Midhurst, January 26, 2018 – County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall has been re-elected
as the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair during the organization's Annual
General Meeting in Midhurst, Ontario in January, 2018.
"I am honoured to have been re-elected to the position of Chair by my peers from
across Southwestern Ontario and I look forward to continue to build on our goals
in service to residents across Southwestern Ontario," said Warden Marshall. "Our
resolve is high to strengthening overall economic development opportunities as it
continues to be a priority because all residents benefit from a strong economy.
Our partners at other levels of government including the Government of Ontario and
the Government of Canada are important to this strategy and we continue to seek
new ways to work with and secure funding from these partners."
Prior to his re-election, Warden Marshall served as 2017 Chair, and 2016 Vice Chair
of the WOWC, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Integrated
Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. Throughout 2015, Warden Marshall worked closely with
members of the WOWC to garner support for SWIFT from the private sector and other
levels of government which culminated in a $180 million funding commitment from
the federal and provincial governments in July 2016.
Also appointed at the AGM as WOWC officers were: David Mayberry, Warden, Oxford
County as Vice Chair; Kelley Coulter, CAO, Bruce County as Treasurer; and Mark Aitken,
CAO, Simcoe County as Secretary.
In addition, Mayor Charlie Luke, Norfolk County, was appointed to serve as the WOWC
representative to the AMO Board; Mayor George Bridge, Minto Township, as Chair,
WOWC Economic Development Sub-Committee; committee membership to include: David
Marr, Elgin County; Randy R. Hope, Chatham-Kent; Tom Bain, Essex County; Mitch Twolan,
Bruce County; Dennis Lever, Wellington County; and Alan Barfoot, Grey County..
The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing
15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three
million residents. Its purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing
of rural and small urban communities across the region. For more information, visit
The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial
public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social
services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.