Councillor Mark MacKinnon

Councillor Mark MacKinnon

Mark MacKinnon was elected a member of Guelph City Council representing Ward 6 in 2014.

Mark is a licensed real estate and mortgage broker who also owns a board game publishing company. He spent his formative years on a military base in Petawawa, Ontario before moving to Guelph to study Applied Chemistry at the University of Guelph. In 1999, he founded a game and book publishing company in Guelph, which soon grew to seven employees and more than two million dollars in annual retail sales. Mark closed the company in 2006 and pursued a career in real estate; in 2013, he revisited his publishing roots with a new start-up board game company.

Mark is a member of the Board of Guelph Spoken Word and creative director of the Ontario International Poetry Slam. He also serves as a member of the Upper Grand District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee.

Mark lives in Ward 6 with his wife Karen and two sons, William (12) and Robert (9).

Councillor Cathy Downer

Councillor Cathy Downer

Cathy Downer was re-elected to Guelph City Council representing Ward 5 in 2014. She previously served as Ward 5 Councillor from 1994 to 2006.

In her four previous terms on Council, Cathy served on many committees and boards, including Planning, Works and Environment; Heritage Guelph; Family and Children’s Services; Loretto Convent Task Force; and Guelph Non-Profit Housing. She was also chair of the City Hall/ Courthouse Redevelopment Committee. After 12 years on Council, Cathy decided not to seek re-election in 2006.

In the community, Cathy has served on the Boards of the Guelph Community Health Centre and the Guelph Youth Music Centre, and as a volunteer mediator with Community Justice Initiatives and the John Howard Society. She has also served as a member of the City’s Committee of Adjustment, adjudicating minor variance and lot severance applications.

Cathy has an Advanced Mediation and Conflict Management Certification from the University of Waterloo-Conrad Grebel Peace and Conflict Studies. She also holds a Chartered Mediator designation from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario/ Canada. She works in private practice as a mediator.

From 2011 to 2013, Cathy was the provincially-appointed Returning Officer with Elections Canada for Guelph, and she played a significant role in the organization of the 2014 provincial election in Guelph.

Cathy received a Women of Distinction Award for Public Service from the Guelph YMCA-YWCA in 2007. Cathy is a long term resident of Ward 5 where she and her husband, Bob, have raised three children.

Councillor Mike Salisbury

Councillor Mike Salisbury

Mike Salisbury was re-elected to Guelph City Council representing Ward 4 in 2014, having previously served as Ward 4 Councillor from 2006-2010.

In his previous term on Council, Mike served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Community Development and Environmental Services Committee, and as Chair of the Guelph Transit Sub-committee and the Skate Park relocation committee. He also served as a member of the Grand River Conservation Authority Board and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Board of Trustees.

An entrepreneur, Mike is the Principal of Earthartist Planning and Design, which specializes in the design of natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments. Other ventures include bicycle repair and retail businesses, The Natural Burial Co-operative and Tribute Caskets, for which he appeared on CBC’s The Dragon’s Den.

Mike has been an active volunteer with charities and non-government organizations including Childhope Foundation Canada, Charitable Media Productions, and Feedback Canada (Feed the Children). Most recently Mike was a founding board member for Chance to Play, which distributes soccer uniforms to communities in Africa, Central America, the Asia Pacific Region as well as Canadian communities.

Mike is currently pursuing a Master’s in Planning at the University of Guelph. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and is a fully licenced OALA Landscape Architect.

Councillor Phil Allt

Councillor Phil Allt

Phil Allt was elected a member of Guelph City Council representing Ward 3 in 2014.

Phil is a retired teacher of high school history, politics, and philosophy. He has served as Speaker and Parliamentary Authority to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Council and as Treasurer for the Waterloo chapter of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. As the former Chair of the Wellington and Guelph Housing Authority, he has extensive knowledge and experience with local affordable housing issues.

Born and raised in Guelph, Phil has also served as the Treasurer of the Guelph Jazz Festival and a volunteer at Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures. He has been a contributor to the Guelph Mercury, Toronto Star, Waterloo Region Record, and several business and academic publications as well as to CFRU radio.

Councillor James Gordon

Councillor James Gordon

James Gordon was elected a member of Guelph City Council representing Ward 2 in 2014.

In his long career in the arts, James has earned an international reputation as a playwright, songwriter, record producer, music educator and performer. He owns the Pipe Street Recording Studio and is a former downtown restaurant owner. He has recorded 40 albums of his own original music and has toured the world with his work that often deals with social justice, environmental, and heritage themes.

As an advocate and community builder in Guelph, he was the first president of the Guelph Civic League, the first Artistic Director of the Hillside Festival, the co-founder of the Wellington Water Watchers and the Guelph Arts Platform, and the founding chair of the Family Mental Health Network.

He was given the Mayor’s Award for community service in 2008, and he is a member of the Guelph Youth Music Centre’s Wall of Fame for his ongoing work as a creative arts educator.

Councillor Dan Gibson

Dan Gibson was elected a member of Guelph City Council representing Ward 1 in 2014.

Dan is a Senior Environmental Scientist with Ontario Power Generation. He holds a B.Sc. from Trent University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

Dan has served as a guest lecturer at Carleton University’s School of Environment and is a published author of leading Environmental Best Management Practices. He currently sits on two national working groups focused on increasing industry compliance with federal environmental legislation and has experience in land use planning and provincial/federal Environmental Assessments. In 2013, Dan spoke on behalf of the Canadian Electrical Association at a Federal House Environment Study in Ottawa on the development of a National Conservation Plan for Canada. Throughout his 15-year career in both the private and public sectors, he has worked with stakeholders from all viewpoints to balance the many social, economic, and environmental aspects of complex issues.

Dan and his wife Katherine are proud parents of two young boys (Luke and Marcus), are both volunteer child advocates with an International Children’s Aid Organization, and are committed financial partners of Lakeside’s Hope House in Downtown Guelph.

Councillor Karl Wettstein

Karl Wettstein was re-elected to Guelph City Council representing Ward 6 in 2014, having previously served as Ward 6 Councillor in 2000-2003 and 2006-2014.

Karl has served as Chair of the City’s Finance and Audit Committees and as a member of a number of other City committees including Governance; Community Services; and Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment. He currently serves on the Board of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. In addition, he has served on the Boards of the River Run Centre; the Downtown Guelph Business Association; Guelph Junction Railway; Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health; and on the advisory committee for the South end recreation centre.

Karl’s work experience includes more than 20 years in executive management positions in corporate strategic planning, human resources, real estate management and development. He has served on the Boards of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Meridian Credit Union, and the Guelph and Wellington Credit Union.

In the community, Karl has been a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph and the United Way of Guelph and Wellington. He has held coaching and executive roles with Guelph Minor Baseball and Hockey. He and his wife Carol have lived in Ward 6 for more than 30 years.

Councillor June Hofland

June Hofland was re-elected to Guelph City Council representing Ward 3 in 2014, having previously served as Ward 3 Councillor from 2006-2014.

June has served as Chair of the City’s Corporate Administration, Finance and Enterprise Services Committee and as a member of the Governance; Audit; Emergency Services, Community Services and Operations; and Social Services and Housing Committees. She serves on the Boards of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health and is a member of Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt.

Her extensive community work includes co-founding the Guelph Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination and serving on the Boards of Onward Willow Better Beginnings Better Futures, eMERGE, and Guelph Museums.

Born and raised in Guelph, June was a successful downtown Guelph business owner until 2012. Her work experience includes a 25-year career in the banking sector. June and her husband have owned and operated a small renovation company since 1988. She lives in Ward 3 with her husband Peter and dog Julian.

In her spare time June loves to garden, cycle, canoe, hike, ski and travel.