International, National, Provincial & Community Experience


Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue

Freie Universität Berlin

Participant & presenter — 2013-2014, Germany, U.S., Canada

Rijeka Musagetes Café

Musagetes Foundation

Participant — 2010, Croatia

Community Energy Planning Mission

Federation of Canadian Municipalities & Natural Resources Canada

Participant — 2003, Netherlands

Guelph-Italy Twinning Exchange

City of Guelph

Participant — 2002, Italy

Canadian-Czech Republic Municipal Management Project

(Solid Waste Management, Public Participation)

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Participant — December 1999 & October 2001, Czech Republic

  • Prague, Prerov, Olomouc & Zlin

Guelph – Jinja Municipal Partnership

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Participant — September 1998, Uganda


Canadian Index of Wellbeing 

Advisory Board - 2016 - today

Women for Nature (Nature Canada)

Member - 2016 - today

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Ambassador — 2007 – today

Canadian Association of Community Service Learning

Board member — 2006

Municipal Working Group on Waste Management Policy

Federation of Canadian Municipalities — April 2003 


QUEST Ontario Caucus

Chair — 2015-2016

Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario

Vice Chair — 2014

Member — 2000-2003, 2007-2014

Provincial Places to Grow Advisory Committee

Member — 2010-2012

Ontario Centre for Environmental Excellence & Technology Advancement (Canada Technology Triangle)

Board member — 1995-1996

Ontario Environment Network

Board member — 1991


Rhyze Academy Mentor (Innovation Guelph)


Guelph and Wellington United Way

2015 Campaign Chair

Guelph Citizenship Committee

Honorary co-chair - former

Pollination Guelph

Honorary chair -former

Sustainable Solutions Group

Founder and chair - former

Committee Appointments as Mayor

  • All Council Standing Committee
  • Mayor’s Taskforce on Community Energy
  • Guelph Wellbeing Leadership Group
  • Guelph Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Task Force
  • Physician Recruitment Committee
  • Guelph Non-Profit Housing Board
  • Senior & Social Services Joint Committee
  • Emergency Operations Control Group
  • Land Ambulance Service Review Committee

City of Guelph United Way Campaign

Chair — 2011-2014

Guelph Wellbeing Leadership Group

Chair — 2012-2014

Mayor’s Taskforce on Community Energy

Chair — 2009-2012


Board member — 2006

Guelph Environmental Leadership

Board member — 2005

International Medical Graduates Committee

Member — 2005-2006

Committee Appointments as Councillor

  • Downtown Economic Strategy Steering Committee (Chair)
  • Water Conservation & Efficiency Committee (Chair)
  • Guelph Museum Board
  • Green Plan Steering Committee: Subcommittee for the State of Sustainability Report
  • Downtown Board of Management
  • Joint Management Committee on Waste Management
  • Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit Board
  • Transportation Strategy Update Steering Committee (Chair)
  • Citizen Volunteer Committee
  • Baker Street Redevelopment Committee

Guelph Round Table on the Environment and Economy

Co-chair —1991-1997

  • Key Accomplishments: Guelph Green Plan, Guelph 2000, Environmental Business Network, Sustainability Seminar Series

Speed River Land Trust Association

Founding board member — 1993-1994

City of Guelph Green Plan Steering Committee

Member — 1992-199

Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee

Member — 1991-1994

Building a Sustainable Guelph


Moving Forward: Practical Solutions to Revitalize our Urban Core


Official Plan and Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Facilitator & community panel member — May 31, 1994

River Systems Task Group

Council appointment — 1991-1992


Board member — 1989-1990

Canadian Student Pugwash (Guelph Chapter)

Member, coordinator, national delegate — 1985-1988

Graduate Student Association

Zoology Department Representative, University of Guelph — 1985-1986