About Us

Who We Are

The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus is a united front in the province of Ontario representing over 20% of the population of the Province.

We are a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in approximately 300 communities.

The Western region covers almost half a million square kilometres of territory, more than 90% of it rural including, approximately 25,000 kilometres of roads, more than 3,000 bridges and 24,000 culverts.

WOWC advocates on behalf of the member Counties on key items such as; infrastructure, transportation, long term care, broadband, and economic development.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the WOWC is to advocate and engage with other levels of government as one united voice on opportunities, common needs and issues of critical importance to Southwestern Ontario.

Contacts

Warden Jim Ginn
WOWC Chair
warden@huroncounty.ca

Meighan Wark
WOWC Secretary
mwark@huroncounty.ca

SWIFT
For enquires about the SWIFT project contact Barry Field

Charlotte Gravlev
WOWC Administrative Coordinator
gravlev@gmail.com

Kate Burns Gallagher
WOWC Director Economic Development
kburns@elgin.ca

Member Counties

County of Brant
Board of Directors Position: Director – David Bailey
CAO – Micheal Bradley

Bruce County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Mitch Twolan
Interim CAO – Betty Anne Cobean

Chatham Kent
Board of Directors Position: Director – Darrin Canniff
CAO – Don Shropshire

Dufferin County
Board of Directors Position: Vice Chair – Darren White
CAO – Sonya Pritchard

Elgin County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Dave Mennill
CAO – Julie Gonyou

County of Essex
Board of Directors Position: Director – Garry McNamara
CAO – Rob Maisonville

Grey County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Paul McQueen
CAO – Kim Wingrove

Huron County
Board of Directors Position: Director & WOWC Chair – Jim Ginn
CAO & WOWC Secretary – Meighan Wark

County of Lambton
Board of Directors Position: Director – Bill Weber
CAO – Ron Van Horne

Middlesex County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Cathy Burghardt-Jesson
CAO – Bill Rayburn

Norfolk County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Kristal Chopp
Acting CAO – Bill Cridland

Oxford County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Larry Martin
CAO – Peter Crockett

Perth County
Board of Directors Position: Director – James Aitcheson
Acting CAO – Lori Wolfe

Simcoe County
Board of Directors Position: Chair – George Cornell
CAO – Mark Aitken

Wellington County
Board of Directors Position: Director – Kelly Linton
CAO – Scott Wilson

Provincial Partners

Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in the Canadian province of Ontario is responsible for programs to attract and retain business and economic development in the province

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is an Ontario government ministry responsible for the food, agriculture and rural sectors of the Canadian province of Ontario.

Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development mission is to advance safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the department of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for municipal affairs and housing in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Federal Partners

Infrastructure Canada
On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada released a new federal strategy called Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada.

FedDev Ontario
For over 10 years, FedDev Ontario has actively worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region.

Association Partners

Western Ontario Community Futures Development Association
The Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCFDCA) and its members offer business services & business financing to small & medium-sized startup companies in Southwestern Ontario.

Workforce Planning West
Workforce Planning West is comprised of the nine Workforce Planning Boards operating in the area between Lake Erie and Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. Workforce Planning Boards gather intelligence about the supply of labour and the demand for workers within the local labour market.

SWIFT Network
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non profit municipally-led broadband expansion project created to improve internet connectivity in underserved communities and rural areas across Southwestern Ontario.

Eastern Ontario Regional Network
EORN is dedicated to advocating for and advancing improved rural connectivity as key to the region’s prosperity. Federal and provincial partners trust EORN and EOWC to develop evidence-based solutions to regional economic challenges