An experienced business leader with an Honours Commerce degree from McMaster University
A strong, effective communicator
An active listener, collaborator, and problem-solver
A committed, long-time volunteer dedicated to our community
A 'Stop Sprawl' advocate for appropriate development within a firm urban boundary
A champion for building a safe, climate-resilient, inclusive community
Why am I the right person for Ancaster Ward 12 Councillor?
My vision and skill set will help lead Ancaster and Hamilton through challenging times. Our city needs councillors who can lead Hamilton through the climate crisis, and in a world experiencing increasing inequality and divisiveness. I am a committed active listener who will represent all of our community, and I am hard-wired to connect with and help others. I will reach out to and engage with the diverse members of our community whose passion and unique perspectives will enable us to work together to enhance our lives within Ancaster, the surrounding rural hamlets, and the city as a whole.
We must do things differently to change our present and our future. We need to build a climate-resilient city that will thrive in a changing world. We need a city of safe, walkable communities with excellent public transit that improves the lives of residents and reduces our dependency on cars. To achieve this, we must work together, build trust, and demonstrate mutual respect, and we must ensure that we move forward without leaving anyone behind.
Over the next four years, Council will face complex and challenging issues that will require meaningful, constructive dialogue and input from the community. My foundational values are integrity and respect, and I do what I say I will do. I treat everyone with dignity and respect irrespective of their role, circumstance or point of view. I am open-minded and flexible, and I listen. I make decisions based on facts and evidence, and I consider the bigger picture as well as the greater good and the future. As councillor for Ward 12, my decision-making will reflect a thorough understanding of the issues and of the underlying concerns and diverse perspectives of the community. Our ward needs a councillor who is focused on what's best for Ancaster and the rural hamlets, and who is preparing the city for the future. As your councillor, I will act with urgency to get the results we need.
I have worked at Maple Leaf Foods for 24 years. In that time, I have led teams through and successfully navigated a wide variety of challenging situations. I have helped lead two very different corporate cultures through a large and successful merger. I've built strong and collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders: my team, my peers, and my customers. I have always found ways to collaborate and deliver results, irrespective of the personalities of those involved or the complexity of the issues. I bring keen analytical skills and exceptional financial acumen, which have made me a successful supply chain leader and will be critical in my role as councillor for Ward 12.
I am driven to help others. Serving our community is a deeply held passion that energizes me. You can read more about my volunteer experience on the 'About' page.