atkinson Foundation Fellow on the Future of Workers

Armine Yalnizyan is the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers. She served as Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017, and provided weekly business commentaries on CBC radio andContinue reading “Episode 1.07 – Armine Yalnizyan – Atkinson Foundation Fellow on the Future of Workers”

Episode 1.06 – Councillor Nathan Colquhoun of Sarnia

Nathan is a director/owner of Storyboard Solutions, Refined Fool Brewing Company (author note: really good beer), Burger Rebellion and Cafe Mexico and city councillor for the City of Sarnia. You can follow Nathan on Social Media on Facebook and Twitter Hold for full episode To frame the conversation below are some topic areas. The firstContinue reading “Episode 1.06 – Councillor Nathan Colquhoun of Sarnia”

Episode 1.05 – Councillor Neil Anstett – Municipality of North Perth

I am pleased to be joined today by North Perth Councillor Neil Anstett. Neil was first elected to North Perth Council in 2018, and currently represents the Listowel Ward of North Perth. Neil currently serves on the North Perth Economic Development Committee, along with the North Perth Recreation Committee. Neil previously served as chair ofContinue reading “Episode 1.05 – Councillor Neil Anstett – Municipality of North Perth”

Episode 1.04 – Councillor Eric Beauregard – Port Colborne On.

Eric Beauregard is a City Councillor of Port Colborne, and was first elected by his Ward Two constituents in 2018. Councillor Beauregard studied at Wilfrid Laurier University where he graduated with both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science. Currently, Councillor Beauregard is a licensed paralegal employed at Sullivan MahoneyContinue reading “Episode 1.04 – Councillor Eric Beauregard – Port Colborne On.”

Episode 1.03 – Councillor Chris Parker – Town of Tillsonburg

Chris Parker was born and raised in Tillsonburg. He has been married to his wife Rebecca for 4 years and they have a 2 year old Sheepadoodle named Teddy. He attended Durham College in Oshawa and graduated from the Law and Security Administration Program and is currently enrolled in the AMCTO Municipal Administration Program. ChrisContinue reading “Episode 1.03 – Councillor Chris Parker – Town of Tillsonburg”

Episode 1.01 – Councillor Kelsey Santarossa

Kelsey Santarossa is a first-term councillor for the Municipality of Lakeshore, and when elected at 25 she became the youngest elected woman in municipal government in Ontario. Now 27, she is also working as a community engagement coordinator in settlement and workforce development, and is the founder and chair of the Youth Council Coalition of Canada,Continue reading “Episode 1.01 – Councillor Kelsey Santarossa”

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