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Big G In Conversation

Join us as we talk all things City of Guelph. We’ll probe projects and policies, share the stories behind our strategies, discuss Council decisions, and explore the employees that serve this community.

Check out a new episode the second Tuesday of every month here, on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Wendy King

Big G In Conversation host: Wendy King

If you have questions about a podcast, or topics you’d like us to bring into future conversations, please email us at [email protected].

Economic recovery in Guelph: May 24, 2022

It’s been two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re talking with staff from Economic Development and Tourism and the City’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator on planning for Guelph’s economic recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We’ll explore business continuity, how City programs have pivoted during a pandemic and development of the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

Jayne Homes

Jayne Holmes, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise

John Regan

John Regan, General Manager, Economic Development and Tourism

Brendan MacMullin

Brendan MacMullin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Operations

2022 Budget: November 12, 2022

As we reach the end of the year, many people are thinking about raking leaves, festive times, getting snow tires on the car, but at the City of Guelph we have our minds squarely focused on budget! Today, Tara Baker, Treasurer and General Manager of Finance, Karen Newland, Manager of Finance Client Services, and Greg Clark Manager, Financial Strategy & Long-Term Planning join our host to discuss the new budget.

Big G in Conversation 2022 Budget transcript

Zoning Bylaw Review “Know your zone”: November 10, 2022

On today’s show, we’re talking with the staff from Planning and Building Services about the Zoning Bylaw update and what that means for people who live and own property in Guelph. Let’s get to “know your zone”!

Big G in Conversation Know Your Zone transcript

The future of transportation in Guelph: October 6, 2021

On today’s show, we’re talking with the staff from Engineering and Transportation Services and Parks about how we help people move around Guelph by bike, mobility device, car or on foot!

Big G in Conversation The future of transportation in Guelph transcript

Building a Sustainable Future: September 7, 2021

On today’s show we’re talking with City staff about the plan to have all City facilities and operations using 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2050. Joining us today is Heather Yates, Supervisor of Environmental Programs and Bryan Ho-Yan, Manager of Corporate Energy and Climate Change.

Big G in Conversation Building a Sustainable Future transcript

Capital investments: August 10, 2021

On today’s show we’re talking with staff from Engineering and Transportation Services, Facilities and Energy Management, and Finance, about how we plan and pay for capital infrastructure projects.

Big G in Conversation Capital Investments transcript

Measuring our success: July 13, 2021

In today’s episode, we’re talking with the folks from Strategy, Innovation, and Intergovernmental Services about measuring the City of Guelph’s success and creating a performance and data-driven culture.

Big G in Conversation Measuring our success transcript

Connecting Guelph: June 16, 2021

On today’s show we’re talking about all of the ways Guelph is becoming connected by the way we move around. And not just by car, but active transportation and transit hubs connected by city streets, parks and trails.

Big G in Conversation Connecting Guelph transcript

Guelph’s Anti-Racism Journey: May 11, 2021

On today’s show, we’re talking with four of Guelph’s community builders and equity leaders who are working to set the community standard for the elimination of systemic racism.

What’s the plan?: April 20, 2021

In this episode, we’re talking with the folks from Engineering and Transportation Services, Planning and Building Services, Economic Development and Tourism, and Culture and Recreation about the plan for shaping Guelph to be future ready!

Big G in Conversation What’s the plan transcript

Greening Guelph: March 16, 2021

In this episode, we’re talking all about our parks, trees, climate change and the other kind of green—the cost to reach goals in keeping Guelph green.

In Council Chamber: February 16, 2021

In today’s episode, we’re talking with the folks from the City Clerk’s office all about City Council—Council composition, ward boundary review, voting methods and so much more!

Moving in the Future: November 17, 2020

Wendy King takes a virtual ride with Guelph Transit to see what’s planned for the future of transit in Guelph and the impacts on the budget. Grab a seat and join us!

Service in the 21st Century: November 12, 2020

Host Wendy King talks with City staff about customer service, and Guelph’s plans to modernize service to residents and businesses.

Growing Pains: November 3, 2020

Host Wendy King talks to staff about the good and the challenge of growing the city of Guelph.

Building our city of Guelph: October 27, 2021

Big budget bucks… the cost of maintaining and replacing city infrastructure.

Impact of COVID-19: October 20, 2020

COVID-19 has left its mark on Guelph. Host Wendy King talks with staff about how this pandemic has hit City services, the community and of course, the budget.

2021 Budget: October 13, 2020

If the City of Guelph budget were a concert, what would it be like to be backstage? Wendy talks to City staff about their completely new budget process.