In Our Community

I strongly believe we should choose someone that understands both our communities and province. Listening, working hard, and delivering results should be important characteristics when selecting Simcoe North's next representative.

​I hope this sample of activities gives a sense of the breadth of my experience. 

For Our Community

  • Rogers TV, Politically Speaking - Weekly host (since 2010)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Past Chair & Member
  • Hospice Orillia - Fundraising Capacity member
  • Youth Homelessness Taskforce - Member
  • Community Development Corporation - President Elect and Chair of Community Opportunities Development Committee
  • Kiwanis - Member and Past President
  • Orillia & District Chamber of Commerce - Member and Past President
  • Man Cave Tour (proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation)
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - Community Leaders Forum member
  • Municipal Councillor (2000-2006)
  • Downtown Orillia Management Board - Council representative (5 years)
  • Georgian College Community Advisory Committee - Member
  • Laurentian University at Georgian College - Professor (2005-2009)

Beyond Our Community

  • (Business Law Advisory Council (Provincial) - Member, appointed by Minister of Government and Consumer Services
  • ​Expert Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway - Chair
  • Expert Provincial Panel on Regulation of Home Inspectors - Member, appointed by Minister of Government and Consumer Services
  • Ontario Winter Games - Regional Chair, 2014
  • Ontario Bar Association (representing 17,000 lawyers in Ontario) - Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2014)
  • Municipal Election Compliance Committee - Member - New Tecumseth/Essa/Adjala-Tosorontio/Innisfil/Bradford West Gwillimbury/Barrie
  • ​Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Board - Member (2003-2006)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada - volunteer Mentor
  • Law Society Certified Specialists Board of Directors - Member​ (Factoid: there is only one lawyer elected in our provincial PC Caucus - Ross Romano)

Honours and Awards

2015 Order of Orillia – Community Distinction of Honour
2014 Bertha Wilson Honour Society – Dalhousie Law School Alumni recognition
2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada and Ontario.
2010 ‘Lawyer to Watch’, Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
2009 Chosen as One of Canada’s Top Lawyers under 40 by Lexpert® - the first non-metropolitan lawyer to be awarded
2008 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ – Sam Delmar Award – Simcoe County Law Association
2006 (Bill Swinimer) Business Leader of the Year